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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    January 23, 2008  
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Sabine Wireless gives you 70 simultaneous channels in the license-free 2.4 GHz band - they are immune to interference from all TV signals and easily coexist with all UHF and VHF products. Built-in recallable processing provides the power of a digital mixer in every receiver. And cell phone-style battery charging makes these the only systems that pay for themselves. Get the whole story at www.Sabine.com.


Table Of Contents
'Tis the Season of the Club
X2 XDR-955 Digital Handheld Wireless Mic
MISSED WINTER NAMM?
Mauricio Vilar
Police Top 2007 Tour
Who's Out With What
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Sennheiser's MKH 8000 series has top audio professionals smiling. With its incredible accuracy and tremendous range of accessories, it's adaptable to any requirement-from live sound to studio recording to score-mixing. Bob Fernandez and Claudia Engelhart talk more about the MKH 8000...watch the video.


WELCOME
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TALKBACK
'Tis the Season of the Club
So we're in the middle of club touring season -- the time when you have to make sure that your rider is just right. What's on your wish list for a club's sound system? Let us know by e-mailing us at mixeditorial@mixonline.com.
NEW PRODUCTS
X2 XDR-955 Digital Handheld Wireless Mic
Debuting at NAMM is the long-awaited XDR-955 from X2, a new high-technology company based in Northern California. The "new" part is somewhat misleading, mainly because founder Guy Coker has been designing digital wireless systems since the 1990s.

The first handheld wireless mic system to use X2's digital conversion and proprietary dual-digital RF transmission technology, the XDR-955 is 2009-compliant, meaning that it's free from DTV and FCC licensing concerns and can roam anywhere throughout North and South Americas without issue. Operating in the upper UHF bands at an RF carrier frequency of 902 MHz to 928 MHz, the system carries a 118dB dynamic range spec.

The XDH4 handheld transmitter ships standard with the Audix OM3 capsule and prices start at $999, with rackmounting hardware and front-mount antenna kit. Availability is set for the first quarter of 2008.

ELIXIR(R) STRINGS LAUNCHES FIRST NON-STRING CATEGORY, ELIXIR™ CABLES, AT WINTER NAMM 2008

HEIL SOUND, LECTROSONICS, RENKUS-HEINZ, AND ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP CO-HOST NAMM SHINDIG

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
MISSED WINTER NAMM?
Then check out a http://emusician.com/ms/namm08, where you'll find the editors of EM, Mix and Remix's top hits—from video to podcasts, new product announcements to blogs and much more!

Game Audio Digital Magazine
Hey, game lovers! Put that Wii remote down before you sprain a thumb again and check out the latest in Mix's new Game Audio digital magazine. This new monthly mag brings you behind the scenes on creating sounds for today's hottest titles, from Guitar Hero to Splinter Cell and Call of Duty, plus hot gear news, tech pages and spotlights on audio pros like you who've made it big. And if that's not enough to make you look, we've thrown in some cool giveaways, if you can find 'em! To check out the current issue, click here!

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HOW THEY DO IT
Mauricio Vilar
Front-of-house engineer and chief engineer for Bogota, Columbia--based live sound company C. Vilar Ltda., Mauricio Vilar specs UltraSone PROline 750 and HFI-550 headphones for recentt ours with Alex Campos, Mauricio Y Palo de Agua and Ilona:

I call my approach "O.A.D.": Obsessive Attention to Detail. I care a lot about everything, right down to what strings the guitar player is using. I feel I have to operate the best gear on the planet. UltraSone headphones allow me to hear something different: a more open stereo image in a very reliable, road-worthy package. My job is very challenging because I often have to do a 10-minute soundcheck and have it sound like a CD; this is what clients expect. Recently, I had maybe 30 minutes to do a soundcheck for a major Columbian artist, but there was also a U.S.O. -- Unidentified Sounding Object -- in there! I asked the system engineer to please turn off the P.A., and I started doing a quick soundcheck on my UltraSone PROline 750 headphones. After two songs, I pulled up on the master fader and got a very happy look from the artist's manager. This technique works very well for many FOH situations. Why soundcheck a big Latin band with 48 line array speakers on? It's much more efficient to make a balanced mix on your headphones, and then if something is wrong with the sound, you know you have to work with the system settings, not your mix.

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AUDIO IN THE NEWS
Police Top 2007 Tour
The year-end numbers are in: According to tour industry data tracker pollstar.com, The Police were the top-grossing tour in North America in 2007, earning $133.2 million over 54 shows. Runners-up include Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion and Van Halen. See who else made the hot list at www.pollstar.com

To Clap or Not To Clap?
Okay, we know this doesn't apply at rock shows. But when is it appropriate to applaud at a classical concert? Check out the New York Times take on concert etiquette at www.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/arts/music/08audi.html?_r=1&ref=music&oref=slogin

Video of the Week
Check out this quick tutorial on ringing out a P.A. system to eliminate feedback by Bill Gibson at http://youtube.com/watch?v=xBeV2BL-aRo.

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TOP TOURS
Who's Out With What
Jose Feliciano
Sound Company: ASR ProEvents (Orlando)
FOH Engineer/Board: Jim Durkin (also technical director)/Yamaha PM5D-RH
Monitor Engineer/Board: Sergio Leenen (also ASR's director of audio productions)/Yamaha PM5D
P.A./Amps: Martin Audio W8LC line array enclosures, WSX subs, W8LMD/QSC PowerLight, Crown
Monitors: Martin Audio LE1200, LE2100
Outboard Gear: Klark-Teknik DN9848, DN3600

Lorie Line
Sound Company: Reach Communications (Minneapolis)
FOH Engineer/Board: Scottie Pakulski/Yamaha M7CL-48
Monitor Engineer/Board: Todd Behrens/Yamaha DM1000
P.A./Amps: Nexo GEO S1210, S1230, GEO S8/Camco Vortex 6, 4; QSC PL236
Monitors:Nexo PS10, PS8; Sennheiser 3000 IEM
Microphones: Shure SM91, KSM32; Sennheiser e 604, e 614; Sony ECM 66 (wireless); Countryman E6 (wireless), Type 85 DIs; AKG C12VR; Neumann M149
Outboard Gear: Nexo NX242/ES4/241 and PS8-TD-V2/PS15-TD-V2/PS10, Lake Contour
Additional Crew: systems tech Matt Dellwo

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