Archive for the ‘Acoustic Treatment’ Category

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Michael Jackson Gig Run At 50, Touts Cut Deal

March 13, 2009

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Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson’s London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows.

“We stopped it at 45 in the pre-sale to save shows for the public on sale, which is tomorrow,” Phillips says. Jackson could do 100 shows at the O2 if he wanted, Phillips says, but he has other goals, including film and recording. “He can’t live his life in London, he has a lot of things on his agenda.”

Phillips says allotments from each night of the first 45 shows also will be available to the general public, meaning those who did not pre-register for tickets. More than 90% of the tickets have been purchased from the U.K., but “the rest is France, Germany, Poland, everywhere in the world. People bought tickets from Botswana,” Phillips says.

The intensity of demand has been a “shot of adrenaline” for Jackson, Phillips says. “He feels great. He feels reborn,” Phillips adds. “He’s been gone for 12 years, so there was trepidation there.”

Secondary market issues

Meanwhile, AEG Live cut a deal with European secondary market ticket seller Viagogo that has led to some issues. “We met and got pitched by Viagogo, (and other secondary sellers) Seat Wave and GetMeIn. We thought Viagogo had the best pitch so we decided to make them our authorized secondary on Michael,” said Phillips.

According to Phillips, AEG cut a deal with Viagogo “to give fans access to premium seats and the market would set the price on only a small percentage of the house every night; and, secondly, to give fans a peer-to-peer platform where they know these tickets aren’t counterfeited.”

“Having said that, Viagogo did something really bad yesterday we had no idea they were doing,” Phillips continues. “They sent out e-mails to brokers and touts all over London offering them packages and seats and discounts. We’re going into court tomorrow to get an injunction. All we want from them is their platform, their Web site, for fans to buy tickets.”

Phillips said AEG lawyers in London will to go to court tomorrow (March 13) to get an injunction against Viagogo actually selling tickets. “They’ve told us they won’t, but I want to make sure it’s in the public record.” he said. “Even if we don’t get the injunction, that’s not the point, I want them to be under notice publicly not to do that. It’s about them living up to their word and the deal we cut.”

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Drumagog! Play drums on your body!

January 28, 2009

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Drumagog is a plug-in which automatically replaces acoustic drum tracks with your choice of other samples.  Engineers and producers worldwide use Drumagog every day to fix and enhance their drum tracks.  It’s extremely easy to use.  Just insert Drumagog onto a drum track, and pick your favorite sample! For advanced drum replacing, Drumagog is packed with powerful features for
the ultimate in control, and includes a massive 4GB drum sample library.

This allows for all kinds of interesting uses as well as the usual approachs.

Features:
– Automatically replaces drum tracks with a variety of samples
– Compatible with WAV, AIF, and SDII samples and libraries
– MIDI Input and Output Capability
– Advanced Visual Triggering feature
– Sophisticated sample management
– Auto sample-rate conversion
– New triggering engine for the ultimate in accurate triggering
– Works with Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo and more
– Comes with a massive 4GB drum sample collection including:
Rock Drums Drumagog Edition, Purrrfect Drums, Purrrfect Brushes,
NS Kit Free and Classic Drum Machines.
– Compatible with any VST, RTAS, or AU audio application
– Works directly with BFD (Platinum version only)

“Drumagog is one of the most brilliant programs I’ve come across. It’s saved me literally thousands of hours editing drums while working on the Korn record “Untouchables”. Drumagog made the drum replacement and reinforcement seamless.” – Rob Hill (Engineer – Korn, Queen, Jackson Browne, Pat Green, DJ Muggs / Cyprus Hill)


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Auto-Tune 5 Pitch Correcting Plug-In

January 23, 2009

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Introducing Auto-Tune EvoThe Next Generation of the Worldwide Standard in Professional Pitch Correction The Fastest, Easiest-To-Use, Highest-Quality Tool for Correcting Pitch

Hailed as a “holy grail of recording,” by Recording magazine (and adopted worldwide as the largest-selling audio plug-in of all time), Auto-Tune corrects intonation problems in vocals or solo instruments, in real time, without distortion or artifacts, while preserving all of the expressive nuance of the original performance – with audio quality so pristine that the only difference between what goes in and what comes out is the intonation. All with a user-interface that is a model of clarity, speed and ease-of-use.

For most common pitch problems, Auto-Tune Evo’s Automatic Mode instantaneously detects the pitch of the input, identifies the closest pitch in a user-specified scale (including minor, major, chromatic and 26 historical and microtonal scales), and corrects the input pitch to match the scale pitch. A Retune Speed control lets you match the retune rate to virtually any performance style.

For meticulous tweaking, the Graphical Mode displays the performance’s detected pitch envelope and allows you to specify the desired pitch using a variety of graphics tools. This mode gives complete control over the correction or modification of the most elaborate expressive gestures.

Auto-Tune is used daily by thousands of audio professionals around the world. Whether to save studio and editing time, ease the frustration of endless retakes, to save that otherwise once-in-a-lifetime performance, or to create striking special effects, Auto-Tune Evo is the tool of choice.

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While Auto Tune’s patented technology has always provided unmatched speed, accuracy, and audio quality, for Auto-Tune Evo, Dr. Andy’s gone back to the proverbial drawing board to create a seriously evolved voice processing technology that takes advantage of the hugely more powerful computers that are now the norm for digital audio recording.

The result is Evo™ Voice Processing Technology, offering powerful new features and capabilities along with pitch detection and correction that is substantially more accurate and reliable over a much wider range of audio input quality.

General Features

Dramatically enhanced core technology:  Evo™ Voice Processing Technology takes advantage of the power of today’s computers to provide powerful new features and enhanced tracking and correction capabilities.

Redesigned user interface: Continuing the process begun with Auto-Tune 5, we have again refined the Auto-Tune user interface to allow for smoother, more intuitive workflow.

Reorganized common controls: With the addition of the new pitch shifting, formant correction, and throat modeling capability

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NAMM 2009: Auralex debuts in-store room analysis kit

January 14, 2009

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Acoustic analysis program to be made available in a retail package

Auralex Acoustics is to offer its room analysis service in a retail package and will be demonstrating the kit at NAMM ‘09. The in-store kit is a complete program providing all the tools necessary to acoustically analyse any room.

Auralex Acoustics’ Lead Acoustical Engineer Gavin Haverstick will host several Room Analysis Plus overview demonstrations at the company’s booth (hall A, booth 6794) throughout the show to showcase the product and explain how the analysis service works.

Haverstick will present details about the service, including the features and benefits of Auralex’s off-site room analysis. This will comprise info on the service itself as well as the type of information the analysis can provide. Through this demo, Haverstick intends to convey how room analysis testing in conjunction with traditional modelling is the most accurate way to analyse a room.

Room Analysis Plus is an off-site analysis service where consumers download an audio file featuring a swept sine signal from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.  Users can then record the sweep with an omni-directional measurement microphone in the location of the room in question.

All files can be sent via e-mail, along with the personalised room analysis form, directly to Auralex for examination by its acoustical engineering staff. Frequency response, impulse response, waterfall plots and reverberation time (RT) values can all be generated from this service. A written report will be presented back to the user within three to five business days outlining the acoustical issues and how to solve them.

“By offering a demo of Room Analysis Plus at Winter NAMM, we are able to really showcase how this service works,” says Haverstick. “Through Room Analysis Plus we can pinpoint the acoustical anomalies of any room to more accurately analyse the space and provide the best treatment solutions.”

The in-store room analysis kit includes an omni-directional measurement microphone, a USB drive featuring swept sine signals and a complete instructional guide. The kit is available through the company’s established network of dealers.

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All I want for Christmas is a ….VOCAL BOOTH!

December 9, 2008

How do you turn a small home or project studio into a full  of professional pro audio space?

How do you get the professional results YOU want in the corner of virtually any  room?

How do I set my studio apart  from other local competitors and offer a low cost professional solution?

That’s why the answer is …..  All I want for christmas is a VocalBooth!

We at Dolphin offer four different series to meet most any project or application.

VocalBooth.com modular booths are used in home, project and professional applications world wide. Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active quiet ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations.

Modular by design, a VocalBooth™ can operate as an external standalone sound isolation solution or as an additional booth for a broadcast studio. Used by professionals worldwide, applications include broadcast, voice over, recording, studio control, audio post production, as well as rehearsal and meeting rooms.

Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations. Available in a single or double-wall shaped design called the Diamond Series™ which are available in four sizes.

Silver Series

Our most economical VocalBooth™, a single wall design for extra isolation or sound reduction.

Gold Series

For use in just about any professional situation, the VB Gold Series™ is our most popular VocalBooth™.

Platinum Series

Our double-wall designed VB Platinum Series™ is our premium sound reduction VocalBooth™.

Diamond Series

Designed to utilize the corner of your room—we created a pentagonal shaped VocalBooth™.

Visit our full site HERE and take a look at our sound  solutions

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Christmas Gift Idea: Headphones 5 of the Best

December 2, 2008

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With Christmas looming and the idea of many new sights and sounds omitting form your house,  please do consider the neigbours in this season of goodwill.


One sure way of keeping all those keyboards, guitar amps and what-nots at a decent volume is to simply plug in a pair of headphones. The quality is generally the same (if not better depending on your headphones) but it is kept ‘personnal’. Ideal for those late night mixing sessions of even jamming along with your practice amp.

Here are five of our best buys this season:


Numark HF125
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Numark HF125

Clarity & Comfort For The Modern DJ One place a DJ can’t compromise, is in how they hear their mix. The Numark HF-125 headphone set delivers the goods with flexible 7-position independently adjustable dual ear cups, large 40mm Mylar speaker drivers, 6′ tangle-resistant cord with 1/4″ connector, and padded headband and ear cups.

Sennheiser EH 150

Closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones. a great introduction to the Sennheiser brand at very good price.

Sennheiser HD 215

Enjoy excellent sound: The HD 215 has both outstanding sound characteristics and excellent attenuation of ambient noise. The rotatable ear cup for one-ear listening and the single-sided coiled cable make them ideal for DJ monitoring. The HD 215 comes with a convenient protective pouch for storage and transportation. Features Excellent stereo sound Spatial sound image …

Shure SCL2 – Clear

An excellent introduction into premium audio via sound isolation, the SCL2 features single dynamic microdrivers for full sonic range and resonant bass. Features Sound Isolating Technology – The Shure E2c’s in ear design, using foam or flex sleeves, naturally blocks background noise. This allows lower listening volumes in loud environments. No batteries or extra equipment are needed for sound…

Sennheiser HD25 mk II

Whether in the studio or in live sound recording: detailed sound reproduction, ease of use and excellent attenuation of ambient noise is what you expect of a pair of monitoring headphones. The HD 25 offers all this – plus an extremely rugged construction with a steel cable for high durability. The closed-back HD 25-1 IIs are purpose-designed, professional monitoring headphones…

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Improve Your Sound With Auralex Gramma!

November 18, 2008

The GRAMMA (Gig and Recording, Amp and Monitor, Modulation Attenuator) is an incredibly effective patented device that’s used to float an amp or loudspeaker.

GRAMMA yields nearly total acoustic isolation, resulting in a purity of tone that has to be heard to be believed! GRAMMA is available now at Dolphin Music, in smaller (23″ long x 15″ wide x 2.75″ high) or larger (30″ long x 19″ wide x 2.75″ high) sizes, as single units or in packs.

Many people used to ignore the (detrimental) effect that an environment can have on the sound. The walls, and the floor where an amp or speaker is placed, they all have an influence on the sound – and more often than not, that influence is not desirable.

GRAMMA: simple and effective sound isolation tool

But this is beginning to change, and more and more people are turning to the benefits that simple and affordable acoustic solutions can provide. The Auralex GRAMMA range is a prime example of something cheap but highly effective that can improve your tone so easily.

By isolating your amp or speaker from the floor (“decoupling”) you simply accentuate the actual sound that comes from the speakers, rather than the sound that is passed on through the floor. Less rattle and rumble, less unwanted frequencies – and more of your real tone! This is a simple and effective sound isolation tool that has been winning great reviews, and this is the time for you to get one, too!

You may still need practice…but using this device will certainly enhance your sound!

Check Auralex GRAMMA range at Dolphin

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Yamaha opts for Auralex

October 7, 2008

Acoustics specialist helps tune artist services facility drum studio.

Yamaha has employed by acoustic treatment brand Auralex to assist with its drum showroom’s acoustical issues.

The space, located in the Yamaha artist services facility includes its artist relations drum and snare showrooms along with a recording studio, used for both drums and guitars.

Reserved for the Yamaha’s elite artists, and only available via appointment, the audio quality of the studio as well as the showroom needed to be top-notch in order to showcase the range in sounds of the drum kits on display, in addition to being used as an in-house R&D facility for new and upgraded drum and guitar products.

“Our goal with the Auralex acoustical treatments was to create a more deadened sound to the room,” says Ken Dapron, director of Yamaha artist services. “Auralex’s ProPanels not only helped with the isolation issues we were experiencing, but it tuned the room perfectly, enabling us to achieve a more natural drum tone.”

Auralex acoustically analysed the room and the main acoustical renovation involved was absorption and diffusion, while also increasing the spaces’ isolation properties. In the main drum showroom, which contains several drum kits of varying models, sizes and configurations, Yamaha installed 12 Elite CT45 ProPanels, three on each corner of the space and 72 ELiTE B24 ProPanels tactically scattered throughout the rooms’ four walls.

The snare drum room includes four T-Fuser diffusers, which were installed on the ceiling, and two boxes of 96 AudioTile Shockwave (48 right concave, 48 left concave, 48 right convex and 48 left convex) that were strategically arranged throughout the room’s walls as well as placed in the center of the ceiling.

The recording studio was outfitted with 24 of Auralex’s ELiTE B22 ProPanels, which were installed on the walls, 3 ELiTE c24 ProPanels on three of the four walls, 3 ELiTE CT45 ProPanels in each corner of the room minus the corner closest to the door, and 6 SpaceArray Diffusors located on both the ceiling and walls of the space.

Yamaha requested that all ProPanels be obsidian in color in order to match the existing décor. For additional low frequency control, Auralex also recommended that the B24 and C24 ProPanels be mounted with 2’x4’s to create an air gap behind the panels.

“A special adherence to low frequency nodes was needed for the install at Yamaha’s drum showroom,” says Tim Martin, director of sales and marketing at Auralex Acoustics. “Auralex needed to create a sound environment that best reflected the natural low frequency of the drums while offering added sound control to the space as a whole. By carefully analysing the current state of the space, our team of engineers was able to carefully and accurately select the appropriate placement and treatments involved to both properly highlight Yamaha’s line of products while preventing the sounds from bleeding into neighbouring spaces.”

View Auralex at Dolphin

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Improve the Sounds of your Studio with Auralex MOPADS Isolation Pads

August 8, 2006

MopadsNo matter how good your studio gear is, you’re not truly hearing what your recordings sound like until you isolate your monitors from their environment. This is where the Auralex MoPADs come in. MoPADs provide sonic isolation between your monitors and whatever your monitors are resting on, INSTANTLY improving the accuracy of your entire monitoring system.

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The Reflexion Filter ‘portable vocal booth’ is a revolution in recording technology.

August 8, 2006

Reflexion FilterThe Reflexion Filter is a portable device for recording live sources with reduced room ambience. It is an advanced composite wall which is positioned behind any microphone by means of a variable position stand clamp assembly which ships with the product. The main function is to help obtain a ‘dry’ vocal or instrument recording. This is especially useful in studios without proper acoustic treatment, but can also be used to help record takes in control rooms, where the performer also has to operate the recorder, or in rehearsal studios to reduce ambient noise.

The Reflexion Filter also helps prevent any reflected sound reaching the back and sides of the mic. Its shape and size have been carefully tested to maximize absorption while keeping ‘coloration’ down to only around 1dB, and leaving the microphone’s polar pattern unaffected.

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