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Mandy Parnell Adds A Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface To Her Mastering Set Up

London-based mastering engineer and Black Saloon Studios founder Mandy Parnell has acquired a Lyra 2 audio interface from Prism Sound. The unit has already been used on remixes for Bjork, The xx, Hejira, Medieval Babes Christmas Album and Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack for the film Prisoners.

“I love being the facilitator for artists and helping them realise their dreams in audio,” says Parnell. “It is an immense feeling when I hear the tracks I have worked on and see how much pleasure it gives the listener.”

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Mandy Parnell says she evaluates new equipment constantly and is very particular when it comes to introducing new gear into the Black Saloon environment. However, in the case of Lyra 2, she was happy to include it because it contained features she liked.

“First and foremost, it has Prism Sound’s clear and neutral sound,” she says. “I also like the USB connection and its compact size.”

A long-time user of Prism Sound and SADiE equipment, Mandy Parnell says she is also constantly comparing AD/DA converters to ensure she has the best.

“Some AD/DA convertors, in my opinion, add a distortion into the sound that I do not find acceptable,” she explains. “Artists, producers and engineers often describe the sound I bring to their mixes as ‘dynamic’ and ‘wide’. Prism Sound products play an integral part in helping me to achieve what my customers want because they deliver a very neutral sound that is wide and has great separation. The company’s kit is also very reliable and I can have complete confidence in what I am hearing via my playback and record systems. That is invaluable for me. I have never doubted the sound of Prism Sound.”

Black Saloon has a client roster as long as it is diverse, featuring artists such as Bjork, Matthew Herbert, Feist, Max Richter Frightened Rabbit, The xx, Lianne La Havas, Jónsi, Mount Kimbi and Brian Eno.

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About Mandy Parnell
Mandy Parnell became interested in music aged five, listening to records on a portable Dansette player. She studied music and music technology, trained and worked in recording studios and landed an internship at a mastering studio where she became a world-renowned mastering engineer. After establishing her name in the music industry, Mandy launched her own Black Saloon Studios. Her 24 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists. She is a Grammy Award winner, a Music Producers Guild Award winner and has been nominated or numerous other awards. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS and MPG, frequently lecturing on mastering and the music industry.

About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Funky Junk Helps Steve Honest Fulfil A Life Long Ambition

If you were a music professional who already owned a house, a car and even a two studio recording complex, what would be the next item topping your wish list?

For recordist Steve Honest, the owner of Rock of London Studios in Shoreditch, the answer was easy: a vintage Fairchild 670 compressor dating from the late 1950s. Finding one, though, was more difficult – and for that Honest needed the help of specialist audio equipment supplier Funky Junk.

“I’ve always wanted to have my own Fairchild,” Honest says. “When I was younger I was fortunate enough to do sessions at Konk Studios and they had them. One of the engineers put a 670 across the output of the desk as he was making me a cassette to take home and the difference it made to the sound was amazing. It was so wide, open, full, dense and controlled that it seemed as though the Fairchild 670 was using sleight of hand with my ears. From that day on I was hooked.”

Honest is not alone in this sentiment. For studio gear aficionados, the Fairchild 670 is the ultimate compressor. The undisputed king of Tube limiting, it has 20 vacuum tubes and weighs in at 30 kilos, making it both the heaviest and the most expensive compressor in the world. It is also as rare as a hen’s tooth.

“Fairchilds had been on my mind since the late 1980s, but I had other things to buy at the time,” Steve explains. “Then about three years ago I started putting the feelers out in earnest, but although a couple of units came up I wasn’t happy about the source they were coming from. For such a costly purchase I wanted to be sure that I could get proper after sales support if I needed it – and that’s where Funky Junk came in.”

In 2012, Honest learned that Funky Junk Paris was about to take delivery of a Fairchild 660 compressor – a mono version of the much loved 670 – so he snapped it up and put it to work straight away.

“I used it on everything – bass, kick drum, guitars, vocals horns – the lot,” he says. “After a couple of weeks I couldn’t hear what was so special about it anymore, so I stopped using it. Suddenly everything seemed flat and boring, with no tone, density or power, so I plugged it straight back in again. That’s what I mean about Fairchild sleight of hand.”

Although he was delighted with his Fairchild 660, Honest still wanted a 670 and so the search continued. Earlier this year he lost out on a unit in Germany, so he was really delighted when Adam Crowe at Funky Junk London called to say they had one.

“I bought it on the spot,” he says, “and it’s now in Rock of London where it is performing beautifully. With both compressors, Funky Junk had done all the checks and servicing pre delivery, so they were in good working order when they arrived.”

Owning vintage gear does bring its own set of issues, not least the problem of finding spare parts when things need replacing. But Honest says that when he buys from Funky Junk he also gets peace of mind because everything comes with a warranty, and Funky’s technicians are there to help if anything does go wrong.

“I’ve been dealing with Funky Junk for years because they are great people to work with,” he adds. “It doesn’t matter which branch you are talking to – London, Paris or Milan – it’s always a two-way conversation because they listen to what you want, remember what gear you are looking for and alert you if anything of interest comes along. I’d say more than 60% of the gear I use has come via Funky Junk – and that list includes some really lovely vintage pieces such as a 1960 Telefunken U47, a pair of Neumann KM84s, a racked pair of Neve 33135 channel strips and a really punchy Neve 33609 compressor. And, of course, there are Rock of London’s two consoles – a Neve 66 desk, which Funky Junk installed, and an SSL 4000E, which was lovingly restored by Bob Stewart who Funky Junk introduced me to.”

Since starting as a session musician in the mid-1970s, Steve Honest has held many roles within the music recording industry, including that of studio owner. He opened his first studio in Hoxton in 1981 and continues to be involved in studios because he enjoys watching songs take shape and come to life.

“As I have spent the last decade supporting the idea of self-release, I tend to offer my studio and services to artists that want to make their own records and release them themselves,” he explains. “My prices facilitate people who don’t have huge budgets, but who do know you can’t make a big sounding record on your laptop. I do some label work, but supporting the emerging self-releasing artist is what I am about.”

Most recently Honest has been working on two projects with guitar virtuoso Colin Pollock and recording Maddy Carthy, one of a number of artists who are currently keeping Rock of London busy.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.
For more information please visit www.funky-junk.com

CS&A APPOINTED AS SYMETRIX MANUFACTURER’S REP IN MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND REGIONS – EXPANDING CS&A’s COVERAGE TO ENTIRE NORTHEAST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2013: Symetrix, manufacturer of professional DSP products and accessories, announces the appointment of East Coast-based Cardone & Solomon & Associates (CS&A) as their rep in the critical Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Founded in 1997, CS&A focuses on audio, video, and information technologies for clients in the corporate, higher education, finance, legal, and Fortune 50 and 500 markets, as well as for houses of worship and live sound. With offices in metropolitan New York City, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore, and Boston, CS&A will represent Symetrix from Maine to Virginia.

CS&A will promote the entire Symetrix line of digital signal processors and control devices, including SymNet Edge, Radius, and Radius AEC Dante network audio processors. In addition to the Symetrix digital signal processing devices, CS&A’s customers will also benefit from the family of user interfaces including the modular ARC volume controllers and source selectors and the ARC-WEB browser based control interface for smart phones and other Internet-connected devices.

Noted Craig Richardson, VP of Global Sales for Symetrix, “We’re very excited to expand our relationship with Cardone & Solomon & Associates into our New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Through this appointment, Symetrix will be leveraging some of the best technical sales talent in the industry, improving our sales coverage, more consistently communicating with our partners, and supporting our continued growth in our audio and audio conferencing product lines. When you have a sales team like CS&A that is performing so well it is natural to expand their territory.”

“Symetrix has an enduring reputation for building quality equipment and backing it with phenomenal support,” said Mike Solomon, who, together with John Cardone, founded and continues to head CS&A. “Symetrix has positioned itself for growth, and its commitment of resources to that goal really impressed us.” Added Cardone, “We’re aiming to build the Symetrix brand in the A/V space and to return feedback from our integrators, consultants, and end users that will continue to allow Symetrix to stay ahead of the curve. Our expertise and connections in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions will give a real boost to Symetrix.”

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

TC Furlong Celebrates 40th Anniversary

LAKE FOREST, Illinois—When TC Furlong started his company as the sole proprietor back in 1973 after graduating high school, he and best friend Tom Danley (as in Danley Labs) developed the Steamer loudspeaker, which is still in use today. “I’ve had a keen interest in making things louder since age 12, states TC Furlong. I was and still am fascinated by the idea of amplifying a sound source faithfully. There are a lot of obstacles in achieving high quality sound reinforcement, so it’s always a worthy challenge. Since the mid 60’s, I’ve built a lot of loudspeaker cabinets in the quest for vivid fidelity or in the case of musical instrument speakers, a lush tone.”

During the mid-seventies to mid-eighties, Furlong both manufactured and played as a professional pedal steel player. He founded a regional country/pop band called Jump in the Saddle, and the band went on to achieve a national Top 15 hit with “The Curly Shuffle”.

Another of Furlong’s earliest audio solutions was the development of a sound isolation helmet that would enable an engineer to mix a live radio broadcast while at the front-of-house mix position. It weighed close to 100 pounds. By the late eighties, Furlong’s design and interest in all things audio led to his full-time focus on professional audio sales and system design. Customers were requesting rental products, requiring his support of live events, box sales of his products and those of manufacturers he represents, and even sound reinforcement installations. In the early years, he represented Shure, Ramsa, Soundcraft, Ashley, and many others. The Company is a leader in the spread of wireless microphone systems, and as such, has been a long-standing Sennheiser, Shure, and Lectrosonics dealer.

“Professional audio products have very much evolved since I first started in 1973,” says Furlong. “Probably the two most dramatic examples are digital mixing consoles and loudspeakers. A live sound mixer can have infinitely more mixing tools and do it with a 90% reduction in size and weight. Loudspeaker manufacturers have developed elegant rigging systems that allow systems to be deployed quickly and safely; nothing like that was available in the 70’s.”

A national company, located in the Chicago, Illinois area, TC Furlong currently employs 12 full-time staff members comprised solely of sound engineers, technicians, and industry veterans—each equipped with the knowledge to design the perfect audio solution for their customers’ audio needs. Jeff Cech, General Manager, who has been with the company for over 24 years (11 years as a freelancer and the past 13 years as GM) said, “TC set the company up for success and that model continues today. The backbone of the operation is a talented staff of engineers and project managers. We’ve always used premium gear and have a culture that insists on doing things the right way. We don’t cut corners—ever—and that filters down to the gear we stock, the jobs we take, and the people we hire. The focus for 40 years has been on better audio by design.”

Now, 40 years later, TC Furlong continues his business as an authorized dealer of over 100 professional audio lines with a vast inventory including Meyer Sound Laboratories, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser (including the elite Digital 9000 RF series), Shure (including Axient), and many others. The company provides audio production rental systems, large and small, and continues to thrive in the sound installation market. Furlong’s motto for success is, “It’s not enough to just provide great audio equipment; our real strength is in listening to our clients and designing solutions.”

For more information on TC Furlong, visit www.tcfurlong.com.

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IDEAL ACOUSTICAL ENVIRONMENT MEETS 48-CHANNEL API 1608 AT STRANGE WEATHER STUDIOS

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: With an API 1608 console, a jaw-dropping collection of analog equipment, and a straight-up rock ‘n roll recording vibe, Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studio is growing at an incredible rate. A move to a larger space with custom acoustical design by Wes Lachot of Wes Lachot Design is destined to help Strange Weather thrive in the years and decades to come.

In addition to Lachot’s accurate acoustic design and owner Marc Alan Goodman’s ever-growing collection of gear and his valued partner Daniel Schlett, the new space benefits from an expanded API 1608 analog console with 48 fully-automated channels and 24 expansion slots for API 500 Series modules. But beyond the particulars, the studio’s greatest strength derives from the cohesion of its acoustical, electrical, and creative environments.

Lachot takes a broad and balanced perspective to studio design and recognizes that a lot of what makes Strange Weather successful is out of his hands. “The most important component of a successful recording studio is the talent, and Marc is at the hub of a vibrant creative community,” he said. “They have the songs, the instruments, and the performances that have the potential to become enduring recordings. After the talent, the acoustics are most important. That’s coming from an acoustic designer of course, but if the acoustics aren’t there, then the musicians don’t feel right and the performance suffers. The accuracy of the acoustics on both sides of the glass also impact how well a performance is captured and how well it translates. After the acoustics, the console is the next critical component because everything will travel through it multiple times.”

Goodman acquired Strange Weather’s original API 1608 in 2008. “The idea of having something new and reliable with an honest vintage sound was very appealing,” he said. “I love the simplicity of the API 1608. It has eight aux’s, eight busses, and no crazy routing. Unlike everything else that’s being made today, it’s not overbuilt. And of course the sound is very attractive, especially to our mostly rock-based clientele.”

Lachot regularly recommends API consoles to his clients. “Our rooms are very quiet and very accurate,” he said. “When we’re finally done and we fire up the tunes, the quality of the console is obvious. And if the quality of the console isn’t there, it can be a brutal realization. API’s all-discrete analog consoles have a hugeness, clarity, and depth that’s unbeatable. And the people at API are great to work with. They stand behind their products.”

Because the API 1608 is expandable, Goodman was able to grow his console to its current 48 channel form, and even included an additional bucket to accommodate 16 additional 500-Series slots. “If anyone can fill those slots up fast, it’s Marc,” Lachot joked.

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

www.apiaudio.com

Clear-Com Showcases Latest Intercom Product Releases at the 135th International AES Convention

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 2013 – Clear-Com® will show its latest range of intercom solutions at the 135th International AES Convention (Booth 3030). The company will display its enhanced Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System and HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System. It is also highlighting its new RS-700 Series Analog Partyline Beltpacks and ICON Connectivity Solutions, as well as the most recent updates to its Tempest® Wireless Intercom System.

“At Clear-Com, we are constantly developing communication systems and adding features that allow our users to have a more efficient workflow,” says James Schaller, Regional Sales Manager, Northeastern U.S., Clear-Com. “Our latest set of wired and wireless intercoms give users increased speed, capacity and scalability. With hundreds of high-quality products in our portfolio, customers have the opportunity to design communication infrastructures to address nearly every application.”

The Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median, Eclipse HX-Delta and Eclipse HX-PiCo, offer simplified setup, user operation and administration. The Eclipse HX intercoms have large system capacity for many audio and user connections. All of the systems provide new capabilities, including Ethernet/IP Intelligent Trunking with IVC-32-HX card redundancy and dual-labels for multi-language preferences on V-Series user keypanels. Additionally, the recently introduced Eclipse HX-Delta offers the high capacity of Clear-Com’s larger matrices in a compact, cost-effective 3RU frame, providing a new connection paradigm for everything from small OB trucks to large performing arts complexes.

The RS-700 Series Analog Partyline Beltpacks are being introduced in celebration of Clear-Com’s 45 years of intercom innovation. Designed for everyday use, the reliable RS-700 Series beltpacks have an ergonomic and durable housing, intelligent functionality and exceptional audio performance, making them perfect for a variety of environments or applications, such as rental/staging, performing arts centers and houses of worship. High headroom with low-noise audio enables the RS-700 Series to deliver the industry-leading, crystal-clear “Clear-Com Sound,” while recessed controls and bright LED indicators ensure quick and easy use. The beltpacks also require a lower operating current for additional beltpack drops and are fully compatible with Encore Partyline, PL Pro and TW Partyline.

The new family of ICON Connectivity Solutions is a collection of communications products that link local or globally distributed intercom systems over Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber. ICON, which stands for “Intercom CONnectivity,” provides high performance solutions for reliable and secure connections on common infrastructures and is also cost-effective for scalable multi-system networks.

The latest version of HelixNet Partyline provides a multi-system linking capability over Ethernet and fiber to permit a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network for large stadiums or multi-campus venues. This function enables the distribution of many digital partyline channels, program audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio over a single XLR cable to a digital beltpack user. Enabling the system linking capability are two modules: the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, for Main Station-to-Main Station networking over a LAN and the HLI-FBS Fiber Module, for daisy-chaining fiber interfaces to link Main Stations over long distances.

Further developments to the Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms include the new CCT-RT-EX Remote Line Extender, which is used to increase the maximum distance between a Tempest BaseStation and the Remote Antenna Transceiver. Also featured in the latest offerings is the Tempest2400’s Seamless Roaming feature, which allows Tempest2400 BeltStation users to move freely between as many as 16 different BaseStations (coverage areas or zones) without interference or dropouts. These further extend Tempest’s wireless communications capabilities for mobile productions, multi-level facilities and sports arenas staged in RF-heavy environments.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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DPA Convinces Metallica’s Big Mick That Its Mics Can Rock

Big Mick, Front of House sound engineer for the US heavy metal band Metallica, is using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the sound of drummer Lars Ulrich’s cymbals and toms.

“After 30 years with Metallica – and 15 years miking Lars’ drums with another brand of microphone – I was finally persuaded to test DPA microphones by Morten Uldbæk, who is the Danish distributor for Midas consoles,” Big Mick says. “I have to admit I had never considered DPA as the right kind of microphone for live rock music, but after giving them a try I was really impressed with their brightness and crispness.”

The final impetus to switch to DPA came from the studio engineers who were working on the soundtrack for Metallica’s 3D film Through the Never, which will have its first public screening at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California on Tuesday, September 17th.

“The recording guys were not happy with our old mics because they didn’t deliver the audio they wanted across the full frequency range,” Big Mick says. “Obviously for a surround sound, 3D movie it was important that the audio was perfect so I suggested the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and, after carrying out A/B testing, they were very happy for us to switch to them.”

Big Mick adds that as well as delivering brighter, crisper audio, the DPA d:vote 4099 microphones were much clearer in the higher frequency ranges. As a result he no longer needs to use an exciter across the cymbal and toms sub group on his Midas live sound console.

“Technology does move on and I’m always looking for better solutions,” Big Mick says. “Now that I have discovered DPA I am looking forward to trying out a few other models and already have my eye on the d:dicate™ 2011 recording microphones as I’m told they are great for drums as well.”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Blaze of Glory: Yamaha CL5 Installed at NEP Studios

NEW YORK—NEP Studios in New York City recently installed a Yamaha CL5 in Studio 47, and TheBlaze has made it their home for production of many of its shows. TheBlaze is a news, opinion and entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24/7. TheBlaze is available on over 25 television providers including DISH and Optimum TV. TheBlaze is also available as an online video streaming network.

The Yamaha CL is currently being used for production of Real News, Wilkow!, Liberty Treehouse and The B.S. of A. The exclusive provider of Glenn Beck’s daily television broadcast, TheBlaze offers a full slate of thought-provoking original news and opinion shows, enlightening documentaries and original specials.

The Yamaha CL5 in NEP 47 is equipped with four Rio 3224-D input/output boxes. “I had exhausted the analog console’s I/O,” states John Ariz, broadcast audio mixer for TheBlaze TV. “NEP and TheBlaze agreed to upgrade the studio and loved the cost-for-power ratio of the CL5. Having prior experience on Yamaha PM5D, LS9, and M7CL consoles, I could tell Yamaha had really listened to their user’s feedback and incorporated some of the best features in this model.”

Ariz cites features like the Dante Network’s ease of use, the console’s 24 mix busses, the ability to choose the direct outs and insert points, and its preamps. “The console sounds great. Lots of clean headroom, very dynamic and the new premium effects are exciting,” says Ariz.

“We had been looking for a digital console to replace the current analog console, and was pleased that Yamaha was able to provide an on-site demo of the CL5 and DANTE IO for our engineers and management,” adds Alex Joyce, Tech Manager for TheBlaze. “After the decision was made, NEP’s talented engineers pre-wired all patch bays and remote IO during our normal production schedule to allow for the installation of the CL5 over a three-day weekend, replacing the current analog console. We were under a very tight deadline to resume full production, and Yamaha provided an experienced technical rep on the launch day to ensure it was a success. We are very pleased with the Dugan-MY16 card option, as this feature greatly improves the intelligibility of our productions. Our staff and freelance audio engineers have been quite happy with the ease of operation and robust features of the CL5.”

For more information on NEP Studios, visit www.nepinc.com.

For more information on TheBlaze, visit www.TheBlaze.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: John Ariz at Yamaha CL5

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Red TX Mixes the Audio for Morrissey’s New Film


Broadcast audio specialists Red TX played a pivotal role in the production of MORRISSEY 25: LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD HIGH, recorded at Hollywood High, a legacy concert film that celebrates 25 years of this enigmatic performer’s solo career.

Filmed live at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in March 2013, this intimate gig provided the material for the first authorised Morrissey film to be released in nine years. Red TX worked closely with Nineteen Fifteen and Eagle Rock Productions, the producers for Eagle Rock Entertainment, to ensure a great soundtrack. As well as liaising closely with the US recording crew, the company was also responsible for mixing the concert – a task that took place back in the UK on board Red TX’s main Outside Broadcast vehicle, Red One, with director Tim Summerhayes at the controls.

Nineteen Fifteen producer Vicki Betihavas says: “I have worked with Tim and the Red TX team for many years and they are my first choice for all my music projects, in particular live shows. On this occasion we had entirely local support for the filming, with only the producer, director and DOP coming in from the UK. However, Red TX knew the audio crew in Los Angeles so I knew we were in safe hands as Tim and the US team coordinated what we needed. Tim also mixed the Theatrical, TV and DVD versions for us and the sound was great – as always.”

Tim Summerhayes adds: “I was really happy to be involved in this project. We arranged to have the concert recorded by Guy Charbonneau and his son Ian who run Le Mobile in Los Angeles. I’ve known Guy for years and was entirely confident that he would do a great job. The multitrack arrived back in the UK as a disc drive of .WAV files. I mixed it over a period of five days and it was a very straightforward task since the recording had been so well done. The band was excellent and, because it was a small venue, the sound was really honest.”

The film opens with tributes from fans who talk about their unwavering devotion to Morrissey. They also discuss the unique appeal of the unusual venue, which offered a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center where Morrissey had played the previous night. Tickets for the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium were sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on his US Tour.

The project was completed in July in time for the film’s Global Theatrical release. Distributed by More 2 Screen (UK) and SpectiCast (North America) on behalf of Eagle Rock Entertainment, the film is still being shown in various territories and regions, particularly in the US where it is playing encore performances in many cities. The DVD/Blu-ray version will be released on October 21st 2013.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

THE ICE PLANT STEPS INTO THE MODERN MUSIC FRONTIER WITH AN API 1608

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 2013: When Wayne Silver and Adam Zirkin chose the analog API 1608 console as the sonic centerpiece of The Ice Plant, they knew they would deliver big-studio sound at rates that working musicians could afford. Recently established at the heart of a thriving New York City music scene in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, The Ice Plant is the creation of these long-time friends. Both owners are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, composers, and arrangers, as well as effective producers and engineers. Drawing on those strengths, The Ice Plant offers everything a musician could hope for, from straight-up recording to full production, arrangement, and performance services.

The project has a rich history. Zirkin and Silver formed their friendship when they were just ten years old. In the decades between then and now, they have mastered their instruments. Silver prefers the guitar and Zirkin favors the piano, but both are proficient on a range of instruments. Now studio owners, they both have plenty of experience – some good and some bad – in the musicians’ role.

“My passion for great gear started a long time ago,” said Zirkin. “I purchased some of The Ice Plant’s equipment well over ten years ago, and for as long as I’ve been collecting gear, Wayne and I have been talking about what a modern studio should be and what it should offer. Ultimately, we want the room itself to serve as a creative tool. We want not only to get great recordings, but we want to inspire better performances and better songs.”

In stark contrast to the live room/control room paradigm, The Ice Plant gets its creative vibe by placing almost everyone – including the producer/engineer – in a single room. “It’s a warm, comfortable atmosphere,” said Silver. “There are different stations, such as guitar, keyboard, and bass, as well as an isolation room for the drums. Everything is out in the open and ready to play. A musician could walk in here empty-handed and be ready to go. We’ve got everything.” And yet the duo deftly organized the room so that it doesn’t feel crowded. “The idea,” explained Zirkin, “is to create an environment that is conducive to creativity and communication. Whatever we may lose in terms of isolation, we more than make up for in vibe and collaboration.”

The 16-channel API 1608 shares the space with the musicians and is loaded up with twelve API 550A EQs, four API 560 EQs, a vintage API 525b compressor, and a handful of other processors that fit the API 500-series protocol. “The API 1608 is a small-format board with large studio quality, and that was very attractive to us,” said Silver. “It has an earthy vibe – that true warm analog sound. I basically harvest all of the music that’s happening in the room through the 1608, and everything sounds better through it. With the sonic part of the process taken care of, I can focus on helping the musicians stay in their zone.”

The Ice Plant’s API 1608 is flanked by one of the most eclectic collections of gear in the industry. The outboard racks and microphone cabinets include many studio staples alongside products from some of the industry’s best up-and-coming “boutique” manufacturers. Zirkin is an avid guitar and keyboard collector, and he and Silver have made their entire collection of nearly fifty instruments available to clients. With seemingly everything from sixty-year-old Guilds and Gibson, to modern-day Suhrs and McInturffs, Zirkin and Silver hope The Ice Plant’s instruments will inspire ideas and performances that were elusive in their client’s rehearsal spaces and writing rooms.

On the brave new frontier of modern music, The Ice Plant is stepping outside the box to maintain focus on the most important link in the chain: the music itself.

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

To learn more about The Ice Plant visit: www.theiceplant.com
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