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Zoom's H6 is handy for DSLR users R International News ONKONKOMA, NY — Zoom North America ( is now shipping its new H6 Handy Recorder. The $499 portable recorder offers six tracks of simultaneous recording and employs a system of interchangeable input capsules. Stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side) capsules are both included with the H6, while Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules are available as options. The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder. Its large, full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels even in low-light environments. The H6 records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB in a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit/96k. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages. Other features include a stereo line out for connection to camcorders; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and prerecord, auto-record and backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets. 1 Sonic upgrades with SADiE and Prism gear B RIGHTON, UK — Producer Max Gilkes has upgraded his mastering and post production facility, 1 Sonic (, by installing SADiE 6 software for mastering and a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire audio interface. Gilkes founded 1 Sonic eight years ago. "I was previously using Peak as a playlist editor and doing most other things on Pro Tools," he explains. "But as it was time for an upgrade, I decided to go with a company that I knew I could have a good working relationship with, and one that was also based in the UK." The facility is used largely for mastering and mixing, but also boasts a live room with eight tie-lines that's large enough to record drums. Gilkes (pictured) says he has found the transition to SADiE 6 less painful than anticipated. "It's always hard work making the transition from one system that you are particularly well versed with to a whole new environment, but SADiE 6 is very intuitive and easy to use," he says. "I'm really enjoying the facilities it provides. The editing facilities, in particular, are great and I like the PQ and DDP tools. However, the sound quality is the most outstanding feature and I am really impressed by that." Sound quality also played a part in Gilkes' decision to buy a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire audio interface. "It was a no brainer, really," he says. "The studio needed to make a significant step up in converter quality and Orpheus delivered the transparency and clarity I was looking for, both as an A/D and a D/A converter. It has great sounding pre's and I like the interface features for multi-tracking in Pro Tools." Matt Wood on board at Studio Trilogy S AN FRANCISCO — Audio post engineer Matt Wood is now available for sessions at San Francisco's Studio Trilogy ( Wood's past credits include sound design/mixing for national commercial campaigns, as well as for film projects such as Alambamento. Recent audio mixing projects at Trilogy include Internet videos for Audi and Google+, and the indie film Freefall. Studio Trilogy was designed by architect John Storyk and features one of Northern California's only 80-channel SSL 9000K mix consoles with Ultimation. The tracking suite is outfitted with a 32-channel API 1608, and the post suite features a Digidesign ICON D-Control. "I'm thrilled to work with Matt again, as we continue to grow our post production business," notes Cindy McSherry, head of business operations for Studio Trilogy. "His sound design and mix experience rounds out our current offerings to our post production clientele." McSherry was the founding operations manager of Crescendo Studios from its inception in 1996 up until her departure in 2006. Crescendo recently closed after a 16-year run in the San Francisco audio post market. At Crescendo, Wood engineered a variety of projects and sound designed multiple Google jobs. He also created sound design for the Halo 4 Website. Post • July 2013 5

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