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Event Enterprises Supplements NEXO M28 Arsenal, Adds Yamaha QL5 and DSRs

Event Grant Cambridge NEXO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Event Enterprises is a full-service production company focusing on meeting their customers needs with utmost professionalism and the highest quality of service. With offices in Cincinnati, OH and Bellevue, KY, the company maintains a vast inventory of industry-standard, current event production equipment, coupled with an extensive dealer network and affiliations. The company recently took delivery of 12 NEXO STM M28 speakers to augment their existing NEXO box count, which has grown to 80.

“We were looking to increase our PA inventory to accommodate the demand of multiple festivals/stages/jobs happening simultaneously and were looking to dive into something with a little hotter output and farther throw than the NEXO GEO S12, states Grant Cambridge, Managing Director, Event Enterprises. The M28s could provide us with that need and seemed to make logistical sense for most of our applications. Financially, they also allowed us to make a comfortable initial investment into the STM franchise with the ability to “add on” and grow the rig with the additions of any B112s or M46s in the future. Our maiden voyage with the new boxes was a country show with headliners Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard, and out of the box, both front of house guest engineers enjoyed their day with them.”

Event upped their Yamaha DSR speaker inventory to 24, utilizing the DSRs for a variety of applications. “While the DSRs do see a lot of smaller “speaker on stick” gigs as well as corporate applications, we use them just as frequently for wedges as mains, Cambridge says. We do so many 5k, 10k, half/full marathon events where we line up the streets at the start and finish lines that the DSRs work perfectly for. We recently did a half marathon event earlier this month based around Veterans Day, and on a very cold Saturday morning we deployed DSRs down the start/finish line for 400 ft., and in 18 degree temperatures, they worked flawlessly for five hours in the elements.”

Cambridge said the Yamaha QL5 digital audio console was purchased primarily for the company’s rental inventory and in-house engineers to utilize in the field. “We have all taken a liking to Yamaha digital desks at our company and thought this was a nice “next step” for us, having gotten a lot of miles out of LS9s and M7s, notes Cambridge. Because of our familiarity with the Yamaha OS and internal workings within their digital desks and the direct functionality with the Dante network, we thought this would be a wise investment moving forward. The QL was put to use the minute it arrived, both by our own guys’ use well as fulfilling rider requests.”

For more information on Event Enterprises, visit www.evententerprises.com.

For more information on NEXO STM, Yamaha QL and DSR, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

University of Sydney Launches “X-Lab” with Dante Media Networking

PORTLAND, OR – November 20, 2014 – The University of Sydney in Australia recently unveiled the X-Lab, a 40×20 meter space that houses up to eight classes using advanced live lecture streaming. Using a multipoint distribution strategy based on a Dante network from Audinate, the IP-based architecture efficiently streams lecture audio to ensure as many as 240 students receive a targeted, immersive, engaging and uninterrupted educational experience.

Similar instructional laboratories previously relied on streaming live lectures to radio headsets, which created usability and safety concerns. The University of Sydney instead chose to use Dante to stream audio to hyper-directional loudspeakers positioned above each student. The Dante network delivers ultra-low latency streams over a standard network infrastructure, maintaining signal integrity and quality across the architecture to guarantee exceptional speech intelligibility at all loudspeakers.

“It was essential to digitize audio as quickly as possible from the source – and keep it digitized all the way to the output, which is the amplifier rack driving the loudspeakers,” said Paul Menon, technical manager, audio visual services, information and communication technology at the University of Sydney. “Dante is providing the scalability and modularity we require to achieve these goals, while playing a major role in the noise immunity across the various student benches.”

The university partnered with Sydney-based systems integration firm Fredon Technology to build out the entire AV system, which also includes key video encoding and streaming systems at each workstation. Both parties agreed that the X-Lab’s success was critically dependent on choosing the right audio technologies, given the complex challenges of managing audio for eight classes in the same lab. For the networking solution, they wanted to move beyond CobraNet, used elsewhere on campus, to a Layer 3 technology like Dante that can seamlessly integrate a variety of products and support future scalability.

“A Layer 2 protocol with networking limitations was not going to work in the X-Lab for a number of reasons, including channel count, latency and future-proofing,” said Nick Orsatti, general manager, Fredon Technology. “We very quickly decided that a Dante network was the right option, especially with the wide variety of Dante-enabled products available.”

A Symetrix Radius AEC was specified for digital signal processing, given its higher channel count capacity and built-in support for local echo cancellation of incoming Dante channels. The Symetrix architecture includes a Radius at eight instructional locations, each feeding to a Radius EDGE that routes Dante audio to a central amplifier rack. The audio is then distributed to 45 loudspeaker zones, reproducing high-quality lecture audio at each student workstation.

The Dante network extends to instructional communications, where Shure Microflex Wireless microphones establish flexible two-way audio paths between an instructor and an assistant, or between instructors and students.

Orsatti notes that the Dante network implementation simplified the overall integration process, reducing costs and eliminating the complexity of running wire and cable throughout the lab. Having worked with the university on many previous projects, the process of integrating Dante for the X-Lab was simple and straightforward.

“Dante enabled the University of Sydney to deliver a unified system that took advantage of the existing network, with an uncomplicated integration based on standard IT principles,” said Orsatti.

“Dante is a Layer 3 system leveraging the existing network infrastructure, which saves on audio-specific cabling,” added Menon. “The installation of the Dante X-Lab network was fast, cost-effective, and more importantly, delivered a very flexible solution. It is a dynamically switchable architecture with highly directional sound immersion, and the user experience blows people away.”

Videos of the X-Lab installation can be seen at the following links:

http://sydney.edu.au /ict/videos/x-lab-student.mp4
http://sydney.edu.au/ict/videos/x-lab-demonstrator.mp4

Case study for this unique Dante application can be viewed at the link below:
http://bit.ly/sydney-xlab

About Audinate

Lab Tables at Sydney University X-Lab

Lab Tables at Sydney University X-Lab


Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante™ media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional AV industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

Hawthorn Names DPA As Its Microphone Brand of Choice

Ben McAlonan and Jon Curnew

Hawthorn, the UK’s largest independent supplier of technical production services, has named DPA as its primary microphone brand.

Established in 1987, Hawthorn employs over 120 staff from offices around the UK and handles over 1,000 events every year, including gala dinners, product launches, conferences and parties. The company’s product portfolio has seen a 4.4 EUR investment over the last two years and now includes state of the art lighting, sound, AV, rigging, staging and drapes.

Among this phenomenal inventory are a wide range of DPA microphones including d:fine™ Headset Microphones, d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.

Audio quality is very important to Hawthorn, which bases its reputation on delivering exceptionally high standards. It was this desire to use the best that initially brought DPA to the company’s attention.

“It all started a few years ago when we were looking for headset microphones to replace the brand we had previously been using,” says Jon Curnew, Hawthorn’s Head of Sound. “We discovered the DPA d:fine Headset Microphone range and were immediately taken with the fact that they came with single and dual ear attachments. That really appealed to us because it made them so versatile. We now have a stock of about 35 d:fine microphones and we use them all the time. They are much easier to position than any other headset mic we have tried and our customers love them.”

Although Hawthorn also offers DPA d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones, most of its customers prefer headsets because they don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking them – or forgetting to take them off when they go off stage.

“Headsets are also better at picking up weaker voices because the microphone is positioned so close to the mouth and doesn’t have to compete with background noise,” Curnew says. “Once they are in place, they tend to stay in place – we even had a guy wearing one while he was doing aerobics and it managed to survive that.”

For musicians, Hawthorn stocks DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and now has 17 in its microphone cupboard.

“We use them with a variety of clips and they are great because they deliver such a clean, transparent sound,” Curnew says.

Hawthorn recently added six DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones toits stock, which it bought from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

“We saw the d:facto Vocal Microphones at PLASA two years ago but we needed the right event to inspire us to buy some,” Curnew says. “This turned out to be SunWalk in London’s Battersea Park – a charity event raising money for breast cancer research, for which we delivered full technical production.”

Four wired and two wireless d:facto’s were immediately put to use on the SunWalk live music stage.

“Everyone loved them,” Curnew says. “They sounded amazing and we had no issues with feedback or rejection – they worked well across a range of artists and really brought out the subtlety in the vocalists’ voices. We have since used them on other events including an opera. It’s interesting to note how often they are cropping up on artist’s riders – that’s another reason why we felt the time was right to invest in some.”

Although most of Hawthorn’s DPA microphones are used for in-house productions, they are also available for dry hire and Curnew says the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones, in particular, are already making a name for themselves amongst dry hire customers.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

LEGENDARY GUITARIST ERIC JOHNSON RELIES ON LEGENDARY ATC REFERENCE MONITORS

Eric JohnsonAUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 2014: “Legendary guitarist” is justifiably the most common two-word description given of Eric Johnson, whose six-string prowess has earned him a Grammy win, several Grammy nominations, a Platinum album, and residency on practically every “Top X Guitarists of All Time” list ever made. He’s regularly played and recorded with fellow guitar greats Chet Atkins, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani, and Eric Clapton selected Johnson for his 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. Most recently, Johnson collaborated with jazz guitar great Mike Stern on the album Eclectic, which the two recorded and mixed at Johnson’s Austin-based studio with the help of Johnson’s accomplished recording and mix engineer Kelly Donnelly. Although Johnson is known mainly for his prodigious talent as a guitarist, he is also comfortable playing numerous other instruments, including piano, lap steel, bass, and voice. He is an accomplished songwriter and, in more recent years, has plied his skills over the years as a producer and assisting his recording engineers. The common frustration of mixing a song to seeming perfection, only to find obvious mistakes when he played it on other systems, drove Johnson to find the perfect near-field monitors. He found them in a pair of ATC SCM25As, which deliver the undecorated truth so that Johnson’s mixes sound beautiful and balanced on any system, from wee computer speakers to the biggest home theaters.

Years in the making, Johnson slowly constructed the ideal project studio in his Austin, Texas home, and he only declared it finished six years ago. “I always wanted a great rehearsal space, and it seemed natural to make it a recording studio as well,” he said. “I took my time because I wanted to do it right. I like to think about the tools I use the same way I think about guitars. When I find the right guitar, it facilitates my playing. It’s like I can feel the push of the polarity, the wind’s at my back, and soon I’m not paying any attention to the guitar itself… I’m just making music. It’s the same with the studio and all the equipment and processes in the studio. At their best, they fall away and I’m just making music.”

Most of the engineering duties at Johnson’s project studio fall to Donnelly. “Kelly and I often found ourselves second-guessing our mixes,” said Johnson. “We’d take a mix that sounded perfect in the studio and notice huge bumps or holes when we played it other places. It’d be like, ‘we must have overlooked that in the studio!’ But then we’d go back to the studio and those bumps or holes wouldn’t be there. So there was a lot of back and forth, which wasted time, energy, and inspiration. I became very interested in finding a near field system that would ensure our mixes translated outside of the studio, especially as we drew close to working on Eclectic. People with ears I trust told me that ATC is the way to go.”

After performing due diligence with trials of numerous top-end reference monitor manufacturers, Johnson arrived at the same conclusion. He purchased a pair of ATC SCM25As, which feature a three-way active design starting with a seven-inch low-frequency driver. “The ATCs have a great vibe and they’re fun to mix on,” said Johnson. “The imaging is solid and in-phase, and the top end is natural – not glitchy or peaky or spikey. They’re pleasant at whisper volume or blaring, and the response seems pretty linear across that range. I’ve also noticed that we can monitor at high volumes on the ATCs as long as we like and they never become fatiguing. So the in-studio experience on the ATCs is great. Beyond that however, the mixes we’ve done on the ATCs translate beautifully, and we don’t have to second-guess ourselves anymore.”

Part of the Concord Music Group, instrumental music label Heads Up International released Eclectic, and thus sent it to Concord’s multiple Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Paul Blakemore. For years now, Blakemore has been mastering on ATC SCM150ASL monitors. “The ATC monitors are the most accurate loudspeakers I have ever heard, and I can’t imagine using anything else,” he said. “They work equally well on any genre of music, which is very unusual and particularly important for Eclectic. As the name promises, Eclectic is eclectic! It runs from rock, to jazz, to blues, to R&B, and to everything in between. The ATCs were critical for getting the high end correct and consistent across all those styles. Similarly, the ATCs were critical for making sure the low end was true and in the pocket from song to song. Once I get things right on the ATCs, I’m confident that the final product will translate to any other system in the world.”

In November 2014 and January and February 2015, Johnson and Stern are taking their otherworldly chops on the road for an extended U.S. engagement.

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 Max Crace)

METRIC HALO LAUNCHES VERSION 2 OF PRODUCTION BUNDLE PLUG-INS – ADDS VST AND WINDOWS SUPPORT

MH_ProductionBundle_v2SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 2014: Metric Halo is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 2 of its Production Bundle plug-ins. The new plug-ins provide a comprehensive set of tools offering Metric Halo’s signature sound quality at a compelling price.

The full Production Bundle includes eight fantastic plug-ins that provide engineers, producers, musicians and sound designers with the tools they need to create world-class mixes and productions. Starting with the world-renowned ChannelStrip, the Production Bundle adds TransientControl, Character, HaloVerb, Dirty Delay, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, and the Precision DeEsser.

NEW PLUG-IN
The v.2 of Production Bundle introduces a brand new plug-in – MH Dirty Delay. Dirty Delay is a visceral, gritty, fantastic-sounding musical feedback delay processor with integrated Character and filters in the delay path. It can create awesome vintage echo and tape-delay style sounds as well as lush and subtle spaces in a mix. New users are already finding that it is more “real” sounding than alternative in-the-box delay processors.

NEW PLATFORM SUPPORT
The v.2 of Production Bundle adds exciting new features and platform support. With this release, Metric Halo is providing VST versions of the plug-ins for both Mac and Windows, in addition to the previously supported Pro Tools AAX on Mac and Windows, and Audio Units on Mac. All of the plug-ins support 32-bit and 64-bit hosts on all platforms. Version 2 supports both computer-based licensing and optional iLok dongle-based licensing.

NEW FEATURES
In v.2, Multiband Dynamics and Expander add comprehensive band linking controls to allow the user to adjust the overall processing as easily as they can adjust the per-band processing. Character adds selectable Auto-Drive to the processing. Character is a subtle processor that adds the essential Character of a wide variety of analog devices to the signal. With Auto-Drive enabled, Character is transformed into an effects processor that can add grit and color to tracks – regardless of the input level. Finally, TransientControl adds selectable Auto-Sensitivity making it a much more versatile transient processor and easier to use. With Auto-Sensitivity, regardless of the signal level TransientControl can pull out transients and modify the sustain and tail of sounds.

ONE LICENSE, ALL FORMATS
The license for all Metric Halo plug-ins covers the Native and DSP accelerated versions on Pro Tools AAX and Native versions for VST and AU on both Mac and Windows. The plug-ins are each available individually or as part of the Production Bundle.

A LOT OF PERFORMANCE, NOT A LOT OF PRICE
Metric Halo products are available from dealers or directly from http://mhlabs.com. New software licenses for individual plug-ins are available for a MSRP of $179 each, and are currently on sale for only $75 each (until 10/31/2014). New Production Bundle licenses are available with a MSRP of $699, and are currently on sale for only $299 (until 10/31/2014). Version 2 is a free update for existing v.1 users.

Free 30-day trials for the Production Bundle are available from http://mhsecure.com/DemoCentral.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

IT’S METRIC HALO FOR LEGENDARY MASTERING ENGINEER HERB POWERS, JR.

Herb_PowersNEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2014: “We’re in the business of correctly preserving a musical vision that occurred at a moment in time,” says legendary mastering engineer Herb Powers, Jr. “Sure, we make it commercial and tweak it up a bit, but really we’re preserving that picture as best we can.” Powers’ philosophy – which is about the soul of the music and not its technicalities – has clearly worked for him: the veteran mastering engineer has earned numerous Grammy Awards and nominations and innumerable Platinum- and Gold-certified albums. His list of clients includes Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Run DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Outkast, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, and countless others. Among Powers’ trusted tools are Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software, a Metric Halo ULN-2 A/D/A interface, and, more recently, Metric Halo plug-ins.

For decades, his father, Herb Powers, Sr., worked for CBS as a quality control engineer in the company’s Manhattan studios, which gave the younger Powers an insider’s view of the business. Indeed, Powers remembers attending a session with his father for Sly and the Family Stone. Apart from a signed record, Powers came away with rare insight into the production of recorded music. When he was DJ’ing years later, Powers tapped that insight to give shape to the dissatisfaction he felt: “Most of the records I spun didn’t sound that good,” he said. “I was inspired to do something about it!” Following his father’s advice, Powers secured a position at NYC’s famous Frankford/Wayne in 1977… literally in the mailroom. True to the cliché, he worked his way up to eventually command his own mastering room. When Frankford/Wayne folded, he moved to The Hit Factory. Since it closed its doors in 2005, Powers has been working under his own flag, Powers Mastering Studio.

“I have Metric Halo SpectraFoo in front of me every minute of my work day,” said Powers. “I used to have a nice hardware metering system, but it eventually died. I looked into replacing it with another hardware system, but I also explored my software options. SpectraFoo looked good, and when I realized I could get SpectraFoo along with a dedicated 11-inch Apple MacBook Air for less than the cost of another hardware system, I went for it. Of course, I still ultimately rely on my ears, but I constantly reference SpectraFoo’s RTA and stereoscope. I have my tools selected and organized, and the MacBook Air’s only function is to run SpectraFoo. For less than the price of a hardware analyzer, I got better tools, better real estate, and a perfectly customized experience.”

Powers’ setup is an amalgam of workflows that reflects his decades in the business. Apart from a Studer tape machine, a DAT player, and other now-seldom-used playback devices, he maintains a playback computer loaded with every conceivable music production software. Signal from that computer enters the analog domain via a dedicated Apogee DA, where it then winds its way through Powers’ trusted collection of analog equalizers, filters, and dynamics processors. He uses his Metric Halo ULN-2 to capture signal in front of the processing for comparison in SpectraFoo and, more critically, as the AD converter in front of his dedicated record computer, which runs Sonic Studio SoundBlade mastering software. “I have a lot of nice analog gear, and I’m super comfortable using it,” he said. “As soon as I hear something in the music, I know which knob to turn. Because I always go analog, good conversion is important, and the Metric Halo ULN-2 sounds totally transparent. It works solidly even at 24bit/96kHz.”

Despite Powers’ reliance on analog gear, he’s happy to incorporate more plug-ins, and sound quality and well-constructed factory presets have made Metric Halo’s line of plug-ins a growing favorite. “A lot of times I’ll hear an issue that stands apart from the usual balancing that I use my analog gear for,” he said. “I use Metric Halo TransientControl, ChannelStrip, and Multiband Dynamics to correct it in the playback machine. Then I can go out of the playback machine and make the usual sorts of corrections I make with the hardware. The Metric Halo plug-ins sound great and they’re very fast to use. I can always pull up a factory preset that gets me most of the way there. I just have to adjust a ratio or a threshold and it’s good. Since everything these days is on a tight deadline, that speed is important!”

As a professional who has spent nearly four decades making music sound fantastic, Powers laments the industry shift towards compressed audio formats and its growing tolerance of clipping and distortion in the pursuit of volume. Nevertheless, he holds out hope that bandwidth will eventually allow consumers to enjoy the full fidelity of his work as he hears it in his studio.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

HARTER MUSIC PULLS THINGS TOGETHER WITH API 1608

www.joshhuskin.comSAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 2014: In San Antonio, Texas, Harter Music has been working on a 32-channel 1608 for almost a year now – and they are hard-pressed to choose their favorite part about it. Keith Harter owns the studio, and along with his team Jonathan Harter (producer and engineer), Jorge Infante (sound engineer) and Joshua Harter (Composer) Harter Music has carved itself a permanent place in the “diverse culture involved with Texas music.” Keith explains, “We work on all kinds of music. There’s a lot of country, blues, rock, gospel, a good deal of hip-hop and R&B as well. Tejano music is particularly unique to our area, so we work with lots of artists in that genre.”

In addition to recording other artists’ work, Keith and Joshua work together as in-house composers, which they consider an equally diverse role. “We write everything from stripped down ukulele tunes to full-on orchestral film score pieces. A lot of our favorite work is scoring to picture.” In fact, the music that the Harters produce for on-camera work had a lot to do with their decision to purchase and install a 1608. “Writing and recording music for commercials, television and movies is a large part of our business, and now the 1608 gets used for all our commercial music.” Reliability was essential when choosing equipment that Harter Music would use so frequently, and that made their choice simple. “We felt very comfortable selecting the 1608 because we’ve always received great service from API. When it comes time to maintain or repair something, we know API is going to be very easy to work with.” The Harters were already familiar with the API brand because, before the 1608 arrived, the studio was well stocked with API gear, but they wanted one cohesive unit.

Keith got in contact with Darrin Fendley at Vintage King for a solution. “We ordered the 1608 unloaded because we already had a lot of API EQs. That was a huge part of what made the console affordable for us.” Harter Music didn’t want to move away from the gear they already had because “The pre-amps and the EQs sound so good! The console format just makes it easier to record and mix now that the gear is in the chain. It’s also super easy to route things in a bunch of different ways to accommodate any set up we’re using.” There was one other element that Keith says impressed him about his API gear and especially his 1608: “We like the sound, most importantly. It’s equally as great sounding as our other gear, solidly built, but way bigger! It’s a great feeling when you’re sitting behind that much API.” Before the 1608 made its debut, the studio also boasted a 2500 stereo compressor, a 3124 mic pre, and a six-slot Lunchbox®. Having everything in one place, however, is one of the things that has changed their work the most. “We couldn’t efficiently run all analog sessions before. Now we can record and mix all on tape if we want.”

Another bragging point for Harter Music is the celebrity artists who have recorded in the studio in the last year. George Strait and Cheyenne Jackson are mentioned particularly by Keith, who is very proud of how busy Harter Music continues to be. The studio just wrapped on an upcoming movie The One I Wrote for You. “It was an intensely musical project where lots of actors sang songs in the film. We spent over a year recording and mixing everything – it was such a blast.” The studio shows no signs of slowing down. If you want to keep up, or are interested in a project of your own, check hartermusic.com or facebook.com/hartermusic for updates.

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

API’s BOX USHERS IN BIG CHANGES FOR MIXER SCOTT ROSSER

Scott_RosserLONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 2014: Source Distribution continues meeting success for API’s BOX console in the U.K. with a sale to popular mixer/engineer Scott Rosser. Rosser, who has “remixed many of the biggest pop names in the industry including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey,” has been working from the spare room in his home for almost two years now. Although he wants to return to a permanent studio, he knew he needed the right gear before finding a new space. A solution arrived in April when Rosser ordered the BOX after just one demo session with Andy Bensley of Source Distribution. “Source kindly set up a demo unit at their London office for me to try out. I liked the look of the BOX straight away, and ran a stem session through the summing section. It sounded great!” Following the demo, Rosser immediately met with Mark Cooke at Tyrell London, one of Source’s dealers, and soon had a BOX of his own.

It’s not just Rosser’s location that is in flux; his main focus in the music industry has also shifted from “mainly commercial dance” to “more pop and urban stuff due to the success and expansion of 3 Beat as a label.” Rosser started working with 3 Beat Productions several years ago, and also works under the name ‘Cahill’, which is the title he uses most often when remixing for bigger-name artists. However, his success did not happen overnight. Rosser has worked in the recording world since 1989, when he was studying at Salford University in Manchester. The trends in music at the time helped form Rosser’s career, as he explains: “The city was at the forefront of the UK club culture and the Acid House revolution, so I was always interested in the electronic side of things.” Rosser and another “like-minded producer” then formed the band ‘Dario G’, which was so successful through the ‘90s that they sold 4.5 million records. “We had a few hits across Europe, and went on to release a host of underground house/rave tunes. It was a great experience.”

Now Rosser is expanding his studio’s power without taking up more space. “The BOX had everything I was looking for in one unit whereas the other options I was considering were all separate pieces. My small workspace made having everything to hand on one desk appealing.” Before the BOX, Rosser had considered API consoles out of his reach. But in the early 2000s feeling all dance music was starting to sound alike, Rosser knew he could solve the problem with analog recording equipment. “I wanted to apply a new approach which would help my mixes stand out amongst the competition. I noticed a press release for API’s new project console, and the BOX caught my attention immediately. I’ve only scratched the surface with mine, and it’s already made a big difference to my work.” This success has encouraged Rosser to look ahead to even more changes in his career.

“I’m putting some time aside in the new year to move to a purpose-built studio. I’m sure there’ll be other API units added soon. The 2500 compressor especially looks good…I know The BOX is going to serve me well for years. The build quality is excellent, it’s versatile, and I can now expand the rest of my system around it.” Since April, Rosser’s BOX has been as busy as he is. The BOX was used to mix an album by Fuse ODG, singles for Lethal Bizzle and Stylo G, and official remixes for Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs, and the boy band Rixton. Compared to mixing before the BOX, Rosser says his work has changed dramatically for the better. When asked what he likes best about The BOX, Rosser replied “Quite simply, the sound! That’s what I bought it for and it has delivered. It immediately added stereo width and a deep, warm feel that I’d been missing in previous mixes.”

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

Evolutionary Yamaha PM10 Launched Today

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10

Buena Park, Calif.—In a worldwide announcement made at Inter BEE today, Yamaha Corporation Japan has launched the RIVAGE PM10 Digital Mixing Console, an enormous, evolutionary step for Yamaha PM Series Digital Live Sound Consoles. More than ten years have passed since the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D defined the direction for the digital console market. The new flagship RIVAGE PM10 significantly increases the quality and versatility necessary in a live sound environment, and inherits features from the renowned PM Series Consoles. Evolved features and performance define yet another milestone for Yamaha sound reinforcement consoles. The PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards provide the flexibility to configure and ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application.

“Our new flagship RIVAGE PM10 system is the result of more than 40 years of PM Series history and reinforces our passion to provide industry-leading commercial audio products,” states Laurence Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “RIVAGE PM10 will ignite the market for a new era of extraordinary sound, operation, and reliability. Needless to say, RIVAGE PM10 would not be possible without the dedication of the Yamaha Japan R&D team as well as feedback from our customers.”

Under the fundamental philosophy of Yamaha live sound consoles, Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers have been newly-developed, as has the analog section both in terms of components and overall design, achieving an extraordinarily pure, natural sound. Impeccable models of the Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing have been created utilizing Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. The SILK processing feature even includes selectable “RED” and “BLUE” characteristics, and a continuously variable “TEXTURE” knob that facilitate sonic shaping right at the input stage, adding musical sparkle or power as required. Josh Thomas, general manager of Rupert Neve Designs, had this to say about the collaboration: “We have done a number of listening sessions to compare our hardware to the transformer and Silk Texture emulations that Dr. K of Yamaha Japan and the development team achieved. Rupert and I are both very impressed by how closely the emulations get to the original analog designs. We hope that you all enjoy the rich Rupert Neve sound.”

The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded with three newly developed algorithms plus the classic Yamaha “Legacy” algorithm. The new “Precise” algorithm includes Q parameters on the low and high shelving filters that allow filter overshoot to be flexibly controlled for added musical impact. An “Aggressive” algorithm has been designed for the most musical response, and the “Smooth” algorithm offers smooth, natural control while retaining the fundamental character of the source. Two Dynamics stages are provided, each functioning as a gate, compressor, ducker, or de-esser as required. Two compressor types are included: “Legacy Comp” features standard Yamaha digital console compressor characteristics, and “Comp260,” a VCM model of a popular analog comp/limiter from the mid-70s.

A total of 45 plug-ins are available for creative processing, with substantially increased processing power. New and noteworthy are plug-ins created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, TC Electronic, and Eventide.Collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs has resulted in the “Rupert EQ 773,” “Rupert Comp 754,” “Rupert EQ 810,” and “Rupert Comp 830,” all VCM models of Neve designed outboard devices from the 70s and 80s. All four models deliver the gloriously musical vintage outboard sound still favored by many discerning engineers. The alliance with TC Electronic has resulted in the inclusion of two new reverb plug-ins: the “VSS4HD” room simulation reverb that offers a multitude of reflection settings with musical-sounding reverb processing capabilities, and the “NON LIN2” plug-in that can function as an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.

“I wish to congratulate Yamaha with raising the bar for live console design significantly,” states Thomas Lund, CTO of TC Electronic. By directly integrating the world’s finest EQ, dynamics and reverbs, this mixing system is truly outstanding. Therefore, a big congratulations to the users also.”

Cooperation with Eventide has produced the “H3000-LIVE” harmonizer, an accurate reproduction of the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer algorithm with an interface streamlined for live sound use. “The marriage of classic Eventide effects with the state-of-the-art Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 mixing system is a match made in heaven,” adds Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing.

Console operation has been given the utmost attention with the Yamaha-familiar Selected Channel section implemented in full, allowing all parameters of the selected channel to be directly and intuitively controlled. There are also two large LCD touch screens that provide logical continuity with the faders, offering the same operability as the highly regarded Centralogic™ interface in 12-channel groups. In addition to this dual interface hybrid operation style, horseshoe-ring encoder position indicators, refined panel layout, and several other details contribute to significantly improved overall operability.

New features extend the usefulness of the scene memory: “Isolate” enables the engineer to specify entire channel modules including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings; significant for situations where scene memory is heavily used. The Overlay Filter can be “overlaid” on a current mix to apply temporary offsets to fader and mix/matrix send levels independently from Scene Recall – valuable in situations that require sudden changes and the ability to easily revert to the original settings.

The CS-R10 control surface and DSP-R10 DSP engine are connected via a dedicated CAT5e ring “Console Network.” The DSP engine connects to the RPio622 I/O racks via the newly developed TWINLANe ring network using multi-mode optical fiber. The fact that both networks use simple ring connections facilitates redundancy and the highest possible reliability. TWINLANe is an original Yamaha protocol that can handle up to 400 96kHz audio channels over distances of up to 300 meters with low latency and redundancy for high reliability. Up to two DSP-R10 DSP engines and eight RPio622 I/O racks can be connected in a single ring.

Connection to a computer for multi-track recording, connectivity to the NUAGE Advanced Production System, Yamaha CL and QL Series Consoles, as well as other external equipment is possible via a Dante network. Dante, designed for simple setup with an extremely wide range of professional audio devices, works ideally with TWINLANe to create an exceptionally flexible, reliable system overall.

RIVAGE PM10 has an expected delivery during 2015.

For more, expanded information on RIVAGE PM10, please visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ROLL TIDE! ALABAMA’S 100,000+ BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM CONVERTS FROM LINE ARRAYS TO DANLEY

DCIM100GOPROTUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 2014: The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide – among the most storied and winningest college football teams in the nation – plays all of its home games at 100,000-plus seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Pleased with the authoritative performance of its on-field sound reinforcement system – a single Danley GH-60 Genesis Horn paired with a single Danley TH-212 subwoofer – the university agreed with design and installation firm Baker Audio Visual (Norcross, Georgia) that Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers should replace the existing sound system to cover the entire stadium. Constrained by an aggressive timeline that necessitated reusing existing hang points, Baker AV installed Danley’s new weatherproof OS-80 loudspeakers and OS-115 subwoofers in the upper bowl and Danley’s seasoned SH-96HO loudspeakers (with additional OS-80 loudspeakers for down fill) in the lower bowl.

“We only had a short window to complete the design and installation once the athletics department gave us the go-ahead,” said Joe Schuch, vice president of Baker AV. “We had a similarly short window at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, where Danley Sound Labs delivered over four hundred custom loudspeakers within six weeks to make that job a success. At Bryant-Denny, we worked with Mike Hedden, Danley president, on a solution that would work within the constraints of the existing infrastructure. There was not enough time to engineer new solutions or to modify loudspeaker locations. We worked through Danley’s catalog of form factors to build an appropriate solution.” In part because Danley builds all of its loudspeakers and subwoofers in the USA, it was able to meet the deadlines at Bryant-Denny while simultaneously meeting deadlines at the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs. Hedden reported that, between the two, the company produced between four and five hundred loudspeakers in just four weeks.

Alabama_Stands_SpeakersThe upper bowl now gets coverage from forty distributed Danley OS-80 weatherproof loudspeakers (two at each of twenty locations), which will remain impervious to the elements for decades to come. Every other OS-80 cluster is paired with a Danley OS-115LF weatherproof subwoofer for low-end support. The lower bowl uses twenty-four clusters, each comprised of a Danley SH-96HO for main coverage and a Danley OS-80 for downfill directly below the main loudspeakers. The OS-80 is rolled off at 250Hz and thus primarily aids in spoken word intelligibility. Similar to the end zones, all of the Danley products in the upper and lower bowls deliver better coverage with substantially fewer and/or lighter boxes, making it possible for Baker AV to install the system without taking valuable time to recertify the hangs.

After a few days tuning the system, Baker AV and Danley specialists fired up the system for the university. “The Athletics Department thinks it is a night and day improvement,” said Schuch. “The Danley system is more musical and has better intelligibility. The low-end output throughout the stadium blew them away.” Hedden added, “With the Danley system, Bryant-Denny gets better coverage, higher output, greater fidelity, and deeper bass all with a fraction of the cabinets, (38 Danley Synergy Horns replaced 128 line array cabinets) weight was reduced by several tons, and our system required 52 less amplifiers and signal processing than the old system. Our company offers the highest efficiencies, which translate into fewer devices required, making us the greenest manufacturer on the market. To me, it’s a huge affirmation that we’re doing the right thing and building a better mousetrap. With Danley systems in many of the biggest stadiums in the country – Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium, LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Penn State’s Beaver Field, MSU’s Spartan Stadium, and now Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – we hope the tide is turning on the industry’s line array funk. Roll Tide!”

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

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