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by Music Marcom On 12/19/2014

30 discounted units available for freelance sound designers
 
NEW YORK, NY : ’Tis the Season for the annual Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library sale and only 30 units remain available at $1500. After December 31, the Hybrid Library will go back up to $2500 for qualified freelance sound designers.
 
“The Hybrid Library is a big studio library valued at over $10,000,” says Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “Since 2012, we have supported independent media creators with affordable access to the same sonic resources used by big production companies worldwide. We always release a limited number of units towards the end of the year give freelancers the best possible price for the most competitive sonic arsenal going into the New Year.”
On November 1st, Pro Sound Effects released 100 Hybrid Library units at $1500. As of December 17th, only 30 units remain. To reserve one of these Hybrid Libraries, you can go to the Hybrid Library Application page.

by Meyer Sound On 12/18/2014

The CP Holiday Trains are spreading the joy of the season—and filling local food banks with donations—across Canada and the northern US. Supported by Meyer Sound systems, the brightly decorated trains draw thousands of people who brave the winter cold to partake in the festivities.


by Meyer Sound On 12/18/2014

California’s Concord Pavilion has completed its first concert season with its new Meyer Sound MICA® line array loudspeaker system covering its 4,570-capacity lawn seating area in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Since installation, the upgraded system has provided pristine, uniform lawn coverage for performances from Journey, The Steve Miller Band, Aerosmith, and Chicago to Kings of Leon, Marc Anthony, and Linkin Park.


by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 2014: Severn School is among the largest and most august private schools in the nation. Situated midway between Baltimore and Annapolis in Maryland, Severn School was founded in 1914 as a preparatory school for the U.S. Navy. Today, it serves eight hundred students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. In recent years, Severn School has been updating its buildings and grounds, including new turf fields for football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse adjacent to the new Edward St. John Athletic Center. For a few years after their installation, the school used a portable system for every football game, a solution that proved to be of low quality and, moreover, quite a hassle. Severn School called on Baltimore-based A/V contractor HP Electronics to design and install a permanent system. Citing their value and sound quality, HP Electronics installed an Ashly MX-206 six-channel microphone mixer, an Ashly nXp 1.52 two-channel 1500W Network Amplifier with a built-in Protea™ DSP Processor powering three Danley Sound Labs OS-80 fully-weatherized full-range loudspeakers.

by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 2014: Northern Sky Music, run by Grammy-nominated songwriter and music producer Steve Robson, is among the first studios in the U.K. to add API's BOX console to their equipment — and they have already started a trend. The BOX made its debut at last year’s AES show in New York, where Howard Jones of London’s Source Distribution couldn’t wait to bring it back home. “We had a call pretty much the moment the first BOX landed in the U.K., saying that Steve wanted a demo right away.” Robson has worked with major artists such as James Blunt, One Direction, and Rascal Flatts. The BOX was the perfect fit for Northern Sky, as Jones explains: “Many pros here know and love the trademark API sound, but don’t always need a larger format console. The U.K. was really crying out for a product like the BOX.”

by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 2014: Klaus Hill is the go-to guy for mixing and mastering dance music in Australia. He’s been involved in the scene for over two decades, first as a producer and DJ on labels such as TCR, Mob, Bedrock Breaks, Distinctive, and his own Title Fight and 2S2 Recordings. He made the shift to mixing and mastering ten years ago and counts among his clients Felix Da Housecat, Yolander Be Cool, Ministry of Sound, Sony, Ubderjack'd, SCNDL, Dub Phizix, and countless others. But beyond his success – Hill has been involved in dozens of Australia’s ARIA Club #1s and Beatport Hits – the well-rounded engineer relishes the opportunity to work with sound every day. “I’m a studio geek,” he laughed. “I love finding the best hardware and the best plug-ins to make other people’s creativity shine! I’m grateful that I get to do this for a living. It’s a job I really love.”

by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – DECEMBER 2014: Birmingham, Alabama’s Iron City is a new 1,300-capacity music venue that plays host to acts both local and national. It occupies two former automotive warehouses downtown that the owners gutted and renovated to hit the perfect middle between steely grit and modern elegance. As General Manager Mike Creager put it, “At Iron City, we aim to do everything a cut above. From production to hospitality, we always shoot for a high standard.” That philosophy extends to sound reinforcement as well. Creager worked with Tim Ogletree at MediaMerge (Chelsea, Alabama) to design a zero-compromise system that would be appropriate for Iron City’s wide footprint. Rather than a line array, Creager and Ogletree designed a point-source system using Danley Sound Labs’ patented Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. Although sometimes skeptical of the system’s relatively small size (Danley designs are several factors more efficient than conventional designs), live sound engineers universally leave Iron City rekindled of the spark that got them into the live sound business in the first place.

by Roger Maycock On 12/17/2014

Tom Savage
 
Dubai, U.A.E. – December, 2014… Now in its second season, National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Airport Dubai chronicles the day-to-day activities at Dubai International Airport—one of the busiest hubs on the planet. With 70,000 staff members working to accommodate a daily average of 182,000 passengers moving through the facility, the show provides a close-up look at what it takes to contend with the planes, stressful situations for staff to deal with, smugglers to stop, and colossal engineering projects to complete. Documenting the activity is no small challenge—but the show’s audio production is made easier by the use of Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. 

by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2014: The API 1608 analog console at the center of The Blackbird Academy’s thirty-seat classroom has scarcely been idle since the school opened its doors in 2013. The Blackbird Academy, an extension of the top-flight, multi-room Blackbird Studio in Nashville, is owned and operated by recording engineer John McBride and his wife, country music superstar, Martina McBride. Students in the program learn the basics of pro audio sound quality and signal flow using the classroom’s 1608, and then apply that knowledge in Blackbird Studio’s control rooms, which include a 32-channel API 1608 and two large-format API Legacy Plus consoles.

by Heather J. Davis On 12/17/2014

SPARKS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2014: Formerly called The Silver Club, Bourbon Square Casino recently reopened in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada. In addition to a fresh New Orleans theme, Bourbon Square now sports a new eight-zone sound reinforcement system centered on an Ashly ne8800 processor and four two-channel ne800 70-volt amplifiers. Critically, the system also features iPad wireless remote control via the free Ashly Remote App, which allows the Bourbon Square staff – who are experts on gaming but not necessarily pro audio – to control the system intuitively.

"There was a four year span between the closing of The Silver Club and its rebirth as Bourbon Square," explained Mike Pristow, general manager at Vision Control Associates, the firm that designed and installed the casino's new sound system. "They were able to blow the cobwebs off the old sound system and power it up, but it sounded horrible. It was an old design with old equipment, and a lot of the loudspeakers were blown. We suggested a new multi-zone system using Ashly processing and amplifiers together with SoundTube loudspeakers. In addition to standard audio playback, they wanted to allow pages and prerecorded message delivery from their phone system with appropriate ducking."

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