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ASHLY PROCESSING AND AMPLIFIERS JOIN DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFERS AT HOPE UNITED METHODIST

TRINITY, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2013: Like many churches, Hope United Methodist Church in Trinity, Florida limped along for many years with an aging sound reinforcement system. As components died, well-intentioned church members replaced them with purchases from the music shop, and things slowly drifted toward poor intelligibility and dissatisfying musical impact. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a series of channel failures on the old analog FOH mixer. They could no longer deal with all of their inputs, never mind the quality of everything downstream from the mixer! Hope United hired Christian Sound Installations (CSI) to start from scratch, and the integrator designed and installed a first-rate sound system that includes Ashly Audio processing and amplification and Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and stage monitors.

“Like most mid-sized churches in the current economic climate, Hope United needed to stick to a strict budget,” said Paul Garner, CSI’s owner and chief designer. “Of course, it’s my job to bring the system in at or under budget, but I’m not willing to do that by sacrificing quality, performance, or reliability. Because ultimately, the work reflects on CSI, and no one makes allowances for the budgetary constraints we were working under. They either hear a good system, or they hear a bad system.” Part of CSI’s cost-saving plan for the 450-seat sanctuary was to forgo the acoustical treatments that the church thought was necessary to increase intelligibility. With conventional loudspeakers, they would have been correct, but by using the exceptionally tight pattern control of Danley loudspeakers, Garner was able to keep energy off the walls.

Everything in Hope United’s sound reinforcement system is new. The stage has six Sennheiser G3 wireless microphone systems, a ClearSonic drum shield, and an Aviom personal monitoring system for the drummer. A cutting edge Allen & Heath GLD-series digital console gives the operator the flexibility of a modern digital system with the intuitive feel of a classic analog console. CSI recessed the equipment rack into the wall adjacent to the mixer, and the back of the rack is accessible from a nearby closet. A Tascam hard drive recorder lets the church easily record all of the sermons for easy uploading to the church website.

An Ashly Protea 3.6SP processor provides all input and output conditioning for the new sound system. “I’ve had great success with the entire Ashly processor line,” said Garner. “The bang for the buck I get with the 3.6SP and 4.8SP can’t be beat. For a straightforward installation, they have everything I need, without heaps of stuff I don’t need. Importantly, the audio path and algorithms are clean and natural sounding.” In addition to providing crossovers, limiting, and overall EQ, Garner used the Ashly 3.6SP to signal align the house system with the stage monitors.

Two Danley SH-100s are arrayed roughly twelve feet off the center of the church angled slightly down and out, with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer covering all of the seats. Two Danley SM-100M low-profile loudspeakers serve as ultra-high-fidelity stage monitors. With an EASE model, Garner determined that the Danley pattern control would yield the most even coverage of all the viable alternatives, but hearing a Danley system sealed the deal. “I brought the client down to my church, where we run a Danley system,” said Garner. “The clarity and impact is so obviously beyond what a conventional system can deliver. They were convinced.”

Three Ashly KLR-2000 amplifiers power the Danley boxes. “The Ashly KLR-Series sounds excellent and has proven to be perfectly reliable,” said Garner. “We’ve put a lot of them in and had zero failures, zero callbacks, and no issues whatsoever. That means a lot in today’s market. It’s nice to deal with companies like Ashly and Danley that recognize that there’s still something to be said for quality while still working hard to keep costs in line.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

API 1608 PURCHASED FOR RECORDING SCHOOL IN MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JANUARY 2013: A 48-channel 1608 console with API’s proprietary P-Mix automation has been purchased and installed at the prestigious G Martell College of Music Technology and Audio in Mexico City. The school has been teaching music-focused courses for over 130 years, and has recently expanded into music technology.

The college’s 1608 was purchased from Vari Internacional, API’s exclusive dealer in Mexico City. The console will be used to teach the art of tracking and mixing to students who are enrolled in the Audio Engineering and Production Program. The installation of this 1608 aligns with API’s dedication and support of music education through its products.

The response from G Martell College has been very positive. “They are so happy with the console,” says Vari Internacional’s Gustavo Martinez. “It has been a complete success for them.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Buckcherry Rocks with The RapcoHorizon Company

As Devoted RoadHog Cable and Custom Splitter Snake Users, Buckcherry will Greet Fans at the Company’s Booth during NAMM

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2012 ― Hard rock group Buckcherry can jam out more than ever thanks to The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment. Whether they’re on tour or at an individual performance, Buckcherry’s band members and techs all rely on the quality of RapcoHorizon’s custom splitter snakes and RoadHog cables. The band will also be signing autographs at the company’s booth during the 2013 NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558) on Sunday, January 27 at 12 p.m.

Designed for the working musician, the RoadHog cables are road ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. Buckcherry used the RoadHog cables most recently on its 15-stop UK tour from northern Scotland to southern England, where the cables stood up to all the abuses typical of a hard rock tour.

“Out of all the shows we played in Europe, we didn’t have one audio incident,” says Buckcherry Tour Manager, Production Manager and Front-of-House Engineer Stephen Shaw. “When it comes to the RoadHog cables, I never have a problem with something coming up. If that does happen, it’s usually the microphone, not the RapcoHorizon stuff. It just takes another potential mishap out of the equation.”

RoadHog cables are built with PVC outer jackets that are durable and thick, yet flexible, and pure copper conductors and shields. This design ensures that the RoadHog cables provide an advanced sound and reliable operation for Buckcherry and other touring bands.

“I started using RapcoHorizon cables during my previous roles with Foreigner and Selena Gomez,” says A.J. “Jukebox” Srybnik, Buckcherry guitar tech. “I had such a good experience—they were reliable, clear and had an impressive single response and durability—the best I’d seen. So, when I started with Buckcherry in 2011 and saw they were using various cabling, I knew it was time to make the call to RapcoHorizon.”

RapcoHorizon cut and labeled every cable to the band’s desired method of organization,, making for easier setup and use. This way, whether it’s running the microphone and instrument cables to the main RapcoHorizon snake behind the drums, or running the vocals to another RapcoHorizon snake down stage, the cable setup saves the band’s crew members from wasting time figuring out what goes where.

“RapcoHorizon has beyond amazing customer service,” adds Shaw. “I can’t imagine working with anyone else. They are just fantastic, going over and above the call of duty. As for the cables, they are well built and do exactly what they are supposed to do. My confidence level is so high with these products that if something goes wrong they are usually the last thing I check.”

RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables are designed to work perfectly no matter how often they are put to use. Srybnik says that employing them every night to run audio to his panel board and effects pedals has been a great improvement from the previous setup. Another benefit of the RapcoHorizon cables is their ability to coil nicely. The quality of the cables and flexible jacket ensure that they not only lay flat on stage, but also roll up easily without causing bends.

“The guys can stomp on the RoadHog cables all night with their boots, and no matter what they seem to do to the cables, I know I can always count on them to work,” concludes Srybnik. “With other brands, the connectors often have a tendency to come apart during wear-and-tear, but not the RapcoHorizon ones. They have great strain relief and are very durable. The way these cables are manufactured is just exceptional. Using an all-RapcoHorizon rig, I can hear and feel the difference in my cable response compared to the original assorted cables.”

Srybnik says that the guitar and bass players have also noticed a difference in their sound since the RapcoHorizon cables became a Buckcherry standard. He has even been able to get a little more gain and EQ from his gear now that he’s all RoadHog.

Shaw has been with Buckcherry for more than eight years. Prior to joining the group, he worked for such performers as Kid Rock, Chevelle, Drowning Pool and System of a Down, and also toured with the comedian Dane Cook. Srybnik began working with Buckcherry in late 2011. Since then, he has introduced RapcoHorizon into the audio arsenal for the rapper Jay-Z.

Buckcherry is currently promoting its new album, Confessions, set for release on February 19, 2013. Having spent the holidays at home, the band recently took off for a U.S. and Canadian tour.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

JDK EXPANDS DEALER NETWORK

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JANUARY 2013: JDK Audio is expanding their dealer network to include Zen Pro Audio of South Carolina and Parsons Audio of Massachusetts and Florida. These dealers will provide JDK products to customers in their regions, as well as online, increasing the ever-growing JDK customer-base.

Zen Pro Audio, which joined as a dealer in November, is a boutique-style dealer owned by Warren Dent. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, with select products and a large portion of them online, their site proudly touts, “We serve the world, and if you’re in it we can help.” Zen Pro also features an in-house studio and the ability to listen to any piece of equipment on their web-tool, the “Clipalator.”

Also joining JDK in November as an authorized dealer is Parsons Audio. Parsons has two locations, Florida and Massachusetts and specializes in mid- to high-end product lines, as well as new, used and rented equipment.

“All of us at Parsons audio are very excited about our new relationship as a dealer for JDK Audio. The high quality and the sound of this gear is second to none and since it comes from a company who is legendary for standing behind everything they build, we couldn’t possibly be happier to offer these components to our clients,” says Vice President of Sales, Dave McLaughlin.

ABOUT JDK JDK Audio is a brand developed and engineered by API (Automated Processes, Inc.), a company that was established in the late 1960′s and is a leader in analog recording gear.

www.jdkaudio.com

MASTERING AND RECORDING ENGINEER PIPER PAYNE STARTS AND FINISHES WITH METRIC HALO

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 2013: Piper Payne is an accomplished mastering engineer, recording engineer, and audio archivist who is currently working out of Michael Romanowski’s mastering studios in San Francisco, California. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, a graduate studies certificate from the University of Stavanger in Norway, a coveted position with Bob Katz at Digital Domain in Orlando, Florida, and a residency as Senior Audio Associate at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, Payne has not only lived throughout the country, continent, and world, but has internalized a diversity of audio technologies, philosophies, and techniques. While in Norway, she became a member of the beta team for Metric Halo’s flagship ULN-8 interface, and it has remained an irreplaceable fixture in both her recording and mastering work ever since. An audio evangelist, Payne has turned other professionals on to the Metric Halo ULN-8; Michael Romanowski’s studios are now home to seven for recording, mixing, and mastering!

“I went to work with Bob Katz after my graduate studies, and he and I held our own interface shoot-out shortly after I arrived,” Payne said. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 held its own against everything. Only one other converter [at nearly three times the price per channel] sounded as good as the ULN-8. For my mastering work, the ULN-8’s transparency is paramount. Whatever I’m doing, I never want to hurt the audio – I never want to put a sound on the sound. Other converters have a ‘digital sound’ that Metric Halo avoids.” Although Payne regularly scrutinizes all new products and technologies, including interfaces, the Metric Halo ULN-8 remains at the heart of her rig.

Payne’s mastering work relies heavily on both analog and digital technologies. Sonic Studio’s soundBlade HD is her preferred digital playback, editing, and recording software. SoundBlade integrates seamlessly with Metric Halo’s MIO Console, which provides 80-bit summing and comprehensive routing facilities between all of her virtual software inputs and outputs and the hardware inputs and outputs of the ULN-8. “I always use MIO Console for summing,” Payne said. “I prefer its sound to everything else.” The outboard gear that she regularly uses includes a Manley Langevin Mini Massive EQ, a Neve Portico II Master Bus Processor, an EAR 822 EQ, a GML 8900 compressor, a Weiss digital EQ1, and a Weiss digital DS1 dynamics unit.

“Metric Halo’s MIO Console is tremendously flexible,” Payne added. “Not only can I easily reroute my mastering chain, but I can check and calibrate each piece of gear as I go. And of course the fidelity of the ULN-8 is critical. I’m using the analog components at line level and the converters in both directions. It’s a lot of sound and conversion all going through one box, and the ULN-8 introduces no noise and no artifacts.” Payne always uses the highest possible resolution, and the ULN-8 accommodates that preference with up to 24-bit/192kHz performance and a flat 3Hz to 64kHz frequency response.

Payne views each project with fresh eyes, taking the open-ended goal of best serving the project in whatever way is needed. “If the mix comes to me perfectly balanced, then I’m happy to simply do some level matching and sequencing,” she said. “But the truth is, that rarely happens. On the other end, if a project arrives with so many problems that I can’t fix them without messing up other aspects of the work, then I’ll send it back to the mix engineer to request a remix. If I can’t help the project, I try not to hurt it. Ultimately, communication is key. It’s important that everybody involved is on board with exactly how far a project can go – no one can turn a ‘C-grade’ mix into an ‘A+’ master.”

Payne also regularly records on location throughout the Bay Area, using a collection of Metric Halo ULN-8s for a compact, high-fidelity front end. In addition to classical concerts, she records rock acts, which have included Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford & Sons, Matt Nathanson, and The Airborne Toxic Event. “Ultimately, what amazes me about the ULN-8 is that it does so many things, and it does them all so well,” she said. “There are great preamps, converters, and signal processors out there. But to have all of that inside a single box that’s rock-solid reliable,” she concluded, “that’s amazing!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

SYMETRIX EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2013: In response to growing global demand, Symetrix announced an expanded partnership with World Representation Inc. for direct-to-dealer sales in the Middle East. The arrangement was launched at a very successful InfoComm MEA in October. World Representation Inc. is partnering with Symetrix to facilitate sales and help distribute the entire range of Symetrix digital signal processors and control interfaces in the region. The new initiative will guarantee that A/V integrators and other audio professionals in the Middle East will have ready and reliable access to the dynamic range of Symetrix high-end professional audio solutions, including SymNet Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP, ARC-WEB browser-based control technology, and comprehensive teleconferencing DSP hardware and software.

“This is the next step in our steady growth worldwide,” said Mark Ullrich, international sales manager at Symetrix, who met with interested dealers and integrators at InfoComm MEA in Dubai. “From the numerous meetings I had at the show, it’s clear that there is a lot of excitement for Symetrix products in the Middle East, especially SymNet Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP. The fact that the SymNet platform features the hugely popular Dante technology for networked audio, as well as a suite of conferencing solutions, all of which can be controlled from your iPhone via ARC-WEB, makes SymNet DSP hardware and software very appealing and competitive.”

“Over past years Symetrix has been enjoying phenomenal success globally as a market leader in DSP,” said Iain Cameron, technical sales manager at World Representation Inc. “Following the introduction of SymNet Express and SymLink, the Integrator Series broke the already well-established Seattle-based signal processing company into the then nascent DSP market. Since that time Jupiter (app based turn-key DSP), Solus (standalone fixed I/O DSP) and the recently introduced Edge and Radius (Dante network audio DSP) have joined this comprehensive portfolio of solutions. Symetrix decision to offer direct-to-dealer sales though World Representation will allow us to offer much closer support to the Middle Eastern and African markets. We look forward to meeting users, integrators and consultants to discuss how Symetrix can provide elegant and cost-effective solutions from the smallest to the largest of installations.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ASHLY APPOINTS TAU AUDIO SOLUTIONS NEW DISTRIBUTOR IN BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS, AND LUXEMBOURG

WEBSTER, NEW YORK: Ashly Audio, one of the world’s leading designers and manufactures of high-quality, high-performance signal processor and power amplification solutions for the commercial and professional audio markets, has appointed Tau Audio Solutions as its exclusive distributor in “Benelux” (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). Tau Audio Solutions has been importing and supplying audio communications systems to the Benelux region for fifteen years, and with its connections and expertise, Ashly expects to enjoy the same steady growth in Benelux that it has enjoyed in the U.S. and other international markets.

“It’s our experience that Ashly’s high-performance line of audio electronic products work best when paired to high-performance loudspeakers,” said John Sexton, Ashly Audio’s vice president of sales. “Tau’s combination of SoundTube loudspeakers and Ashly amplifiers and DSP is a perfect match. Tau will have the ability to present turnkey audio system solutions to its Benelux dealers. We look forward to working with Ron Vossen and the Tau sales team to grow Ashly’s business in the Benelux region.”

“Ashly has been on our most wanted list for many years,” added Vossen. “It’s a company that is known for its high standards and quality products. Ashly is a perfect fit for our portfolio, and the appointment is a very nice gift for our fifteenth birthday.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

WITHOUT ADDING A SINGLE NEW RIGGING POINT, DANLEY SPEAKERS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE COVERAGE AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY’S CINTAS CENTER

CINCINNATI, OHIO: The Musketeers men’s basketball team is the standout athletic program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the last dozen years, the team has made an appearance in an NCAA tournament in all but one, and Forbes places it among the nation’s top twenty most valuable college basketball programs. The Musketeers play at the 10,500-seat Cintas Center at Xavier University, which was built in 2000. Xavier University recently asked consultant Anthony James Partners and local integrator ICB Audio & Video to update the sound system with increased coverage of seating areas that were poorly covered by the original system. In part because no additional rigging points could be added, the solution centered on lightweight Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers with excellent pattern control and exceptional sound quality.

“The Cintas Center is a large venue, and Xavier University does a good job keeping up with it’s A/V system,” said John Keller, who configured the system and the rigging with ICB Audio & Video. “They wanted the new system to improve upon the old system’s coverage, which had quite a few holes – most notably in the first few rows on the floor. The big trick was that we couldn’t add any rigging points nor add significant weight to the rigging points that existed.

“Of course,” he continued, “the reason you get holes in coverage is because the speaker is delivering the wrong pattern at the wrong location, but the direct and obvious solution of adding new locations wasn’t on the table. Nevertheless, the coverage, efficiency, and relatively lightweight design of Danley loudspeakers allowed us to meet the facility’s goals within those stringent constraints.” An interesting side note, when Danley demo’d its products for the Xavier officials, they responded to its noticeably superior fidelity with a chant that exceeded the most indulgent fantasy of the most optimistic contractor. “They literally chanted, ‘Cut the check!’ and ‘Give the man the P.O.!’ to the head of purchasing,” recalled Mike Hedden, Danley president. Anticipating a chuckle of incredulity, he added, “They really did do that!”

The new Danley system replaced the old system, cluster for cluster. Ten clusters use a pair of Danley SH-96 full-range loudspeakers stacked in opposite orientations to provide complete coverage of the upper and lower bowls. Two additional clusters use an SH-96 with two Danley SH-64s to provide expanded coverage at either end of the bowl. A total of six Danley TH-115 subwoofers hang independently in two rows along the arena’s long axis. Each cluster is dead hung from a single point because a pick point wasn’t possible; the catwalks and other ceiling hardware couldn’t safely support it.

Keller was able to reuse the wiring infrastructure, and ICB replaced the distributed audio system for all of the facilities outside of the bowl with a BiAmp system networked via CobraNet the previous year. A 32-channel Yamaha LS9 console serves as a new front end, with CobraNet output feeding a new QSC Basis DSP system. The two DSP systems share audio via CobraNet. A rack of QSC CX- and PL-series amplifiers power the Danley loudspeaker and subwoofers.

“The coverage and sound of the new system are dramatically better than they were in the old system,” said Keller. “There are no dead spots, and the cabinets work together nicely in the clusters. How that happens exactly is Danley’s magic secret. In the areas that were covered previously, the coverage is now more even. The client is very pleased, and I’m impressed that we were able to swap out all the speakers within a two-week window in order not to conflict with their basketball schedule or corporate sponsors. Using the same rigging points was really the only option to get the job done.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Expands Range of Option Cards for Digital Consoles

ANAHEIM, California — HARMAN’s Soundcraft has announced additional option cards in the ViSi Connect family for its Vi Series, Si Compact, Si Performer and new Si Expression range of consoles. The first card is a multi-digital interface card offering 16×16 channels of Firewire or USB connection, together with eight channels of optical ADAT, making a very simple recording interface available for these popular consoles.

Also announced shipping very soon are the Dante™ interface card and the BSS BLU link card, the latter providing a simple and convenient interface to any Harman product equipped with the BSS BLU Link digital audio bus, the most recent of which is the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor System, allowing the console to feed the monitor controllers directly.

These cards supplement the existing MADI (fibre and Cat5 options), AES, CobraNet®, and Aviom A-NET® cards, making the range one of the widest available from a console manufacturer.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

ARGENTINA’S FORT MUSIC RECORDS LATIN GRAMMY WINNER ARTURO SANDOVAL ON AN EXPANDED API 1608

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – JANUARY 2013: A successful Argentinean businessman and a splendid trumpet player, Jorge Fort recognized the need for a high-end recording studio in Argentina that successfully leveraged the strengths of both digital and analog technology. With the help of well-known Buenos Aires recording engineer Oscar Gimenez, he built and developed Fort Music over the last seven years to become one of the premier recording destinations in Argentina. Advised by SL Audio, API’s distributor in Argentina, Fort Music upgraded its existing 16-channel API 1608 to thirty-two channels with full automation. The new arrangement helped propel trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval’s recent release, Tango, Como Yo Te Siento, to popular success and a Latin Grammy win for “Best Tango Album.”

“Lots of now-famous Argentinean records in the Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Tango traditions have been recorded on Fort Music’s API 1608,” said Daniel Paracha, who, together with Sergio Levinsonas, are on staff at SL Audio and assisted with the original purchase, as well as the more recent purchase of the 16-channel expander. “But it was in the hands of Arturo Sandoval that Fort Music received well-deserved recognition in the form of a Latin Grammy. Sandoval and Fort produced and engineered Tango, Como Yo Te Siento.”

The album title translates to “Tango, As I Feel You,” which is an apt description for its heartfelt contents. Sandoval collected the world’s greatest tangos, all of which were composed by “true artists… true musicians” in Sandoval’s words. The great compositions are elevated by Sandoval’s masterful vision and the skills of a vast ensemble of world-renowned musicians. Many of the recording sessions involved huge, multi-mic setups that were made possible by the 32-channel API 1608. Its 500-series expansion slots are loaded with API processors and other VPR-approved units. Outboard gear includes an API 2500 Stereo Buss Compressor, and Pro Tools HD serves as the recording and editing platform.

“The recording sessions for Sandoval’s Grammy-winner consisted of renowned artists from many different genres,” expanded Paracha. “Indeed, there were as many as sixty-four musicians on any given song. Some moments feature fifty string players! The location is huge, and this is a recording without precedent in Argentina. A-list vocalists, such as Valeria Lynch, Patricia Sosa, and Raul Lavie, among others, also contributed to the project.” Fort Music’s upgrade to thirty-two channels makes it the owner of Argentina’s largest API console and is a decisive factor in attracting new artists and producers to work at the studio.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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