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Hal Leonard Publishes The Bruce Swedien Recording Method

Learn from the music engineer who recorded and mixed the biggest-selling albums of all time!

Montclair, NJ (September 19, 2013) – Bruce Swedien’s impact on popular music is undeniable. Engineers at all levels use Swedien’s recordings as a definitive sonic standard. The Bruce Swedien Recording Method is a timeless reference for anyone interested in capturing and mixing the best possible music recordings. From recording and mixing Michael Jackson’s albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory), to many Quincy Jones hits (The Dude, Back on the Block, Q’s Jook Joint, and many more), to the music of greats from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Natalie Cole, Bruce Swedien has always operated at the highest level of excellence and expertise.

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method explains many of the techniques Swedien has used to capture unforgettable drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds. Learn his rationale for selecting and placing microphones; see the innovative techniques he has used to create a technical workflow that emphasizes the importance of musical considerations; feel the passion invested by this iconic music engineer into doing whatever it takes to find the perfect sound for everything he records, whether tracking or mixing.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains never-before-seen footage of Bruce Swedien working through a mix, explaining what he thinks about and why he works the way he does during the recording and mixing process. He further reveals what he looks for in a recording and the steps he takes to imprint his characteristic world-class sonic signature on the music he mixes.

“For someone who wants to learn how to record great music, there’s no one better to emulate than Bruce Swedien. Pay attention to how he records music, but just as important, pay attention to why he records music and to the care and love that go into how he works,” writes Quincy Jones in the book’s foreword. The Bruce Swedien Recording Method provides the reader with a unique insight into the approach and the mindset Swedien used to record the best-selling records of all time.

About the Author

Five-time Grammy winner – and thirteen-time Grammy nominee – Bruce Swedien recorded and mixed the best-selling album in the history of recorded music, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, yet he was first publicly recognized in 1962 with a Grammy nomination for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Swedien has also been awarded ten Grammy certificates and two ASCAP composer awards, and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. His standard of excellence was established early in life as the child of active symphony musicians. Long renowned as the best in the business, Swedien resides in Florida with his high school sweetheart, Bea, and has a world-class studio on his property along with an amazing collection of new and classic microphones. He generously shares his recording techniques and philosophies in his master class, “In the Studio with Bruce Swedien.”

Please contact Music Marcom if you would like a review copy of this book, arrange for an interview with the editor or obtain excerpts for reprints.
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The Bruce Swedien Recording Method
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333302
ISBN: 9781458411198
Width: 8.5″ Length: 11.0″ 334 pages
More at: www.halleonardbooks.com and www.onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

Focusrite’s RedNet System Helps Keyboardist and Home Recordist Ken Christian Connect His Extensive Hardware Arsenal

Ken Christian is preparing to integrate his fourth RedNet 3 interface as he uses Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces to connect his extensive collection of vintage analog and digital synthesizers

Exemplifying the next generation of home recordists, Ken Christian has been able to streamline his
workflow and studio setup via RedNet

Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2013 –Ken Christian is an avid and accomplished keyboardist and home recordist, using a combination of Ableton Live® and Cubase® software to help create his music. To connect his large collection of vintage analog and digital synths and other gear, he has turned to RedNet, Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked audio interfaces, based around the industry-standard Dante Ethernet audio networking system. The first to offer IP network audio interfaces for the recording studio, RedNet is suitable for any application that requires moving around high quality audio with high channel count and ultra-low latency. Focusrite’s RedNet is helping Christian streamline his workflow so he can focus on the music.

Christian’s setup includes vintage keyboards including a Moog MemoryMoog, Oberheim OB-8, Prophet 5, Yamaha CS70M, Korg MS-10, and a Roland Juno-60, as well as a wide variety of modern synths such as the Yamaha Motif, Korg Kronos, Korg R-3 and Dave Smith Tempest. Before he learned about Focusrite’s RedNet system, Christian says his studio was a maze of wires, patch bays and patch cords. Those are headed to eBay, he says, now that he’s discovered RedNet. “I have about forty classic synthesizers, going back to the 1970s – and this was the only way I had to route them,” he jokes, referring to the tangle of patch cords that he used to need to organize and record them, as well as connect them to his hardware outboard processors, another staple of classic pro audio that he likes to use. “It used to be very complicated, and I’d spend as much time routing as creating. Then I got RedNet, and it’s dramatically changed my studio and the way I work. I love it.”

Heading towards his fourth RedNet 3 unit – all purchased through Sweetwater – Christian now uses the 32-input devices to connect all of his hardware. Christian uses a combination of converters that he had prior to his RedNet system. The Focusrite AD/DA conversion he’s currently using to get optical into and out of the RedNet 3 are the Liquid Saffire 56, the Octopre MkII and the Octopre MkII Dynamic. All RedNet 3 units feed into a RedNet PCIe card with 128 inputs and outputs via a gigabit Ethernet switch.

RedNet 3 interfaces existing digital audio systems and components to the RedNet network with up to 32 inputs and outputs and full software remote control. The unit includes support for AES, S/PDIF and ADAT digital audio formats and allows the RedNet system to be synchronized to incoming signal-clock or a word-clock source. RedNet 3 is an elegantly simple means of converting 32 channels of audio and delivering it somewhere else on the network at near-zero latency.

“I’m going through a number of outboard devices, including my synths and the outboard processing,” he explains. “The RedNet 3 units route audio in and out, anywhere I need it, and I don’t have to think about it.”

As simple as RedNet has made his workflow, it has also changed the way his studio looks. “I can have a live-recording or work area anywhere in the house I have an Ethernet connection, so it’s really allowed me to expand the boundaries of my studio. I’m ready to buy my fourth RedNet 3, and that will increase my I/O capability to 128. RedNet is so easy, so simple, and so cool.”

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Christie’s Video Display Solutions for 24/7 Security and Surveillance on Display at ASIS 2013

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, will showcase its integrated, high performance, high resolution mission critical video display wall solutions at ASIS 2013, the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry, September 24-26 in Chicago, Illinois. Purpose-built for control rooms in security and surveillance applications, Christie display solutions and content management represent 24/7 access, reliability and security for briefings, monitoring, and surveillance.
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“Christie has been designing control room solutions for decades. Our standard and custom-designed video wall solutions are cost-effective and easily integrated into customers’ existing infrastructure,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “Detecting and acting on security events quickly is paramount. Our solutions provide fluid ease of use and visual accuracy to support any security environment flawlessly and our team of engineers and technical experts approaches each project based on individual needs, ensuring the right technology is applied every time. Our customers can breathe easier knowing they are getting 24/7 reliability that allows them to monitor, review, and share information in real-time, mitigating any potential risk.”

Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel display


At ASIS, the Christie booth (#2383)will feature three different integrated options for video wall display for the security and surveillance industry, starting with a 3 by 2 curved 55 inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel display, with content management and mobility driven by the all-new Christie® Phoenix™. The quad high definition Christie QuadHD84, with stunning resolution and 60Hz update rates will also be on display, with Christie Phoenix streaming live IP videos.The booth space will also showcase a 1 by 5 Christie® MicroTiles® tower.
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55 inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel with ultra-narrow bezel
The Christie FHD551-X 55 inch HD LCD flat panel, with seams as small as 5.9mm, permits each panel to offer high-pixel density and an LED-backlit screen, with full high-definition resolution for sharp looking images from any distance. The space-saving FHD551-X LCD flat panel uses less than one watt of power in standby mode and offers an exceptionally low total cost of ownership, with reliable performance.

Christie Phoenix for Control Rooms


Christie Phoenix
Launched earlier this year, the network-distributed open content management system Christie® Phoenix™, enables all users to easily access and control audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. With Christie Phoenix, the same information, presented in the same format simultaneously is made available to all users regardless of their location.
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Christie MicroTiles
Ideal for command/control and surveillance, Christie MicroTiles feature super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm, a narrow 10 inch (260mm) depth and continuous automatic color and brightness calibration. With its stunning image quality, 24/7 performance, minimal footprint and low cost of ownership, the MicroTiles can be stacked and configured into an endless variety of designs, and fit into nearly any environment.
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Christie integrated video wall solutions are built with the latest display technologies, including DLP®, LCD and LED that deliver superior, long-life performance at the lowest cost of operation and processing and content management. The displays are found worldwide and range from American Water to the Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center to Mexico’s ultra-modern Federal Police Intelligence.
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Christie’s visual display systems are built on proven technologies, with many products listed in General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules 58 and 70.
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Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

Paul Salvini, Christie CTO, Featured Speaker at Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference


Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Salvini, its Chief Technology Officer, will be a featured speaker at the 2nd annual Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference taking place at the Bell TIFF Lightbox Theatre from September 20 to 23.
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Dr. Salvini is one of two speakers on the topic of Laser Projection scheduled for
2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 22 in Cinema 2. His presentation will focus on recent technological advances in laser projection and how these will influence the future of cinema and visual display projection techniques. The second speaker is Peter Ludé, a prominent engineering leader in broadcast and digital media, who will highlight the regulatory and safety issues raised by this leading edge technology. Both speakers will be available for a Q&A session following their presentations.
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Dr. Salvini has led award-winning teams of engineers and software developers in bringing to market advanced visualization, simulation and display technologies. He has worked with 3D animation for major Hollywood film studios and has expertise in turning complex data sets into visualization solutions for defense and academic entities, as well as for the entertainment world.
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Dr. Salvini has an equally accomplished academic career. Currently president of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and holding appointments as Adjunct Professor of Engineering and KMDI Senior Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, he also serves on a number of boards relating to digital media research in the areas of graphics information visualization and 3D film innovation.
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Mr. Ludé most recently was Senior Vice President of Sony’s Silicon Valley research and development labs where his work included workflow software for movie production, stereoscopic imaging and the next generation of 4K laser projectors for digital cinema. He is a past President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and also co-founder and past Chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (http://lipainfo.org/).
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The conference is an unique international gathering of creative, scientific and business minds discussing, discovering and inspiring innovation in “Stereoscopic 3D” cinema. Brought together by the 3D Film Innovation Consortium, it offers the highest quality discussions on the creative, scientific and business challenges and possibilities of stereoscopic 3D.

Vaddio Extends Live Technical Support Hours to Better Serve Customers

Vaddio has extended its availability for live technical support from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CST) beginning October 1st, 2013. It’s not always possible to get in touch with a live person for technical support during an early morning video call or late night live event.

“Good support, provided directly from the manufacturer, is critical to keeping systems running successfully,” explained Vaddio CEO and President, Rob Sheeley. “Vaddio stands by providing the right information, tools and solutions to get questions addressed quickly and efficiently. Plus, customers get a single point-of-contact to help diagnose and troubleshoot concerns.”

The Vaddio technical support team is comprised of veteran AV professionals and engineers who have extensive experience with not only Vaddio products, but also Vaddio integrated AV solutions – regardless of the vendor. The Vaddio support team can be reached directly at (763) 971-4428. Additional install guides, technical support documents and support tools are available through Vaddio’s Technical Support Center at support.vaddio.com.

Vaddio’s innovative products and partner-focused practices provide opportunity for integrators and resellers to win business and increase profitability. With industry-leading warranties, one-year advance replacement, and expert technical support, customers have the entire Vaddio team standing behind every project.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the premier global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, specialty camera control systems and professional USB peripherals for the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast marketplaces. In applications ranging from distance learning to corporate conferencing and television production, Vaddio products bring class-leading capabilities, convenience and flexibility to you and your customers alike—elevating the science of communication with the Art of Easy. To learn more or to become a dealer, contact Vaddio at www.vaddio.com or by phone at 1 (800) 572-2011.

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