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FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH UPGRADES TO DANLEY SOUND LABS

TACOMA, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2014: Fellowship Bible Church in Tacoma, Washington started as a gathering of friends in a living room on July 7, 1977 (7-7-77) and grew over the decades that followed to become a beacon in the community. The church moved into its current 750-seat sanctuary in 1996 and developed an engaging contemporary worship style complete with a small band. However, the church members were long dissatisfied by the sound quality in the sanctuary. So when they recently raised the funds, they sought high and low for the very best sound reinforcement system to replace it. That search took them to Audio Video Electronics, a Twin Cities-based A/V integration firm with extensive experience designing and installing systems based on Danley Sound Labs components. Now, Danley synergy horn loudspeakers and DBH subwoofers provide beautifully articulate, musical reinforcement with even coverage.

“Their old system was in a pretty sorry state when we first arrived to meet and understand their needs,” said Stefan Svard, president of Audio Video Electronics. “They were most interested in getting a new system that would be consistent; Consistent not only in its day-to-day performance, but consistent in its coverage of the seating area. One of the things I really like about Danley is the phase coherency of its designs. It makes for consistent patterns and, perhaps more importantly, remarkably consistent sound quality within that beam. I’ve been a Danley supporter for a long time now, and I’ve really come to believe in [President] Mike [Hedden] and the rest of the company.”

The new system is much simpler than the old system. Three Danley SH-50s comprise a center cluster with a pair of Danley SM-60s providing side fill. A pair of Danley DBH-218 subwoofers generates ample deep bass. Svard used Danley’s modeling software to optimize the positioning and component selection. Three Powersoft Duecanali 3904 amplifiers with integrated DSP power all of the full-range boxes, with a channel to spare for an additional down fill that the church will have funds for in the future. A single Powersoft K20 with integrated DSP powers both subwoofers. A Midas PRO2 console serves as a flexible, easy-to-use front end. “The whole system is much simpler now,” said Svard. “They have a nice console with a digital snake and a clean rack. Although it’s not complicated, it gives Fellowship Bible Church a lot of punch and room for growth.” In addition to the sound reinforcement system, Audio Video Electronics also gave the church a new Vivitek d6010 6000 lumen projector and a 16×10’ pearlescent Da-Lite snap-screen.

“I love that when I cluster the Danley boxes, they act like one large speaker,” said Svard. “Other manufacturers generate comb filtering and lobing, which can cause some nasty feedback when the cluster is above the pulpit. Danley doesn’t do that. Danley gives me excellent pattern control with uniform sound. The clarity of a Danley box is unmatched, in my opinion. The low-end at Fellowship Bible Church is tremendous. We had a few of their new DBH-218s at a much larger, 5,000-seat church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they were great. We arranged Fellowship’s two DBH-218s to give some directivity to the low end, which gives them nice on-stage volume and ample bass in the seats. In all, we gave them a premium system all the way across, from the console… to the amps… to the loudspeakers and subs. They’re very happy with it.”

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

TRUE COLOURS MIXES BIGGER PROJECTS WITH THE BOX® FROM API

PADUA, ITALY – APRIL 2014: Located in one of the oldest towns in northern Italy, True Colours Studio is dubbed a ‘well-heeled project’ by owner Mauro Santinello. What began in 2005 as a single recording and control room has now grown into a facility with three recording rooms for commercial audio projects, jingles, and most recently some major Italian recording artists. To accommodate the needs of its growing presence in the music scene, True Colours has added THE BOX® to its studio, citing its “high quality manufacturing, and the unique API sound”.

Mauro wanted a project console that would provide a cost-effective, versatile solution to handle the needs of his growing studio in the decades to come. Along with his booming presence in the recording artist scene, True Colours has a growing demand for complete post-production, musical arrangements, and the creation of music for movie productions and short films. “I chose THE BOX because it represents the right console for a modern studio.”

The small-format recording and mixing console offers features that are not provided by most DAWs, including mic preamps, input signal processing, a high-quality mix bus, cue sends with talkback, and monitor control – all in a compact and versatile package. True Colours has a growing number of external preamps, EQs, and compressors, which includes some existing gear from API. The ability to personalize setups was a major factor that drew Mauro to THE BOX. “I didn’t want a big console with 32 preamps and 32 EQs that are all similar.”

True Colours mixes and records music of all genres, with only metal and electronic music yet to make the list. The crew has recorded a wide-range of Italian artists including famed singer Zucchero, piano master Stefano Bollani, and jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava. Most recently, Mauro used THE BOX for a session with singer Alberto Micaglio, whose acoustic presence is expanding from Italy, to London and New York. He has an album due out later this year.

“I have always wanted to buy an API console,” admits Mauro. “THE BOX offers a high-quality analog sound, and no compromises.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Historic Racing Track Turned Casino Wins with Twenty-Two Symetrix SymNet Edge DSPs

MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 2014: Constructed in 1932, Hialeah Park is an architectural wonder in southern Florida that hosted some of the world’s finest horseracing until it shuttered its doors in the late 1990s under pressure from the shifting tides of modern gambling. Its resplendent Spanish décor impressed the many celebrities who graced its grandstands, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Harry Truman, Will Rogers, John Kennedy, and Joey DiMaggio. Its iconic palm trees and archways served as the setting in numerous Hollywood films, including The Champ and The Godfather: Part II. Hialeah Park recently leveraged the weight of that history to launch Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, which pairs quarter horseracing with a casino built into the interior of the historic grandstand. A new, state-of-the-art sound system infuses the casino with full-fidelity music 24 hours a day, seven days a week using twenty-two SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSPs modularly outfitted with twelve inputs and a whopping three-hundred outputs!

“The casino has nearly nine-hundred slots, twenty-three poker tables, and several restaurants and bars located across 150,000 square feet,” said Byard Hey, sales manager with NDR Systems, the Ft. Lauderdale integration firm that installed the new sound system. “They were very careful to restore all of the architectural motifs that make Hialeah Park such a regal place.” Kinsella-Marsh Group, Inc. (Miami Beach, Florida) designed the system around a different processing arrangement, but Hey pushed for Symetrix. “I’ve been using Symetrix for years, and the installations always go smoothly and the equipment always holds up,” he said. “Moreover, the new SymNet Edge met all of the design requirement and then some. It has a modular I/O that could easily accommodate the lopsided I/O count of this job. Importantly, the SymNet Edge is based on the future-oriented Dante network, whereas the specified processor was based on the now-fading CobraNet technology.”

Each SymNet Edge frame can be filled by up to four I/O cards. The available I/O cards cover the full range of possible I/O needs, but for Hialeah Park Casino, Hey simply installed three 4-Channel Analog Input Cards and seventy-five 4-Channel Analog Output Cards into twenty-two SymNet Edge frames. While each Edge frame has its own processing resources, the whole system acts as one integrated whole via the Dante network. Each speaker location includes a five-inch loudspeaker, an eight-inch loudspeaker, and a subwoofer. All the components are Tannoy with the SymNet Edge processing turning each location into a three-way system. Lab.gruppen amplifiers are used for power.

“Dante is great, especially for this type of installation,” said Hey. “It’s a communications protocol of the future, which will make any future requests easy to accommodate. It has a dual network topology, which makes it more robust, and it is so easy simply to wire it all with Cat5 jumpers! The SymNet Composer software is intuitive and allows me to see the entire system or dig down as necessary. The casino has been up 24/7 for several months now without a hiccup.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

FUX PRODUCTIONS TAKES METRIC HALO PLUG-INS AND INTERFACE THROUGHOUT THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

LYON, FRANCE – APRIL 2014: Still remarkably early in his career, Julien Collier wears many hats as a musician and sound engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger; he is a sound designer, a producer, and a director; he is a recording engineer, a mix engineer, and a mastering engineer; and he is a live tech, a FOH engineer, and a monitor engineer. On the side, he works as a music coach and artist developer! Collier borrowed his alias, Fux, for the production house he established in Lyon, France. Fux Productions contains a recording studio, a composing studio, and a rehearsal room, along with Collier’s extensive industry connections. Clients have access to professional musicians of all stripes, composers, sound engineers, producers, videographers, and more. Across all those wide and varied activities, Collier relies on his Metric Halo 2882 interface and Metric Halo plug-ins for almost everything. They are his pro audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife!

Collier’s list of clients includes many French independent labels, as well as majors such as Sony, Universal, and Warner. A few of his most recent studio projects include work with Romain Ughetto, Chasing After Time, 99 Ways to Die, and Green Money. For all of those projects, he served as producer, tracking engineer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer, and on many of them he also helped with composition and performance. “A lot of important decisions are made during the tracking,” he said. “It is critical to get the recording into the computer in the best way possible because once it becomes digital, it stays digital. I use my Metric Halo 2882 for everything. It has excellent preamps and flexible input and output routing. It’s just as useful in the studio as it is on stage, where I often use the 2882 to mix in-ear monitors. The software and hardware is very stable, and I am comfortable using it live without a problem.”

Collier’s appreciation for the 2882 made him curious about Metric Halo’s other products and inspired him to get the company’s Production Bundle, which is a complete collection of Metric Halo plug-ins. “Like the 2882, the Production Bundle is now completely integrated into my workflow,” he said. “I use Metric Halo plug-ins on everything and in every situation. They are very flexible and allow me to handle everything from subtle track correction to creative coloration and effects. I use ChannelStrip 3 to clean up my tracks with equalization, compression, and filtering. I love that the plug-in has a great deal of precision – when I adjust a parameter, I really feel it directly. The Character plug-in models different signal paths and gives me a great sound that I use all the time. I use two variants of HaloVerb on most of my productions, which combine together nicely without using a lot of DSP resources. I use the Precision DeEsser on all my vocals and on other shrill instruments, like keyboards or hi-hat. Finally, I use the Transient Control on all of my percussion and drum tracks which gives me fine-grain control of dynamics, attack, and power. It’s also often useful on acoustic and electric guitars and is a lot more reactive than other plug-ins of its type.”

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

DANLEY SOUND LABS HOSTS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTORS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – APRIL 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions for high SPL applications, hosted an ongoing series of training sessions for its growing team of international distributors. Key members of Finnish distributor LF Imports came to Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters in February, followed in March by members of Singapore distributor The Soundsmith and German distributor Carsten Eichstaedt-BLL-Veranstaltungstechnik. Participants engaged in critical listening exercises across a wide range of Danley products, from the flagship SH-50 loudspeaker and BC-415 subwoofer, to the company’s latest offerings, the lobe-free columnar SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn loudspeaker and the fully-weatherized OS-80 loudspeaker. Participants also learned the finer points of Danley’s free, easy-to-use DDT 2D & 3D system modeling software.

“We are developing the international side of Danley and are actively seeking new distributors in key geographies around the world,” said Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Danley’s director of sales. “We realize that education is critical because, although Danley gets a lot of favorable press, decisions are made on a project-by-project basis, and making decisions about audio is often subjective. After going over the technology behind Danley’s product line, these training sessions give our distributors a frame of reference for the aspects of sound that they – and their customers – should be listening for. Once they have that frame of reference, it’s much easier to explain and show through a demo why Danley offers the better solution. We hope our international distributors can take that knowledge home and effectively convey it in their own culture and language.”

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

(PHOTO CAPTION) (Attendees around the table, clockwise from left) Chad Edwardson – Danley; Carsten Eichstaedt – BLL-Veranstaltungstechnik; Ivan Beaver – Danley; Edwin Ng – The Soundsmith; Nicholas Loe – The Soundsmith; Choon San Ng – The Soundsmith; J.P. Parker – Danley (not pictured).

HEAVY MELODY MUSIC PRAISES THE BOX® BY API AN “ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR COMPOSERS”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2014: Located in the heart of Manhattan, Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media – a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a wide range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses THE BOX®, the latest recording and mixing innovation from API.

Heavy Melody was founded in 2003 by Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg as a new music and sound design company focusing on video game audio and music for advertising. Today, the team focuses on original music for motion picture advertising and video game trailers. “As soon as the release of THE BOX was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We HAD to get them,” recalls Neil. “We saw THE BOX as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”

The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s “DM-307” virtual instrument was done through THE BOX, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Neil. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through THE BOX produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”

The group isn’t a stranger to API, and has used the brand’s microphone pre’s for previous projects. Among the studio’s favorite feature on THE BOX is the Talkback system. “THE BOX has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Neil. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a sixteen-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”

“It has a great bottom end,” shares partner, composer, and sound designer Ari Winters. “The sound that comes out is punchy, yet transparent. With sixteen channels, you get a ton of headroom, that comes together nicely with the on-board compressor.”

While compact in size compared to a larger format studio console, THE BOX is capable of seeing projects through from start to finish, which is something Ari appreciates. “It’s an all-in-one solution for us as composers. It allows us to have multiple computers linked together, spitting out a ton of stems at very high output levels. Also, we now have the ability to monitor and record live microphones without ‘in the box’ latency.”

Co-Founder Dave Fraser sums it up easily, “What can we say, THE BOX is a beast.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) IMAGE 1: The crew at Heavy Melody from left to right: Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg, and Dave Fraser. IMAGE 2: Co-Founder/Composer/Sound Designer Dave Fraser’s room.

LEGENDARY L.A. STUDIO THE VILLAGE ADDS ATC SCM25A ACTIVE 3-WAY MONITORS TO ITS ARSENAL

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As The Village approaches its fiftieth year of making compelling soundtracks and hit records, its technology and the artists who make it their creative home continue to evolve. Early sessions with the Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan still echo as contemporary hit-makers, such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and John Mayer, track, mix, and master tomorrow’s classics and inspired The Village to add a pair of ATC SCM25A Compact
3-Way Monitors to its arsenal.

“ATC monitors were a common request from our clients,” said Tina Morris, studio manager at The Village. “ATC has a ruthlessly transparent sound that doesn’t color the work at all. Other loudspeaker manufacturers tend to emphasize different components of the frequency range, whereas ATC is flat and clean. ATCs reveal the good as well as the bad so that our clients can be confident moving forward that the work they’ve done will translate in the later stages of production.”

The ATC SCM25A embodies ATC’s legendary low-distortion performance in a remarkably small footprint: 10” x 17” x 16”. Its precision crossovers and tri-amplified topology (150W, 60W, & 25W) are designed to work in perfect concert with the acoustics of the drivers and housing. The ATC SCM25As are small enough that engineers at The Village are able to transport them from studio to studio to meet the needs of various projects, though Morris reports that they’ve been spending most of their time in studios A and D.

“People are happy to hear that we have the ATCs available,” said Morris. “Next up will be producer Ed Cherney!” Cherney is best known for his Grammy Award-winning work with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, among many, many others.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

(PHOTO CREDIT: © 2014 Zane Roessell)

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS INFILTRATE THE SPORTS MARKET

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: With a design team led by celebrated acoustician Tom Danley, Danley Sound Labs has developed an extensive catalog of loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs. Its original patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies led to a range of products that deliver point-source sound with stunning fidelity at any volume, near-perfect phase coherence, seamless arrayability, and “cliff edge” pattern control. In its latest generation of products, including the Jericho Horn and the Genesis Horn, those technologies have been combined with Tom Danley’s newest patent-pending technologies, Shaded Amplitude Lens Technology and Paraline, to deliver those same advantages in the high SPL environments typical of sports stadiums.

While still point sources – and retaining all of the advantages of point sources – the new designs allow controlled SPL by distance to provide even coverage to raked seating, pulling the rug out from under the line array’s claim to fame. Recognizing these advantages, and because Danley solutions are still more affordable than most conventional designs, sports venues are increasingly turning to Danley Sound Labs. A Danley system gives their fans an awesome game day experience and even more reason to get off the couch for the next home game. After all, even the best home entertainment systems cannot compare to a Danley system and the thrill of the game day experience!

Perhaps the most visible arenas to turn to Danley are 80,750-seat Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and 74,000-seat Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills. Fans of both NFL teams now enjoy impactful music and crystal clear announcements with distributed Danley Genesis Horns, supplemented by a range of Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. South of the border, Juárez Vive in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico seats 12,000 baseball fans and employs a distributed ring of Danley SM80 loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers.

Danley’s rising visibility is well represented by college football stadiums around the country. The immensely powerful Jericho Horn has been used in several end-fired systems, including Montana State University and Troy University, which cover 30,000 and 17,000 seats with just a single Jericho Horn. Two Jericho Horns suffice for Grand Valley State University (8,500 seats), Florida Atlantic University (30,000 seats), and Northwestern University (47,000 seats). Brigham Young University and University of Arizona each use four Jericho Horns to cover 64,000 and 56,000 seats, and Michigan State University uses six Jericho Horns to cover 80,000 seats.

The thunderous roar from the crowds at 92,500-seat Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University has earned it the title of loudest stadium in the world, and it now has a sound system to match: eighteen Jericho Horns paired with six Danley “Rock Monster” subwoofers provide abundant SPL with Danley’s characteristic fidelity. Amazingly, Tiger Stadium measures +/-5dB 28Hz-10kHz over the entire stadium with an enough power to do 105dBA at 800+ feet. Furthermore the directivity of the TH812 subwoofer arrays are such that the seats under the scoreboard are only +6dB compared to 800 feet! The most recent additions to Danley’s roster include Boise State University (end-fired, four Jericho Horns plus two BC415 subwoofers, for 36,000 seats), Washington State University (end-fired, five Jericho Horns plus four Rock Monster subwoofers, for 33,500 seats), and Mercer University (end-fired, two Genesis Horns plus two DBH218 subwoofers, for 6,000 seats). The colossal stadiums at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin both added beefy low end with four giant Rock Monster subwoofers.

Indoor stadiums at all levels are also benefitting from Danley designs. The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio is home to an all-Danley system consisting of SH96HO and TH118 products and has the reputation of the being the best sounding venue in the National Hockey League. Washington State University’s basketball stadium uses twelve Genesis Horns to cover 11,500 seats. Wichita State University’s 10,500-seat Koch Arena covers fans and the court with eight clusters that circle the top ring of a new center-hung video board, each comprised of an SH96, SH64, and an SM80. Four TH118 subwoofers provide low end. Other Danley installations include Olivet Nazarene University, which uses Genesis Horns, SH100s, and TH118 subwoofers, and Family Arena, which supported its full-range system in a 10,000-seat venue with a single BC412 subwoofer! Danley’s weatherproof OS80 loudspeakers have found ready venues both indoors (J.D. McArthur Arena for ice hockey) and outdoors (Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Florida State University).

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

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Michigan State University’ Spartan Stadium; (middle) University of Arizona – Wells Fargo Arena; (bottom) The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

VIRGINIA ARTS RECORDING INSTALLS AN API 1608

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – MARCH 2014: As part of a complete architectural and electronic renovation, Virginia Arts Recording recently replaced its large-format digital console with a sixteen-channel API 1608 analog console with API’s P-Mix fader automation. The north-central Virginia-based studio has been serving local musicians, labels, and radio stations for over thirty years. The current owners, Chris Doermann and Sean Dart, are embracing that history and the industry’s pivot to analog with the new API console and a 24-track, two-inch tape machine. Virginia Arts Recording also retains all the professional digital platforms with top-end converters to allow projects to effectively hybridize between the two technologies.

Virginia Arts Recording resides in a historic house in southeast Charlottesville, just miles from the University of Virginia campus. A little over a year ago, the coupling that merged the city water supply and the house’s water heater on the second floor failed just as everyone was closing up shop for a holiday weekend. “When we returned, the control room, and much of the equipment was totally wrecked,” recalled Dart. “The digital console was one of the casualties, but we decided to make the most of it. We wanted to put the studio on solid footing for the next twenty-five years.”

Analog consoles, tape machines, ADATs, and a steady progression of DAWs all had a place in Virginia Arts Recording’s history. Doermann and Dart decided to build a hybrid analog/digital studio with a workflow that made negotiating the two technologies transparent. “We definitely wanted an analog console, and we pride ourselves on capturing big drum sounds,” said Dart. “That’s API’s signature talent, so naturally we chose the 1608.”

Doermann and Dart took an API factory tour as a part of their research. “Interacting with API is a different experience,” said Dart. “Mark Seman of API invited us to the factory, and we packed a few mixes that we know well. API let us see everything, and gave us a few hours behind the 1608. It sounded amazing, and the feel of real faders has been a welcome relief from menus and double clicks. I just get in there with my hands, and thank API for giving us the recording feel we were missing.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

VETERAN MIX ENGINEER TONY MASERATI RELIES ON METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – MARCH 2014: If mix engineers had the same cultural currency as sports heroes, Tony Maserati would be a household name the world over. The veteran mix engineer has worked with all of the music industry’s biggest and brightest stars, from Lady Gaga to Notorious B.I.G., from Mariah Carey to Puff Daddy, and from Christina Aguilera to R. Kelly. Recently he completed three weeks of mixing for Beyoncé’s self-titled “surprise” release. Maserati is the sound of major label pop, and the in-demand engineer maintains an outrageous schedule that would make your eyes bleary just to hear it. Obviously, Maserati will not suffer anything less than the very best in pro audio equipment for his sessions, both in terms of sound quality and performance, which is why he relies on Metric Halo ChannelStrip, HaloVerb, and Multiband Dynamics plug-ins. Maserati likes their stellar sound quality, easy and quick interfaces, and rock solid performance.

“The sound quality of Metric Halo’s classic plug-in, ChannelStrip, is what first caught my attention and made me aware of the company,” Maserati said. “I often see ChannelStrip on the sessions I get handed; in fact, several of Beyoncé’s tracks came in with it. ChannelStrip is still my go-to plug-in for routine and extreme equalization and dynamics. There’s something psychologically appealing about having six EQ bands at the ready, and the presets get me where I need to be quickly.”

The quality of a plug-in’s interface is very important to Maserati because he has to move fast. “I don’t have the time or patience to sit around and figure things out,” he said. “Metric Halo’s GUIs are intuitive to understand, and the automation is simple and easy to work with. HaloVerb is a good example of a plug-in that sounds great and is easy to dig into with great results.” While paying careful attention to the density of his reverb plug-ins and outboard gear, including the delicacy of the tail, Maserati’s busy schedule also demands a very functional interface. He has used HaloVerb on guitars, vocals, and percussion to great effect. One of his new tricks is to run a dry signal through HaloVerb and then send HaloVerb’s output into a distortion box. “The stress of that sound is really interesting to me,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll automate the send so that I get that stress only on certain notes. It’s great.”

Maserati also has to pay careful attention to the load he puts on his Pro Tools system. “Pop sessions get really gigantic,” he said. “They come in with a lot of plug-ins, I add a lot of plug-ins, and I’m also using 32 hardware inserts and two print tracks; one that’s maximized and one that’s not. It’s not just a storage system, and it’s not just an automation system. I’m taxing it, and a lot of math is happening!” These days, he’s using an HD native card, and the fact that all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins are AAX works well. “My plug-ins have to be totally solid,” he said. “The code has to be well-written; if something’s broken, I just won’t go near it. Metric Halo has a long history of solid performance that uses surprisingly little DSP resources. A testament to Metric Halo’s stability is the fact that I’m now using Metric Halo’s Multiband Dynamics plug-in on my mix bus. That’s unusual for me, and I wouldn’t do that if I wasn’t completely confident.”

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

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