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Sweetwater announces GearFest Mixing Contest

GearFest Mixing Contest

Sweetwater has announced the GearFest Mixing Contest, its largest audio mixing contest in collaboration with pureMix, offering participants the chance to win over $18 000 worth of high end audio equipment.

Sweetwater and pureMix.net are proud to announce that they have partnered together to organise the most exciting mixing contest ever seen on the web. Participants can register for FREE and download the raw tracks from famous artist Liza Colby and do their own mix. The winners will win amazing prizes donated by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it ?

The tracks for mixing the best sounding version of Liza Colby Sound’s song ‘Oh Baby’ are actually downloadable at pureMix. The contest is FREE and is sponsored by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater.

Tracked live on stage in front of a rapt audience at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2012, “Oh Baby” is a raw gem that will let contestants really prove their mixing skills. The contest is completely platform independent : any DAW, any platform is welcome. The pureMix team and Fab Dupont will pick out the 16 winners for the 16 prizes. Judges will focus on mixing skills and “taste” to pick the winners, not what equipment was used.

Contest instructions are available at pureMix after a FREE registration. Contestants can also watch grammy nominated producer/Engineer Fab Dupont in a free video showing how the hit was recorded, with a detailed step-by-step explanation.

The mixing challenge runs until June 1st, 2013. Winners will be announced at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2013 on June 21st, contacted via email and announced on pureMix.net homepage.

More information: GearFest Mixing Contest

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Lauten Audio announces Atlantis FC-387 microphone

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Lauten Audio has announced the Atlantis FC-387, a solid-state multi-functional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone.

Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387

The uniquely appointed Atlantis microphone features multiple switches for three different polar patterns, gain, and unique timbre settings. The FC-387 is for recordists seeking an incredibly diverse and useful modern FET studio microphone. It offers a blend of full and rich low and mid-range, as well as smooth and unique high-mid and high-frequencies.

Multiple switches located on each side and back of the FC-387 Atlantis microphone allow the engineer to uniquely configure it. First is a polar pattern switch giving recordists the option of choosing between Cardioid, Omnidirectional or Figure-8 polar patterns. Borrowing the much-loved gain options from its sibling the Lauten Audio ‘Clarion’ FC-357 microphone, the Atlantis features a -10db and +10dB switch. The +10dB gain switch increases versatility by allowing a choice of whether to have more character from the preamplifier gain or directly from the microphone. While the -10dB switch reduces its output and increases the maximum SPL level allowing it to record very loud sources.

What makes the Atlantis microphone truly unique is its voicing switch. This feature gives recordists three very different timbres to choose from that satisfy an extremely wide range of recorded sources. The options are: Gentle, Neutral and Forward. The ‘Gentle’ position provides maximum control of bright or peaky sources like S’s in vocal recordings. The ‘Neutral’ position offers a nice even response with good control over vocal S’s and other audio peaks, while the ‘Forward’ position can help bring life to dull sources without having to use EQ, but while still maintaining control over any peaks.

As are all Lauten Audio microphones, the FC-387 Atlantis is built with extreme attention to detail. From the individually hand-tuned capsule and premium high-resolution electronics, the microphone is a high-quality precision instrument that will meet or exceed the demands of any studio recording environment.

Atlantis FC-387 features

  • Type: 31.25mm dual large diaphragm pressure gradient transducer microphone.
  • Polar Patterns: Omnidirectional, Cardioid and Figure-8 selectable.
  • Circuit: Low-noise solid-state FET.
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 20Khz.
  • Dynamic Range: 120dB minimum.
  • Impedance: < 200 ohms.
  • Max. SPL: 0.5%THD@1000Hz: 130dB.
  • Self-noise Level: < 12dB(A).
  • Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa OR -36±2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz.
  • 3-way -10 dB attenuation, 0dB and +10dB gain switch.
  • 3-way Gentle, Neutral, Forward voicing switch.
  • 3-way Polar pattern switch.
  • Connector: 3-Pin standard XLR.
  • Power Requirement: +48V phantom power.

The Atlantis FC-387 microphone retails for $1599 USD and will be available in Q2 of 2012.

More information: Lauten Audio

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