Brauner Phantom V
L-R: Ted Perlman, George Duke, Denise Williams and
with a true who's who of the music industry, including Whitney Houston,
Bob Dylan, Chicago, Burt Bacharach and Elton John, to name but a
small fraction, Ted Perlman knows quality when he hears it. A producer,
engineer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and educator
based in Los Angeles, Perlman has just added a Brauner
Phantom V variable pattern FET microphone to his arsenal of
equipment, and believes it might just be the best mic out there.
"If a U87
is the standard everything else is judged by, this raises the bar
and changes the standard," declares Perlman. "I would
take this Brauner over that one. This is the most unbelievable microphone.
I've worked with everything. It's perfectly even, from the bottom
through the middle to the top. If somebody is screaming loud or
singing high, it doesn't get all screechy. If they have a deep voice,
it doesn't get boomy. It's just beautiful."
with a great many vocalists at his Buffalo Sound studio in the San
Fernando Valley, and until now has been used to pulling out one
mic after another to match each different voice. But with the Brauner
Phantom V, he says, he's found a vocal mic that suits everyone.
"I haven't found a microphone that is so versatile. I'm just
so knocked out by how many different applications and situations
it works well in. So I rarely have to change the mic now."
example, he continues, "We had Howard Hewitt, a great, amazing
singer, here last month. We went through a few mics and they just
didn't sound right. I pulled the Brauner out and - bam!"
Perlman, the new mic has also saved him a lot of time and effort,
in particular on a new project with U.K. singer Zara Phillips, who
has recorded with Bob Geldof, among others, during her 15-year career.
"Her voice is cool and interesting but difficult to record.
I had to go through and fix her tracks and take out these noises,
so I changed to the Brauner.
Instead of having to spend six hours cleaning up the tracks it immediately
sounded good. And I could get back to my life!"
The mic also
offers benefits to the artist, he says. "It picks up so well.
With most mics, when you back up it tends to get thin, but with
the Brauner, you can back up two feet and it sounds just as full
and wonderful. You don't have to sing right on top of it. That way,
you hear the room, and it's a much nicer sound."
continues Perlman, "we just recorded well-known TV & radio
personality Tanya Hart with the Brauner Phantom V on all her voiceovers
for the Premiere Radio Network show "Ray Charles-The Man &
His Music." Not only does the mic sound great for singing,
it totally shines on voiceovers. Tanya could have recorded her voiceovers
at the radio station, for no charge but fell so in love with the
sound of her voice on the Brauner (from one of my previous Brauner
mic demos) that she insisted on coming to the studio. Of course
I'd like to think my charming personality had something to do with
it, but I highly doubt it. It was all Brauner.
If Perlman ever
feels like adding another title to his job description, he might
consider becoming a pitchman. "This is going to sound like
a press release," he laughs. "There are Brauners that
are more money and more specialized, but if you are going to buy
one Brauner, this is it. You can get yourself a great Brauner mic
with the Phantom V and you'll be able to work in whatever situation
more info email Brad
Lunde, at LasVegasProAudio.com 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.
LVPA booth at TapeOp Conference;
L-R: Ben Lilly, Brad, and David Bock (Soudelux)
product lines include A-Designs
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio
(UK) Phoenix Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss
Artists United Fight Poverty --July 2, 2005
Midge Ure (L) and Sir Bob Geldof at the
Live 8 press conference in London on May 31, 2005. Photo: Getty
Round-the-world concerts in the run-up to the G8 summit in Gleneagles,
Scotland, from July 6 to 8, Live
8 wants to encourage people to speak out against poverty, especially
A steadily growing
number of top national and international stars have agreed to appear
at the concerts to be held on July 2 in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome,
Philadelphia, and Barrie in Canada.
to equip all the events with wireless microphone and monitoring
technology, will attend to provide on-site support. Sennheiser will
work with local sound rental companies at each of these events,
invest more than 1000 man hours and supply in excess of 1 million
Euro worth of equipment to ensure this event is a success.
the organizers Sir Bob Geldof, Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure - Harvey
Goldsmith and Richard Curtis, Live 8 is more than just a rehash
of the 1985 Live Aid charity concert. This time, it is not a question
of fundraising, but mobilizing people to exert pressure on the governments
that will attend the G8 summit. This is a vision that has also captured
the inspiration of many artistes: the line-up for the Live 8 concert
in London, for example, includes Sting, U2, Keane, Robbie Williams,
Annie Lennox, Dido, Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna; on stage in
Paris, the names include Shakira, Johnny Hallyday, Muse and Youssou
N'Dour. The Brandenburg Gate venue will feature A-ha, Herbert Groenemeyer,
Die Toten Hosen, Lauryn Hill, Sasha and Wir sind Helden; Rome, in
turn, boasts headliners such as Faith Hill, Nek, Tim McGraw and
In Philadelphia, Live 8 has attracted artistes and bands such as
Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Destiny's Child, Rob Thomas, Sarah
McLachlan and Stevie Wonder, while Bryan Adams, Simple Plan, Our
Lady Peace, Bruce Cockburn and the Barenaked Ladies will all perform
in Barrie, Canada. The complete line-ups are featured on the Live
8 website Make
your voice be heard against poverty - support Live8!
Burton's Chocolate to Bride With Soundelux
The very next
day after he completed his work on Tim Burtons CHARLIE
AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Supervising Sound Editor Eddy Joseph
(pictured above) of Soundelux
London commenced work on Tim Burtons CORPSE
BRIDE, slated for a September theatrical release.
& Just Strings
explores the inventive composers custom constructed instruments,
including the Chromelodeon, Kithara, Adapted Viola, 7 Bass Marimba,
Diamond Marimba, Harmonic Canon, Adapted Guitars and the Cloud Chamber
Bowls. For more information, visit
microfest.org. The inventive composer visited REDCAT
(Disney Hall) on June 20th after last years sold-out performance
of Harry Partchs Bitter Music.
Ian Dury & the Blockheads
Song By Song
The CD that accompanies the book (published by Sanctuary) of the
same name by author Jim Drury takes us through the career of Ian
Dury and you get the lyrics to more than 60 of his songs. Look for
a new album coming out soon by The Blockheads with one of the origianl
The band who
coined the phrase "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" in the
1980s, Blockheads were the musical force behind the articulate and
thought provoking lyrics of the enigmatic shaman - Ian Dury. This
book sits the original line up down and discusses with them the
back catalogue of hits they enjoyed, as well as their memories of
Dury. A must for any true music fan! Available
Daking's FET all-discrete was used on Dar Williams' "Brave
Producer, Stewart Lerman recorded
Williams album Allaire Studios
Lerman was recently presented with an interesting, and ultimately
eye-opening, quandary. Lerman was busy working on the mix of singer/songwriter
upcoming release entitled, "Brave New Girl" working with
engineer Dave Darlington, studio staff engineer, John Senior and
tech guru Paul Hammond at Philly's Elm Street Studios, when he realized
"the perfect" compressor was needed for the console's
mix buss. So doing what any inquisitive recordist would do, Lerman
and his colleagues staged a compressor shootout.
a bunch of different compressors available to us," recalls
Lerman, who put four of the top name compressors and the Daking
FET compressor/limiter each side by side. "This is a natural
sounding piece, and we didn't want the compressor to sound colored
for "Brave New Girl," Williams' eighth full-length album
to be released in August, were recorded at the picturesque studio
Studios, situated in upstate New York.
everyone live, with the whole band playing in the same room, through
a Neve 8068 straight to Pro Tools|HD," explains Lerman. Soon
after, Lerman and Darlington joined Hammond at Elm Street where
the album was mixed back to Pro Tools|HD at 96kHz/44.1kHz via Universal
Audio A/D converters as well as to an ATR 102 half-inch analog machine.
For the compressor
shootout, Lerman, Darlington, and Hammond were all ears as they
mult-ed from the console to each of their chosen processors. "We
set each compressor to one basic setting and sent the same exact
signal through all of them. We agreed that there was no question
that the Daking sounded best. Three out of three pairs of ears selected
the Daking. Compression can be a subtle thing, but we all said,
'That one sounds best,' and it was all for the same reasons: its
clarity, its lack of accentuated color, and it did only what we
wanted it to do. By far, the Daking was the best compressor for
Daking FET is an all-discrete compressor and limiter featuring transistor
circuitry, transistor balanced inputs and outputs, and Class A amplifiers
enclosed within a sturdy stainless steel chassis. All parameters
of the Daking FET are selectable and repeatable with adjustable
threshold settings from -10 to +10 in 2dB steps. Other settings
include 250 microseconds to 63 milliseconds of attack, seven release
time constants, and 1:5:1, 2:1, 3:1, 5:1, 10:1, and 20:1 ratios.
A three-function VU meter (input/output/gain reduction) and two
inputs (XLR and quarter-inch TRS) are included.
finding that each compressor performed well, decided that using
a compressor capable of a super-transparent performance was most
important to the sonic integrity and musicality of Williams' latest
recorded effort. "While all the stuff sounded good, I heard
the characteristics of the other compressors," he explains.
"I wasn't looking for a 'color,' and not having one was a really
good thing. I liked what my mixes sounded like.
With all the other compressors, when I started hitting them hard,
I could really hear the undesirable elements of stereo compression.
With the Daking I never did."
In the end,
mixing to dual formats paid off. Sterling Sound's Greg Calbi, the
mastering engineer on the project, chose to use the analog master
recorded on the ATR 102. "Even though the 96kHz mix sounded
identical to what was happening in the studio, the tape's warmth
sounded best in the end," explains Lerman. "At the end
of the day, Greg chose to use the tape."
For more info email Brad
Lunde, at LasVegasProAudio.com Phone (702) 307-2700 or (702)
365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764 or visit Daking
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Artist to Ink With a Major Label
announced the signing of Latin rap superstar Tego
Calderón via a long-term, worldwide deal with Calderón's
own Jiggiri Records label. Heralded as the king of the Puerto Rican-bred
music known as reggaetón, Calderón is the first artist
in this rapidly burgeoning genre to ink a global pact with a major
label. His debut Jiggiri/Atlantic album, to be entitled "THE
UNDERDOG," is slated for release in October.
was made today by Atlantic Co-Chairman/COO Craig Kallman, who commented:
" I am thrilled that one of its signature artists, the brilliant
Tego Calderón, has joined the Atlantic family. The reggaetón
and Latin hip-hop movements are rapidly merging into the mainstream
of American music and media, and Tego's innovative style, street
credibility, and charismatic presence have already made him a cultural
icon, placing him at the leading edge of the vibrant new urban-driven
Born and raised
in Puerto Rico, Tego Calderón -- AKA "El Abayarde"
-- has earned international acclaim for his unique musical style,
which mixes salsa and Afro-Caribbean rhythms with hip-hop and dancehall
reggae influences. Lyrically, he has forged a revolutionary flow inspired
by his authentic street roots, creating a social chronicle that openly
addresses such issues as racism, poverty, and class oppression. Combining
hip '60s slang with modern urban language, and set apart by his unmistakable
Afro hairstyle and captivating stage presence, Calderón's appeal
transcends economic, social, and age barriers, as he creates music
with truly universal appeal.
In 2002, Calderón
released his solo debut, "EL ABAYARDE." Breaking sales
records in the underground reggaetón genre, it sold a remarkable
50,000 copies in just one week, and Calderón became an overnight
Latin superstar. Just three months after making his solo premiere,
Calderón was greeted with a tumultuous response at a sold-out
concert at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan. Calderón
has been featured on a variety of mixtapes and been invited to add
his trademark vocal style to collaborations and remixes by the likes
of Fat Joe's Terror Squad (the #1 smash, "Lean Back"),
Usher, N.O.R.E., 50 Cent, Cypress Hill, and Wyclef Jean, along with
fellow Latin stars Roselyn Sánchez, Toño Rosario,
and Aventura, among others.
From his ovation-gathering
appearance at New York's annual Puerto Rican Day parade in 2004
to becoming the first Spanish-language artist to be featured on
New York's Power-105, Calderón has been breaking cultural
barriers. Earning widespread critical acclaim, he has been featured
in the New York Times, Vibe, Fader (cover), Urban Latino (cover),
Fuego, and many other publications. In its recent cover story on
Calderón and reggaetón, the Village Voice noted that
Calderón "almost single-handedly... steered his country's
dominant youth culture out of the island and Latino neighborhoods,
and into the American stream of pop consciousness."
achievements are Latin Grammy and Billboard award nominations, the
2004 Source Hip-Hop Music Award for International Artist of the
Year, a Tu Música award, and nominations for La Gente and
Lo Nuestro awards.
Later last month
a multi-faceted agreement with platinum selling hip-hop star and
entrepreneur Cam'ron and his Diplomat
Records was inked by Asylum Records (Warner Music Group). Under
the agreements, Asylum Records will provide marketing, promotion,
distribution and sales services for future releases from Cam'ron
as well as artists signed to his Diplomat Records label. Currently,
artists on the Diplomat roster include 40 Cal and Jha Jha. "Cam'ron
is a multi-talented artist who has demonstrated his skill not only
in music but also in fashion, film, the liquor business with Sizzurp,
and marketing, as well. We are excited to start working with him
and the entire Diplomat family," says Todd Moscowitz, president,
Surround Zone Plug-ins
the direct-sell division of TransAudio Group (see pic below), is
now shipping SoundField's Surround Zone plug-in for Digidesign's
Pro Tools software on both Mac and PC platforms.
Zone brings all the control and innovation of SoundField's surround
and stereo processing to the digital domain. It combines the hardware
features of both the SP451 surround processor and the MKV System
and is designed to accept the B-Format information generated by
any of the current SoundField microphone models.
A full surround
recording can be captured using a single SoundField microphone incorporating
a patented multi-capsule array. Because the microphone captures
the sound at a 'single point', as opposed to multiple spaced microphones,
all channels are completely phase coherent. This enables surround
mixes to be collapsed back to stereo or mono without the loss of
any vital audio information. Each microphone system outputs SoundField
B-Format, which is a three-dimensional snapshot of any acoustic
Once the SoundField
B-Format is in the Digidesign environment the plug-in enables the
user to generate various surround mic-arrays with variable polar
patterns. Specifically the Surround Zone provides a choice of three
5.1 arrays, individual 6.1 and 7.1 arrays, independently variable
width of both the front and rear pairs, phase coherent LFE and individual
level controls with mute and solo all with bargraph metering. The
software also provides additional control over the sound such as:
Rotate - 360 degree horizontal rotation; Tilt - adjust the microphone
pick-up angle by plus or minus 45 degrees in the vertical plane;
and Zoom - zoom in on sound sources.
The Surround Zone can output mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1.
to the surround capabilities also provided are simultaneous stereo
outputs. The stereo page features fully variable graphically displayed
polar patterns, variable stereo width, variable high-pass filter
from 20Hz up to 250Hz, and mid/side encoded output. Both the Surround
Zone software and SoundField Microphones can be purchased directly
from LasVegasProAudio. Direct purchase price of the Surround Zone
software is $975.00 and combination price of the software and SoundField
SPS422B microphone is $5,650.00
more info email Brad
Lunde, at LasVegasProAudio.com Phone (702) 307-2700 or (702)
365-5155 or Fax (702) 314-2764
of The Rock Star
welcomed the filming of CBS Televisions new reality show,
Rock Star featuring a worldwide search to find a new lead singer
for INXS. Co-Hosts, Dave Navarro and Brook Burke were on hand for
Along with former
"Wild On" girl Brooke Burke, Navarro will host "Rock
Star: INXS" for CBS this summer. The Mark Burnett-produced
series, which premieres in July, will be an "American Idol"-like
competition to find a new singer for the formerly mega-selling band
The show will
begin with 15 contestants living together in a Hollywood Hills home.
The winner will become the lead singer of INXS and will go on a
world tour with the band, known for their hits What You Need and
Need You Tonight.
done a couple of hosting gigs in the past, including the MTV Movie
Awards pre-show and the videogame awards show "G-Phoria"
on cable channel G4. He also knows from being a rock star, having
been the guitarist for Jane's Addiction and, for a time, the Red
Hot Chili Peppers.
Other NRG sessions
included: Eric Sarafin who returned to NRGs Studio B to mix
the upcoming release by Australian superstar, Pete Murray. Eric
was assisted by Sergio Chavez. Don Gilmore set up shop in Studio
A, to record a new song for The Veronicas. Engineer Mark Kiczula
worked alongside assistant Fox Phelps.
To schedule a session or tour, contact: Annette Scott, Studio Manger
Billy Bob Thornton's Cave
Finalizing Latest and Third Solo Effort
Following up on his critically acclaimed album, Edge Of The World,
noted songwriter, musician and recording studio owner Billy Bob
Thornton is currently putting the finishing touches on his third
solo album that is due out early Fall. This new record, which has
the working title HOBO, is co-written and co-produced by Billy Bob
Thornton and Randy Mitchell. In addition, all tracks were recorded
and mixed by songwriter/guitarist Randy Mitchell who has worked
with Thornton for the past 3 years. The album is also co-mixed and
co-produced by Grammy® award winning engineer Jim Mitchell (Guns
n' Roses, Slash and Poe).
Recorded in Billy Bob Thornton's state-of-the-art recording studio,
The Cave, the album reflects on experiences in California, its unrivaled
entertainment industry and Thornton's past twenty years immersed
in the Los Angeles lifestyle and music scene.
of this record is to address the need for people to come to California
if you are going to make it, as California is sort of the last frontier
in the entertainment business," stated Billy Bob Thornton.
"It is a record about joy, sadness, success and failure
the realization of dreams and not realizing your dreams. Every song
has something to do with that theme, with a couple of songs that
are about something that happened one creepy night in Central California
it's a loose tribute to California!" Thornton expressed.
who has engineered and co-produced with Billy Bob Thornton for the
past five years, talks about the creative and technical aspects
of capturing Billy's vocals on the album. The record has a
heartfelt story-telling, left of center, incredible mood to it and
creating a sonic landscape to match is exactly what Billy expressed
he wanted for its sound, Jim Mitchell said. Working
in The Cave, with both state-of-the-art and vintage recording equipment,
I think we've nailed the true essence of Billy's vocals on this
record. When he sings the real quiet passages with a low, soft breathy
voice, you feel like he's singing directly into your ear. And with
the more rockin songs, hes powerful, up-front and right
in your face creating a dialog between the guitars and vocals. Making
the stories come alive is another fun part of my job. I'm extremely
proud of this record.
Billy Bob Thornton,
who earned two Gold record certifications and performed on the Grammy
winning album, The Wind by Warren Zevon, has received critical acclaim
from journalists and musicians alike for his songwriting and vocal
performances on his last two albums. He recently performed live
with rock legend Alice Cooper at the historic El Rey Theatre in
the heart of Los Angeles.
with Orlando Phil
Unique Performance on July 18
Argent Mortgage Orchestrated, the newly announced concert
series produced by Elevation Entertainment which pairs popular recording
artists with symphony orchestras in one night only engagements,
announced that Duran
Duran will join the series.
Duran Duran will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra,
with a July 18 performance at the Chapin Theater at the Orange County
Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Tickets go on sale this Friday,
May 20 at the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office/the Bob Carr Performing
Arts Centre and Ticketmaster. Presale and special VIP Ticket Packages
will go on sale this Tuesday, May17th at www.DuranDuranMusic.com
The first three
previously announced concerts include LeAnn Rimes with the Boston
Pops (May 23 in Boston), Seal with members of the Minnesota Orchestra
(June 13 in Minneapolis) and Jewel with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra
(July 30 in Cleveland Hts., Ohio). The shows featuring the Grammy
Award-winning Rimes and the Grammy Award-winning Seal are both sold-out.
Only lawn seats remain for Jewels concert at Cain Park in
Cleveland Hts., Ohio.
Avatar: Feels Like Home
Dolly & Norah Return Favors while Kevorkian Masters Phish
Kevorkian Mastering; Dolly
and Norah "Feel Like Home" at Avatar Studio A Control
A series of
live performances by PHISH were mastered by Fred Kevorkian in his
new mastering room located on the 3rd floor of Avatar. Fred's album
credits include Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band,
Phish, Iggy Pop, The Walkmen, Cassandra Wilson and many others.
The mastering room is approximately 300 square feet.
studio was constructed from a design originally conceived by Sam
Berkow of SIA Acoustics and was further enhanced and refined by
Roy Hendrickson, Avatar's Chief Engineer. The room features state
of the art analog and digital equipment such as the Muth transfer
console, Sontec equalizer, Weiss and Z Systems processing units.
Avatar Sessions: Since Dolly Parton's participation
in Norah Jones' album, Feels Like Home, Norah returned the
favor by participating in hers. John Mayer stopped by with
producer Steve Jordan and bassist Charlie Hunter to record his upcoming
release. Mayer also played on a BB King tribute record. Producer/engineer
David Bendeth mixed a track for Hollywood Records' Breaking Benjamin
assisted by Chad Lupo. Windup band, Omnisoul is in Studio
C for recording and overdubs for their debut release. Gregg Wattenberg
is producing, Greg Gordon engineering assisted by Eddie Jackson.Producer
Todd Barkan was in with Calle 54 artist Nino Josele. Avatar's
Roy Hendrickson engineered assisted by Eddie Jackson and Peter Doris.
Pianist Makoto Ozone was in with engineer Joe Ferla recording
a new disc using Sony's DSD format. Makoto produced the sessions
and Aya Takemura assisted.Producer/engineer Al
Schmitt was in with Concord Records' pianist Taylor Eigsti
Brian Montgomery handled the Pro Tools operation. Virgin Records'
Ricky Fante was in with producer Josh Deutsch and engineer
Vaughn Merrick. Anthony Ruotolo assisted. Sh'K'Boom Records was
in recording the cast of the Broadway show Spelling Bee,
, which recently won a Tony Award. Joel Moss engineered, Kurt Deustch
produced, Jan Folkson operated Pro Tools with Aya Takemura assisting.
Universal Music's East Village Opera Company was in with
engineer/producer Neil Dorfsman. Anthony Ruotolo assisted. Brad
Mehldau was in recording and mixing with James Farber assisted by
Aya Takemura. Eric Clapton with producer Simon Climie and
engineer Alan Douglas was in recording for an upcoming release.
Brian Montgomery assisted. Mixer Rich Costey mixed the new Weezer
album produced by Rick Rubin. Ross Petersen assisted.
To book Kevorkian
mastering or for more information, visit Fred's
Room to view the gear or call or email
Tino at (212) 765-7500 to book a session with Fred. "We've
already enjoyed bringing out our grill a few times up on our rooftop
patio for burgers," says Tiino.
Avatar is now accepting resumes for part or full time maintenance
tech position. For more information, please contact mailto:TechJob@AvatarStudios.net
Avatar Studios for being nominated for a 2005 Outstanding Creative
Achievement Award in the category of Record Production / Album for
Norah Jones' Feels Like Home. The award recipients will be announced
at the 21st TEC Award Presentations on October 8 as part of the
AES Conference, which will be held in New York this year. "For
those planning to attend, drop by Avatar Studios and check out all
the new changes," says Tino.
The Village On The Charts
Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, whose With Teeth, was recorded
in Studio D at The Village, debuted May 21 at #1 on the Billboard
L-R: The American Idol finalists
camp it up for Ford in the lobby of The Village with producers the
Wojahn Bros; Jessica Simpson: Top row: Assistant engineer Jared
Nugent, keyboardist Dan Shea, producer Cory Rooney. Bottom: engineer
Ian Cross, Jessica Simpson, Simpsons assistant Kasey
Village Sessions include: Producer T-Bone Burnett, with engineer
Mike Piersante and assistant engineer Jason Wormer, recorded the
soundtrack for The Wendell Baker Story in Studio A. Produced byand
starringLuke WilsonWendell Baker also stars Owen Wilson
and Harry Dean Stanton. Burnett and Piersante have also been in
Studio D recording the score for the much-buzzed-about Johnny Cash
biopic Walk the Line.
In Studio D, multi-award-winning commercial producers the Wojahn
Bros. cut vocals with the American Idol finalists for a Ford spot.
Wildly busy producer Dave Sardy swooped into Studio A for some last
minute updates on the new Oasis release Dont Believe the Truth,
which was mixed earlier this year at The Village.
Jessica Simpson camped out in Studio F creating material for her
new album with producer Cory Rooney, engineer Ian Cross and assistant
engineer Jared Nugent.
Logic And The Real World
Peter Gabriel's Joint Venture Acquires Technology Giant
Photo: Carl Desouza
Logic's assets have been acquired by a joint venture established
by musician and technologist, Peter Gabriel, and broadcast industry
entrepreneur, David Engelke. The company, which will trade as Solid
State Logic, will continue to design and manufacture mixing consoles
and related audio technology at its Begbroke, Oxford headquarters.
investors bring considerable experience of both the companys
main markets: music recording and broadcast. Peter Gabriels
background as an artist is well known, but he has had a long involvement
with technology. Syco Systems, which he co-founded, developed the
Tablet, one of the worlds first purpose-built
digital audio workstations. Real World Multi Media, part of Peters
Real World Group, won awards for both technological and creative
innovation. More recently, he has had success with OD2 (On Demand
Distribution), now the leading European platform provider for the
distribution of on-line music. At the same time his many years as
artist and studio owner at Real
World in Wiltshire have given him a passion for the possibilities
of technology, and how it can serve and transform the process of
music making and post production.
Engelke, formerly also an SSL console owner, has been involved with
production and broadcast companies including Pinnacle Systems, Montage
Group, and Digital Editing Services and invented several widely
adopted technologies in the broadcast industry. Technologies developed
by him and his engineering teams have earned them three EMMY Awards
from the US National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and
an OSCAR from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
L-R: Piers Plaskitt (seated),
Antony David (Standing L), Chris Smith (Standing R);
SSL New President, Phil Wagner
David Engelke, who currently heads up Broadcast Devices LLC, spoke
about his enthusiasm for the company, The Solid State Logic
brand stands for excellence like no other pro audio company in the
world. We are investing to strengthen the company and bring these
brand values to a broader market through continued innovative product
added: I have been a long time fan of SSL. Were very
excited about the opportunity of working with the company and to
have a chance to participate in its future and its product development.
Real World has enjoyed a close relationship with the company for
and David Engelke have recruited an experienced management team
for their joint venture. Antony David, SSLs Sales Director
in the 80s and early 90s, then head of Pro Audio at
Sony Broadcast & Professional Europe, is Managing Director;
Piers Plaskitt, previously President of SSL Inc and President Sales
& Marketing at Euphonix, is Group Commercial Director; and Chris
Smith is Group Finance Director.
In related SSL news, Phil Wagner has been promoted to President
of SSL, Inc. Phil joined SSL in 1992 as Vice President Western Operations,
and was then promoted to Senior Vice President seven years ago.
As President of SSL, Inc., Phil will be responsible for overall
sales and customer relations for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He
has sold over 150 consoles in music, broadcast, post and film during
his tenure at SSL.
XL in Sound Kitchen and Larabee Studios
SoundKitchen Studio D Scores an
SSL --AES party L-R:
Elliot Cunningham, owner of Sound Kitchen, Dave Malekpour, president
of PAD, Don Worshba, senior vice-president of SSL, Sharon Corbitt,
Sound Kitchens studio manager, Greg Weston, David Del Sesto
and Steve Marcantonio, engineer of the new Brooks & Dunn album.
Nashville's Sound Kitchen, recently installed an SSL XL 9000K in
Studio D, which they obtained from Professional Audio Designs
(PAD) liquidation of New York Citys The Hit Factory. PAD also
furnished Studio D with Augspurger 2 x 15 with Horn Custom
speakers finished in Austin Martin Sky Grey Metallic with Crown
MA5000 and Bryston Amps; the BSS OmniDrive FDS366 Digital Speaker
Management system; Universal Audio 1176LN Blackface Reissue Compressor;
TC Electronics D. Two Delay and 2 x Lexicon PCM 42 Digital Delays;
and a Gefen Extender system for the ProTools monitor & keyboard.
L-R: Dave Reitzas and David Russell
at Larabee Studios
Dave Reitzas and David Russell (pcitured above) have been making
musical magic on the new Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue
Console recently installed in Studio 1 at the premiere recording
facility Larrabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles
Mama Of Dada
Wood: The Art of Life
June 24 August 28, 2005
look into the life of one of the most significant and alluring cultural
figures of the 20th century. As a prolific ceramist, Beatrice Woods
career in the arts blossomed from her great love of life. Her expansive
and imaginative spirit infused her lifes work and that of
contemporary culture, making lasting contributions to humanity.
Wood is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Her
long illustrious life, reflected in her figurative works and luster
glazes, has inspired writers, filmmakers, painters and ceramic artists,"
says, Kevin Wallace, Curator of Craft and Folk Art Museum (5814
Wilshire Blvd., 323-937-4230)
Ranch On The Prairie
Prairie Sun Studios Offers More For Less
Sun rural setting offers serenity, country walks, and scenery
of farm life as well as gourmet restaurants and classic Sonoma wineries.
Owner Mark "Mooka" Rennick says "The home-studio
boom has been beneficial for us, providing more opportunity to showcase
services people really need like tracking drums, mixing and world
Next time you're planning to visit Bay Area or Sonoma, make this
facility a destination. The newly acquired 1964 Baldwin nine-foot
grand piano could be one of many reasons why you would choose this
facility. The artist-centric attitude exuded by owner and staff
over the last twenty-five years, may be the reason why so many great
artists, producers, and engineers from a large variety of musical
styles have recorded at Priarie Sun.
Recent clients included Les Claypool (Primus), Guitarist Nels Cline
(Wilco), Journey, AFI, virtuoso-guitar label Shrapnel Records. Eric
McFadden and Wally Ingram with some help from Keb Mo, as well as
bassist Juan Nelson of Ben Harper's band the Innocent Criminals.
Golf course designer/Poet Robert Trent Jones Jr. with pianist Nolan
Gasser (Steve Miller band) and Violinist Alasdair Fraser. Also Jam-Rockers
Steel Train, Bay area Heavy metal act Watch Them Die, Southern Rockers
the Jackson Stone Band, Hawaiian slack-key guitar heroes, and many
Whether he is
booking a mixing session or several weeks of intense album crafting,
"Mooka" - a musician, producer, and engineer - loves to
work with people who share his intense passion for music. From major
label albums to independently funded projects, Mooka believes in
working with the artist and their budget. Amenities include 'on
site' accommodations in two comfortable, two bedroom houses with
full kitchens, baths, and cable TV
For more information, or to schedule a tour, please call Mooka himself
Boy CEO and hip-hop mogul, Sean "P. Diddy" soon (drum
roll, please) will become a wireless-service provider. At the cellular
industry's annual confab in New Orleans earlier in March, Combs
boldly declared that he is an MVNO, wireless jargon for mobile virtual
network operator. "I have tens of millions of subscribers who
spend billions of dollars every year on all sorts of items -- mainly
music," he said. According to the award-winning artist, the
value of music when downloaded to phones can take advantage of the
success of the wireless space.
The music industry
got burned by the Internet but is now getting a lift from cell phones.
Down the road, there's a rosy future in wireless downloads of entire
songs. But now, the big bucks are in ringtones.
In a recent
article in Business Week, the new music delivery cell phones are
referred to as iPod Killers! What does the most elegant music player
on earth falls short of? It doesn't do downloads over the air, make
calls, or take pictures. The Samsung SGH-1300 which will hit key
US markets close to yearend will retail at $450-500 each and offer
3-gig hard drive that can store 1000 songs with iPod quality sound.
By 2008, half of the 860 million cell phones sold will play music.
of songs cost $1 to $3 and replace the ring you hear when someone
calls. Revenues are expected to reach $9.4 billion by 2008. Sprint
is alone among major carriers in the US in offering 24/7 streaming
music. For as little as $5.95 a month, users choose among six channels
of radio-like programmed music, from '80s hits to country tunes.
Upstarts are working on technology to put satellite radio on mobile
phones, too. In November, Korea's SK Telecom launched what could
be the future of music on phones. It's offering a $5-a-month service,
called Melon, that allows unlimited downloads from a library of
700,000 tunes. Unlike subscription services in the US, Melon lets
customers get a new song without a PC. That makes it a potential
game changer: You can get any song you want anytime, anywhere -
for $60 a year. SK is also selling downloads for 50cents a song.
02 Germany plans a similar service later this year. So, look for
monophonic, polyphonic, true and ringback tones coming to a phone
Minimalist Gear includes Sennheiser & Neumann Mics
co-founder, guitarist and vocalist, Nancy Wilson, has distilled
the recording equipment complement to a bare minimum during her
work on the score for Elizabeth Town (The film is scheduled for
release early in the fall). According to the project's recording
engineer, Carl Kaller, who is using just three Neumann
microphones - two TLM127s and an M150 - plus a TRUE Systems
Precision 8 mic preamp to capture Wilson's multi-instrumental talents,
and has provided a pristine path to the recorder, requiring almost
no signal processing. Wilson's home in a studio (dubbed Little Ruckus)
has been put together for the project. Although a pair of high-quality
compressors is on hand, he says, "I'd say 85 percent of the
music that we've recorded is what's hitting these mics and going
to Pro Tools|HD. The collaborations between the musician and her
music-savvy filmmaker husband, has included "Vanilla Sky,"
"Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire" and "Say
Anything." As far as setting up the microphones, he explains,
"It's all about experimentation... and putting the headphones
on and moving the mics around until we're happy. For the most part
I'm using the TLM127s to create stereo. Mostly what I'm creating
is an LCR, using the 127s, and then I move the M 150 around for
a center. It's getting a lot more of the low frequencies. I've found
that if I bury these 127s inside the piano, it gives us a really
great, rich sound, with the harmonics just flowing over you,"
Carole King Masters New Album at Bernie Grundman's
Grundman Session with Carole King
(L-R): guitarist/co-producer Rudy Guess, assistant engineer Brandon
Miller, and mastering engineer Chris Bellman. Photo: David Goggin
recently completed and mastered The Living Room Tour, her double
live album of classics recorded during her 2004 tour. The Rockingale
Records release will be distributed by Concord Records and Starbucks
Hear Music beginning in July, which coincides with the 2005 leg
of The Living Room Tour.
The soulful singer/songwriter/producer,
is back in action with his 9th album, Grown & Sexy. The
CD drops July 26th, and Face is out playing live to support the
new release from J Records. Watch Face on the Tonight Show July
He has sung
his way into the upper tiers of the soul elite and produced scores
of remarkably moving, high quality hits. On July 26, 2005, the legend
returns with the album of his life, GROWN & SEXY.
"Sorry For the Stupid Things" a soaring mid-tempo ballad
where a man apologizes for all the drama he creates in his woman's
American Idol Winner Visits Nashville's first Resort Studio
Carrie Underwood At Karian Studios
Ian and Karen DSouza take a break with Carrie Underwood (center)
in Studio A of Karian Studios.
newest it girl Carrie Underwood spent a weekend fit
for an Idol princess at the resort studio near the lake in Gallatin,TN.
Fresh from winning American Idol, Underwood plans to record her
album this fall. She was the darling of the CMA Music Festival and
now Elite songsmiths gathered for a three day retreat at Karian
to get to know Underwood and play her songs. Craig Wiseman, Hilary
Lindsey and Rivers Rutherford were just a few of the songwriting
A-list that attended.
is Nashvilles first resort studio offering amenities
ranging from spa services to horses to sailing on Old Hickory lake
in their yacht. THe SSL and Pro Tools HD 3 Accel equipped studio
offers luxury lodging. Owner Ian DSouza, a seasoned producer/engineer,
was able to serve as chief engineer for the weekend as he does for
many of the sessions that come to Karian.
Griffith who is production coordinator for Dann Huff, Mark Bright,
Marty Williams and many more says, "I am simply stunned at
what they are able to offer as a day rate for this studio. It is
one of the best deals I have ever come across."
For more information
about Karian Studios please call studio owner/manager Karen DSouza
for more information at 615-230-4999.
Jorgl Winged by The Recording Academy
& Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy® appointed recording
technologist/pro audio journalist Steph Jorgl as its new Executive
Director and announced launching of a new remix delivery standards
committee headed by Brian Transeau (BT).
on the heels of the release of its technical recommendation document,
for Pro Tools Session Interchange", the P& E Wing has
begun development of a "Remix Delivery Standards" guideline
to be released Fall of 2005. "There is an entire new demographic
of music-savvy fans that would love nothing more than the prospect
of taking Jay-Z's vocal and putting it over the Killers. If we have
a standardized remix format, online download services like iTunes
can sell a 'bundle' of loops, stems and MIDI files that open directly
in Garage Band or Live - and for a buck or two, any 14-year-old
kid can dissect, remix, mix and match tracks by his or her favorite
artists. There's a huge market out there for this and the prospect
of getting it started, as we did with the Dance Music Album category
for the GRAMMY®s, is very exciting," says BT.
Opens in Marina Del Rey
L-R: Jim Mona from Jim Mona
Company, MW Audio president Mike Warren, and Danny Brant, MW Audio's
Bonanza" for the openning of MW
Audio attracted a large number of local music recording and
sound production friends."We are a high-end professional audio
and video sales company that also provides a wide range of services,
including system design and installation for recording studios,
post production, broadcast, theater and live sound," says Michael
Warren founder of the new new state-of-the-art showroom that opened
in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles earlier this month.
his career at Guitar Center Hollywood, moved to Sam Ash Professional,
to handle Artist Relations for the past two decades before luanching
Current and upcoming projects include two additional hi-definition
boardrooms for advertising agency Chiat Day; two multimedia conference
rooms for Palisades Media, Santa Monica; a complete audio/video
studio in Valencia, CA, for music producer Rich Handley; an additional
studio for Jeff Jones Music; an updated facility of six studios
for Elias Arts, Santa Monica, including new Mackie DXB200 Digital
Consoles; and an Audio Laboratory, including 18 stations with Mackie
Control Universal, for Willamette University.
The organizers of the 118th Convention, held for the first time
in Barcelona, are calling the show a success. More than 250 exhibitors
attended the convention, which includes nearly 50 companies exhibiting
for the first time. 6,200 attendees traversed the convention floor.
figure is similar to the attendance at the 116th convention held
in Berlin last year. The 120th AES Convention will be held in Paris
from May 20 to May 23, 2006, at the Porte de Versailles.
Sony Pictures -- opened June 3rd
From the dangerous
waves off a long-forgotten pier in the 70s to the concrete wasteland
of a city slum, LORDS
OF DOGTOWN brings to cinematic life the rebel beginnings of
some unforgettable sports culture stars -- Tony Alva, Jay Adams
and Stacy Peralta.
The Dogtowners had gone from pure poverty to making rock-star money
and lives, and some of them barely survived.
In 1999 Spin
published an article detailing the history of the Z-boys, focusing
on the Dogtown experience, and it caught the attention of Hollywood
development exec John Linson who worked at Fox at the time. "I
grew up in Santa Monica," says Linson, "so it was a movement
I always knew about. I always felt it should be made into a movie."
Linson immediately began talks with Jay Adams and other original
Z-Boys to secure their cooperation and involvement.
The Z-Boys became
famous for their pool skating and radical behavior. Low-riding cement
lovers, these outlaw surfers took to the curves and walls of neighborhood
pools and invented a whole new style of skating. With one hand stretched
out to touch the concrete as they pivoted like their surf idol Larry
Bertleman, the Z-Boys' skating was like no other, inspiring kids
the world over and transforming the sport forever.
The Zephyr Team,
which they later became, was aggressive, passionate, and poetic.
"When you think about American Graffiti or Fast Times at Ridgemont
High, they were seminal movies about youth culture," says Sony
Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal. "LORDS OF DOGTOWN is that kind
of film. These kids sparked a movement that reverberates to this
Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) the film features lot of newcommers
plus surprises like Rebecca de Mornay (as Philaine, Jay Adams' mother).
soundtrack from Geffen features vintage classics, including:
the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Fire;" David Bowies
"Suffragette City;" Nazareth with "Hair of the Dog;"
the Stooges, "T.V. Eye;" Foghat, "I Just Want To
Make Love To You;" Ted Nugents "Motor City Madhouse;"
T Rex with "20th Century Boy;" Joe Walsh, "Turn To
Stone;" Sweet, "Fox On The Run;" the Allman Brothers
Band, "One Way Out;" Rod Stewarts "Maggie May;"
Deep Purple, "Space Truckin;" Sparklehorse, "Wish
You Were Here;" and Iggy Pops "Success."
"This movie is a dream project for me. I live in Venice, I
surf and I know so many of the people involved in this, so I was
just so excited to get that call. I read the script Stacy wrote,
went in to meet Amy Pascal at Sony, and gave her my pitch. After
a few months of research and preparation, they green-lit the film.,"
says Hardwicke. ""
on location in Southern California in 56 days, a 50' long, 25' wide,
10' deep Dogbowl was custom built at a house in Pasadena to accommodate
the action scenes!
Charity Event #10
Golf, Auction, Winners
Michael Greene of Artist
Tribe and the winning team
116 audio and music folks gathered to play golf at this year's Mix
Open at Malibu country club on June 13th. Proceeds went to the day's
big winners -- House Ear Institute's Sound Partners program and
Sound Art in LA. The event's founder, Ed Cherney, was on hand along
with a number of Sponsors to include: Harman Pro, CenterStaging,
The Pass Studios, Design FX, Audio-Technica, P&E Wing, Absolute
Musicm Mix Magazine
Record Plant, Panasonic, Shure, Yamaha, The Village and Warner Brothers
L-R: Cherney, Erika Lopez, Rose
included a Walden Guitar donated by American Sound & Music,
a Panasonic Home Theatre in a Box, a Takamini Guitar donated by
Sound Design Corporation, a Big Baby Guitar donated by Taylor Guitars,
a Lavry Blue 2-channel D/A Converter, Audio-Technica mics, a BLUE
8 Ball Mic, a Shure mic, a SCF Guitar Pedal donated by TC Electronic,
a Lexomega S/PC Recording interface, donated by Harman Music Group
and many other items!
"Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the audio community,
the 10th Annual Mix L.A. Open was our most successful tournament
yet. Many thanks to everyone who turned out, as well as our many
sponsors," says executive director, Karen Dunn.
George Scott (on tour with Peter
Gabriel 2003) |©2004 Photo: Teresa Nelson
a founding member of the Blind
Boys of Alabama gospel group, died in his sleep on March 9th,
2005 at his home in Durham, NC. He was 75. Scott was the booming
baritone voice of the group, which formed at the Alabama Institute
for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s. Since then, Scott and his
bandmates traveled the world spreading their unique brand of soulful
gospel music. Blind Boys' new cd, "Atomb
Bomb" does remake songs by Eric Clapton, Norman Greenbaum
and Fatboy Slim and does turn over two vocal spots to the Gift of
Gab from the hip-hop duo Blackalicious, but the other guests (guitarist
David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, harmonica whiz Charlie Musselwhite and
organist Billy Preston) are restricted to instrumental support.
They still know how to dig a deep groove with their percussive shouts,
especially when they revive a song like the Soul Stirrers' 1950
classic "(Jesus Hits Like the) Atom Bomb."
Donations in memory of Scott go to: Memorial and Honor Program -
American Diabetes Assn. P. O. Box 1130 Fairfax, VA 22038-1130
Photo by Suzie Katayama
I wrote, the worse I played, and when almost anyone plays and writes,
you've got to make a choice. To play an instrument well is a full-time
-- Johnny Mandel
Only In Action do we discover what is wrong or right...In the end,
it's hard work that counts.
FM liberated radio back in the late Sixties, satellite is liberating
--Lee Abrams, XM chief programming officer
An increasing number of customers are lining up to pay thirteen
dollars a month for that liberation. XM, has added 541,000 subscribers
so far this year, bringing its total subscribers to 3.77 million,
while Sirius added 306,500, bringing its total to 1.5 million. And
satellite's profile will grow even higher in January, when Howard
Stern moves his morning show to Sirius
accounted for one third of total Genius Loves Company sales - more
than any traditional music retailer. We will continue to work with
major and independent labels like Maverick, Lava, Warner, Interscope,
Vector, Rounder, Virgin, sony, BMG, and Concord to name a few, to
make music discovery a part of our customers' experience."
D. Schultz, Chairman Starbucks, Seattle
courtesy of Mr Bonzai -- taken 20 years ago by Mix magazine founder
David Schwartz at Les Paul's home studio
He just finished
recording Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played, his
first new album since 1978, an all-star collaboration CD to be released
August 30th, including cuts with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter
Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Steve Miller, Keith
Richards, Johnny Rzeznik, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, Kenny Wayne
Shepherd, Sting, Joss Stone, and more.
BB King's 80th
King will celebrate his approaching 80th birthday with a multi-artist
blues concert in Mississippi that will benefit the planned B.B.
King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. King, who will turn
80 in September, will headline the July 30 show at the Isle of Capri's
Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.
-- Happy Birthday Mr Paul, Mr King and America! Happy
4th of July.
" We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."