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The Music Producers Guild Holds Its Second Scottish Speakeasy

Following on from the success of its regular Speakeasy networking evenings in London and the East Midlands, the Music Producers Guild is now extending the initiative to Scotland where a Caledonian MPG Speakeasy was held to tie in with goNorth.

MPG Executive Directors and producers Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt hosted the event, which was held at McPhabb’s bar in Charing Cross, Glasgow, and was organised by Caroline Cooper and Stewart Henderson of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).

“Andrew and I were in Scotland, having once again taken part in the annual goNorth conference and festival in Inverness,” Mick Glossop says. “We held a Speakeasy after last year’s goNorth and it was such a success that we decided to hold another this year. It was the perfect way to end our trip and we welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with producers we had met in the past and forge stronger links with other recording professionals north of the border. We hope that there will be many more opportunities in the future.”

This year’s goNorth attracted over 100 leading industry players from the fields of music, screen, broadcast and gaming. The conference included daytime panels and workshops, and provided showcasing opportunities for artists and bands from all over Europe.

Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt were there to promote the value of music production to artists, musicians, producers, recording engineers, record company executives, publishers and managers. They took part in a lively discussion panel entitled Meet The Producers, which was moderated by Mick Glossop and featured contributions from producers Tony Doogan, Simon Gogerly, Gilles Perring and Scottish recording artist, Roddy Hart.

“There is a strong, vibrant and incredibly enthusiastic music industry in Scotland, supported by several organisations, including the SMIA, Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprises, with which the MPG now has strong links,” says Andrew Hunt. “The sense of community in Scottish music is markedly apparent – something that you don’t often witness in London, which is a real shame.”

Glossop adds: “MPG will continue to develop the links we have established in Scotland, and make every attempt to create further opportunities to promote the MPG and the value of music production, north of the border.”

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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

LEMON JELLY MAKE MUSIC WITH METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Nick Franglen is best known as founding member of the British electronica duo Lemon Jelly, releasing three albums on XL Recordings that sold half a million albums worldwide and earned Franglen and band mate Fred Deakin nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and the Brit Awards. “Lemon Jelly’s style is electronic music that doesn’t sound particularly electronic,” explained Franglen. “We’d pull together sounds from a wide range of genres to see what would happen when we mixed them up. They could be sampled or played – it really didn’t matter where they came from – the more diverse the better.” Although Lemon Jelly are currently on a happy hiatus, Franglen maintains an outrageously busy schedule – as he always has – that feeds his creative need to keep things fresh and interesting. “Creativity is all I’m interested in. I hate repeating myself (I get bored very quickly) so I’m constantly challenging myself into innovation. I like being out on a limb – that’s where the exciting things happen.”

Franglen’s talent, prolificacy, and affable nature have earned him a lot of friends and work in the music industry. He’s provided keyboard and beats programming for Björk, Hole, Primal Scream, Pulp, and Blur. In addition to all the Lemon Jelly records, he has produced albums for John Cale and Badly Drawn Boy and remixed Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), the Pet Shop Boys, and Coldcut. He has written and produced tracks with artists as diverse as William Shatner and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and regularly plays live with John Cale. As musical director of the Nico tribute show, he has worked with Mark Linkous, Mark Lanegan, Kim Gordon, Mercury Rev, Yeasayer, and many others. Reflecting his unquenchable thirst for the novel and creative, Franglen has performed and recorded electronic gigs down mines, on submarines, and in abandoned government test facilities. As a composer, he has worked on films with Ralph Fiennes, written the music for BBC-TV series, and composed commercials for BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Coca-Cola, Caesar’s Palace, Nordstrom, and many others. “I like to keep busy,” he summarized simply.

In addition to myriad other side projects and jobs, Franglen’s current passion is a solo album that will be released under his own name. “I’ve been developing this material over the past couple of years,” he said. “It’s quite complicated stuff, both conceptually and sonically, and I’m enjoying the challenge.” Like everything else he’s touched (sonically) in the last decade, Franglen has made regular use of Metric Halo’s classic ChannelStrip plug-in in the development of the new material. “I was with ChannelStrip from the very beginning – I had the original version,” he said. “It was the EQ that first got me. It could do things that no other EQ could do, and that remains the case today.”

He continued with an example: “For a while I was really interested in mixing very different samples from very different sources, it could be jazz with punk with something orchestral, whatever. I had to capture the essence of a source and still preserve audio clarity when it was mixed with something else, and Metric Halo ChannelStrip let me do that without having the composition turn to mush. Basically, ChannelStrip’s Q is precise and perfect. I can nail a filter or EQ band to within a few Hertz, enhance the fundamentals and then cut out everything that doesn’t matter while preserving the sample’s character and life. That’s a critical part of what I do and it’s my secret for maintaining audio clarity even when I have a lot of different sources all playing at once. And shortly thereafter I learned the value of ChannelStrip’s dynamics section. It’s so versatile. I use it all the time in combination with the ChannelStrip gate to bring looped drums to life.”

For work on his solo album, Franglen is using Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, which includes all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, Transient Control, and Multiband Expander. “I’ve found that with Character and Transient Control, I can breathe life and soul into my studio recordings,” he said. “The effect is subtle, but undeniable. The reverb is also fabulous. It has a huge range of sounds, and the smoothness of the tail is beautiful and transparent. It just disappears into the background. When I apply it to individual instruments, it gives them their own space and surrounds them with warmth without ever overpowering them.”

To say that Franglen uses Metric Halo plug-ins would be an understatement. Just as ChannelStrip has been a critical component of his sound over the last decade, the broader Production Bundle palette is fast becoming indispensible. A peek inside one of his new sessions reveals Metric Halo plug-ins on nearly every channel, with many of those channels bursting with multiple Metric Halo plug-ins!

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NICK FRANGLEN:
Website: www.franglen.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nickfranglen
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/nickfranglen
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nickfranglen

WorxAudio Technologies Joins the PreSonus Family

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus is pleased to announce the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina, founded in 1979 by CEO and Director of Engineering Hugh Sarvis.

WorxAudio designs and manufactures a broad range of line array, point-source, sub-bass, stage monitor, and related loudspeaker systems and accessories. WorxAudio has established itself as a leading provider of loudspeaker systems in the mid to large church market, professional touring, and corporate AV channels.

With this acquisition, WorxAudio will significantly augment core elements of PreSonus’ professional loudspeaker development efforts, especially drivers, system and mechanical design, system tuning, and rigging system design. In addition, WorxAudio’s knowledge of the commercial sound and portable/touring markets will help PreSonus develop the infrastructure required to support the specific requirements of those customers. With PreSonus’s technical, software, distribution, and financial resources and WorxAudio’s technical, domain, and production expertise, the resulting collaboration—led by Hugh Sarvis—creates a very formidable competitor in the live-sound loudspeaker market.

“This is a logical move for us,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Our StudioLive™ AI series loudspeakers are great for small to medium-sized venues, but the advanced DSP platform utilized in the AI speaker line, including the optional Dante networking capability, is extremely valuable for systems designed for much larger venues and environments. The acquisition of WorxAudio significantly extends our product line to provide advanced networked loudspeaker systems to a much larger audience. Further, this acquisition brings us extremely valuable engineering system design expertise and technology, as well as loudspeaker manufacturing expertise.”

WorxAudio has gained considerable notoriety by placing near the top in several loudspeaker array shootouts, and they were the first company to implement AFMG’s advanced FIRMaker technology.

Says AFMG’s Managing Director Stefan Feistel, “WorxAudio is a premium example of a long-lasting, very positive business relationship for AFMG. WorxAudio is the first FIRmaker licensee to actually deliver two very impressive installs employing this revolutionary technology. Congratulations!”

One of the fastest growing companies in the pro audio industry, PreSonus has a well-established worldwide sales channel and, in recent years, has significantly expanded its operations, marketing and branding, testing facilities, and technical/customer support. The combined companies are expected to develop a broad range of loudspeakers for studio and stage, from low-cost, high-value products for musicians to advanced systems for mid-sized rental touring companies and systems integrators.

“Like WorxAudio, PreSonus is engineering-driven,” comments Sarvis. “We’re excited about combining our engineering know-how with PreSonus’ networking, software, and signal-processing technology to develop groundbreaking and highly competitive new professional audio products.”

For more information about WorxAudio Technologies, visit www.worxaudio.com. For more about PreSonus, visit www.presonus.com.

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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Fishman Expands Sales Force To Keep Pace With Recent Growth

Andover, MA––Because of unprecedented growth spurred by products such as the new Fluence™ pickups and TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller, Fishman has added John Polino and Gary Lopez to its sales force.

John Polino

A guitarist and vocalist, Polino is a 23-year veteran of the Boston music scene playing in popular Top 40, GB and Function bands such as “Dick n Jane” and “Hot Mess,” both of who have won “Best Band” awards from local radio stations. John comes to Fishman from First Act Inc., where he spent the last six years as a Warehouse Manager, Sales Sample Coordinator, Consumer Relations Manager and Product Manager.

Gary Lopez

Gary Lopez is a New England based vocalist/guitarist who’s been performing professionally since he was 17 and established himself in the Northeast as the front man for New Hampshire’s popular The Baker Street Band. Gary has shared the stage with Greg Allman and The English Beat, and performed in shows for President Bill Clinton. He has also been involved with music industry retail sales for over two decades working with Daddy’s Junky Music and Cambridge Soundworks.

Commenting on the new hires, Bill Norton, VP of Retail Sales, said, “We are genuinely happy to have these two very skilled sales representatives working for us as Fishman is continuing to grow at an amazing pace. John and Gary bring a high level of expertise into our new category entries including TriplePlay and Fluence electric guitar pickups.”

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

ATC TWEAKS ITS ENTRY-LEVEL PASSIVE NEAR-FIELD MONITOR AND RAISES IT TO A NEW STANDARD OF PERFECTION

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2014: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributors for ATC UK, introduces the ATC SCM20PSL MkII near-field reference monitor. The passive ATC SCM20PSL MkII improves upon the previous ATC six-inch two-way passive and is ATC’s smallest and least expensive monitor in the ATC Professional line up. Built to the same exacting standards as its active Pro Range siblings, the SCM20PSL MkII is ideal for those already using passives but seeking a new level of resolution in a compact passive package. They are ideally suited for critical near-field applications or smaller rooms.

“ATC is well-known for designing and building studio monitors that are unflinchingly truthful and that help engineers deliver mixes that translate everywhere,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “ATC founder, Billy Woodman, and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and our request for a smaller monitor has led them to develop the SCM20PSL Pro MkII.”

The ATC SCM20PSL MkII is based around the ATC 6.5-inch “Super Linear” LF driver with integrated midrange, utilizing the same ATC developed SL technology used in our larger nine-, twelve- and fifteen-inch based monitors. The SCM20PSL MkII is the first professional product to incorporate ATC’s brand new in-house built ATC Dual Suspension 25mm tweeter. Five years in development, the new ATC Tweeter offers lower distortion, higher output and greater reliability. A newly ATC designed/built passive Crossover has been incorporated combining second and third order features to offer improved imaging and precision, comparing favorably to our active designs. Exceptionally neutral output extends across the audible spectrum and within an all-new cabinet design, minimizing size and weight. “Given the excellence of previous designs, these advantages lead to a substantive improvement in passive speaker technology,” concluded Lunde.

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

NEW JERSEY STUDIO ADDS THE BOX

MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY – JUNE 2014: Studio owner and musician Greg Padrusch, better known as LEK, has just commissioned THE BOX by API for his northern New Jersey studio. This becomes the latest sale from Calistro Music, API’s distributor in the tri-state area.

Since purchasing THE BOX, LEK has kept busy reconstructing his studio. Throughout that process, he has still managed to immerse himself in some of THE BOX’s recording features. Soon, his studio will feature state-of-the-art acoustics in its new building, creating the ideal surroundings for mixing.

Early this summer, LEK is also planning on releasing new original singles.

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

THE FREQ ZONE ADDS API’s THE BOX

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – JUNE 2014: The final steps are being taken in constructing a brand new recording studio in Jacksonville –The Freq Zone. Studio owner Nathan Hamiel lives a double life as a sound engineer and computer security analyst. To fit the needs of his new recording and mixing space, Hamiel has commissioned THE BOX to provide the rich, classic sound it achieves in an all-inclusive small-format package.

“I love THE BOX. It provides the sonic character of a large format console in a smaller footprint,” shares Hamiel, who was guided through the decision process by Craig Calistro of Calistro Music. “The sound is everything you’d expect from API – big and punchy. I also like the fact I can have it be the centerpiece and augment it with outboard gear of my choice, creating my own personal sound.”

The studio is undergoing its final preparations, including a new mix/master/production room, as well as a custom desk, which will be completed in June.

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

COOL PONY MEDIA USES THE BOX TO CREATE MUSIC “HAND-DIPPED IN API SECRET SAUCE”

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS: Located outside Dallas, Cool Pony Media is a record label and artist development company that works with various music genres, as well as score-to-picture work. Brothers and co-founders, Mark and Mike Stitts, recently did a massive upgrade in part of their studio, with help and guidance from API. The team now uses THE BOX console on a daily basis for writing, tracking, creating stems, and mixing.

“We’re amazed,” shares Mark. “We have quite a bit of other API outboard gear, EQ’s, compressors, channel strips, and summing. THE BOX integrates seamlessly. I often wonder – mustn’t there be elves inside creating some kind of magic here?”

The duo was looking to upgrade their composing room when they first heard about the new small-format console from API. “It was really a no-brainer. The sound and flexibility of a full-fledged API console, with that footprint? We must be dreaming, right? BOOM! This thing is a complete home run!”

The brothers have been creating and recording professionally since the 1980s, and say that not much has changed other than the technology. Their careers have included production work for labels, children’s albums, independent artists, and beyond. The experience they’ve had so far with THE BOX stacks up well with their previous experience with the brand. “We’ve always been API fans. The sound is just so fantastic and unique. I remember the first time we ran audio through anything API. It was so dramatic. The punch, depth, clarity, presence – it was almost like removing wool blankets from in front of the speakers. THE BOX is more of the same.”

Cool Pony purchased the gear earlier this year, and appreciated the support they received during commissioning. “The packaging was impeccable, and the support is off the chain. These guys really are the Apple of the recording console industry. We couldn’t recommend API or THE BOX more highly.”

Designed for home and professional studios of all sizes, THE BOX delivers the classic sound that API is known for, and handles all the functions needed for production not provided by most DAWs. “All the releases from Cool Pony Media are hand-dipped in API secret sauce. It’s very much the Swiss Army knife of audio production. Really, THE BOX is the kind of piece you wonder how you ever lived without.”

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

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Mark Stitts with THE BOX console at Cool Pony Media; (bottom) Mike Stitts with the large array of API modules at Cool Pony Media.

Jesse French Wins the Chance To Convert To Prism Sound

Delicious Audio subscriber Jesse French is now the proud owner of a Prism Sound Titan audio interface after taking part in a competition that ran in a recent edition of the online newsletter ((http://audio.thedelimagazine.com/).

“I wanted to upgrade my audio interface and when I saw the competition I realised this was the perfect opportunity,” Jesse French says. “I’ve researched the company’s products and I’m very excited about winning a Titan.”

Internationally acclaimed company Prism Sound specialises in manufacturing high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the broadcast, film, music production and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the award-winning 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’s family of audio interfaces includes Orpheus, Lyra (I and II), Atlas and Titan, which was launched to huge critical acclaim at the AES Convention in New York in October 2013. This multi-channel 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. Titan has eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs and 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. The unit also features Prism Sound’s new MDIO interface miniature expansion slot, which can be used to expand its connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

For Jesse French, the opportunity to own a Prism Sound audio interface couldn’t come at a better time as he is soon to graduate from Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he has been studying music performance and production.

“I am currently working on my thesis, which is on alternative ways to distribute music online,” he explains. “I also play in a band – Young Tricksters (http://youngtricksters.bandcamp.com/) – and I plan on continuing to play out and record after a graduate.”

Prior to acquiring his Titan, Jesse was using a low end 8-channel interface and running Logic. The ability to record 16 channels means that he can now upgrade his recording set up.

“When I heard I’d won the competition, it took a while to sink in,” he says. “I didn’t really believe it until the unit arrived and now I’m really excited to own it and want to say a big thank you to everyone at Prism Sound and Delicious Audio who made this possible.”

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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

LATEST ALBUM FROM JAMES HOUSE RECORDED WITH API’s THE BOX

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 2014: With a resurgence of his country music hits from the 1990s, singer/songwriter/producer James House is keeping busy with a new album which was just released, and a sold-out sixteen-show tour throughout the UK. While recording tracks for Broken Glass/Twisted Steel, James wanted to achieve the classic “API sound” from the comfort of his home studio in Nashville – Dream On Studios. To attain the specific sound he had in mind, James rented API’s THE BOX from Blackbird Rentals for the summing of the album’s final mixes.

The project began at Ben’s Studio in Nashville, where each of the tracks was recorded on two-inch tape through a classic API 3232 console. The tape was then sent to James’ home studio, where he recorded the vocals, guitar overdubs, and mixing. While he was at Ben’s Studio, James heard tracks that were cut for an early demonstration of THE BOX. “It sounded like classic, warm API,” recalls James. “I’m a big fan of API in the first place, which is one of the reasons why we cut at Ben’s Studio.”

Noting the design and layout of THE BOX, James appreciates how the small-format console is portable, yet creates a classic API sound. “Without it, I would have had to rent a studio with an API console to sum the record. With THE BOX, I was able to rent it for two or three days and take my time summing and getting all the versions of the mixes. The size and design fills a gap between tracking in a commercial studio and in a smaller home studio.”

James recalls that the sixteen summing channels were a key factor that drew him to the console, as well as the overall quality and clarity it helped him achieve. “I just A/B’d the record with one of my earlier records, and it has a punch and presence that I love.” The first single off the album, titled “Every Time It Rains,” has already earned airtime on top country stations, and the song’s presence is growing with the release of its music video.

“I knew THE BOX was a smart idea,” said James. “The mixes gelled exactly like we hoped they would.”

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

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