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March 4, 2003 Volume 2, Number 5

Table of Contents
Musikmesse 2003 Products
POP Breaks Ground on Two Studios
TriStar Capital Offers Studio Equipment Financing
Winter Music Conference Master Classes
Inside Mix This Month


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Musikmesse 2003 Products
Musikmesse 2003 is back in Frankfurt, March 5-9, 2003, boasting numerous halls and too-many-to-count product debuts. Here is a snippet of products making their pro-audio debut:

Tascam will introduce its US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface for Mac and Windows. Coupled with a laptop and a couple of condenser mics, a computer recordist can create a portable recording rig.

PreSonus will be showing the ACP88 8-channel compressor/limiter/gate, complete with sidechains and trigger inputs on each channel.

At 4 p.m. each day, Ableton's booth will host live performances by today's leading artists. Also stop by during the show at 3:55 p.m., when the company will be giving away a copy of Live 2.

See the entire TerraTec Producer line of pro audio cards and I/C solutions.

A complete wrap-up of Musikmesse will appear at mixonline.com next week.

News You Can Use
POP Breaks Ground on Two Studios
Audio post-production company POP Sound, Santa Monica, recently began work on two new studios for film soundtrack and restoration and DVD mastering (Studios K and L), bringing the company's total to 12 for its commercial and home-theater departments. The studios are being designed by Boto Design (Santa Monica, Calif.). New equipment purchases include AMS Neve Logic MMC consoles and the Starnet networking system for its AudioFile editors; a new speaker system from Quested; a Fairlight V-Motion Professional networked nonlinear video system; and a vast array of digital effects and restoration tools. MORE


TriStar Capital Offers Studio Equipment Financing
Providing leasing and financing solutions for the recording industry, TriStar Capital helps finance the capital equipment growth of numerous recording studios, as well as other business types. An application is all that is needed for transactions up to $100,000, and the approval time is within 24 hours. Contact James Kyle Hwang at 525 Cabrillo Park Dr., Suite 200, Santa Ana, CA 92701; 714/881-1629; jamesh@tristarcapital.com.

Sennheiser Launches Communications Division
Aptly named Sennheiser Communications, Sennheiser's new division will focus on telecommunication headset technology. The new division is the result of a joint venture between Sennheiser and Danacom A/S, supplier of audiology products, and will be based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. For more, visit www.sennheiser.com.

DBE Offers Financial Help for Aspiring Musicians
Artist-development company Digital Bear Entertainment (Boston) is offering artists financial assistance with pre-production time, work with producer Jordan Tishler and studio recording time. The offer, called Demo Sponsorship, will pay up to 70% of the costs to record a demo. Visit www.digitalbear.com for info.



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Events - This Month
Winter Music Conference Master Classes
Sponsored by Motorola and Intel, Remix, Digidesign, M-Audio, Stanton and Emagic, three days of free master classes, workshops and clinics on music production and performance for electronic and urban music producers, engineers, musicians and DJs will be held during the Winter Music Conference (March 19-21, 2003, in Miami). Register online at www.remixmag.com.

Sony DMX-R100 Digital Audio Mixer Operations Training: March 4, 2003 (Oradell, N.J.), July 29, 2003 (San Jose, Calif.), and November 11, 2003 (Oradell, N.J.) Each one-day training session costs $400 per person. Call 408/955-4231 or e-mail training@am.sony.com.

Sony DMX-R100 Advanced Operations Training: March 5, 2003 (Oradell, N.J.), July 30, 2003 (San Jose, Calif.), and November 12, 2003 (Oradell, N.J.). Each one-day training session costs $475 per person. Call 408/955-4231 or e-mail training@am.sony.com.

Game Developer's Conference in San Jose, Calif., March 4-8.

In conjunction with NSCA (March 13-15, 2003, in Dallas), Symetrix is hosting four free half-day seminars on Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, with a second session each day from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The seminars will review the key features of SymNet and the related SymNet Designer software. Reserve your seat by calling 425/778-7728, ext. 236.

"Invasion of the GoGirls" comes to Austin, Texas, during SXSW (March 12-16, 2003, at the Austin Convention Center). GoGirlsMusic.com, sponsored by Onstage magazine, presents its third-annual showcase that spotlights emerging talent from across the nation.

Visit www.aes.org for quick links to help plan your trip to the 114th AES convention in Amsterdam, March 22- 25, 2003, at the RAI Conference and Exhibition Center.

The Ultra Music Festival, an electronic music event, returns for its fifth annual installment on March 22, 2003, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida. Tickets are $50 and are available through at www.ultramusicfestival.us, as well as www.groovetickets.com and via the toll-free number, 877/714-7668.

CEA is hosting free HDTV update meetings in select cities to bring retailers/broadcaster/cable reps up to date on the current state of the analog-to-DTV transition: Tampa/St. Petersburg, March 25; Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, March 26; Seattle, April 29; and Phoenix, April 30. Contact Bob Loder at bloder@goldenloder.com.

IRMA's 33rd Annual Recording Media Forum will be held March 26-29, 2003, at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Full registration is $1,470 for members or $1,970 for nonmembers; pre-register online at www.recordingmedia.com.

On Saturday, March 29, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Los Angeles Music Productions (LAMP) and the Knitting Factory (Hollywood) will present an educational event for artists. General admission is $95, but members of affiliate organizations will pay $75. Online registration is available at www.acteva.com/go/lamp.

Avid Technology has opened 17 Avid-Authorized Education Centers in cities across the U.S. Avid Xpress DV training courses will be held approximately every two to three days. Visit www.avid.com to find a training center near you.

The 77-city Euphonix Max Air Broadcast Tour continues its trek across the country. Visit www.euphonix.com to find a city near you.


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Looking Ahead
For what's new in today's video-production community, check out the Institute of Videography's 2003 Convention and Trade Exhibition, which takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum on April 24-25, 2003, in Birmingham (opposite the NEC). While you're there, grab a seat for the IOV Awards ceremony in the prestigious Britannia Suite at the Motorcycle Museum on the evening of the 24th. Pre-register at www.iov.co.uk.

Celebrate the Stax Museum of American Soul Music's grand opening from April 29-May 1, 2003. Visit www.soulsvilleusa.com for festivity information.

Media-Tech Expo 2003 returns to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, May 13-15, 2003.

The second Music Fair China/ ProLight+Sound runs October 15-18 in Shanghai. Pre-register for an admission badge by e-mailing estelle.ni@china.messefrankfurt.com.

Deadlines
Order your badges now for AES Europe (March 22-25) in Amsterdam at www.aes.org.

Reserve your booth space now for Infocomm in Orlando, June 3-5, 2003, at www.infocomm.org.

Reserve your booth space now for Summer NAMM in Nashville, July 18-20, 2003, at www.namm.com.

In Mix Magazine This Month
This month, Mix focuses on the surround environment: Reporting on new and useful ways to harness the power of outboard gear for multichannel mixing, talking format and techniques with top engineers on four very different multichannel projects, and combing through the surround effects processors market to find the latest in both hardware and software. On the product end, Mix field tests the Kurzweil KSP 8 surround processor and Lexicon 960L upgrade. Go backstage for the new Tori Amos and Papa Roach outings. MORE


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