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December 18, 2002

Table of Contents
'Tis the Season to Be Recording
Liquid Begins to Liquidate
Dolby Gives PCs a 5.1 Chance
Sonar Supports Digi Hardware
On the Road
Recording Tip from George Petersen, Mix's Editorial Director


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News You Can Use
'Tis the Season to Be Recording
Entropy Recording (Nashville) is offering special holiday rates for hourly and block bookings; Pro Tools recording is included in the special pricing. Call 615/252-8948.


Liquid Begins to Liquidate
Liquid Audio's board of directors has approved a $57 million stockholder cash payout. This comes on the heels of a proposed merger, which fell through. The company's chief executive now says that he would prefer to sell the company as a whole rather than piecemeal.

Bearsville Sound Studios (Bearsville, N.Y.) has begun reconfiguring its operations by centering all of its services around Turtle Creek, a recording facility that has hosted the likes of Muddy Waters and The Band. The famous Studios A and B, as well as the 40-input custom Neve 8088 console, are slated for eventual sale. Call 323/962-6887 for more.

Sennheiser has launched a new Website for traveling sound engineers, offering tools and resources to find available frequencies anywhere in the U.S. Visit www.sennheiserusa.com and click on "RF Frequency Finder" from "Quick Links."

The Stax Museum is looking for numerous 45s that were recorded and released by the Stax Record Company (also known as Satellite Records) to be displayed in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Contact Stax at 901/946-2535 to receive a complete list.



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Product Updates
Dolby Gives PCs a 5.1 Chance
Dolby Laboratories released its Virtual Speaker technology, which uses an advanced algorithm to reproduce the dynamics and surround sound effects on a PC equipped with just two speakers. This release is part of a launch dubbed "Dolby in PC," which provides an overview of Dolby technologies targeted for the PC user. MORE

Wharfedale Pro added to its LiX high-power Series with the LiX-C215 bass enclosure. Features include a 40-20k Hz frequency range, 500 watts continuouspower and a max SPL of 136 dB. Visit www.wharfedalepro.com/pro or stop by booth #212A at Winter NAMM.

Allen & Heath released its iDR System Manager software for the iDR Series, a new DSP audio system for installed and live sound. A free download is available at www.allen-heath.com/idr.asp.

Crown has re-engineered its 2-channel XLS 202, 402 and 606 power amps, which offer 2U (instead of 3U) designs, lighter weights and lower price points. Check out the new features at www.crownaudio.com/.

Emagic's USB audio and MIDI interface, EMI 6|2 m, is now shipping for both Mac and Windows. Visit www.emagic.de/ to find a distributor near you.


Sonar Supports Digi Hardware
Cakewalk announced that Sonar will support Digidesign's Digi 001, 002, Mbox and Pro Tools|HD products. Cakewalk will also support Digidesign's hardware using Digi's ASIO drivers for Windows XP; a driver update will be available to registered Sonar 2.x customers early next year. MORE



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On The Move
On the Road
Reelsound Recording Company's mobile studio (Buda, Texas) recorded the audio for ABC-TV's "The Concert for World Children's Day." The performance featured Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Nick Carter, Enrique Iglesias, Yolanda Adams and other guests directed by David Foster, his band and an 85-piece orchestra. Engineers on hand included Humberto Gatica, Malcolm Harper, David Reitzas, Chris Taylor and the Reelsound team of Gordon Garrison, Gerard Bustos and Gene Krieger. MORE

Out on tour with musician/surfer/filmmaker Jack Johnson, monitor engineer Barry Haney selected the InnovaSon Compact Live digital console. The monitor rig also includes Radian Audio MicroWedges supplied by Rat Sound (Oxnard, Calif.). The Oxford supplied by Rat Sound is courtesy Delicate Productions (Camarillo, Calif.). Michael Pollock is handling FOH duties. MORE

AKG has provided three WMS 81 wireless systems with C 420 headsets and six IVM1 in-ear systems for Steve Reid's Dream Scapes stage performance. MORE

Independent monitor engineer Bob Lewis has been busy this year touring with the Goo Goo Dolls. Mid-tour, Lewis decided to change his monitor console to an ATI Paragon II. Read about his decisions here www.audiotoys.com/frmst3.htm.

Send your road news to sbenzuly@primediabusiness.com.


Recording Tip from George Petersen
Recording Tip from George Petersen, Mix's Editorial Director
Intonation is everything! In my studio, we make sure everything's in tune. The studio grand is tuned regularly. I keep a Peterson (no relation) strobe tuner in the control room and a Loft/GoldLine TS-1 test set/frequency counter next to the patchbay to verify intonation. This really is a must for guitars and basses, but especially for vintage analog synths. Retuning drums for every tune would be way over the top, but I'm constantly changing ride and crash cymbals to match the song's key. It's a subtle, but noticeable improvement.


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