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Dobbs Stanford Wins Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products presented Dobbs Stanford Corporation with the Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award at the sales meeting prior to InfoComm 2014.

Based in Dallas, TX, Dobbs Stanford represents Middle Atlantic for the Commercial AV Market in Texas (except El Paso), Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Asked to comment on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Manager John Stenzel said, “Dobbs Stanford did great job with incredible growth last year, not just in Texas, but all of their territory. Their knowledgeable and seasoned staff has the long-term relationships, technical expertise and product knowledge that drives sales, especially for our corporate meeting room solutions and power products.”

Photo caption (left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Middle Atlantic; David Shauberger, Stan Thomas, Pete Blair, Terry Rountree, Fred Dobbs, Joe Piland, Darrell Clingman and Jacob McDaniels, Dobbs Stanford; John Stenzel, Bill Poling Middle Atlantic

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

White Mark Designs A New Foley Studio At Moscow’s CineLab

Studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd played an important role in creating a new Foley studio for Russia’s state of the art film sound facility CineLab Ltd. Unashamedly designed to be the best in the world, CineLab’s Foley studio is already attracting projects from both local and international clients.

Based in Moscow and housed in a completely renovated former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River, CineLab already has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres, a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work, multiple edit and pre-production suites and sound design rooms. Three of CineLab’s dubbing theatres have Dolby Premier Licenses, and one of these was recently upgraded by White Mark to Dolby Atmos 3D spec.

The facility’s new Foley studio was designed to cater for two very distinctive approaches to Foley recording, says CineLab’s Managing Director Vadim Nerukov.

“Some Foley artists want to close mic everything and then add effects, compression, reverb, etc. afterwards in the control room,” he explains. “Others prefer a more ‘naturalistic’ approach where they use the space and air in the room and real reflections from the walls. In our opinion neither approach is the best – they are simply different. We wanted a room that could cope with both.”

To achieve this result, White Mark worked closely with internationally acclaimed and award-winning Foley artist and sound designer Nicolas Becker, whose credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, Oliver Twist, The Ghost and Venus In Furs, all directed by Roman Polanski.

White Mark’s managing director, David Bell says: “We designed and built the room from scratch, including every conceivable kind of indoor and outdoor surface. We also incorporated motorized ceiling panels and wall curtains that can be used to modify the room acoustics, and a special floor mounted on acoustic pads that can be tuned to different frequencies by tightening or loosening screws.

Bell adds that White Mark obviously included a conventional control room in its design but after speaking to Becker and watching him work, the company also positioned an additional mixing and recording area in the centre of the live room with a line of sight into each of the studio’s four working zones.

“This dedicated space allows the artists like Nicolas who prefer to work naturally to move around the studio and create sounds to the picture in real time,” David Bell says. “The picture is projected onto screens and the engineer working with him has five microphone positions at his disposal and can literally mix live, building up each scene, sound by sound.”

White Mark installed a 5.1 surround sound system in the Control Room, while the live room, which has four screens in different positions, has a theatrical-style loudspeaker system (Left-centre-Right) behind the main screen. This allows the Foley artist to work to picture and hear exactly what a cinema audience will ultimately hear.

Naturally the studio is filled with props and devices to create new sounds – and there is a dedicated large storage room with a car access dock so that bigger props can be brought in.

“This is, without doubt, the most impressive Foley room I’ve ever seen – and certainly the most impressive we’ve ever built,” David Bell adds. “Of course, having carte blanche to create something special did help – as did the fact that CineLab was effectively built from the ground up so we could incorporate features like the very thick cast concrete floor, incorporating deep pits and water pools of different depths, and the loading dock very early on in the design process.”

Vadim Nerukov says that completing CineLab’s Foley studio involved the most innovation in terms of ideas, design and workflow.

“As our design partner, White Mark has achieved great results with all of the rooms in the facility,” Nerukov says. “In our view they are the best acoustic design company on the market and we’re thrilled with the Foley room – it is quite simply magnificent.”

Recent projects undertaken at CineLab include the mix for the feature film Stalingrad, carried out by Vincent Arnardi, and the mix for Viy, carried out by four times Oscar winning sound engineer Bob Beemer. CineLab has also recently completed the Russian dub of The Amazing Spiderman 2, one of the first projects to take place in its newly accredited Dolby Atmos theatre.

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About White Mark:

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

SCOTT PETITO PRODUCTIONS ADDS A 1608 CONSOLE “THE BEST PIECE OF GEAR FROM API”

WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK – JULY 2014: Musician, audio engineer, and studio owner Scott Petito has roots in the jazz and acoustic genres that go back to the early 1980s. His studio, Scott Petito Productions, has worked with major acts including James Taylor, Keith Richards, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, and Brian Setzer. In an effort to return to his roots in analog recording, Scott consulted Alto Music in Middletown, New York, who directed him toward an API 1608.

“It’s the best piece of gear I have ever used from API,” said Scott. “I have mixed on the Vision and Legacy consoles, as well as several vintage consoles. This has that same sound, but in a compact, simple and reasonable affordable design. It’s new, reliable, and has a great warranty.” The console has 24 channel inputs and 32 slots, providing over 48 reruns from Pro Tools. “It quickly became clear that it’s the only choice for uncompromising analog sound, and a familiar character and layout.”

With a degree from Berklee College of Music and countless hours in the studio, the sound generated by the 1608 is held to a high standard by Scott. “I already can feel and hear the added depth and dimensionality. It makes it easier to get what I want, I use fewer plug-ins, and being a smaller footprint the short signal path is always pristine and clear. It also has great headroom.”

Also among his favorite features and functions, Scott appreciates the Channel Strip and lunchbox implementation. “It lets me keep a lot of flavors on hand. The routing is wonderful. We have everything coming up on the patchbay.”

Scott and his crew wasted no time in getting to know the capabilities of the 1608. “The first session even before everything was wired to the patchbay or furniture was installed, we recorded a new album with Tony Levin, the bassist for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson among others. It’s turning out great! We are now mixing it.”

Next, the new 1608 will be used to mix the new album from Mercury Rev, whose fourth studio album Deserters Song was voted as one of the top twenty most influential albums of the last twenty years by Mojo Magazine. Scott will also use the new console to mix a new album of his own.

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

PLATINUM MIX ENGINEER ERIC RACY DEPENDS ON METRIC HALO PLUG-INS IN THE STUDIO AND ON THE ROAD WITH KATY PERRY

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Eric Racy made his entrance into the world of high-profile mixing and producing via the underground world of dance music, a pivot that allowed him to leverage skills and perspective honed by the diverse tones and influences of EDM. He has gone on to mix Robin Thicke, Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell, and Busta Rhymes, along with dozens of other big name artists, and a host of indie and underground artists that deserve to have “big” names. His intuitive, yet technically precise mixing on Tyga’s “Faded” helped propel it to Platinum status, and his affable nature and unfailing ability to work magic with all things audio earned him mission-critical playback positions on tours with 2NE1 and, most recently, Katy Perry. He’s also half of boutique analog signal processing manufacturer Black Box Analog Design and thus aware of tone on a level transcending that of most mix engineers. Racy’s faithful reliance on Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, which has been present on most channels on every (yes, every) song he has mixed since discovering it four years ago, speaks to ChannelStrip’s unique musicality and usability.

“ChannelStrip is incredible,” Racy stated flatly. “I’ve used it on every single mix since I discovered it. Although I go out of the box for EQ sweetening on a few critical channels, everything else that needs equalization gets Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip. In fact, those critical channels often get ChannelStrip, too.” Racy has an established methodology in which ChannelStrip plays a key role. When he first opens up a new mix, he combs through each channel, carefully listening for unpleasant resonances and low or high frequency content that can be filtered out. He uses ChannelStrip to then notch out the resonances and filter the unnecessary extremes.

“I’ve tried this with a million plug-ins and outboard EQs,” he said, “but nothing is as effective as Metric Halo ChannelStrip. It doesn’t mangle the audio around the notch or filter, and it doesn’t make it sound like there’s a hole in the frequency range. It gets rid of the annoying frequencies and content, and it does it transparently.” For vocals, Racy often automates the notch frequency to keep the resonance from peeking out when the vocalist changes his or her mouth shape. “The results are well worth the effort,” he said. “Nothing else I’ve found can compare with this technique.”

Similarly, Racy claims to obtain results with the keyed gate on ChannelStrip that he cannot get with any other plug-in or hardware. “I love that I can adjust the key on the gate and that those adjustments are so effective,” he said. “I’ve been working on a forthcoming Killbot album, which involves members of Korn, Sluggo, and Tyler Blue making some aggressive rock meets dubstep. As with any live recording, there’s tons of bleed on the live drums (especially the snare and toms), and – as almost always happens with drum kits – any drum or cymbal can accidently trigger any other drum’s gate. It’s a mess that often required hand-editing in the past; no other gate could get it right. But with Metric Halo ChannelStrip, I can effectively key each drum’s gate so that it only opens for its intended target. I know that other gates have that same functionality, but none of them work nearly as well as ChannelStrip.”

Racy has all of the software and hardware tools he could want in his LA-based studio, but he knew he wouldn’t have access to that gear if he took the job building the audio tracks and doing Pro Tools playback on the Katy Perry “Prismatic World Tour.” “I’m a mix engineer first and foremost, and I certainly didn’t want to give that up on the road,” he said. “Metric Halo plug-ins formed one of the essential components of my mobile rig; ChannelStrip of course, but also Metric Halo’s Character plug-in. Given everything they can do, the Metric Halo plug-ins are very efficient and wouldn’t drain DSP resources on my native rig.”

He continued, “The Character plug-in is great. It models different kinds of analog signal paths, and just like real high-end studio hardware, the effect is critical, but also subtle. Placing different Character settings on a few different channels really adds up to something. It was especially useful to have on the road when I didn’t have access to my outboard gear, but I’ve continued to find plenty of uses for it now that I’m back in my studio.” Racy looks forward to dipping into the rest of Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins as time in his busy schedule permits.

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

SWEDEN’S UNIVERSITY OF ÖREBRO INSTALLS AN API 1608

ÖREBRO, SWEDEN: With 17,000 students, the University of Örebro is one of the fastest growing universities in Sweden. Its school of music, theatre and art provides the growing student body with an array of course subjects, including recording music technology. In its quest to prepare students for moving on to a modern recording studio, the university has commissioned an API 1608 console.

Situated in the heart of Sweden, the university’s proximity to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo offer students a wide range of cities to seek employment after graduation. It is a young, modern and rapidly growing university with an ambitious agenda for the future. The university also offers courses in English and a foreign exchange program, attracting students from across the globe.

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

FIREHOUSE 12 UPGRADES TO AN API LEGACY PLUS CONSOLE

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT: Firehouse 12, a recording studio, live music venue, and record label, located in New Haven, Connecticut, recently commissioned a 32-channel Legacy Plus console. The 24-bus, 12 aux, dual-input console replaces the API Legacy that had previously been installed.

In April, a team of API engineers and service technicians accompanied the console to Connecticut, and the team remained on hand for several days to ensure a smooth transition as the console was integrated into the newly-renovated control room.

“Prior to the Legacy Plus, I had an API Legacy installed at Firehouse 12,” shares studio owner Nick Lloyd, who has a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from neighboring Yale University. “I fell in love with the sound of that console, but realized that the flow and layout of the control room would benefit from a smaller footprint board. The 32-input Legacy Plus provides that smaller size, along with significant workflow enhancements over the Legacy.”

Located in the Ninth Square District of New Haven, Firehouse 12 is an integral part of the southern New England music scene. Nick and his crew record music in a variety of styles, but tend to work on improvised music and jazz. The commissioning of the new console is part of a larger renovation and upgrade to accommodate longer-term residential bookings at Firehouse 12. The acoustics in the main recording space remain pristine, and can accommodate anything from a rock band to the most delicate acoustic music. Equipped with its own bar, the venue also hosts live shows with up to seventy-five audience members.

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

STUDIO MUSICIAN, PRODUCER, AND SONGWRITER SETH GLASSMAN ADDS DAKING FET III TO HIS STUDIO

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Seth Glassman is an accomplished bass player and multi-instrumentalist whose thirty-plus year career has included work and performances with James Brown, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, and literally dozens of other industry luminaries of equal star-power, along with hundreds of wildly talented musicians who populate the vanguard in their respective genres. He is currently the musical director and band leader for 1960s icon Darlene Love. Like many musicians who have a knack and interest in the technical side of things, Glassman branched out into songwriting and production decades ago. He maintains a well-equipped project studio in his New York City home that includes his go-to Daking preamps and compressors, which were recently supplemented by a borrowed Daking FET III compressor to mix a forthcoming album by all-girl power trio New Myths.

“Although I started out strictly as a musician and continue to play that role, I always had an interest in producing and writing songs,” Glassman said. “Being a studio musician put me in the privileged position of watching some of the best songwriters, producers and engineers in the world work their magic. Early on, I made a conscious effort to be a sponge – to pay attention and soak up all of their knowledge, perspectives and techniques. As I got older, I deliberately moved into songwriting and production and put everything I learned into action.”

Glassman grew to know Geoff Daking, maker of Daking gear, as they repeatedly crossed paths in NYC studio sessions: Glassman on bass and Daking behind the console. “I really respect that Geoff is a musician [he played in the 1960s platinum-selling band Blues Magoos], a sound engineer, and an electrical engineer,” said Glassman. “He knows what good music sounds like, and he understands the entire path, from the instruments, through the gear, to the final product. That obviously had – and continues to have – a huge influence on how he designs gear. For example, he selected the center frequencies on his EQs based on his decades of experience behind the console. Those are the frequencies that would be most useful for him if he were using the gear.”

Glassman is a self-avowed microphone junkie, a partial consequence, he says, of the fact that no microphone is ideal for every singer. “Vocal microphones are a study in themselves. There’s a magic that can work between a vocalist and a microphone, and it’s stunning when it happens. The sound becomes almost holographic; it has dimension and texture. Of course, that helps the vocals sit prominently in the mix.” Although certain microphones, like his Bock U99, more commonly deliver that magic, there is enough variation and enough surprise that Glassman, as a rule, tries out all his pricey vocal mics on every new singer that comes into his studio.

In contrast however, Glassman has learned that the best preamp for vocals will always be his Dakings, which stands head and shoulders above his other big name preamps. “Geoff’s preamps have a body and clarity that’s unmatched,” he said. “His preamps sound better on more instruments and with more microphones than any other preamp I’ve ever used. It’s a totally different situation from the mics, where I always have to try them all out. Geoff’s preamps always sound the best.” In fact, Glassman seldom goes to any other preamp unless he has too many inputs to use just his Dakings. He also has early model Daking FET limiters that he uses as an insert on his stereo bus whenever he mixes with his Pro Tools HD system, citing its transparent but effective dynamics control, provided he doesn’t push it too far (“It’s easy to get an affected sound by driving it, which is exactly what you want for some other uses,” he clarified).

Glassman’s work with New Myths is in his blood. His daughter, Rosie Slater, plays drums with the band in the space between her live and studio work with other artists. “It’s a very textually sophisticated album,” he said, “and getting the drums to fit within that tonally and dynamically was challenging and critical. With my Daking compressor on the mix bus, I tried all of the other tools in my arsenal to get the drums where I wanted them to be, but to no avail.” Glassman called in a favor and got a loaner Daking FET III Stereo Compressor from Geoff via Daking’s U.S. distributor, TransAudio Group. “The FET III gave me the sound I was after. The drums had control but they weren’t noticeably squashed-sounding. After some early criticisms of the drum sound, Rosie loved how things came together with the Daking FET III.”

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 Chairworks Adds To Its Prism Sound Roster

Castleford-based The Chairworks, the north of England’s largest residential recording studio complex, has bought two more Prism Sound ADA-8XR multi-channel AD/DA converters to add to its growing roster of the units.

“We’ve got six now,” comments Studio Manager Ryan Jarvis. “We have 32 in 64 out, and everyone who comes here uses them and comments that Prism Sound are the best converters they’ve ever heard.”

The Chairworks has invested heavily in its facilities recently and is proud of the fact that its 96 channels of immaculate Prism Sound ADA-8XR conversion help artists to capture their performances perfectly through a large selection of first class microphones and vintage pre-amps. Recent credits include ex Beautiful South members Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot’s What Have We Become, Skindred’s Kill the Power, British Steam Power, and even the entire Grimethorpe Brass Band.

Constructed in a late nineteenth century Victorian factory, The Chairworks has been careful to utilise all the space at its disposal. Its phenomenally well-equipped Studio A control room now looks through into its newest live room, which in turn leads into another large space with multiple booths and ‘more keyboards than you can shake a stick at’.

“We finished the new live room, designed by studio legend John Wood, last year,” says Jarvis. “It features a double height ceiling and a large diamond-shaped window. It’s perfect for things like orchestral work. And while the Prism Sound converters are great for everything because of the level of detail you can hear, they’re really good for that,” he adds.

Studio A’s control room is built around an immaculately maintained SSL 4000 G+ with flying faders, Total Recall and Ultimation. To this are added the six ADA-8XRs, a Konnektor synchroniser and several racks of vintage outboard gear.

“To be honest, I think we have enough ADA-8XRs for the moment,” says Jarvis. “Besides, they’re so reliable we don’t need back-ups and the after-sales support from Prism Sound is fantastic. But the ADA-8XRs are fantastic too. What comes out is exactly the same as what goes in, you cannot tell the difference and I don’t know of any other convertor that does that. It’s just completely transparent.”

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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

ADVERTISING AND POST STUDIO, MICAH KOVACS AUDIO, WINS AWARDS USING A METRIC HALO ULN-2 INTERFACE

BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK: Although the path to Micah Kovacs’ relatively new and successful freelance venture, Micah Kovacs Audio, was not clear to him at the outset, his dedication, professionalism, and knack for making audio work transparently with images guided him down it, nonetheless. Already, his ten-plus years in the advertising and film post industry have earned him Addy, Promax, and Mercury awards, and several awards at juried film festivals. His clients include the Sundance Channel, VH1, L’Oreal, Verizon, NBC, and many other high-profile brands. Whether working out of his home studio for smaller projects or temporarily relocating to a client’s facility for more involved projects, Kovacs relies on the superlative audio quality and reliability of his Metric Halo ULN-2 mic-preamp/converter to maintain a pristine signal path at all times. Moreover, Metric Halo’s commitment to future-proofing the ULN-2 with software and, when necessary, firmware upgrades – together with Metric Halo’s commitment to making the ULN-2 work robustly with any and every piece of audio software in the Mac universe – guarantees that Kovacs’ investment will continue to work for him indefinitely.

Like so many in the audio industry, Kovacs stumbled across recording technology while in a high school band. “I was fascinated by the process of recording very early on,” he said. “In college, I joined some other bands and we recorded ourselves with 4-tracks or with digital workstations when they were available. It wasn’t anything close to what I do these days; we weren’t using Pro Tools, for example. But the craft of recording and mixing captivated me.” An art major, Kovacs gravitated toward video in his coursework and secured an internship at a video post-production house after graduating. He worked his way up from production assistant to assistant video editor. “The whole time, I was the go-to guy for any audio work that needed to be done,” he recalled. “I really enjoyed the mix process and learned, through my work there, that there were companies dedicated solely to audio for video.”

From there, Kovacs took a job at NYC’s Pink Noise, where he worked his way up from glorified runner to head engineer in a span of eight years. Then he took a position at NYC’s Verbatim Sound as head engineer and music producer, and a while later – sated with industry contacts and know-how – he shifted to full-time freelance under the Micah Kovacs Audio flag. “Going freelance, I knew I had to upgrade my audio hardware,” Kovacs said. “Most of the audio interfaces on the market, including the one I owned at the time, had a nasty reputation for quickly becoming obsolete as computers and audio software progressed. I needed something that would be portable and more accepting of software upgrades. Moreover, I work with a number of audio programs, including Pro Tools and Nuendo, and I wanted something that would work seamlessly with all of them, now and in the future.”

He continued, “The Metric Halo ULN-2 was the natural choice. Metric Halo is famous for supporting its products [original versions of the company's first interface, the 2882, are still supported for all the latest Mac hardware and software]. In addition, its sound quality and reliability are consistently praised as among the best on the market.” With countless hours logged at his earlier jobs, Kovacs learned what gear was indispensible and what was not. He outfitted his personal studio with a lean, but powerful collection of gear that could travel when necessary. A small rack of outboard gear serves a variety of functions and interacts with a MacBook Pro and iMac via the ULN-2. The ULN-2 also sends signal from the computers to the gear and to a pair of KRK monitors and a pair of Yamaha NS-10s. On the far front end, Kovaks maintains a collection of studio-grade musical instruments for use in original recordings. When necessary, Kovacs can move his studio to a client’s space to complete long-term or quick turnaround jobs.

Understandably, Metric Halo’s free audio routing software, MIO Console, plays a large role in Kovacs’ setup. “I love MIO Console,” he said. “With it, I can switch between my monitors internally, and I can route signals in elaborate ways between internal software programs and my external hardware. I also like the processing the ULN-2 ships with; I’ve been experimenting a lot with the ‘Character’ signal path modeling plug-in. Finally, I was pleased with the service I received from Metric Halo. There’s a ton to learn, especially with MIO Console, and the tech support zeroed in on my particular setup to get me up and running quickly. I had clients wanting service right away, so I didn’t have time to experiment. Metric Halo understood that.”

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

ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND USER CONTROL STREAMLINES NEW MICHIGAN FUNERAL HOME

HOMER, MICHIGAN: Long established in Michigan, the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home recently expanded to Homer, Michigan, where it purchased a small funeral home. Kempf immediately brought in contractors to revitalize the existing structure, which itself had originally been a residential house, and ordered an expansion to provide a modestly larger chapel than the existing 30’ x 15’ room. Local A/V firm Crookston Audio designed and installed a new sound reinforcement system for the new chapel and for the remodeled rooms. Based on its simplicity of installation, competitive pricing, and intuitive user interfaces, company president John Crookston specified an Ashly Pema 4125.70 integrated processor & four-channel amplifier together with Ashly RD-8C and WR-2 user controls.

“They originally asked for two zones, one for the new chapel and one for the existing chapel, the lobby, and the fellowship hall combined,” explained Crookston. “They wanted the ability to reinforce a small keyboard, a soloist, audio from DVD or CD, plus, of course, the spoken word from the person officiating the funeral or delivering a eulogy. Those inputs would be reinforced within the new chapel, and they would also be sent to the old chapel and the fellowship hall, which could serve as cry rooms or overflow. We explained that using four zones, one for each room, would give them greater flexibility, with the promise that using the system would be so intuitive that staff would be able to confidently negotiate source selection and volume control with little or no training.”

A two-rack space, four-channel Ashly Pema 4125.70 resides at the heart of the system and delivers 125 watts to each of the four 70-volt systems. The new chapel, which is still a modest 25’ x 35’, has four mic-level inputs, enough for soloists, vocalists, and spoken word. The audio system also takes input from the room’s CD and video sources. A single Community V2-28 two-way loudspeaker provides coverage in the new chapel, whereas Community D5 ceiling speakers provide coverage in the old chapel, the lobby, and the fellowship hall.

User control consists of two complementary controls. First, an Ashly RD-8C remote desktop fader bank allows anyone to sit within the new chapel and mix the input sources in real time. A single cable ties the RD-8C to the Pema 4125.70, which allows the operator to sit anywhere in the new chapel and discretely mix. Second, an Ashly WR-2 resides near the equipment rack and allows staff to send audio from the new chapel to any (or none) of the other rooms.

“As a contractor, I not only have to deliver a great final product, I also have to make money doing it,” Crookston laughed. “Ashly is a great help with that! Ashly equipment is totally reliable. We’ve been using it for years and never had a problem. Moreover, Ashly’s Protea™ signal processing software is common to the entire Ashly line. So my staff can learn Protea, which is quite intuitive, and then install any Ashly product in any size system. There’s no learning curve. As a result, all of our installations are predictable and as easy as they can be, which is the way I like it.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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