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SONNOX OFFERS 35% DISCOUNT IN SPRING SALE

OXFORD, UK: In a special pre-Easter holiday promotion, Sonnox is offering a rare 35% price reduction on all plug-ins and bundles throughout the month of March. Available from authorized resellers as well as the Sonnox website, the Spring Sale encompasses individual Sonnox plug-ins as well as bundles such as the popular Sonnox Elite Collection which includes: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, Transient Modulator, Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames says, “It’s been well over a year since we’ve had a sales promotion like this. We intend it to enable new customers to join the countless professionals all over the world who enjoy the same high-quality plug-ins for their work. Pro Tools 10 users will even get free upgrades to our forthcoming AAX Native plug-ins, so there has never been a better time to buy!”

The Sonnox Spring Sale ends March 31st 2012. For more information please visit: www.sonnox.com

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An East Hampton Showcase By WSDG MonkMusic Studios

Grammy Winner Cynthia Daniels Debuts New Recording /Mixing Complex

EAST HAMPTON, NY: Multi-Grammy winning engineer Cynthia Daniels, has added MonkMusic a sophisticated recording studio to her East Hampton home. Catering to a first-tier client base, which includes ‘local’ residents Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin required superb acoustics and elegant aesthetics. To meet these goals, Daniels reached out to Walters-Storyk Design Group .

“I was on a fast track to get up and running as quickly as possible,” Daniels says. “I’ve worked in a number of WSDG studios, and was very familiar with their credentials. On his first site visit, in October 2010, WSDG principal John Storyk assured me that ‘we would never be waiting for drawings, design elements or architectural issues.’ And,” she adds, “WSDG was on the mark throughout the process. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

“Our client base ranges from high energy rock sessions where we spend hours in the high volume stratosphere to jazz, orchestral, pop, ADR for film and TV, and of course, narration recording.” Daniels explains. “Because my home is set in a suburban/rural area, we needed to be sensitive to sound leakage both into and out of the studio. We needed sand-filled cinderblock wall construction, along with lots of soundproof windows and sliding glass doors for complete isolation and to take advantage of the East End’s beautiful natural light.”

MonkMusic is a 650 sq. ft, state-of-the art recording/mixing studio housed in a new, ground-up wing attached to Daniels’ home. Although hardly the norm in residential construction in the Hamptons, the addition was built with a decoupled concrete floor system, created for optimal isolation. The complex includes: live, isolation booth and mixing rooms; 5.1 Genelec DSP monitors; a hybrid AVID console; fully digital and analog signal processing. And, a full complement of microphones, preamps, instruments, amplifiers and outboard gear.

WSDG project manager Matt Ballos reports the studio design is based on a combination of optimal room proportion, membrane absorbers used for critical low frequency room respons, and specifically placed diffusers (in some instances transparent), for high frequency reflection control. Allowing the studio suite to relate to the home and to the beautiful Hamptons surroundings was very important to Cynthia and to the final design. Cynthia collaborated with WSDG associate Judy Elliot-Brown of Rocket Science and Mike Donahower on the critical wiring program and systems integration/installation.

“I’ve known Judy for years, she is an absolute wizard at her job,” Daniels says. “Collaborating with her and Mike was one of the best parts of this project. WSDG was also highly recommended by Alan Silverman, my first-call mastering engineer, and former mentor from my A&R Recording days,” Daniels adds. “There was never a doubt about my decision.”

Since opening MonkMusic Studios Cynthia Daniels has worked with such artists as: Barbara Cook, Randy Brecker, veteran rocker Joe Delia, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julie Andrews and Bob Balaban

Photos:

1. MonkMusic Studios, East Hampton, NY
2. Cynthia Daniels (left) with WSDG co-principal Beth Walters
3. MonkMusic Studios, East Hampton, NY Exterior

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio, private studios for Goo Goo Dolls, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith; Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow

NASHVILLE: Early Bird registration for the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2012 will close at the end of day tomorrow, February 17. Registration for the event includes two full days of program content, lunch both days and the first evening reception. The event is designed to help personal studio owners make the most of their productions. The event is a production of AES Nashville in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. in New York. NRW+E 2012 will be held on March 2 & 3, 2012 at the Rocketown event center at 601 4th Ave, Nashville, TN.

NRW+E presenters include leading producers, engineers, publishing professionals and artists sharing their professional techniques and knowledge in a program designed to boost creativity and the technical prowess of recording musicians, songwriters laying down demos, and engineers working in personal production spaces. Additional breakout sessions will include tracks covering business and legal issues, and essential info on studio infrastructure.

The keynote address for NRW 2012 will be presented by artist Keb’ Mo’, who will return at the end of the first day of sessions with his engineer John Schirmer, to walk through the production of a complete song from start to finish, revealing the depths of what’s possible within a personal space. The capstone event will feature artist Beth Nielsen Chapman following the development of a project that began in a personal space but also included professional contributions in tracking, mixing and mastering. Throughout the program, audio pros will present sessions ranging from microphone preamp basics to acoustics fundamentals to demo arranging and collaboration via the internet.

“Early Bird” registration for AES members and members of participating professional songwriter, performance, musician and engineering organizations is $79, non-members is $99, student members is $39, and non-member students is $59. Full program listings, information on registering and on booking an exhibition are online.

Nashville Recording Workshop: http://www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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WSDG Names Cheryl Fleming Official Photographer

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principal Beth Walters has named Cheryl Fleming official WSDG project photographer. “We have always prided ourselves on outstanding visuals of our completed designs,” Walters said. “Cheryl’s work has brought a new level of elegance to this key element of our overall image.”

An accomplished architectural and event photographer Fleming also specializes in ‘beauty’ shots of luxury yachts, (is there any other kind)? Among her high-visibility pro audio credits are covers of Jay-Z’s Roc The Mic Studio; the $6 million NYU Steinhardt/Dolan Music Technology Center and NY’s Jungle City Studios. Fleming has also collaborated with noted commercial photographer Patrick St. Clair to develop a unique interactive 360º video tour designed to provide comprehensive architectural facility ‘walkthroughs:’

http://www.stclairphoto-imaging.com/360/360tours/Thompson/TourWeaver_Thompson.html

“The recording studio projects I’ve shot for WSDG have been both challenging and gratifying,” Fleming said. “Lighting and glass reflection issues need to be addressed in very specific ways. Beth Walters and John Storyk have given me great direction and a tremendous amount of freedom to experiment with interesting angles and lenses. Their clients have been very complimentary about our collaborations. The fact that we’ve produced three magazine covers out of three shoots is equally encouraging,” Fleming concludes, “Patrick St. Clair and I also look forward to producing a number of video walkthrough tours. They’re affordable and they’re extremely effective.”

For information on Cheryl Fleming Photography visit: http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

Photo: Jungle City Live Room photo by Cheryl Fleming

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Kenneally Preps “Side By Side” Doc for Berlin Fest At Sixteen19

Top Directors Expound On Digital Cinema’s Creative Impact

NEW YORK: From the earliest days of the ‘talkies,’ feature film directors have both embraced and disparaged new technology. Side By Side, a new, documentary directed by Chris Kenneally and produced by Keanu Reeves, will profile contemporary auteurs’ insights on digital production at its Feb. 15 Berlin Film Festival premiere.

Featuring candid interviews with such icons as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron Christopher Nolan, George Lucas and Steven Soderbergh, the insightful 98 minute film explores the full range of technical and creative opportunities presented by a new generation of digital production and post-production tools. Kenneally explained, “I was post-production supervisor on a Keanu Reeves feature in 2010, and Keanu was fascinated by the interaction of the photochemical and digital components of the film. Side By Side evolved from those talks, and his enthusiasm was instrumental in setting the interviews.”

In the midst of their hectic shooting schedule, Kenneally set up offices in NYC’s Sixteen19 post-production services complex to prep the documentary for the Berlin Festival. “I’d worked on a number of projects with company principals Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman,” he said. “I knew Sixteen19 was the right place for Side By Side.” Sixteen19′s Managing Director Claire Shanley added, “When Chris came to us to discuss workflow and finishing for a documentary about film technology, it felt like a perfect fit. for us. In addition to caring deeply about the subject, our team was ready for the project’s technical challenges.”

Kenneally added, “We had the benefit of advice from many Sixteen19 team members. They were invaluable in recommending interview candidates and helping us connect with some very busy people.” In November, 2010, Side by Side began a whirlwind schedule that took the crew from England to Poland to Morocco and Denmark and back to the U.S. Shooting in low light with little setup or prep time, Reeves, Kenneally, DP Chris Cassidy, and a lean crew shot interviews with a Panasonic HPX 170 and location beauty shots with a Canon 5D.

“Colorist Brian Boyd was a major asset in getting our disparate digital interview, location footage and archival clips, to match,” Kenneally explained, “All of our color correct needs were expertly addressed, and we were impressed with the results.” Brian Boyd reports the hours he spent conforming QuickTime files to Avid Media Composer and tweaking the footage were an almost ‘surreal education.’ “In addition to top directors, Kenneally and Reeves interviewed a number of leading cinematographers, editors and colorists,” he says. “Hearing their comments on the pros and cons of digital technology was fascinating. It was also terrific to see this documentary work on an entertainment level as well as an educational one.”

“We began this project at a particularly advantageous time,” Kenneally concludes. “We’re right at the tipping point of the film/digital revolution/evolution. It was the ideal moment to get candid and extremely perceptive comments from the very filmmakers who are leading the transition into the next generation of movie production.”

The “Side By Side” trailer may be viewed at: www.sidebysidethemovie.com

Photo Caps:

1. Director Chris Kenneally in the Sixteen19 color suite with colorist Brian Boyd

2. Left to Right: DP Chris Cassidy, director Chris Kenneally, Yoda, Justin Szlasa,Keanu Reeves Photographed by Amy Miller Big Rock Ranch, Marin, CA

3. Keanu Reeves (l) with Martin Scorsese

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London. The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402

http://www.sixteen19.com

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German Radio Group Tunes In Sonnox Broadcast Bundles

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: Attracting over 10 million daily listeners, RPR1., Radio Regenbogen and bigFM are three of Southwest Germany’s largest privately-owned radio stations. Featuring three distinctive formats, AC, Hot AC and CHR, each of the stations share a single ‘Service Center Production’ Sound Department. Head of Production, Stefan Müller, recently purchased Sonnox Broadcast Bundles for each of the Sound Department’s 11 workstations.

“I had considerable experience with Sonnox plug-ins as a film mixing engineer prior to joining the Radio Group,” Müller says. “Their overall sound quality and flexibility is simply the best you can get in the plug-in market, so I knew they would provide excellent audio processing for radio production where sound is the major priority.”

“One of the most important jobs is to get the voice through to our listeners as clearly and effectively as possible, without being harsh or unpleasantly loud,” he adds. “Of course the sound of voices, music beds and FX varies from format to format, so we needed a plug-in bundle that would suit all our needs; aggressive for one radio format, and more transparent for another without losing loudness.”

The Service Center Production Sound Department utilizes Sonnox plug-ins differently for each station. “The Oxford EQ is engaged for virtually every track, shaping detail and emphasizing transparency, but tailoring the finished mixes for specific audiences,” Müller explains. “The Oxford Dynamics plug-in’s built-in modules are particularly well suited to our bigFM audience, and to CHR where voices are more directly in the listeners’ face. The SuprEsser plug-in gets deeper into our AC and Hot AC workflows, enabling us to dynamically reduce ‘overemphasized’ frequencies. The Oxford Limiter and Inflator are our primary weapons in the ‘Loudness War.’ I’m not a fan of indiscriminately increasing volume. That translates to lost punch and transparency,” he says. “By creatively employing the Limiter and Inflator plug-ins in our summing busses and masters, we can achieve excellent loudness levels and retain the details, emotions and dynamics that make compelling broadcasts.”

“The Sonnox Broadcast Bundles have proved themselves the perfect solution to all our radio sound design challenges,” Müller concludes.

Photo: Stefan Müller, Service Center Production Sound Department Head of Production

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