Owsley On Soundelux
Digital artist --a vintage microphone fan
Singer/songwriter, Will Owsley
and Richard Bowman, sales manager, TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor
for Soundelux meet backstage during a recent Amy Grant show.
Will Owsley, a multi-talented producer, engineer, session guitarist,
and recording artist, is almost always in the recording studio.
As a longstanding industry professional he's collaborated with the
likes of Mutt Lange/Shania Twain, Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, Vince
Gill, Charlotte Church, and the Neville Brothers and gained a Grammy
nomination for the engineering of Owsley, his inaugural and dynamic
solo release. And from these opportunities he's had countless occasions
to use many of the world's best recording equipment.Owsley - a self-professed
"vintage microphone adorer" - recently purchased a Soundelux
ifet7 studio condenser, a microphone that he feels is the perfect
combination of versatility, reliability and classic sonic characteristics.
"Long ago I had access to a FET 47, which I used to sing on
Owsley recalls. "Also, way back in the day, I was in a band
called The Semantics on Geffen Records. For the record, I sang through
a FET 47. In both instances, I remember how much I liked my voice
through it. So when I saw that Soundelux came out with the first-ever
quote/unquote 'copy' of the FET 47, I was immediately interested.
I've also used a U87 a lot for voice, and since the ifet7 is a combination
of a FET 47 and a U87 - it has a switch that selects between two
settings - I had to hear it just for the concept alone."
ifet7 is a cardioid, phantom-powered, two-in-one re-creation of
the U47 and U87 vintage FET microphones. The sturdy, high SPL-capable
ifet7 incorporates 1960s-era aural features of these two classic
microphones, switchable by two completely separate sets of internal
electronics - 'V' for vocal-friendly 87fet sounds and 'I' for instrument-friendly
47fet modes. The ifet7 comes with an integral stand adapter arm
and has an optional shock mount.
So far, Owsley
has recorded a wide variety of instruments and vocal sources via
his beloved Soundelux ifet7 with phenomenal results. "I really
love the way it sounds," he declares. "I've recorded upright
bass with it, and we all know that FET 47s sound instantly unbelievable
on kick drum. On the 'instrument' mode, it sounds very much like
a FET 47, but it has a bit more gain, and it really captures bass
transients well. Also in the instrument mode, I've cut bass drum,
bass, and guitars. On guitars, the ifet7 has a very open sound,
and it's a great combination with an SM57. I've also cut mandolin
and acoustic guitar with it. Any kind of stringed instrument records
fantastically with it in the vocal ("V") mode, too."
that the ifet7 especially shines in vocal miking applications.
In the vocal or 'V' setting, I've used it on my voice and lots of
backgrounds," he explains. "It sounds huge and, to me,
even better than a U87. The top end is really open, and it also
has great controllable lows. I was instantly a fan of it in that
mode. I feel that the vocal setting is similar to the instrument
setting, but it has more of a defined top-end."
Owsley purchased the mic through Studio Tech Supply.
For his own
productions, Owsley often uses his vintage Neve mic pre-amps, Urei
1176 and 1178 limiters, and Focusrite Red 3 compressor in conjunction
with his ifet7. "For my console, I have an old, fully-discrete
Soundcraft 1600 analog console," Owsley enthusiastically explains.
"Its EQ and mic pre-amps sound unbelievable. I often use the
Neve and 1176 for a front end to the ifet7, going into either Pro
Tools or RADAR. If I go into RADAR, I usually transfer over to Pro
Tools, just because it has the automation and all the editing capabilities
that you could ever want. Plus, it's probably going to end up on
Pro Tools anyway!"
Owsley, vintage microphone fans with budget and reliability concerns
should have no reservations in considering the ifet7 as their next
major purchase. "For anyone on a strict budget that needs a
great condenser mic that does lots of things, this is really the
only choice," he states firmly. "A lot of microphones
do one thing, but not two things well.
Soundelux has really broken ground with a microphone that has two
great sounds for the price of one. And as a consumer, I felt fantastic
about investing in a microphone that was new versus something used.
Having a vintage sound in a new package and the reliability of a
new microphone was very attractive to me as well."
super-busy Owsley is promoting a new full-length solo release entitled
"The Hard Way" while staying busy with continual production,
engineering, and session guitarist gigs. His groundbreaking 'digital
record deal' with Universal Records - a great example of his progressive
approach to the recording industry - is helping promote his new
music to many new fans in an exciting new way. "It's the first-ever
all-digital record deal,"
describes Owsley. "It means that Universal has the rights to
my music in the digital domain. They market and promote my music
on the Internet. I have pressings of my own at www.owsleymusic.com
and virtual copies are available at iTunes Music Store. It's a new
way of thinking for breaking artists.
Along with the engineering and producing side of things, that is
what's exciting for me as of late."
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Vegas Pro Audio is the direct sales division of TransAudio
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Students at NYU Film School get
acquainted with the new Daking console
Any film buff knows that the video portion of a picture, no matter
how wonderfully captured, is only a part of the overall viewer experience.
Without high-quality audio, the film will have far less impact on
its audience. And while digital audio has its benefits for many
aspects of audio-for-video production, many filmmakers prefer the
sound and feel of a high-quality analog signal path for their soundtrack,
foley and dialog.
The school had gone through a number of consoles at a variety of
price points before settling on the Daking.
According to John Gurrin, who teaches Sound/Image and Studio Recording
as part of the faculty of undergraduate film and TV, "A quality
analog console can last twenty years and still be completely viable.
It allows me to teach something that is still an integral part of
the professional sound industry."
he Film School's Daking console features 16 inputs and eight output
Among Gurrin's favorite features are "the discrete mic pres,
the stepped EQ.
What can I say? It's a real console not a prosumer disposable toy."
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The "big ten" guitar players. This event will take place
on June 10 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Museum's Fourth Floor
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No Fear Factor
Dutch guitarist and bass player Christian Olde Wolbers seems to
be a good candidate for the title of the hardest working man in
show business.Newly armed with a Soundelux E47 tube microphone,
Wolbers is currently hard at work on a host of projects in his personal
studio, from producing song demos for Pink to pre-production on
the next Fear Factory album.
Wolbers, a longstanding
member of Fear Factory, who also finds time for studio sessions,
and even a band side project, Kush, is obviously very pleased with
his new Soundelux mic. "It's very, very clear and present,"
he enthuses. A top-notch microphone is a critical component for
a home-based Pro Tools recording environment, Wolbers believes.
"As long as you have a good setup - a good mic, a really good
mic pre - you don't need a lot more. That's what's so great about
Pro Tools. You can do so much in post-production now. I just try
to record a nice, clear, clean signal and you're golden for later."
Wolbers purchased his E47 through Mike Nehra of Vintage King.
Microphones recreate as closely as possible the sonic signatures
of the most important vintage microphones, but without the associated
price and high maintenance of the original classics, using modern
materials and assembly, hand workmanship and a very critical ear.
The E47 reintroduces the smooth response and big sound of the original
1950s tube mic, offering the same variable pattern operation with
improved headroom and top-end.
a high quality front-end by pairing the Soundelux E47 with another
modern update of a classic, Universal Audio's 6176 channel strip.
"I have some nice outboard preamps," he continues. "I
have some Vintech Audio X73s. They also sound really good with the
Soundelux mic going into them."
Digidesign Pro Tools with Apogee Rosetta converters completes the
non-stop music-making machine, Wolbers, who produces under the moniker
"The Edgecrusher," says he has a lot of musical ideas
waiting to be turned into completed songs. "I've been recording
a lot at the house, so it's good that I have the mic, so that I
can do everything right here," he says. "I have so many
tracks sitting around, probably 500 different songs and beats and
rough ideas. I've been making CDs and getting them into artists'
top of the "to do" list? "I'm trying to write some
demos for Pink, and I'm doing the Fear Factory album. We've got
twenty-four Fear Factory songs that we're working on," reports
Wolbers, who was originally the band's bass player, but has since
switched to guitar. "We're doing pre-production now, so we'll
probably be recording by the end of April.
We've started doing the demo vocals. We're trying to keep a lot
of the demo vocals that we've created in pre-production because
some of those turn out to be amazing sometimes."
has also toured and recorded with Cypress Hill, has contributed
to projects by bands such as Biohazard and Front Line Assembly,
and additionally gets called for studio sessions with artists such
as Snoop Dogg, Everclear and Ludacris. "I work with a lot of
hip-hop artists. I'm connected with a lot of the producers that
work in those circles. A lot of times I'll get hit up to play some
guitar or play some bass."
Then there is
the side project. "I also have another band, called Kush, with
B Real from Cypress Hill, Stef [Stephen Carpenter] from the Deftones
and Raymond [Herrera] from Fear Factory. Fieldy from Korn is going
to be playing bass. We're probably going to be working on that later
this year, too."
is working hard to complete some demo songs to submit to Pink. "I
really hope to land a track on the Pink album," he shares.
"That would be awesome. I wrote her some songs already but
I have a load of ideas for more songs. I'm trying to put those songs
together as well as possible for her to work with."
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time to help design a guitar. "I have a signature guitar that
just came out, from Jackson Guitars. There's a six- and a seven-string
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Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Chicago, Burt Bacharach, Elton John,
Dave Mason, a who's who of the recording industry, Ted
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Buffalo Sound, in Los Angeles, CA where he provides arrangements,
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as well. Occasionally teaching classes at UCLA, he has also been
brought in as a consultant at Duke University to educate young artists
in "the business of music". The first time I heard the
MP-1, it was like...oh my God...aural nirvana! "The sound of
the REDDI all tube direct box on my bass and guitars is dramatic.
When people come in and listen, they just go "WOW what's that?
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seeing the expression on the face of Earth Wind and Fire bassist,
Verdine White when he plugs into the REDDI. Ted relishes the raised
eyebrows and that single utterance: "Wow"!
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Back To School
CEO of Newbury Comics, Mike Dreese Cashes in on the New
Internet Music Economy
employs over 400 people and operates 25 stores throughout Boston
and the Northeast, selling a wide variety of records and CDs, as
well as a large selection of pop-culture merchandise. The company
has been named "Retailer of the Year" five times by NARM
(National Association of Recording Merchandisers). Decades after
Newbury CEO Mike Dreese had finished his marketing studies at M.I.T.,
he recently decided to enroll at Berkleemusic.com,
the online extension school of the Berklee College of Music. And
the course he chose? "The Future of Music."
As his class project, Dreese decided to set up an Internet company
from scratch and bet the instructor that he would gross a million
dollars revenue by the end of the 12-week course. "My project
was to start a business on the web," says Dreese, "using
Amazon to sell used CDs and DVDs, and generate a million dollar
a year run-rate from revenue by the end of the class. I think it
took me three weeks after the end of the class to hit that run-rate
per annum, or about $20,000 a week. It's quite amazing to start
something like this on the web and end up with that level of activity
in just 12 weeks. I think it's running at $3 million a year now.
It's tripled in size since the end of the class."
Berkleemusic.com's "The Future of Music" is taught online
by Dave Kusek, VP of Berklee Media and co-author of the just-published
"Future of Music -- A Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution."
The course immerses students from around the world in new methods
of music production and career development, focusing on discovering
successful strategies for future success in the music industry.
"At Newbury, we've been able to develop new profit centers
like our online activities, and made our first profit there last
September," concludes Dreese. "There is no reason it can't
be a $50-million business in two years. The whole company is only
$80-million, and I fully expect our web stuff to grow at anywhere
from 300 to 500 percent a year. We are currently running 800 percent
ahead of a year ago on the web. The growth rates are tremendous,
and we are a part of the world that is changing. "The Future
of Music" course helped us get there."
The summer semester at Berkleemusic.com begins June 27. To learn
more about interactive online courses, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com
Student advisors are available at 866.BERKLEE (866.237.5533) to
answer any questions.
Picks New Telefunken U47 For New Album
in Zappa's Utility Muffin Research Kitchen with the new U47 (L-R)
Telefunken president Joe Sanborn, Dweezil Zappa, and Telefunken
CEO Toni Fishman. Zappa is holding a slightly charred Fender Stratocaster
given by Jimi Hendrix to Frank Zappa.
Photo by David Goggin
Dweezil Zappa album, Go With What You Know, is on the Sumthing
Records label and is slated for late Spring release. Zappa, well
known for his attention to sonic excellence, has chosen a new Telefunken
NA U47 for the recording of his solo album of original material,
which also includes music penned and previously recorded by Frank
Zappa met with
the company's founder, Toni Fishman, and president, Joe Sanborn,
to examine and evaluate Frank Zappa's collection of vintage microphones,
some of which have been unused since the early 90s. Fishman explained,
"Frank Zappa had assembled a very original and complete collection
of extremely rare and valuable German and Austrian microphones.
We dismantled and carefully evaluated the condition of the mics,
performed numerous minor repairs, replaced some of the tubes with
NOS (New Old Stock) tubes, and then worked on mic systems integration
by matching up the correct power supplies and cables. In total,
we went through three Telefunken U47s, four Neumann M49s, and a
beautiful matched pair of Neumann M50s, circa 1950 and four AKG
C24s, circa 1960. We also worked on an AKG C-12A that was missing
a cable and power supply and rebuilt a custom Telefunken Ela M251
using the existing capsule. It was an impressive collection, but
if microphones are unused they tend to deteriorate, so we've given
them a renewed life and got them up and running for Dweezil's upcoming
Fit For Play and Stars
Play, was recently featured on an upcoming episode of "The
Fabulous Life" on VH1 (April 25th). The topic of the show is
Britney Spears and how Forplay has designed many of her music video
costumes and concert wardrobes. "I haven't yet seen the episode
but VH1 interviewed me at our retail store in Hollywood. Britney,
and her designers, have been Forplay customers for a long time,"
says Houman Salem, the new CEO of Forplay.
Forplay(TM) is known worldwide for its high quality and exotic line
of lingerie, costumes, dancewear, swimwear, and accessories. Salem
joined Forplay(TM) in early 2004 as the company's business strategy
advisor and management consultant. During this period, Salem played
an instrumental role in helping the company by increasing top-line
revenues by 30%, reducing cost overruns, implementing new technologies,
and transforming the company into a premier customer service oriented
organization. "Everyone at Forplay(TM) is excited about these
changes and I am confident in Houman's abilities to drive our vision
into the future," stated Sean Rahim.
Prior to joining
Forplay(TM), Salem was the managing director of Beverly Hills-based
SMGI, a management consulting and strategic communications firm
serving the entertainment, consumer products, and technology industries.
SMGI's impressive list of clients includes such companies as BIDZ.com,
XsunX, Inc., DH1 Studios, Inc., and Forplay(TM). SMGI will announce
the appointment of a new managing director, while Salem will continue
to serve the company as chairman. For more info visit: http://www.forplayonline.com/
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Some of the
music industrys top drummers converged on the Dallas area
for the second annual International Drummers For Jesus Celebration
held at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, TX. The drumming festival
included performances by artists Alex Acuña (Weather Report,
U2 and Julio Iglesias), Richie Garcia (Diana Ross, Sting and Patti
Labelle), Teddy Campbell (Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks, etc.),
Russ Miller (Ray Charles, Toni Braxton and Nelly Furtado), John
Blackwell Jr. (Prince), Sean McCurley (LeAnn Rymes, George Duke
and Kurt Whalem) and many more.
Aviom monitoring systems were used on stage, for both the artists
and band, with content generated from the churchs 56-input
Soundcraft Series 5 Monitor console with a Mackie SR-24 monitor
sidecar.The Drummers for Jesus Celebration is a monumental
production, says Carlos Benson. There is no time for
delays with sound equipment and the Aviom gear was there ensuring
that there would be no delays. Everything worked great.
Jesus is a world wide network of drummers and percussionists who
use their drumming to spread the message of their faith. The organization
was formed in Dallas, Texas in 2002 by Carlos Benson, a professional
drummer and educator.
Visioneering Design's Ron Lagerlof
(left) and 2G owner Chuck Filliettaz are seen in the new facility's
central machine room, which feeds 6 HD/SD online bays, 2 QC bays,
and an audio recording bay.
Photo by David Goggin.
leading turnkey audio/video/film design and integration firm, provided
systems integration for high-definition edit suites in 2G
Digital's new facility -- six Avid DS Nitris HD/SD editing bays
and two QC bays. A Digidesign Pro Tools HD audio mixing suite and
sound recording booth will be online shortly. The facility is also
equipped with multiple Sony SRW 5000 HD and Panasonic AJ-HD3700
D5 video recorders. All bays have 5.1 monitoring systems, and are
96K capable with Yamaha O1V96 mixers.
Founded in 1993, 2G Digital delivers more than 300 titles every
year for clients including MGM/UA, Sony Pictures Entertainment,
20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, Warner Bros. Studios,
Miramax, DreamWorks SKG, and other studios and distributors. 2G's
HD/SD online services include editing, graphics, titling, ADR, 5.1
audio, and utilize a highly efficient all-digital workflow.
Visioneering Design Co., underpinned by Ron Lagerlof, has provided
design and integration services for such clients as Pixar, Disney,
Fox, Revolution Studios, Soundelux and Todd-AO. "When we were
contracted by 2G, we knew it would call for a 24/7 type of schedule
to make the grand opening," explained Lagerlof. "We did
a majority of the cable fabrication, pre-wiring, and signal flow
design in our shop to make the installation go as fast as humanly
2G owner Chuck Filliettaz noted, "We built this facility from
the ground up to deliver a level of quality and value that goes
far beyond what the industry is used to. Ron and his crew did an
amazing job in a very short time to help us get here, allowing us
to make an extremely smooth transition to our new location and minimize
For more info
contact: Visioneering 818.882.7271 or 2G Digital 310. 840-0600
The latest addition
to Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's label, La
Salle Records, is making waves with their pop-punk/glam sound
and lyrical criticism of the Hollywood scene. The Nervous Return
formed in early 2000 under the name Twig. Now, having toured with
the likes of No Doubt and (of course) Blink-182, they have brought
their sound all over the U.S. and even Europe.The Nervous Return
skillfully combines the best elements of glam, punk, pop, discordant
psychedelia, and other elements that don't have names yet. The Nervous
Return had a show on April 11th at the Viper Room, as part of their
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manager, Mark McKenna, the studio is enjoying some fabulous
projects. Universal Music artists The Working Title completed a
new project with producers Brad Wood and David Bryson in Allaires
My Morning Jacket
recorded a new record for ATO/RCA with producer John Leckie. Allaires
Matt Cullen shared engineering duties with Mr. Leckie in the Great
recorded a new record for Razor & Tie with producer Stewart
Lerman and engineer David Darlington. Steuart Smith, Steve Holley,
Rob Hyman and others made the trip to Allaire for the room and the
NY based band
The A.M. just completed basics for their upcoming Storm Music cd
with producer Hod David in the Neve Room. Tom Schick engineered
CEO Matt Serletic produced Virgin artist Hope Partlow with engineer
Greg Collins. Both the Great Hall & Neve Room were used for
the project, which featured Rusty Anderson, Abe Laboriel Jr and
Sr, Matt Rollings, and Heitor Perreia. The team also cut a few new
songs with Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas for Robs new solo
part of last summer in the Neve Room with producer John Leckie and
engineer George Shilling recording a new record for RCA.
Jason Mraz recorded
his soon to be released Atlantic cd with producer Steve Lillywhite
and engineer Carl Glanville. Steve and Carl had just finished U2s
new record before arriving at Allaire.
client Craig Street visited us twice last fall: once to produce
Verve artist Lizz Wright and again with NY singer/songwriter Chocolate
Genius (Marc Anthony Thompson) for his project on Commotion Records.
Husky Hoskulds engineered both projects.
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Does The Bossa Nova
Castro-Neves, one of the founding fathers of the Bossa Nova, chooses
Metric Halo's Mobile I/O for exceptional sound.
Music runs deep
Castro-Neves. The multi-faceted guitarist/composer/arranger/producer
was there in Brazil as one of the founding fathers of Bossa Nova,
along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and a few others.
During his long career, Castro-Neves has led his own quartet, was
featured with Sergio Mendez' Brazil 66 for fifteen albums, and has
performed and recorded with such artists as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald,
Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grusin, and countless others.
His film credits include "Blame It On Rio," "Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels," "L.A. Story," "Sister Act
II," and many others.
on just one audio interface when he's working on his projects:
The Metric Halo Mobile
I/O. "The quality of the sound is fantastic," he says.
"Especially the preamps. The transparency is very, very good."Castro-Neves
uses the two units for different applications. The ULN-2 is pressed
into service for pre-production and two-channel recordings. "I
use it often for pre-production. I record two inputs at a time,
with perfect quality because of these excellent preamps. I can record
at home, then burn a CD for the artist to take home and work with.
In one case, the singer lived in Newport Beach, but the band was
in New York. We used the ULN-2 to record at home, then converted
the recordings to MP3 and emailed them with a PDF of the arrangement
to the band. When the band came to record they were ready. We rehearsed
on Sunday, then recorded the whole album in four days."
The 2882 is
primarily used for TV and film scoring work. "For TV or where
you have more tracks, the 2882 is perfect because you have the eight
outputs to do a stem mix," he explains.
is high on his list of features, but sound quality is his overriding
concern. "The Mobile I/O is great because it's portable. There
are a lot of computer interfaces on the market, but nothing beats
the Mobile I/O. The others just seem to be copying."
As much as Castro-Neves
appreciates his Mobile I/Os, he has as much praise for Metric Halo.
"I like the liveliness of the company and the constant support
and development," he says. He's also impressed with the dedicated
community of Mobile I/O users.
At the time
of this interview he was producing and arranging for famed jazz-stylist
Diane Schuur, journeying to Tokyo to produce/arrange for Lisa Ono,
working on his own upcoming release, and juggling several other
projects, including directing and arranging a night of Jobim's music
at the Hollywood Bowl.
"Life is good," he concludes.
and audio equipment make up the latest donation of musical gear
from Yamaha Corporation of America to Sound Art, a contemporary
music program that encourages creativity, responsibility and self
esteem in underserved youth from its base in south central Los Angeles.
"This equipment will help Sound Art reach more kids who really
can't afford music lessons," says John Conard, whose dual role
is instrumental to Yamaha's relationship with the organization:
he is a district manager for the company's Commercial Audio Systems
Division, and also a member of the Sound Art Board of Directors.
Sound Art was founded in September, 2002 in partnership with the
Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. The program currently
brings music to more than 1,000 kids every week in schools all over
goal is to create an inner city location that's free of charge to
the kids in the neighborhood where they can come and experience
music," says Sound Art founder and executive director Catherine
Goldwyn. In addition to the music-making activities at its headquarters,
Sound Art's initiatives include a "Mobile Unit" that brings
musical experiences to inner city schools and after school programs.
Yamaha Corporation of America Vice President of Human Resources
Carol Baker, who oversees the Yamaha Cares program, praised Sound
Art for bringing music to a community in which other opportunities
may be hard to come by. For more information on Yamaha Cares, write
of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; telephone
(714) 522-9011; or visit www.yamaha.com
On the Bus with Super DJ PVD
DJ and producer van Dyk was voted "America's Favorite DJ"
for 2004 by BPM Magazine and was the big winner at the 2004 Dancestar
Awards. Last year he also partnered with the "Rock the Vote"
campaign in order to encourage America's youth to exercise their
right to vote in the 2004 presidential election.
Paul van Dyk, an avid user of Sennheiser's
HD280 headphones, enjoys a busy schedule that regularly takes him
to major venues in London, Tel Aviv, Mexico, New York, Singapore
and Berlin, while also looking after a record label (Vandit),
a recording studio, and a radio show (Soundgarden). At The Winter
Music Conference, van Dyk performed at Space as well as the all-day
Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park and Amphitheater, the closing
night highlight of the annual conference, which attracts attendees
from around the world. According
to Kurosh Nasseri, van Dyk's manager, the open-top double-decker
bus, emblazoned with Paul van Dyk and Sennheiser artwork, was initially
the platform for a press junket and land cruise on the third day
of the conference. "Then, it served as a free fan shuttle to
PVD's gig on Friday at Space, and was parked at the entrance to
the Ultra Music Festival on Saturday," he reports.
clocks with Lucid
five-disc drum loop collection
What do you
get when you combine a prolific powerhouse percussionist, a legendary
producer/engineer, and a world-class recording studio? In the case
of Sony Media Software's "Drums from the Big Room" - a
five-disc loop collection performed by Steve Ferrone and recorded
Ladanyi at O'Henry Sound Studios - you get more killer, original,
and royalty-free drum tracks than you can shake a drumstick at.
"Drums from the Big Room" provides a multitude of multi-tracked
drum kit performances in rock, pop, R&B, jazz, and reggae genres,
each configured on its own disc in packets of traditional song structures:
intros, verses, choruses, breaks, outros, and so on. Each layerable,
24-bit session packet allows for seemingly endless mixing options
of kick, snare, toms, and hi-hats via three very different room
sounds. Essentially, this collection is a watershed moment for recordists
who have long desired a premier drum recording space and a virtuoso
session drummer at their beckon call for a grand total of $249.95
vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software, was more than
happy to assist Ladanyi with his loopy idea. "A number of critical
elements came together that resulted in the creation of a very powerful
tool for producers, composers, and music makers who are in a variety
of creative settings," he explains in regards to the loop collection.
For an engineer
like Ladanyi, having a rock-solid, reliable master clock generator
for his many digital recording components is an absolute must.
After trying a bevy of different clocks over the years, he finally
settled upon the Lucid SSG192 and for good reason. "The Lucid
is really stable with low jitter and a very strong connection to
keeping everything in line," he insists. "It was running
three mic pre-amps, three DD8s, and Nuendo. That's seven devices
locked together with the Lucid clock."
Sisters Chauntelle, Sherri and
Stacy Dupree of Eisley at The Cutting Room Recording Studios
Online (UGO) returned with indie/folk artists Eisley (www.eisley.com)
and rockers Submersed. The acoustic sets were part of UGO Players,
check out their site to see the performances. See attached photo
(pictured: sisters Chauntelle, Sherri and Stacy Dupree of Eisley)
For more information on The Cutting Room, call 212-260-0905 Patrick
Ermlich, Studio Manager.
Stoopid Masters At Bernie Grundman
during maximum mastering creativity are (L-R) Miguel Skunk, producer;
Kyle McDonald, guitar bass vocals; Ryan Moran, drums; Miles "Stoopid"
Doughty, guitar, bass, vocals; and Brian "Big Bass" Gardner,
mastering engineer. The Stoopid Records / Caliplates Recording album,
distributed by Reincarnate/BMG, is slated for release on April 19.
photo by David Goggin.
the SoCal rockers who sing the praises of the beach, beer, and surfboards,
in styles ranging from hip-hop reggae to unplugged acoustic balladry,
recently mastered their new album Closer To The Sun at Bernie Grundman
Mastering. For bookings, contact Bernie Grundman Mastering at 323.465.6264
Taking a break in the studio gardens
are (left to right) Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson,
producer/engineer Tom Durack, Kate Pierson, producer/engineer Pete
Matthews, and assistant engineer Adam Hill.
Pete Matthews, one of the industry's most impressive young producer/engineers,
has recorded and lived in such music hotspots as New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, and Nashville. However, he insists that not one offers
anywhere near the inspiring artistic ancestry of his beloved home
of Memphis and its legendary recording facility, Ardent Studios.
By having a
64-input 8200 summing mixing system, Matthews explains, he essentially
has a complete API
console at his fingertips. "For the 8200 system, master
section and buss compressor, I had the tech here at Ardent wire
up a patchbay," he illustrates. "I've have my own Pro
Tools|HD Accel system with 48-outputs wired to the patchbay, which
is normalled to the inputs of the API. So, along with all of my
outboard gear, I basically have a console with the inserts and enough
EQs and compressors to have an insert on every channel, not to mention
plug-ins. As soon as I'm used to the room, I'm going to start mixing
Judy Wong touched
lives of many people in music. Recently she worked with the Yardbirds
on their recent album, Birdland. She was very much a part of the
pop/rock music history and culture of the '60's , '70's and '80's.
In the heady
days of 1968 San Francisco she had a very cutting edge clothes shop
in North Beach called "The Passionflower".
When she later
moved to LA from London, Judy worked for Fleetwood Mac in their
offices on Gower, and did many of their tourbooks.
to Paris and Jethro Tull bandmate Glenn Cornick, Judy
passed away late March in her home (heart failure). She is missed.
put together a touching tribute page for her here
Congrats to Clif
and Michelle Norrell for the arrival of their second daughter,
Keira Lane, born April 9, 2005 4:33 A.M., weight: 7 pounds 9 ounces,
length: 18.5 inches
no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive."
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