September 2013

The winners of the 2013 Resolution Awards have been announced. The results are given here and will be receive extended coverage in a Winners' Supplement in the October issue of Resolution magzine. The Resolution Awards recognise quality and innovation in professional audio and the winning products have been judged to be outstanding in these respects by the best informed readership in the industry. This year saw the introduction of Resolution Creative Awards categories to recognise the achievements of individuals in music recording, broadcast and post.
‘Resolution is unique in focusing so strongly on the craft angle of audio professionals and it is only fitting that we recognise the excellence of individuals here just as we recognise the excellence of products,’ said executive editor Zenon Schoepe. ‘The audio business may be driven by technology but it is the achievements of the people who actually use the gear -– our readers -- that gives direction and demonstrates what is possible.’ Finnish monitoring manufacture Genelec sponsored the 2013 Resolution Awards and was associated exclusively with the campaign this year. Resolution thanks Genelec for its support. Since the founding of Genelec in 1978, professional audio monitoring has been at the core of the company's business. A commitment to research and development has resulted in a number of industry firsts and established Genelec as the industry leader in active monitors. More than 35 years later Genelec monitoring products remain true to the original philosophy, offering reliability, neutral sound reproduction regardless of size, as well as the ability to adapt frequency response to the listening environment. Genelec clients receive support in all aspects of the field, from acoustical advice and calibration services to technical service and long product life span.



























































































































'The introduction of the Creative Awards categories -- to recognise the achievements of individuals in music recording, broadcast and post -- has added breadth to our Awards, which are already accepted as a meaningful measure of product quality and innovation as judged by an extremely discerning voting readership. We now encompass the products and the practitioners in the Awards, just as we do in Resolution,' said executive editor Zenon Schoepe.‘Resolution is unique in focusing so strongly on the craft angle of audio professionals and it is only fitting that we recognise the excellence of individuals here just as we recognise the excellence of products,’ he said. ‘The audio business may be driven by technology but it is the achievements of the people who actually use the gear -– our readers -- that gives direction and demonstrates what is possible.’



































































Gibson Brands has entered into a letter of intent with Roland Corporation and Cakewalk for Gibson to acquire Cakewalk following definitive acquisition agreements. Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, a new brand, Tascam Professional Software, will be created to support, promote, and publish Cakewalk’s current and future professional products.
‘As an addition to the Gibson Pro Audio Group, Cakewalk will enhance their flagship professional products, pursue provocative R&D initiatives, and continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide,’ said Gibson Brands chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.
The Cakewalk staff and headquarters will remain in Boston as an independent division. Juszkiewicz concluded: ‘This isn’t just about wanting to acquire Cakewalk’s respected product line. We’re equally excited about what Cakewalk’s R&D labs are developing for current Cakewalk fans as well as those who are about to become Cakewalk fans.’

Notion president Jim Boitnott, Presonus chairman Kevin Couhig and CEO Jim Mack.
Presonus has acquired the assets of Notion Music, a developer of music notation software located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Notion Music's products include the Notion 4.0 composition software, Notion for iPad, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software, and Progression for iPad.
‘We will, of course, continue to develop and sell all of Notion Music's current products,’ said Presonus CEO Jim Mack. ‘Notion is a strategic part of our increased commitment to the education market. And, at the same time, there are powerful natural synergies between Notion and our Studio One DAW, so it's reasonable to expect that all Presonus customers will see additional benefits from this acquisition in the future.’

New Product Releases

Schoeps has a new V4 U studio microphone with a look derived from one of its models from 1951. Through the use of a special, 33mm bevelled collar, the newly developed microphone capsule gains large-diaphragm-type behaviour without losing the technical advantages of its small-diaphragm construction. The frequency response is claimed to be even to 20kHz while its diffuse field curve, so important to the sound of the microphone, is said to be optimally flat. The polar pattern has a carefully controlled narrowing of pickup pattern at high frequencies.
It claims 144dB SPL maximum with a 4.8V maximum output voltage as well as particularly good output impedance and symmetry values, accomplished by means a new bridge output stage. It has extremely low noise and optimal protection from electromagnetic interference.

Calrec’s Callisto is a console for live broadcasters who don’t require as many resources as the company's Apollo and Artemis consoles. Callisto's mechanical design keeps components and materials to a minimum and is around 30% more efficient than a comparable Artemis Light. Service access is from the front of the console and the entire control surface can be replaced by removing 12 screws.
Users control the console via a 17-inch multitouch screen and the console simplifies such things as the creation of mix-minus feeds. Callisto's other large displays are configurable to display bus, output, and loudness meters, and feature dedicated metering, routing, and processing information per fader.
The physical control surface is available in fixed 32- and 44-fader configurations. Each channel strip has a fader, two flexible control cells, and a dedicated gain pot.
It uses Calrec's Bluefin2 technology at its core and the same integral 8192 x 8192 Hydra2 router as the Apollo and Artemis consoles. This provides Callisto with a pool of 180 channel processing paths, which can be assigned as mono, stereo, or 5.1 channels. As with all Calrec consoles, there is no resource-sharing across the DSP, so all facilities are available on all channels at all times. Callisto has eight groups, four mains (all of which can be mono, stereo, or 5.1), 16 auxes, and 32 tracks.
The feature set also includes system redundancy, dedicated delay on all paths with additional assignable input and output delay, mechanical PFL overpress on all faders, and three 5.1 studio monitor outputs.

McDSP has released three all-new plug-ins -- the 6020 Ultimate EQ, the SPC Serial/Parallel Compressor and the AE400 Active EQ -- for Pro Tools AAX Native and AAX DSP formats.
The 6020 Ultimate EQ is a collection of ten equaliser models inspired from classic, rare, and modern equalisers over the last four decades. Using the popular module format the 6020 modules offer a range of EQ configurations designed to compliment the compressor modules found in the 6030 Ultimate Compressor.
The SPC2000 Serial/Parallel Compressor takes the power and flexibility of the now CompressorBank plug-in by McDSP, and offers two-, three-, and four-band configurations with serial and parallel routing combinations unlike any dynamic processor. This is coupled with the ability to emulate any other compressor.
The AE400 is an advanced active equaliser suitable for music production, postproduction, and live sound. It is made up of four bands of fixed and active equalisation and each band is completely overlapping with all other bands and has its own Q (bandwidth), fixed gain, and active gain controls. A key filter for each band allows the active gain response to be as selective or broad as needed, based on the Q (bandwidth) control. Each band can use the input signal or selected sidechain signal to trigger the active EQ response.

Avid’s S6 control surface is said to be built on the same technology as the Icon and System 5 products families, and can simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools and other Eucon-enabled DAWs over Ethernet. It has a modular design and can be customised with the addition of modules and can be horizontally and vertically scaled.
Multipoint touchscreen access controls plug-ins, large track counts, and surround panning and it has top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs. Additional 12.1-inch displays on S6 M40 systems enhance project overview by providing visual feedback on channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms.
Avid S6 will be available in Q4 2013.

Radial USB-Pro is a stereo direct box designed to convert sound files from a laptop computer and transfer them to a pair of balanced audio outputs.
Made to be plug & play, the USB-Pro automatically configures itself for use with Mac OSX, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and provides 24-bit, 96kHz stereo convertors.
Connection from the laptop is done via USB type-B port and D-A conversion is monitored with a headphone amplifier. A mono-sum switch may be engaged to check for phasing or facilitate signal distribution to two outputs. Two side-access switches let you insert isolation transformers into the signal path to block stray DC voltage offsets. To further reduce susceptibility to noise this is augmented by a ground lift switch that lifts pin-1 on the two XLRs.

  • Plasa, London, 6-9 October
  • Broadcast India, Mumbai, 9-11 October
  • AES, New York, 17-20 October
  • InterBEE, Tokyo, 13-15 November
  • Satis, Paris, 19-21 November
  • Natexpo, Moscow, 19-21 November
  • NAMM, Anaheim, 24-27 January 2014
  • ISE, Amsterdam, 4-6 February
  • BVE, London, 25-27 February
  • Cabsat, Dubai, 11-13 March
  • Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt 12-15 March
  • NAB, Las Vegas, 7-10 April
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  • Mic coherence and time alignment
  • Live sports TV with Fred Aldous
  • Why broadcasting is not in the hands of the networks

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