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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    February 6, 2008  
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Table Of Contents
'Tis the Season of the Club
Future Sonics Lowers the Volume
Lectrosonics VRM WB Venue Wideband
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF GRAMMYS
Yahoo Turns Off the Jams
Who's Out With What
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WELCOME!
We're starting the year off strong! MixLine Live has been flushed out with more original content: top-selling tours, tips, product features, "audio in the news" and much more! Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at mixeditorial@mixonline.com.
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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.
FROM THE NEWS DESK
Future Sonics Lowers the Volume
Future Sonics' "BIGGER SOUND @ lower volume™" campaign to help educate audiences about the importance of proper listening for the iPod generation has found support with H.E.A.R., along with performers, engineers and audiologists. According to Vish Wadi, monitor engineer for Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), "This is the sound that Miley was hoping for and Marty Garcia's team at Future Sonics delivered." Like her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who is a 15-year Future Sonics client, the long-term hearing questions were an important consideration for his daughter. "I wasn't getting the sound that I wanted before," reports the nearly 16-year-old Cyrus. "Future Sonics has everything I want so that the music sounds really incredible onstage or just listening to my music player and I don't need to make it too loud." "This is an important time for anyone who spends a lot of time listening with any earphone product, but we know that proper use of these items and a better quality of sound are steps that can help a lot in reducing the potential for hearing fatigue and loss," states Marty Garcia, founder and president of Future Sonics. "We are proud to have the support of so many significant people—both onstage and off—to let people know that there is much more to it than just cranking up the volume. In fact, they are probably missing out on so much that way."
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NEW PRODUCTS
Lectrosonics VRM WB Venue Wideband
Lectrosonics' (www.lectrosonics.com) latest modular wireless receiver, the VRM WB Venue Wideband ($1,660) receiver, uses the company's Digital Hybrid Wireless™ technology. The unit covers the entire UHF band from 537 to 768 MHz, and is compatible with any Lectrosonics VRS standard module or VRT tracking filtered module in the standard UHF range. The VRM WB offers a 6-channel modular configuration that allows users to install any combination of the standard fixed-bandwidth receiver modules for most situations, as well as VRT tracking filtered modules, for a total of six channels. The unit also supports three diversity modes—phase-switched, ratio and frequency—and incorporates built-in zero-gain antenna amplifiers that facilitate RF signal "loop through" to additional Venue Receiver systems, DSP emulation modes for compatibility with analog wireless systems and to the Digital Hybrid mode, and USB and RS-232 computer interfaces and the company's VRpanel software (part of LecNet2™) for ease of programming.

CARVIN INTRODUCES XD88 LOUDSPEAKER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

LECTROSONICS AND HEIL SOUND ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF GRAMMYS
Check out mixonline.com/grammys for profiles on this year's Grammy nominees! Coming soon: video from the production truck and so much more!

Missed Winter NAMM?
Then check out 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!

Mix's New Nashville Columnist, Peter Cooper
The editors of Mix are happy to announce that Peter Cooper has signed on as the new writer of our "Nashville Skyline" column. Cooper will be reporting on all the studio business/session news from Music City, and he couldn't be more qualified for the job! Cooper is a talented music writer for the Nashville Tennesean, as well as a country music-history teacher, and a performing musician who can often be seen out playing bass for singer/songwriter Todd Snider.

Cooper's first column for Mix appears in our March issue, in which he reveals a few more details about his own career and then digs into one of the biggest projects to come out of Nashville in recent months: Vince Gill's Grammy-nominated, multidisc/multigenre album These Days. Check out "Skyline" in our March "Coast to Coast" section, and find out how Gill and producer/engineers Justin Niebank and Gill Hobbs managed to recording and mixing the album's 43 tracks!

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
DB Sound and Lighting Systems were recently contracted to provide sound for a Montgomery Gentry concert at the Turner Agri-Civic Center (also known as "Turner Center") in Arcadia, Fla. With its all-metal construction and low ceiling, this environment has the potential to be an acoustic nightmare, but crew brought in a D.A.S. Audio Aero 38A line array system to handle these challenges. DB Sound owner/systems designer Don Brown walks us through the process.

Turner Center is a venue that I like to refer to as being 'acoustically challenged' because of its metal construction and the relatively low 30-foot ceiling. These conditions make it extremely difficult to control reflections, and the low ceiling limits our ability to fly the loudspeaker systems at the height we would like to. As a result, it can be tough to achieve even distribution throughout the back rows. It's quite a challenge to get proper focus on the top-rear seats of the facility while maintaining the integrity of sound and consistent SPL levels down on the floor.

We first heard the D.A.S. Aero system during LDI. The ET Live shootout consisted of several stage setups hosted by a number of leading manufacturers, and each demonstration provided show attendees the opportunity to evaluate the systems and ask questions. We were tremendously impressed with the performance of the D.A.S. rig. The D.A.S. demo involved a pretty challenging mix, and we really liked what we heard—particularly in the low-mid range. The sound was big, fat, and warm—it was positively huge. The demo started out at a moderate level, and then they gradually kicked the volume up. All the while, the integrity of the system's sound quality was consistent. If anything, it got progressively better. The D.A.S. Audio system's performance is what prompted us to go with D.A.S. for the Montgomery Gentry event.

D.A.S. sent a crew out to assist with this project. We used EASE Focus to help with the system configuration, which nailed the setup almost perfectly. The only tweaking we did was bump the chain motor a couple of clicks to gain another six to eight inches. The top rows were well covered and the floor wasn't the least bit overpowered. The first time I barked into the microphone, I knew this was an impressive system. There was no coloring and almost no tweaking required. With minimal adjustments, this system sounded every bit as good as what we originally heard during the LDI show.

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AUDIO IN THE NEWS
Yahoo Turns Off the Jams
It's the old user-base shuffle as Yahoo dumps its in-house music division and transfers customers to RealNetwork's Rhapsody service, after which Rhapsody will provide the tunes for Yahoo users. pollstar.com/news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=9328.

Hog Heaven
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are among the artists and motorcycle enthusiasts headed to Milwaukee, Wisc., August 28 to 31, 2008, to mark the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. Check out the all-star lineup here.

NASCAR-Tested, Engineer Approved?
Trick Audio's noise-blocking earphones, including the TA-100 model, is widely used for two-way radio communication between race care driers and their crew, as well as NASCAR events by spectators listening to their race scanners. Think they can hold up to a blaring P.A. Check 'em out at www.trickearphones.com.

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TOP TOURS
Who's Out With What

The Mars Volta
Sound Company:
Rat Sound
FOH Engineer/Board: Toby Francis/Digidesign Profile
Monitor Engineer/Board: Daniel Bonneau/DiGiCo D5
P.A./Amps: MicroWedge, dV-Sub, L-Acoustics 108p/Chevin Q6, L-Acoustics LA48
Monitors: Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2
Outboard Gear: XTA DP448
Mics: Shure SM91, Beta 52, SM57, Beta 98, SM81; AKG 414; Audio-Technica AT4050
Additional Crew: monitor tech Manny Barajas, tour manager Narci Martinez, production manager Amery Smith

Cobra Starship
FOH Engineer/Board:
Chris "V" Villanueva/house-provided
Monitor Engineer/Board: Tony Marino/Crest XRM
P.A./Amps: house-provided
Monitors: Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2
Mics: Audix D6, i5; Sennheiser 421 IIs, e 609, e 604; Shure SM57, SM58, SM81, Beta 58
Additional Crew: guitar tech Dave "Hansel" Hansen

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