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Table Of Contents
Mix Nashville • May 20-21, 2008
SHARE YOUR NASHVILLE STORIES
2008 NAB SHOW COVERAGE!
NEUMANN TLM 103D
Free Webinar: Optimizing Speaker Performance in Your Studio
Mix L.A. Open Just Weeks Away!
Using a Ribbon Mic Pre On Stringed Instruments
Blair's DVD Watch: Zawinul, Metheny: More Than Jazz
Americans Mostly Disinterested In Mobile Music
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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
2008 NAB SHOW COVERAGE!
This year's NAB show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (April 14-17) offered all you'd expect from the world's largest media show, but with some considerable differences.

The buzz on the floor centered around some missing key players: Apple and Avid did not have their usual impressive presence at NAB, although Apple had some other key events going on in the city. Digidesign, a subsidiary of Avid, was over in the North Hall this year, which came up about three aisles short because of missing exhibitors. Traffic was noticeably down, although the South Hall had the usual mad rush of attendees wanting to gawk at the eye candy provided on the floor. MORE

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NEW PRODUCTS
NEUMANN TLM 103D

By George Petersen

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Neumann shows no signs of slowing down. Making its U.S. debut at last week's NAB show is Neumann's TLM 103D, a digital version of the its best-selling TLM 103 cardioid, large-diaphragm studio condenser mic. Part of the company's growing Solution-D series of digital products, the new microphone's integrated fast peak limiter optimizes recording levels, while an onboard Neumann A/D converter (44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz) eliminates the need for external converters and preamps.

Digital output options include AES-42, USB, S/PDIF and AES/EBU, for direct connection to DAWs, digital consoles or recorders. “This ensures that the legendary Neumann sound is captured unchanged on the user’s hard disk, with optimal quality,” says company president of marketing and sales Wolfgang Fraissinet.

Among the TLM 103D's remote controllable functions are: low-cut filter (0/40/80/160 Hz); pre-attenuation (0/-6/-12/-18 dB); gain (0 to 63 dB in 1dB steps, clickless); test-signal outputs (1 kHz, white noise, pink noise); soft muting; phase reverse; parametric compressor/limiter (with de-esser function); and an independent peak limiter to avoid clipping. The mic operates on phantom power (per AES-42 guidelines) and specs include an equivalent noise level rating of 7 dBA, 127 dB dynamic range, a 20 to 20k Hz frequency response and 134dB SPL handling.

Now shipping, the TLM 103 D is offered in nickel and black finishes, and a variety of configurations and packages are available.

Click here to download the TLM 103D brochure, or more information, visit www.neumannusa.com.

Spectrasonics Previews New Flagship Virtual Instrument: “Omnisphere”

HOLOPHONE® INTRODUCES HOLOPHONE D-CODE AT NAB 2008

MORE NEW PRODUCTS FROM THE BRIEFING ROOM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
Free Webinar: Optimizing Speaker Performance in Your Studio
On Thursday, May 1, 2008, the editors of Mix, Electronic Musician and Remix will present a live Webinar hosted by veteran acoustic consultant Bob Hodas, who will explain how to set up stereo speakers and the listening position in any given room to optimize system performance, and share tips for selecting acoustic treatments and determining where those treatments should be placed. The Webinar is free and will take place at 2 p.m. EDT and 11 a.m. PDT. To register, click here.

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!
Want to go home in a new Land Rover Sport? How about driving a Porsche Carerra for a weekend getaway? Or maybe end the day $10,000 richer? It's all possible at the 13th Annual Mix LA Open, sponsored by Guitar Center Professional! MORE.
RECORDING TIP
Using a Ribbon Mic Pre On Stringed Instruments
Longtime Skaggs Family Records recording engineer and studio manager Lee Groitzsch specializes in recording the acoustic music of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and other label clients. To capture acoustic and stringed instruments, Groitzsch relies on an array of new and vintage ribbon microphones, and he reports that his tracks were often plagued by noise generated from the unreasonably high gain needed by the ribbons on conventional high-end mic pres.

"Back before condensers, when ribbons were the only high-end type of mic, preamps were ohm-matched to particular ribbons," Groitzsch says. "Modern preamps generally have lower impedance suitable for condensers, but they can cause the ribbon's signal noise to be hard to deal with in quiet sections of music. That's what was difficult to work around."

Skaggs Family Records recently acquired a TRUE Precision P-SOLO Ribbon mic pre to capture better stringed instrument sounds. Groitzsch used it with his RCA 44, RCA 77, Royer R-121 and Coles Ribbon on Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder's Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass and unreleased acoustic re-cuts of some of Skaggs' hits for Cracker Barrel Records. The TRUE Systems P-SOLO Ribbon has very high input impedance for optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio of ribbon mics and dynamic mics. In addition, it offers no phantom power, which can be potentially damaging to ribbon mics.

"I've been here eight years now, and we're getting better and better sounds as we get new tools," Groitzsch says. "We didn't tell the banjo player, Jim Mills, that we were doing anything different, but when he heard his playback, he was blown away. It was the best banjo sound he had heard on himself in a while!" The P-SOLO Ribbon also includes a high-end direct input (DI). Groitzsch now uses it regularly to record electric bass. "It sounds great as a DI," he adds. "The sonic quality is impressive."

For more information on the P-SOLO, click here. For more on Skaggs Family Records and recording bluegrass instruments, be sure to check out Mix's May 2008 issue!

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BLAIR'S DVD WATCH
Blair's DVD Watch: Zawinul, Metheny: More Than Jazz

Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait (Arthaus Musik)
Keyboardist and bandleader extraordinaire Joe Zawinul was one of my all-time favorite musicians, and his death in September 2007 from cancer came as a real shock—I had interviewed him earlier in the year (for the fourth or fifth time since the late ’70s) and I assumed there would be more chances for us to talk down the road. He was one of those artists who was constantly searching musically, always open to new influences and, in my view, never made a bad record; indeed, most were great, from his pre-Miles solo work, through Weather Report, to his 20 years or so of various incarnations of the Zawinul Syndicate. Though he was 71 when he passed away, there’s no doubt he had plenty more music in him...MORE.

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AUDIO IN THE NEWS
Americans Mostly Disinterested In Mobile Music
Direct-to-mobile downloads were once hailed as the high-priced successor to the ringtone. But a myriad of issues have stymied the growth of the OTA, including complicated purchasing paths, enormous price tags, and simple sideloading alternatives. Read more.
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