Kenny “Mixx” Daniels Builds Urban Masters Around Millennia
Media’s Twin Topology
Atlanta, GA June 2012 -
Kenny “Mixx” Daniels’ urban hit factory at
features Millennia Media’s NSEQ-2 stereo parametric equalizer and
TCL-2 two channel opto-compressor.
Mastering engineer Kenny “Mixx” Daniels has compiled a strong urban
discography, including chart-topping artists like T.I., Lil Wayne,
Pitbull, R. Kelly, Kanye West, Prince and Rick Ross. Daniels’
mastering suite is part of Atlanta’s Patchwerk Studios, which has
been tracking and mastering urban hits since 1995, producing more
than 60 gold and platinum albums in the process.
Millennia Media Twin Topology™ gear is central to Daniels’ “pure
music, no hype” approach to mastering. “I’ve used the
parametric equalizer for years,” he says. “It’s one of my go-to
equalizers. Larry Anthony introduced me to the NSEQ-2 while I was
his assistant at COS Mastering. When I got my own room, I had to
have one.” Like all of Millennia Media’s Twin Topology designs, the
NSEQ-2 lets Kenny Daniels choose an all-triode tube or an
all-discrete J-FET solid state signal path at any time. Both are
entirely transformerless, high voltage, pure Class A topologies with
only one active stage in the audio path.
Twin Topology is also a hallmark of Millennia Media’s
channel opto-compressor, a more recent addition to Daniels’
mastering signal chain. “When I tried it, I just fell in love with
it,” says Daniels. “A lot of the people who come in here ask me for
another popular compressor. My answer is to A/B that one against the
TCL-2. Of course, both of them sound great. But when we switch to
the Millennia, the soundstage just opens up. It’s so transparent and
the center channel is not phased out, so the TCL-2 controls the
dynamics without shrinking the soundstage.”
125 Millennia HV-3 Preamps Bring Oscars’ live to 39 million
Hollywood, CA, February 2012 - Millennia HV-3 preamps were chosen
once again for the live broadcast of the 84rd annual Academy Awards.
Unlike other “live” shows, this one isn’t delayed to other
time zones. The world
is hearing the same audio. No second chance to fix something in the
every instrument you heard on the show went through a Millennia
preamp; HV-3Rs or HV-3Ds. When you have only one chance to capture
it live, you want accuracy and dependability.
David Hewett (multiple TEC, Grammy, Emmy and CAS award winner)
commented, “We had about 125 channels of Millennia Preamps to send
line level over hundreds of feet of cable to the Remote Recording
Truck. The clarity of audio along with their high voltage rails and
huge dynamic range make them ideal for this work.”
Tommy Vicari (multi award winning score and music mixer, Grammys and
Emmys) added "There is not one recording session I do without
Millennia Preamps! All their products are essential for the highest
quality recording, day in day out.”
“Millennia is also there when I need them. Any problems, I can count
on them for support. I don't work without them!”
The remote audio team was headed up by Tommy Vicari and David Hewitt
(these guys have enough awards between them to hold their own show)
They handled the immense task of bringing a constantly changing live
event to the world.
First Millennia HV-35 Preamp Owner is All Smiles
(Malibu, CA, May 2011)
Millennia’s HV-35 500 Series preamp module starting shipping the
second week of May. The
first unit found its way to the Lunchbox of
Donal Hodgson, multi
award-winning engineer/producer, currently working with Sting.
me it was a no brainer when I heard that Millennia were releasing a
500 series mic amp.”
Millennia Keeps True Grit Clean with Michael Farrow and 32 channels
of HV-3R and HV-3D
channels of Millennia
HV-3R and HV-3D preamps captured the sound of Carter Burwell’s music
with Michael Farrow’s engineering.
This multi award-winning team has worked together for many
top movies including the Coen Brothers’ Fargo and Big Labowski.
For True Grit’s score, recorded in New York’s
Michael choose Millennia to
get the sound.
“I wanted to use the HV3's because of the
incredible transparency, plus the endless headroom.
I know I can count on them
to deliver the clearest, cleanest most transparent sound possible
from my microphones. Very classy sounding mic pre's.”
Michael used two HV-3Rs and two HV-3Ds as the
front end of his recording chain.
The results can be heard at a theater near you and the
soundtrack CD on the Nonesuch label.
preamps have been the choice of the motion picture industry for over
a decade. You can hear
Millennia on almost every acoustic score and animated feature film
Millennia HV-3R Mic Pre
Pictured (L-R) are METAlliance
co-founder George Massenburg, Millennia President/Founder John La
Grou, Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Millennia Managing Director Joel
Silverman, Ed Cherney, and Chuck Ainlay.
Photo by David Goggin.
Placerville, CA, January, 2010 -
Millennia Music & Media Systems, manufacturer of highly
acclaimed audio recording products, has had its new HV-3R
eight-channel microphone preamplifier certified by the Music
Engineering and Technical Alliance (METAlliance).
The HV-3R employs the
same HV-3 mic preamp circuit found in their popular HV-3C and HV-3D
units, while gain control is achieved via ultra-quiet, proprietary
techniques. MIDI and Ethernet are the HV-3R’s primary remote
protocols and MIDI interface allows plug-and-play compatibility with
Pro Tools systems.
John La Grou, Millennia founder and president, remarked, “It was
critical that the remote control of our HV-3 preamp did not
compromise our signature sound in any way.
After several years of experimenting with different circuit
designs and hundreds of critical listening sessions, we came up with
the proprietary method used in our HV-3R.
I’m glad that the ears of the METAlliance agree with ours.”
METAlliance co-founder and Grammy Award-winning engineer Ed Cherney
commented, “My Millennia mic pre's go with me everywhere, and I
especially rely on them for live recording.
I've used them exclusively for dozens of Rolling Stones
recordings and live broadcasts I have done, and they have all of the
headroom and gain I ever need. It's difficult to get them to distort
and typically all I have to do is adjust the gain and record. When
recording live, there are long cable runs and when I place the
Millennia racks on stage there are never issues when I have to send
audio down a few hundred feet of wire. The audio is robust and the
transients are always fast and accurate, with an incredible
signal-to-noise ratio. I can’t imagine going into a live recording
METAlliance co-founder George Massenburg remarked, “For a long time
there’s been a slot in my rack allocated to Millennia.
The HV-3R is a terrific high-performance front-end, and fits
right into my high-resolution setup.”
Frank Filipetti added, “A remotely operated mic pre is one of
the most valuable and underused elements in the studio. The
Millennia software worked right out of the box and they have added
tremendous capability to an already excellent mic pre.”
"I’m very impressed with the sonic and build quality of the
Millennia mic pre,” said Chuck Ainlay. "In a live recording or
large, multi-room facility situation, the remote capability makes
this pre-amp a first choice.”
Al Schmitt concluded, “We are very impressed with the
Millennia preamps and highly recommend them."
Millennia Jazzes Yoshi’s
(San Francisco CA,)
microphone preamplifier allows the Steinway’s tone and nuances to be
heard at the world-class
Club in San Francisco.
came to choosing a mic pre for our new Steinway piano, the Millennia
was the obvious choice. The sonic detail this unit captures from
acoustic instruments is stunning,” said Keith Yansurak, Yoshi’s
“The HV3C makes the Yoshi's mic collection come alive. It
opens up a microphone in such a way that you hear the true sound of
One will hear qualities from the instrument such as
attack, tone, and dynamic range, things you would normally reach for
your EQ knob or volume fader in the live sound environment. This box
allows me to mix in a more organic manner and the musicians that
play Yoshi's really appreciate this.”
is a San Francisco-based Live/Studio Audio Engineer. He has worked
with all the greats at Yoshi’s, not to mention Broun Fellinis, Shawn
Colvin and many more.
first digital product nominated for TEC award
(Walnut Creek, CA) Millennia Media AD-D96/AD-R96 have been nominated
for a 2009 Technical Excellence & Creativity Award in the category
of Outstanding Technical Achievement, Digital Converter Technology.
The nominations are made by a panel of more than 100 audio industry
professionals. Members of professional audio and sound production
organizations, including the Audio Engineering Society (AES, the
Producers/Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, SPARS and the
Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) will determine the winners via
online balloting beginning August 10th.
Millennia does Digital
(Placerville CA,) Millennia
AD-D96 and AD-R96
eight channel analog to digital converter options for the HV-3D and
HV-3R are making a noticeable improvement in the sound quality of
the San Francisco Symphony’s recordings.
Jack Vad, award winning producer/engineer for the San Francisco
Symphony recently upgraded his recording/broadcast chain at Davies
"I had Millennia install the AD-D96 analog to digital converter in
our HV-3D. I was using some excellent high-end converters before",
Jack said. "When I changed over to the AD-D96 there was a very
noticeable improvement in clarity. So much so that both my staff and
musicians noticed the improvement"
The TEC award nominated A/D converter is Millennia’s first digital
audio product. Its audiophile-quality proprietary converter
design, tightly coupled to the HV-3 preamp, removes many stages of
The Millennia converters are 24-bit 96 kHz eight-channel AES format
with Internal/External Clocking with AES or Wordclock in/out on BNC
The AES output is on a DB25 connector that conforms to the Tascam
All HV-3D and HV-3R units can have the option installed.
Millennia AD-D96 and AD-R96 analog to digital converter options for
the HV-3D and HV-3R are $1,500 MSRP. They are available now.
Millennia’s HV3-R remote pre-amp on stage with
the Tokyo String Quartet
(New York City) Grammy award winning recording
engineer, Brad Michel
relied on the
HV3-R for the
complete Beethoven String Quartets recording
with the Tokyo String Quartet at the American
Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.
“It’s been a long time since I was this excited
about an audio product,” Michel said. “If it isn’t
already, the HV3-R will be on everyone’s wish list
soon. The features are comprehensive, offering many
more options than we’ve had on previous outboard
microphone pre’s, and as I mentioned to Joel
Silverman (Millennia’s Managing Director) the
interface is extremely intuitive. And, of course,
the realistic sound is what we have learned to
expect from Millennia.”
Tokyo String Quartet
performs on "The Paganini Quartet," a group of
Stradivarius instruments named for
Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played
them during the 19th century.
Millennia on tour with the Police
On loan since 1995, the Tokyo String Quartet has had
the great pleasure of recording with these special
instruments. Their new Beethoven cycle on Harmonia
Mundi is one of the few recordings where all four
instruments have been featured together.
Hodgson - NIGEL JOPSON talks to him about The Police
own studio Steerpike, and an SSL that folds into a
Resolution spoke to Donal, he was busy setting up
recording systems for The Police's reunion tour.
us an overview of the rig being used to record The
Originally we had Pro Tools HD
fed with Yamaha AD8HRs [8-channel mic preamps which
output an AES-EBU signal]; we took the digital
output straight into three Digidesign 192s. This
gave us broadcast quality, but it wasn't anything to
write home about.
I decided that if we were going to record every
show, we should really up our game a bit, so I
swapped the converters for Apogees and installed
Millennia mic amps. Now
we're using six Millennia HV-3D-8s for 48 channels,
the quality is fantastic.
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