From Mix Magazine | A PRIMEDIA Property    February 4, 2005  
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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.
Musician's Hotel Arrives to SXSW!
The Musician's Hotel at this year's South by Southwest music conference in Austin will be held March 16 to 18, 2005, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Austin Hilton, fourth floor. Sponsored by Mackie, Shure and Guitar Center, the Musician's Hotel will provide musicians with hands-on access to the some of the hottest music-making equipment via product demos, workshops, performances and Q&A sessions with leading producers and engineers. Brought to you by Mix, Electronic Musician and Remix magazines, the industry's music production authorities. Free admission for registered SXSW attendees! Visit www.musicianshotel.com for more info.

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. Currently Live: Taylor Guitars/Rupert Neve Expression System and K4 Preamp, and Mix Presents Drum Miking Techniques. Find the Seminars on Demand at www.mixonline.com/sod, www.emusician.com/sod or www.remixmag.com/sod.

NSCA, Sound & Video Contractor, and prosoundweb.com present the 2005 Innovations in Technology Awards. Showcasing the best of class product offerings, the event will be held at the 2005 Systems Integration Expo, March 10 to 12, 2005. Submissions must be received by February 7, 2005. Click here for a PDF of the official rules; click here for the entry form.

Mix eClassifieds, a user-friendly, affordable way to connect buyers, sellers, job seekers and employers is now live. Check it out!

As I said when I wrote about the TEC Awards last fall, awards shows give me the willies. The nominations piss me off because they invariably leave off people I think are deserving of recognition, in favor of artists I sometimes think are really AWFUL. So it's no surprise, then, that the list of winners usually throws me into a deep depression, too. It's no fun being so sensitive. It hurts to actually care. MORE
Behringer has announced the MS40 and MS20 stereo near-field monitors. MORE

Buzz Audio ARC1.1
Buzz Audio Ltd has released the ARC1.1 analog recording channel. The ARC combines a mic/line preamplifier, 5-band EQ, optical compressor and FET peak limiter into a 2U rack-mount unit. MORE

BLUE Microphones Ringer
Announced at the recent NAMM Convention, BLUE Microphones is now shipping The Ringer, a custom-designed shock-mount for the company's complete line of spherical microphones: the Ball, the 8-Ball, and the new Kickball. MORE

Harrison Trion
Harrison has introduced Trion, its new digital film/post production, broadcast, and live performance console featuring a traditional surface architecture that reportedly eliminates the need for a central, shared-knobs control panel. MORE

Korg Pa1X Version 2
Version 2 for Korg's Pa1X Pro and Pa1X professional arranger keyboards offers more than 30 new features designed to enhance the instrument's performance capabilities and is available as a free download from www.korgpa.com. MORE

Roland MV-8000 V3, G-70
Roland released Version 3 software for its MV-8000 platform and the G-70 music workstation, among other items, at the recent NAMM Convention. MORE

Tascam VL-X5 Studio Monitors
Tascam has announced the VL-X5 home studio monitor system. These powered speakers feature 5.25-inch woofers, silk-dome tweeters and a 60+30-watt bi-amplified active power amp. MORE

Much of the Mix editorial staff checked out loads of new products at Winter NAMM 2005, to be reported in our March issue. After a long weekend of new product announcements and press conferences, features editor Sarah Jones boldly ventured to the "other side" of NAMM, which was rife with industry parties, celebrity sightings and a perplexing presence of L.A. convention groupies... MORE

At the news that U.S. tape manufacturer Quantegy Inc. had closed its doors and reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) went into action to ensure the availability of analog tape to SPARS members and others. MORE

MSPE Announces Golden Reel Nominees
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MSPE) has announced their 2004 Golden Reel Award nominees in 19 categories, which includes audio teams from films such as The Aviator, Spider-Man 2 and The Incredibles, among others. MORE

studio.jory.org Opens New Suite
Studio.jory.org, a San Francisco Bay Area-based electronic game audio production studio, recently completed construction on its new tracking and production rooms. MORE

Harris Corp. Completes Phase 1 of Romanian Broadcast System
Harris Corporation has announced completion-nearly two years ahead of schedule-of the $85 million first phase in a comprehensive program to upgrade and expand the nationwide broadcast infrastructure of S.N. Radiocomunicatii S.A., Romania's state-owned broadcast organization. MORE

Palm Beach Songwriter Realizes "Stardum"
After nearly three years of planning, designing, building and equipping, vocalist Suzie Schomaker has opened the API Legacy Plus-equipped Stardum Studios in West Palm Beach, Fla. MORE

Tascam Updates FW-1884 Software
Tascam FW-1884 Version 1.40 driver installers for Windows XP and Mac OS X are now available for download from the Tascam U.S. Website, www.tascam.com, along with the V1.40 ReadMe file and instructions for control surface use with Cubase LE/SE. MORE

Cakewalk Announces SONAR 4 Maintenance Release, Acquires rgc:audio
Cakewalk, which recently acquired plug-in developer rgc:audio, has announced a maintenance release for SONAR, an audio production environment on the Windows platform. MORE

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, will take place February 26, 2005 at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles Ballroom, in Century City, Calif. Visit MPSE.org for tickets and more information.
The 2005 USITT Conference & Stage Expo will be held in Toronto, Ontario, March 16 to 19, 2005, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The annual event will feature product demonstrations, seminars and more for performing arts and entertainment professionals. To register, visit www.usitt.org/activities/AnnualConference.

Abbey Road Studios will host the inaugural Abbey Road Film Festival March 19 to April 3, 2005, featuring films scored at the studio during the past 25 years. Visit www.abbeyroad.com for details.

Future Media Concepts (FMC) announced that it will organize the second annual 2005 Post|Production World Conference (April 16 to 21, 2005). The event will feature an expanded number of sessions, foreign-language tracks, booth camps and master classes. Visit www.fmctraining.com for details.

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