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Digidesign VENUE Systems See Wide Adoption

Now being used for major tours, festivals, TV broadcasts, and houses of worship (August 30, 2005)

Digidesign is pleased to announce that huge international touring acts including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Kelly Clarkson and many others are among the early adopters of the Digidesign VENUE live sound environment. After only six months of availability, VENUE systems have been used all over the world by major tours such as Nine Inch Nails, Black Eyed Peas, The Cure, Placebo, John Hiatt, Donny Osmond, Joe Satriani, Alicia Keys, Sound Tribe Sector 9, the popular Japanese band Love Psychedelico, Umphreys McGee, The Thrills, Nena, and many more. VENUE systems have also been called into service by those bands and others at major festivals, such as Live8 (in Paris), the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Gathering of the Vibes music festival (celebrating Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead), 10,000 Lakes Festival, and Lollapalooza.

?Sixteen days of the festival, working 24/7, is proof that the Digidesign VENUE can handle everything: rock n roll, symphony orchestra, samba, says Patrick Vogelsang, the Montreaux Jazz Festival sound director who recommended VENUE be used at the festival. ?The main feature of VENUE is its usability, says Vogelsang, summarizing his experience. ?We knew there wouldnt be a problem with the D-Show console, and the systems intuitive control surface meant that engineers could walk up to it and instantly generate the mix they wanted. In particular, they liked the functionality and how its designed, with real switches and real encoders. They could find the reference just as they would on an analog desk and work with or without the display.

Jack Kneply, FOH engineer for Travis Tritt, has recently entered into the world of digital consoles and claims not to have considered doing so before the Digidesign VENUE system. ?Were already forty shows into the tour with VENUE and it has been rock solid, says Knepley. ?Ive had it out in the mud, the blood and the beer and it has held up wonderfully. Lately, weve been doing a lot of outdoor shows with temperatures in the 100+ degree range with humidity to match and the console has performed flawlessly. It has never let me down or even wavered in these extreme conditions. A couple of things that sold me on VENUE are the amazing flexibility of all the digital features such as multiple plug-ins and endless routing options?all this while maintaining a very warm analog type sound and very user friendly control surface.

?Initially I resisted moving to a digital mixing platform for the live events that I have been doing, for numerous reasons, says Robert Scovill, FOH engineer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. ?I couldnt seem to find one that had the right fit for me in terms of human interface, sound quality, flexibility, reliability, recording and I/O options, etc. No one console choice was available that filled those needs for me until VENUE came along.

Scovill goes on to say, ?I have been using one now for about six months on Tom Pettys tour, and it has reinvigorated my live sound mixing experience. I find new things to like about it every day, not the least of which is the incredible sound quality. Im truly blown away by how great this thing sounds. For the first time in my ten years with Tom, we no longer do actual sound checks and I feel creatively empowered while mixing a live event.

?VENUE is a joy to mix on! exclaims Hugh Johnson, FOH engineer and production manager for Vince Gill. ?After more than 30 years mixing, this system has brought fun, not to mention unbelievable quality, to the show. I get excited again before the show knowing how easy its going to be and how great its going to sound. I just cant say enough good things about VENUE.

?We use VENUE for the monitor desk on the Donny Osmond tour, says Paul Peterson, Donny Osmonds musical director and bass player. ?With our in-ear monitors, it sounds more like a recording session than a live performance. Now Digidesign products are in all aspects of my life, from recording to live performance, and they all work together seamlessly.

VENUE has also been featured on television broadcasts such as PBS SoundStage (featuring Ringo Starr), MTVs TRL ?Backstage Week (featuring Kelly Clarkson), and others.

?In addition to MTV taking our mix from VENUE, weve been multi-tracking the entire tour, taking advantage of VENUEs HDx capabilities, says Jason Halbert, Music Director for Kelly Clarkson. ?In fact, thanks to VENUEs total recall, weve spent more time at sound checks recording demos, and were even able to track the band live for Kellys upcoming European promo of Behind These Hazel Eyes.

?The ability to refer back to the multi-track of the previous nights show has allowed me to make mix adjustments in the room before the band shows up, says Doug Nightwine, FOH Engineer for Kelly Clarkson. ?The plan is to use these recordings for Kellys upcoming DVD.

VENUE is also picking up steam with houses of worship. For example, Vada Dean, sound engineer at Family Community Church in San Jose, California, installed a Digidesign VENUE system that is used by six different audio teams on numerous in-house productions.

?We chose to install VENUE because of its remarkable sound quality, programmability, and integrated Pro Tools plug-ins, says Dean. ?Our engineers have very critical ears, and VENUEs transparent sound absolutely amazed them. Unlike our old analog board, which sounded muddier with each additional input, VENUE sounds pure and pristine no matter how much we throw at it. Programmable snapshots allow us to capture best practices that all six teams can use to dial-in the perfect mix?this was impossible on our old analog board. And the plug-ins we use in our Pro Tools|HD studio seamlessly integrates into high-quality live shows. This plug-in compatibility saves us time and money?nothing new to learn, nothing new to buy.

More announcements of acts, festivals, shows and permanent Digidesign VENUE system installations in theaters and house of worship are coming soon.

For more information or to request VENUE information, visit Digidesigns website at

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the worlds leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Academy Award® of Merit (Oscar® statuette) for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals, is a business unit of Digidesign.

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