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September 7, 2004 Volume 3, Number 17

Table of Contents
Announcements from Mix
Now Shipping: Digidesign Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1, Smack!
AES Celebrates "The Art Of Audio"
Events This Month

SONAR Producer Edition has a well-earned reputation for delivering powerful production tools in a fast, streamlined user interface. With SONAR 4, Cakewalk has added powerful new recording, editing, comping and navigation tools that optimize workflow for today's professional. In addition, version 4 combines innovative surround and AV capabilities along with precise engineering tools. Learn more at www.SONAR4.com.


The Liquid Channel Starts Flowing...
The talk of the show during its launch at last year's AES, Focusrite's Liquid Channel is now shipping. To find out why this advanced channel strip--with its replicas of 40 classic mic preamps and 40 compressors, combined with Focusrite digital EQ and sparking 192kHz clarity - is turning heads, click here.

Plan to visit the Remix Hotel during AES SF? Haven't booked your room yet? Host hotel The W San Francisco is offering discounted rooms to attendees. Rooms are available on a first-come basis and can be booked here.

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio announced that the 20th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco. The TEC Awards honors outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design. For more information, visit mixfoundation.org.

Coming soon: Mix eClassifieds, a user-friendly, affordable way to connect buyers, sellers, job seekers and employers. Buy and sell gear, look for a job, post a job and more! Our self-service tool lets you post items yourself, with pictures and audio/video files. Stay tuned to MixLine and mixonline.com for details.

Announcing Audio Production Seminars on Demand!
Audio Production Seminars On Demand are an exciting new medium for presenting new products, applications and techniques to those interested in audio and music production. Streaming video, audio, and narrated presentation tools teamed with downloadable files, live links, and supplemental info make a complete online demo viewable on your own time. Catch a Seminar On Demand. Anytime. Online. Presented exclusively by Mix, Electronic Musician and Remix.

Find the Seminars On Demand at www.mixonline.com/sod.

New Online Production Courses Now Available From Berkleemusic.com

Berkleemusic, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, has announced the addition of six new online music production courses available for our Fall semester, enrolling now for September 16th. Courses include Desktop Music Production for PC, Digital Performer 101, Making Music with GarageBand, Recording and Producing in the Home Studio, and Producing Music with Reason. Learn the Berklee techniques for producing great-sounding music at home, using a variety of different software applications. Courses are filling up quickly.

For more information on our online courses or our new college credit certificate programs, please call Berkleemusic¹s admissions advisor at 1-866-BERKLEE, or visit the Website at:



Welcome to the second edition of Blair's Blog, where Blair Jackson, an editor at Mix for more than 20 years, brings our tiny audio world into the bigger picture—or in his own words: Forget about The Blob. The monster that's devouring the Internet is The Blog, and look, ma, I got one! What is going to pop up in this space every two weeks is a mystery at this point, but it'll probably have something to do with music or movies or TV or pop culture in general, and have some sort of audio/music industry slant to it. Sometimes, like this time, it'll be kinda long. Other times, it'll actually be pithy and to the point. (Though doesn't that defeat the purpose of a blog, which is to drone on endlessly?) So read on!

Personally, I hate cell phones. Yeah, they're occasionally convenient to have around and there's a decent chance one will get you out of a crisis, but I don't think having two-thirds of the civilized world blabbing away on the streets and in their cars and even in restaurants night and day is necessarily a great step forward for Western Civilization. When I remember to, I carry the most basic Nokia cell there is and its three years old, so it doesn't have much in the way of bells and whistles. I never learned how to program it; I let my kids do it.

My wife, Regan, on the other hand, loves her cell phone. She got a plan with free nights and weekends, and she recently upgraded to one of those fancy little jobs with the full-color screen, text messaging and Internet capabilities. She spent hours going through the manual programming a zillion numbers and learning all the functions: It slices and dices! It removes embarrassing body odor! It makes your boring friends sound interesting!

And then came that point that arrives for every cell phone user: the ringtone choice. On my Stone Age model, I had a choice of maybe five rinky-dink tones that ranged from horrifically bad to merely annoying. I settled on something that sounds like a Bach riff played on a toy keyboard by mice. By contrast, Regan had all sorts of choices on her fancy phone. Picky sort that she is, however, she didn't really like any of them. That's when our kids sprang into action and introduced her to the exciting world of downloadable ringtones. No more ""Pachelbe's Canon" (the ringtone on her previous cell) or "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for her. She was going to find something cool; ideally, something that reflected her personality and her taste in music. This turned out to be more difficult than it seemed. MORE


Now Shipping: Digidesign Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1, Smack!
Digidesign is now shipping Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1 software for Pro Tools|24 MIX. Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1 offers new feature enhancements and is the final Pro Tools software release to support the Pro Tools|24 MIX product line. MORE

Now Shipping: PreSonus Firepod
PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. is now shipping Firepod, a 10-input/10-output 24-bit/96k FireWire recording system. The Firepod comes with eight PreSonus Class-A custom microphone preamplifiers and free Cubase LE recording software. MORE

New Colors For Molex Modular Jacks
The Modular Jacks from Molex are now available in five new colors—orange, green, blue, gray and yellow—as well as standard black. With these new options, the Modular Jacks can be customized to match the color of a cable assembly to prevent mismating and increase design flexibility. MORE

Now Shipping: Small Tree Intel PRO/1000 MF Server Adapters
Mac network service provider Small Tree Communications is now shipping the Intel PRO/1000 MF Server Adapters, the first fiber-optic -- based gigabit Ethernet PCI adapters for the Apple Mac platform and Mac OS X. The Intel PRO/1000 MF Server Adapters, coupled with Small Tree's Mac OS X driver technology, feature either one, two or four independent ports and bring fiber-optic networking to the Apple Power Mac and Xserve. MORE

Battle the Noise with Speaker Floats
To help home studio owners stay on pleasant terms with their neighbors, movie industry vets Bruce Black and Gordon Ecker have premiered Speaker Floats, a device placed under speakers that aims to block the path of low frequencies traveling to nearby rooms. Black and Ecker note that one of the easiest and most effective ways to stop this sound transmission is to physically float the speakers. MORE

Now Shipping: TC Electronic MD3 for PowerCore
TC Electronic has announced the MD3 Stereo Mastering package for PowerCore. The package brings professional production and mastering tools previously only available in System 6000 to the realm of DAWs, and integrates with VST- or AudioUnits-compatible applications for music and post-production. The MD3 Stereo Mastering package includes two first-class algorithms: MD3 Multiband Dynamics and BrickWall Limiter. MORE


AES Celebrates "The Art Of Audio" Names Keynote Speaker

Returning to San Francisco for the first time since 1998, the 117th Audio Engineering Society "Art of Audio"-themed convention hits the Moscone Convention Center, October 28 to 31, 2004. AES executive director Roger Furness reports that an extensive series of tutorials, workshops, papers, exhibits and special events have been developed by "one of the most dedicated and highly professional Convention committees in our history." MORE

Lipinski Sound Offers Surround Monitoring Leasing Option
Lipinski Sound Corporation and DK Capital have partnered for a financing solution that will enable pro audio professionals to enter the high-resolution, multichannel surround market. MORE

Visioneering Design Launches New Division
Visioneering Design has launched a new subsidiary, VisioneeringConnect, which plans to offer Visioneering Design-type services to project studios, boutique post facilities, residential screening rooms and pro audio/video dealers. To date, VisioneeringConnect has been contracted by Russ Beltry of RSPE Audio Solutions for integration services for its client, Oracle Post, in North Hollywood. RSPE's lead designer, Mark Lindauer, provided his documentation to VisioneeringConnect for cable fabrication and on-site installation. MORE

Radio Shanghai Outfits Studios With Studer
The Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is completing a comprehensive upgrade of its on-air studios, equipping them all with new Studer OnAir 2000 Series audio mixing consoles supplied by ACE Advanced Communication Equipment (Int'l) Co. Ltd. At the end of 2003, SMG began a program of upgrading its on-air studios to a level of full digital integration. To date, 10 on-air and production studios at the station have been transformed into fully digital studios with an additional three studios on the verge of being upgraded. MORE

Custom Deck Made for Classical Transfers at Soundmirror
Soundmirror Inc. (Boston) has taken delivery of a custom playback deck that was specifically designed for A/D transfers of vintage classical analog master tapes for a BMG Classics re-release on SACD. Based on a mint-condition Studer A80 VU transport, the one-of-a-kind machine utilizes custom 2- and 3-track head blocks from JRF Magnetic Sciences and five channels of Aria Reference Series electronics from ATR Services. MORE

New Synthax Users Forum
Synthax, formerly Vision Audio, invites audio professionals—both novice and expert—to join their free pro users forum, synthax.com/forum/index.php. Discuss all things audio/video, trade recording advice or read the posts to learn more about Synthax products, such as the new RME Fireface 800 and the Samplitude and Sequoia Version 8 software.


Pro Tools Users, RSPE Audio Solutions, Digidesign, Mackie and Yamaha are hosting a two-day event entitled "The Mixing Revolution." The event focus on the new Digidesign ICON, the new Mackie dXb digital console and the updated Yamaha DM2000 Version 2 digital mixer. Special guests and other manufacturers will also be on hand to share experience, tips and tricks. For more information or to sign up visit rspe.com/RSPEInvite2.html.

The Institute of Audio Research (IAR) is holding an open house on Saturday, September 18, 2004, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the school, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, and learn about IAR's award-winning faculty and facility. To reserve a spot, call 212/777-8550; Visit audioschool.com for more information.

Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, will provide courses for college credit beginning in September 2004, and will offer 17 distinctive certificate programs in studio production, music theory, songwriting, arranging, electronic music production and music business. Online college credit courses begin September 20; registration takes place now. To learn more about these interactive online courses, visit berkleemusic.com/school/certificates/production.


Music China/Prolight + Sound Shanghai will be held October 20-23, 2004, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (China). With confirmed national pavilions from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, the UK and the U.S., plus exhibitors from 10 additional countries, the show promises to be an international showcase of musical instruments and pro audio and lighting equipment. For more information, visit musikmesse.com, prolight-sound.com or e-mail consumer@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

The Northeast showcase finals for Disc Maker' Independent Music World Series (IMWS) will take place at New York City's The Lion's Den on October 21, 2004, and will feature a bevy of indie acts competing for $35,000 in music gear and prizes. Log onto discmakers.com/imws for info.

Streaming Media West 2004 (October 26-28, 2004, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.) has just announced its agenda for three days of conference sessions, plus a day of pre-conference workshops on October 25. Sign up before October 1, 2004, and save $100 off registration fees. For more information and to register, visit streamingmedia.com/west.

Home Entertainment 2004 will take place in San Francisco, November 4-7, 2004, at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel. Advance tickets can be ordered at HomeEntertainment-EXPO.com.

Future Media Concepts (FMC) announced that it will organize the second annual 2005 Post|Production World Conference. The event, which takes place April 16 to 21, 2005, will feature an expanded number of sessions, foreign-language tracks, booth camps and master classes as its debut, which took place during NAB earlier this year. Visit fmctraining.com for details.


The Audio Engineering Society is accepting submissions for its second student design competition, to be held in San Francisco during the 116th AES Convention, October 28 to 30, 2004. Projects may include, but are not limited to, loudspeakers, electronic circuits, software, microphones, musical instruments or anything that can be made for use in the audio field. For more information about these submissions, the San Francisco convention or AES membership, visit aes.org.

Registration fees for UTC Telecom 2004, which arrives to the Venetian Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas October 9-13, 2004, will increase after September 9, 2004. The event promises more than 70 sessions from industry leaders, the IP Video Conference and more. Visit utctelecom2004.utc.org for details.

Entry forms for the 52nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards, which acknowledge the year's best sound editing work in the areas of dialog, ADR, effects, Foley and music, become available on November 1, 2004. The forms are due by December 10, 2004, for submissions aired or released from January 1, 2004, to November 30, 2004. The Golden Reel Awards will take place February 26, 2005. Visit MPSE.org for more information.

Prospective vocalists for the Montreal International Musical Competition (May 9-20, 2005), formerly known as Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition, have until January 21, 2005, to send in their application form, which can be found at jeunessesmusicales.com.

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