It's 2000 miles from Nashville to L.A. That sounds like a title for a country song, but that's how far songwriting team Robert Haas and Kristin Massey recently moved. Robert wanted to close down his Nashville studio and setup shop here in Los Angeles, so they relocated from Nashville after many years away. The duo's music career got off to a big start in the late eighties with their band Red Siren, and their 1989 hit song "All Is Forgiven". Today they continue to write and produce music for themselves and other artists. Just as Robert was leaving Nashville, he decided to purchase a new SSL AWS-924 analog mixing console. Audio Perception was asked to design, setup, and integrate the new room in L.A. with two 96 point patch bays and new custom wiring for all his outboard gear and the console. We also installed Primeacoustic panels in the room for proper sound control, along with a pair of Sound Anchor speaker stands that make a noticeable difference in the punch and focus of the low end response. Just off the bedroom there is a bathroom that doubles as a vocal booth. AP pulled the necessary wiring, and made a custom snake box for mic, line and headphones, as well as installing Primacoustic Scatter Blocks to finnish off the "Vocal Booth". The area we transformed into Robert's writing and mixing room was fairly small, but with careful planning and Primacoustic room treatments, it's turned into a great sounding and very functional creative space. Robert is thrilled with the new setup and he and Kristin have been busy working on new material.
Our work with Post Modern Creative continues. Over the past few years, Audio Perception has planned and implemented major upgrades for PMG's Pro Tools HD based audio production room in two phases. As their volume of business has steadily increased, the time has come for phase three. For Post Modern Creative to keep up with the audio production work load, they needed to build a complete new second room from scratch to mirror their main room that we built last year. To accomplish this, we had to plan and acquire the necessary hardware and software to match the two rooms. PMG went with two new matching Mac Pro computers, one for the new Studio B, the other to replace the current Mac Pro in Studio A. Their current Pro Tools system is an HD Accel based rig, so we had to track down used HD cards and matching 192 interfaces. Plugins also had to be matched between systems, and a Telos ISDN unit was installed. We also had Audio Perception's custom wiring department create various DB25 analog and digital audio snakes to connect the I/O to the machine room. They already had Mackie monitors in Studio A, so to keep consistent between the rooms, we added a complete set of five Mackie monitors and a JBL sub to Studio B. We also setup both rooms with Studio Technologies Studio Comm Model 74/75 5.1 surround monitor controllers. Once Studio B was up and running, and the upgrades to Studio A were complete, we finally had both rooms properly tuned by Jerry Stecking of JSX Audio. Post Modern Creative is now up and running with two mirrored studios, ready to tackle their growing audio production workload.
Where else can you and 95,000 other music enthusiasts and professionals all meet in a cozy 518,000 square feet? Why, none other than the 2013 NAMM Show! The 2013 event was bristling with activity. Featuring musical instruments from all over the world to be seen and played, incredible celebrity performances filling the daily calendar, and everything from suit and tie wearing piano manufacturers to spiky, purple haired punk rock guitar salesmen, the show is always an experience. Audio Perception was there all four days, keeping up to date with new equipment and software, visiting with old friends and contacts, and making new ones. Radial Engineering, one of the brands we carry, had some great new products at the show. Radial showed its new Voco-Loco, a microphone preamp in a floor box that lets you add guitar effects pedals to a live vocal performance. The effects loop can be bypassed via a foot switch. The Cherry Picker preamp selector is another new product from Radial. It is a one input to four output switch, offering audio engineers the ability to quickly patch a single microphone through to one of four selectable mic preamp destinations. Also new from Radial is the Cherry Picker's sibling, the Gold Digger. A four input by one output box that allows you to quickly select which of the four outputs that the single input will feed. Radial always provides a great array of Swiss-army-knife audio products. Another manufacturer we carry, Primacoustic, announced that their long awaited paintable sound panels are ready to begin shipping. This technology allows for creative and artful color coordination of panels to the look and color of the install location. All in all, 2013 was another incredible NAMM show.
For over six years, AP has been mastering music for TV and film music libraries. Tom Kenny, the Editor of Mix Magazine, asked APs David Knauer to write an article for this month's "Mastering" issue. For the article, we decided to use our most current and challenging project, mastering the entire Alibi Music Library to showcase how we work. The four page article discusses the entire process from importing the files all the way through to delivering the final masters back to the client. It also covers our setup and equipment used, as well as the plugins we used, and the processes we created to handle thousands of songs. The songs come in from many different composers all created and mixed under different circumstances. This creates a very challenging environment to work in and the article explains how we accomplished the task and achieved the end goal which was to provide a consistent tone and audio level throughout the entire library. The library covers a vast array of music and includes many genres and styles of songs. Check out the December issue of Mix for the entire story, and listen to our work at our mastering page "here" or at the Alibi Music Library web site.
Back in August, we told you about a project we were working on for the House of Rock. Well the opening went great and by now they have recorded over 50 bands and used every room in the house to record in. One of the goals of the project was that it had no restraints on where people could record at. With this in mind, we designed a system that allows them to record all over the house. Three rooms, which were the farthest ones from the studio, each received a custom wall panel designed with mic inputs, headphone system connections as well as video and Cat6e connections. This system allows the HOR engineer to send and receive anything he wants in these rooms. Check out our "Photo" section to see the studio and click "here" to see the House of Rock gallery. Check back soon for more updates and photo's coming up. View the original article "08/15/2012"
This year we have done a lot of updates for our clients. Pro Tools HD to HDX trade upgrades have been popular, as well as many people growing into a newer Mac Pro or DAW software. Each time we do an upgrade for a client, we end up with a surplus of gear that is older but still in great condition. With all this great used stuff available, we decided to start a new consignment program for our clients. AP will now take in your used equipment and list it in our online store, as well as our eBay store and other outlets. That way you can sell your stuff fast and never have to see the buyer or deal with Craigslist ads. It's never been easier to part with your old gear and get some quick cash. Coming next month, we will launch a system in our store that will let you login and see our entire used inventory in a searchable database so you can find what you are looking for. You can also email or call us anytime to see what we have in stock.
This year's AES 2012 was not just a good excuse to hang out for four days in one of our favorite cities, but was also a really great show. We got to check out a lot of great new gear and see old friends. If you were signed up to our Twitter feed, we were sending out live updates and photos from the floor. This year there were many new products like the Slate Pro Audio Raven MTX Multitouch Audio Production Console, Radial Engineering's PS4 Cherry Picker and MS4 Gold Digger for auditioning mics and pre-amps, and Barefoot's new Mini Main 12, which are the speakers that were featured in the House of Rock install. We also saw some new great products like the Grace Designs M905 monitor controller, BAE's 500 series 1073 Mic Pre Equalizer and the 10DC Dynamic Compressor, and many more. It was a really great high energy show and we are looking forward to this year's NAMM in January.
Most of you know that for the last year and a half we have been involved with a massive mastering project covering thousands of songs for the Alibi Music Library. What you may not know is that we have also composed over 65 songs that are currently available for licensing. AP's Jason Atkinson has showcased some of his special playing skills using instruments like banjo, accordion, pedal steel, ukulele, mandolin as well as his usual arsenal of acoustic and electric guitars, keys, bass, drums and percussion, all played by Jason. Songs cover a wide range of genres including Acoustic, Bounce Rock, Country, Fun Rock, Rock Grooves, Uplifting Rock and Warm as well as a group of acoustic based Holiday songs. Working with our other composers, we did a few Island and some Aggressive tracks also. Songs have been heard this fall in a Chex Mix commercial and an Albertsons grocery store ad. You can hear more of our work in our "Media" section or at the Alibi Music site.
We get a lot of calls from VKLA, Vintage King's Los Angeles office and showroom, to do installs and tech support for their clients. Just this summer we installed a complete control room for Canadian Producer/Songwriter/Engineer team Van Howes, and we got called in to do tech support for Jeffrey Osborne, as well as many other of VKLA's high-end clients. But this month we got a call of a different sort. We were asked to come in and wire the control room for their own new showroom. We installed all of the cabling for the API and the SSL consoles, as well as four racks full of equipment. The most unique feature of the room is a custom audio and speaker routing system that allows the VKLA clients to monitor audio from multiple sources through 2 different consoles. From there you can listen through all of the best brands of audio AD and DA converters and listen through a variety of different sets of speakers.
Win a FREE studio sound-control bundle worth $750.00. Audio Perception is working with Music Connection magazine again this month to offer up a great deal to one lucky winner. We are giving away a London 12™ Room Kit by Primacoustic. Click "here" to register for the free drawing, but hurry, it ends Thursday Sept. 13th. The winner will be announced on Friday Sept. 14th on the Music Connection website "here."
August is an incredible month at Audio Perception. After a very successful project in 2010, "The Esquire House Bachelor Pad of the Year", AP was again asked to join forces with famed designer Elaine Culotti, Blue Microphone and SSL on another huge project, the House of Rock. For this one, the HOR also recruited VKLA, JSX Audio and the studio's creative leader, Grammy award winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig. The House of Rock is a beautiful old house that is being turned into the ultimate rock and roll dream home. The HOR will be used for charity events to raise money for great causes like Music Unites, a non-profit organization that funds after-school music education programs. HOR will also be used by Rolling Stone magazine to promote their 50th anniversary coming up, as well as events for sponsors Clear Channel, I Heart Radio, Verzion and more. AP was enlisted to do all of the design, install, wiring, and integration of all the equipment provided by SSL, Vintage King LA, Neutrik, Belden and more. The studio takes up the entire 1800 sq ft attic space, and is going to feature products that aren't even released to the public yet. I can't say or show you much more yet, but we'll have lots more to tell you and show you in the next month to come after the official September opening, so check back soon. View the updated article "11/23/2012
We have be working closely with NDHS for over ten years now, providing tech services, products, and consulting for their TV Production course. Headed up by Notre Dame's Elisia Harkins, the school has a three year course, TV Production I, II, and III, available for students to take. This year we provided and installed five 24" iMacs running Apple's Final Cut Pro and a whole new updated video control room. We started with a custom made floor box in the stage area where they shoot. It has four SDI video inputs, as well as inputs for mics and hookups for the headphone and tally light systems. This all feeds into the control room where AP installed a brand new DATA Video HD video switcher and communication system, along with a mac tower with an Aja Kona card to record the SDI digital output of the video switcher live. Working closely with the NDHS staff, AP continues to provide an ever-growing, and now digital, production environment for the students to learn in.
Audio Perception Post has another feature film heading out on to the festival circuit this summer. Conation Films, Buck Wild, is a feature length zombie, horror, comedy film written by Tyler Glodt and directed by Matthew Albrecht and Tyler Glodt. AP tackled the dialog editing, some sound effects editing and the entire final dub, mixed in 5.1 in our post sound mix room. Click "here" to view the official trailer at the Buck Wild web site, or learn more about the cast and crew on their "IMDB" page.
Last September Audio Perception was asked to help out New York Artist Samuel Bayer with a live art viewing he was doing in Los Angeles. (Read more here) This month director, writer and artist Michael Haussman, has called upon AP's services to help with another amazing art project. Through Michael's film company, Person Films, we worked with him to set up a test of what will be a touring live video art exhibition. The test involved syncing 5 large video screens and 5 mac mini computers each playing an uncompressed HD video stream. We set up the display in our Downtown Los Angeles office loft space to simulate how it will be in a museum. This way, Michael was able to preview the display, and make any changes before he created the final versions. Learn more about Michael's vision for the piece "here" or view his main web page at http://www.haussman.net/
Want to win a FREE studio bundle worth up to $1200? Audio Perception is working with Music Connection magazine this month to offer up a great deal to one lucky winner. We are giving away a studio bundle that includes a Radial Engineering J48 direct box, one copy of Slate Digital's Trigger Platinum drum replacement software, and one Slate Digital FGX mastering plugin. Click "here" to see more about the bundle or Click "here" to register for the free drawing, but hurry, it ends Thursday May 10th. The winner will be announced on Friday May 11th on the Music Connection website "here."
When Canadian based writer/producer super duo Van Howes, (Brian Howes and Jay Van Poederooyen) recently relocated to Los Angeles, they turned to Vintage King LA to help equip their new studio. Soon came the inevitable question, who's going to hook all this gear up. VKLA's Jeff Ehrenberg asked Audio Perception to come in and work with Brian and Jay to create their dream studio. Starting while they were still in Canada, AP's David Knauer created a 3D rendering of the studio with all of new equipment mixed together with all of the vintage gear Van Howes would be bring with them. Working off of that, we installed 4 patch bays and all new custom wiring for the whole studio. The last piece of the puzzle came together by calling in Jerry Stecking of JSK Audio. In addition to building a large isolation room to record in, Jerry did a complete acoustic make over on the control room. He reconfigured the sound control devices that were already present, installed his own bass traps and a very unique clear plexiglass diffuser that retains the incredible view through glass windows that line the rear wall. With credits from artists such as Avril Lavigne, Hinder, Daughtry, David Cook, Puddle of Mudd, Boys Like Girls, Simple Plan, and Hedley under their belts, Van Howes now have an LA studio to create a new flow of hits from.
See the 3D drawings "here" and check back for final pictures coming soon.
Since launching late last year, the new Alibi Music library has already proven itself to be a major player in the music licensing business. With placements such as American Horror Story, Adventures of Tintin and Lexus, you can see that they are off to a great start. After mastering the entire 1400 song library last year, AP's engineering team has been busy working on the next set of 1000 songs ready for a summer update. At our studio, we have been depending heavily on the Slate Digital FGX mastering software to give Alibi its incredibly full sound. Check out the whole Alibi Music library online "here" and more info about the Slate Digital FGX "here."
Audio Perception Post is off to a busy start this year. Just after completing three short films for the festival circuit at the end of 2011, we took on a nice project for the acclaimed conceptual artist and illustrator, Mauro Borrelli (Pirates of the Caribbean, Sleepy Hollow, and Captain America, among many others.) The Ghostmaker, which is Mauro's directing debut, is on its way to Europe where it will show on the big screen across eight countries including 52 screens in Germany. Here in the states, distribution is being handled by Grindstone and Spotlight and it will be seen on TV and DVD. Fotocomics Productions, Mauro's film company, had a great EFX, foley and sound design team work hard over last summer creating a great soundscape for us to start from. With this, APP took the Pro Tools sessions of dialogue, EFX and music, did a whole bunch of prep and organization, then mixed the entire film in 5.1 getting it ready to play on the big screen. We are looking forward to working on Mauro's next film later this year, as well as a film for The Ghostmaker's producer, Ed Polgardy.
Busy musician and music director Frank Simes, who's worked with such legends as Mick Jagger, Don Henley, and Stevie Nicks, recently finished a stint with Roger Daltry of The Who, taking "Tommy" on the road. Now he's readying a tour of Quadrophenia with Roger and Pete Townsend. A large part of Frank's work with the tour is arranging instrument and vocal parts for the band, planning and recording any backing tracks for the show, and making sure that everything is running without a hitch. For backing track playback on the tour, AP's Jason Atkinson setup Frank's MacBookPro with MOTU's Digital Performer, several sound libraries, Apogee hardware and various plugins. The portable rig was also setup for any composing Frank might need to do while on tour with Roger. In addition, each concert date was recorded into a Pro Tools rig. Having used Pro Tools in the past, Frank is mainly a long time Digital Performer user, but also needed to start using Pro Tools again to do mixes of the shows. Jason was called in again to provide one of Audio Perception's most sought after services, personal instruction. Frank is now back up to speed on the Avid DAW platform and Quadrophenia is well on its way to hitting the road.
Audio Perception's Jason Atkinson and Craig Martin were once again implementing workflow concepts from the Society of Composers and Lyricists Music Technology Symposium. Joel Douek, another recent L.A. transplant from New York, was the organizer and moderator for the SCL music technology event. He is an award winning composer and instrumentalist, whose music has appeared in numerous television episodes, documentaries and various national commercials and films. Some of Joel's recent work include scoring the film "The Tall Man" featuring Jessica Biel, and Flying Monsters 3D for National Geographic. Joel uses a Pro Tools HD system as his main composing rig, but he wanted a secondary Pro Tools HD system for lay backs and for movie playback via Avid Video Satellite technology. So Audio Perception went to work setting up the new Pro Tools system, installing the hardware and software, configuring the computer, and getting it all tested and working. The new setup is working out great for Joel and he's very satisfied with the results. AP offers a sincere "thanks" to Joel for including us in the SCL panel and we are looking forward to the follow up panel happening later this year. The first symposium sold out and was received with rave reviews, don't miss the next one.
The 2012 NAMM show was very exciting as expected. There were a lot of new products to show off from brands that Audio Perception represents, like Radial Engineering. The brand new Radial PowerTube is a 500 series unit that features Class A design, with a low-noise 12AX7 tube and a Jensen transformer. It is sure to be a must have addition to your 500 series rack or lunchbox. As of this year's NAMM, AP is now a proud authorized reseller for the Slate Digital, Steven Slate Drums and Slate Pro Audio line of products. This includes the impressive Slate Digital FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor that AP uses for mastering the Alibi Music Library. Slate Pro Audio also debuted The RAVEN X1 Production Console, showing yet again, that Steven is thinking for the new age of audio production. With innovative features that meet the needs of the modern audio engineer, in the modern DAW-based recording studio, there's nothing else like it out there.
Audio Perception provided much needed technical support this month for Los Angeles based music producer, Soul Shock, who's been very busy as of lately. In addition to writing and producing countless tracks for numerous R & B and hip hop artists including Seal, Usher, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Pink, Pitbull and more, producer Soul Shock has also been busy working on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" on FOX Television, producing tracks for various contestants. The pace was incredibly grueling for the Soulpower team, and down time was out of the question. AP provided the technical assistance to help keep things running smoothly for the project. In addition to keeping all of their current Pro Tools rigs in top running shape, we also helped set up an additional system to handle the X Factor work load.
Jack Wall, another Society of Composers and Lyricists event attendee, also wanted to implement some of the concepts discussed at the Music Tech Symposium. Jack is a very busy and accomplished film and video game composer with many titles under his belt. One of his most recent projects was the score for Mass Effect 2, from the Canadian game developer Bioware. For Jack, AP's Jason Atkinson and Craig Martin went to work first taking his studio apart, then they got busy putting it back together, installing a new machine room rack for all four CPUs and new Pro Tools hardware. Jack's retired Apple Macintosh G5 was put back into service as an Avid Pro Tools HD system that will be used as a monitoring, layback, editing and delivery system which runs in sync with his Mac Pro Logic rig. The machine room is now clean and organized, the new workflow and signal flow is working out well for Jack, and he's very happy with the studio upgrades. Stay tuned for Phase 2 in early 2012 as we help Jack build a custom workstation, add new speakers, and add acoustic treatments to tune his room.
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AP's tech department went to work on Matt Sorum's personal studio, giving his equipment racks a much needed face-lift. Matt had just brought in a bunch of new gear such as mic preamps from BAE, effects from Lexicon and numerous 500 series modules. We were called in to rearrange Matt's four equipment racks by first removing some older equipment, then rearranging the existing units while integrating the new ones. This required adding in new audio snakes to his patch bay, reorganizing the bays to open up new access there, and re labeling it. Last we cleaned up a maze of cables behind the racks, and replaced most of the A/C cables with short cords to help keep it tidy. He's now back to work and loving the new equipment and its ease of access.
AP is helping busy film and television composer Kerry Muzzy with various upgrades to his studio. Kerry, a recent L.A. transplant from New York, has composed music for commercials and trailers, and various shows on Discovery and History channels, along with music placements in the FOX television show, Glee, and many more. Kerry is a member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and after the first time we worked for him, he recommended us to his SCL friend Joel Douek. Joel created the Music Tech Symposium for SCL and asked David and Jason to represent AP on the panel. The SCL event was a big success and Kerry wanted to implement some of what the technology panel discussed that evening. We set up Kerry with a separate host system for his orchestral palette, consisting of a MacPro 8 Core, Vienna Ensemble Pro, and various music libraries. We used the Vienna Ensemble Pro Server's proprietary network audio/midi solution to stream audio and midi data between his main Logic Pro system and the Host MacPro. Another addition will be a Mac Mini running Pro Tools 9, setup as a stem recorder/layback machine synced to the Logic system for printing stems and enabling Kerry to deliver a Pro Tools session for final dub stage mixing. Kerry is thrilled with the studio upgrades and the enhancements to his session workflow.
On October 6th, the Society of Composers and Lyricists will be holding a music technology event titled "Music Technology for the Working Composer." AP's David Knauer and Jason Atkinson were asked to be on the panel along with TV and film composer Blake Neely (Pan Am and The Mentalist) and moderator/composer Joel Douek. The event will last for two hours and will cover an incredible amount of information for experienced and new composers. Blake has generously offered to bring his entire composing rig to the stage to show how he writes. The setup consists of a Mac Pro running Logic, another running Pro Tools, a Vienna Ensemble sound source and a PC pumping out sample libraries. We will be covering many subjects related to tech and composing such as backups, power management, computer configuration, software and hardware, along with answering questions from the audience. Check out the SCL's site here.
We are getting closer to completion of Josie Cotton's Kitten Robot studio. The wood floor is in and the control room wall treatments are about 70% down. We still have to build the diffused wall treatments for the live room and we just received a 10 ft Argosy desk that will hold the C24. The desk also has two rack expanders that hold the BAE and Radial mic preamps, patch bays, Furman Headphone system and other outboard gear. It also includes a producer's desk section that will hold a 21 inch monitor on an arm down inside the desk that will let the LCD go from lying flat on the surface of the console to raised up into working position. We're also adding a 27 inch monitor on an arm to be mounted on the surface of the console. Next week we install the desk and begin to wire the studio for audio, video, computer, and ethernet. Check out our updated photo's here.
This month we had an unexpected emergency support call from Tech Guru Shelly Palmer from "Digital Living". Shelly had been working on his weekly podcast and was down to the wire with a delivery deadline when he ran into a problem that rendered the whole podcast and many hours of work useless. As he was searching the internet for a solutions for the problem, he came across our website and decided to make a call to our tech team. Within 10 minutes we came up with a solution for him that saved the project and he was able to deliver the podcast on time. A few days later he tweeted to over 6000 follows about Audio Perception and how we helped him out. Speaking of Twitter, we reached 500 followers this month and we're still going everyday.Follow @AudioPerception
A few months ago, Paul Roessler, Billboard hit maker Josie Cotton's producer and engineer, called AP's David Knauer to discuss a project they were starting. Just as her new single was hitting the BillBoard Dance charts at #12, they had taken on a 2000 Sq ft loft space and wanted to build a studio. Over the next 2 months Audio Perception worked closely with renowned studio designer, Jerry Steckling of JSX Audio, to design, construct, and completely finish a turn-key studio solution that fit their budget. Kitten Robot Studio features a large control room, a live tracking room, a second isolation/amp room, a separate machine room and a large office area. The studio is designed and built from the ground up in an empty loft space so all area's had to be considered including electrical and HVAC. The studio will feature an AVID HD3 running on a mac pro with a C24 console atop an Argosy console. It will also have mic pre's from BAE audio and a large assortment of Radial 500 series modules. Check back soon for the whole story and lots of pictures including a series of photos showing the process from start to finish.
It's been over five years since TV and film composer Chris Tyng hired AP to help him with his state-of-the-art personal studio design by legendary studio guru, Chris Pelonis. If you keep an eye on our work, you will remember the uniqueness of this room. The main attraction is the 14 foot diameter control floor that turns in two directions to accommodate moving the composing equipment or the mixing console into the sweet spot. Check out our pictures of the room when it was first being built "here". Five years later, after many seasons of The O.C., Rescue Me, Knight Rider and Futurerama, Chris is gearing up for his 2nd season of USA network's Covert Affairs as well as a new USA show, Suits. We helped strip the whole studio down to the underground wiring and did a complete equipment update and re-install. Chris is known as a composer that works on the leading edge of technology, and with a 2011 update, his studio lives up to his reputation.
This month Audio Perception joins the millions of follows worldwide and started a Twitter account. You can now find us at @AudioPerception. In just a short time we have added 100's of new followers from all over the globe and we are growing all the time. We offer tech news, tech tips, advise, current events, industry info, deals on equipment and much more on a daily basis, right to your computer or smartphone. Follow us to keep up-to-date on all Audio Perception has to offer, and please spread the word.
The end of February marks the opening of the Audio Perception Online Store. Clients can now purchase new and used equipment, order custom cables, or even make payments, all online at our website. AP is also very proud to now represent an amazing group of equipment lines. Working directly with these manufacturers will allow AP to pass saving onto our customers, along with better support and faster service. You can now explore the online store for information on products from Primacoustics, Radial Engineering, Tonebone, Bones, Bigshot, BAE, Bittree and KB Keyboards, with more to come.
Feb. 27th is the date to join Audio Perception at the Home Recording Boot Camp's Recording Fest 2011. Located in Los Angeles, Recording Fest is a one day Conference – Trade Show – Workshop – Panel event celebrating cool recordings, and the gear, people and techniques that make them. A gathering of people with a passion for making great records, and great music. Guests can check out new gear, learn from the masters and network with other people passionate about recording. The amazing guest panel of producers and engineers will include people like Dave Pensado (Pink, Shakira, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J) and Tony Shepperd, (Madonna, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Kenny Loggins). There will be a raffle with thousands of dollars in prizes, and a trade show with many booths from heavy hitters like Genelec, Neve and Audio Perception. The best part about it is 100% of ticket sales and all net proceeds from the raffle and sponsorship will go to support the recording program at Phoenix House, a program that uses recording and music to help young people recovering from drug addiction. See you there.
Audio Perception Post has been very busy lately. Two films we worked on last year are on the festival circuit. Anti-Samaritan Hotline is a short film written and directed by A. Tad Chamberlain. The film was mixed at APP's downtown Los Angeles 5.1 mix studio by Tad with assistance by David Knauer. The film has already won 2 awards. The first is the 2010 Shocker Award for Overall Excellence, the Shockfest Film Festival’s top award. ASH was nominated for three Shocker awards in total including Best Director. The other award was the CineKink Select Award for Creative Vision in a Short Film at the CineKink NYC Film Festival. ASH has also been shown at numerous other festivals including CineKink in Vegas, Portland and Los Angeles, D.C. and Chicago, and at the Fetsich Film Festival in Kiel, Germany. Another short film APP just completed in December, The Monstrosity, was already in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and it's looks like it will be accepted into 2 or 3 more in the next few months. Check back here or at the Audio Perception Post web site for more info.
This years NAMM show was as successful as ever. Audio Perception spent all four days walking the floor, making new contacts, attending meetings and setting up all kinds of great new things to come for 2011. Stars of the show this year were software developers and products. Following up AVID's big PT9 release at AES, Steinberg released Cubase 6 which is now 64bit for both Man an PC. MOTU also announced a new version of MachFive, version 3, which will be released soon along with free DP Control app for iPhone/iPad. Other notable releases were Izotope's Stutter Edit and Steven Slate Digital's new line of software and plugins. This year AP also became a member of NAMM. This will allow us to connect with manufactures directly and provide our clients with better service and more products. Watch closely for more new relationships to come together in the next couple months.
We want to take a moment to reflect back on the year and thank all of our clients, staff and associates for helping make it such a great one at Audio Perception. AP has done so much in 2010, from an incredible array of studio installs and updates, to audio mixing and mastering projects. Our original music group had placements on many TV shows and films and our post department updated to a 5.1 surround mix room as we are putting the finishing touches on our loft studio, including our ADR/Foley Booth. We also did a major overhaul of this website featuring many new additions like our online store, expanded photo section and a redesigned home page. Watch for our Forum and many new tech support options to arrive in 2011. So thank you all again for helping to make this a great year, and we're looking forward to working with everyone in the new year to come. See you at NAMM January 13th-16th.
The site of incredible technology and impeccable design, the 2010 Esquire house was a huge success. Designer Denise Kuriger and strategic partner Blue Microphones teamed up, to create a one-of-a-kind Recording Studio for Absolut® Vodka that was the center of musical activity throughout the fall. Visiting the room you were first be drawn to the generous lineup of instruments and amps from Gibson and Fender, Moog, Orange, Korg and Meinl. Next is an impressive array of digital recording and mixing equipment, including a Pro Tools HD3 system from Avid, an SSL Duality console and a complete set of microphones from Blue mics , all augmented by Waves’ Horizon bundle plug-ins; a custom isolation booth from VocalBooth.com; and top-of-the-line contributions from Apple, Argosy, Genelec, Grace Design, Monster Cable, TC Electronic, and Whirlwind. With a $500,000 arsenal of state-of-the-art musical instruments and equipment, the musical talent visiting the Recording Studio was stellar. Click the picture to see our esquire photo gallery or click "here" to go to the Esquire house Facebook page. View the original article "05/10/210"
Audio perception attended the 129th annual AES convention in San Francisco this month. We spent 4 days meeting with people, making new contacts, and getting a first look at some great new products. We were also there to witness the release of the much anticipated Avid Pro Tools 9. Other hits of the show were SSL's AWS console/controller, the AWS 924 and 948, and also their desktop I/O and controller, the Nucleus. In addition to seeing all of the great new products at the show, we also connected with iZotope and will now include their complete line of software products in our studio/showroom. Our clients can come in and try the plugins before they decide to purchase. Having the software in house also expands AP's tech support and teaching possibilities by allowing us to offer better support and education for our clients who use iZotope's plugins.
Audio perception has joined up with GC Pro to become one of their System Integrator affiliates. This allows GC Pro and Guitar Center to sell AP's complete array of services directly to their customers. A GC Pro account manager can now group our install, tech, design or support services along side a client's equipment purchase to deliver a full service package. Take a look at our page on the GC Pro Installation web page by clicking "here" and check back to see what projects we are working on with the GC Pro team.
Audio Perception was contacted by Kevin Becka (Mix Magazine/Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) who is helping to put together a project for Esquire magazine in conjunction with Blue Microphones. Each year Esquire builds out a home or living space that is then used to raise money for charities. The house chosen for 2010 is a mansion in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles. Last year, Esquire built out a penthouse in Manhattan and included a small recoding studio there. With the studio in New York being such a success, this year they decided to build out a room behind the main house as a complete recording studio, including a control room and vocal booth. Kevin has been working closely with Blue's Tyler Barth to design the room and coordinate all of the equipment. SSL is donating a Duality console, AVID is contributing an HD3 Pro Tools system with the new Avid interfaces, and Genelec is adding in speakers all working together to showcase recordings done with Blue's microphones. Audio Perception is donating it's time to integrate all the equipment and get the studio up and running. We'll be adding some updates here soon including more information and photos as the project unfolds. You can read more about the project by clicking "here". View the updated article "11/21/2010"
Over the past few months we have had quite a few more placements in TV and film from Audio Perception's original music collection. Working with the Beyond Music library, we have 15 songs that they shop to movies and TV. Aside from the Capitol One and Travelosity commercial placed earlier this year, our song "Steel Buns" was also placed in an NCAA promotion and the movie trailer for "Gulliver's Travels". AP has also had many placements of an original song named "here" to hear the song.
The AP crew was out at the Transcenders studio this month to help them get ready for the new TV season. Not only are they starting another season of "Gossip Girl" but they are also doing the new NBC show "Outsourced" and it looks they are taking a third show too. To prepare for the heavy work load, Audio Perception's Jason Atknson helped them complete the upgrade of their Studio C Pro Tools HD system, allowing the Transcenders to work on three Pro Tools systems at once. We also cleaned up the other two systems to ensure smooth sailing in the months to come.
Audio Perception's Engineering team was put to work again this month to assist Musikvergnuegen with a custom ring tone project for Verizon. This was a challenging job for AP as we had to master the ring tones to get the volume and sound optimized for playback on a cell phone. In the past we have worked on other projects similar to this for Musikvergnuegen, including ringtones for LG phones and a project that involved mastering the ring tones and all of the sounds for a Red Bull themed mobile browser.
AP's Jason Atkinson was at the engineering helm of Michelle Johnson's new audio book self-help CD, "Exercises for Spiritual Growth". When Michelle, who specializes in spiritual well being and alternative healing, decided to produce her first CD, she contacted Jason and they began the pre-production work and then did some test recordings for the initial script. Once Michelle had the script refined and ready to go, the recording sessions and subsequent editing sessions commenced, and were completed with a few weeks. If you click here, you can learn more about Michelle and "Exercises for Spiritual Growth" at her website. Michelle also recently produced "The Future of Alternative Health". The symposium, held in Los Angeles, featured guest speakers and panelists from a wide variety of alternative health fields and specialties. Jason handled all the live audio, including system planning and setup, and engineering.
We had a very successful phase one at PMG last month. Chief engineer Chris Potter is very busy now mixing on the new Mac Pro and Digidesign's Pro Tools HD 8. This month we are entering phase two, designing the new room. It was decided that to make more space for clients, PMG is moving the whole studio to a new larger room. This will give us a chance to really design a great space instead of just revamping the old one. Check back soon as we will be adding photo's and more info about the design and install of the room as it progresses. View the original article "02 May 2010"
This month we begin what will be an on going project this summer with Post Modern Group. Post Modern has offices in Burbank, Irvine, Las Vegas and London. We will be working with Post Modern Creative, a division based out of the Irvine CA office that does all of the audio and video production for Post Modern. We met with chief engineer and mixer Chris Potter to discuss the needs for their audio mixing studio. To accomplish their goals we planned a complete redesign and rebuild of the room. Since this would take a bit of time to design and complete, and they had some immediate goals, we decided to do the project in two phases. The studio was running two Pro Tools rigs on G4s, one Mix system with version 6 and one 002 running version 7. So this week we are bringing in two turnkey Mac Pros with all software and hardware pre-installed by Audio Perception. One is an 8-core with an HD3 and the other is a 4-core with a Digidesign 003, both running version 8. We are setting up the computers and testing them ahead of time to keep install time to a minimum as Post Modern's schedule is very busy. Stay tuned for phase two including stripping the room of all equipment, wiring, furniture, and wall treatments and then starting over. View the updated article "14 June 2010"
Music veteran Jane McNealy is building a new website. Jane has had a long career ranging from working as a staff writer (composer/lyricist) for Mercury records, Liberty records and All For One Publishing, as well as scoring many films and TV projects. Under the wing of famed orchestrator and pop icon, Harold Battiste, she has over 200 songs published and recorded, not counting special material & music from musicals. Speaking of musicals, when Jane decided to create a new website for a project see is working on, she turned to Audio Perception for help. AP has been helping Jane with many projects over the past 6 years. We maintain her recording studio, give her private lessons in Pro Tools, MIDI programming and recording/mixing, and also help with audio engineering of her sessions when they get intense. Jane hired AP to work with her on her new project of building a website that lets someone follow the process of making a musical from conception to completion. She is using a play that she has co-written with Alice Kuhns called "The Griffin and the Minor Canon" (based on the book by Frank R. Stockton) to demonstrate the process. We met with Jane this week to help her design the site and create a road map that our resident web guru Craig Martin will be using to create the site. Stay tuned for updates and a sneak preview as it comes together.
Los Angeles based composer Mark Cross called in Audio Perception this month to help him update his studio. Mark has been busy lately working on projects like Last Comic Standing, and contributing music to American Idol and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mark finally had a free day so he called us to come in. Jason Atkinson is AP's DAW expert, so he went through both Mark's main Logic composing rig and his Pro Tools computer updating all software and plug-ins. We also brought his system software up-to-date. By the end of the day he was back at it. You can learn more about Mark Cross by clicking "here".
Audio Perception Post got a call this week from video editor Eli Green to ask for help with a Guns & Roses project he is working on. Eli was hired by Palmeria Pictures to edit a promotional video for DeLeon Tequila featuring a live performance by Guns and Roses. The problem was, the only sound recording they had came from the on-camera microphones and was far from optimum. After receiving a last minute distress call from Eli, we grabbed an OMF file he had placed on our client FTP and then got to work. Using various filters, EQs, and other Pro Tools plug-ins, we were able to mix together and manipulate several tracks. We then placed the finished output back on our FTP for Eli to grab. Before he had finished the video's edit, he had a audio track that could live up to the picture quality. Click Guns and Roses to see an excerpt from the video.
We started out the year with a road trip. The Art Institute of Phoenix Arizona, called on Audio Perception to help with technical problems they were having in their multi-media recording studio. The studio was also in need of an equipment and wiring face lift. For their Audio Post for Multi-Media program, neither the headphone distribution, nor video playback systems were functioning properly. AP went in and completely rewired audio, headphone, and video. We also added some updated equipment including two VESA-mount arms, allowing the two main Pro Tools LCD monitors to be ergonomically positioned for optimal viewing, and a video splitter sending picture to multiple rooms. All this work made the studio much more flexible and organized.