Production News - January 1997

EQUIPMENT NEWS

STUDER introduces the new D741 CD Recorder. Features include analog I/O, S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital I/O, and a SCSI-2 port for interfacing with workstations for CD-ROM production. Also from Studer, the D424 MO digital recorder. Using MO discs, the unit can record up to 87 minutes of stereo audio per disk side using 16, 20, and 24-bit linear recording. 415/326-7030.

Version 2.0 Software is now available for the FOSTEX DMT-8. New features include five "virtual reels," cut and paste editing, greater display resolution and more. 310/921-1112.

 SOUND- TRACS has a new 4-buss mixer. The Topaz 24-4 is just $1,099 and features twenty mono channels and two stereo channels. All mono channels have XLR and 1/4-inch inputs and 3-band EQ. The stereo channels have 2-band EQ. Two sends, two returns, balanced main outs and lots of other extras for the price. 516/333-8737, fax 516/333-9108.

STUDIO AUDIO & VIDEO announces the release of SADiE3. The new software is a free upgrade to current users and is designed to run on existing SADiE hardware as well as the Octavia system. The upgrade features DRD, Dynamic Reallocation of DSP power which greatly enhances the efficiency of the system. SADiE3 puts the user in the familiar tape recording and mixing desk environment and all functions of the user defined in-line mixer occur in real time. In other news, SADiE will become the first DAW to integrate the new CD Text Creation System from Philips which allows text information to be embedded into the digital data on the CD. The next generation of CD players will incorporate alphanumeric displays which will allow the consumer to view such info as album title, song title, artist and other information. (44) 1353-648888, fax (44) 1353-648867, email ted.hayton@sadie.com.

ANTEX ELECTRONICS has a audio card for the PC. The StudioCard is a 4-channel 18-bit sound card with balanced analog I/O and AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O. Up to four cards can be used for 16-track I/O. $1,595. 310/532-3092, fax 310/532-8509.

SPIRIT's new Absolute Zero near-field monitors ($399) feature a 6 1/2-inch woofer and 1 1/4-inch tweeter, a frequency response of 55Hz to 18kHz, and a power rating of 95 watts. 916/888-0488, fax 916/888-0480.

SFX/MUSIC LIBRARY NEWS

TA&A announces the availability of two new CDs called Double Impact. The high energy sweeper package consists of over 200 cuts. Also new from TA&A, Alternate Current, a seven CD promo/sweeper/stager package with four promo discs and three stager discs designed for Alternative, Modern, and New Rock formats. 800/527-5335, fax 972/250-6014, email toby@computek.net.

Get ready for a ton of material in 1997 from CHATEAU BRAZIL/AV DELI. Look for ProPac v.1.0, three double-CD libraries of promo and commercial scores. The first, Spectrum, contains 100 promo/commercial scores plus 250 "sonic sounders" and work parts. Industrial Nation has 100 industrial themes and a full CD of "industrial drones." The third library in the ProPac set is Efest and offers 100 "euro promo/commercial" themes with a second CD full of workparts. Other releases include Son of SpeedTracks, 1450 cuts on 2 CDs; XRules v.3.0 - The Final Chapter, 6 CDs strong; ChX (Oblivion), 2 CDs of club dance mix promo and background scores plus 250 "sonic blasters"; Anarchy!, 2 CDs, 100+ industrial and new rock scores plus 250 work parts; PlanetEarth, 3 CDs, over 300 promo scores, "microbeds" and workparts for adult rock; ChicagoBlue Vol. 1, over 100 tracks of blues; Beat Off, 2 CDs of "industrial, euro and world beat percussion compositions" plus 350 workparts; Shakey Scores, 100+ tracks of new rock promo scores; IndustrialNoise - The Crabs, 2 CDs, 100+ industrial/euro promo scores plus workparts made from vintage punk rock samples; Berlin After Dark, 100+ industrial/euro tracks recorded in Berlin; Mona, 2 CDs of country promo scores and workparts; and, finally, Soundtracks From The Other Side, 2 CDs of "spaced-out theatre-of-the-mind microbeds and workparts." 414/224-6396, fax 414/224-6393, email ChBrazil@aol.com.

CHAMELEON MUSIC announces the release of seven new CDs.

RIVER CITY SOUND PRODUCTIONS announces the release of two new CDs. Volume 6 of the Broadcast Series features a variety of styles in full and broadcast edit lengths. Specialty Series #10, Corp/Ind 2 features twelve full length themes also with broadcast edits. 800-755-8729.

THE MIX

Congrats to Rich Van Slyke, Production Director at Jacor's 96 Rock in Atlanta for picking up two Achievement In Radio Awards. He took home top honor for Best Radio Commercial and Best Radio Event Promo. He was a finalist in the Best Creative Director category. This was the first ever Atlanta A.I.R. Awards which raised over $40,000 for the March of Dimes.

PACIFIC RESEARCH & ENGINEERING launches their new Web site at www.pre.com. The site provides customers and investors with details on the company's 27-year history, bios of top management, pictures and descriptions of the entire line of PR&E product and services, and more including a Tech Tips section and an on-line version of the company's newsletter, AirCheck. 619/438-3911.

DAN O'DAY's next PD Grad School is February 21-22 in Los Angeles. Featured presenters include Herb Cohen and Avery Schreiber. Get the scoop at 310/476-8111, fax 310/471-7762, email danoday@cis.compuserve .com.

Willie Wells is out at WKLH/WLZR, Milwaukee and is on his own! His new digital facility is called WW SOUND and is focusing on radio station imaging and promo/commercial production. Congrats and good luck, Willie! 414/257-3815, fax 414/257-3819, email wwsound@cyberlynk.net.

Two moves at ORBAN: Amy Huson is promoted from Director to Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, and Keith A. McMillen becomes the new Director of Engineering. 510/351-3500.

YAMAHA unveiled the new 03D digital console. The follow-up to the 02R is expected to be priced at just under $4,000 and features 26 inputs, four buss outputs, 16 direct outs, two internal effects processors, six auxiliary sends, and lots more. You get a lot of the bang of the 02R at less than half the price. 714/522-9011, fax 714/739-2680.

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