Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pro Audio Skill Set, Boardwalk Empire, CRAS Expands Training


The Mix Regional section for Mix's December 2013 issue visits the Northeastern U.S. (Boston, New Jersey, Maine, and more). Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to .


I recently played a show at a major performing arts facility on the East Coast, which not only had exceptional sound and lighting, and a multi-camera crew shooting in high-def; the venue streamed the show in real time online, where the performance now sits "in perpetuity." At the end of the event, we were presented with a DVD of the performance (without having to ask), which looked and sounded great. A person can get used to this!


The schedule of special events is full at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City). Keynotes begin on Thursday, October 17, with opening remarks and welcomes from AES Executive Director Bob Moses, AES President Frank Wells and AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson. This year's Platinum Engineers Panel takes place on Friday, October 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Room 1E15/16), and Platinum Producers Panel will take place Saturday, October 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Room 1E15/16).

In HBO's stellar series Boardwalk Empire, music may enhance, or undercut, a scene of joyous debauchery, violence or sorrow. But whatever the mood, the songs are always meticulously matched to the 1920s era of the show. "It's such a period piece, and the filmmakers--Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter--are period-specific," says engineer/producer Stewart Lerman, who worked on the songs for Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 with co-producer Randall Poster.

CRAS--a leading audio recording, engineering and production school in Phoenix, Ariz.-- recently expanded its curriculum with six weeks of "audio for television broadcast" training. To support that effort, a full complement of professional broadcast audio and communications equipment was installed. This included Studio Technologies' Model 210 Announcer's Console and Model 41 Audio to IFB Interface units.

This new DVD includes a DTS encoded 5.1 mix (which Monster calls "Monster High Definition Surround") and a high definition stereo PCM "audiophile" version remixed by "Head Monster" Noel Lee and three-time Grammy Award-nominated engineer Dave Rideau.FEATURED PRODUCTS

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE will make its AES 2013 debut in the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Booth #2623 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. A hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post-production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

Universal Audio announces its release of the API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In ($299) for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces. Featuring five API modules--the 212L Microphone Preamplifier, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer--the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in allows owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to impart their tracks with the same focus, punch, and harmonic detail as its high-end hardware counterpart.

Designed for the DAW user who seeks the sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma is an analog mix engine in a two-rackspace unit that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet via a DAW or an iDevice-compatible software interface.


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