Plug-in -- Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec
Microphone -- DPA Reference Series
Interface -- Merging Technologies Horus
Desk-Controller -- Smart AV Tango 2
Monitoring -- RCF Mytho 8
Dynamic -- Thermionic Culture Nightingale
Visual Controller -- Neyrinck V-Control Pro
DAW -- Presonus Studio One 2
Preamp -- Universal Audio 4-710d
Interconnect -- Radial Workhorse
EQ -- Maag Audio EQ4
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The Music Producers Guild’s Mastering Group has worked with the EBU to create an industry standard for embedding ISRCs within digital music files. This will make file identification and content tracking much easier and could help royalty agencies develop more precise systems for payments.
‘The new system is simple to implement and the MPG is encouraging workstation manufacturers and record companies to use BWF in preference to WAV as the standard specification for file exchange,’ said MPG Mastering Group board member and Alchemy mastering engineer Barry Grint. ‘Once adopted, this system will allow ISRC to flow through the whole production chain. iTunes and other aggregators will be able to pull the ISRC through during encoding and broadcast playout systems can easily be adapted to recognise the ISRC, making airplay reporting far more accurate.’
* The date for next year’s MPG Awards Ceremony at the Café de Paris, London is 7 February.
Following the acquisition of SoundField by TSL PPL, former owner Ken Giles and wife Laila Jantunen-Giles are retiring after amassing some 70 years combined experience in the pro audio business between them.
‘Audio has been my life,’ said Ken. ‘I've always put business first and for many years we've worked late into the evenings at the office. I really enjoy building companies and brands but I've always suggested to Laila that we'll embark on personal adventures, spend quality time together and enjoy some of the assets we've generated “later”. It occurred to me one evening while sitting alone in the office that as we're both approaching our mid-sixties “later” is actually now. Simple mathematics led me to the conclusion that with a bit of luck we could remain active and in reasonable health for around a further 10 years - so we'd better get on with it! As an industry colleague recently put it "time is our most precious resource" and when there's significantly more behind you than in front it sharpens the emphasis.’
‘Ken is hoping to go back to his creative side of recording and music and has some fledgling hobbies that he would like to develop further,’ said Laila. ‘I have my own creative projects that I am reluctant to talk about out of fear that they will never come to fruition! We are definitely not going to be bored. We are truly looking forward to waking up in the morning and deciding for ourselves what we are going to do that day.’
‘I will take with me the thought that I have provided a conduit that numerous young bright audio prospects have passed through,’ added Ken. ‘Some have become business owners or key people in larger organisations while others are world class sound engineers working with top acts. When I'm retired I'll draw comfort from the knowledge that they're still out there and the beat goes on.’
Now in its tenth year, industry search and recruitment business Interfacio has announced that Isabelle Wear has joined the company as director of business development for Europe. Isabelle joins husband and Interfacio founder Richard Wear after sixteen years working in sales and business management roles in the UK and Europe with Edirol, M-Audio and most recently Audio Technica.
Simon Blackwood has joined Digico as business development director. The newly created position is set to evolve into a key role, with Simon leading ‘an expanding direction for the company’. ‘He is going to bring a new dimension to our expertise base and will be instrumental in taking us into new areas,’ said Digico MD James Gordon.
River Studios in Southampton, UK has installed an SSL Matrix console with an accompanying range of SSL processing and I-O products to enhance all areas of its business, which includes a recording studio, rehearsal studio and voice and music tuition.
River Studios MD Gareth Henderson has spent a year transforming a 100-year-old disused hall into 18 purpose-built rooms spread over two floors with soundproofing, acoustic treatment, and technology. ‘We have many rooms here, so I wanted to create tie-lines to the recording studio and use lots of them simultaneously to record big projects,’ said Henderson. ‘Looking at the Matrix and its various options lead me to the Alpha-Link series; seeing that SSL were building A-D and D-A convertors using MADI it became obvious that a solution based on an SSL mixing desk with SSL outboard and mic pres, plus SSL I-O was an attractive way to build the heart of the studio.’
Twentieth Century Fox releases Taken 2 and Chasing Mavericks have been mixed and released in Dolby Atmos. Anticipating additional Dolby Atmos titles, Twentieth Century Fox is outfitting its Zanuck Theater postproduction facility with Dolby Atmos.
‘Twentieth Century Fox and Dolby have had a long and trusted history together,’ said Ted Gagliano, president of postproduction, Twentieth Century Fox. ‘It is therefore not surprising to me that the breadth of Dolby’s experience has given them a keen insight not just into the movie-going experience, but into the wants and needs of postproduction. This has obviously greatly influenced the vision of Dolby Atmos. Fox looks forward to enriching the cinematic experience with this latest innovation from Dolby.’
Television Technical Centre Ostankino for NTV-PLUS, a Russian subscriber satellite service broadcasting sports, news, movies, documentaries, and children's TV, as well as an HD service has bought two Artemis Beam consoles. The consoles have been networked together using Calrec's Hydra2 system allowing each console to access any I-O on the network.
‘We aspired to find a system to match the requirements of our broadcasting and production facilities,’ said Oleg Kolesnikov, CTO at NTV-PLUS. ‘We believe this choice offers the best answer for live sports productions and studio shows. NTV-PLUS is widely known as a technologically pioneering company in the Russian broadcast market, and this digital audio transition with Calrec allows us to maintain that position.’
Unity Audio has launched a hire division to cater for studio and live customers. Most of Unity Audio's lines will be available for hire including Burl Audio, Cartec Audio, Chandler Limited, Cloud, Earthworks, Elysia, Empirical Labs, Great River, Kush Audio, Little Labs, Telefunken, and Tonelux. Four-day week and 12-day month hire rates with discounts are available and these items will also be available through London based FX Rentals and Tickle hire.
Rik Simpson, Coldplay's coproducer and recording/mixing engineer, has bought a pair of the new Unity Audio Rock MkII active monitors. ‘I had the Rock MkIIs for evaluation and ended up using them to mix the entire forthcoming Coldplay live DVD. They've saved my ears, it's great that I can work at low levels for long periods and hear everything! The clarity and depth of perception is something that I've never expected to find on such a small speaker like The Rock.’
Producer Mike Crossey has added a pair of 3-way Boulders to his existing Unity Rock MkII upgraded 2-way monitors.
Lyra is based on the Orpheus interface and shares its audio path and clock circuitry but in a smaller package and at a lower price. Prism Sound plans to launch a number of variants of Lyra and has started with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design for class-compliant USB interfacing plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.
Lyra 1 offers two analogue input channels plus two D-A outputs and optical-only digital I-O. Lyra 2 offers two A-D input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four D-A output channels. Optical digital I-O and copper SPDIF are available together with Word clock I-O. Front panels have a master volume control assignable to selected output channels.
NTP Technology’s DAD AX32 audio convertor features flexible interface configuration and audio via IP Ethernet. Up to 32 channels can be housed in a 2U rackmount to accommodate larger multimicrophone arrays without needing to transport a second processor. All 32 microphone feeds can be connected back to the control room on a Cat5 cable via IP Ethernet. The Ethernet IP audio interface handles 512 channels and uses Audinate Dante as employed in the Penta 725 IP audio routing system. AX32 has AES-EBU and MADI I-O and is compatible with Pro Tools|HDX.
SSL has released 500-Series format modules of its E series dynamic and EQ.
ScreenSound ADR is designed to optimise and standardise Automatic Dialogue Replacement for film, Foley recording and local language replacement. It combines a suite of integrated software applications providing dialogue spotting and session preparation, session control and management and streamlined audio recording, with a host computer, I-O and Nucleus hardware control surface.
Nugen Audio and Dspecialists are collaborating on the development of a software plug-in offering upmixing/downmixing between stereo and 5.1 surround. The plug-in will use patented Isostem technology that delivers a surround stem that downmixes exactly to the original stereo.
Nugen will develop three versions of the plug-in: an upmix plug-in will provide upmix with flexible settings while the crossmix plug-in provides upmix as well as downmix; a third version will provide the extended functionality available in the Isostem expert model. The plug-ins will be AU/VST/RTAS/AAX-compatible.
Microtech Gefell has reissued the CMV 563 microphone from the 1950s complete with the M 7 S capsule designed by Georg Neumann. The valve preamp section is equipped with an EF 86 pentode working as a triode and the N 61 power supply is a traditional design in a classic case. It provides the operating voltage for the valve and it can be powered from any mains voltage between 115-230V/50-60Hz.
Focusrite’s portable Forte is a two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface that works with Mac and PC. It has two remote control mic preamps, as used in Focusrite's RedNet range, and 24-bit/192kHz A-D/D-A convertors. Forte features a colour OLED display for input and output levels and mic preamp gain. A single control knob operates in conjunction with touch-sensitive icon buttons for control over input and output levels and DAW control parameters.
A breakout cable with locking connector is used for microphone (XLR) and line/instrument (TRS) inputs, but balanced line and independent headphone outputs are provided on the unit itself, so the breakout cable is not required for playback-only applications.
- AES, San Francisco, 27-29 October
- SATIS, Paris, 13-15 November
- InterBEE, Tokyo, 14-16 November
- Tonmeistertagung, Cologne, 22-25 November
- NAMM, Anaheim, 24-27 January 2013
- ISE, Amsterdam, 29-31 January
- BVE, London, 26-28 February
- Cabsat, Dubai, 19-21 March
- ProLight + Sound, Frankfurt, 10-13 April
- NAB, Las Vegas, 8-11 April
- LLB, Stockholm, 23-25 April
- Plasa Focus, Leeds, 30 April-1 May
- AES, Rome, 4-7 May
- KOBA, Seoul, 13-16 May
- Infocomm, Orlando, 12-14 June
- BroadcastAsia, Singapore, 18-21 June
- IBC, Amsterdam, 13-17 September
- Plasa, London, 6-9 October
- AES, New York, 17-20 October