Viva Las Vegas Pro Audio
TransAudioGroup launches a new division to satisfy pro audio
needs of its elite customers
TransAudioGroup has launched Las
Vegas Pro Audio, a brand new division that will act as a
much needed conduit between extremely busy pro audio professionals
and boutique high-end equipment manufacturers. Offering select imported
lines available exclusively in the U.S. through distributor TransAudioGroup,
Microphones and Daking
Pro Audio, LasVegasProAudio.com will provide clients with a
long-term partnership that delivers timely, accurate information
and offers professional user pricing on extremely high-end equipment
direct from the manufacturer.
engineers and high-end pro audio equipment users rarely have time
to visit retail outlets or wait on the telephone while inadequately
prepared sales people attempt to find the information they need.
At the same time, employees at boutique pro audio manufacturers
are typically stretched to the limit handling multiple tasks and
are not equipped to offer factory-direct sales support to potential
or existing customers. To close that critical gap, LasVegasProAudio.com
will foster close partnerships that ensure truly professional service
and support, the free flow of insider information and extraordinary
deals to high-end, working professionals seeking immediate assistance
with procuring gear for their projects," says TransAudioGroup
CEO, Brad Lunde
Priding itself on personal service and professional support, TransAudio
Group is a family company founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde,
together with fellow vets Richard Bowman and Todd Peterson, that
has been importing and distributing higher end pro audio gear since
1997. Quickly becoming the largest high-end importer in the country,
TransAudio remains in business to supply dealers with unique pro
audio gear at affordable prices.
Tom Soares (picutred below) is one such happy customer. Soares who
recorded the hugely talented Erykah Badu's "Worldwide Underground"
-- nominated for four Grammys (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,
Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best
R&B Album) uses Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition VM1KHE's
cardioid pattern mic provided by LasVegas Pro Audio.
He places the mic some distance away from Badu. "Sometimes
Erykah doesn't like being this far away but I've found her vocal
sound smoothes right out. You have to record in a larger room away
from glass, walls, A/C vents and outside rumbles," Soares says.
"The VM1 KHE is the most sensitive mic I've ever worked with
and to do this, I've been using an Amek 9098 module cranked up and
a good acoustical environment like Right Track Studios in NYC. I
put the mic pre out in the room and run an expensive WireWorld Cable
to the booth straight into the mic pre-amp and from there into the
two-inch tape deck. Sometimes when she's not singing I swear I can
hear her heart beating - that mic's incredible!"
Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition VM1KHE; SOUNDFIELD
SURROUND ZONE SOFTWARE PLUGS INTO NUENDO; Soundfield Microphone
So, what are
you wiating for? call the good folks at LVPA in FABULOUS Las Vegas,
Nevada 702) 365-5155 or to learn more visit Las
Vegas Pro Audio web site.
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Each month we
will dedicate a section of studioexpresso's eletter to bring you
the latest toy offerings, elite LVPA user stories and adventures
from the sin city!
Goes To The Bake-Off
(an Ascent Media Company) welcomed the announcement by the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S) regarding its selection
of the seven feature films which will be competing for an Academy
Award nomination in the category for Best Sound Editing at the January
18 Sound Editing Bake-off.
sound editorial services for the following two of the seven selected
Baker Landers and Per Hallberg, Supervising Sound Editors); THE
DAY AFTER TOMORROW (Mark P. Stoeckinger and Larry Kemp, Supervising
Live Performance System At The Disney Concert Hall
The team that put together the ATC live performance system at the
Disney Concert Hall (left to right): Bruce Leek, ATC consultant;
Ben Lilly, ATC Transducer/R&D engineer; Charlie Bolois, Vertigo
Recording Services (ATC's west coast sales & service support
- the firm wired and installed the new system); Fred Vogler, Walt
Disney Concert Hall Sound Designer, Bob Polley, ATC operations director.
(Acoustic Technology Company) has designed, built, and installed
a custom sound reinforcement system at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
in downtown Los Angeles. Although best known as a manufacturer of
studio reference monitors, ATC has produced a number of custom sound
reinforcement solutions for concert hall and nightclub environments,
in this case designing a stage-based setup to overcome imaging problems
with the hall's flown sound system.
that was coming out of the speakers that were suspended high above
the stage was not matching the sound that was emanating from the
stage," explains independent consultant/sound designer, Fred
Vogler. The solution recommended by ATC's founder and technical
director, Billy Woodman, and endorsed by the hall's acoustician,
Yasuhisa Toyota, of Nagata Acoustics in Tokyo, was an onstage, high-quality
speaker system. For more info:
Brad Lunde, TransAudio
Group, Inc.(702) 365-5155.
Pictured (L-R) with the Multichannel
and G Series Compressors are Bob Ludwig and Adam Ayan.
Photo: Kevin Brusie
Mastering legend Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios recently
took delivery of two Solid State Logic XLogic compressors from Professional
Audio Design (PAD). The XLogic Multichannel Compressor will reside
in the room primarily operated by Bob Ludwig and will handle the
ever-growing demand for surround mastering, while the XLogic G Series
Compressor will be located in the stereo room operated by Ludwig's
protégé Adam Ayan.
Smith Picks Daking For His Private Recording Studio
It is clear
that Paul Reed Smith - a distinguished luthier of high-quality electric
guitars - is very passionate about audio. From building his first
guitar in college to gain class credits, to
overseeing a prolific guitar factory bearing his name, Smith has
always been drawn to all things musical.
Studio, Smith's meticulously built and equipped home studio,
is full of reminders why he has been so successful. Just like building
a quality guitar, successfully capturing and recording music to
medium requires great attention to detail. According to Smith, the
Mic Pre IV, a recently purchased and integral part of Riverhouse's
equipment arsenal, is a wonderful tool for recording as well as
a model of superior product engineering.
guitar pickups are very sophisticated parametric equalizers and
guitars are harmonic generators," offers Smith while illustrating
the parallels of being a luthier and a pro audio gearhead. "Together,
pickups and guitars build a harmonic signal so naturally. How things
sound have become really important to me. Mic pre-amps are an absolutely
crucial parts of the recording chain. Geoff did a great job in building
his Daking mic pres and that's why I ended up buying them. The Daking
mic pres sound very musical, very pretty.
We plugged them in and said, 'Whoa!'"
Daking Mic Pre IV is a four-channel 1U unit featuring all discrete
transistor circuitry, transformer balanced I/O, and Class A amplifiers.
Each channel includes a 20 segment Vu meter, +48V phantom power,
20dB pad, and an output level control before the last gain stage.
The Mic Pre IV offers continuously variable gain control, switching
with gold bi-furcated contacts throughout, stainless steel construction,
and aluminum knobs. A power supply is also included.
take an A/D converter, plug it into a D/A, put it in the insert
of a channel, and then listen, there should be no difference, right?
Well, go listen and hear all the differences!" This auditioning
method ultimately led Smith to Apogee Electronics AD-16X and DA-16X
converters as well as to a Hammerfall DSP MADI card and ATC monitors.
As a result, Smith's console-free, PC-based, Magix Samplitude -
running studio rig is both pristine and quick. "Apogee's 16X
stuff sounds great and it has a millisecond round trip, so we have
a rig with a four millisecond round trip total. That's the equivalent
to me listening to my guitar amp from four feet away. It's wonderful."
Daking is distributed
by the Transamerica Audio Group, Las Vegas. For more info: Call
or email Brad Lunde
(702) 365-5155 ph.
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record former President Bill
Clinton in his own home, hsr/ny recording engineers Fernando Ascani
and Jeff Hinton had only one question-what microphone to take? Walking
into an unknown environment and presented with only a narrow window
of opportunity to record the voiceover, the pair chose a Neumann
U87 and a Sennheiser
Asensi = AA
Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have formed AA Music Management, a joint
venture focusing on broadening opportunities for Latin talent in
both the Spanish- and English-speaking markets.
will handle Latin superstar Luis Miguel, an Asensi client. The company
also will seek to heighten the profile of Azoff's client Christina
Aguilera in the Latin marketplace.
azoffmusic handles Aguilera and such acts as the Eagles, Jewel,
Seal, Van Halen and Babyface, said that Aguilera -- who is recording
a Spanish-language album for Sony BMG with arranger Lester Mendes
-- can benefit from Asensi's experience in that realm.
can help us understand those markets, and we can do the right thing
for Christina," Azoff said.
He sees similar
opportunities for Latin performers like Miguel, who just wrapped
the follow-up to his 2003 Warner Music Latina album "33."
the Latin Grammys," Azoff said. "I saw some great artists,
and I said, 'Why aren't these people bigger? Why don't I know about
them?' ... I think these stars can be bigger than they are."
and Aguilera, AA plans to keep its talent roster small, at least
at first. "We're looking to sign two more acts in the next
year," Azoff said. "We've got some ideas, and we've met
with some people."
AA is establishing
its own offices in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.
Queen To Host
Each year the
Grammys crown the best in music, and this year, appropriately, they
are turning to a queen to host. Queen Latifah will preside over
the 47th annual awards show on February 13th.
can also be seen in the film "Beauty Shop." which opens
in March. The movie is a spinoff of the "Barbershop" films.
So fill up those swag bags boys and girls -- bagging the Grammys
will soften the blow for losers by showering them with $27,000 worth
With Founder's Keynote
The actor and
director said the aim of the festival was to give a platform to
diverse film-makers and their opinions.
really a festival about different voices in film that really reflect,
a little more accurately, the world we live in," he said.
Sundance Swag bag is estimated at $50,000.
But, Oscars take the take at $110,000.
founded in 1981, has showcased successes such as Reservoir Dogs,
The Blair Witch Project and The Full Monty.
festival provided a platform for hits such as Open Water, Napoleon
Dynamite, Garden State and Super-Size Me.
this year include feature film The Chumscrubber, an ironic take
on life in the American suburbs and documentary Murderball which
is about quadriplegic athletes.
is held over eleven days in the mountain resort of Park City, east
of Salt Lake City, which sees its population rise from 7,500 to
45,000 during the festival. If you're not at Park CIty, check out
Channel for screenings.
Celebrating Original Music in Indie Films
City Music Music Festival
The second annual
Park City Music Festival (pcFMF) will be held in Park City and Salt
Lake City, Utah, January 20-30, 2005. This is the first film festival
in the world singularly recognizing the contribution of composers
and their music to film, and is the first of such festivals in the
Americas. The first major film festival to recognize film music
as part of the awards lineup since 1985 is the Flanders International
Film Festival - Ghent, which currently draws over 80,000 devotees.
Hopkins and sound mixer Mike Westgate in New Zealand during the
filming of "The World's Fastest Indian" using HHB's
PORTADRIVE location sound recorder.
HHB's PORTADRIVE (distributed by Sennheiser)
tops 100 miles per hour during Sir Anthony Hopkins' latest movie,
"The World's Fastest Indian."
Fastest Indian" is currently in post-production, and will debut
at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with international release
scheduled for autumn of 2005.
The HHB PORTADRIVE
combines multi-channel 24-bit/96kHz recording on a tough, removable
hard drive, simultaneous recording of rushes to an external drive,
sophisticated on-board mixing, comprehensive timecode facilities
and flexible, session-based file transfer with Mac and PC workstations.
Believe In Music
Believe In Music
was the theme for this year's music market held in Annaheim past
weekend. studioexpresso followed couple of our community members
who were there to shop, endorse, and hang with all the music greats.
Thanks to Rafa Sardina and Robert Shahnazarian who were our guide
to some of the latest and greatest in toys this year.
L-R: Black Eyed
Peas at the House of Blues hosted by Digidesign. Thanks Rainer &
Chandra - great party! Espresso with friends: film composer/musician,
Ameen, Rafa, composer/keyboard player, Giovana Imbasi (performing
at Keyboard Player Magazine's 25th Anniversary celebration), composer/arranger,
David Gross, producer/mixer/engineer, Robert Shahnazarian and Claris
Dodge. Cool AT mics.
player Leland Sklar (left) checks out a custom gold-plated Telefunken
NA Ela M251microphone with company founder and CEO Toni Fishman
(Photo: David Goggin).
Rafa Sardina (right) hand picks the right Martin Guitar.
Buddies In Arm: John Kurlander, John Rodd, Rafa Sardina, Kevin Globerman
A stop at Audio
Technica followed by what else, more espresso!
L-R: JBL's Raul
Gonzales is moonlighting with pals Robert & Rafa who are checking
Icon. "Yeah, sure...put me down for few more of those Rivera
amps.: And how about studioexpresso's Claris with the King?
That is, the king of guitars, the one and only Yngwie
Malmsteen who gets the award for the longest line for autographs
at the NAMM show this year!
Mastering Takes 37 Grammy Noms!
Clients Range From Black Eyed Peas to U2
engineer/mixer Robert Carranza, Jack Johnson, and mastering engineer
Bernie Grundman. Mastering engineer Patricia Sullivan FourStar and
composer Mark Isham recently mastered the soundtrack album for his
"Racing Stripes" score at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Scheduled
for January 14 release, the film includes the song "Taking
The Inside Rail," co-written by Sting and Mark Isham.
Photo by David Goggin.
Grundman Mastering for celebrating a total of 37 Grammy® nominations
for projects mastered at the facility.
Bernie Grundman mastered Prince, "C'mon Girl" (Best
Male Pop Vocal Performance); Anthony Hamilton, "Charlene"
(Best Male R&B Performance); Prince, "Call My Name"
(Best Male R&B Performance); Prince, "Musicology"
(Best Traditional R&B Performance); Mos Def, "Sex, Love,
and Money" (Best Urban/Alternative Performance); Prince, "Call
My Name" (Best R&B Song); Al Green, "I Can't Stop"
(Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance); Al Green, Call My
Name (Best R&B Album); Prince, Musicology (Best R&B Album);
Jamie Cullum, Twentysomething (Best Jazz Vocal Album); Dr. John
and Mavis Staples, "Lay My Burden Down" (Best Gospel Performance);
Dr. John, N'awlinz Dis Dat or D'Udda (Best Contemporary Blues Album).
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner mastered Black Eyed Peas,
"Let's Get It Started" (Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance
by a Duo or Group, Best Rap Song); John Mayer "Daughters"
(Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance); Gwen Stefani,
"What Are You Waiting For? (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance);
No Doubt, "It's My Life" (Best Pop Performance by a Duo
or Group with Vocal); Crystal Method, Legion of Boom (Best Electronic/Dance
Album); The Killers, "Somebody Told Me" (Best Rock Performance
by a Duo or Group with Vocal); The Killers, Hot Fuss (Best Rock
Album); Janet Jackson, "I Want You" (Best Female R&B
Performance); Earth Wind & Fire, "Show Me The Way"
(Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals); Janet
Jackson, Damita Jo (Best Contemporary R&B Album); Lloyd Banks,
"On Fire" (Best Rap Solo Performance); Eminem, "Just
Lose It" (Best Rap Solo Performance); Twista, "Overnight
Celebrity" (Best Rap Solo Performance); Twista featuring Kanye
West & Jamie Foxx, "Slow Jamz" (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration);
Will Adams & Anthony Henry, "Hey Mama" ( Best Rap
Song); Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams, "Drop
It Like Its Hot"(Best Rap Song); Queen Latifah, The Dana Owens
Album (Best Jazz Vocal Album); Akwid, Komp 104.9 Radio Compa (Best
Latin Rock / Alternative Album); Marc Anthony, Valio La Pena (Best
Salsa/Merengue Album). Patricia Four Star Sullivan mastered
Danny Elfman, Big Fish (Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion
Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.) and John Williams,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Best Score Soundtrack
Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Arnie
Acosta mastered U2, "Vertigo" (Best Rock Performance
by a Duo or Group with Vocal).
Jack Johnson recently mastered his new Mario Caldato, Jr.-produced
album Between Dreams at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Johnson, known
for his easygoing blues style which incorporates folk and hip-hop
with a rock flavor, is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker
and champion surfer. Engineer/mixer Robert Carranza is widely known
and respected for his work with such artists as Los Lobos and Ozomatli.
The Brushfire Records album is slated for March 1 release.
contact Bernie Grundman Mastering at 323.465.6264
Artist Applications for 2005
music festival scheduled for June 8-11, 2005 in Cleveland, has begun
its process of determining which bands will be performing at the
landmark event, including national acts to headline.
A full lineup
of concerts will be featured each evening at Cleveland's hottest
venues, including House of Blues, the Odeon, Peabody's, Beachland
Ballroom, the Agora and the Grog Shop. Back-to-back daytime concerts
will also be scheduled on three stages at the Festival Village at
Nautica on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. In
addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will feature
a series of educational programs, panel discussions and workshops
that will focus on the artistic and economic aspects of today's
its 25th anniversary in 2005, CMJ has produced one of the world's
legendary music festivals, CMJ Music Marathon in New York City,
since 1981. The Marathon was the first to showcase once up-and-coming
bands such as REM, U2, Eminem, the Beastie Boys, Green Day, the
Foo Fighters and more recently, the Strokes, Ryan Adams, My Morning
Jacket, Jill Scott, Franz Ferdinand, Jet and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
For more details
on the CMJ/Rock Hall MusicFest please visit www.cmj.com/rockfest.
CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest 2005 will begin accepting band/artist showcase
submissions starting December 15, 2004. Submissions will be accepted
exclusively though Sonic Bids as online EPKs (Electronic Press Kits).
Please go to http://www.sonicbids.com/cmjrockfest2005
to create a Sonicbids EPK and submit online. Deadline for submissions
is April 1, 2005.
Calgary, Austin, Hollywood, to UK...Musicians Give to South
15, 2004, Annie Lennox, Maroon 5, and Sarah McLachlan joined forces
with an extraordinary group of artists to perform in an exclusive
concert in an effort to raise money to help the victims of the horrendous
Tsunami tragedy that affected South Asia.
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope reached millions and drew
in an unbelievable amount of awareness and support. Now the songs
from that concert are available to download at the Connect music
store, and not only will all proceeds go to the American Red Cross
International Response Fund, but Connect will match dollar for dollar
the money made from this exclusive sale. When you buy a song for
$.99, Connect generates a total of $1.98 to the fund. Click
here to listen and be a part of this amazing and compassionate
at the 'Music For Relief' benefit on January 17 at the Wiltern Theatre
in Los Angeles to help Southern Asia Tsunami victims. Others appearing
include Tenacious D, Will Ferrell, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, &
Spielberg set the pace for Hollywood giving to tsunami victims by
committing a whopping $1.5million to Save
the Children, CARE and Oxfam - topping the $1 million Sandra
Christina Aguilera and Tim McGraw signed on for a Jan. 15 benefit
broadcast on NBC and its cable cousins MSNBC and USA. George
Clooney is helping to line up other celebs for the event.
headlined a benefit concert, "Tsunami Relief Austin to South
Asia" on Jan. 9 at the Austin Music Hall. Joining
Nelson, who lives on a ranch in Central Texas, were Patty Griffin,
Spoon, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis
and the Geezinslaws.
of Linkin Park have asked fans to contribute to Music for Relief
- and have kick-started the organization with their own $100,000
has upped her commitment to $200,000 from $50,000. Jay Leno is asking
his celeb pals to sign a Harley that will be auctioned for victims.
Boy George and Cliff Richard have taped a song, "Grief Never
mannequin Stephanie Seymour and husband Peter Brant were among those
who raised $15,000 at a benefit at the Tsunami restaurant in Palm
Beach earlier in January.
All the acts
donated their talents. Proceeds of ticket sales for the concert
at the 3,000-capacity Music Hall will go to the American
Red Cross, UNICEF
Some of Canada's
biggest pop stars are joining forces in Calgary and Vancouver
to raise money for relief in tsunami-torn south Asia. Sarah McLachlan,
Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn and Chantal Kreviazuk, along with
her husband, Raine Maida of hard rockers Our Lady Peace, will be
performing the Concert For Tsunami Relief Jan. 31 at the
the show go on sale Jan. 8 at Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the concert
will go to the charity organizations CARE
Child, Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.
A group of British
pop musicians have also united for another tsunami relief effort.
Cliff Richard, Boy George, Olivia Newton-John and Barry Gibb of
the Bee Gees are reportedly among the artists approached to record
Grief Never Grows Old, a sad ballad written by radio
DJ Mike Read. Organizers hope to complete recording and mixing the
song this week and get it out to record stores as soon as possible.
Funds from the record will be donated to the Disasters Emergency
Committee, which is co-ordinating the UK relief effort.
Go to any of
the above Donation sites and Do your part.
Raised $1.3 million
and Heather Mills McCartney, Goodwill Ambassadors Adopt-A-Minefield
hosted the Fourth Annual Benefit Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel
last October. The Gala helps raise awareness of the landmine problem,
a crisis that affects over one-third of the world's nations. During
its first three years, the gala raised over $2.3 million, and has
attracted the staunch support of celebrities and concerned citizens
The annual event,
which will once again be emceed by Jay Leno, featured a special
performance by McCartney and singer/songwriter Neil Young.
Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Catherine-Zita Jones. The Scandal:
Theauction turned into its own verion of charity strip pocker, with
item including a pair of Jay Leno's autographed underwear ($2,000)
as well a Mill McCartney's red Valentino dress ($12,000) Best In
Show: Guests were sent home iwth special-edition Adopt-A-Minefield
watch designed by Giantto The Bottom Line: A total of $1.3 million
Bernie Taupin's Visual Lyricism Taking New Forms
visited with long-time Elton John collaborator and lyricist Bernie
Taupin at his recent art exhibit dubbed "Patriot Acts"
in December at the Design Center in LA.
new artistic expression replaces his brilliant wordsmanship with
bright colors of paint and minimalist words and/or messages to engage
the voyeur. The result is just as brilliant and warm always keeping
the human spirit at the center of it all.
the reception, a large white canvas on a table with markers invited
guests who left behind their own expressions. In a statement about
"Patriot Acts" Taupin says:
idea comes mainly from the concept that word association can stimulate
the mind causing the individual viewer to interpret the pieces in
the same way a reader visualizes a character in a book, or the meaning
of a song...While most of the pieces have a social and political
bent I would prefer to stay on the fence as a commnetator and allow
the viewer to draw their own conclusions. In an age of gross midea
manipulation and the consistent dumbing down of the arts it is absolutely
necessary to fight back and feed our heads."
a sculptor, Bernie works with various materials (wire, boxes, etc)
to shape the western female form in motion. Like a bare maniken,
this female form exposes its muscles and veins.
me colors are like words...they express emotions. Likewise texture
and mediums display an abundance of moods." -- Bernie Tuapin
For more info,
please visit: Taupin
& The Language Of Music Earns Grammy Nod
critically-acclaimed film from Palm
Pictures is a compelling look at the life, times, and accomplishments
of Dowd, a recording business pioneer who produced some of the most
important R&B, rock, and jazz records ever made. Dowd's personal
history and contributions shaped the evolution of modern music and
The film features
appearances and music by Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles,
John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd
Skynyrd, Otis Redding, Les Paul, and countless other music giants,
that Dowd engineered, produced, and inspired. Tom Dowd passed away
on October 27, 2002, one week after his 77th birthday. He will never
Tom Dowd &
the Language of Music is currently available on DVD at Amazon
or be the first to email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your free
copy! Please include "free Dowd DVD" in the subject line
of your email and include your shipping address.
How the Great New York Records Were Made
From Miles to Madonna, Sinatra to the Ramones
by Dave Simons
account of some of the most memorable moments in New York's recording
history, as seen through the eyes (and ears) of the many producers,
engineers, songwriters, and recording artists who helped make them
happen. It explores the explosive 30 years between 1950 and 1980
and the numerous ingredients that made them unique: artists performing
live in large, vibrant recording spaces; producers and engineers
spontaneously creating new effects and techniques; composers writing
parts on demand in the studio; and, most important, recording studios
that had life, character, and their own fingerprint sound.
it at amazon or
2003 by Diane Rapaport
Rapaport is the author of A Music
Business Primer and How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording,
published by Prentice Hall.
"Diane's Parallel Universes explains the state of where we
are in the music industry and is empowering for independant artists,"
says studioexpresso's Claris Dodge.
You can read the summery below or Read
the entire article here
There are two
parallel music universes, one imploding, the other growing healthier.
of major label business professionals that are finding themselves
out of work in the major label universe are exploring options in
the independent one, bringing with them the benefit of their experience
and contacts. At the same time, musicians and bands that are not
on Billboards top 100 and are out of favor within the major
labels are turning to independent labels. A good example is Delbert
McClinton, who is now recording for New West. His established audience
base enabled that label to sell more than 250,000 recordings.
This is good news for the independent universe, which will only
benefit more as the public becomes aware of the fabulous variety
of music on these labels and the music renaissance they have spurred.
And this in turn, may spark a revolution to recapture some of the
airwaves for regional and local music and news.
My hope is that
the major label universe will recognize that they can benefit from
the health of the independent universe and find ways to support
it. Not only is the independent universe providing valuable artist
development, but major labels will continue to sign artists that
have become successful in genres that the major labels can easily
market and promote...
Let's hope the
master songwriter and performer Elton John has a really good sense
of humor. During annual Kennedy Center Honors at The John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Robert Downey
Jr. spoke about his friend with the following words, "Elton
John, I've got three thoughts. The first one that comes to mind
is genius. The second thought on a more personal note -- lifesaver.
And I've got the third thought -- the other First Lady?" Considering
the fact that Downey was speaking to a lot of conservative D.C.
power players, including the men in charge of the White House and
their wives, the sexual reference to "other First Lady"
was a gutsy move that could cause Downey to have his taxes audited
for at least four years. Besides John, the rest of the Kennedy Center
honorees were Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and his lovely wife Ruby
Dee, soprano Joan Sutherland and composer, conductor John Williams.
CBS broadcasted the show on Tuesday, December 21 at 9pm.
Marthin Luther King Day!
The son of a Kenyan father and an American mother who shot from
obscurity to political stardom, Barack Obama has a dream. He represents
Illinois' 13th Senate District on Chicago's South Side. Currently
a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law at the University
of Chicago Law School, Obama has served on the boards of some of
Chicago's leading foundations and chaired the Chicago Annenberg
Challenge, a $50 million philanthropic effort to reform the public
The United States
has had four black U.S. senators in its history and two since Reconstruction:
Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts and Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.
Berklee College Professor and Dear Friend Terry Becker has been
diagnosed with cancer. As the result of so many friends and colleagues
asking what they can do, a trust fund has been set up in her name
to help her out during this challenging time. If you would like
to make a donation to Terry please make your check out to:
Becker Irrevocable Trust. All donations can be sent to me at:
130 N. Croft Ave. #4
Los Angeles, CA 90048
A Berklee faculty
member (Associate Professor of Music Production and Engineering)
who was the recording engineer for "Shoutin' in Key,"
by Taj Mahal and The Phantom Blues Band, which won for Best Contemporary
Thank you so much for your kindness and support for Terry.
To Our Good Friends!
Eddie and Samantha Miller -- married Dec 30, 2004
Record Productions' Mike and Elaine Banks (that's little
Mikey next to the baby)
songwriter/musician, Mathew Solomon's baby girl, Sadie Ella
Solomon Born January 14th, 2005, 8:12pm Weighing in at 7 lbs, 9
ozs and 18 1/2 inches long.
composer/arranger Alan Rubik and Nairi for their new baby
son born November '04.
How's that for
a happy faces -- we hope it's contageous in 2005 (the smile that
We know it's way past holidays...and we hope yours was happy. Enjoy
arrangement of Crosby classic "I'll
be home for Christmas."