Stage Research, Inc., the developer of audio, sound design and lighting software, will hold a one-day training session in Houston to introduce sound designers to SFX 6, the new version of the companyâ€™s leading live entertainment sound playback software. The session will take place March 19 in the Hilton Americas hotel. â€œSound designers worldwide have adopted SFX so weâ€™ve scheduled this training session for the new SFX 6 software the day before we exhibit at the USITT Trade Show for the convenience of convention-goers,â€? says Carlton Guc who is partnered with Brad Rembielak in Stage Research. More than just an update of the popular application, SFX 6 has been rewritten from the ground up and boasts an array of new features. Among the most important changes are: â€¢ An ASIO sound playback engine, which supports 16-bit or better WAV, MP3 or WMA audio files. â€¢ Cues output to a true matrix with virtually any number of inputs to any number of outputs. â€¢ Audio cues can contain mono, stereo and even more channels. Users can even drag-and-drop multiple sound files to create a multichannel, synchronized sound cue from existing mono and stereo sound files. â€¢ Fades are now called Volume Changes, and Volume Change curves can be completely customized. Curves can be assigned on a per crosspoint level. â€¢ Revamped user interface. â€¢ Undo/Redo functions. â€¢ Two new windows are now available. Transport Window shows/controls the execution of cues. Active Matrix gives users control of all the volumes of the standby and playing cues right in front of them and on the fly. â€¢ Collapsible Cues. Cue sequences connected by Waits and Autofollows can be collapsed into one line. The one-day training session will give sound designers the scoop on these new offerings in a class limited to 16 people enabling attendees to get real hands-on time with the software. The agenda calls for the morning introductory session and training to be followed by more advanced tutoring in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided along with snacks and soft drinks throughout the day. The sessions will be conducted by Carlton Guc. Registration for the session is required. The session fee is $195.
About SFX SFX is found at all levels of theater from academics to the pros. Professional theaters use the software to create reliable and enriched soundscapes and has been employed in many award-winning shows, including several Tony Award winners. The academic stage (elementary education through college) and amateur theater appreciate SFX for the high quality of shows it can create and because it can be easily run by novice operators. Students using SFX get the added benefit of learning the software they will most likely work with when they enter the theatrical job market. About Stage Research Stage Research is the developer of SFX, Soft Plot, Light Factory, ShowBuilder: Sound Design and other audio and lighting software. For more information, call 1-888-267-0859 or visit
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