BASSBOSS Creates Custom DJ System for Red Bull and LANAI Rooftop Lounge

New booth as a centerpiece featuring awesome audio power, visual elegance and a very small footprint

Austin, TX (May 13, 2014)
– An elegant venue for dancing, relaxing and socializing, LANAI Rooftop Lounge in the heart of Austin, TX has great views, comfy couches, stylish décor and a diverse crowd that dances the night away to electronic and dance music. Their previous sound system and DJ booth took up far too much space and looked cluttered, without providing quality audio reproduction. LANAI and sponsoring partner Red Bull requested a custom design solution from BASSBOSS designer David Lee, who created a sound system in a DJ booth centerpiece that captures the aesthetic and offers sound that cleanly covers the entire room. The booth requires a very small footprint, leaving more room for customers and decor.

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“The list of technical details that went into making this project sound great and perform ideally for the space is even longer than the extensive list of aesthetic touches that were applied to make it beautiful,” said Lee. The BASSBOSS DJ booth/sound system incorporates a 12,000 W sound system into an elegantly crafted structure that serves as a platform not only for DJ equipment but also as a visual element that focuses attention. The main system components consist of a pair of 21-inch woofers, four 10-inch midrange drivers and two 1.4-inch exit compression drivers on iso-phasic waveguides. Also included is a DJ monitoring system that features dual 8-inch woofers and 1-inch exit compression drivers on tractrix waveguides. On the main system, a 3400 W amplifier module powers each of the 21-inch woofers. The midrange drivers are powered with 750 W each, or 1500 W per side, and the tweeters each have over 500 W available. For the monitors, each side has a 2 channel 700 W amplifier. Four discrete digital signal processors provide crossover, time alignment, equalization and limiter functions.

According to Lesliann Nemeth, LANAI’s Creative Director, the sound is now ideal for the space: “Since it is a custom-built system, we were able to have it set within the parameters of our outdoor music permit, which was a big issue for us before. It is amazing the level of sound we can get being that it is concentrated within the booth.”

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AES137 Los Angeles Convention Exhibitor Seniority Deadline This Friday, May 9, 2014

New York, NY, May 6, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society announces that this Friday, May 9, is the deadline to take advantage of special Seniority Booth Placement for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. This opportunity is available exclusively to past exhibitors, and companies are encouraged not to miss priority booth placement for the AES’s first convention in L.A. in 12 years. Recent conventions have shown strong growth and excitement among the AES community, and AES137 in L.A. is not to be missed.

The AES is deep into the planning stages for AES137, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the L.A. Convention Center, located in the heart of the revitalized downtown Los Angeles area known as L.A. Live.

The 137th Convention will celebrate all that is new and important in the field of audio in 2014. We are making this event even bigger and better than the New York convention, as we build our comprehensive schedule of technical sessions, training seminars and special events. For pricing options for exhibition booths and other methods of participating in the 137th Convention visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/exhibitors/

Remember, If It’s About Audio, It Will Be at AES137 in Los Angeles!

Sony Purchases New Consoles from Location Sound Corp.

Pro Audio Dealer Helps Sony Picture Studios Revamp Its Culver City Facilities

North Hollywood, CA (May 7, 2014) – Location Sound completed their largest Q1 sale to Sony Picture Studio’s Culver City, CA, which is undergoing a revamp of its production facility. Sony’s purchase of eight live sound consoles—five Soundcraft Vi4s, one Soundcraft Vi6, and two Yamaha CL5s— will be used for audience sound reinforcement as well as recording of production dialog.

Sony’s choice of Soundcraft Vi4 and Vi6 consoles carries forward some continuity as the company had employed earlier analog models of Soundcraft Series FIVE consoles. Aside from the consoles’ smaller footprint and extensive modern features, upgrading to the latest digital models allows them to tap into the extensive fiber optic and Dante network that is instlled between stages and studios in the complex.

Val Asuncion, Location Sound’s Assistant Sales Manager, has been working with the Sony revamp project since November 2013. “The consoles are part of Sony’s production sound packages that are rented for various shows produced on the Sony lot, as well as other lots around Southern California. Since they were familiar with the sound and ergonomics of Soundcraft consoles, the Vi Series seemed a perfect fit”, Val said. Soundcraft’s Tom Der points out the long-standing relationship Location Sound has with Sony “made them the natural go-to vendor” for the deal.

Sony also had specific integration requirements for the Yamaha consoles used on the stage where Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were taped. For this reason, Jonathan Peirson, Yamaha’s District Manager, brought in twoYamaha CL5s and Rio stageboxes, a system that offered the best solution for integrating with the existing infrastructure. Since the consoles will be used in portable applications on stages with frequent changes, its ease of use, size, and features—such as scene memory and networking capabilities—played heavily into the buying decision.

“Location Sound has been on the forefront of showing products that work on a Dante network. And having recently become a Yamaha CL dealer, we partnered with them to show these capabilities on the consoles. It turned out to be perfect timing as Sony was looking to upgrade to consoles that would support a Dante network”, said Peirson.

David A. Panfili, Location Sound’s CEO says “Sony’s complex system integration requirements also serve to reinforce our commitment to aligning ourselves with technologies that advance and enhance our clients’ sound recording capabilities.”

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 37 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound remains committed to providing sound professionals the equipment they need for their critical recording needs, while delivering unmatched support services before and after the sale.

Hal Leonard publishes Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age

Everything you knew about the music business has changed again!

Montclair, NJ (May 7, 2014) – Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age is a completely updated version of the best-selling Music 3.0, by Bobby Owsinski. With the addition of fresh interviews from several of today’s successful music industry innovators, Owsinski reveals new and proven pathways to success in the modern music world. Music 4.0 is for the musician overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending options of the fast evolving Internet, and along with some new high- and low-tech tips for inexpensive marketing and promotion, the book answers the following questions, and more:

- How are streaming music royalties determined and why is your payout less than you expected?
- Why is streaming music considered the savior of the music business by many industry insiders?
- How is money being made from YouTube and how you can benefit from its current “Wild West” mentality?
- Who are your customers and fans and how can you reach them?
- What are the most up-to-date ways of marketing your music in this new world?
- Who are the new industry players and why would they want to talk to you?
- What’s your brand and how do you develop it?
- How are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube best used as marketing tools specifically for your music?
- What are the new technologies being introduced that will influence how you sell and market your work?

Included in this new edition is a chapter about the new economics of streaming music, which includes information that simply can’t be found in one place anywhere else. Music 4.0 is an aggregation of concepts about the new music business in the Internet age and the information is organized and presented in a way everyone can understand.

Also available is Owsinski’s Social Media Promotions for Musicians – The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band, and Your Music Online. This book focuses on promoting your work via social networks and how to communicate with your fans and clients in the right way in various channels. The book reveals insider tips and tricks that will help to gain more fans and followers, increase views, and grow ticket and merchandise sales.

About the author
Producer/engineer BOBBY OWSINSKI is one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including The Music Producer’s Handbook, The Touring Musician’s Handbook, How to Make Your Band Sound Great, and many others. He is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on the new music business. His popular blogs have nearly 5 million visits, and he’s appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. More information at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com and bobbyowsinski.com. He lives in Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard

Music 4.0
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Social Media Promotion for Musicians
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Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru to Co-Host Pensado Awards

Acclaimed producer-engineers are the first co-hosts announced for inaugural awards show

Leading audio manufacturer sponsors to be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 7, 2014 — Three co-hosts have been announced for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound.” Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later. Co-hosting will be producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “The Pensado Awards have grown from a simple idea to a full-blown production. Our dream is really coming to fruition! We are very excited to have Chris, Marcella and Young Guru on board as co-hosts, with more names to come in the weeks ahead.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) stated, “We have had so many talented personalities featured on Pensado’s Place, and we are lucky to have these three as our newly-announced co-hosts. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the art of music-making, and together they represent the best of what the recording industry can offer the world.”

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

Lord-Alge stated, “Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick are like The Tonight Show of the audio world, bringing the men and women behind the board in front of the camera with the Pensado’s Place program. It’s an honor to be sharing their audience as part of the Pensado Awards, and my co-hosts and I look forward to participating in this special night.”

The Pensado Awards, announced to the industry mid-April, continues to gain momentum with support from leading industry figures and manufacturers. An extensive list of sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Chris Lord-Alge:
Chris Lord-Alge is a five-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer with a long career including work with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music: from Sugarhill Gang to Sugarland, from Michael Bublé to Green Day, from Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen, from Muse to Rise Against and many more. He is also a musician, a producer and the creator of essential modeled plug-ins and software for the next generation of audio professionals. With a love for music and a determination that is unstoppable, Lord-Alge has rightly earned his status as one of the today’s top engineering and producing minds.

About Marcella Araica:
Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica is one of the most noted females consistently working in the male-dominated field of Music Engineering. Immediately upon graduating from a top recording program, she earned a prestigious internship at The Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. Seeing her dedication and superior skills, super-producer Timbaland placed her in prime position in the studio with Missy Elliott, and Araica has never looked back. Just embarking upon her early 30’s, Marcella has recorded and/or mixed songs for such artists as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Joe Jonas and Missy Elliot, and collaborated with producers Timbaland, Danja and Polow Da Don. Credited for mixing over one hundred chart-topping tunes, her numerous prestigious accomplishments and coveted partnerships have set an astonishingly high bar in the music industry. She has been honored with two ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers) awards for her work on Keri Hilson’s single “Knock You Down,” and P!nk’s song “Sober,” as well as an ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award.

About Young Guru:
Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today and a respected ambassador for hip-hop music and culture. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of Hip-Hop’s brightest talents and revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z’s albums, and DJing on Jay-Z’s legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru’s importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru’s exceptional skills behind the boards. Other credits include work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam’ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I. and others. He has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject’s most distinguished and dignified speakers.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

RedNet Powers AV Operations at 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw

Los Angeles, CA, May 5, 2014 – Focusrite’s RedNet range of network audio interfaces are playing a key role in the live broadcast and recording of some of Brazil’s biggest entertainment events. Recently, Brazilian outside broadcast (OB) company Mix2Go invested in multiple RedNet units as part of their wider digital audio/visual network for the broadcast and recording of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw event.

Like most professionals working in live sound, remote recording and broadcast, sound engineers Daniel Reis and Beto Neves from Mix2Go have adopted Audinate’s Dante platform for all their networked audio. Their OB truck features a Dante-enabled Allen & Heath mixing console and stage racks, which route audio from the stage to any device connected to the Dante network. This enables the team to route signals to a multitude of different recording, mixing and live-broadcast systems simultaneously, while giving them the opportunity to upgrade and expand their network, simply by connecting more Dante devices to their gigabit switches.

Daniel is no stranger to Dante technology, or to the sound quality that Focusrite gear provides. “I started using Dante back when the Dolby Lake loudspeaker management system came out, and was amazed by how it gave you access to a whole new world. I’ve also used a lot of the Focusrite ISA products, so when I heard about RedNet, it was great news: finally a company committed to sound quality had invested in the best protocol available.”

Mix2Go use a RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A interface, the RedNet 3 32-channel digital I/O, a RedNet 6 MADI Bridge and three RedNet PCIe cards. “I need to give the option of delivering the program through MADI, AES/EBU or analog,” says Daniel. For the FIFA World Cup Final Draw, the team decided their RedNet 2 was an excellent choice to deliver the final live mixes to the video OB truck. They also used their RedNet 3 as an additional monitoring reference via the AES/EBU outputs.

Incorporating the RedNet gear into their somewhat complex setup was incredibly fast and simple, thanks to the straightforward nature of the Dante network and the rock-solid reliability of the RedNet interfaces. “Installing RedNet was very fast – plug-and-play – and almost idiot proof,” Daniel recalls.

One of the main benefits of using RedNet, and the wider Dante network, is its ability to send large amounts of audio over long distances with minimum cabling. The setup for the Final Draw event consisted of a large Dante network that linked two OB trucks parked in different locations outside the venue to the main stage. Two stage boxes (one primary and one backup) were located in the main arena, connected to gigabit network switches using Cat-6 cables. Signals from this stage rig were sent via multi-mode fiber cables to another pair of switches inside the music OB truck, about 150ft (50m) away. Inside the truck, the fiber signal was converted back to Ethernet and routed to two Mac Mini computers, which handled the multi-track recording, using Pro Tools and Audinate’s Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) driver. The signals from stage were also routed simultaneously to the live mix console, from where the final broadcast stems were then routed to RedNet 2, located inside the video OB truck, about 100ft (30m) away. Here, the stems were converted to analog then mixed with the rest of the event’s audio and added to the final video feed, which was then sent to a distribution truck to be broadcast to television stations all around the world.

After the event, Daniel was extremely happy with how the RedNet equipment performed. “The converters sound transparent and tight. RedNet has truly given us reliability and quality, and pride to have such amazing equipment from a brand that we truly respect.”

To check out Mix2Go and some of their other projects, head to www.mix2go.com.br.

For More information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

Blend Partners with Music Marcom

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Music collaboration network taps proven PR agency to amplify awareness

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Mixerman Updates Zen and the Art of Mixing

Hal Leonard publishes Rev 2 of popular mixing tome featuring new experiences, revelations, and updated gear section
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Sound Devices Latest Video and Audio Recorders Now Shipping

PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 Now Available

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 28, 2014 – Having first made their official debut at this year’s NAB Show, Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, announces its PIX 270i, PIX 250i and 970 are now shipping. After a successful launch only a few weeks ago, these rack-mounted products are now available through the Sound Devices network of authorized resellers and distributors.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events and mobile production. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for PIX 250i). Additionally, file transfer and machine control is available over gigabit Ethernet. Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Sound Devices 970 is the company’s first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of recording from Dante and MADI sources. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital.

The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

136th International AES Convention Makes Grand Opening in Berlin

— 138th International Convention announced to be held in Warsaw, Poland, Spring 2015 —

Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2014 — The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, opened today with healthy attendance at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Offering a wide variety of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, the Project Studio Expo, and more, the 136th AES Convention brings attendees the latest in professional audio innovations, as well as networking and educational opportunities with leaders in the industry. Additionally, AES Executive Director, Bob Moses, made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) taking advantage of it’s burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

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