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MAY 2006

Nashville Producer Steve Bishir Anchors 48 Channel Studio with Aurora Converters

May 25, 2006 For Immediate Release

Nashville Producer Steve Bishir Anchors 48 Channel Studio with Aurora Converters

First Project Records Live Amy Grant in Texas for DVD Release

In April, Nashville-based producer/engineer Steve Bishir and his crew recorded two nights of Amy Grant's performances at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall for an upcoming live DVD. The performances were shot in HD Video and recorded in high-resolution audio. The concert was Bishir's first outing with his new recording system anchored by an ADK computer using an AMD dual core Opteron™ processor running Nuendo 3.2, with analog and digital inputs and outputs handled by three Lynx Aurora 16 AD/DA converters.

Bishir's goal was to build a world-class, portable 48-channel digital recording system, using the latest technology. Nashville colleague Chuck Ainlay recommended Lynx Aurora converters. Ainlay had recently recorded a session using Aurora and was impressed with their quality. This recommendation was supported by Charlie Boswell and Kelly Stuart from AMD Digital Media & Entertainment, as well as by ADK's Scott Chicelli, who designed and built the system.

"The Auroras sounded great. The first thing that struck me was how invisible they were. The top end was very natural. In fact, the sound was so transparent, it didn't feel like I was using a converter," explained Bishir. "It impressed me that Lynx did not seem to think it necessary to put its own 'stamp' on the sound. There was no coloration."

This system was put together just in time for the Amy Grant concerts, with no time for a shake-down project. "Aurora's set-up was easy and flawless. The front panel made set-up, operation and monitoring very easy and the interface to Nuendo was straight-ahead," according to Bishir.

Both concerts were recorded in Nuendo at 32-bit, 96 kHz. A variety of microphones and line level feeds went through ATI 8MX2 preamps into Neve and GML compressors directly into the three Aurora 16s. All digital signals were controlled using a Lucid master clock. 48 channels of live audio were then sent to the AMD Opteron processor-powered ADK computer and Nuendo. All mixing was handled within Nuendo, and no console was used for recording. Dynaudio monitors were also part of the recording system. Bishir's "studio" at the hall was an unused office under the stage. Although the room was just one floor under the actual performance, the new facility had the isolation needed for him to monitor the performance without compromise.

"Aurora offers what I want in a converter. I like to hear the cymbals without artifacts. With some converters, when the high end is working hard, you get a coloration, you get a 'digital' feeling. None of that with Aurora," stated Bishir. "Aurora also has great midrange and bass that goes through the floor. It's hard to describe, but when you push up the fader, it just sounds right - it feels very musical.

"I also appreciate the LT-ADAT interface option. I have a lot of older ADAT equipment that I like to use for specific effects and applications. This interface gives me that flexibility within Aurora. And I am anxious to add the new LT-HD interface for my Pro Tools work as well."

The untitled Amy Grant DVD, tentatively titled "Amy Live 2006", is set for a Fall 2006 release.

Bishir's credits for engineering and production are extensive, including a client roster that reads like a Who's Who of Contemporary Christian music. His credits include the latest Vince Gill release as well as CDs from Mercy Me, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman. An upcoming project is in the works for Irish operatic tenor Ronan Tynan for Sony Classical. He has also engineered the 5.1 surround mix for the 25th anniversary "Saturday Night Live" DVD.

The 2,056-seat Bass Performance Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. The Hall is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.

Lynx Studio Technology, Inc. designs and manufactures professional audio products for applications such as audio production, delivery, and testing for recording studios, project studios, post production studios, home studios, and live concert settings. Utilizing cutting-edge technology to create the highest quality products at a good value to the customer, Lynx is focused on "linking" the professional audio world with computers by utilizing their many years of experience in both hardware design and device driver coding. This complementary expertise is borne out in reliable products that not only have great specifications, but are also shipped with extremely stable and well-tested drivers. Support for Windows and Macintosh platforms are standard for all products.

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For further information, please contact:

Phil Moon
Lynx Studio Technology, Inc.
190 McCormick Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-3307
Phone: 714-545-4700 x 204
Fax: 714-545-4777


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