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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    April 1, 2008  
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With sixteen inputs, the TASCAM US-1641 is the ideal choice to record the whole band to a computer. Eight mic/line inputs plus six line inputs gives you plenty of channels for a large ensemble, drum set for just about any live recording. The US-1641 packs the interfacing power of a big console into only one rackspace. For more information www.tascam.com


Table Of Contents
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
Music + Arts Studio Opens in Memphis
VIRTUAL SUR-REALITY
Musikmesse Videos!
Mix L.A. Open Just Weeks Away!
RICHARD DODD'S TOP 10 RECORDING TIPS
NAB Special: HD Production
Grammy-Winner Larry Klein
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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.


TALKBACK
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
We'd like to hear from anyone who has worked in Nashville. Tell us about your most memorable Nashville session! And if you've worked in Nashville for several years, tell us about how the scene has changed. E-mail us at mixeditorial@mixonline.com.
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FEATURE STORY
Music + Arts Studio Opens in Memphis
Independent record label Archer Records, based in Memphis, Tenn. and owned by Ward Archer (pictured), has moved its studio and label operations into a 100-year-old limestone building in an historic part of Memphis. Archer’s new facility, Music+Arts Recording and Mixing, now occupies the space that was formerly home to Sounds Unreel recording studio, following Archer Record’s 2007 purchase of Sounds Unreel, which had opened in 1981.

Coinciding with Archer Records’ move into larger facilities, Archer expanded the scope of his business beyond traditional music production to accommodate 5.1 surround mixing for picture, citing a greater need for surround mixes from what he describes as Memphis’ “burgeoning film scene.” MORE

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NEW PRODUCTS
VIRTUAL SUR-REALITY
You work in an environment with virtual consoles, virtual instruments, virtual sessions. Don't you think it's time to take the next step? Maybe you have all of the right gear, but your studio is a rat-infested pit with egg-cartoned walls. The solution: The Virtual Sur-Reality Environment®. Just put on the $399 helmet and drop the visor. Instantly, you'll experience the sights and sounds of tracking in the Taj Mahal, Abbey Road Studios or 99 other virtual locales. Also available is a live sound version. Why suffer in that dumpy basement club when you can be mixing at Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium or the Sydney Opera House? Order yours today!

RF CENTRAL UNPACKS FLEXIBILITY AT NAB 2008 WITH DEBUT OF PHT-II HD UPGRADEABLE TRANSMITTER

Komit Blazes Onto Scene

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
Musikmesse Videos!
Dan Duffel of Solid State Logic provides an overview of the new Matrix Superanalogue Mixer/Router/DAW controller, during Musikmesse 2008 in Frankfurt. To watch the video, click here.

Mix Nashville 2008
Join the editors of Mix on May 20-21, 2008 for an intensive look at Nashville, the hottest recording market in the country today. The place where studio meets live. Where country reigns and rock and blues come to play. Where churches and clubs sit side by side, both pumping out quality sound. Two days of studio, live, songwriting, production. Two days of networking, demos, education and performance. Be sure to visit Mix's special Nashville event page at http://mixonline.com/ms/nashville08.

RSPE Audio Solutions Hosts Pro Tools Classes
Beginning April 3, RSPE Audio Solutions is offering new Pro Tools training classes in the Los Angeles area. For more information, call 818/776-8665 or go to www.rspe.com/training.

Central Region AES Student Summit April 4-6
Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. will host the second annual Central Region AES Student Summit April 4-6, featuring guest speakers Bob Heil, founder and president of Heil Sound Ltd., and top mastering engineer Bob Katz. The summit will offer panels, tutorials, demos, networking opportunities and more. Students may pre-register for $20. For more information and to register, go to www.webster.edu/aes.

Manhattan Producers Alliance Announces Training Seminars
The Manhattan Producers Alliance (ManHatPro) in New York City is offering new seminars and master classes for professional development, beginning April 12. A working knowledge of digital audio workstations and experience as a working professional are prerequisites for all pro seminars. For information on specific offerings and to register, click here.

Redmatica 'Loops and Linguini' Tour Dates
MV Pro Audio announces a U.S./Canadian clinic tour that begins Monday, April 14 in New York City, showcasing Redmatica Srl’s Compendium Bundle suite of sampled instrument creation, editing and management tools. Redmatica founder Andrea “Gnocci” Gozzi and Dino “Mozzarella” Virella will hold public clinics at retail music stores in Midwestern and Eastern states and Eastern Canada. Seating is very limited; Redmatica advises that you contact venues to register prior to attending. For a list of scheduled clinics, go to www.mvproaudio.com/News/newsredlnl.html.

AES Nashville Presents C2 Conference April 18-19
The AES Nashville Section has developed the C2 (Capturing Creativity) conference and gear expo for achieving professional results in personal studios, scheduled for April 18 and 19 at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum. Participants will include leading producer/engineers Jeff Balding, Chuck Ainlay, Russ Long, Pat McMakin and Bil VornDick, and Lynn Fuston of 3D Audio. Early registration is open through April 4 and is $149 for AES members, $199 for non-members, $59 for non-member students and $39 for student members. For more information, visit www.aesnashville.org/c2con.htm.

Waves On Tour Presents Eddie Kramer
Waves' "Studio Classics Collection Experience" is an educational tour that is visiting cities across the U.S. during March, April and May. Renowned producer/engineer Eddie Kramer and Waves product specialists are presenting lectures and demonstrations of Waves' Studio Classics Collection plug-in bundle, which comprises Waves' SSL 4000, V-Series and API Collections. For the latest tour updates, click here.

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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TEC UPDATE
Mix L.A. Open Just Weeks Away!
The 13th Annual Mix L.A. Open, set for Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Malibu Country Club, promises to be bigger and better than ever! Hosted by honorary chairman Ed Cherney, the best ball tournament will have more contests, more prizes and more auction items. Open to any level golfer, the event begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., with the shotgun start at 10 a.m. The awards dinner and silent auction are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. MORE.
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RECORDING TIP
RICHARD DODD'S TOP 10 RECORDING TIPS
Nashville-based engineer Richard Dodd, whose career credits include artists such as the Little River Band, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, and many more, says that in recording, "There are no rules, as long as no harm can come to man or gear."

Here, Dodd offers his personal Top 10 recording tips:

1. Do no harm, step back and make sure that you are not getting 'in the way’ of a good 'sound.'
2. Change, don’t 'tweak;' no one hears 'tweaks.'
3. If someone asks for the vocal up 0.2 dB, laugh as if it’s the funniest joke you’ve ever heard, burst out laughing later, too, and quote the joke. Repeat as needed.
4. Don’t use 'brickwall limiting' on your mix for any reason other than you like it. A good mastering engineer can make it louder/better than you can, but they can’t remove an inappropriate decision.
5. If in doubt, don’t.
6. If it’s 'right,' do it.
7. Be ready: The 'wrong' gear choice that is ready beats waiting past the 'best available performance window.'
8. Share your knowledge.
9. Keep something secret.
10. Stop when you aren’t having fun anymore.

For more on Richard Dodd, watch for Eddie Ciletti's "Tech's Files" column in Mix's May 2008 issue.

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THIS MONTH IN MIX
NAB Special: HD Production
From the stage to the living room, we learn how to maximize HD audio from the masters. We were backstage at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the New York Metropolitan Opera's TV and theater broadcasts, and we got the scoop from the team who mixed Justin Timberlake's tour special in HD surround for HBO.

Plus we take a hard look at what it takes to complete the HD facility transition, from a nuts-and-bolts systems approach.

That fat tax-return check burning a hole in your pocket? Check out our complete guide to the sweetest solid-state mic pre's.

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FEATURED PRODUCER/ARTIST
Grammy-Winner Larry Klein
Producer/bass player Larry Klein has earned three Grammys for Joni Mitchell projects, but the most recent one was for a Herbie Hancock album.

Klein was an ideal collaborator to produce Hancock’s recent River: The Joni Letters—a double Grammy winner as Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Though he is perhaps best known for his bass playing and/or production work with Mitchell (who is also his former wife), and other album rock faves such as Don Henley, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel and Madeleine Peyroux, Klein began his career as a jazz player. So, where does Herbie Hancock’s path connect with Joni Mitchell’s? In Larry Klein. As the producer recently told Mix’s New York editor, David Weiss, “I realized it would be such a great way to braid together so many important elements: the jazz world and the huge part of my life that Joni’s music has played.”

Read more about Klein’s work on River. For more about Klein's work as a producer, read the "Producer's Desk" interview from Mix's June 2002 issue, and the October 2006 "Recording Notes" story on Madeleine Peyroux's release Half the Perfect World.

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