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June 21, 2004 Volume 3, Number 12

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Studio Precision 8 Biamplified Direct Field Monitors Nominated for TEC Award
Each and every day a host of award-winning producers, engineers, composers, and sound designers make the switch from their old monitors to the new Studio Precision 8 from Event Electronics. Find out why the editors of Mix gave them the prestigious TEC Award nomination, and Electronic Musician rated them a "Perfect 5" and "Cons: None" in their latest review. More...


The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio 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.

Check in and Check Out the Remix Hotel NYC!
Returning to the SAE Institute of Technology on June 25-27, 2004, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, the Remix Hotel NYC features technology partners Digidesign, M-Audio, Propellerhead, Ableton, Blue Sky, Cakewalk, Denon, Emagic, Event Electronics, IK Multimedia, Ilio, Mackie, Pioneer DJ, Planet X, Rane, Serato, Sirius, Steinberg, Turntable Lab, Music Marketing, Promo Only and more signing on every day! Special events, artist appearances and shows being announce online at nyc.remixhotel.com. SAE is located at 1293 Broadway, 9th Floor of the Staples/Daffy's building at 6th Ave. at W. 34th. Register online today at nyc.remixhotel.com!


Ableton Live 4
Ableton Live 4 (Mac OS 9/X and Windows) offers users MIDI sequencing, pattern recording, drag-and-drop sampling, virtual instruments and MIDI hardware support, in addition to enhanced features such as swing/groove for audio and MIDI clips, a new channel-routing scheme, simplified recording, sample reverse and several new creative options for the Session view. MORE

Apple PowerMac G5
Every model in Apple's new Power Mac G5 features dual 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors. The top model -- offering two 2.5GHz processors, a front-side bus running at 1.25 GHz per processor and advanced liquid cooling -- starts at $2,999. The entry model, featuring dual 1.8GHz processors, starts at $1,999. MORE

Applied Acoustic Systems Lounge Lizard EP-2 Version 2.0.1
This update from AAS is free for all Lounge Lizard EP-2 users and includes the following bug fixes and enhancements: Smaller exported presets, added MIDI controller range mapping, removed MIDI links by default, corrected sampling rate problem in some VST hosts, better performance in RTAS plug-in format, improved support for parameter names on control surfaces, AudioUnits version now works in thousands of colors, corrected automation bug in FL Studio and corrected sustain pedal with Roland D50. For more, visit applied-acoustics.com/loungelizard.htm.

Now Shipping: Digidesign, Focusrite Liquid Channel
Digidesign, the North American distributor of Focusrite products, is now shipping Focusrite's The Liquid Channel, a pro channel strip that transports classic front-end processing into the digital age. The Liquid Channel emulates classic mic pre's and compressors in a single 192kHz-compatible 2U device. MORE

Now Shipping: Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis
The Digidesign 64-Bit Expansion Chassis, designed and built by MAGMA, expands the capabilities of Pro Tools|HD Accel systems by compensating for the PCI slot limitations typical of most host computers, giving users access to necessary DSP and video power needed. MORE

Digigram HR Series of PCX Sound Cards
Digigram has added to its PCX range of sound cards with the HR (High-Resolution) Series of PCX sound cards, which feature 24-bit/192kHz converters, more advanced functions, added processing power and greater flexibility for custom developments. The new cards address current and future market needs as expressed by Digigram's OEM development partners. MORE

Digital Audio Labs CDX-D8
The CDX-D8 (Windows 2000/XP) is a high-performance, 8-channel AES/EBU interface with word clock that includes XLR+BNC breakout cable is now shipping. MORE

Molex SFP Ganged Cages
The SFP Ganged Cages from Molex Inc. are multiport cages geared for networking applications such as switches and routers, and storage and data communication devices including high-end servers. The cages are available in four versions: 1x2, 1x4, 1x5 and 1x6. Their rugged metal cage design is based on the small form factor multisource agreement (MSA), include a press-fit pin design, an elastomer 360-degree gasket and multiple ground-pin locations for EMI containment. MORE

Native Instruments FM7 Volume 2
With FM7 Sounds Volume 2, Native Instruments offers a new preset package (256 new sounds) for the FM7 synth (Windows, Mac OS 9/X) that complements the FM7 factory library and FM7 Sounds Volume 1. MORE

Tube-Tech SSA 2A, MMC 1A
TC Electronic, Tube-Tech's North American distributor, announced the development of the new Tube-Tech SSA 2A stereo summing amplifier, which offers eight stereo inputs and one stereo output that are summed together with low-noise, low-distortion tube amplifiers. The company's new microphone preamplifier with multiband tube compressor, the MMC 1A, features a Lundahl transformer-equipped mic preamp with variable input impedance, 69 dB of gain, a high-impedance instrument input and a line-level input. The MMC 1A also includes a 3-band optical compressor with adjustable crossovers. MORE


DPA 4060s to Be Installed in Holophone H2-PRO
Holophone, a division of Rising Sun Productions Ltd., and DPA Microphones announced that DPA is now the exclusive provider of microphone elements for the recently introduced Holophone H2-PRO Surround Sound mic and any similar products. MORE

AES New York Questions Place of High-Quality Audio
In May, the New York section of the Audio Engineering Society hosted a lively AudioCrossfire session to debate the question, "Does Quality Matter? Or Has the iPod Already Defeated the Listening Room?" Hosted by Allan Tucker, chairman of Audio Engineering Society (AES) N.Y., the topic was discussed by moderator Adam Sohmer and panelists David Baker, Chris Byrne, Kevin Clement, Elliot Fishkin and Elliot Mazer. MORE

Shure Offers Summer DJ Battle
Shure's new competition to the U.S. DJ battle circuit, Vinyl Kombat, will operate under a "Keep it Clean" premise (no profanity nor vulgarity) to offer a safe and positive environment in which competitors and audiences of all ages can participate. Dates include July 1, 2004, at The El Rey (L.A.); July 11 at the Fox Theatre (Boulder, Colo.); July 16 at The Parish (Austin, Texas); July 18 at B.B. Kings (New York City); July 30 at SomArts Cultural Center (San Francisco); August 5 at The Showbox (Seattle); August 8 at Nation (Washington, D.C.); and August 19 at The Metro (Chicago). MORE

Sterling Sound Welcomes Scott McConville
New York City-based Sterling Sound has hired Scott McConville as chief technical engineer; McConville was recently manager of audio visual operations at Seattle-based Vulcan Inc., a project-management and R&D company for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. MORE

Grammy Trustees Add New Awards Categories
Resulting from its semi-annual Board of Trustees meeting, the Recording Academy has created two new Grammy Award categories: Production, Surround Sound and Best Surround Sound Album in all music genres. To be eligible for nomination, the commercial releases on DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or SACD must provide an original surround mix of four or more channels. The award will go to the surround remix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any). New categories also were added in existing fields: In the Dance field for Best Electronic/Dance Album, in Gospel for Best Gospel Performance (for singles or tracks with Gospel lyrics) and in Folk for Best Hawaiian Music Album.


ProToolsUsers.com update: "Mixing in Pro Tools," Thursday, June 17, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. at RSPE Audio (Toluca Lake, Calif.). Digidesign's Tom Graham and Rich Nevens will show RSPE's new 32-channel Digidesign ICON. Bruce Botnik (The Doors, The Rolling Stones) will be talking about mixing the film score music of David Newman in Pro Tools and Steve Krause will talk about his film music work with Mark Isham and the new ReVibe plug-in. Seating is limited, so sign up for the event by visiting protoolsusers.com/0604rsvp.htm.

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/


On Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at 7:30 p.m., the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and American Cinematheque will co-present "Big Movie Sound Effects: Behind the Scenes and Out of the Speakers" in Hollywood's Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre (in the Egyptian Theatre). Dane Davis, MPSE, and Gary Rydstrom, MPSE, will present excerpts from their Oscar and Golden Reel Award-winning work as supervising sound editors/designers on The Matrix and Jurassic Park. For more information, visit MPSE and American Cinematheque at MPSE.org and americancinematheque.com, respectively.

Upcoming TerraSonde training classes: July 15, 2004, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., discussing "Unlock the Box Level 1: Toolbox Acoustic Analysis Tools" in Denver; July 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., discussing "Unlock the Box Level 2: Advanced Tools," also in Denver; September 9 (Level 1) and September 10 (Level 2) in Minneapolis. For applications, visit terrasonde.com/training/seminars.php.

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program (PNWFS) and Napier University (Edinburgh, Scotland) announced that course registration for their inaugural two-week film summer intensive led by Hollywood composer Hummie Mann is now open. The course, held at Napier University's Ian Tomlin School of Music, runs from Monday, August 23, 2004, to Friday, September 3. Full details of the content of Film Scoring 1, 2 and 3 and registration details of the course can be found on Pacific Northwest's Website (pnwfilmmusic.com/), and information on the Napier Ian Tomlin School of Music can be found at napier.ac.uk/depts/music/tomlin.html.

The third annual Surround Conference & Technology Showcase 2004 will be held August 30 to September 1 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. uemedia.com/divisions/sur.shtml

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.

Home Entertainment 2004 will take place in San Francisco, November 4-7, 2004, at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel. Advance tickets can be ordered at HomeEntertainment-EXPO.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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