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Article from The Mix, June 1995

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Short Takes is THE MIX's very own bulletin board — this is the place for dealer information, recording courses, price changes and idle gossip

Deep Forest Dash



Dan Lacksman, the Belgian producer of ambient dance band Deep Forest has taken delivery of a Sony PCM-3348 DASH recorder for his second Synsound Studios facility in Brussels.

The new Synsound facility — owned and managed by Lacksman and his wife — officially opened its doors for business on March 14th. Redeveloped around an old house and a former brewery, the complex comprises two studios with separate live and dead areas, a central control room overlooking both studios, and a machine room. Integrated communications links between the two studios are complemented by a direct link to Lacksman's existing studio facility.

The Sony PCM-3348 — the first in Brussels — is partnered by a selection of more Sony hardware at Synsound, including PCM-7030 and 7010 DAT recorders. So enthusiastic is Lacksman about the comprehensive range of DPS-D7, DPS-R7, DPS-M7 and DPS-F7 effects processors, that he has a shopping list for several more.

More from: Sony, (Contact Details)

London Guildhall University Summer Show 1995


The Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts, Design and Manufacture at the London Guildhall University is holding its annual Summer Show of students' work during the week commencing Monday 26th June 1995. It includes Musical Instrument technology, computer imaging and animation.

The Musical Instrument Technology Show will take place at Site 1: (Contact Details) from 27th to 29th June 1995, from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday, 10am to 8pm on Wednesday, and the same on Thursday.

More from: Catherine Hogan (Contact Details)

Fane Acoustics at Macy's



Fane acoustics is getting quite to seeing its loudspeakers in the oddest of places. Quite recently, the company's chassis were chosen by Vickers Defence Systems for the British-made Challenger Tank simulator. These were then used to induce realistic vibrations in the driver's seat. As if that wasn't weird enough, news now comes that top New York fashion store Macy's has utilised a number of Fane chassis in a window display dedicated to womens' fashion... Whatever next?

More from: Fane Acoustic (Contact Details)

DIN Communications - The Missing Link


Top analogue synth and studio equipment dealers DIN Communications have recently become the exclusive dealers of CP Technology's Missing Link range of MIDI-to-CV convertors. There are now three colour-coordinated single channel units available: MIDI-CV, MIDI-Hz (each £104) and MIDI-Din Sync (£81).

More from: DIN Communications (Contact Details)

Making Music At Lewisham College



Lewisham College's Music Department wants aspiring musicians, and anyone planning a career in the music industry to come along to the Albany Empire in Deptford, South East London, on June 26th and 27th, where music students from the college are giving two evening performances.

Music teachers at the college — all of whom are professional musicians — believe that live performances are one of the best ways to attract new students. Teachers happy to answer questions about courses will be on hand.

Up to 20 bands are performing a range of contemporary music including soul, jazz, rock, reggae and world music. Ticket details and times are available from the Albany's Box Office — (Contact Details)

More from: Lewisham College (Contact Details)

Abundant Visionaries



James and The Pretenders are the latest bands to join the 3M Visionary Award hall of fame. In the case of The Last of the Independents — The Pretenders' album — the final recording and complete mix was done at Townhouse Studios, with Stephen Street at the helm. Pictured above is Karen Harding, studio manager of Townhouse Studios, receiving their award for The Last of the Independents from 3M's Richard Wilson.

More from: 3M (Contact Details)

Martin Audio Down Under


Martin Audio have recently supplied the ultra-compact EM 15 for two prestigious installations. AR Audio Engineering of Sydney, Australia have supplied EM 15s to the Sydney Opera House, and Glantre Engineering in the UK have successfully specified EM 15s for the new flagship cruise liner, The Oriana. The EM15 is Martin Audio's miniature full-range loudspeaker, which has been designed specifically for applications where minimum loudspeaker size is required. The EM 15 features features ICT technology, and is capable of producing SPLs normally associated with larger enclosures.

More from: Martin Audio (Contact Details)

Spirit Cut At Abbey Road


The 'cut' for Spirit's forthcoming record release took place at Abbey Road studios in April.

Mastered under the watchful eye of engineer Steve Rook, the 12" single features three original dance tracks submitted by the winners of Spirit's 1994 Remix Competition: 'Amble' by Tweak (aka Damon Iddins of Perth), together with 'Symmetry', and 'Adrian Stompy', by Fine Idea, aka Dave Anderson and Colin McGeoch of Glasgow.

Spirit's Andy Farmer explains: "The idea behind the Remix Competition and the prize was to provide a vital link between Spirit users and commercially available music, providing a kind of vinyl showcase for Spirit-wielding talent."

The single will be available in dance shops by mid May, and copies will be circulated via the Spirit posse to a selection of top DJs, record labels, producers and engineers. As readers of last month's magazine will know, this year the competition is being run in co-operation with The Beatmasters and THE MIX, with a first prize of 1000 copies of your own 12" remix!

More from: Spirit by Soundcraft (Contact Details)

Pulsar Lights The London Music Show '95


Visitors to this year's London Music Show will be treated to a breathtaking display of state-of-the-art professional show lighting from Pulsar Light of Cambridge, suppliers of lighting equipment to bands such as Blur, Meat Loaf and Prince, to name but a few.

Pulsar is one of the world's largest lighting manufacturers of quality equipment for all areas of the entertainment industry, producing a complete range of control desks, dimmer systems and effects controls, suitable for all kinds of performing and touring bands.

In recent years, an association with Clay Paky of Italy has developed, with their opto mechanical skills and Pulsar's electronic excellence producing what is arguably the world's most famous range of intelligent lighting projectors, including the industry-standard, award-winning Golden Scan range.

More from: (Contact Details) or Music Maker Exhibitions (Contact Details)

Attention All Amiga Musicians!


Please note that the UK technical support for Blue Ribbon SoundWorks Ltd's range of Amiga music software (Bars & Pipes) has been taken over by Premier Vision.

Any existing Blue Ribbon customers wishing to obtain technical support should now contact Premier Vision instead. Premier Vision will also provide pre-sales support for anyone who needs information about making a noise with their Amiga.

More from: Premier Vision (Contact Details)

Thumbs Up For Akai!


Akai demonstrated the DD1500 Digital audio Workstation to a large number of producers from BBC network radio at the recent Talk Digital II seminar, held at BBC Broadcasting House. Many of these producers had participated in the BBC Digital Project, and had therefore experienced one or two of the desktop PC-based systems on trial. Being a dedicated system, the DD1500 was universally acclaimed as fast and economical to use, and it was obvious that Akai's designers have successfully addressed many of the problems often encountered when using computer based systems. Most visitors commented on the high quality of the audio scrub which 'reel-rocks' all 16 tracks, whilst the traditional multi-track recording technique used by the DD 1500 was also universally acceptable.

More from: Akai: (Contact Details)

Attention All UMI 4M Users!


The UMI sequencer for the BBC Master has reached version 1.09. If you have any suggestions that you would like implemented in a future upgrade, or you would like more information, Tel: Linton Naiff on (Contact Details).

HW International 1995 Pro Audio catalogue



HW International have now published their 1995 Professional Audio catalogue. The 64-page colour catalogue is filled with product information from brands like Shure, QSC, Ultimate, 3G and Cameo. Also featured is a comprehensive range of HW's own products.

The HW International Pro Audio Catalogue is available free on request from them at (Contact Details).

Wanted: Rock, Pop And Music Teachers


The New Forest-based music education company, Coda, would like to hear from experienced rock, pop and world musicians. Coda plans to provide tuition for the 12-25s in guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, vocals, music technology/recording, songwriting and composing, and world music performance (including steel pans, tabla, sitar and African percussion).

Lessons will be organised in schools in Hampshire and Dorset, on a visiting teacher basis, and through a planned series of rock, pop and world music schools operating in participating secondary schools. Skilled musicians with teaching experience who are interested, should contact Bill with details of their musical and teaching experience.

More from: Bill, Coda Music Centre, (Contact Details)



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The Mix - Jun 1995

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