Hail Heil Sound
Affordable, Natural-sounding, Dynamic Microphones Now
Available through TransAudio Group
Sarah and Bob Heil of Heil Sound with Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio
Group, their distribution partner; Joe Walsh using GM Pro
What do Celine Dion, Janet Jackson and Erykah Badu have in common?
They are all clients of TransAudio Group, the premier high-end audio
product distributor and importer who recently added Heil
Sound to its choice line.
innovative Proline microphones are the brainchild of industry legend
Bob Heil, who has developed a series of affordable, natural-sounding,
dynamic microphones that outperform, not only the many cheap condensers
flooding the U.S. market but also, industry standard models that
cost many times more. The mics are in stock and ready to ship. Formal
introduction will be at the 119th AES Convention in NYC, Booth #851.
professional grade PR 20, PR 30 and PR 40 have been developed for
broadcast, recording and live sound applications over the last couple
of years by Heil, working in close collaboration with his longtime
friend, fellow amateur radio enthusiast and musician, Joe Walsh.
Heil has been manufacturing quality microphones for the communications
and amateur radio markets for over two decades. And has brought
that experience to bear on the new Proline models, which combine
innovative microphone technology and high-quality components to
produce a wide frequency response and excellent transient response
with low intermodulation distortion.
the outstanding performance of his PR microphone line to his years
of ear training as a protégé of renowned St. Louis-based
theater organist Stan Kann, beginning in the 1950s. Heil, who still
performs, subsequently put that training to use with Heil Sound,
a pioneer in the development of quality, multi-kilowatt performance
sound systems during the 1960s. During that period, Heil developed
one of the first multi-channel live mixers with Tomlinson Holman,
toured with the Grateful Dead and The Who, among many, many others,
and, legend has it, supplied Showco with that company's first major
Heil with Jeff Beck circa 60s
recently signed an agreement to distribute Heil Sound's professional
line of microphones throughout the United States.
more info on Heil Sound, please email Brad
Lunde, president of Las Vegas ProAudio or Phone (702) 307-2700
or (702) 365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
Vegas Pro Audio is the direct sales division of TransAudio
Group. It was created to serve as a conduit between extremely busy
pro audio professionals and boutique high-end equipment manufacturers.
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly
become the premier U.S. importer/distributor for high-end audio.
product lines include A-Designs
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss
Branding A Madonna
Madonna With Geldof at Live8 and a new photo taken for the July
issue of LHJ
have not made Hilburn's top 20 Pop Elite list (Sunday Times Calendar
7.24), dominated by Usher and Keys (top music execs interviewed
put their bets on today's top entertainers), but she takes the lead
when it comes to reinvention and longevity. Her latest magazine
cover in the July issue of Ladies
Home Journal is probably the least likely place one would expect
to see the Queen of Pop. Sexy, Fun, Alluring, Shocking...demure
wife and mother living in the countryside a la Martha Stewart?
Yup, Madonna is at it again. She may have come full circle with
her images but as soon as she settles her fans into believing the
perfect image for a Madonna, voila comes the surprise!
Hands down, this master magician is the Pop Diva who has no rival.
And she invented the Golden Rule: REINVENT. The quality often lacking
from most of the artists on Hilburn's list (the hope is that these
top contenders will manage to stay in the game for 10 years or more),
that is if their label bosses care for longevity or they themselves
can hold jobs for that long.
Meantime, Madonna is always in charge of her calculated branding
that somehow stays true to who she is in the many phases of her
colorful life and career. Perhaps good artists know that it's not
about lists, awards or even sales...it's about how long you can
keep your fans wanting more and still manage to have FUN. Lady M,
Strike A Pose!
Back to School
With Train's Drummer
Going Online at Berkleemusic.com
Susan Gedutis Lindsay
Intro and photo by Mr. Bonzai
Underwood in the studio
1994 formation in San Francisco, the group Train has grown steadily
as a locomotive force in music. By 2000, their debut, self-titled
album had gone Platinum. The band's second album, Drops of Jupiter,
appeared in 2001, also going Platinum, with the single "Drops
Of Jupiter (Tell Me)" spending 53 weeks on the Hot 100 and
earning a Grammy as the Best Rock Song of the year. My Private Nation
was released in 2003, firmly establishing Train as one of the premiere
rock bands of the new millennium. The song "Ordinary"
from Spiderman II further burnished the band's impact in the music
Train is currently
in the writing and pre-production mode for their much anticipated
fourth album. The band's talented drummer/composer Scott Underwood
has been studying online at Berkleemusic.com
and has incorporated his new skills into the interactive Internet
mode of Train's collaborative composition style. In addition, Underwood
has teamed up with Train's bass player Charles Colin (a Berklee
grad) to form the experimental two-man group called Foodpill.
Scott Underwood Interview:
is in the midst of promoting a record, I'm on tour most of the time.
It's relentless. I'm a self-taught musician, but I always wanted
to learn music properly. I want to be better, every day. Unfortunately,
I can't take time off from Train to go to Berklee. Therefore the
online courses were perfect. I could just take the school with me
all over the country. With just a MIDI keyboard and a laptop, I
took three courses-Music Theory, Pro Tools, and Berklee Keyboard
Method-in one semester. It was so fulfilling. Sometimes when you're
on tour, the days are just really slow. Berkleemusic courses helped
me to fill them with meaning.
I have absolutely
been able to apply the things I've learned online to Train records.
The Berklee Keyboard Method was extremely stimulating. I would start
out working on simple concepts like chord inversions, and I would
skirt away from the assignment, and end up working on a song for
a few hours. In the Pro Tools class, we'd have to compose something
for every assignment. I'd be working on an assignment and end up
writing a piece of music. A lot of the music I've written in the
Berkleemusic courses has contributed to the songs on the next Train
At first, I
was skeptical about whether I was going to learn something online.
I wondered how you would deal with your professors, and how you
would learn. It seemed like it would be very isolated and weird,
but once I started, I discovered it was a great thing. It's almost
like school's open 24 hours a day. It was surprising how well it
worked out-how convenient it was and applicable to what I'm doing
were very responsive and the relationship felt personal. Paul Schmeling
was really great, and knew my strengths and would encourage me in
areas I needed to work on. We correspond by e-mail and it feels
like normal dialog. With my Pro Tools professor Dave Franz, after
the classes were over, I asked him if he would check out my newest
CD with my side project, Foodpill. That recording is really an extension
of the work I did on keyboard and synthesizers in the Berkleemusic
classes. Foodpill (www.foodpill.net)
also came out of learning how to manipulate music using Pro Tools,
and all of the great tricks and tools that make music really innovative.
Next, I'm taking
the Future of Music and the Producing Music with Reason courses.
With the climate of the music industry right now, Train is looking
for new, interesting ways to get ourselves out there. Even our record
company, Columbia, who's one of the biggest in the world, is struggling
with the same idea. A lot of musicians are finding the rewards of
independent self-promotion. I think Berkleemusic is going to really
help me in that area. I'm really looking forward to that."
fall semester enrollment ends on September 15th. For more information
or call 1.866.BERKLEE to speak with an admissions advisor.
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Records Live at Bernie Grundman's
New Album is Debut for Straight Ahead Records
Bernie Grundman, Hugh Masekela, and Stewart Levine.
Photo by David Goggin
recorded his new album, Almost Like Being in Jazz, in the spacious
lounges of Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios. The live album, produced
by Stewart Levine, was simultaneously recorded to two-track analog
tape and high-resolution 24-bit 96K digital, in much the same way
as the great direct-to-disk recordings of the past.
The new album is the debut release from Straight Ahead Records,
formed by renowned producer Stewart Levine and mastering engineer
Bernie Grundman. Levine first worked with Masekela on "Grazing
In The Grass", which topped the charts in 1968 and eventually
sold four million copies worldwide. Levine and Grundman have been
mastering albums and working together since 1975.
"We started this record label," explains Levine, "because
we share a passion for the great sounding records of that Golden
Age of Recording, the late 1950's." Bernie Grundman adds, "Our
signal path uses a unique shared electronic circuitry that enables
us to use multiple microphones, but with less overall electronics
than with two. The signal goes direct to separate computers for
high resolution and standard CD formats and to our analog tape machines
for making vinyl. The recordings are truly for the discriminating
The album is available both as a 2 LP set mastered by Bernie Grundman
on an all-tube cutting system and pressed on Classic Records 200g
Super Vinyl Profile and as a Dual Disc containing CD quality audio
on one side and high resolution 24/96 quality audio on the flip
side Bernie Grundman Mastering 323.465.6263
To purchase Almost Like Being in Jazz, visit www.themusic.com/groove
ATC Atop Miles' Penthouse Studio
eclectic producer/DJ Robert Miles put together one of the biggest
hits of the nineties with his monster single "Children,"
and was rewarded with a Brit Award in 1997. Several albums and identities
later, he is now permanently residing in London, and has put the
finishing touches on a new private recording studio, where he is
starting work on his new solo album. Describing himself as a '360-degree
composer/producer,' Miles is also DJ-ing regularly, producing for
his own label S:alt Records, (www.saltrecords.com)
and composing music for advertising and film projects.
From its penthouse
location, the studio has spectacular views over the city. Alongside
the signature wood panel finishes from designers, Recording Architecture,
the room is dominated by stand-mounted ATC SCM100 three-way studio
monitors, continuing a theme from Miles' previous studio in west
London, which featured the larger ATC SCM300s.
Robert was introduced
initially to ATC
monitors by Roger D'Arcy of Recording Architecture, who also
created the design for the earlier studio. "So many systems
sound good when you play the music loud, but not as good when you
work at low volume. ATC monitors maintain the quality sound at low
levels and don't have any coloration. What you hear is the truth."
priority is his solo project, Robert Miles welcomes many collaborators
to his studio, including Bill Laswell, Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu,
Jon Thorne and Robert Fripp, with whom he is planning an album,
and producing new material for up and coming artists.
A 'digital domain'
user for eight years, his minimalist studio is designed around a
MAC G5 double processor, Digidesign HD192kHz audio interface + Pro
Logic Pro 7 system, with copious quantities of plug-ins, "all
to simulate the analogue sound. I love the digital domain for its
limitless options, and try to get what I want through a combination
of digital mixing and processing/mastering with analogue machines
to warm up the sound. Today all you need to mix is a powerful computer,
an audio/midi interface like Pro Tools/Logic and as many plug-ins
as you can get."
For more info on ATC monitors, please email Brad
Lunde, at Las Vegas Pro Audio or Phone (702) 307-2700 or (702)
365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
The Spiritual Wave
l-r: Sanctus Real, Superchic and
Label Group is comprised of the Forefront, Sparrow and worshiptogether
labels and is a division of the EMI Christian Music Group. EMI Christian
Music Group is the world's largest Christian music organization
and includes EMI CMG Distribution and EMI CMG Publishing in addition
to EMI CMG Label Group. It is part of EMI Group, the world's largest
independent music company whose other U.S. labels include Angel,
Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Latin, Narada
and Virgin Records. Here's few bands contributing to the charts,
tour circles and more...
R & Rs
most played Christian Rock band of 2004, Sanctus Real received four
GMA Music nominations and walked away with a Modern Rock Album of
the Year win for its current, critically acclaimed album Fight the
Tide. With three No. 1 radio hits in just over a year under their
belt (Everything About You, The Fight Song,
Beautiful Day), Sanctus Real members have become well
known for their captivating live performances, even capturing the
attention of both the CBS Early Show and MSNBC. The readers of CCM
magazine have also voted Sanctus Real Best New Artist.
More information on the band can be found at www.SanctusReal.com.
pop-punk band Superchic[k] continues its genre-busting journey with
recent release, Beauty From Pain. The album, featuring the No. 1
radio hit, Pure, showcases Superchic[k]s unique,
new wave/rock sound coupled with positive, uplifting lyrics. The
band has gained further critical acclaim through exposure in various
movie, commercial and TV soundtracks, most recently with Disneys
Ice Princes and Stuart Little 3. Superchic[k] is currently traveling
the summer festival circuit. New singles, Anthem and
We Live, are at radio now. More information can be found
Since the bands
Dove Award-winning 2001 debut, Above, Flicker Records artist Pillar
has seen unprecedented success in every aspect of its career. With
five No. 1 radio singles and seven Top 5 hits to its credit, Pillar
has earned an additional two Dove Awards, headlined six national
tours, performed for more than two million people, and been featured
on the covers of Radio & Records, Rockline Magazine, CCM Magazine,
7ball Magazine, Breakaway Magazine, HM Magazine, and Christian Retailing
Magazine. The band has also received print coverage in Rolling Stone,
Spin, Bass Player, and Hit Parader. Pillar recently wrapped the
For Those About to Rock Tour featuring Thousand Foot
Krutch and will appear main stage at all major festivals this summer.
Its latest project, Where Do We Go From Here: Limited Edition, released
May 24 and already claims a Top 10 song, "Bring Me Down (The
Underground Mix)," at Rock radio. For additional information
on Pillar, the limited edition CD/DVD, and a complete itinerary
of upcoming events, visit www.pillarmusic.com
Audio Adrenaline kicks into fall, headlining its Until My
Heart Caves In 20-plus-city major market tour. The band is
touring in support of their highly anticipated, ninth studio album,
Until My Heart Caves In, releasing on ForeFront Records August 30.
Take a full throttled blast of musical passion, meld it with a compassionate
desire to impact the world at large and add members rock-solid
grounding in reality with their vulnerable, no holds barred songwriting
and the results comprise what fans can expect from Audio Adrenalines
nucleus. Thanks to earnest performances and undying appreciation
for its fans, the group has sold over three million records and
racked up 18 No. 1 singles. Add in an RIAA Certified Gold sales
award and the prestigious CCM Song of the Decade crowning
in the 90s (Big House), and Audio Adrenaline has consistently
proved its relevance, artistry and heart. The band is also well
known for its humanitarian aid, launching the Hands and Feet Project
that is dedicated to helping orphans in Haiti. More information
on the band can be found at www.AudioA.com.
anticipated album of the year is on the way! Gospel Music Association's
2005 Artist of the Year, Switchfoot,
is poised to release Nothing is Sound on September 13. Stars,
the first single from the album, will hit radio in late June. Nothing
is Sound, is the San Diego bands follow up to the breakthrough
album The Beautiful Letdown, which has sold over 2.5 million records.
Catch Switchfoot this summer as they perform at four of the seasons
biggest festivals (Creation, Cornerstone, Alive and Sonshine). The
DualDisc featuring the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound offers
exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the band on-the road and
in the studio. The band wound up recording parts of the album in
unfamiliar locales as far away as South Africa, and other parts
as close to home as one can get--Foreman's San Diego bedroom. Steven
Miller (Andy Narell to Backstreet Boys) engineered for John Fields,
who produced The Beautiful Letdown, oversaw the sessions and put
them all together for Nothing Is Sound. "If you can combine
the more-professional-sounding elements with the honesty of doing
it yourself, those are the best records," Foreman asserts.
"They're honest and pure but listenable."
Le Mobile GML
Charbonneau's Le Mobile GML-dominated rack from a recent Josh Groban
Le Mobile is
one of the most in-demand remote recording trucks in the country
thanks to its long established reputation for offering only the
highest quality sound for the past . But while owner Guy Charbonneau
has invariably relied on his highly customized classic Neve analog
console to provide EQ when necessary, he recently broke with tradition
and installed a GML
8200 dual-channel, five-band parametric equalizer alongside
his dynamics processors and effects gear.
was familiar with the George Massenburg Labs GML 8200, of course,
as the equalizer has become an industry standard since its release
twenty years ago. "Over the years we would rent it," recollects
Charbonneau, who went into business with the award-winning Le Mobile
more than thirty years ago. "But I think my appreciation for
the GML 8200 came on the first Josh Groban project that we did,
maybe four years ago." The experiences recording with Groban
prompted Charbonneau to try the EQ unit again on another project.
"I did a show with Shelby Lynn, using the Design FX truck.
I said to Scott [Peets, Design FX recording director], bring me
a GML. I'm going to use it on the overheads. I used it with GML
preamps and a pair of [Neumann] TLM 170 microphones. I liked what
it did." "We ended up buying one," he continues.
"It's in the rack and I'm proud to have it.
to Charbonneau, Gattica is a regular user of the GML 8200, using
the equalizer on the key main vocal and overhead input channels.
"With Humberto, I normally do the setup and the soundcheck
and EQ everything. When I do a show with him I call Westlake and
order a GML EQ and a Boulder preamp for the vocal chain. Same with
the overheads; it's a pair of GMLs and TLM 170s and a good set of
preamps. Humberto will sit at the console and just tweak the GML.
He'll rarely change anything else.
constantly busy producing music for CD, DVD 5.1 surround, motion
picture soundtracks, internet and television music specials with
Le Mobile, and is currently mixing a DVD of the Austin City Limits
Over the years, Le Mobile has built up an enviable client list,
including solo artists such as Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Madonna,
Rod Stewart, Roger Waters and Sting, plus bands such as The Rolling
Stones, U2, Aerosmith, The Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Fleetwood
Mac and many, many others.
For more info on GML product, please email Brad
Lunde, president of Las Vegas ProAudio or Phone (702) 307-2700
or (702) 365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
From Russia With Love
Most of us are
familiar with the image of Russian spies in 007 movies or Baryshnikov
on the dance floor, but when it comes to the next female alt/pop
singer/songwriter...say DA (yes) to MarinaV!
Her well received acoustic shows in and around LA and Orange County
club circles are making noise. One of her songs, Simple Magic
(co-written with guitarist Nick Baker) has been recently added to
EuroHits channel of DMX, satellite & cable broadcaster with
worldwide daily listening audience of 80 million. She was recently
featured in the Keyboard Magazine, which called her "one of
the most promising singer/songwriters of the year". She has
also been named as one of the HOT 100 Unsigned Artists by Music
Connection and is a proud recipient of the ASCAP popular award for
2003-2004. Marina's songs can be heard on MTV (the Real World),
films and radio stations such as XM Satellite Radio. The twenty-four
year-old chanteuse is officially endorsed by AUDIX microphones,
Peavey products and YAMAHA digital pianos.
Marina grew up in Moscow singing and making up her own melodies
before she could talk. Influenced by the Beatles and Tchaikovsky,
Marina's style is a mix of Tori Amos and Liz Phair with compelling
vocals and writing that could be developed into something very unique.
After sending hundreds of demos to the music industry, Marina caught
attention of manager David Krebs who's been involved in careers
of Don McLean, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Aerosmith, among others.
Earlier in April, Marina released Simple Magic, with
two songs on the CD produced by Jack Douglas (John Lennon, George
Harrison, Aerosmith). The new cd is comrpised of songs written and
arranged by Marina who plays keyboards and guitar. Another thing
this girl has going for her is her drive...she even offers fans
Russian Chocolates at each show! Looking forward to the next release,
Marina! For more info visit: http://www.marinav.com/
Art, Religion, Music and Architecture
A Single Act of Faith
documentary reveals the single act of faith that is believed to
cleanse the sins of a thousand lifetimes and secure release from
the endless cycle of rebirth literally a shortcut to the
state of purest bliss
The Kumbh Mela
is the biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity, although
few in the West have ever heard of it. More than 70 million pilgrims
attend this extraordinary spiritual festival, which has been held
every 12 years for over two millennia.
Short Cut to
Nirvana: Kumbh Mela provides a sensory entrée to spiritual
India in a swirl of color and motion, song and cacophony, the sacred
and the surreal.
Benazzo & Nick Day tell the powerful and uplifting message of
harmony, unity, and peace for all humanity. A photography exhibition
will accompany the film in select cities.
studioexpresso was on hand at the July screening in Ojai to learn
about the DVD release which will include a 5.1 Dolby Digital version
of the film as well as many extras, including extended interviews
with some of the featured spiritual teachers.
For more information,
please visit "Shortcut
to Nirvana" or email
NAB Radio 2005 Show Preview
Pennsylvania Convention Center, PA
Spotlight will be the remarkable AEROMAX-HDFM(tm) Multichannel Digital
Processor from Linear
Acoustics, which incorporates programmable audio processing
for a station's main FM and HD/Digital Radio signal paths, in addition
to separate multiband processing for up to two supplementary audio
channels. The unit also provides 5.1-channel surround-sound encoding
via built-in SRS Labs Circle Surround(r) technology. AEROMAX-HDFM
received a "Cool Stuff" Award from Radio World newspaper
at the NAB2005 Convention. The Award signifies that a product was
selected by a panel of engineers and industry experts as notable
for its design, features, cost efficiency and performance in serving
radio users. According to Radio World US Editor-in-Chief Paul McLane,
"It means that product caused them to stop in the aisles and
say: 'Oh, cool!' "
Of Piracy and Plundering
Hosted by EIBC and Century City Chamber of Commerce
Industry Business Council (a collaborative partnership between the
Century City, Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica
and Beverly Hills Chambers of Commerce) & Century
City Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on June 30th at the
House of Blues. The main dish: Piracy and the plundering of the
Reporter's Robert Dowling who believes that we haven't personalized
piracy, the Panelists included: Glen Ballard, Grammy winning producer/songwriter
(best known for his triumphs producing Alanis Morissette's multi-Platinum
Jagged Little Pill --more than 28 million sold), Dean C. Garland,
VP and Director, Legal Affairs, Worldwide Anti-Piracy, Motion Picture
Association of America, Chief George Gascon, Los Angeles Police
Department Henry Kupperman, J.D., C.F.E. Senior Managing Director,
Kroll and Representative, Recording Industry Association of America
Association of America and its international counterpart, the Motion
Picture Association, estimate that the U.S. motion picture industry
loses in excess of $3 billion annually in potential worldwide revenue
due to off-line piracy activities and Internet losses (China mentioned
as one of the bigger culprits) are further causing untold additional
damages to the industry. Billion dollar losses from other entertainment
product piracy are severely impacting creators, producers, investors
and distributors of digital music, electronic gaming, entertainment
related merchandise and other online entertainment media.
Most on the
panel agreed: Piracy is driving up the investment and profitability
risk for entertainment creation and threatening industry job growth.
They discussed the latest anti-piracy policies and technologies
needed to safeguard the entertainment industry from the plundering
of its gold.
caught up with Glen Ballard who has been developing Katy Perry under
her Java label. At the Chamber luncheon Ballard remembered many
of his friends who have lost jobs and remained hopeful. The only
producer/songwriter on the panel, Glen managed to maintain his sense
of humor. "Three things you should never see how they're made:
Laws, sausages and albums. All go through a bloody process,"
Drums from the Big Room
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.
Eyed Peas' Fergie is showing off her bratz!
the creator of Bratz,
is holding a Charity Bratz Auction on Ebay for 35 Celebrity Signed
Bratz Dolls beginning on the 24th of March 2005. This Charity Bratz
Auction will benefit the victims of the Tsunami disaster through
the charity Save The Children: Tsunami Relief Fund.
will be signed by artists like Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer
Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and a host of other artists. How
did this auction come about? In case you didn't know, MGA Entertainment's
Bratz sponsored this years Grammy Awards Gift Lounge at the Awards
Show in LA. They got these dolls signed by all the celebrities there.
And since Bratz genuinely cares about the world and the children,
it was decided to donate 90% of the auction proceeds off to charity.
Look for a rock
album release from the Bratz Rock Angelz this summer. The DVD Retail
at $19.98 and available 9/13/05.
Starbucks' Music Blend
Chain boosts sales for established and new acts
the world's largest chain of coffee shops, has emerged as an improbably
potent force in the music business, able to resurrect careers, enrage
music retailers, and now the company hopes to create new stars.
When Concord Records Inc President Glen Barros was considering to
sign an Italian pop singer Zucchero, the licensing commitment from
starbucks help seal the deal. This was not the first time Borros
had worked with the java giant. Last summer, his independent jazz
label joined with Starbucks to produce and distribute "Genius
Loves Company," a collection of duets between the late Ray
Charles and performers such as Norah Jones. Helped by the biographical
film, "Ray," and attention about Charles' death, the record
sold nearly three million copies - about a quarter at Starbucks
stores - and in February won eight Grammys. That performance grabbed
the attention of a music industry that has seen sales sink by 13%
since 2000. The latest albums by Coldplay and Carole King are now
in Starbucks. Two disc by Bob Dylan are due in stores next month.
The chain also offers some exclusives, such as an album by New York
rock band Antigone Rising. The CD, which Starbucks co-produced with
Warner Music Group Corp.'s Lava Records, has sold more than 70,000
copies - a remarkable start for an unknown group with little radio
support and a limited touring schedule. One record exec calls Starbuck
"the new cute girl that everyone wants to take to the dance."
In music, the
company has been careful to cultivate what its execs call "the
Starbucks Sound" - an aesthetic that's recognizable and appeals
to mostly adult customers: moderately eclectic, often jazzy, and
never noisy enough to disrupt a quiet cup of coffee!
It isn't clear
how much money, if any, Starbucks makes from music. Estimates are
that music will account for less than 2% of Starbuck's US retail
sales of $4.5 billion during fiscal year 2005.
EMI's Mr Quartararo
says every time one of his company's releases has been sold at Starbucks,
the coffee chain has been among the top four retailers selling it.
In some weeks, the chain was responsible for almost 50% of newcomer
Amos Lee's total sales, but only 6% of the 1.5 million US sales
of Coldplay's new "X&Y." Why do record companies like
doing business with the coffee company? For one thing, Starbucks
says it shifts unsold CDs to other stores or keeps them in a warehouse
if it thinks they can be sold at a later date. For that reason,
a well as the scale of its operation, Starbucks often receives favorable
wholesale pricing terms. In some cases, Starbucks pays the record
company half the suggested retail price, which can mean the equivalent
of $3 less than the wholesale price. In a sales environment in which
retailers from Amazon to Target routinely discount CD's Starbucks
often charges customers close to and in some instances more than
the full retail price. Beck's "Guero" album carried a
list price of $13.98, while Starbucks sold it for $15.95. But, Starbucks
customers who spend an average of $4 per visit to the store on drinks
and food, have proved themselves willing to pay full freight for
Music for $8million from Don MacKinnon, a young music wonk who
had spent hours in his Williams College dorm room mixing tapes of
his favorite songs. He later opened stores in San Francisco, Chicago
and other cities to sell compilation CDs.
Earlier this year, some music retailers were incensed that Starbucks
was given a six-week window beginning last month to exclusively
sell the new acoustic version of Alnis Morissette's best selling
record, "Jagged Little Pill." In Ms Morissette's native
Canada, the country's largest music retailer, HMV Group PLC, pulled
her other discs from store shelves in protest. Ms Morissette says
she looks forward to continuing a "mutually gratifying relationship
with traditional retail outlets" and she'll "also continue
to come up with other new and creative ways to share my music."
lets fans order tix, CDs using mobile phones...WEA and Tower Sign
Want the latest
ringtone from your favorite artist? Take pix of the CD or poster
with your cell phone and voila! Or how about entering to win tix
to VANS Wraped Tour?
Massive tours and huge outdoor festivals like the VANS Wraped Tour
have become a summer ritual, attracting hundreds of thousands of
people each summer. Now WEA and Tower
Records make it easy for music fans to get their hands on albums
by bands on tour in advance of the concert and to relive their experience
at the show. CDs from performing artists from the summer tours are
available in custom standup displays nationally at all 83 US-based
Tower Records stores now through August.
stand-up displays are the focal point for the "Get Your Hands
On The Bands" sweepstakes powered by Mobot,
a leader in visual search and recognition technology. Customers
visiting Tower Records stores can enter to win by taking a picture
with their mobile camera phone of the official "Get Your Hands
on the Bands" logo located on the retail displays. Mobot's
visual search and recognition technology recognizes the image and,
within seconds, sends back a message to the phone confirming entry
into the sweepstakes.
An alternate method to enter the sweepstakes is to take a picture
of the full-page 'Get Your Hands on the Bands' advertisement running
in the August issue of Alternative Press magazine (street date July
7) or enter online at www.tower.com [ http://www.tower.com/ ]. The
sweepstakes ends July 21st and one lucky entrant will win a trip
for two to New York City on August 13th to see Transplants and My
Chemical Romance appearing as part of the VANS Warped Tour.
sweepstakes is a brilliant idea! It's easy to understand and a fun
way for fans to participate. We expect it to drive a tremendous
amount of foot traffic into our stores." says Tower Records
head of National Audio Advertising, Joe Andrules.
sweepstakes makes our in-store, print advertisement and marketing
campaigns more interactive for consumers," said Adam Mirabella,
Senior Vice President, e-Commerce, WEA Corp. "We are thrilled
to work with Tower Records for this offering as a new and exciting
way to enhance our fan's experience."
Mobot technology we help make print ads, CD cases and retail displays
interactive. We can easily incorporate artist information and gameplay
like scavenger hunts that makes it fun for customers and puts the
focus on products," said Russ Gocht, CEO of Mobot, Inc
For a retailer
or advertiser Mobot is easy to deploy because it doesn't require
any changes to the visual - no URLs, short codes, or product codes
are necessary for Mobot to recognize an image. To ensure the widest
user adoption, Mobot is available on all national U.S. wireless
carriers and works with all camera phones.
TECnology Hall of Fame
George Massenburg, Robert Moog, Roger Linn, Georg Neumann Among
L-R: Byrne photo by Colin Bell;
Mardin Photo by Julie Mardin; Massenburg Photo: courtesy of GML
Foundation for Excellence in Audio, presenters of the Technical
Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, has announced the 2005 inductees
to the TECnology Hall of Fame.
That Have Shaped Audio History
"This year's inductees mark some real revolutions in the way
audio has been recorded and reproduced," says Mix magazines
editorial director, George Petersen. They include:
1913 Edwin ArmstrongRegenerative
feedback circuit; superheterodyne (1918) and FM (1933) circuits;
1925 Electrical recording processWestern Electric/Bell Labs;
1931 RCA 44A ribbon microphone; 1943 Altec 604 duplex speaker ;
1951 Pultec EQP-1 program equalizer; 1966 Phantom powerGeorg
Neumann; 1968 ITI ME-230 (first parametric EQ)George Massenburg;
1970 Minimoog synthesizerRobert Moog;
1974 Dolby Stereo4-channel optical theater surround; 1976
Ampex ATR-102 mastering recorder; 1979 Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical
Instrument); 1980 Linn LM-1 Drum ComputerRoger Linn; 1983
MIDI specificationDave Smith; 1985 Audio Precision System
One test system; 1995 Yamaha 02R digital console.
The 2005 inductees
will be honored at a champagne reception on Friday evening, October
7 in New York City at TEC Award-winning studio, Right Track Recording.
The 21st Annual TEC Awards will be held the following night, October
8, at the New York Marriott Marquis. During the show producer Arif
Mardin will be inducted into TEC Awards Hall of Fame and musician/composer
David Byrne will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award.
in 2004, the TECnology Hall of Fame recognizes products and innovations
that have made a significant, lasting contribution to the advancement
of audio technology. Inductees are chosen by a panel of more than
50 audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility
owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be
at least 10 years old to be eligible for induction. For more information,
contact Karen Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or firstname.lastname@example.org
with American Royalties Collector Canto Novo Music
and composer, Juan Carlos Fernandez, affectionately known by his
fans as Rabito has signed an exclusive worldwide administration
agreement with Canto Novo Music, the leading copyright royalty collection
agency for the international Spanish music industry in the USA.
Born in Argentina,
Rabito settled in America before the release of his 1999 album Sinceridad.
Rabito has composed and recorded dozens of successful songs including
his hit single Vivir Sin Ti from his album Viva la Vida,
the first ever Christian release to cross over to the top of the
pop charts in the U.S. Spanish music market. He is known and loved
throughout Latin America and the U.S. performing in front of sold
Novo Music founder, entertainment attorney, Cheryl Hodgson,
said in announcing the signing, We are honored and thrilled
to represent one of the finest Latin composers and artists alive
today since he is a source of inspiration both to his fans as well
as other composers throughout Latin America and the U.S. Hodgson
added, Canto Novo will work hard to protect his licensing
rights and ensure that the entertainment industry recognizes and
compensates Rabito for all the music he has written that is used
in America." For more info contact CNM 310-449-1070
True For Golffinger
l-r: Darin Pfeiffer, Kelly
Lemieux, John Feldman, and Brian Arthur. photo: David Goldman
frontman for the L.A.-based pop-punk-ska band Goldfinger is also
a producer, engineer, songwriter, A&R man, guitarist and vocalist
who recently outfitted his home-based production facility with TRUE
Systems Precision 8 mic preamps.
Originally purchased to help him obtain the guitar sound that he
was seeking, the versatile eight-channel TRUE has since proved to
be effective in many other applications, including on drum and room
mics, according to Feldmann.
A longtime vegan,
who somehow also finds the time in his busy schedule to be an ardent
animal rights activist, Feldmann admits that he had no idea that
Sennheiser distributed microphone preamplifiers. "I was looking
to add some color to the guitar and not have it sound too spongy
and warm, but still have that good upper mid-range grit to it. TRUE
was perfect and exactly what I needed," says Feldmann.
The need to
add another mic preamp to his collection came about when he changed
his work methods last year, explains Feldmann, who has recorded
and produced four albums in his private studio and is about to begin
a fifth. "I ditched my Digidesign Control 24, because I don't
mix with faders any more. I mix with the mouse in my computer. So
I needed something to replace the Control 24's low-end Focusrite
mic pres, which were fine for when I was doing demos, and being
able to set everyone up and rehearse."
8 certainly fit the bill for guitars, but its qualities have also
made it perfect for room mics and drum overheads, he says. "I
have a couple of Royer mics that I use for room sound and I use
the TRUE mic pres for that, and for all the high-end, like the hi-hats
and the ride cymbal. I'm using it a little bit on the toms, as well,
and I really like it."
fifth album, "Disconnection Notice," was released on Maverick
in February 2005. Playing to an enormous fan base worldwide, Goldfinger
racked up 385 shows and a Guinness Book world record in 1996, performing
on the Vans Warped Tour and with bands such as the Sex Pistols,
No Doubt and Reel Big Fish.
Maverick Records, Feldmann has signed and produced The Used, Goldfinger,
Showoff, Unloco, Story of the Year and Mest, also producing Good
Charlotte and No Motiv. He has additionally written songs with many
of those acts, as well as Ashlee Simpson, and co-wrote Good Charlotte's
chart hit, "Anthem."
self-titled full-length debut, produced by Peter Katis (Interpol)
in early 2005
artist Luther Vandross, whose smooth, silky voice gave soul to songs
about life, love and relationships, died at 54. Speaking of the
song "Dance With My Father," he once said "It's not
just about losing one's father, but about missing someone who is
gone -- for whatever reason -- and the longing you feel for that
moment in the past when you were together." He'll be missed.
no such thing as a beginning and no such thing as an end."
-- Wayne Shorter (new Verve
release Beyond the Sound Barrier)