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ANALOG ACTIVIST MIXER JEFF JULIANO SHARES HIS PASSION FOR METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – AUGUST 2012: Although he started out his career as both a recording engineer and a mix engineer, Jeff Juliano has since heeded his passion and focused his talents to become a mix engineer exclusively. A blessed blend of intuition and elbow grease has earned Juliano work with artists such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Train, Shinedown, O.A.R., Dave Matthews, Paramore, Green River Ordinance and All Time Low. These days, the flexible, but opinionated, Juliano works out of a state-of-the-art home studio, where he has amassed an impressive collection of analog outboard processors that find their way into almost every mix he does. And although he feels that most plug-ins can’t compete with the analog processing at his disposal, there is one that does: Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip. It too finds its way into almost every mix he does.

“With most plug-ins, I end up having to put five other plug-ins behind it,” said Juliano. “When I find that I’m adding a compressor and then a filter bank and then something else on top of the first plug-in, it’s because the first plug-in isn’t really doing what I want it to do. Not so with ChannelStrip.” Metric Halo ChannelStrip (an earlier version of which was installed on Juliano’s first Pro Tools rig back in the late 1990s) delivers a fully-featured gate, compressor, and equalizer in every instance.

Because Juliano is a self-described freak about analog gear, the bar for good digital plug-ins is much higher than it might otherwise be. His studio is loaded with outboard gear, both new and vintage, from manufacturers such as API, Neve, Manley, Empirical Labs, and Inward Connections. “ChannelStrip is so good that I often disable an analog send that isn’t doing the job in favor of ChannelStrip,” Juliano said. “The dynamics are reactive and the equalizer has air and warmth. ChannelStrip is useful both as an enhancement for tracks that are decent to begin with and as an emergency repair for tracks that have big problems. It’s a one-stop shop, and there’s a reason why it’s still an industry standard after well over a decade on the market. In fact, I just mixed a single “Champions” by O.A.R. and B.o.B that was recently released as part of Duracell’s campaign to support the 2012 London Olympic Games. I used the Channel Strip on every channel of that session.”

Juliano asserts that not only does ChannelStrip sound good, but it sounds good fast. “In this business, anything that I can use that will speed my work and allow me to have a life… I’ll buy that product,” he laughed. “Really, if I can finish a mix that sounds fantastic with time left over to enjoy dinner with my wife and kid and maybe go play some soccer in the backyard… why wouldn’t I?” On the business side of things, Juliano points out that the timelines for project completion have shrunk – and continue to shrink. “People give me a 25-song live recording and tell me it needs to be available on iTunes in three weeks,” he said. “To me, that’s crazy, but at the same time, it’s realistic these days. With ChannelStrip, I get immediate results. Boom! Moving on! That’s important not only as speed for speed’s sake, but also for maintaining my creative vibe. With other plug-ins, I can get bogged down with things that aren’t really happening, and that can kill my creative vibe.”

Like some sort of law (“thou shalt push technology to the brink”), Juliano notes that session sizes have been keeping pace with the exponential increase in processing speeds and storage capacity. He’s typically handed about 150-tracks per pop song. “There are still only two speakers,” he laughed. “I can – and often do – have ChannelStrip on one hundred tracks. Each instance gives me all the fundamentals – gate, compressor, and EQ – with quality that sits proudly with my big-name analog outboard gear. It’s really an invaluable tool. It saves the day, again and again.”

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

CTS Audio Uses New Yamaha CL Consoles at High Profile Christian Events

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Women of Faith, the nation’s largest live event for women has unveiled its most transformational tour yet entitled “Celebrate What Matters.” The cross-country tour highlights some never-before-seen elements including a live worship band, a new state-of-the art stage, and live ballet. The four-month, 23-city North American tour launched on August 3rd in Columbus, Ohio with a diverse line up of 27 well-known speakers, authors, musicians, and performers including inspirational speakers Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, Pat Smith, and Liz Curtis Higgs. Multi-award winning musical guest CeCe Winans returned for the tour again this year along with Mandisa, Amy Grant, Selah. Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Sandi Patty, Brenda Warner, Marilyn Meberg, Andy Andrews, Ken Davis, and Lisa Harper.

CTS Audio (Nashville), who has supported Women of Faith for over 12 years, is providing two of the new Yamaha CL5 Digital Consoles for front of house and monitors and two RIO 3224 boxes for the east coast with a similar set up for the west coast dates.

“We selected to use the new Yamaha CL consoles on the “Celebrate What Matters” tour because of its smaller footprint, its digital networking capabilities with Dante, and input and output capabilities,” states Mike Taylor, Vice President, CTS Audio. “The console is the best sounding console that Yamaha has put out so far in the digital market. With the internal add ons offered in the desk, plug ins aren’t even needed.” Prior to setting out on the tour, CTS audio engineers obtained in-house training by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems staff.

In July, CTS Audio provided Yamaha CL consoles for the Covenant High In Christ Youth Conference (CHIC), a tri-annual event, with performances by Chris Tomlin, Skillet, La Crae, Michael Gungor, Willow Creek Worship Team, and over 6,000 high school students in attendance. For this event, CTS Audio provided four CL5 consoles, two at front of house, two at monitors, and four RIO 3224 boxes. “The set up for this event was unique in that we daisy chained all the equipment together to form one large network for openings and worship acts,” says Taylor. “We did this so that inputs/outputs could be called into any surface we wanted for maximum flexibility. With the new platform, we were able to run one network and have 128 inputs and 64 outputs available. This was important since we needed all of them for our house band from Willow Creek as well as the guest bands.”

Up to eight external Rio (Remote I/O) boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network. The 5U rack space Rio3224-D includes 32 remote controlled mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, and four AES-3 outs. The 3U Rio1608-D includes 16 remote controlled mic/line inputs and eight line outputs. Dante network I/O can easily be set up and patched utilizing familiar paradigms within the console user interface, with no external software required for network operations.

The goal of the CHIC Conference is to help high school age students in their walk with Christ, something that matches up perfectly with the core of CTS Audio’s beliefs. “Being part of such a moving event is something that is near to my heart,” states FOH engineer Jon Schwarz.

CTS Audio staff was on site for guest engineers who required CL training, if necessary. However, Taylor said the engineers found it easy to step up and get to work because the console is laid out in a simple-to-follow-through process. “We were also able to load engineer files from other Yamaha products seamlessly. Everyone left talking about how fantastic the desk sounded.”

For more information on CTS Audio, visit www.ctsaudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console and RIO, 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.

WEST PALM BEACH CHURCH RE-ENERGIZED WITH ASHLY NE AMPS AND PROCESSORS

holynamejesus_church.JPGWEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 2012: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida has seen tremendous growth in its fifty-eight year history. In the military surplus warehouse that served as its first sanctuary, early sermons competed with wildlife, rain, and muffled announcements from the dog track across the street. HNJCC grew into – and out of – a more

DANLEY SPEAKERS SET THE TONE IN A FABULOUS LOUISVILLE BACKYARD

louisville_backyard_speakers.JPGLOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 2012: Odds are that your backyard is unlike Glenn Hogan’s backyard. Hogan is the founder, president, and CEO of Hogan Real Estate, and his grand Louisville, Kentucky home reflects the success of his business. A decade ago, Hogan hired the forward-thinking A/V integrators of Phantom Theater and Sound (West Chester, Ohio) to thread an awe-inspiring sound system throughout his more

BUOYED BY SYMETRIX JUPITER AND ARC-WEB TECHNOLOGY DEGANGE SOUND SOLUTIONS FINDS ITS NICHE IN THE INSTALLATION MARKET

john_degange.JPGBELMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 2012: Last fall, Daddy’s Junky Music Store, a New England retailer of thirty-nine years, closed all twelve of its locations. One employee, John DeGange, who had risen to the position of installed sound manager, walked away and started all over again. With a client list, established industry contacts, and a working more

MIKAEL JOHNSTON EXPANDS HIS MUSICAL REACH WITH AN API 1608 CONSOLE

mikael_johnston.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – AUGUST 2012: Mikael Johnston got his start in the music industry as a founding member of Mephisto Odyssey in 1993, one of the first American Electronic Dance Music acts to sign to Warner Brothers Records. From there, his charisma and solid musical sense led to a steady stream of writing, production, engineering and remix work with bands such as Jane’s more

Yamaha CL Console Lights Up Orion Festival

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bader Field in Atlantic City over a recent summer weekend was the site for the Orion Music + More Festival featuring Metallica on the main stage along with 30+ bands and over 33,000 in attendance on each of the two-days.

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) provided the new Yamaha CL5 Digital Console and two Yamaha PM5Ds for the Damage Inc stage along with ten Yamaha TX3n amps for monitors. The Damage Inc stage featured performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, The Black Dahlia Murder, Torche, Letlive, Red Fang, Kyng, Landine Marathon, Black Tusk, and Thy Will Be Done. The front of house engineers for the acts got their mixing hands on the new CL console, with Yamaha and ACIR staff on hand to answer any questions.

“Having already been familiar with the Yamaha PM5D, the CL was a breeze to use,” states Matthew (Woody) Woods, front of house engineer for The Black Dahlia Murder. “From the layout, navigation, display and touch screen, the CL makes it much easier to adjust your mix.”

“The CL5 was so quick in getting my mix where it needed to be thanks to the user defined knobs and touch screen capabilities,” says front of house engineer for Red Fang, Adam Pike. “The console was truly put to the test at the Festival where we had to do line checks through headphones. I had no idea what it was going to sound like when we went live through the mains. By the end of the first song, I was already shaping with the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 and 5033 in the Yamaha CL; I felt so spoiled!”

ACIR Professional also provided a Yamaha LS9-32 with eight Yamaha DSR 15 speakers and eight DSR subs for Rob Trujillo, the bass player of Metallica, for use on the Vans stage.

“Front of house engineers were pretty enthusiastic about using the new Yamaha CL5 at the Damaged Inc stage, which is a testament to the Yamaha familiarity found throughout the company’s digital console series,” states John Grasso, co-owner of ACIR Professional and systems engineer for the Damage Inc stage. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the festival engineers to gain the benefit of being the first in our market to work on the console, and we believe it was immensely successful for us, the engineers, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems.”

For more information on the new Yamaha CL digital console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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Photo ID: Matthew ‘Woody’ Woods

Photo Credit: Digital Warmth

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.

Just Published from Focal Press – A new edition of the best-selling Practical Recording Techniques!

Practical Recording Techniques, 6th Edition
The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording
By Bruce Bartlett and Jenny Bartlett

Save 30% when ordering direct from Focalpress.com. Use discount code FOCAL at checkout!

ISBN: 978024082153

Waltham, MA, August 13, 2012. Focal Press has just published a new edition of the best-selling book Practical Recording Techniques. This hands-on, practical guide covers all aspects of recording, perfect for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts. Filled with tips and shortcuts, this book gives advice on equipping a studio (both low-budget and advanced), suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing monitor speakers, and preventing hum. This step-by-step guide also instructs how to judge recordings and improve them to produce maximum results.

New in the sixth edition:

  • Complete update of digital media material, including updated equipment and microphone descriptions
  • Digital performers and computer DAWs
  • Additional material regarding ProTools ability to let owners choose other interfaces with their software
  • More information on how the hook-ups in a studio work, with more advice on setting up a home project studio, and expansion of location recording material
  • Further information on things like Auto-tune and multiband limiting, a useful plug-in round up
  • Further information on workflow, addressing issues like file formats, uploading & downloading of songs and materials, and use of a computer as a recording device
  • Expansion on Internet issues
  • Updated home studio setup information, including the workflow with Windows 7 and Mac OSX
  • Expansion of technicalities of MIDI, including data structure and controller codes

Click here for a full table of contents

About the Authors:

Bruce Bartlett is a microphone engineer, audio journalist, and recording engineer. He has written over 600 articles on audio topics for such magazines as Modern Recording, db, Recording, EQ, Mix, Recording Engineer/Producer, Radio World, Pro Audio Review, Audio, and the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. He has also written a number of books including Stereo Microphone Techniques (Focal Press). A member of the Audio Engineering Society and Syn Aud Con, he holds a degree in physics and several patents on microphone design. He is also a musician and runs a 16-track digital studio specializing in live recording.

Jenny Bartlett is a freelance technical writer who specializes in audio and computer software.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field.

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ASHLY GEAR HELPS BRING LARKIN SQUARE TO LIFE

larkin_square.JPGBUFFALO, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2012: In a Buffalo, New York urban district that was, just a few short years ago, an uninviting industrial area, the Larkin Development Group has revitalized and repurposed old buildings and converted the area between them into a forward-thinking public space. With a footprint the size of a city block, “Larkin Square” boasts whimsical sculpture, functional green space, more

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’s “MEM GYM” GOES ALL DANLEY!

univ_va_mem_gym.JPGCHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 2012: Known affectionately to the students at the University of Virginia as “Mem Gym,” Memorial Gymnasium was constructed in 1924 to provide a home for the school’s basketball team. In 1940, as President Roosevelt was preparing to deliver a commencement address to the University’s graduating class, of which his son was a member, he learned of Italy’s allegiance with more

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