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  • Friday, November 21, 2014
    black lion audio
    PSW Staff 11/21/14 08:35 AM,
    Black Lion Audio has introduced the B12A MKII, a single-channel microphone preamp in the style of an API 312A. The MKII version offers an upgraded input transformer, higher gain, and lower noise than the original B12A. It also includees an output transformer, a Hi-Z input, phantom power, pad, phase, and is housed in a 1U, 1/2 rack chassis. “The original B12A was very popular, but we were continually being asked by customers to modify them for more gain,” commented Nate… View this post
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  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Karl Winkler 11/20/14 03:17 PM,
    Technology in professional audio (and technology in general) has changed so much and so quickly that it’s become difficult to get up to speed and stay up to date. The learning curve for some aspects of what we do is quite steep and appears to be accelerating. Analog consoles are challenging enough, but the number-crunching digital beasts are even more complex. We hardly used wireless 20 years ago, now it’s everywhere. Outboard effects have become plug-ins, and what were once… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogBusinessConsolesDigitalEducationSound ReinforcementTechnicianWireless

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    PSW Staff 11/20/14 01:14 PM,
    Source Distribution recently sold the API BOX to popular mixer/engineer Scott Rosser. Rosser, who has remixed many of the biggest pop names in the industry including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey. Currently working from his home, Rosser knew he needed the right gear before finding a new space outside of him home studio. A solution arrived in April when Rosser ordered the BOX after just one demo session with Andy Bensley of Source Distribution. “Source kindly set up a… View this post
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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Daniel Keller 11/18/14 08:07 AM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   If you’re looking for a prime example of what Toffler wrote about in Future Shock, look no further than analog tape. In little more than a decade, the two-inch multitrack tape machine has gone from studio staple to relic rarity. And while many audio veterans wax nostalgic for that warm analog sound, few will admit to missing the work that went with it. These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigital Audio WorkstationsMixerSignalSoftwareStudio

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    manley labs
    PSW Staff 11/12/14 11:37 AM,
    By his own estimate, veteran studio engineer Michael James mixes an average of 250 to 300 songs a year in his Alternator Records facility (Simi Valley, CA), with a discography that includes records by New Radicals, Hole, L7, Robben Ford, and Kalimba. His philosophy in mixing a track is purposefully minimalist. “I’m a firm proponent of doing whatever needs to be done—or doing nothing if a track doesn’t need anything,” he explains. The racks in his mix room are loaded… View this post
    Filed in: RecordingNewsAnalogEngineerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    church sound
    Kent Morris 11/11/14 06:00 PM,
    Equalizers, by their nature and name, are supposed to redress imbalances in a sound system. Unfortunately, equalizers, whether graphic, parametric, or shelving in nature, are only as good as the person using them. Knowing where to turn the knob or push the fader is usually a dark science, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The first step in proper EQ technique is to realize the knobs go to the left better than they go to… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Saturday, November 08, 2014
    PSW Staff 11/08/14 11:29 AM,
    Harter Music, a thriving studio in San Antonio, has been working on a 32-channel API 1608 console for almost a year with impressive results. Keith Harter owns the studio, and along with his team Jonathan Harter (producer and engineer), Jorge Infante (engineer) and Joshua Harter (composer), has carved a permanent place in the “diverse culture involved with Texas music,” including country, blues, rock, gospel, Tejano, and a good deal of hip-hop and R&B as well. In addition to recording other… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsAnalogConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorStudio

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    lightning boy
    PSW Staff 11/05/14 03:28 PM,
    Lightning Boy Audio (LBA) has introduced the Flux Bender, a new handcrafted passive, stereo, vacuum tube powered equalizer. With an EQ filter similar to the Pultec EQP-1A, the Flux Bender offers the familiar low and high band boost/cut controls with a variable bandwidth control on the high boost. However, the Flux Bender provides independent frequency controls over the boost/cut controls for the lows and highs.  The left and right channels are controlled simultaneously by a single set of controls, with… View this post
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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    dave rat
    Dave Rat 10/28/14 02:31 PM,
    Prior to hitting the road with Soundgarden on tour a couple of years ago, Dave Rat documented his front of house racks. This collection of gear was deployed with a main system of L-Acoustics K1 line source (3-way) loudspeakers in flown arrays, K1-SB (2 x 15-in) subwoofers, and LA8 amplified controllers. Dave notes that some of the pieces were dictated by sub configurations he planned to use, while the Dorrough meters were on hand to provide clear visuals of average… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalInterconnectMeasurementProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    PSW Staff 10/22/14 01:08 PM,
    Pie Man Sound opened last month in Cary, NC, – co-owners Max and Mitch Dancik were so eager to start using their 32-channel API 1608 that it’s already been used to record several local projects. Mitch said the studio is already booked solid through the year with musicians from a variety of genres anxious to record. Among others, the studio is looking forward to sessions with a young jazz/rock band working on their debut album, a quartet of Mexican classical… View this post
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