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SYMETRIX ZONE MIX 760 TAMES THE ACOUSTICS IN PURPLE CAFÉ’S STEEL AND GLASS DECOR

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 2010: Owned by the Heavy Restaurant Group, Purple Café is a well-established wine bar and upscale restaurant in the Seattle, Washington area. It recently added its fourth location in Bellevue, Washington, with adjacent space for two additional Heavy Restaurant Group concepts – Barrio a Mexican restaurant and Lot #3 a cocktail and appetizer establishment. Because the owners were dissatisfied with many aspects of the sound systems in the earlier locations, they approached things a little more carefully this time. They hired local A/V contractor Morgan Sound, who installed a centralized system for all three retail locations based around two cost-effective, but immensely powerful, Symetrix Zone Mix 760 processors. more

SYMNET AT SEA

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 2010: It may never occur to some sound designers and acousticians that they are fundamentally land-locked, never to take their work beyond predictable foundations in clay to the romantic world of the open ocean. Not so for Alan Edwards, principal audio designer at Nautilus Entertainment Design, San Diego, California. Edwards wrote the book… er, peer-reviewed paper on the subject, “Audio System Design for Cruise Ships,” which appeared in the 110th volume of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Because of their flexibility, reliability, and well-thought out control options, Edwards now relies on Symetrix’ SymNet open-architecture DSP and interface solutions for many of his designs. more

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CAN YOU HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO? SOUNDCAKE DOES WITH BOTH THE BOCK 195 FET MICROPHONE AND PASSIVE ATC SCM20SL MONITORS

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: For some twenty years, composer, musician, and sound engineer Brando Triantafillou has been writing, performing, and recording music for advertisements, film, and rising stars in the music industry. His clients include Verizon, Adidas, Nike, McDonalds, Sony, and the U.S. Army, among many, many others. Triantafillou’s production company and well-appointed project studio in Chicago both fall under the oddly delicious name of Soundcake, where two recent additions have found a comfortable home. A new BOCK 195 large-diaphragm FET microphone jumped to the front line amid an enviable collection of other A-list condensers, and a new pair of ATC SCM20SL passive near-field monitors are revealing Triantafillou’s recordings and mixes with “brutal honesty,” leading to finished projects that translate anywhere and everywhere. more

METRIC HALO: THE PLUG-IN HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK: The proverb states that nothing succeeds like success, and prolific mix engineer Serban Ghenea is living proof of its truth. After some years sharpening his musical intuition as a player in the jazz, funk and R&B worlds, Ghenea discovered he had a natural aptitude for creating compelling mixes. Over fifteen years, he has developed that aptitude into a flawless genius that has the music industry’s A-list artists lined up at the door to work with him. In the last two years alone, Ghenea has mixed over twenty number one songs for artists such as Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Kelly Clarkson. Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in is Ghenea’s go-to solution for all equalization and dynamics adjustments. And every mix that has left his studio in the last six years, chart-topping or otherwise, has benefitted from multiple instances of ChannelStrip. more

PORTABLE METRIC HALO ULN-8 A GODSEND FOR “OUTSTANDING MUSIC FOR OUTSTANDING CAUSES”

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 2010: Under the banner, “Outstanding Music for Outstanding Causes,” and the leadership of Michael Alexander Young, the Charities Philharmonia gets together twice a year to deliver creative and energetic concerts. All proceeds from the events go to benefit worthwhile causes and organizations. In recent years, Andrew Levine has had the opportunity to record the concerts, which almost always take place at St. John’s, Smith Square, in central London, a building erected in 1728 in the English Baroque-style. Its acoustics are stunning, and Levine has captured impressive stereo and surround recordings with minimal setup times using a Metric Halo ULN-8 mic-pre & interface with a Metric Halo MIO virtual mixer. The most recent recording took place at the end of May, with the ensemble performing Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. more

API ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL VISIONARY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

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JESSUP, MARYLAND – JULY 2010: API is pleased to announce the six winners of this year’s Visionary Scholarship, which is designed to foster creativity and excellence for the pro audio industry’s next generation of sound engineers. The scholarship is available to students enrolled at universities and schools that prominently feature the API Vision stereo/surround analog console, the Legacy Plus console or the 1608 console as a cornerstone of their students’ education. more

ASHLY DSP SELECTED TO PROCESS CHICAGO LUXURY CONDO MOVING TV 5.1 SYSTEM

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 2010: Imagine that you’ve purchased a top floor luxury condominium in downtown Chicago, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing breathtaking views of the city’s famous skyline, glorious glittering Lake Michigan, and the distant prairie-turned-exurbs that provide a backlit pillow for the setting sun at day’s end. Where will you put your big screen TV that won’t detract from the view? One condo owner solved this problem with a cutting-edge twist on the most straightforward of solutions: the flat screen TV resides on the wall until it is needed, at which point a motorized track system in the ceiling physically moves it to one of three viewing positions. more

Innovason Eclipses Toronto Jazz Festival

torontojazz_innovason.JPGToronto, Canada, July 2010: Now in its 23rd year, the Toronto Jazz Festival has grown from an ambitious upstart to become one of the world’s premier jazz events, attracting some 500,000 visitors annually for ten days of music that features jazz legends and newcomers, and even well-known musicians of other jazz-inspired genres. This year’s festival brought Maceo Parker, Herbie Hancock, and Harry Connick, more

The Toronto Jazz Festival Main Stage Grooves with Sennheiser, Neumann and L-ACOUSTICS

saxophone.JPGToronto, Canada, July 2010: The Toronto Jazz Festival takes place every year during the ten days that bridge the springtime memories of June and the hot summer reality of July. A tremendous number of artists participate, performing in venues located throughout the Canadian metropolis to some 500,000 attendees from around the world. more

METRIC HALO’S ULN-8 DELIVERS STUDIO SOUND FOR TV LOCATION SOUND MIXER GRAHAM GARDNER

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 2010: For nearly a decade, Graham Gardner has been dutifully recording the on-location and on-set sound for both reality-based and scripted television shows in and around New York City. The business is fast-paced, and success is frequently measured not by the captured nuance of a subtle reverb tail, but by the reliable capture of intelligible spoken word. In reality-based work especially, there is no tolerance for a sound mixer’s request to “do that again!” But unlike many of his colleagues, Gardner has not abandoned the simple satisfaction of a sound well-recorded and, somewhat surprisingly, his clients are noticing the difference. Apart from technique, Gardner delivers a superior product with Metric Halo’s FireWire ULN-8 audio interface, which provides studio-grade mic preamps and AD/DA conversion, along with the DSP muscle to process and mix with efficiency and sonority. more

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