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  • Friday, May 23, 2014
    di boxes
    Peter Janis 05/23/14 05:42 AM,
    Electronic keyboards, the start of it all. Right from the beginning of modern concert sound, DI boxes have played an essential role in getting the sound from the stage to the PA system. Probably the most iconic “direct” instrument of all was the Fender Rhodes. Harold Rhodes started developing the idea as far back as the 1950s, but it was in 1970 that the Rhodes Stage piano took the concert stage bringing the first “portable” keyboard to market. The original… View this post
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  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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    PSW Staff 05/20/14 02:12 PM,
    Founding members of the multi-platinum band LIVE recently established Think Loud Studios in their hometown of York, Pa. When it came time to install a console in the world-class facility’s expansive Studio A, they opted for a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality analog console/controller. The extensive experience that the group and their engineers have with classic SSL analog consoles led them directly to Duality. Known for classic albums including Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and The Distance to Here, the members… View this post
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  • Friday, May 16, 2014
    focusrite
    PSW Staff 05/16/14 04:15 AM,
    Focusrite announces Saffire PRO 26, the latest addition to the Saffire PRO range of FireWire/Thunderbolt compatible audio interfaces for expanding recording and live system capabilities, housed in a portable, desktop-sized chassis. Saffire PRO 26 provides an extensive selection of professional analog and digital I/O options —a total of 18 inputs and eight outputs includes four preamps, two instrument inputs, two headphone outputs, six line outputs, and ADAT and S/PDIF connectivity. Saffire PRO 26 connects to a Thunderbolt port via a… View this post
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  • Monday, April 28, 2014
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    PSW Staff 04/28/14 12:37 PM,
    A compact analog mixing console was what Czech violinist, composer and singer Karel Holas was after for his Prague studio. “From the wide variety of quality studio consoles available, I found only one complying with all my requests and wishes: Audient ASP4816,” he explains, having done his research. “Excellent microphone preamps, great and very easy routing options, precise EQ sections together with optimal ergonomics for studio usage,” he says, outlining some of the features on his wish list. Holas opened… View this post
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  • Friday, April 25, 2014
    live sound
    Peter Janis 04/25/14 02:13 PM,
    A few years ago, my company developed a prototype of a console switcher that would enable an engineer to quickly switch to a backup should the main desk go down, or quickly switch between multiple consoles at events such as festivals. But when we showed it to various engineers, the response was all over the place. Some thought it was a great idea, others felt that with modern processors, the need was no longer there, and some suggested fixes such… View this post
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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    sound tools
    PSW Staff 04/23/14 01:06 PM,
    SoundTools debuted its latest product, the new CAT Snake, in prototype form at the recent 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. CAT Snake units create a quick and cost-effective 4-channel analog snake that can alternatively carry up to four AES/EBU digital feeds utilizing common Cat-5 cable. “The CAT Snake is a wonderful solution for the analog lines we run to delay clusters at Coachella,” says Dave Rat, president of Rat Sound Systems, the primary audio vendor… View this post
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  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    live sound
    Karl Winkler 04/21/14 09:46 AM,
    As with the ever-ongoing debates about “tubes versus transistors,” “analog versus digital” and “Mac versus PC,” there’s not likely to be agreement any time soon about “objective versus subjective” when it comes to sound quality. Extremists in the “Objectivist” camp argue that, “if it can’t be measured, it doesn’t exist” while on the other hand, the “Subjectivist” side firmly backs the idea that “human beings can hear things that can’t be measured.” How often has it been suggested, “use your… View this post
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  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    PSW Staff 04/10/14 02:18 PM,
    As part of a complete architectural and electronic renovation, Virginia Arts Recording recently replaced its large-format digital console with a 16-channel API 1608 analog console with P-Mix fader automation. The north-central Virginia-based studio has been serving local musicians, labels, and radio stations for over 30 years. The current owners, Chris Doermann and Sean Dart, are embracing that history and the industry’s pivot to analog with the new API console and a 24-track, 2-inch tape machine. Virginia Arts Recording also retains… View this post
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    PSW Staff 04/10/14 01:30 PM,
    The ever Audient ASP4816 in the South Pacific has been installed at The Analogue Café, a self-professed “old fashioned recording studio.” Studio owner Eric Malamud was keen to ensure that The Analogue Café lives up to its name, and his research into analog gear led him straight to Audient. Discovering that console designer David Dearden is Audient’s co-founder piqued his interest. “I already own a vintage Midas XL200, so I’m a Dearden fan by default,” says Malamud. General manager and… View this post
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  • Monday, April 07, 2014
    consoles
    Kent Margraves 04/07/14 12:57 PM,
    Mixing at festivals – good times! Or is it? Anyone who has worked as either a guest mixer or system tech in a festival environment probably has stories about the inherent ups and downs and, certainly, the hyper pace and stress that are part of the gig. And we’ve all heard a few horror stories of artists hitting the stage patched incorrectly or without a sound check. But there’s also the unique thrill of mixing in a hyped environment with… View this post
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