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May 18, 2003 Volume 2, Number 10

Table of Contents
New Berkleemusic Online Courses
New Pro Tools User Group
InfoComm New Products
New Products
User Profile

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New Berkleemusic Online Courses
Berkleemusic.com now offers four online courses for the semester beginning June 16, 2003: Pro Tools 101 (Berklee/Digidesign certification); The Music of John Lennon: The Beatles Years; Songwriting Workshop; and MIDI Sequencing Basics. MORE

New Pro Tools User Group
Pro Tools Users is a new organization for users of Digidesign's Pro Tools hardware and software in the Los Angeles area to share knowledge, expertise and networking opportunities. MORE

The 90-Day Challenge
Sonic Foundry launched its Vegas 90-Day Challenge, a digital film contest sponsored by Sonic Foundry and other digital media companies. To enter, produce and send in a 60-second commercial about Sonic Foundry's Vegas using only Vegas; a special promotional pricing for Vegas is available for non-users. For prizes and rules, head over to www.sonicfoundry.com/Vegas90.

DVD Awards Now Accepting Entries
Held on August 20, 2003, at the Hilton Universal City, the DVD Awards recognizes the contributions of designers, producers, authoring houses and publishers in making DVD titles. DVD publishers, film studios, production companies, mastering facilities and individual producers are invited to submit their titles at www.dvd-awards.com.

InfoComm New Products
InfoComm 2003 hits Orlando, Fla., from May 31 to June 6. Here are some new products that will make their pro audio debut at the show; for more information on which exhibitors will be at the show, visit http://infocomm03.expoexchange.com/ for a virtual floor map. Stay tuned to mixonline.com for more product updates.

Gepco International will be showing its X-Band analog audio cable. Available in single, 4, 8, 12 and 16-pair versions, the X-Band is an ultraflexible, sonically transparent, low-noise and durable balanced audio cable for use in studio or live sound apps. Booth 3715.

New versions of Neutrik's EtherCon Series will be on display, as well as the Series NE8FDP feed-through receptacle in D-size metal flange with secure latching system, and the NE8FF feed-through coupler. Booth 643.

Sigma Electronics will feature new video and AES audio signal-conversion products at Booth #3442. New converter cards include ADC-2100 and DAC-2100 Video Converters for the Sigma 2100 Series Card Frame and the DA5305, DA5310 AES audio converters for the Sigma S5000 Series Card Frame.

Telex/RTS will be introducing the RTS Cronus™ Digital Matrix Intercom (Booth #534, 645), a two-rack unit, 32-port system; four units can be linked into a single 128-port matrix. Features include LAN/USB connectivity, full compatibility with existing RTS matrix products, ability to link to existing ADAM matrices, AES digital audio, and much more.

Join Entertainment Design and Lighting Dimensions for the Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) and the EDDY Awards!

Join us for the prestigious EDDY Awards at John Jay College in NYC on June 27th. The experience continues, with BSMC on June 28th and 29th, led by sound designer and BSMC creative consultant, Abe Jacob. Arrive early and attend "Gypsy" on June 26th. To register visit:

New Products

Drawmer Offers New Speaker Protection
The new Drawmer SP2120 Speaker Protector is now available in the U.S. for $849. The Speaker Protector eliminates the possibility of "unauthorized" excessive sound pressure levels on speaker systems. MORE

Propellerhead Ships Reason 2.5
New features for this upgrade include an advanced reverb, digital vocoder, distortion unit, Spider Audio, Spider CV and more. MORE

Allen & Heath Launch iDR System Manager Version 3.1
Allen & Heath's Windows PC software that configures iDR hardware components into an integrated audio distribution system, the iDR System Manager, has been upgraded to Version 3.1. MORE

Live 2, PowerFX Sample CD Bundle Now Available
Ableton and PowerFX announced a special bundle package consisting of Ableton's LIVE 2 audio software with three PowerFX sample CDs. MORE

User Profile

Platinum-selling punk/pop trio Blink-182 recently set about recording the follow-up to the 2001 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, working once again with longtime producer Jerry Finn, recording engineer Ryan Hewitt and assistant Sam Boukas. The engineering team collaborated with Luis Arteaga of Signature Sound Recording Studios and David Lyon, president of pro audio dealer Sonic Circus to arrange for a temporary studio to be set up in a rented house in the San Diego area. Gear was assembled and installed by Tony Lopez of Studio Support Services. Using Finn's Tannoys and his own Proac near-field speakers, engineer Hewitt observes, "Mainly, we're monitoring through the [API analog mixing console] and doing rough mixes. Given the fact that we're on 2-inch tape and high-res Pro Tools|HD, the headroom and the frequency response of the console is really important. We're counting on the fact that what goes into it is what comes out."

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