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June 4, 2002  

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AES Europe, From The Floor:
  StageTec Aurus and Cube-Tec AudioCube5-Dell530

AKG Donates Technology for Song Contest
Shure Bid For Hearing Raises More Than $10,000 For Hearing Conservation
One-inch Demand Rises
Steinberg Cubase SX on Tour
In the June Mix...

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AES Europe, From The Floor:
  StageTec Aurus and Cube-Tec AudioCube5-Dell530

--Munich, May 13, 2002   
Rolling into Munich, Germany, from May 10-13, 2002, the 112th AES Convention arrived on the heels of the NSCA and NAB shows just weeks earlier, leaving few surprises in technology. However, AES offered several major new-product announcements. StageTec, creators of the well-known Cantus digital console and Nexus routing systems, unveiled Aurus, a large-format, 24/96k board with up to 256 buses, 300 inputs and as many as 96 channel strips. But it is designed with an analog feel, based on nimble ergonomics with large TFT screens, dual-fan LED displays and multiple alphanumeric readouts for fast-paced production. Another hot AES showing was Cube-Tec's AudioCube5-Dell530, which packs the punch of the company's earlier custom dual-Pentium III systems, but is based on Dell's affordable, off-the-shelf D530 workstation. With the price of the new audio mastering/archival/restoration system dropping from around $27k to $12k, it's little wonder that the company has sold 24 systems worldwide in the past few months, with more than half going into the U.S. market.

Perhaps the big news at AES was AES itself. Based on a survey of visitors and exhibitors, AES has decided to expand the current Amsterdam-Paris-Munich show rotation to include new cities such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, and possibly Rome or Milan. Next year's show returns to Amsterdam (note: not Paris, the original planned site) from March 22-25, 2003, a week after NSCA, less than two weeks after Frankfurt Musikmesse and 11 days prior to NAB. Given the reality of today's economic climate and the logistics of shipping exhibits over great distances, the situation leaves many exhibitors with tough choices ahead on what shows to attend. See our reports on mixonline.com and in the July issue of Mix for more AES highlights.

Product Updates

SIA Software Company to Release SmaartLive Version 5.0 on June 17
Emagic Develops HUI Emulator for Logic Control
Cycling '74 Debuts Pluggo 3.0 for RTAS, MAS and VST

From Mix's Daily News Service

AKG Donates Technology for Song Contest
AKG Acoustics has donated several pieces of equipment to www.Songlounge.com, a new Internet-based quarterly song contest site. MORE

Shure Bid For Hearing Raises More Than $10,000 For Hearing Conservation
Shure Bid For Hearing Raises More Than $10,000 For Hearing Conservation
"Better Hearing and Speech Month" in May got off to a great start, thanks to the fundraising and awareness efforts of the Shure Bid for Hearing online charity auction, sponsored by audio manufacturer Shure Incorporated. MORE

One-inch Demand Rises
Artists and producers in the Los Angeles area are steadily notching up their demand for stereo mastering on the 1-inch analog format. MORE

Elliot Scheiner Takes Delivery of First Yamaha Digital Console
Yamaha Corporation of America (Buena Park, Calif.) announced the first U.S. delivery of the DM2000 digital console to engineer/producer and five-time Grammy winner Elliot Scheiner for his 5.1 studio in Redding, Conn. MORE

L.A. Studios Upgrade with Sony Digital Console
The L.A. Studios Inc. (Hollywood), parent company of the audio post-production facilities L.A. Studios, Margarita Mix Hollywood and Margarita Mix de Santa Monica, announced that the L.A. Studios location has reo-opened its newly refurbished Studio C suite, which is designed around Sony's DMX-R100 digital console. MORE

Seventh Annual Mix L.A. Open Slated For June 10
Nearly 150 golfers from the music and pro audio industry will gather Monday, June 10, 2002, at the Malibu Country Club to participate in the Seventh Annual Mix L.A. Open. MORE
…more daily news


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Feature Events
Steinberg Cubase SX on Tour
Steinberg Cubase SX on Tour at Guitar Centers throughout the country through June 13. MORE

Pro Tools HD Plug-Infusion Tour from Digidesign, held at dealer locations around the country.MORE

Avid Technology's eight-city tour remaining dates: June 5, Atlanta; June 17, New York City; June 10, Miami; June 26, Dallas; July 10, San Francisco; July 16; Seattle. MORE

Akai Professional Demo Tour 2002: At Sam Ash in Tampa, June 4; and at Sam Ash in Miami on June 6. MORE

Syn-Aud-Con update: "Sound System Optimization Seminars" in Santiago, Chile, June 10-11, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 13-14; "Sound System Design Seminars" in Lima, Peru, June 17-18, and Monterey, Mexico, June 20-21. MORE

M3/Replitech Dates: June 24-26, 2002 in Amsterdam; November 6-8, 2002 in Bangkok; and February 4-6, 2003 in San Jose, Calif. MORE

The Indie Sessions (sponsored by Mix's sister publications Electronic Musician, Remix and Onstage): New York City at The Puck Building, August 17; Nashville at The Radisson Hotel Opryland, August 24; and Los Angeles at The Radisson Hotel, September 7. MORE

DVD Entertainment 2002 Conference, August 21-22 in Universal City, Calif. MORE

Music China, the China International Trade Fair for Musical Instruments & Services, October 16-19, 2002, in Shanghai, China. MORE

Summer NAMM (July 19-21 in Nashville): Suite and event space request forms are now due (last chance is by June 28); badge pre-registration deadline is June 7.

The CEDAR Awards 2002 will be accepting nominees until June 30, 2002.

AES (Los Angeles): Go to www.aes.org to get an exhibitor application by July 4.

In Mix Magazine This Month
In the June Mix...
Surround Solutions: Top Designers Tackle 5.1
With an increasing number of studios taking on surround work for audio, film and DVD, designers and acousticians are creating a new breed of facility. MORE

The Class of 2002
In our annual design showcase, we feature some of the best-designed studios that have opened or reopened since last spring. MORE

On the Floor at NAB and NSCA
Take a look at the coolest equipment that debuted at two of the audio industry’s biggest conventions.

Turnkey Acoustic Treatment Package
Whether you’re adding a room or trying to correct an existing acoustical problem, you may want to consider one of the many complete acoustical packages or rooms on the market. MORE


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AEA , APC, Brauner, Drawmer, GML, FMR Audio, Sequerra, Soundelux, SoundField , ZSYS

Recording Tips from Inside Mix
FOH engineer Mark Horton on mixing for The Chieftains: "I go for an overall hall sound. When I do use EQ, I set it by playing the Sting CD Mercury Falling that I’ve had for years, then fine-tune it with my voice through a [Shure] SM58, then I do a few more adjustments during soundcheck. The idea with the show is to try and make the people in the audience feel like they are in a living room with the band playing. I try to make it very natural-sounding." MORE

Steve Cropper on mixing:
"I like to start a session analog, but I'm not an "analog-to-death" kind of guy. I believe in technology going forward. Even when I do a session on digital, we still warm it up somewhere in the process. In mastering or mixing, running the signal through some tubes somewhere." MORE

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