SAN FRANCISCO: The 129th AES Convention will open with a bang on Thursday, Nov. 4, when veteran engineer/producer and studio owner Robert Margouleff presents the event’s Keynote Address at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Margouleff will bring his unique perspective of more than 40 years working in pro audio in an address titled “What The Hell Happened?” He plans to examine the influence of fast-paced technological developments on creativity – both for better and for worse – and the creative artist’s needs in a technological world.
“Yes, we’ve had a digital revolution in music and film, shifting power away from a few big companies and toward greater access,” says Margouleff. “But we must not forget the importance of collaboration among talented artists, engineers and business people that built an entertainment industry that changed the world.” more…
Registration Information & Exhibitors List Now Online
SAN FRANCISCO: As preparations for the 129th AES Convention enter the final weeks of a full year of planning, Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Jim McTigue have announced that the Preliminary Calendar of Events is now live at http://www.aes.org/events/129/calendar/calendar.cfm The convention is set for Nov. 4-7 at SF’s Moscone Center. more…
New open-backed headphones with titanium-plated drivers, velvet ear pads and Neutrik connectors feature an airy & transparent sound
Murrieta, Calif. – (September 13, 2010) â€“ Ultrasone Inc., distributor for German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG, is proud to debut the only open-backed headphone in its legendary PRO Series, the PRO 2900. For the first time ever, Ultrasone is releasing both a standard, single cable version and a balanced, double cable version of a pair of headphones. With the PRO 2900, Ultrasone has struck a balance between powerful and accurate sound production, with the airy and natural sound characteristics of an open-backed headphone. more…
â€” Turnkey Monitor Tuning Protocol Provides World Class Performance Even in Nightmare Acoustic Environments â€”
Nashville, TN: Continuing the trend of the engineer / producer / musician / songwriter needing his or her own studio, Nashvilleâ€™s Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith, TobyMac) accepted an invitation to become part of a larger studio complex that housed several other artists, engineers and producers. The space he was given was a former overdub booth that would be his control room. The list of egregious acoustic anomalies included a small lopsided cone-shaped room; a commercial dropped ceiling; and only high frequency absorption with a little foam in two corners. â€œNo matter what positioning I tried with the speakers, the center imaging was vague and I just couldnâ€™t find any low end,â€? says Lee, â€œeven though my monitors were specâ€™ed to go down to 45Hz. I used a small subwoofer and that just confused the issue, adding a one-note bass quality to the sound.â€?
Enter Carl Tatz Design (CTD) and the PhantomFocusâ„¢ System monitor tuning enhancement protocol that was able to essentially ignore the room problems. â€œI love tough rooms like this because the transformation is so dramatic,â€? explains Tatz. more…
Expanded Focus On New Loudness Initiatives, Stream Formats & Facility Design
SAN FRANCISCO: “In his 22nd consecutive turn as AES Convention Broadcast & Streaming Sessions Chair, David Bialik continues to develop significant, timely, and informative events. He sets the content bar higher and consistently exceeds his own standards,” states AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler, Jim McTigue and I are confident that our Broadcast and Streaming event attendees will find eminently useful information at each of these sessions,” Furness adds.
“In support of our commitment to widen our focus on vital issues the 129th Convention will link three panels in a dedicated Streaming Track,” Bialik says. “In just the past 12 months since our last convention we have witnessed the rapid, almost universal embrace of Streaming. The resolution of issues such as Stream Formats are becoming increasingly urgent. The AES Convention represents an ideal forum for these discussions,” Bialik concludes. more…
Studio Concepts, Gear and the Physics of Sound by Jim Pavett is now available worldwide
Ontario, Canada (September 14, 2010) â€“ ASK Video Interactive Media, a leading creator of software tutorials on DVD, is now shipping The Studio Edge: Pro Audio Recording Series Tutorial on DVD, announced in July. This first installment, entitled Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound, is designed to give home recording enthusiasts the solid grounding in audio engineering and sound recording that are crucial to success in the studio.
â€œIf you’re starting to put together a studio and are feeling overwhelmed with everything around you,â€? says Steve Kostrey, President of ASK Video, â€œlet us help you out by teaching you the fundamentals of audio so you’ll never feel like an alien in your own studio again.â€? more…
SADiE 6 Official Release to include iZotope Plug-ins
Cambridge, UK: Prism Sound, manufacturer of the SADiE product range of high-end DAWs, is delighted to announce a major addition to its new SADiE 6 release. In a deal just announced with iZotope, all SADiE 6 systems will include an expanded audio effect feature set powered by iZotope technology. These features will include:
Chorus & Flanger
Simple Mastering (including EQ, reverb, exciter, widener, loudness maximize)
New Soundminer HD Plus Asset Management System to include iZotope 64-bit Sample Rate Conversion Engine for world-class sound quality, speed, and efficiency
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands â€“ IBC â€“ iZotope, an industry leading audio digital signal processing company, has licensed their acclaimed 64-bit Sample Rate Conversion Engine (SRC) to Soundminer for integration into their new HD Plus Asset Management System and is also scheduled to be added to an upcoming release of their noted V4/V4pro product. The partnership will provide Soundminer customers with world-class quality sample rate conversion and improved file transfer speeds with efficient operation for low demand on processing (CPU) power.
“By partnering with iZotope to enhance our batch processing, we were able to more than double our transfer speeds,” explained Steve Pecile, President of Soundminer. “iZotope’s technology allowed us to achieve these results without compromising the level of quality our customers expect.” more…
Renegade Media Group Announces BLAST: Modern Urban Production Tools Vol. 1 and 2
Producer Bobbybass brings you the sounds of Jay Sean, Lil Wayne, Sean Paul, and Lil Jon
New York City â€“ Renegade Media Group, a leading sample library company founded by producers Josh Harris and Bobbybass, announces BLAST: Modern Urban Production Tools Vol. 1 and 2, two new sample libraries chock full of kits, sounds, and loops. Bobbybass himself used sounds from this very library on the #1 billboard, 3x platinum single Jay Seanâ€™s â€œDownâ€? featuring Lil Wayne and â€œDo You Rememberâ€? featuring Sean Paul and Lil Jon.
â€œWith so many bad libraries flooding the market, our goal was to provide with street-certified sounds that are actually usable in productions,â€? said Bobbybass. â€œHow do I know the content in BLAST is up to the task? I use it in my own work with some of the top artists in the industry today.” more…
Sonnox Broadcast & Post Collections Available At 30% Discount thru Oct. 31
OXFORD, UK: UK-based plug-in developer Sonnox is introducing two unique Oxford plug-in collections geared towards the broadcast and post-production sectors.
Company Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames reports Sonnox Broadcast is a collection of world-class plug-ins specifically selected to provide broadcasters with a set of high-quality precision tools for processing audio. “We have bundled our popular Oxford EQ and Dynamics plug-ins along with the Limiter and it’s comprehensive metering; the Inflator to maximize loudness and the Oxford SuprEsser for correcting problematic frequencies. These proven plug-in tools will enable broadcast engineers to dramatically improve the quality of virtually any program segment.” Sonnox Broadcast is offered at a 30% introductory discount through Oct. 31, 2010. During this period the TDM format price is $1,342. and Native is $685. more…