This year's Music Producers Guild Prize has been awarded to James Mellor, confirming him as the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.
Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize gives winning students from LIPA an opportunity to work alongside some of the UKs top recording professionals. Prominent MPG Awards winners continue to be very supportive of the initiative, which also brings sponsorship opportunities from companies such as Avid and a bursary to help with expenses from PPL.
The Music Producers Guild has expressed its support for the Fair Digital Deals Declaration a new initiative supported by over 700 indie record labels that want to see fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues for artists.
This massive show of support for artists to be treated and compensated fairly in the digital age has equal significance recording professionals, many of whom rely on royalties for a large proportion of their incomes.
At IBC 2014 (10.A49), dynamics processing specialist Junger Audio will show its D*AP4 VAP Voice Processor a unique unit that is designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations, TV production voice-over studios and feature film ADR facilities.
What makes this processor so special is the inclusion of Junger Audio's proprietary Spectral Signature¢ dynamic EQ a totally new creative tool that offers automatic and dynamic EQ control to balance spectral differences in real-time. By analyzing incoming audio and comparing its spectrum with individually predetermined voice 'fingerprints', this clever unit can automatically apply dynamic EQ corrections to give a consistent sound.
Artspace Studio, one of London's premier boutique recording, has recently invested in a Prism Sound Titan USB multi-track audio interface for its Brixton-based facility.
"Titan was recommended to me by quite a few people, including mastering engineer Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios and Kirk DeGiorgio (aka As One)," explains mixing and mastering engineer/producer, Tom Gillieron. "We thought we'd test one out, and we were amazed! I do a lot of mixdown work for people and they send me tracks that they've mixed down 'in the box' in Pro Tools, Ableton or Logic. When I compare the mixes I have done through the Titan and then summed on the SSL Matrix, the clarity in the high end is amazing and the stereo image is far clearer and more impressive."
Leading OTT solutions provider VisualUnity will use the IBC 2014 platform (14.F34) to unveilthe latest versions of its Award-winning vuMedia¢ multiscreen platform and vuEasy¢ Online Video Platform.
7.2 million US$ (5.2 million Euros) from 3TS Capital Partners, we are now able to support the growth of an international customer base for both vuMedia¢ and vuEasy¢," says Visual Unity's CEO Tomas Petru. "Our goal is to be the leading provider of OTT and multiscreen solutions and 3TS's investment is already helping us to achieve this ambition by enabling us focus on product development and reach previously untapped markets."
Rui Da Silva, writer of international number one single Touch Me amongst many other diverse projects, describes himself as a Producer, Engineer, Beatmaker, Remixer, Writer, DJ and Programmer. He can now add Lyra 2 owner to the list as well, having recently bought one of the audio interface units from Prism Sound.
DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.
DPA's solution, which will be on show at IBC 2014, is the d:screet¢ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone - a cleverly designed mic that houses a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace.
DK-Technologies has once again upped the functionality of its competitively priced DK T7 audio, loudness and logging meter by adding Loudness Automation, a software update that is free of charge to existing and future DK T7 users.
On show at DK-Technologies IBC 2014 stand (8.E60), this latest upgrade is based on SMPTE timecode and allows the DK T7 to instantly recalculate the Integrated Loudness value up to four hours back in time. For audio engineers, this exceptionally useful time saving function is a major improvement as it means they no longer have to re-run programme material to hit their Loudness target value.
Studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd played an important role in creating a new Foley studio for Russia's state of the art film sound facility CineLab Ltd. Unashamedly designed to be the best in the world, CineLab's Foley studio is already attracting projects from both local and international clients.
Based in Moscow and housed in a completely renovated former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River, CineLab already has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres, a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work, multiple edit and pre-production suites and sound design rooms. Three of CineLab's dubbing theatres have Dolby Premier Licenses, and one of these was recently upgraded by White Mark to Dolby Atmos 3D spec.
Castleford-based The Chairworks, the north of Englands largest residential recording studio complex, has bought two more Prism Sound ADA-8XR multi-channel AD/DA converters to add to its growing roster of the units.
"We've got six now," comments Studio Manager Ryan Jarvis. "We have 32 in 64 out, and everyone who comes here uses them and comments that Prism Sound are the best converters they've ever heard."
Broadcast audio specialist Red TX has joined Europe's leading live recording initiative Remote Recording Network. Whilst contributing to managing and engineering music and broadcast assignments on a global and cost-effective basis, RRN offers bespoke solutions that cater for all kinds of transmission, recording, mixing, mastering, duplication and publishing.
Remote Recording Network GmbH had last year joined forces with Dutch mobile recording company Eurosound bv and had integrated the German RemoteTaxi enterprise to establish the initial Network.
The new mastering features that SADiE has incorporated into its popular SADiE 6 editing and production software have been hailed as a major improvement by internationally acclaimed mastering engineer Eric Boulanger not least because they are saving him an enormous amount of time.
Eric Boulanger is based at the world famous The Mastering Lab (TML), which was America's first independent mastering facility when it was opened in 1967 by Doug Sax. Originally in Hollywood but now based on Ojai, California, TML remains a revolutionary state-of-the-art company that uses unique concepts of signal flow and electronics pioneered by Dougs brother, Sherwood Sax. All of its custom electronics and console are all purpose designed and handcrafted, and this attention to detail has earned TML more Grammy nominations for engineering than any other mastering facility.
With an investment cushion of $7.2 million, OTT platform provider Visual Unity (www.visualunity.com) is now in a formidable position to significantly strengthen is staff infrastructure in key international markets.
To that end, the company has announced four new sales managers- Sharon Quigley, Don Golden, Brian Pang and Inanc Vardar. Their appointments will enable Visual Unity to grow its portfolio of national and regional accounts in North America, Europe and Asia.
Following on from the success of its regular Speakeasy networking evenings in London and the East Midlands, the Music Producers Guild is now extending the initiative to Scotland where a Caledonian MPG Speakeasy was held to tie in with goNorth.
MPG Executive Directors and producers Mick Glossop and Andrew Hunt hosted the event, which was held at McPhabbs bar in Charing Cross, Glasgow, and was organised by Caroline Cooper and Stewart Henderson of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).
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