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May 4, 2004 Volume 3, Number 9

Introducing SONAR 3 Producer Edition
New SONAR 3 Producer Edition offers a complete software-based production environment that extends your creativity with fast, intuitive controls for precise accurate, real-time editing. SONAR 3 Producer Edition also offers unparalleled customization, allowing you to fine-tune your studio to match your workflow. Over 100 new features including the Ultrafunk Sonitus:fx suite, Lexicon(R) Pantheon™ Reverb and the VSampler 3.0 DXi with 2 CDs of sample content. Purchase SONAR 3 Producer edition at your local music retailer. Click below to learn more about SONAR 3 Producer Edition. http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/default.asp


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 today for InfoComm 04, the premier exhibition and conference for the pro audio/visual communications industry, to be held June 5-11, 2004, in Atlanta. Visit infocomm04.expoexchange.com/ for up-to-date details.

The next ProToolsUsers meeting will be held in Los Angeles on May 6, 2004, discussing "Mixing Inside and Outside Pro Tools." Bruce Botnick (The Doors, Rolling Stones) will share his mixing tips with Digidesign's Tom Graham. Also planned is a debate on the merits of mixing inside a DAW and previews of the Digidesign ICON console, the new Command|8 controller and more information about new mixing products from Mackie and other manufacturers. For more information, visit protoolsusers.org.

Presonus offers a free ride to the Central Station
The piece of gear you have needed since the beginning of computer recording is here! The CENTRAL STATION from PreSonus delivers ultra-flexible mastering-grade analog and digital monitoring features along with complete recording communication functions. It will revolutionize the way you record, mix, and master. Click here to register to win a FREE CENTRAL STATION from PreSonus! www.presonus.com/html/csgiveaway


Aardvark Mac OS X Drivers for Q10
Aardvark announced its first official release of any driver on the Mac platform: The Q10 now works with all Mac audio programs such as Steinberg Nuendo, Cubase SX, Emagic Logic, BIAS and MOTU Digital Performer. Full multiclient support has been implemented so that up to four Q10 units can be installed in a G5. It also has ultralow-latency performance using Apple's CoreAudio drivers, allowing for latency performance down to 2 ms for near-real-time performance with VST instruments and soft synths. MORE

Apogee Rosetta 200
Apogee introduced the Rosetta 200, the latest addition to a new generation of converters. The Rosetta 200 is a 2-channel version of the Rosetta 800, but offers the new CODA Audio Finishing Module, MIDI support and full channel metering. MORE

Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3
Based on Cakewalk's SONAR audio and MIDI technology, Guitar Tracks Pro 3 for recording guitarists and songwriters offers numerous new features such as a completely redesigned 32x8 mixing view, dynamic edit view and navigator pane; multi-I/O support for up to 32 channels of hardware at 24/96 resolution; real-time monitoring of effects and inputs; complete automation of track parameters and effects; audio looping tools and ACID loop support; sample-accurate sync generation for use with external hard disk recorders or sequencers; extensive library of ACID loops from Smart Loops; GT:FX multi-effects suite; and IK Multimedia's LE guitar amp simulator. MORE

Digidesign Command|8, Pro Tools 6.4 Software, AVoption|V10 Avid Video Interface

Dmexx Dmatrixx Core
Dmatrixx Core is a versatile and flexible solution to distribute, mix, control and switch multiformat digital audio in an audio network. It can route and mix 64 inputs to up to 64 outputs, and its client software offers real-time control over task-specific pages. MORE

Korg Mark II Version of ELECTRIBE*S Sampler
The Mark II version of Korg's ELECTRIBE*S rhythm production sampler adds an enhanced sound set, an all-new Mod Delay effect and rugged metal case design. MORE

Now Shipping: M-Audio Nova
M-Audio's Nova cardioid condenser microphone, which is now shipping, features a 1.1-inch diameter diaphragm of evaporated gold and is capable of capturing frequencies from 20 to 18k Hz with +/-1dB tolerance across the entire frequency range. The Class-A solid-state electronics have a 14dB equivalent noise level (A-weighted) and exhibit 0.5% THD at 128 dB SPL. MORE

Megatrax 'Broadcast Sports'
Megatrax Production Music has just released a new CD of original sports music entitled Broadcast Sports, Volume #1. The new album, comprising 18 titles, was created and produced by OSI Music founders Phil Garrod and Reed Hays, who are based in New York. MORE

Omnia-3fm Turbo
The new Omnia-3fmt provides three additional bands of AGC/compression to the three existing bands of limiting offered with the Omnia-3fm, resulting in smoother segment-to-segment consistency. MORE

Tascam CD-RW750 CD Recorder
Tascam has enhanced its CD recorder with the CD-RW750, which retains the CD-RW700's features such as 24-bit digital converters, CD-R and CD-RW support, S/PDIF digital I/O and a rackmounted design, but adds CD text, A-B repeat and single playback features. MORE

Now Shipping: Ultimate Sound Bank X-Treme FX
Ultimate Sound Bank's X-Treme FX is a virtual instrument that allows users to create and trigger complex sound effects, Foley and atmospheric sounds. Engineered from the ground up, X-Treme FX is geared toward creating effects for video, CD-ROM, games, music and broadcast programs. MORE

Universal Audio UAD-1 Project Pak
The UAD-1 Project Pak is a PCI DSP card and Version 3.5 powered plug-in bundle (which includes the 1176SE vintage compressor, the Pultec EQP-1A classic EQ, RealVerb Pro, Nigel guitar processor, EX-1 EQ and Compressor, the DM-1 Delay Modulator and the CS-1 Channel Strip) for Mac and PC native DAW systems. MORE

VTG A/V Snake
Debuting at NAB 2004, VTG's new cable reel, the A/V Snake, will be distributed by Horizon Music Inc., Rapco International and VTG Broadcast Group. The portable reel has one flexible cable that contains four balanced audio lines and six 75-ohm video lines, and can be adapted for many different uses. MORE

NEWS YOU CAN USE CCRMA Summer Workshops Move to Banff
Six summer workshops (held July and August 2004) by Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) will be hosted by The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, while CCRMA's Stanford facilities undergo renovations. MORE

D&M Pro Americas Broadens Operations
The D&M Professional Americas organization, which combines the operations of Denon Professional and Marantz Professional in the United States, has now grown to include Denon DJ. This newly expanded organization will now be responsible for these three lines in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Central and South Americas. MORE

Jim Marshall Inducted Into British Empire Order
Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall Amplification, has been formally awarded the Order of the British Empire, an honor bestowed to those who render valuable service to the United Kingdom and its people. Marshall will now be known as ""Jim Marshall, OBE" to signify this order of chivalry, which is one level below Knighthood. MORE

Sony Disc Manufacturing Unites With Sony DADC
According to Sony Disc Manufacturing (SDM) and Sony DADC Austria, Sony's worldwide manufacturing facilities outside Japan will now be under the name Sony DADC. Dieter Daum who will serve as its president, will run this global software services company. The U.S. management team will comprise executive VPs Bob Hurley, Mike Mitchell and Stan Nimiroski; they will also serve as the Sony DADC Americas Board of Directors. Sony DADC has headquartered offices in Salzburg, Austria and New York. MORE

Disc Makers Announces Price Reduction
Disc Makers has dropped the price on its Elite and ElitePro automated duplication systems to attract smaller recording studios, production houses and recording musicians. In addition, the company will now be including Discjuggler.NET networking software with its Elite3 and Elite4 units (a $490 value). This software allows multiple users on a network to simultaneously send duplication projects to their Elite duplicator, including from remote locations. MORE

Universal Audio 2-1176 Debuts on Norah Jones Album
Universal Audio's new 2-1176 Twin Vintage Limiting Amplifier was used extensively on the new Norah Jones album, Feels Like Home. MORE

SEAMUS Celebrates 20 Years
Founded in 1984 by Barry Schrader and nine other composers, SEAMUS, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, has grown into a national organization of more than 500 members. SEAMUS promotes electro-acoustic music through its national conferences, publications, Website (pictured) and CD series. Each November, the society sponsors Electro-Acoustic Music Month, an international celebration featuring concerts organized by members throughout the world. MORE

Digidesign Announces Pro Tools|HDpack Version 6
Along with the standard DigiRack set of Digidesign plug-ins, free Bomb Factory plug-ins and the Music Production Enhancement Suite (versions of Reason, Live and IK Multimedia's SampleTank, AmpliTube and T-RackS EQ), a new Pro Tools|HD system with HDpack 6.0 includes a PACE iLok Smart Key.Now available, the Pro Tools|HDpack Version 6.0 is free to those who purchase and register a new Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel system. MORE


Streaming Media East, Streaming & Digital Media Solutions for the Business World (www.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 www.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 www.HomeEntertainment-EXPO.com.

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


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 www.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.

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 www.musikmesse.com, www.prolight-sound.com or e-mail consumer@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.


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 Café" 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 www.songwriting.net.

Playboy.com and SuicideGirls have teamed up to present the ""Search for America's 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 www.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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