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SONAR 6.2 Update Now Available

The Free SONAR 6.2 update adds new features to SONAR including MIDI input quantize, a Bit Meter VST plug in, and X-Ray Windows. It also enhances Active Controller Technology and AudioSnap, and is the first digital audio workstation to natively support Microsoft® Windows Vista. The SONAR 6.2 update is now available as a free download to registered SONAR 6.0 Producer Edition and Studio Edition Customers. Visit the SONAR 6.2 product pages for more information.

Table Of Contents
Videogames Extravaganza!
St.Croix Studio Gear -- Finally Back on eBay!
Dance to the Music! JB and Moby
Cool Spins-New To MixLine!
Nashville Chamber Orchestra Records with Korg MR-1000
Listen: Making Sense of Sound

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Videogames Extravaganza!
Next month, Mix goes in-depth on videogames -- from formats to platforms to just about anything audio-related! Mix wants to know your favorite "audio" clip from a videogame, whether it's the way the cars scream across your screen, the "realness" of a WWII handgun in Metal of Honor or Don Corleone's voice in The Godfather the Game. Let us know at We'll find out who did it and how they did it!

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AKG Acoustics announced the release of the limited edition C 414 LTD (price TBA) large-diaphragm condenser microphone. This special version of the legendary C 414 features hand-selected capsules and components for optimum sonic performance, plus a classic nickel finish and brass grille screen. MORE

Korg has unveiled the 4-channel ZERO4 Live Control Mixer (pictured) and 8-channel ZERO8 Live Control Console (pricing TBA). Both products integrate a digital mixer, FireWire audio interface (with support for up to 24-bit/192kHz audio), MIDI control surface and effects processor in a single unit for computer-based production and performance. MORE

Apogee Ships AMBus FireWire Option Card
Apogee Electronics announced that its AMBus FireWire option card for the AD-8000 converter and Trak2 audio interface is now shipping worldwide through authorized dealers and distributors. MORE

Tascam FireOne
Tascam has launched the FireOne, a FireWire audio interface offering a large, weighted, backlit jog wheel for scrubbing through recorded tracks. MORE

EastWest PLAY
EastWest has introduced its PLAY software, a 64-bit advanced sample engine with built-in Network Control. Included with all new EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments (most existing EastWest NI-powered virtual instruments will be upgraded early in 2007), PLAY displays custom-designed virtual instruments. MORE

Solid State Logic Drumstrip
Solid State Logic has introduced Drumstrip, the first in a series of plug-ins for Duende. Drumstrip is designed to improve the quality of recorded drum tracks and offers five audio processing tools. MORE

St.Croix Studio Gear -- Finally Back on eBay!
The personal studio gear of late, great Mix magazine columnist Stephen St.Croix is back on sale on eBay! Serious buyers and window shoppers alike will want to visit the site often, as additional pieces of St.Croix's private collection are continually being added. Go to To preview an extensive list of items that will be sold, go to

2007 TEC Awards Dates Announced
The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio will present its fourth annual TECnology Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City on Friday, October 5, 2007, the first night of the 123rd AES Convention. For more information on submission procedures, visit 2007 TEC Awards Call for Entries.

Required Reading -- New in Mixbooks!
Formerly titled The Basics of Modern Recording and Mixing, the Modern Recording and Mixing two-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. MORE

Register Now for Remix Hotel Miami 2007 and Reserve Your Room!
Registration is now open at for the fifth annual Remix Hotel Miami [] -- the traveling music-production seminar is heading back to the National Hotel in South Beach, March 22--25, 2007. Reserve your room today by calling the National Hotel at (800) 327-8370 and using the following discount code: RHMIA07.


The right education, the right products, the right network and the right show. Join us March 15-17th, 2007 for the NSCA Expo in Orlando, Florida and look, listen and feel your way into new business strategies by visiting our Hands-On Audio Demonstration Rooms. Sign up to attend today!

Dance to the Music! JB and Moby
Before we get too far into 2007, I wanted to give a little virtual ink to a couple more 2006 releases that got me groovin'. MORE
Cool Spins-New To MixLine!
Various Artists: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (Blue Note). It's not really accurate to say that Billy Strayhorn has been flying under the radar all these years. As the writer and arranger of so many classic tunes by Duke Ellington (and others), his name and work are both well-known. But he has gotten a lot of attention in recent years thanks to David Hajdu's late '90s biography (Lush Life, named after one of Strayhorn's greatest songs) and now, a PBS documentary and an accompanying CD (both called Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life). MORE

Nashville Chamber Orchestra Records with Korg MR-1000
The Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO) is one of the first musical organizations to use the new Korg MR-1000 1-bit digital recorder. Founded in 1990 by music director Paul Gambill, NCO often commissions new, innovative works and crosses musical boundaries to incorporate a variety of genres, including jazz, folk and world music in its presentations. MORE

Audiokinetic Unveils Its First Educational Partnership
Audiokinetic Inc. announced its first educational partnership. As part of this partnership, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. is creating the first Manufacturer's Certification curriculum for Audiokinetic's Wwise audio pipeline solution for videogame creation. MORE

Blue Announces Reduced Pricing for Ball Series Microphones
Blue Microphones has set a new $99 price point for its Ball Series microphones: the Snowball, 8-Ball, Kickball and the original Ball microphone. MORE

HHB FlashMic Used in 24-Hour Filmmaking Festival
Writer and director Scott Evans used an HHB FlashMic in producing his movie, Wet Paint, which was entered in the 2006 "Shoot Out Boulder 24-Hour Filmmaking Festival" in Boulder, Colo. The FlashMic combines the sound quality of a Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule with 1GB of self-contained Flash memory and the ability to record hours of audio. MORE

Cakewalk Announces Features for Project5 Version 2.5
Cakewalk announces upcoming features for Version 2.5 of its Project5 software synth workstation, including Active Controller Technology (ACT), support for control surfaces and multiple audio inputs and outputs, and integrated VST hosting. MORE

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Acquires Audient Sumo
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) recently took delivery of an Audient Sumo analog summing amplifier for its Pro Tools--based Studio 5 (pictured). LIPA, whose lead patron is Sir Paul McCartney, was opened in 1996 and offers degree-level training and education. MORE

Listen: Making Sense of Sound
The San Francisco Exploratorium's Listen: Making Sense of Sound runs through December 31, 2007. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition features more than 55 interactive exhibits, 40 of which are new. For a detailed overview of the exhibition, go to

The 2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo is set for April 19--21, 2007, at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. All songwriters, composers, lyricists, producers, publishers and other music industry professionals, regardless of affiliation, are invited to register. Information is available at

The 17th annual Korea International Broadcast, Audio and Lighting Equipment Show takes place May 15--18, 2007 at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea. It will feature a vast array of broadcast equipment and solutions across 500 broadcast categories, including Interactive TV and IT solutions. For more information, go to

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