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API’s BOX FILLS IN THE “MISSING PIECE” AT THE CASINO IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 2014: The BOX has settled into a new home in a Nashville studio – The Casino. Owned and operated by Eric Masse, The Casino records LPs and EPs for signed artists and bands within the city. Masse consulted Chad Evans at Vintage King while he upgraded his studio, and now admits that the “feels like the missing piece” to his former setup.

“I had been craving the next step up for my sixteen I/O studio for a while,” said Masse. “When I heard about the BOX last year, I started gearing up for it.” The Casino, which also houses two lunchboxes®, six 512c mic pres, a 5500 dual equalizer, and a 2500 stereo compressor, stayed in the API family when looking to gain control over pans and add inserts.

“Enter stage right – the BOX,” jokes Masse, who is amazed by the capabilities The Casino is now able to fulfill. “I can hardly contain my head from exploding from all the options. It’s the center of my studio. I can route things in the mix like never before, and parallel compress things all analog. I can add outboard effects post-conversion to individual tracks, and I don’t have to use my converters to feed the hear-back headphone hub. I can instead build a mix with the sends, and use the inserts for direct ‘more me’s’ and use all sixteen converters for audio. I’m digging it.”

Apart from the functions, the customizable 500 Series inputs allow The Casino to create its own unique sound. “I like that I can utilize the 500 Series slots on the program bus, while still using the input channels. So far, to be honest, I like everything about it.”

Since installing the BOX, Masse has put the final touches on singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter’s second album, and is currently mixing alternative artist Mikky Ekko’s record. He is also ready to record the second country music album Charlie Worsham. The versatility of the BOX helps meet the needs for each unique artist, and allows Masse to utilize the space he needs to record and grow. “I like that it’s a console, and not a console.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

DPA Microphones Capture The Kyteman Orchestra

Front of House engineer Sjoerd Terpstra used a selection of DPA microphones to capture the unique sound of the Kyteman Orchestra when they played six concerts at the Utrecht Tivoli in Holland recently.

The concerts, which took the form of elaborate jam sessions, were all multitrack recorded for subsequent mixing and broadcast on the internet.

“Our aim was to create a library of completely original Kyteman material,” Sjoerd Terpstra says. “None of the songs were written in advance – they were all improvised on the spot.”

Founded by Colin Benders (aka Kyteman), the Kyteman Orchestra plays a mixture of hip-hop, opera and jazz laced with melodies and raw beats. Its first album, The Hermit Sessions, was released in 2009 and was a great success in the Netherlands where it reached the top five of the Dutch Album Charts and sold over 75,000 copies.

Sjoerd Terpstra, who has been working with Kyteman for the last five years, says he chose DPA microphones for this project because he knew they were capable of delivering studio quality from the live stage. The microphones were supplied by Amptec, DPA’s distributor in the Netherlands.

“There are approximately 18 musicians in the orchestra,” Terpstra explains. “We used a lot of DPA d:vote 4099™ Instrument Microphones on strings and horns, a d:dicate 2011A on the drums and percussion and a set of d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones on the upright piano because they sound amazing, especially at low noise levels. One of the snare drums initially gave me a lot of trouble because it was so low pitched and I just couldn’t get it to sound right, but eventually I used another d:vote 4099 and then it sounded great. The d:vote could handle the low pitch well and gave me enough ‘snap’ to make it cut in the mix.”

Terpstra adds that the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were especially useful because they were able to deliver very isolated sound.

“We were recording on an exceptionally cramped stage so this was an important feature,” he says. “The isolation they achieved gave me tons of possibilities in both the FOH and studio mixes.”

With the latest Kyteman Orchestra project now completed, Sjoerd Terpstra is now working with a number of bands from the Middle East.

“I am hoping to use DPA microphones for some of those projects, too,” he says. “I am always happy with the results I get from DPA so have no hesitation in recommending them to all the bands I work with.”

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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.
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LIPA Graduate James Mellor Receives The 2014 MPG Prize

This year’s Music Producers Guild Prize has been awarded to James Mellor, confirming him as the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.

Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize gives winning students from LIPA an opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s top recording professionals. Prominent MPG Awards winners continue to be very supportive of the initiative, which also brings sponsorship opportunities from companies such as Avid and a bursary to help with expenses from PPL.

MPG Chairman Steve Levine and MPG Education Representative Tony Platt presented James Mellor with his prize during LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, which took place on July 31st, 2014. Also present was LIPA lead patron Sir Paul McCartney.

The aim of the Music Producers Guild Prize is to recognise the student who, in the opinion of his or her tutors, has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of music recording and production.

Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three year BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme, says: “Throughout his time studying with us, but most especially during his final year, James has proven to have that ‘special sauce’ of attributes – technical skill, creative thinking, attention to detail, and an interest in pushing the boundaries of what is achievable. I’m sure that he will make the very most of the opportunities that this award will open up for him.”

James Mellor’s early interest in music led to him experimenting with many different instruments before he finally settled for the guitar and started playing in bands with friends. Studio experiences with these bands gave him a taste for technology and a desire to know how to operate the equipment he found there. He applied to study at LIPA and has since worked with many local bands including Go Fiasco, with whom he has engineered and produced an entire album, Meet My Mystery. This project took eight months to complete and involved recording, producing and mixing 10 tracks in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

Mellor has also been helping out at Liverpool-based studio The Motor Museum and was recently appointed house assistant/engineer.

“Over the next few months I hope to develop my skill set further and am honoured to have the opportunity do so by learning directly from industry professionals whom I greatly admire,” he says. “I am extremely grateful to both MPG and LIPA for everything they’ve done to help me grow as a professional and look forward to the next year with great anticipation.”

Commenting on the Prize, Tony Platt says: “Supporting, nurturing and encouraging young engineers and producers is a vital part of what MPG does and very important alongside the work we do under the auspices of JAMES. Gaining qualifications is only a small step on their journey and our aim is to enable standout students to be able to put their accomplishments to work as soon as possible so they can fully engage with the significant contribution that the UK makes to the global music industry.”

Winning the MPG Prize will give James Mellor the chance to develop and explore the recording techniques he has learned at LIPA and make valuable contacts within the professional sound industry. In addition to a one year associate membership to the MPG, Mellor will also have the opportunity to shadow this year’s MPG Producer of the Year winners Alan Moulder & Flood at Assault & Battery Studios. Mellor will also attend an orchestral recording session with Award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall and a mastering session with John Dent, winner of the MPG Mastering Engineer Award 2014. Added to this will be opportunities to shadow Guy Massey, MPG Engineer of the Year 2014, and Dan Cox, MPG Breakthrough Engineer of the Year 2014. Studio experience will be provided by RAK Studios, winner of the MPG Best Studio Award 2014, while Mellor’s technical expertise will be enhanced by a day at Avid’s UK headquarters where he will receive in-depth tuition on Avid’s flagship controller, the ProTools S6.

PPL has offered to contribute towards the cost of Mellor’s travel and accommodation expenses while he is taking up these opportunities, and throughout the year he will be mentored by various MPG members including Steve Levine, Nicky Graham, Tony Platt and Mick Glossop.

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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

About LIPA

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible. www.lipa.ac.uk

The Music Producers Guild Backs Fair Digital Deals

The Music Producers Guild has expressed its support for the Fair Digital Deals Declaration – a new initiative supported by over 700 indie record labels that want to see fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues for artists.

This massive show of support for artists to be treated and compensated fairly in the digital age has equal significance recording professionals, many of whom rely on royalties for a large proportion of their incomes.

“The music industry has a long history of unfairly exploiting the work of artists without whose creativity the industry would simply not exist,” says producer and MPG executive board member Mick Glossop. “The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a welcome initiative, which seeks to address those injustices by promoting transparency and accountability.”

The initiative, coordinated by Worldwide Independent Network, states five primary guidelines that signees must adhere to. These include:

1. Ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.
2. Account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recording but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.
3. Encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetization of music.
4. Support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.
5. Support the collective position of the global independent record company sector.

For more information about the Declaration and the MPG’s support for this important initiative, please visit www.mpg.org.uk

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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.

Clearwing Holds Top Manufacturers, One Event Showcase

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. is one of many manufacturers that will be on hand at Clearwing’s Vendor Showcase on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Mike Eiseman, District Manager, will be on hand bringing along the new Yamaha QL5 Digital Audio Console as well as a CL1 digital console, Rio3224-D input/output box, and DXR12 speakers. He will also demonstrate the Yamaha StageMix application and Nuendo Live v1.1.

Manufacturers include Robe, Clay Paky, Shure, Rane and others.

The event is free of charge and will be held at Clearwing, 11101 West Mitchell Street, Milwaukee. For more information, telephone 414-258-6333.

RSVP: http://clearwing.com/html_email/cw_event_vendor_MKE_2014/vendor_MKE_2014_landing.html

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DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS DELIVER AUDIO HORSEPOWER AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky held the very first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horse races in 1875, the year it opened. The track acquired its now-iconic twin-spires grandstand in 1895 and subsequently added to it on either side in pieces during the last century, bringing the grandstand’s current capacity to 52,000. In anticipation of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs commenced installation of a 171-ft. by 90-ft. video screen, the largest 4k video board in the world. Because the facility’s low-fi sound reinforcement system had been designed ages ago for only spoken word reproduction, the new screen would require a serious sound system upgrade to realize its full potential and impact. Dallas-based Marsh/PMK International, LLC designed the new sound reinforcement systems for all of the outdoor areas including nearly sixty clusters in the grandstands comprised of Danley Sound Labs SH50, SM96 and SM60F loudspeakers as well as TH212 subwoofers.

Encompass Develop, Design & Construct oversaw the installation of both the new video board and the new sound systems and they hired Marsh/PMK. Dave Stearns and Tim Lindstrom worked with Marsh/PMK to execute the sound system project from conception to completion. “The timeline for such a large-scale project was incredibly short – only six-and-a-half months from start to finish,” said David Marsh, owner of Marsh/PMK. “We were selected as the consultant in early October and delivered the design to Encompass at the end of December with two addenda following in January. Siemens was awarded the installation contract at the beginning of February. They won the bid in part because they have an ongoing contract to operate and maintain the sound systems at Churchill Downs. As such, they were already familiar with the facility and all the relevant operational aspects. Minor installation work and punch list corrections were still going on after the opening of Churchill Downs’ spring meet on April 26. Final testing and adjustments followed to make the system fully ready for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby race days on May 2nd and 3rd.”

“I’ve been listening to Danley systems at trade shows for years now,” said Marsh. “I like the company’s philosophy of building large horn systems instead of adding to the already flooded market of line arrays. We see line arrays used in many permanent installations where properly designed horn arrays would work better. People have the idea that line arrays are a panacea, the cure-all for every situation, because they can throw sound long distances and because the main sound lobe can be electronically shaped and steered. True, but there is another side to that story.” Marsh goes on to explain, “Constructive and destructive interference that makes line arrays work also causes noticeable variations in tonal quality. Interference also produces lobes of sound in unintended directions, including behind the array. Lastly, most line arrays have wide horizontal dispersion, the angle of which is usually fixed by the basic building block of the array. In such cases, it is not possible to vary the horizontal dispersion angle along the length of the array to optimally match the intended coverage area.”

Marsh said, “I’ve been looking for the right project for Danley. Churchill Downs became the one. Danley clusters positioned along the front edge of Level 300 serve the largest covered seating tier and all the trackside sections in front of the grandstand building from one end to the other. A tight vertical pattern with sharp cut-offs was critical in our long-throw situation. We had to throw sound all the way down to the edge of the track without ‘sizzling the hair’ of people seated below the clusters where Level 200 protrudes out from the building. The system performs as intended. I was also pleased by the performance of Danley’s TH-212 subwoofers. This is a tapped horn design that delivers an impressive amount of bass in a relatively small package.”

Our original design was based on a different loudspeaker manufacturer, but they couldn’t guarantee that their products would be delivered on time,” said Marsh. “Danley had slightly greater vertical coverage patterns in similar box sizes [to those of the other manufacturer], which allowed us to modify our design to use one less box per cluster. That would ultimately be a cost savings. Danley emphatically stated that the boxes would be delivered on time and that sealed the deal. They made good on their promise.”

Danley Sound Labs, Inc. President and CEO Mike Hedden commented, “One of the things we are very proud of is our U.S.-based manufacturing. From the time we got the order until it was shipped complete was four weeks; 250 fully weatherproofed loudspeakers in four weeks, that’s unheard of in this day of off shore production! During this time the south got hit by two severe snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the region. Even with raw goods being lost in logistics which delayed shipments, we still delivered the products in organized pallets so that each load represented a finished cluster on the job site in four weeks.”

Unlike a typical baseball or football stadium, the grandstand building at Churchill Downs has seating tiers that are stacked vertically, straight up and down. Moreover, various expansions have occurred over the years adding sections on either side of the historic “twin spires.” All of these sections have slightly different profiles. There are varying ceiling heights, seating depths and column spacing. It was a unique situation that required careful planning. Unfortunately, Churchill Downs did not have CAD drawings of the facility. In fact, PDF drawings provided to Marsh/PMK trickled in over a period of weeks and none of them were to scale. “This put the already tight design schedule in serious jeopardy.” Marsh said. “How were we going to get this project into EASE [for coverage modeling] and how were we going to produce usable CAD backgrounds?”

Tim Lindstrom worked with Melvin Saunders, another consultant working on the Marsh/PMK team, to meet the challenge. Tim used dimensions obtained during the initial site survey to create re-scaled PDFs. Melvin used Google Earth to confirm or correct the dimensions and then created a SketchUp model of the complicated grandstands. The SketchUp model was imported into EASE, which finally allowed Dave Stearns to get into the detailed loudspeaker system design. Tim subsequently set about creating the necessary CAD backgrounds. “I was very proud of our team’s resourcefulness.” Marsh declared.

Two basic cluster types alternate along the length of the grandstand, just under the front edge of the Level 300 ceiling. There are nearly sixty clusters in total. The first type of cluster includes a Danley SH50 long-throw box and a companion TH212 subwoofer. The SH50 covers the seating in front of the grandstand building all the way out to the edge of the track. The second type of cluster replaces those boxes with a Danley SM96 to provide near coverage in between the horizontal cut-off angles of the SH50s in the adjacent clusters. Both cluster types include a rear-firing full-range SM60F aimed toward the top of the Level 300 seating tier and a more-or-less down firing SM96 with its woofer removed.

Marsh/PMK expanded existing Q-Sys DSP and QSC amplification to power the system. Existing Renkus-Heinz and QSC loudspeakers were repurposed and added to as necessary to improve coverage on the “porches” in front of upper level suites and on Level 200 of the grandstand building. Renkus boxes were also used on the front edge of Level 200 to cover walkways in front of the building and the rear of Level 100 seating where the Danley coverage is shadowed by overhangs. Existing Community loudspeakers were repurposed and added as necessary on poles to cover seating that extends beyond the building as well as the track infield, the entry plaza and the paddock area. “Re-use of existing equipment where possible was a goal of our design, but Danley now provides the major audio horsepower for the grandstands at Churchill Downs,” said Marsh, claiming no pun intended.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

TRANSAUDIO GROUP TO DISTRIBUTE BETTERMAKER’S UNIQUE ANALOG EQUALIZERS WITH PLUG-IN REMOTE CONTROL

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional recording equipment, is pleased to partner with Bettermaker, the creator and manufacturer of the world’s first analog equalizers that can be controlled, automated, and recalled from a plug-in or Eprom. The Bettermaker’s flagship EQ232 possesses two (strictly analog) audio channels, each with a mastering-quality switchable high-pass filter, Pultec-style passive equalization, and clean parametric equalization. The modular 500-series EQ502P and EQ542 possess only the passive equalizers and only the parametric filters, respectively, and are also stereo.

Although its 100% handmade construction and stunning sound quality puts it in league with the very best boutique analog equipment on the market, Bettermaker’s unique niche is plug-in control (available in RTAS, 32-bit or 64-bit VST, and AU), which gives it all of the convenience of a digital plug-in, including automation and recall. The plug-in provides an A/B comparison feature, which goes beyond “bypass/in” to allow comparison of two separate equalizer settings. It’s also worth noting that engineers who aren’t using the plug-in can still store up to 399 presets for instant recall from the front panel via Eprom.

Marek Walaszek, an accomplished mix engineer, producer, and DJ based in Warsaw, Poland and the chief engineer and owner of Addicted to Music Studios, conceived, prototyped, and is now manufacturing the Bettermaker. “It started with the dream of a stereo Pultec that I could use on my stems or my master bus,” explained Walaszek. “Because I’m a mix engineer, I mostly work with other people’s session files. I recognize the convenience of recall – I can work on a mix, send it to the client, and then make requested changes weeks later. I wanted that same convenience in my outboard gear.” Walaszek got together with a friend and began prototyping his vision for a best-in-class analog equalizer that could gracefully accommodate the modern workflow.

After the usual false starts and an abundance of tinkering, the Bettermaker emerged and quickly found an eager audience. Grammy Award-winning engineers, such as Bob Katz, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, and Jimmy Douglass, as well as mastering engineers, such as Tim Boyce and Ludwig Maier, immediately put the Bettermaker in their “indispensible” racks and praised it loudly. The industry as a whole took notice as well: the Bettermaker earned a Resolution Award nomination in 2013 and won the Music Tech Excellence Award in 2012 and NAMM’s Best In Show award in 2013.

“As often happens with great inventions, it may seem obvious in hindsight,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “There is, of course, tremendous value in great analog processing paired with plug-in control, automation, and recall. But I should also emphasize that the Bettermaker is not merely a gimmick. The Bettermaker’s sound quality would win converts and awards in its own right, and the plug-in functionality is well designed and robust. These two zero-compromise features come together in the Bettermaker to create something extraordinary. We at TransAudio Group were excited to learn that Marek is already cooking up new Bettermaker products that will pair analog audio circuitry with plug-in control!”

In addition to the three “stock” Bettermaker models (the EQ232P rack mount with all equalizer channels, the modular EQ502P Pultec section, and the modular EQ542 parametric section), Bettermaker offers two optional modifications of the flagship EQ232P. The first option converts its dual mono operation into M/S operation, a popular choice among mastering engineers. The second option forgoes the front panel controls entirely (at a cost savings) for users who plan to use plug-in control exclusively. These two options can also be combined.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.www.transaudiogroup.com

The Bettermaker products are now shipping.
MSPRs: EQ502P: $1,775.00 • EQ542: $1,775.00 • EQ232P: $6,100.00

UK MIX ENGINEER MICHALIS “MsM” MICHAEL OPTS FOR METRIC HALO PLUG-INS FOR QUICK, GREAT-SOUNDING ITB PROCESSING

LONDON, ENGLAND: Michalis “MsM” Michael is a UK-based mix engineer with a growing and eclectic list of credits that includes several Top-20 singles, a number-one single, notable work on Diddy’s Last Train to Paris and going on to assist the chief engineer of the Grammy Award-winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. His work while assisting necessitated travel, which motivated Michael to shift his workflow from reliance on hardware processing. These days, he mixes almost entirely in the box (ITB) and relies on Metric Halo plug-ins to deliver sonically-solid sounds with zero hassle. His recent work on Tom Prior’s Bad Advice EP to be released later this summer, which was produced in part by former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson, exemplifies Michael’s new workflow.

Born into a family of professional guitar and bouzouki players, Michael was immersed in music from an early age. “My dad taught me to play guitar, but I was always more fascinated with the amp and the guitar effects than with the instrument itself,” he said. “That led to early experiments with DJ’ing (bedroom DJ’ing as I was only 14!) that got me deeper into technology. Then a friend of a friend told me he was selling a Soundcraft 32-channel mixer, and I was so impressed by how it looked that I gave him my bike for it. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it, but curiosity eventually led to me recording.” Michael built himself a good reputation for engineering that organically morphed into a mixing career. “Once I started mixing, I just never really stopped.”

That Soundcraft 32-channel mixer grew, so to speak, into a full-fledged studio that, until a few years ago, was loaded with sought-after hardware. “Once I started working for Edward Nixon, the chief engineer of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, I was assisting rather than running a studio and slowly I saw a more efficient way of mixing and found I simply didn’t need most of my hardware,” Michael said. “That stuff was more about indulgence. So I literally sold it all and mix mainly ITB now. I’m slowly adding some bits of gear that I LOVE, but I almost had to strip it back to the basic fundamentals and learn to use just my ears. That was a great lesson for me. Any hardware I use is an ‘extra’ now. I rely on good plug-ins.”

However, in an industry awash in plug-ins, few qualify as “good.” “I like plug-ins that let me get on with work without thinking about the details too much,” he said. “Mixing is about instinct, and if there’s something that stands in the way and slows me down, I don’t want to know about it. I like to hear good sounds and I like to hear them fast. I get that from Metric Halo plug-ins: simple layouts and quick results. In the hardware world, if a compressor was too fiddly or not doing what I wanted, I’d quickly move on until I found one that worked. Then I’d rely on it and it would become a staple of my workflow. That dynamic is accelerated in the plug-in world because it’s much quicker to just change a plug-in than it is to re-patch hardware. That makes instant gratification with plug-ins very important. Metric Halo plug-ins sound great right away and it’s easy to dial in the right parameters.”

Michael heard a lot of buzz about Metric Halo’s flagship ChannelStrip plug-in, which combines multi-band parametric equalization with flexibly-keyed dynamics processing. “There’s a lot to be said about ChannelStrip, and that’s why it’s been a go-to for over a decade,” he said. “I expected great things – and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was surprised by how great the gate works. I’ve struggled to find a gate that works well on poorly recorded drums, which I have to deal with from time to time. ChannelStrip’s gate works faster than anything I’ve tried before with no compromise in sound quality.”

Michael’s other Metric Halo plug-in favorites are Character, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl. “Character is great,” he said. “I just throw it on a dull source and drive it – simple. There are plenty of ‘characters’ to choose from and it works without affecting the gain, which is always a mind game. The Precision DeEsser lets me de-ess precisely – how ironic! It’s my go-to. I’ve tried lots of de-essers; some are simple and fast but affect the sound too much. Others sound good but take too much time to set up properly. Precision DeEsser strikes the right balance. TransientControl helped me out on Tom Prior’s EP. There were a few synth bass lines that were a bit too ‘stabby.’ I needed more sustain without losing the impression that they were supposed to be ‘stabby.’ TransientControl worked perfectly.”

“It’s easy for audio professionals to get into the techy details of sound, and that’s fine. But I always try to remind myself that the majority of the world doesn’t care HOW the record was made – they just want to enjoy music. Remembering that music is about emotion and not technical details is an invaluable perspective when mixing,” he concluded.

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

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www.msmengineer.com
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DANLEY EXPANDS LINE OF OS “OUTDOOR SERIES” FULLY-WEATHERIZED LOUDSPEAKERS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, maker of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, announces the expansion of its OS “Outdoor Series” of fully-weatherized loudspeakers, including a new fully-weatherized subwoofer. Although all Danley products are optionally available with level-2 weatherization, which includes fiberglass seams, stainless steel hardware, and protective coatings over all wooden components, the fact remains that those wooden components will have a shorter life span in the elements than they would have had in an indoor installation. In contrast, Danley OS products are constructed of molded plastic with a custom injection molded shell rated to last fifty-years. The cabinet is sealed so the inner components are also protected from harsh outdoor elements. The materials are sourced from within a half-hour of Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters – a boon for large orders and/or short lead times.

“Like all of our Synergy Horn loudspeakers, the Danley OS-80 sounds fantastic,” said Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “Fidelity is excellent and distortion is remarkably low at all SPLs, and the OS-80 has the same highly-articulated coverage pattern and arrayability for which Danley is known. What sets the OS-80 apart is that its construction and materials make it impervious to the weather, for years and decades to come. Our local sources and molding machinery make it easy for us to turn over large Outdoor Series orders on short notice. Moreover, the molding process itself is very efficient, which allows us to sell the OS products at fiercely competitive prices.”

Soon, the OS-80′s versatile 80-degree conical coverage pattern will be joined by other OS models with a diversity of coverage patterns that will give designers greater flexibility to meet the needs of a range of outdoor situations. These will include the OS-90 and OS-100. In addition, the new Danley OS-115LF subwoofer will extend the bottom end of the OS line and the OS Nano will be the power of Danley in the palm of your hand.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Montreal Jazz Festival Front Loaded With Yamaha Consoles

Guy Vincent

BUENA PARK, Calif.—From June 26-July 5 at venues across Montreal, the annual Montreal Jazz Festival featured a boat load of musical guests from Earth, Wind & Fire, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, and Diana Krall, to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Terence Blanchard, and Nikki Yanofsky to name a few.

Solotech of Montreal provided the majority of the audio production for the 30 stages and stacked them with Yamaha digital audio consoles. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems pitched in for five of the stages: Scene TD, the main outdoor stage, was outfitted with two Yamaha CL5 digital consoles and three Rio-3224D input/output boxes. Two CL5s and two Rio-3224Ds were in position at Theatre Maisonneuve, Lounge Heineken used a QL5 and one Rio-3224D, and Club Soda and Savoy both had new Yamaha QL5 digital audio consoles. The Savoy also used a Rio-3224D.

Front of House engineer, Guy Vincent, has been mixing sound for over 30 years and says he has worked with a lot of digital boards but his favorite is the Yamaha CL5. “The feature I like the most Is the Premium Rack. It is amazing how warm the sound is by activating any of the plug-ins. I also like the custom faders.” Vincent used a CL5 at the Maisonneuve Theater during the Festival mixing Terence Blanchard and others. He is currently on tour with Florence K using a CL5.

Front of house engineer, Richie Forte, used his own personal Yamaha LS9-32 console at the Metropolis during the Festival for artist Nikki Yanofsky. “According to my dear friends at Yamaha, my LS9 was one of the very first in eastern Canada, a fact I’m very proud of,” states Forte. “I’ve taken this little workhouse and pushed it beyond its limits. With the use of a fiber optic snake capable of transporting 32X8 of the LS9′s 32X16 i/o, plus one channel of bi-directional high speed EtherSound transport built in, I am able to use the two MY card slots on the LS9 to connect to my two Yamaha SB168-ES stage boxes for a total on stage analog i/o of 64X24.”

Richie Forte

Forte said that his current console as well as the two Yamaha digital consoles he previously owned, have preformed flawlessly and reliably. “It’s this ease of use, size, weight, flexibility, and “bang for buck” price point that has kept me a loyal Yamaha user and owner since 1997.” He’s now in Europe and using a Yamaha CL5 and says he’s “truly blown away by the sound of the console” and equally happy that its flexibility and workflow has been greatly refined and fulfills everything on his wish list. “I’m looking forward to upgrading to a QL5, my fourth Yamaha console very soon!”

Stephane Grimm

Stephane Grimm, who mixed The Jordan Officer Trio and Betty Bonifassi Chants on a new Yamaha QL console at both Club Soda and Club Savoy, said he’s really into the new QL and has used a Yamaha CL a number of times. “I was really impressed by the QL, and having the touch screen makes it totally easy to use, Grimm says. The four user layers is a wonderful feature especially now that you are able to color identify the faders, making it impossible to miss the channel you’re looking for. I also like the fact that it is fully compatible with the CL series, without even having to convert the file. WOW!” Grimm also said the new plug-ins is a great feature. “The 2-band Dynamic EQ, works very well especially on vocals and other instruments that change tones.”

For more information on Yamaha digital consoles, 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.

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