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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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Metallica,’Death Magnetic’ Guitar Hero and the loudness debate

November 21, 2008

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Metallica are an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles. They are arguably the biggest rock acts of all time and have an army of devoted followers.

‘Death Magnetic’ Metallica’s latest album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 490,000 copies in just three days of availability. It is the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one, making Metallica the first and only band with the most consecutive studio releases to open at number one. The album also had the highest first week sales of any Metallica album since 1996’s Load.

However this release has been the subject of great debate amongst the fans regarding its production, sound quality and more specifically the mastering process. The debate even has even gone as far as coverage on BBC Radio 6, The Guardian and leading Rolling Stone  to cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album!

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records. It is the band’s first studio album to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo, as well as the first to be produced by Rick Rubin. Death Magnetic is also the band’s first studio album released through Warner Bros., although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns Elektra Records, their previous label (internationally they remain on Vertigo Records). The album is the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, making Metallica the first band ever to achieve five consecutive number one debut

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The album has been criticized for having compromised sound quality and being compressed “past the point of distortion”. Sean Michaels of The Guardian explains that “the sound issues are a result of the “loudness war” – an ongoing industry effort to make recordings as loud as possible”.

Comparison of the CD and Guitar Hero versions. Is the CD modern and loud or digital compressed noise??

A Rolling Stone article states that Rick Rubin was “overseeing mixes in Los Angeles while the band is in Europe, headlining shows” and only communicated with him by conference calls.Fans have noted that these sonic problems are not present in the Guitar Hero version of the album, where the tracks are present separately because of the game mechanics. MusicRadar and Rolling Stone attribute a quote to the album’s mastering engineer Ted Jensen in which he claims that “mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived” for mastering and cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album.

Metallica and Rick Rubin initially declined to comment on the issue, while the band’s co-manager Cliff Burnstein stated that complainers were in a minority and that response to the album had otherwise been “overwhelmingly positive”.Lars Ulrich later confirmed in an interview with Blender, that some creative control regarding the album’s production had indeed been transferred to Rubin but also stressed his satisfaction with the final product.

The distortion that Metallica fans are so enraged by on the new album “Death Magnetic”, and that mastering engineer Ted Jensen was so unhappy about is not present on the version used for the Playstation 3 game “Guitar Hero”.

Analysis of the levels in the tracks shows it is VERY loud. Great-sounding albums typically average an RMS loudness of -16 to -12 dBFS, however i recent years louder albums have pushed much higher, for example -8 or -6 dBFS. Here is one mastering engineers analysis of Death Magnetic:

CD manufacturers seemingly are distorting sounds to make them seem louder. Sound quality clearly suffers.

The video was made with image editing software and a screen capture program for the visuals, and a DAW (Digital Performer 4.5) to process the audio.

Source:

Matt Mayfield

http://mastering-media.blogspot.com/2008/09/metallica-death-magnetic-stop-loudness.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untitled_Metallica_album

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Auralex Famous Clients List!

November 20, 2008

Auralex has just released a list of some of their clients. Quite impressive. If you are looking for Acoustic Treatment products…you can’t really go wrong with Auralex!

“Auralex has 32 years of helping famous folks sound their best, and here’s a sampling of some of the notable entities with whom we’ve worked, often on multiple projects. You’re sure to recognize quite a few of these names, but bear in mind that this is just a sampling…and we’re contractually prohibited from mentioning many of our clients by name.

“A few of them would be tops on this list if we were allowed to mention them.

“The reason the Famous Clients List should be important to you is this. Auralex makes available to ALL our customers the exact same consulting expertise and technical firepower that helps our most famous clients. So, no matter whether you’ve got a few hundred bucks to spend or the kind of mega-budgets many of these clients are used to, you can rest assured that the friendly, competent engineers at Auralex will help your space be the absolute best it can be. I promise that you’ll enjoy dealing with Auralex, just as these famous clients did, and that you’ll be more than pleased with the results we help you attain.”

Eric Smith
Founder & President

·          ABC Radio Network
·          ABC TV
·          AT&T
·          Adaptec
·          Alan Meyerson
·          Alto Reed (Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band)
·          An Anonymous “Phamous” Rock Band
·          Andrew Gold
·          Andy Cichon (Shania Twain, Billy Joel)
·          Anheuser-Busch
·          Apple Computer
·          Ardent Studios
·          Art Academy of San Francisco
·          Audio Technica
·          Audix
·          Azden
·          Baldwin Pianos
·          Barnes & Noble, New York City
·          Barney & Friends
·          Barry Carl (Rockapella)
·          Beavis & Butthead
·          Bell Telephone Research Labs
·          Ben Fowler (E. Clapton, M. McDonald, Bad Co.)
·          Berklee College Of Music
·          Beyonce
·          Bill Fulton (I Am Weasel/Cartoon Network)
·          Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead)
·          Blue Man Group
·          Blues Saraceno (M. Bolton, T. Dayne, Cher, Jack Bruce)
·          Bob Hodas (acoustician)
·          Bob Kevoian (The Bob & Tom Show)
·          Boeing
·          Bootsy Collins
·          Bose
·          Brian Foraker (Heart, Yes, KISS, Starship, Night Ranger, .38 Special, Whitesnake, ELP, etc.)
·          Brian Knave
·          Brian May (Queen)
·          Brian Tankersley (Joel Osteen, Sawyer Brown, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn)
·          Brigham Young University
·          CBS Radio Network
·          CBS Sports
·          CBS Television’s CSI
·          Carvin
·          Castle Oak Productions (Titanic, Tremors, Wings, 21 Jump Street, Jose Feliciano, Sergio Mendes)
·          Celine Dion
·          CharlieUniformTango, Dallas (Cadillac, JC Penney, AT&T)
·          Chevron USA
·          Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down
·          Christopher Cross
·          Chuck Surack (Sweetwater Sound)
·          Cigna Insurance
·          Cinema Video
·          Clay Krasner (Chely Wright)
·          Clint Black
·          Cobra Golf
·          Collateral Damage (Warner Bros./A. Schwarzenegger Film)
·          Collective Soul
·          Community Loudspeakers
·          Crawford Post
·          Daniel Spitz (Anthrax)
·          Danny Seraphine (original drummer of Chicago)
·          Dave Meniketti (Y&T, Taco Bell, Levi’s, Mattel)
·          David Paglia (producer/engineer)
·          David Rosenthal (B. Joel, B. Springsteen, Robt. Palmer)
·          David Schwartz (Northern Exposure, Ellen Degeneres, etc.)
·          Deftones
·          Dennis DeYoung, James Young & Todd Sucherman (Styx)
·          Denver Center For The Performing Arts
·          Dick Ervasti (Voice of Sports on Fox & Tons More)
·          Dick Wilkerson (Former Voice of WGN-TV, Chicago)
·          Digidesign
·          Digital Insight
·          Digital Sound Works (Babylon 5, Frazier/Becker, NBC, ABC)
·          Doane Perry (Jethro Tull)
·          Dominic Guss (Stevie Nicks, The Outfield, Kurzweil)
·          Don LaFontaine (voiceover god)
·          D’arcy & Smashing Pumpkins
·          Dr. Laura
·          Dreamworks
·          EA Sports
·          ESPN
·          Eddie Kramer (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, AC/DC)
·          Ed Friedland (Bass Guitar Magazine)
·          Editel
·          Electroplex
·          Ensoniq
·          Eric Clapton
·          Event Electronics
·          Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
·          Famous Detroit Rapper
·          Fender Museum
·          Folded Space Technologies
·          Ford Motor Company
·          Fruit of the Loom Country Comfort Tour
·          Full Sail Center For The Recording Arts
·          General Dynamics
·          George Lynch, Grammy®-Winner (Lynch Mob, Dokken)
·          George Terry (Eric Clapton Band)
·          Gibson
·          Gino & Ross Vannelli
·          Gordon Campbell (Earth Wind & Fire, etc.)
·          Greg Karukas
·          Harman Automotive
·          Harpo Studios (Oprah Winfrey’s Company)
·          Healing Sixes
·          Henry Lee Summer
·          Hitachi
·          Hunter Fan Company
·          Investor’s Business Daily
·          Irving Azoff
·          JBL
·          James Taylor
·          Jars of Clay
·          Jeff Marino (Carolyn Dawn-Johnson)
·          Jerry Ragavoy (songwriter, producer, and founder of the Hit Factory)
·          Jerry Springer (editing suites)
·          Jim Bratton (Dow, Exxon, Shell, Continental, Compaq)
·          Jim Brock (Kathy Mateo)
·          Joe Bonamassa (#1 Billboard® Blues Artist)
·          Joe “Guido” Welsh (Wal-Mart, Atlanta Hawks, Turner Netwk.)
·          Joey Donatello (J. Jackson, T. Yearwood, T. Braxton, R. Kelly)
·          John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs)
·          John Baxter (Re-Flex)
·          John Blackwell (drummer with Prince, Patti LaBelle)
·          John Ferenzik (Todd Rundgren)
·          John Kay (Steppenwolf)
·          Johnny A
·          Journey
·          Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center
·          Kansas City Royals Broadcasting
·          Kathy Mattea
·          Kenny Aronoff (Mellencamp, Fogerty, Etheridge, Seger)
·          Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush. Healing Sixes)
·          Klipsch
·          Kodak
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