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  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    PSW Staff 12/11/14 05:19 PM,
    The API 1608 analog console at the center of The Blackbird Academy’s 30-seat classroom has scarcely been idle since the school opened its doors in 2013. The 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… View this post
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  • Monday, December 08, 2014
    PSW Staff 12/08/14 11:26 AM,
    Electronic dance music producer Shook has just released his second album, “Spectrum,” recorded with the help of his Audient iD22 USB interface and ASP880 8-channel mic preamp & ADC. “It was the most pristine sound quality that I have heard in a long time,” says the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist also known as Jasper Wijnands. “I was used to recording with other, older gear, and they did the job at the time. It opened my ears to a new world, and… View this post
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    PSW Staff 12/08/14 07:43 AM,
    West London’s KORE Studios recently installed an API 1608 , with studio owner George Apsion considering the console a natural choice in retaining his facility’s international reputation for high-quality recordings. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, KORE typically records rock and indie bands in a 2,000 square-foot space, which includes a live recording capability with two ISO booths, as well as a Studio B and lounge on the second floor. Artists on the KORE resume include Florence and the Machine, Joss Stone,… View this post
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  • Thursday, December 04, 2014
    PSW Staff 12/04/14 05:52 PM,
    Hal Leonard Books has published “Zen and the Art of Recording,” the third installment in Mixerman’s “Art Of” series of books. The series, which also includes “Zen and the Art of Producing,” “Zen and the Art of Mixing,” and “The Daily Adventures of Mixerman,” is now available both in print and in multimedia e-book format with over an hour of bonus video content for each title. In Zen and the Art of Recording, Mixerman distills the inescapable technical realities of… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    PSW Staff 12/03/14 04:02 PM,
    Downtown Studios, a world-class facility in Johannesburg, South Africa, has recently undergone a major upgrade, incorporating Solid State Logic (SSL) Duality and AWS consoles. Throughout its rich 36-year history, Downtown has hosted leading recording artists such as U2, Simon Lebon from Duran Duran, Manfred Mann and Mick Hucknell, among many others. The arrival of the new SSL consoles has allowed the studio to enhance its recording and mixing services to both South African and international artists. Renamed in 1992, Downtown… View this post
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  • Monday, December 01, 2014
    Mike Sessler 12/01/14 10:26 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   As the holiday season system approaches, I’m sure many of you are planning for big Christmas services or productions. Facing an extremely involved production at my church a few years ago, one night I woke up in a cold sweat realizing I had forgotten two mics and didn’t have the inputs for them. As I plotted out my strategy to free up inputs where there seemed to be none, it occurred to me… View this post
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  • Friday, November 21, 2014
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    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
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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
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