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METRIC HALO GEAR SCORES HIGH IN PROFESSOR WHALEY’S RAP-MATICS STEM-EDUCATION PROGRAM

WASHINGTON D.C./ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 2013: As a founding member of the pioneering San Francisco hip-hop group Bored Stiff, Pablo Sierra Whaley (aka “Professor Whaley”) has been writing raps and producing music since 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Between the two degrees, Whaley spent several years as a middle school math teacher and department chair in the Bay Area, where he first developed his innovative “Rap-Matics” program for boosting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) competency using elements of hip-hop, poetry, and technology. Today, Whaley continues to curate the Rap-Matics curriculum and operate his production studio, Sonic Legacy Music with the help of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 3.

“Music is in my DNA,” asserted Whaley. “I was born into a musical family. My mom, grandma, and great-grandma all played piano. I played the trumpet in middle school, and then started a hip-hop group with my friend ‘Equipto,’ a now-legendary Frisco MC. As a teacher, one of the problems I noticed early on was that students were not connecting with the subject matter in the math books we were using. So I decided to take a new approach. I knew that my students loved the hip-hop culture. As an MC, I knew that rapping was a tool that could be used to connect people with concepts and information. I had ‘math-raps’ and ‘chemistry-raps’ to prove it. So I decided to create a literacy program that fused rap with mathematics. This was in the spring of 2000. To my knowledge, I am the first educator in the United States to have created a hip-hop-based math literacy program.”

Whaley founded Sonic Legacy Music in 2005. “I’ve used hundreds of different plug-ins from the freeware to the top-of-the-line stuff,” he said. “But nowadays, whenever I make music, I use Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3. It’s an extremely versatile plug-in. I’m using it for mixing and mastering several of my own projects right now, including unreleased Rap-Matics tracks and client projects. I have also used its de-noising, equalization, and compression to clean up audio from Rap-Matics video footage. The EQ is amazing, especially on drums and vocals. The scalable GUI is awesome. The presets are truly useful and the EQ curves are easy to grab and manipulate. The compressor is clean, but I can tweak it to get a more grimy sound when I need it. Overall, the ChannelStrip 3 is my go-to plug-in for all things requiring gating, compression, or equalization… which is pretty much everything!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

Red TX Help Capture This Year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Broadcast audio specialist Red TX provided the technical facilities to capture the audio at this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which took place at London’s Roundhouse on October 30th.

Hosted by Lauren Laverne, this year’s Awards Show featured live performances by many of the 2013 shortlisted artists including Arctic Monkeys, Laura Mvula, Jake Bugg, Rudimental and overall winner James Blake.

Red TX worked closely with PA company Plus4Audio and Outside Broadcast company CTV to deliver television coverage of this prestigious event, which was broadcast on both More4 and Channel 4.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize Executive Producer Dan Ford says: “Red TX was commissioned to handle the broadcast audio because the company has a strong reputation for delivering great live sound. We worked with them last year and were very happy with the results they achieved. It therefore it made sense to invite them back as part of our tried and tested production team.”

For this event, Red TX supplied its Red II music recording truck which is designed to cater for 3D and 7.1 surround sound productions. Sound Supervisor Simon Wall, now based at London’s The Hospital Club, has been mixing the audio for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for a number of years and once again he was the man behind the controls of red II’s Studer Vista 8 mixing console. Red TX’s engineer Ollie Nesham was also on board acting as his technical assistant.

Nesham says: “A great deal of preparation went into this show. We arrived at the venue on Monday 28th and spent the next three days setting up, rehearsing and carrying out extensive sound checks to make sure everything was perfect. There were two stages, each with 48 lines of splits that we plugged up to so that all the inputs were available on the desk at the same time. This enabled us to create a set-up for each part of the show, in which typically three bands were performing, so that Simon only had to recall one set-up for each part and one snapshot for each band. Working this way also allows Simon to line check all the bands in each break, which gave us confidence as we could check that we had all the inputs for each band before we started that part of the show.”

Sam Dunlop, Studio Manager of the Hospital Club Studio, adds: “The Hospital Club treasures its longstanding relationship with Dan Ford and the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which we have collaborated on since 2007. Throughout that time, Simon has mixed all the Sessions filmed at the Club, as well as the Prize gigs and all the live mixes on the awards night itself. We’re extremely lucky to have him, and it’s a privilege to be able to work together to produce such fantastic new music content throughout the year with Dan and his team.”

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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.redtx.com

White Mark Ltd Wins A Major Design Competition

Studio and design consultancy White Mark Ltd has won a major international concept design competition to reconstruct and modernise the recording studios and control rooms at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Poland.

Since 1963, this prestigious university has been headquartered in a five storey building in Warsaw. Originally designed to take into account the requirements of the Sound Engineering department, the building has studios in the basement as well as a concert hall and teaching facilities on the other floors. However, 50 years after its completion, the entire complex now needs significantly updating to bring its functionality in line with current technical and educational requirements.

To ensure that the best team was chosen for the project, the Fryderyk Chopin University held an international competition and encouraged entries from acoustic and architectural companies from around the world. The brief was complex as there were a large number of rooms to take into consideration including two recording studios, an orchestral studio, various editing suites, lecture theatres and a master control room linking all of these facilities together. There was also a requirement to design an Atmos mixing studio, the first of its kind in Poland.

Alan Cundell, Director of White Mark, says: “We approached the competition brief in the same way that we would approach any design brief – with a view to giving the client the best facility possible within the constraints of the budget and the available space. The main issues we faced were optimally configuring the large number of rooms that needed to be included in our submission and ensuring that our technical proposals were both appropriate to the University’s educational requirements and reflected current industry practice. The time frame was very short and we had to pull out all the stops to meet the deadline.”

White Mark’s main competition came from a design consortium consisting of team members from Canada, Poland and Germany. To ensure that the competition was entirely fair, all designs had to be submitted anonymously, identified only by reference numbers, so that no names were visible to the judges.

“The requirement for confidentiality was very stringent,” Alan Cundell adds. “We even had to make sure that everything we sent by FedEx only had reference numbers and no company name, just in case one of the judges saw it.”

Judging was carried out on a percentage basis, with marks allocated in three sections – compliance with guidelines, innovation and feasibility. White Mark’s overall rating was 92% –11% higher than the competition.

The Fryderyk Chopin University is now discussing the on-going project with White Mark as it hopes to start the design and building of its new Sound Engineering department at the beginning of next year.

“Winning the competition was a great achievement and one we are very proud of, but the bigger challenge will come when we start designing for construction,” Alan Cundell adds. “That’s when the hard work really starts!”

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents. www.whitemark.com

The Music Producers Guild Opens Voting For Its 2014 Awards

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that voting for its 2014 Awards is now open. All Full Members of the Guild are entitled to take part in this process and their votes will decide which nominees make the shortlist in 12 of the 15 award categories.

MPG Chairman Steve Levine says: “Once again, our call for nominations has generated a fantastic response and we’re thrilled to see such a diverse range of projects and individuals on the list. In the five years since we launched the MPG Awards we have seen a steady increase in the number of nominees. This indicates just how coveted an MPG Award is to those recording professionals who work so hard to create the music that we all enjoy.”

The Music Producers Guild Awards fly the flag for the achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers. The 2014 Music Producers Guild Awards will take place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London, on Thursday February 13th. 2014. As in previous years, the winner of the MPG UK Producer of the Year category will also be awarded the prestigious BRIT Award for Best Producer.

In total there are 15 award categories, three of which are in the gift of the MPG Awards committee. However, MPG Full Members are entitled to vote for the following categories and are encouraged to do so before the closing date of December 1st 2013.

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award

Voting for Full Members is simple and takes place via the website at www.mpgawards.com. Instructions on how to log in and vote will be emailed to each Full Member individually. Every Full member who completes voting in all the available categories will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Dave Hill Designs Europe 1 mic/line preamp, worth £1,200 (including VAT) and kindly donated by KMR Audio.

The shortlists for the MPG Awards and the prize draw winner will be announced in December 2013, with judging for the final winners taking place in January 2014.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

METRIC HALO JUMPS ON ECLECTIC FUMUJ RELEASE

PARIS, FRANCE: The French band Fumuj blends elements of hip-hop, dub, electronica, and – in the words of co-founder, sound designer, engineer, and drummer Romain Pasquier – “loud music” on their fourth studio effort FUMUJ – Eponym Album. The five-song EP surveys the eclectic content of Fumuj’s prior work and reframes it with an urgency and intensity that suggests a band that has matured into form. Beyond its genre-bending take on composition and style, Fumuj is also known for its unique and vibrant sound, which is carefully curated by Pasquier. Metric Halo hardware and software figures prominently in that sound: Fumuj and its members own one or more Metric Halo ULN-8s, ULN-2s, and 2882s, and most of Pasquier’s processing and mixing relies on Metric Halo MIO Console (the free routing and recording software that runs the interfaces) and Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in.

“The new EP is somewhere between Mogwai, Helmet, and Bill Laswell, I guess,” said Pasquier. “We had a lot of fun creating these songs because we felt free to do anything. There were no limits. We all love to deconstruct and reconstruct elements, playing on contrasts, and building something new and inspiring through that process.” Having equipment with the flexibility and reliability to let that process unfurl naturally and without interruption is essential, and after first discovering Metric Halo a few years back, Fumuj has enjoyed the inspiration that comes with a transparent workflow.

“In anticipation of our recording sessions, a friend lent us some high-end, customized preamps and some crazy mics,” said Pasquier. “They were fun to use, but at some point in the first day I decided to use the ULN-8 preamps because I wasn’t feeling very happy or confident about the sound we were getting. It was like I turned to the ULN-8 because I wanted to know what was actually going on in the new room we were using. I realized I just wanted that Metric Halo transparency! I can trust what I hear from the ULN-8, ULN-2, or 2882. There’s no compromise. The preamps are great, the converters are great, the DSP – including the 80-bit summing mixer – is great, and it all fits in one rack unit! We can recall the MIO Console for each song, which makes the workflow easy.”

Pasquier used the Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3 plug-in extensively on FUMUJ IV. “I love ChannelStrip because the equalization and compression can be so subtle,” he said. “It’s very painless to use, and the newly-integrated spectrum analyzer makes it easy to see where adjustments will be most effective. I know it’s a small thing, but I’m also grateful for the ability to resize ChannelStrip 3.” In addition to his work with Fumuj, Pasquier also uses ChannelStrip and his Metric Halo hardware to do freelance work in Paris, which gives him an authentic sound that sets his work apart from engineers that use run of the mill equipment.

Fumuj’s FOH engineer, Alain Lesparat, recently purchased two Metric Halo 2882 interfaces and is now using them with Apple MainStage as a virtual effects rack and as an archive recorder for all shows. Although Pasquier has used his ULN-8 together with Ableton Live and the band’s hardware synthesizers, he looks forward to acquiring another 2882 or LIO-8 to dedicate to the live rig. “I can’t live with the ULN-8 in the rack on the days off,” he laughed. When asked what makes Metric Halo interfaces so useful for Fumuj’s live applications, Pasquier cited “a fat, open sound” and the tremendous flexibility of MIO Console. In addition, he said, “They’re also completely reliable. They just work, period. All the other members of Fumuj now have a ULN-2, and they aren’t engineers! They would have no patience for bugs or latency. With Metric Halo, they can simply make music.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

API APPOINTS STUDIO CONNECTIONS AS AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR

NUNAWADING, AUSTRALIA: API proudly announces the appointment of its new Australian distributor, Studio Connections for both API modules and 1608 console sales. Studio Connections has been a dominant player in the Australian pro audio market for over twenty years, and has recently completed relocation to its new facility in the Melbourne suburb of Nunawading. The new location is designed with the professional in mind, and prominently features a 1608 demonstration room, offering pros hands-on experience with the console and other API gear.

“Our new facility is fabulous and funky,” said Studio Connection’s Managing Director, Deb Sloss. “We intend to be a relaxed and welcoming space where customers can drop in for a coffee, a chat, and be able to experience all the great gear from API, including our own fully-operational 1608 console.”

Studio Connection’s longstanding association with the finest audio manufacturers highlights their commitment to the Australian pro audio market. Working closely with their network of dealers, the staff at Studio Connections pride themselves on customer service and are eager to expand the API presence in Australia. “We have witnessed an unprecedented level of interest in API products from our dealers and end users alike,” said Sloss. “API carries a rich heritage of extremely high-quality audio products and consoles. It’s been extremely gratifying to receive such wonderful support and endorsement from this appointment.”

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

Yamaha Training Sessions Set for Pittsburgh and Beltsville, MD

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Pittsburgh, PA November 5, 6, and 7 and in Beltsville, MD on November 12, 13, and 14.

Pittsburgh and Beltsville sessions will include M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Experience Engineers, CL Series Operational Training, and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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DPA Microphones Hits the Corporate Limelight

The exceptional comfort offered by DPA’s d:fine™ Headset Microphones has inspired London’s Blitz Communications to place an initial order for 20 units.

Blitz provides audio-visual equipment and services to the live event industry, and the company’s Theatre Production Assistant, Kelly Morris, is the first port of call for support for theatre shows. She acts as a technician on corporate jobs, which is primarily the sector for which Blitz acquired the d:fines.

The company is involved in producing a roster of events in venues such as London’s ExCel where, as Morris explains, “a lapel mic doesn’t always pick up enough level from a presenter. A headset mic gives us that extra help”.

Blitz has been a DPA customer for many years, Morris explains, and had used a large number of DPA’s 4066 omni headset microphones over that time. However, the stock was in need of replacement. Initially, Blitz intended to replace the mics on a like for like basis, but changed its mind after demoing the newer d:fines.

“Put simply, the d:fine Headset Microphones offer our clients a more comfortable solution than they have been used to,” Morris explains. “The audio quality is also very good, which is important consideration because we need to ensure that conference speakers can be heard by everyone in the room.”

Available in both omni and directional versions, DPA’s d:fine range offers accurate, natural voice intelligibility, very high SPL capabilities and intensive protection against pop and wind noise. The microphones come in a range of colours (black, beige, brown and lime green) and with single- or dual-ear mountings. Their tiny size makes them barely visible on the face and they are ergonomically designed to fit easily and adjust to any ear size and head shape. By rotating the boom and the earhook, the mic can be moved from left to right ear, or into the optimum position. The mics can also be used with any professional wireless system.

Blitz Communications bought their d:fine Headset Microphones from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

Adam Pierce, UK Sales and Marketing manager at Sound Network, says: “The corporate and conference sectors are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of delivering great audio, and this is translating into plenty of interest in high quality audio products like DPA microphones. The d:fine Headset Microphones are especially popular because they are so reliable and, thanks to their modular construction, very easy to maintain.”
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About Blitz Communicaitons
Blitz is the UK’s leading technical supplier to the events industry. Backed by a £12.5m equipment inventory, offering a fully comprehensive service, with technical experts from every discipline including video, sound, lighting, graphics, digital and staging. Blitz delivers events of all sizes in the UK and across Europe, which they aim to make more innovative, interactive, sustainable and ultimately, more cost effective.

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

NOW YOU CAN MIX IN THE BOX

JESSUP, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 2013: Automated Processes Inc. (API) takes great pleasure in announcing the latest addition to its line of highly acclaimed analog consoles: THE BOX® project console. THE BOX is specifically designed for audio professionals with project or home studios who require a smaller format console with that “big console sound.” True to its heritage, THE BOX features the same circuitry, performance and legendary API sound as the company’s highly successful Vision, Legacy Plus and 1608 consoles. The new console debuted to a highly enthusiastic AES show in New York, and is now shipping from the company’s factory in Jessup, Maryland.

“THE BOX offers an easy, turnkey solution for recording and mixing,” said API President Larry Droppa. “It’s a great option for people who record a few channels at a time, but demand the warmth and punch that a large API console delivers. In addition to four inputs, full center section control, and 16 channels of API’s famous summing, the icing on the cake is a classic API stereo compressor on the program bus. Now you can truly record and mix… in THE BOX.”

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

General Cable Highlights Gepco® Brand Time-Saving Online Tool and Cables at 135th AES Convention

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 2013 — General Cable will focus on time savings as it highlights its Gepco® Brand Online Paneldesigner™ and Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables at the 135th AES Convention (Booth # 2540) in New York City October 18-20, 2013. With Paneldesigner, the user-friendly, visual interface for designing custom panels; and RunONE Powered Cables, a portable and fast solution that combines power, audio and optional data under a single durable and flexible jacket; users can free up their time and energy for other critical tasks at hand.

From wall plates to custom rack-mountable chassis, Gepco has long been able to produce almost any type of custom panel for Broadcast or Professional A/V applications. Now, Paneldesigner’s time-saving, visual interface allows the user to choose the panel type, size, material, finish, connectors and lettering options so the user can quickly and easily submit his or her custom panel for a quote or order. Expandable menus provide easy reference for the multitude of connectors available, while the drag and drop interface makes designing a panel simple.

A user can get started with just a few clicks by typing in an email and password. When registering for a full account, all of the user’s projects can be stored within the account and edited and referenced at any time. The online Paneldesigner is available for use and can be found on the Gepco.com Website.

With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE Powered Cables allow the user to pull a single cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle. Each RunONE cable combines one channel of power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110 Ohm balanced audio for line level, mic level or digital AES audio signals and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Additional configurations of RunONE include two channels of Category 5e cable that can be used for data drops in remote power and audio applications. Snakes with optional data can also be used for digital audio transmission while sending power to Front of House (FOH) for remote locations. Shielding around the power channels eliminates power noise from interrupting the audio/data signal, ensuring high-quality performance.

RunONE cables come in both Professional and Touring versions. The Touring Line of RunONE Cables is designed with larger-gauge (12 AWG) power conductors to provide a lower voltage drop for long-distance runs and an overall shield that reduces outside noise often encountered during those longer runs.

Terminated with industry-standard connectors, RunONE cables offer the option of Edison, IEC and Neutrik® powerCON® connectors for the power channel; 3-pin XLR, 5-pin XLR (for DMX lighting), TRS and Neutrik® convertCON® connectors for audio channels; and RJ45 and Neutrik® etherCON® connectors for optional data channels. RunONE cables are available in pre-defined and custom configurations.

“We’re always looking for ways to make things easier and save time for our customers, so we’re pleased to provide tools and cables that do just that,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco® has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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