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The Music Producers Guild Gets BPI and AIM Backing For Its Broadcast WAV Initiative

Just months after officially launching its ‘ISRC in Broadcast WAV’ initiative, the Music Producers Guild has received the support of the BPI and AIM, two trade bodies representing the music industry. Both have agreed to adopt Broadcast WAV as standard.

“We are really delighted to have the support of the BPI and AIM,” says Alchemy Mastering’s Barry Grint, who has led the MPG ISRC campaign. “This is fantastic news for all recording artists and copyright owners because adopting Broadcast WAV will make file identification and content tracking much easier and more accurate. It will also help royalty agencies develop more precise systems for payments, thereby safeguarding the incomes of artists and copyright owners when their recordings are played on air.”

With two major UK music industry organisations now firmly behind the new format – and with a number of mastering hardware equipment manufactures also on-board – the Music Producers Guild believes it is only a matter of time before Broadcast WAV is adopted by the music industry world-wide.

“WAV is the standard format for music interchange in the production process, but MPG members were frustrated that there was no method of embedding industry standard ISRC information in the format to enable more accurate identification the content of files,” Grint explains. “Working in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union, which created a professional version of the WAV format called Broadcast WAV, we have been able to ensure the carriage of ISRC information in this type of file, thus removing the need for it to be re-entered and reducing the opportunity for error.”

The inherent good sense of using Broadcast WAV is now being recognised.

BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor says: “BPI is pleased to support this MPG initiative and we’ll be encouraging our members to adopt Broadcast WAV as a standard. By incorporating ISRC data into the WAV file, we can provide a more accurate and reliable means of identifying recordings when they are exchanged between labels and studios.”

James Farrelly, membership manager of AIM, adds: “In an environment where labels of all sizes now understand that effective metadata management is the key to maximising revenue from their master rights, the work MPG is doing to adapt the BWF format will result in a clearer, more accurate approach to identifying tracks and minimising potential mis-allocation of income from repertoire usage. AIM is proud to support this initiative and looks forward to working with the MPG and their partners to build industry wide adoption of the format.”

The MPG is now planning to address mastering engineers by holding a seminar to demonstrate the ease with which Broadcast WAV can be implemented. This will take place in London in early November (see www.mpg.org.uk for more details).

“For engineers using Magix/Sequioa or Merging/Pyramix, switching to Broadcast WAV will simply involve a software upgrade as both of these workstation manufacturers are already backing the Broadcast WAV initiative, ” Grint explains. “Now that this issue is higher up the priority list, we hope other manufacturers will quickly follow their lead.”

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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

Yamaha Steinberg Networkable Recording System Makes AES Debut: ‘NU’ Components Added

NEW YORK—A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE will make its AES 2013 debut in the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. booth #2623, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. A hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements. The system is currently shipping, and more features have been added to those previously announced.

The first truly networkable recording system, NUAGE consists of hardware work surface components, sleek interface, comprehensive visual feedback, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. It offers advanced processing capabilities and superior sonic quality. The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units allowing for various system configurations. At the core of NUAGE is Steinberg’s award winning Nuendo digital audio workstation software. Coupled with the power of Dante, this advanced production system provides mix engineers a truly synergistic studio solution. Dante audio networking provides unrestricted system design and expandability both in the studio and in situations where audio is to be shared with live mixing systems.

Yamaha has added two new components to NUAGE. The ADR Mode for the NUAGE Master allows the operator to quickly and easily enable the Nuendo 6 ADR Taker functionality on the Ncs500-CT to provide transport control for the Rehearse, Review and Record modes via the NUAGE Master Transport section. Insert Marker and Insert Cycle Marker buttons are conveniently assigned in the touch screen as well as marker information like Start/End points for cycle markers, Take No. (Number), Character Name, and Dialog. Cue Bus Control is editable from the touch sensitive encoders and the user can easily toggle the ADR functions to the user define buttons and back to the previous assigned functions. The “Marker” button in the numeric keypad section now toggles between “Marker ID” and “Take No.” for easy content location. User Assign Groups of 1-12 and 13-24 from the four banks can now be toggled to the User Define Keys.

The second new feature added is a Yamaha AD8HR mic preamp can now be controlled from the NUAGE Multi-Function Knobs when the “PRE” Button in pressed in the control section. HA Gain, HA Trim, HPF and 48V phantom power can be edited along with LC (Low Cut), HC (High Cut), and Digital Gain. The AD8HR connects to a PC or MAC via a serial connection and is configured in the NUAGE Workgroup Manager.

NUAGE modular architecture and network audio interface enable broad system flexibility. Two types of control surface units can be used individually or in combination, according to system needs. Three types of high-end audio interfaces are available, used individually or in combination for up to 128 channels. 16-channel analog, 16-channel digital, and 8-channel analog + 8-channel digital can be controlled at once with two encoders per channel, or all encoders can be mapped to one or two highlighted channels in the Channel Setting Mode. NUAGE I/O also features advanced JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution.

NUAGE benefits lead to uncompromised product quality and include 32-bit/192 kHz support for superior sonic quality (Nuendo 6 supports sampling rates up to 384 kHz). Advanced audio interface DSP hardware offers “True Integrated Monitoring” for ultra-low-latency monitoring. The DSP surround processing capabilities provide all the essentials for state-of-the-art surround sound including speaker/level display adjustments and base management. The power of native system processing allows a large number of plug-ins to be used simultaneously across multiple channels/tracks. Nuendo Syncstation provides sample-accurate synchronization for audio and video.

A Dante Accelerator audio interface card can be installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra-low latency multi-channel audio data transfer capacity, advantageous when communicating with NUAGE I/O units. A secondary port can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.

NUAGE provides intuitive operation and visual organization for enhanced efficiency. Any 24” monitor can be used with the system. The system incorporates the computer LCD displays for “Extensive Console View” channel strip extension, customizable Nuendo shortcuts that can be freely assigned to numerous User Assignable Keys, Touch Slider functionality for instant channel navigation, touch sensitive faders and encoders, Channel Name Display, and Channel Color Bar. A precision jog wheel supports accurate, error-free editing on the master section. Computers and monitors are not included in the system components.

The system’s space-saving keyboard/mouse editing capabilities as well as compact rack-mount dimensions round out the unique NUAGE system.

A basic NUAGE system has an MSRP of $18,000.

For more information on NUAGE, visit the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. booth #2623 at AES N.Y. or on the web www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

Yamaha CL V1.61 Firmware Upgrade Now Available

NEW YORK—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of CL V1.61 firmware upgrade. As of Summer 2013, with Yamaha CL V1.61, it is now possible to perform discovery and patching operations for Shure ULX-D™ digital wireless system receivers such as the ULXD4D and ULXD4Q directly from Yamaha CL Series Digital Consoles via the Dante™ network. Shure and Yamaha have worked together to provide users with more advanced, integrated control capabilities. With Yamaha CL Series firmware version 1.61 and ULX-D firmware version 1.3 now available, it is possible to control discovery and patching for Shure ULXD4D and ULXD4Q receivers directly from CL console touch panel displays without the need for the Dante Controller PC software that had been initially required.

Other new features included in CL V1.61 are Scene Preview functionality, and the Help function is further supported by an on-screen reference guide, which once loaded, resides in the console permanently. The recently launched Ri8-D, Ro8-D input/output boxes and NXAmp with NXDT104 have been added as Dante devices that can be detected/patched into the CL Series. A CUE LEVEL knob has been added to the CUE section, allowing adjustment of the CUE level and can be assigned to a custom fader or user defined knob.

The Yamaha CL V1.61 firmware upgrade is available via download at www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles and Firmware Version 1.61, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at AES New York, Booth #2623 or 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 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.

Partner Conference Allows Distributors To Get Under DPA’s Skin

More than 120 pro audio distributors, dealers and opinion leaders travelled to Denmark for DPA Microphones’ Partner Conference.

Guests from around the world attended three days of meetings and seminars in Copenhagen and at DPA’s headquarters in Allerød. They were also taken on a tour of DPA’s production facility in Asnæs where they were shown the different processes involved in making a DPA microphone. The conference culminated in a live, hands-on workshop at the Nørrebro Theatre in Copenhagen, where a singer/actor and a band demonstrated various DPA microphones.

DPA Microphones’ CEO Christian Poulsen says: “The conference was a huge success as it allowed those attending to really get to know the company. DPA has changed a great deal in recent years thanks to the introduction of a new management team and significant developments in R&D that have led our product range in new and exciting directions. We held this conference because we wanted our distribution partners and invited guests to get a real sense of the DNA of the new DPA – a company with true forward vision.”

Among those attending was sound engineer Chris Ekers, who was involved with the London Olympics 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Commenting on his time in Denmark he says: “I use DPA microphones all the time for theatre and classical opera work, so I know what they can do. However, I was very interested to see the production facility and learn more about how they are made. I was amazed at the amount of work and care that goes into each microphone. I met one lady who had personally touched every DPA 4060 miniature microphone ever made – and that must be an awful lot of microphones.”

Ekers adds that the seminars and demonstrations were extremely useful, even for an experienced engineer. He also enjoyed meeting the DPA team and learning more about the company’s approach to design and manufacturing.

“This is obviously a young and vibrant company with lots of good ideas for expanding its product range in an intelligent way,” he says. “It was a privilege to be invited to DPA’s Partner Conference and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and DPA’s hospitality.”

His views were echoed by Rui Lisboa, DPA’s Portuguese distribution partner. “I was surprised to learn that every DPA microphone is hand-crafted, and also amazed by the rigorous test procedure each one goes through,” he says.

Sound engineer Bernard Schmid, who attended the partner conference as a guest of DPA’s Austrian distributor, adds: “For me, the practical demonstrations were the most useful as these gave me a chance to compare different models. I have been using DPA microphones for many years yet I still learned a new and easier way of hiding a miniature microphone in the hair.”

Another guest was Akira Fukada, the inventor of the surround standard Fukada Tree, who says: “Being able to participate in the conference was a great honour and a very stimulating experience. I now understand the direction in which DPA is aimed and I learned about the quality control of these wonderful products. DPA is an indispensable microphone for my music production, and I look forward to new developments at DPA.”

Other attendeed included artist and sound engineer Seigen Ono; Takeru Yamazaki, product manager at DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound and Chul Hoon Choi and Soo Hwan Kim from DPA’s South Korean distributor Best Leading Solutions.

“It was a fascinating experience and I came away with a much better understanding of DPA, its business philosophy and its approach to R&D and product design,” says Soo Hwan Kim, sales manager at BLS. ”We got a few hints about some of the new products that are coming along next year and these look really exciting. DPA already has a strong reputation for quality, but seeing the care that goes into the manufacture of each and every microphone leaving its factory makes you realise just how exceptional these products really are.”

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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

SADiE Helps Producer Steve Portnoi Capture Elgar

Producer and engineer Steve Portnoi used a SADiE LRX2 to produce Elgar’s The Apostles – a double CD that was recently awarded a much coveted Gramophone Classical Music Award.

Portnoi’s recording of the Hallé Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, won the 2013 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. Earlier this year, the CD also won BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year and Choral Recording of the Year Awards.

“I use the LRX 2 at every stage in the process,” explains Portnoi. “I record both the live concert in the Bridgewater Hall and the rehearsal direct to the LRX. We want to keep the excitement that you only get at a live performance, so what ends up on the CD is essentially the concert recording. The rehearsals are only used to cover points where audience noise is obtrusive, or where there are minor blemishes, which could become annoying on repeated listening.”

Portnoi’s LRX configuration is two mic input cards, giving him 32 mic amps, and an AES card which he uses to connect to external devices and to give him extra track inputs for large projects such as this. Using a 16 channel A to D increases his track count to a possible 48 – he used 44 tracks on The Apostles.

“There were a lot of elements in this recording,” Portnoi says. “Not only did we have a full symphony orchestra to contend with, but we also had two choirs, six soloists, and for the first time on a recording of this work, a separate Apostles chorus, not to mention an offstage Shofar (a Hebrew horn).

Back at his studio, Portnoi used the LRX to create his stereo mix.

“For such a small box, the LRX is a remarkably powerful mixer, enabling me to create the sound-world that I require, as well as matching the sound of the empty hall to the concert mix,” he says. “Also, any shift in perspective of the soloists can be smoothed out using the LRX automation.”

Any patch editing is also carried out on the LRX. At this stage Portnoi uses Izotope RX2 to remove some of the noises inherent in a live performance, meaning that he can use less of the rehearsal patches and more of the live performance.

Portnoi has been a Sadie user since the early 80s and upgraded to Sadie 6 at the first opportunity, having helped with the Beta testing. “Of course, I also use Sadie for the final, mastering stage. Sound Suite gives me full PQ and DDP mastering facilities.”

Gramophone Magazine described The Apostles as ‘a set not to be missed’ and reviewer Andrew Aschenbach drew particular attention to Steve Portnoi’s production, which he described as ‘astutely balanced’, ‘thrilling’ and with a ‘colossal dynamic range’. This is the second of the great Elgar Oratorios that Portnoi has recorded for the Hallé Label and the second time his efforts have been rewarded with a Gramophone Award.

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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 range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

Prism Sound Helps Composer John Lunn Create His Unique Sound

Noted TV and film composer John Lunn has recently acquired a Prism Sound/Maselec MEA-2 analogue equaliser, which he has been using to create the score for the ITV/Carnival Films and Television period drama Downtown Abbey.

Lunn, who received Emmys in 2012 and 2013 for Downton Abbey, has a highly intelligent and sensitive approach to sound that allows his compositions to hit at the emotional heart of a piece. His award tally also includes an RTS Award in 2010, nominations for a BAFTA and Ivor Novello for Sky’s Going Postal and a BAFTA Award for the BBC Dickens adaptation, Little Dorrit. Classically-trained yet contemporary in attitude, he combines the highest production values with a continual desire to discover new colours and sounds, and is continuously in great demand.

Lunn’s audio setup embraces an eclectic mix of equipment, which has been assembled to suit his needs.

“Most of it analogue, as I’m not convinced by digital emulations,” he explains. “A couple of months back, I bought the Maselec MLA-2 tri-band compressor for a project I was working on, The White Queen, which used lots of low percussion and sound design, plus a real orchestra. However, the mastering EQ I had been using up to that point suddenly needed repair and I thought I would take the opportunity to try a few things out.”

As an existing Prism Sound user – he already owns a Prism Sound ADA-8XR multichannel converter and an Orpheus FireWire interface – Lunn needed little persuading to try the company’s Maselec MEA-2. Once he did, he says it was immediately obvious that this was the Equaliser he was looking for.

He explains: “It was particularly relevant for Downton Abbey where I needed a very clean and totally transparent treble boost for the piano and strings to cut through the dialogue. KMR gave me the unit to demo and it worked immediately with absolutely no problems.”

Lunn says that he now uses his MEA-2 unit as mastering EQ for all of his film and TV work. The latest series of Downton Abbey, mixed using Lunn’s MEA-2, has been a runaway ratings hit, peaking at 10.4m viewers, a 39.4% market share of the British TV market (source: The Hollywood Reporter).

Prism Sound’s MEA-2 is a stereo or two-channel, four-band precision analogue equaliser with stepped Q/shelf, frequency and cut/boost controls on each band. Designed for recording and mastering applications where ultimate sonic performance, musicality and precision are required, it provides fully-stepped controls for precision and repeatability, across all parameters.

The MEA-2 is extensively used in mastering but also works well on an insertion point in recording or mixing. The MEA-2 features a fine 0.5dB gain adjustment at low cut/boost settings, and a maximum cut/boost per band of 8dB. The MEA-2 can provide precise equalisation with minimal side effects, as it is designed to provide a very transparent signal path where only the desired equalisation effect is obtained without adding any particular sonic signature.

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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

Prism Sound Adds Titan To Its Audio Interface Range


Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is expanding its family of audio interfaces with the launch of Titan, which will be on show for the first time at the 135th AES Convention in New York (Booth 3032).

Prism Sound’s new Titan multi-channel audio interface offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface.

“As with every product we release, Titan came about as a direct result of customer feedback,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director of Prism Sound. “For some time now, customers using external hardware devices such as Pro Tools™ have wanted easy access to Prism Sound’s high quality audio interfaces, but at an affordable price. Titan is our answer. It offers all the award-winning features of the competitively priced Orpheus but with the USB functionality that users want.”

In addition to the USB host interface, Titan is the first Prism Sound device to feature the new MDIO interface expansion slot. This miniature expansion slot can be used to expand Titan’s connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

Titan draws on Prism Sound’s conversion and clocking expertise developed over many years in products such as the AD-2 and DA-2 and the popular ADA-8XR modular converter family. It offers eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs plus S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones.

Titan also features high quality digitally-controlled preamplifiers – four for microphones and two for instruments, which are automatically select when the respective sources are plugged in. An assignable rotary control is provided for monitoring or output level control, which can be applied to any desired set of output channels. In addition, dual stereo headphone outputs are provided, each with its own volume control.

Building on the versatile DSP features of the Prism Sound Orpheus interface, Titan has a powerful built-in DSP engine which provides high precision input and output conditioning functions, as well as a fully-featured mixer for every Titan output channel, including ADAT channels. Each output can be driven with its own zero-latency mix of input channels and DAW feeds, allowing flexible performers’ foldback feeds to be created, as well as stereo or 5.1/7.1 surround monitoring feeds, controlled by the front-panel rotary control if desired. Titan’s high quality analogue outputs are ideally suited for use with analogue summing boxes.

All of Titan’s functions, aside from the front panel monitor and headphone level controls, are controlled from the Titan Control Panel app, which opens on-screen as a separate panel alongside the user’s existing editing software.

Titan will be officially unveiled at AES New York, which runs from October 17th – 20th, 2013. For more information please visit www.prismsound.com or visit Prism Sound’s AES Booth 3032 for a demo.

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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

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

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