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Table Of Contents
Mix Nashville • May 20-21, 2008
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
MASTERING LAB CLOSES HOLLYWOOD FACILITY
SOUND DEVICES 788T RECORDER
NAB Site Now Live!
Mix L.A. Open Just Weeks Away!
Save My Snare Track!
Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”
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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


MIX NASHVILLE EVENT
Mix Nashville • May 20-21, 2008
Studio. Live. Songwriting—Nashville on Nashville

Come join the editors of Mix as we pull into Soundcheck Nashville for two full days of panels, master classes and how-to programming. Presented by Apple, Digidesign and Meyer Sound, Mix Nashville features Nashville’s movers and shakers, including:

Tony Brown, Trina Shoemaker, Jeff Balding, Bob Bullock, Bill VornDick, Andrew Kautz, Chuck Ainlay, Marc Repp, Robert Scovill, Michael Wagener and many others.

Mix Panels include: Recording the Show, Plug-Ins Go Live, Keeping the Rooms Filled and Making Money, Recording Guitar, The Full-Blown Demo and Anatomy of a Hit, and many more.

Also, in conjunction with American Songwriter magazine, Mix Nashville includes two full days of songwriters on stage, complete with Demo Derby, Q&As and GarageBand demos.

Don’t miss it! Visit http://mixonline.com/ms/nashville08 to register today.

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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
MASTERING LAB CLOSES HOLLYWOOD FACILITY
On April 11, Mastering Lab president and co-founder Doug Sax (pictured) officially closed Mastering Lab's Hollywood studio at 6033 Hollywood Blvd. after 40 years at that location. Sax and the Mastering Lab's staff—including Robert Hadley, Sangwook “Sunny” Nam, Arnie Acosta, Tom Pessagno and Teresa Bustillo—now work full-time in the Mastering Lab's Ojai, Calif. facility, located 75 miles northwest of L.A. MORE
NEW PRODUCTS
SOUND DEVICES 788T RECORDER
Sound Devices has a knack for fitting a lot of power and features into their portable recorders, NAB’ers got a look at a powerful new addition to their 7-Series line of digital audio recorders: the 788T 8-track recorder. Designed specifically for multitrack on-location productions, the 8-track 788T features a significant expansion of input and output capability—eight full-featured microphone inputs and eight tracks of recording. The eight inputs, together with a thoroughly revised digital architecture, provide unprecedented recording flexibility.

The added I/O, new digital architecture, and full feature-set of the 788T hasn’t compromised the compact size that has become a trademark of the 7-Series recorders. In a stainless-steel and aluminum chassis weighing less than 4 pounds and roughly the size of a hard-backed mystery novel, the 788T accommodates individual controls and connectors for each of its eight inputs, plus numerous additional I/O and data connections.

For more information, visit Sound Devices' Website at www.sounddevices.com.

HOLOPHONE® INTRODUCES HOLOPHONE D-CODE AT NAB 2008

iZotope Unveils ANR−B Adaptive Noise Reduction Unit At NAB

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
NAB Site Now Live!
The Mix NAB Website, mixonline.com/ms/nab208, is your one-stop place to get up-to-date information on products unveiling at the show, blogs from the editors (letting you know what's cool on the showfloor), nightly podcasts, nightly newsletters, video taken from the showfloor and so much more! Check us out at booth #s SL8328, L14 and N5234.

Watch Mix's Exclusive Musikmesse 2008 Videos!

Remix Hotel Miami 2008: See All the Action!

Redmatica's 'Loops and Linguini' U.S./Canadian clinic tour is underway until April 23.

audioMIDI.com Presents DAW Workshop in Los Angeles area on April 26.

Manhattan Producers Alliance (ManHatPro) offers Spring 2008 Pro Seminar Series.

RSPE Audio Solutions is offering new Pro Tools training classes in the Los Angeles area.

Waves' 'Studio Classics Collection Experience' educational tour presents Eddie Kramer during April and May.

Check out the current issue of Game Audio Digital Magazine.

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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.
RECORDING TIP
Save My Snare Track!
A badly recorded snare can often be helped by duplicating it and then treating the duplicates as separately processed members of the same “club.” For starters, duplicate your track, either by multing it to a second channel on your console or physically duplicating it in your DAW. One of these dupes will be optimized for punch, while the other will be used to add snap. Alone, they will not have what it takes to flavor your drum mix, but that's the point—it's the combination that will work.

First, bring out the snare's low end on one track with some EQ at 100 to 200 Hz. Remember, this will be the foundation of your track, so don't be afraid to go for punch. Then treat the other track more severely, digging out the transient with a compressor set to a slow attack time (30 to 50 ms) and a fairly fast release (100 to 300 ms). The release time is tempo-dependent, so you can get away with a slower release time on a ballad than you could on an up-tempo song. Try to stay away from the dreaded “pumping,” where the compressor gasps for breath in-between hits, bringing up the noise floor unnaturally. Set the EQ to bring out more of the top frequency range of the instrument at 1 to 3 kHz. Once both tracks please your ear, you can mix them accordingly. If you're mixing in a DAW, then make sure your latency is lined up perfectly by using delay compensation or physically correct it by sliding the tracks back by the amount of delay. Most DAWs will let you see how much latency is being introduced by a group of plug-ins. Take that number and move your entire track back to match up with its original position. Keep in mind that one track's latency may not match the others due to differences in plug-ins. —Kevin Becka

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MIX CLASSICS
Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”
There are only two more weeks till Mix’s big Nashville issue. You’ll find the backstory to hot new recordings—like the debut release by Lady Antebellum, and Brian Ahern’s production of Emmylou Harris’ latest masterpiece—and a revealing look at the state of Music City’s music business. To whet your appetite for all things Nashville, read producer Elliot Mazer’s “Classic Tracks” article about one of his most memorable sessions: Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.”
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