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April 5, 2004 Volume 3, Number 7

Table of Contents
Announcements from Mix
NAB New Products
NAB: Omni Presents White Paper
Musikmesse: BIAS Launches "Spark to Peak" Spring Promotion


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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio presents the Ninth Annual Mix L.A. Open at the Malibu Country Club on Monday, June 14, 2004, at 10 a.m. For more information, download a flyer at mixfoundation.org/LAopen/LAopen.html or e-mail Karen Dunn, tournament director, at Karen@tecawards.org; phone: 925/939-6149. The foundation also announced that the 20th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco. The TEC Awards honors outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design. For more information, visit mixfoundation.org.

Register for InfoComm '04, June 5-11, 2004, in Atlanta, where you'll get the latest systems integration, production, and rental and staging information. Join 20,000 A/V industry professionals at the Georgia World Congress Center for manufacturer training programs, career-enhancing courses and 600-plus exhibitors on the tradeshow floor. infocomm.org

 
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NAB NEW PRODUCTS

The NAB 2004 Convention hits Las Vegas from April 17-22, 2004. The conference will feature a new track, "Worship Technology Conference," which will focus on technologies used in producing programming for churches and ministries held April 19-22, 2004 (nab.org/conventions/nab2004/Default.asp). While at the NSCA show, be sure to stop by and pick up a copy of Mix at booth #1234!" Here are a few products making their NAB debut:

Gepco HBB Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box
Gepco will feature the portable HBB Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box and the HDR Hybrid Component Distribution Rack, a single-space rack chassis for breakout from hybrid fiber camera connectors to discrete electrical and fiber connectors, at NAB in booth #C1429. MORE

Holophone H2-PRO Surround Mic
Holophone, a division of Rising Sun Productions Ltd., will launch its first commercial product, The Holophone H2-PRO Surround Sound Microphone, at NAB (in SRS Labs' booth #N1502). The H2-PRO incorporates a new design that maintains the patented "head" shape, adds 8-channel recording capability (5.1 channels plus a top channel and a center-rear channel), and has an improved connector and handle. Priced at $6,000 U.S., the Holophone H2-PRO will begin shipping by July. MORE

Mackie dXb*400, Onyx, Many Others
Mackie will use this year's NAB show (booth #5913) to introduce its new equipment, including the new FireWire-capable Onyx analog mixers and the dXb*400 professional recording and post-production console. MORE

Megatrax MEGASONICS
Megatrax Production Music (NAB booth #SU7662) will show its new offering, MEGASONICS, a state-of-the-art producers' sound design toolkit for post-production. MORE

Neutrik AA Series
Neutrik will debut its XLR Chassis Connectors "AA" Series at NAB in booth #C5842. The "AA" Series will be compatible with the "A" Series, and will only be available in female versions. MORE

Sanken New Microphones, Preamp
At NAB 2004 (booth #N3918), Sanken will show four new microphones. MORE

StageTec AURUS, CANTUS, C.A.S.
At this year's NAB, StageTec Mediagroup will focus on its digital mixing consoles AURUS, CANTUS and C.A.S. MIX 64, as well as NEXUS audio routers and highly specialized intercom systems manufactured by DELEC, a member of the Mediagroup since 2002. MORE

Symetrix AirTools 6200 Voice Processor
Symetrix is introducing the new AirTools 6200 voice processor and upgrades to the Studio Matrix signal processing system at booth #N1610. All units are now shipping. MORE

TAPCO Studio Monitors
The new TAPCO by Mackie brand (booth #5913) will display its new family of affordable, high-performance studio monitors that were conceived and engineered by the same design team behind the Mackie HR Series studio monitors. MORE

Musikmesse: Steinberg HALion 3, WaveLab 5, Alliance With Yamaha
Steinberg Media Technologies announced the latest version of its HALion VST sampler, HALion 3, which adds new technologies such as RAMSave. HALion 3 will be available Q2, 2004. MORE

NEWS YOU CAN USE

NAB: Omni Presents White Paper
Omni president Frank Foti and Scott Martin of Nautel will release their joint white paper, "Enhancing the Digital Path: Digital Multiplex (D-MPX) Connectivity," at the Broadcast Engineering Conference, at 3 p.m., Monday, April 19, at the NAB Convention Center, Room N110. MORE


Musikmesse: BIAS Launches "Spark to Peak" Spring Promotion
BIAS Inc. announced at Musikemesse that Peak 4.1 (currently shipping) is now offered at a discount to users of TC Works and TC Electronic's Spark and Spark XL audio software, available until June 31, 2004, for $299, a $200 discount. MORE

Vienna Announces Price Increase
According to the company, in response to the declining value of the U.S. dollar against the European Euro (about 20 percent drop from 18 months ago), Vienna Symphonic Library is receiving 20 percent less income per product from North America than in Europe. Because of this, the company has increased its prices for all products for North American customers and dealers, approximately by 10 percent. MORE

Marcellus Alexander Named President NAB Education Foundation
As the new president of the NAB Education Foundation, Marcellus Alexander will oversee the expanded foundation's services, including the annual Service to America summit held each June in Washington, D.C.; he will remain executive VP of television at NAB. MORE

Airshow Mastering Hires Senior Engineer
Boulder, Colo.-based Airshow Mastering has hired Dominick Maita as senior engineer. Maita brings more than 20 years of experience in pro audio, including stints as chief recording engineer at RPM Studios (New York City) and as a freelance engineer/mixer throughout the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, he was a mastering engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Recent mastering clients include projects by Darden Smith, Nnenna Freelon, Fall Out Boy and Loudon Wainwright III. MORE

Audio-Technica Holds Annual Charity Sale
Audio-Technica U.S. recently held its seventh One-Day Charity Sale promotional event with proceeds of more than $20,000 going to nonprofit organizations. MORE

Sennheiser Announces Regional Structure, Promotions
Sennheiser announced that its professional division sales force will operate across three geographic regions rather than two: West, South/Central and Northeast. MORE

Guitar Center Opens Texas Locale
Guitar Center will open a new location in Fort Worth, TexasÑthe superstore's 129th locationÑon May 13, 2004, located at 5250 S. Hulen St., Forth Worth, TX 76132-1905; telephone and fax numbers are unconfirmed at this time. MORE

EVENTS

The next Pro Tools users meeting will be held in Los Angeles following the NAB show in April 2004. The discussion topic will be "Mixing Inside and Outside of Pro Tools." Industry pro Tom Graham and Digidesign reps will be debating the merits of mixing inside your DAW, and at least oneÑpossibly twoÑleading manufacturers will have special previews of new mixing products of particular interest to the Pro Tools user. For more information, visit protoolsusers.org/.

Spectrasonics' virtual instruments Stylus, Atmosphere and Trilogy will be featured on-tour with Apple Computer as they cross Canada during six "Join the Music Revolution" demonstration events. The free, all-day seminars will offer real-time demos on how to create original music tracks on a Macintosh. There will also be a vendor fair featuring sales representatives for Spectrasonics products and information on other leading Macintosh music solutions. For more information on the Apple tour, visit apple.ca/musicrevolution; interested attendees can register online at apple.com/goToSeries.html?id=4298.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Streaming Media East, Streaming & Digital Media Solutions for the Business World (streamingmedia.com/east/), will be held May 11-12, 2004, at the Hilton NY in New York City. It features more than 30 sessions and three tracks on business, technology and content subjects. Hear the latest issues pertaining to such topics ascollaborative applications, live broadcasting, content-protection strategies, TV networks and streaming, broadband content models, enterprise applications, wireless services and solutions, streaming for education and security, Web conferencing, eLearning, the cost of streaming and more.

The National Association of Record Industry Professionals presents "Hit Records and Blockbuster Movies: A Match Made in Heaven?" to be held Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Beverly Garland Hotel (Studio City, Calif.) at 7:30 p.m. (cocktails at 6:30 p.m.); discussion will center on the effect of blockbuster movies on record sales and box office. Panelists include John Anderson (senior VP, film and TV Music at Windswept Pacific), John Houlihan (Training Day, Austin Powers series, The Bachelor, etc.) of Soundtrack Music Associates, music supervisor Frankie Pine (Chasing Papi, Santa Clause 2, Ocean s Eleven) and moderator Tess Taylor, president of NARIP. Register at narip.com or call 818/769-7007.

Home Entertainment 2004 will take place in two locales: New York City (May 20-23, 2004, at the New York Hilton) and San Francisco (November 4-7, 2004, at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel). Advance tickets can be ordered at HomeEntertainment-EXPO.com.

Syn-Aud-Con Update: A 'Hands-On" Seminar will be held May 24-25 and 27-28, 2004, in Greenville, Ind. synaudcon.com

The 2004 Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC) and Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) will be held at John Jay College Auditorium in New York City in June. The Broadway Lighting Master Classes will be held from June 16-18, 2004, and the Broadway Sound Master Classes held on June 18-20, 2004. Both are professional-level seminars that focus on the best of lighting and sound design for Broadway and beyond. Both the BLMC and BSMC feature special manufacturer showcases. Highlights include a ticket to a hit Broadway show and post-show discussion, plus the12th annual EDDY Awards for excellence in entertainment design and technology, held Friday, June 18. For more, visit entertainmentdesignmag.com.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2004 will be held June 28-July 2, 2004, in San Francisco. Session tracks include application technologies, development tools, enterprise IT, graphics and media, hardware technologies, OS foundations and QuickTime digital media. developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Music China/Prolight + Sound Shanghai will be held October 20-23, 2004, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (China). With confirmed national pavilions from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, the UK and the U.S., plus exhibitors from 10 additional countries, the show promises to be a truly international showcase of musical instruments and pro audio and lighting equipment. For more information, visit musikmesse.com, prolight-sound.com or e-mail consumer@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.


DEADLINES

Entries for the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition are currently being accepted until May 28, 2004. Winning songs will receive airplay on nationally syndicated radio program "Acoustic CafŽ" and XM Radio, as well as $50,000 in cash, merchandise and exposure. Songs may be entered in 15 categories, including pop, rock and country. For more information, visit songwriting.net.

Playboy.com and SuicideGirls have teamed up to present the "Search for America' Best Unsigned Band." Now through June 1, 2004, aspiring musical acts not affiliated with a record label can log onto Playboy.com to enter the contest. The winning band will receive their choice of $2,500 in studio time or cash, or the Playboy "Hottie" Gibson guitar. The band will also be featured in an article on Playboy.com and will open one show for the popular SuicideGirls Burlesque Act. Entrants must be a band or solo artist, 18 years or older and reside in the United States. Additional rules and guidelines can be found at Playboy.com

Prospective vocalists for the Montreal International Musical Competition (May 9-20, 2005), formerly known as Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition, have until January 21, 2005, to send in their application form, which can be found at jeunessesmusicales.com.

DBE Publishing, a branch of Digital Bear Entertainment, an independent artist development, production and publishing company in Boston, is seeking songwriters with recordings for placement in television programs, commercials and feature films. Artists interested in placing their work in sound-for-picture applications should e-mail publishing@digitalbear.com.



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