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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    March 4, 2008  
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Table Of Contents
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
GRETSCH TURNS 125
YAMAHA POCKETRAK 2G
NAB New Products Guide
UNDERSTANDING AND REMOVING COMPUTER-BASED LATENCY
Urban Trackmasters, Club Systems
Nick Launay
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SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
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YOUR TWO CENTS
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FEATURE STORY
GRETSCH TURNS 125
Guitar and drum company Gretsch Company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, with limited-edition-anniversary drums, guitars and other products being introduced throughout 2008. In addition, the company will host a major concert event in New York City featuring performances by "Gretsch Greats."

"We view this--our 125th year---as the first year of or next 100 years," company president Fred Gretsch (pictured) says. "Over the next 100 years, we will continue to build upon the foundation that was started in 1883. It's important to stretch the boundaries, not just be conservative and predictable. We need to keep looking to the future, not just the past. Our mental attitude reflects the altitude we can achieve." MORE

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NEW PRODUCTS
YAMAHA POCKETRAK 2G
A light, compact pocket recorder featuring 2GB of built-in memory, the $449 Pocketrak 2G from Yamaha (www.yamaha.com) offers USB file transfer, Steinberg Cubase AI DAW software and two tracks of CD-quality recording in PCM, MP3 and Windows Media formats. It includes a rechargeable AAA nickel-hydrogen battery, providing 19 hours of MP3 recording. Plugging its sliding USB connector into a powered USB bus simultaneously recharges the battery and transfers files to a PC or Mac. It also has an onboard speaker, headphone jack, USB extension cable, stereo earphones, leather carry case and stand adapter.

For more information on new products announced at Winter NAMM 2008, click here.

RF CENTRAL RFX-RMR-II RACK-MOUNTED RECEIVERS DELIVER RECEPTION SOLUTIONS AT NAB 2008

HOLOPHONE AND RYCOTE COLLABORATE ON WINDSCREENS FOR COMPANY'S COMPLETE MICROPHONE LINE

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
NAB New Products Guide
Get your products into this online-only NAB "New Products Guide"--part of our larger NAB microsite. For information, contact sbenzuly@mixonline.com.

Register Today for Remix Hotel Miami 2008!
Remix Hotel Miami is heading to the National Hotel in South Beach March 27-30. Get all the latest news and updates at remixhotel.com, and don't forget to register!

New NEXO Loudspeaker Listening Event in New England March 6-7
Acoustical consultants and sound system engineers in the New England area are invited to listen to and critique the new NEXO GEO S 1210/1230 Series compact loudspeaker array on Thursday, March 6 (from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday, March 7 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The event will be hosted by New England Audio Tech and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Inc. on behalf of NEXO, and will take place at 11 Industrial Way in Atkinson, N.H. For more information and to register, contact Yamaha district manager Martin Dombey at mdombey@yamaha.com or 800/322-4322 x9718.

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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RECORDING TIP
UNDERSTANDING AND REMOVING COMPUTER-BASED LATENCY
A more serious issue can arise when musicians want to hear what they are singing or playing through the headphones during the recording process. If this live signal is entering the computer, being mixed with the other tracks and then sent back to the computer's output for monitoring, then the live signal will be delayed twice: once going into the computer and again on its way out. This in-to-out latency can be perceptible and distracting to the musician.

Two easy solutions are available; the third solution is more expensive. First, many audio interfaces are equipped with zero latency through monitoring. This is an analog bus that loops directly from the interface's input to its output without being digitized or passed through the computer. Once you've set up this routing in your interface's control panel applet, the musician will be able to monitor the backing tracks and get his or her performance in sync.

If your interface doesn't have zero latency through monitoring, you can accomplish the same thing through your hardware console; a bit of repatching may be required. For instance, you may need to connect the interface to an aux or bus output on the mixer to avoid recording the entire temp mix into the new track. This solution should also work with a digital console: While there is inevitably some latency in digital mixers, it's kept very low thanks to an OS that's optimized for the job. Yamaha reports, for example, an in-to-out latency of less than 2 ms for the 02R96 Version 2.

Most computer audio interfaces allow you to set the size of the input buffer. You may be wondering, "Why can't I just reduce the buffer size to its minimum to squash the in-to-out latency?" Feel free to try it, but the smaller the buffer, the harder the CPU has to work. At a certain point (which you'll find by experimenting with your system), reducing the buffer size further introduces crackling noises. These noises crop up when the CPU literally has to drop audio bytes here and there because it can't keep up.

In that situation, the solution is to buy a faster computer.

—Jim Aikin

Read more at http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_whats_holdup.

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THIS MONTH IN MIX
Urban Trackmasters, Club Systems
What do Nelly, The Roots and Al Kapone have in common? They each spent more than a year crafting their new album projects. We get the scoop from their production teams on how they're streamlining hip-hop production; click here for more .

Higher-quality digital gear at lower prices: It's what club engineers have been waiting for. Steve LaCerra breaks down next-gen club systems.

Attention, tweakers! Don't miss our newest buyers guide to compressor/limiter plug-ins.

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FEATURED PRODUCER/ARTIST
Nick Launay
Post-punk producer/engineer Nick Launay has just put the finishing touches on the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Anti), which will come out in the U.S. next month. Launay has been working with Cave for years, capturing all of the darkness, all of the gore, all of the brilliance and irony of the artist's creations. Anti is offering a free taste of Dig at its Website, where fans can stream the title track.

Cave is one of many strong musicians Launay has produced, recorded and/or mixed during 25-plus years behind the board. And one thing you can say about all of his productions is they deliver. Midnight Oil, P.i.L., Silverchair, Gang of Four, Killing Joke and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have all made seminal recordings with Launay, and he always manages to convince his artists to give everything they've got.

Over the years, Mix has picked Launay's brain about topics ranging from his early days as an assistant at The Townhouse to mixing in Pro Tools. Click the links below to learn about his techniques and projects.

For more on Launey's work, read the February 2004 "Producer's Desk" story, the Cool Spin review of Lou Reed's Animal Serenade, the Cool Spin review of The Living End's Roll On and Blair Jackson's May 2002 story "Mixing In a Pro Tools World."

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