Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
Producing Televised Classical Concerts By Sebastian Thaler Each of the All-Star Orchestra's eight one-hour programs, recorded over four days, was taped at New York's historic Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center where conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Arturo Toscanini made their classical music recordings. Nineteen high-definition cameras were allowed to roam freely during the All-Star Orchestra's recordings, creating an unprecedented "up close and personal" experience. ...Read More »
For the King of All Media, a Birthday Bash Gets a Royal Production By Sebastian Thaler When you're the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom-part of the Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street-on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into action to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The crowd inside the Hammerstein Ballroom-and those listening to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio-were delighted with Howard, his cast of regulars, and a galaxy of guests ranging from Rob Zombie to George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, Joan Rivers, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and dozens more. Behind the scenes, the quality of the production was just as brilliant. Topping it all off, the production staff had only two days to pull it off. ...Read More »
Enjoying the Movie Music? You Might Have NYC's Grandest Ballroom to Thank By Sebastian Thaler As movie audiences settle in to enjoy Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's a sure bet that the film's score will add to the drama on screen. What most audiences might not appreciate is the dramatic history of the space where that score was recorded: Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Along with the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom is part of the Manhattan Center, and it is Manhattan Center Productions that operates New York City's most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities. ...Read More »
Virtual Idol Excites Fans in Live MIKUPA Concert In many ways, Hatsune Miku is a typical teenaged pop star. She is a popular performer in Japan with her own signature style (think long turquoise pigtails) and she sings regularly to large, excited crowds. But unlike other pop stars, Hatsune Miku is actually a computer generated image. She is a vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media. Vocaloid software allows a user to type in lyrics and melody which can then be sung by a voice synthesized from recordings of a voiceover actress. Since vocaloid's release, more than 100,000 songs have been created and published by its users. Users can also use Hatsune Miku's artwork if it is not for commercial use, so not only can they create songs, but also illustrations and CGI. ...Read More »
Arlene's Grocery and FirstLive Capture the Magic of Live Performance With ATEM Television Studio The ATEM Television Studio is a full broadcast quality production switcher with real time H.264 encoding, so users can capture live events directly to files for Internet distribution. ATEM Television Studio includes six video inputs with both broadcast SDI and consumer HDMI inputs for cameras and computers. With the ATEM Television Studio, users also get a software control panel, chroma keyer, two media player frame stores, downstream keyers, transitions and more useful features. ...Read More »
Northview Church Looks to the Future in HD Indiana's Northview Church recently set out to launch four new satellite campuses within five years. Construction wise, this is an ambitious goal. Add a massive AV installation to the equation, with the ultimate goal of having an entirely HD operation, and it is an undertaking of biblical proportions. Between two sites, Northview now has a Blackmagic Design Broadcast Videohub, Smart Control, ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel, seven SmartView Duo monitors, 11 HyperDeck Studio SSD recorders, four DeckLink HD Extreme 3D capture and playback cards and a whole slew of Mini Converters. And because of the flexibility, affordability and quality of the Blackmagic Design products, Shaun plans to acquire many more as the church continues to grow. ...Read More »
Dubai Color Artist Gives International Film Festival Favorite, The Intruder!, a Winning Look Diane Kuo, senior colorist at Dubai's Optix Digital Pictures, is fast becoming one of the top grading artists in the Middle East. Her portfolio boasts a number of 'big brand' commercials, Bollywood feature films and most recently an independent sci-fi film hitting the international film festival circuit called The Intruder!. ...Read More »
Inferno Records Creates Music Videos Just "Like That" Modern technology has given artists the opportunity to share their talents with the whole world. Pop music singer, songwriter and producer, Killian Wells, made the most of that opportunity when he founded Inferno Records, putting a new spin on the outdated record label business model. Having been heavily involved in all aspects of his career and enjoying the many successes that came as a result, Killian wasn't about to change his winning formula when it came time to produce the music video for his new single, "It's Like That (feat. Nixon)". ...Read More »
NAB 2012: Sony Creative Showcases New Technology The latest additions to the Sony Creative Software product line include: Spectral Layers, an audio editing platform featuring precise sound shaping capabilities and a unique visual workflow; and ThemeBuilder for Vegas(tm) Pro, a plug-in that enables intelligent template building for professional video projects. Both products are scheduled for technology demonstrations in the Sony booth. ...Read More »
Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection - drive home Adobe's continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced. ...Read More »
The Dead Rock: Hollywood Undead on Cakewalk SONAR By Dominic Milano for Digital Innovation Gazette The band Hollywood Undead talks about Cakewalk SONAR -- how they use it and how it has helped them realize their musical goals.

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Home Tech Upgrade Power2U By Ko Maruyama Not more power through the house, but better access to it. There are so many devices that my family uses that rely on USB charging. Some of these rely on sucking up power daily. But if you already have a bunch of plugs stuck in your outlets, you might want to stop juggling those wall warts and install the NewerTech Power2U. ...Read More »
Gamer Gear By Chuck Tannert A quick and simple gaming setup for under $2,500. ...Read More »
Cakewalk Case Studies: Sean Murray and Tim Wynn By Dominic Milano for Digital Innovation Gazette DIG takes a look at how composers Sean Murray and Tim Wynn used Cakewalks new SONAR X1 suite of audio tools to refine their workflows and overcome production challenges on their latest projects.

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Audio for Games Reimagined: SONAR X1 By Dominic Milano for Digital Innovation Gazette Cakewalks new SONAR X1 suite of audio tools is giving game audio professionals a refined work flow, new layout and everything they need to make digital music sound better, faster.

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Mixopolis and Billy Ray Cyrus DRIVE4COPD The DRIVE4COPD project involved the complete sound design for a 30-second and a 60-second television spot. The two PSA's feature American country music singer, songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus. Mitch had a music track, dialogue, and some voiceover from Billy Ray to work with. In order to bring everything together and create a powerful message, Mitch needed a mix of products that would perform the way he needed them to. ...Read More »
What you need to know about music licensing By Michael Romlochan If you've ever seen a film or show in which a character has a birthday, you may have noticed that much of the time, characters sing a different tune instead of the famous "Happy Birthday To You" song. I'm sure some of you know why - to avoid royalties for using the song. HOWEVER, What you probably didn't know is that in 2008, the royalties for "Happy Birthday To You" still amounted to about $2 million dollars. That's pretty good for a song that's nearly a century old! ...Read More »
The Business Benefits to Podcasting Podcasting can be an invaluable asset, increasing the visibility of your career or business. Here are the tools you need to make it work for you. ...Read More »
How the PC Killed the Pencil New digital note-taking tools make it easy to jot things down in a meeting. Plus you look cool in the process. Here`s how to match the right note-taking tool with your unique work needs. ...Read More »
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