of Final Stage Mastering has always been about staying one step
ahead. For chief mastering engineer Randy LeRoy (Pam Tillis, Relient
K, the Nitty Gritty Dirt band and Merle Haggard), that meant matching
his sharp ears and instincts to digital gear from early on, starting
with the EQ1 from Weiss Engineering. Fifteen years after opening
for business, Final Stage has grown into one of the busiest mastering
houses in Nashville, and their Weiss gear has kept the pace. "The
Weiss boxes seemed to really come out and give you the quality and
smoothness of digital processing that was never there before. They
didn't change the tone and imaging of the mix, instead, all you
heard was the slight EQ subtleties you were adding," says LeRoy.
"As Final Stage started supporting higher sample rates, Weiss
Engineering founder and president, Daniel Weiss, kept adding those
capabilities too," LeRoy notes. "When I first purchased
Weiss' EQ1 7-band EQ and DS1 compressor, they were both 44.1/48kHz
units. Two years later, they upgraded them to the MK2 version, which
was able to do 96kHz/24-bit. Soon after that, a Linear Phase model
upgrade was available which allowed me to use the EQ1 in either
MK2 or Linear Phase modes. I also took advantage of the DYN upgrade,
which added dynamic control in the frequency domain. For Final Stage,
the consistent upgrades to Weiss Engineering systems are a key component
in keeping ahead, and delivering top results for his choosy clientele
in the process. "Facilities and their gear are always moving
forward, and I want to be surrounded by gear and companies that
do that with me," LeRoy concludes.
Engineering (Switzerland) products are available through Las
Vegas Pro Audio located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please email Brad Lunde
at LVPA or Phone (702) 307-2700
Got Soundelux or SoundField?
Wagener - legendary rock producer, engineer, and mixer (Metallica,
Ozzy Osbourne) is a self-professed gear aficionado. Name a microphone,
a pre-amp, or an outboard processor, and in most instances, he has
tried it. But
now that he has discovered Enhanced Audio's M600 universal microphone
mount, he's likely to try his favorites all over again. According
to Wagener, using an M600 mount helps great microphones sound even
greater. Since trying one late last year, he has bought two for
Wireworld, his Nashville-area private recording facility.
using it on the Soundelux 251, which is my 'go to' vocal microphone,"
Wagener recalls. "Anything that has a 'natural' sound gets
the 251 or a ribbon mic as a first try. When I tried the M600 with
the 251, I was very impressed. All of the 251's bottom was still
there, but the top seemed 'see through' and clearer. It's really
hard to describe. Before there was something not there that was
covering things over the whole frequency range. It's very noticeable
- not night and day - but now that I've heard it, I would miss it
if it weren't there."
designed M600 offers increased musical headroom and greater dynamic
transient capability via a reduction in low-level mechanical noise
and increasing low-level 'information.' Comprised of two low-resonant
aluminum rings and thoughtfully designed mount hardware, the M600
effectively improves fidelity by significantly reducing the transmission
of infrasonic vibrations. It is easily used with a wide variety
of microphones and stand thread types.
exactly sure how it does it, but it does," Wagener confirms.
"It takes out sub-low frequencies that affect the performance
of the mic by being there. They're low-frequency rumbles that you
would probably not even hear. But when those frequencies are missing,
it does seem to clear up the whole picture. The M600 is a rigid
mount so, to me, it goes against what I think would've happened.
I would think that it would transfer what's going on in the room
to the mic, but it doesn't. I don't question it though. It just
left behind his old shockmount, what he is getting from his 251
and other mic selections is continually amazing. No where is this
more apparent than in the realm of vocal recording. "Normally,
vocals are the loudest in the mix," he explains. "They're
up front and, especially on slower songs, you hear every little
inflection of the voice, as well as every little thing that would
disturb it. This is where the M600 really shines."
So chances are,
if you hear any product of Wagener's post-2005 productions recorded
at Wireworld, you'll also experience 'the M600 effect' as he has.
And that's one effect this advocate of superior microphone selection
and placement is more than happy to use. "For thirty years,
I lived without it," he concludes. "Then all of a sudden,
I heard what the M600 could do. I don't want to miss that anymore."
Broadcasting (BSKYB) has specified SoundField
microphone systems to capture crowd ambience in 5.1 surround
for Sky Sports HD Premiership Soccer coverage, which begins transmission
in early 2006. SoundField's ability to collapse any 5.1 surround
mix to stereo or mono without introducing any phase problems, making
it ideal for live broadcast applications where events will be transmitted
in HD and SD (Standard Definition) simultaneously. SoundField systems
will be permanently installed at Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool
and Arsenal where more regular HD coverage will be broadcast.
more info, please email Brad
Lunde at LVPA or Phone (702) 307-2700
Daking & Co.
For more info, please email Brad
Lunde at LVPA or Phone (702) 307-2700
Vegas Pro Audio is the direct sales division of TransAudio
Group. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide a personal
long-term relationship with top engineers delivering insightful
and accurate advice, unique equipment and long term support.TransAudio
Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become
the premier US importer/distributor for high-end audio. visit the
web sites at: www.lasvegasproaudio.com
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
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).
Cat says the 6000 building on Sunset (Cello)
has wings! We understand the new owner plans to reopen the studios
very soon with all of its original gear that was purchased earlier
this year. Stay tuned or write
to us if you know more.
The Survivor Foundation has already secured funds in excess of $400,000
through the initial contributions of Beyonce Knowles ($250,000),
Kelly Rowland, Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles, and Solange Knowles-Smith
and is seeking donations from both the corporate and personal sectors
to expand the reach of the Foundation's storm relief housing initiative.
of Dereon, the clothing line established by Beyonce and Tina
Knowles, has earmarked a percentage of its profits to benefit the
Survivor Foundation which set an initial goal of securing cost-free
transitional housing for 100 families by Christmas 2005.
Museo De La Ciencia (above) taps Medialon for Plantetarium show
control and Museum digital signage. Medialon
Manager is also utilized to control live, interactive events
staged for special groups in the Planetarium. In this application,
the speaker may use the system to trigger a pre-programmed presentation,
pausing and running the show as he/she interacts with the audience.
In addition, the system can be used to run original multimedia presentations
using standard sources and projectors to play back media files.
Medialon Manager acts as the presentation master controller allowing
the speaker to conduct the presentation according to the audience
reaction. Lunatus of Barcelona, who designed the Planetarium
have the ultimate prize for the ultimate Prince fan: A private concert
in the comfort of Prince's own home! A limited numer of Purple tickets
is to be included (worldwide) with the album 3121 as well as copies
of the "Black Sweat" single, to win "An Evening With
Prince - A private performance at Prince's house". Digital
tickets for this event can also be won through iTunes.
shows up every year at the Chevrolet Freestyle International Competition
at Deer Valley Resort to work, but from now on, he may get the chance
to enjoy the action a lot more. "With Lectrosonics, I can sleep
better at night knowing that I don't have to worry about my wireless
microphones," he says. "This year, everything went off
like clockwork. We had Lectrosonics
and we just went to work."
(above) has joins Cups 'N Strings Studios as re-recording mixer
and sound editor, announces studio owner and chief engineer Bruce
"We've experienced considerable growth in our post-production
work and Sabrina's expertise has enhanced our reputation and allowed
us to expand efficiently,." says Maddocks.
In the world of film (Species and The Fantastiks) and television
post-production (Inside Look: Down From the Mountain, Run for Cover
and Dial H for Hitchcock) award-winning mixer and editor Sabrina
is well-known for her mastery of sound. In several television series
such as The Crusaders and For Better or For Worse she has handled
all aspects of post-production sound, including editing, sound design
and mixing music, dialogue and effects. As a music recording engineer
and mixer proficient with analog as well as the latest digital technology,
she has worked with Fleetwood Mac, Robert Palmer, Missing Persons,
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, among numerous others.
A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Recording and
Audio Reinforcement, Buchanek is the recipient of Promax Muse Gold
and Silver Awards, Aurora Platinum and Gold Awards, Omni Silver
and Bronze, and AXIEM Silver Awards for her work on promos and trailers
including Hannibal, Gone in 60 Seconds, Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Take an expresso
tour of Cups
'N Strings or visit them at their new home (3025 Olympic Blvd.,
Suite 400 Santa Monica, CA 90404) For info, tel 310.453.1615
C7 4 Sale
the original owner, this piano (Serial number E4637070) has been
babied. It's beautiful, but we're downsizing, she says. Call 818-990-3031
with offers to make it yours today.
Artists On The Move
Jerry Harrison, Elliot
Scheiner and the Acura TL ELS Edition
STUDIO A- (NEVE 8068) hosted Jeff Golub & Kirk Whalum recently
in tracking with producer Philippe Saisse; Regina Carter recording
with engineer Joe Ferla; Mike Stern recording with producer Jim
Beard, Phil Magnotti engineered; R&B artist Rihanna recording
strings with arranger Rob Mounsey, Maclolm Pollack engineered; Donny
McClurkin recording with Avatar engineer Peter Doris; Nadja Salerno
Sonnenberg recently recorded with engineer Tom Lazarus
STUDIO B- (SSL9000J)
hosted Jim Anderson recently mixed Swiss Jazz Orchestra with producer
George Robert; Jim Anderson recently mixed pianist DD Jackson; Eliane
Elias recently in with producer Lester Mendez and engineer Josh
Studio C- (NEVE-VRP72)
Walter Becker recently in tracking with engineer Jay Messina; Legendary
Sonny Rollins came in to record with producer Clifton Anderson.
Richie Corsello engineered; Igor Butman recording with Jack DeJonette,
John Patitucci, Chick Corea, Stefon Harris. Jack DeJonette produced,
James Farber engineered.
Studio G- (SSL4000G+) hosted Roberta Flack recently in overdubbing
with producer Jerry Barnes. Roy Hendrickson engineered; Producer
Don Gilmore continuing overdubs with Dashboard Confessional. Mark
mastered upcoming albums by The Walkmen, moe., and Swati. Fred also
mastered Trey Anastasio's live performance at Madison Square Garden.
More than 1.2
million people attending heard Delirious?
when the band traveled to Hyderabad, India to join dynamic evangelist
Joyce Meyer and Indias own Sounds of the Nations for one of
the largest Christian events in India. With as many as 400,000 people
attending each day of the four-day gathering, hundreds of thousands
made commitments to faith in Jesus Christ. Delirious?
is also being recognized for its song on the Music Inspired by the
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which
received a GMA
Music Award nomination for Special Event Album of the Year.
Studio Adds SSL
XL 9000 K Series, AWS 900 Consoles for his Real World Studios
gearing up for 5.1 future. The residential facility, which is owned
by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Gabriel, hasn't had a
face-lift of this magnitude since it opened in 1988.
Nearly a year
ago, Real World Studios started negotiating the purchase of a new
console for The Big Room with the intention of equipping it for
5.1 and high-resolution audio so that it could handle more complex
productions. As the order was placed, SSL revealed that the company
was being put up for sale. Rather than canceling the order as some
clients would, Peter Gabriel decided to buy the company. Real World
will also be transforming its smaller second studio, The Production
Room, by installing an SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System.
This perfectly complements the studio's existing workstation system
and, because it is so compact, will create enough space to build
a voiceover booth. "While we're in building mode, we're also
opening a demo studio, which will be attached to our existing rehearsal
facilities. The range and breadth of facilities offered will allow
us to take a project from pre-production right through to completion.The
Big Room re-opened in mid-January and is booked through to the end
of March," says manager, Owen Leech.
engineers have a favorite piece of equipment that's a must-have
at every session. For Nashville-based engineer Eric Legg it's the
Mic-Pre/EQ by Geoffrey Daking & Co., Inc. Having used the Mic-Pre/EQ
on every tracking session for the last ten years, Legg recently
purchased the new four-channel Daking Mic-Pre IV. And now he has
a new favorite. "This new four-banger box is really, really
cool," says Legg, whose extensive studio credits includes sessions
with Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks. "That's
a punchy, punchy mic pre, if you're interested in that kind of in-your-face
sound. I've never heard anything better for guitar and drums."
He says of his
two channels of Mic-Pre/EQ, "I've not used anything else on
kick and snare in the last ten or eleven years. The Dixie Chicks
"Wide Open Spaces" is all Daking. There's not a record
that I've done where I haven't had at least kick and snare through
those pres, including the new Lari White, and Billy Dean recent
the new Mic-Pre IV is even better, says Legg.
an award-winning guitar player who has appeared on Nashville-produced
releases by artists such as Alabama, George Strait, Willie Nelson,
Shania Twain, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and Neil
Diamond, is now recording a new solo album of instrumental music
with his brother, Legg reports. "I'm supposed to be mixing
the record. The Daking Mic-Pre IV is the only mic pre they're using,
for bass and all the guitars and everything."
Daking & Co.
For more info, please email Brad
Lunde at LVPA or Phone (702) 307-2700
hotels with the "d" factor
next time you're
booking a session out of town and need to accommodate your artists
with a little style and don't want to sacrifice your production
budget, consider design
Mexico's hotel basico caters, minimally, to hedonists
With 140 hotels
in more than 40 countries, you can find the right fit. Casa
Camper in Barcelona, Spain, Metropole in Cape Town, South
African, Hotel CRAM in Paris, France, The Three Sisters
hotel in Tallinn, Estonia and In the heart of Milan, only a few
minutes walk from the Dome, the Galleria and La Scala, in one of
the 19th century buildings that surround the famous piazza lies
the new and exciting design hotel Straf. And how about the
very basic but stylish hotel basico in Mexico's glitttering
rouist haven Playa del Carmen, 40 miles from Cancun. Here the rooms
are $150 per night not $500 and it will cater to hedonists where
gone are the sleek fixtures and clean lines, and in their place
are familiar touches like mismatched floors and distressed '50s
furniture.. A bartender can provide a mojito along with a room key
at the juice bar-cum-reception desk; in the rooms, guests will find
champagne bottles stocked in an open-air crate, exposed plumbing,
and cement floors reminiscent of a typical Mexican patio. Beach
balls and fins are stored beneath elevated institutional beds, chained
to which are vintage-style Polaroid cameras that guests can use
to document their stay.
Eleven years ago, Claus Sendlinger had a vision. He predicted that
travelers would not only be attracted to design-oriented hotels,
but demand them. So Sendlinger used his previous experience as a
travel agent to form Design Hotels, an international lifestyle brand
"synonymous with distinctive architecture and interior design,
balanced with functionality and service."
can probably find you the nearby studio that comes recommended too!
New CEO at
Patrick Vien, the new Chairman and CEO of Warner Music International
(WMI) reports to Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of WMG. Vien
who succeeds Chairman and CEO, Paul-René Albertini, will
be based in New York City. "Patrick is a talented and accomplished
entertainment executive with strong operational skills, and he brings
to WMI a deep understanding of the opportunities that new and emerging
technologies present global content businesses. With his extensive
background in producing, distributing and marketing content in a
dynamic international environment, and his strong relationships
in the entertainment community, Patrick will be an invaluable addition
to WMG as we continue our transformation into a diverse, music-based
content company," says Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Since 2004, Vien, 39, has been the President of NBC Universal's
Global Networks Division. At WMI, Vien will oversee WMG's international
recorded music business (ex-U.S.) conducted through various affiliates
and licensees operating in more than 50 countries around the world.
of NBC Universal Global Networks, Vien was responsible for the division
of the company that wholly owns and operates 11 television channels
in territories around the world. Vien oversaw all aspects of programming,
marketing, distribution and finance, and was charged with creating
new channel brands for distribution platforms worldwide. The entertainment
television channels under Vien's supervision reached more than 70
million subscribers across 40 countries. In addition to these responsibilities,
Vien represented NBC Universal's interests in several global joint
ventures and, in this capacity, was a member of the board of directors
of the Sundance Channel, HBO (Asia), HBO (China), Showtime and TV1
(Australia/NZ), LAPTV (Latin America), The History Channel (Germany,
Austria and Switzerland) and Telecine (Brazil). Vien earned a master's
degree in business communications from the Annenberg School of Communications
at the University of Southern California and graduated from McGill
University in Montreal with a bachelor's degree in economics. He
is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a global association
of business leaders under the age of 50.
& Composer Noms
The nominees were selected by viewers of two Los Angeles screenings,
which Daily Variety described as similar to a bake-off. About
40 songs were shown in 3 minute clips, then rated on a scale of
6 to 10. Songs had to have an 8.25 rating or higher to garner an
had to be clearly audible and not run under dialogue and only the
first song in the end credits could be considered, Variety said.
Here's the results.
Brokeback Mountain, The Constant
Gardener & Alberto Iglesias
"Brokeback Mountain" (Focus Features) Gustavo Santaolalla
("A Love That Will Never Grow Old," penned
by Santaolalla and Bernie Taupin and performed by Emmylou Harris)
The Constant Gardener (Focus Features)-- Alberto Iglesias
"Memoirs of a Geisha" (Sony Pictures Releasing) John Williams
"Munich" (Universal and DreamWorks) John Williams
"Pride & Prejudice" (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
The media attention
around Willie Nelson's gay cowboy song "Cowboys are Frequently
(Secretly) Fond of Each Other" has paid off. This past Saturday,
five days after its debut on Howard Stern's Sirius satellite radio
show, the song reached the No. 12 spot on iTunes, where it's available
exclusively for download.
L-R front row: director Craig Brewer and producer John Singleton;
L-R back row: mix engineer Slisce T; rapper Al Kapone, and Pro Tools
operator Jason Latshaw.
"Hustle and Flow," which was shot in Memphis and scored
Studios, has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Performance
by an Actor in a Leading Role (Terrence Howard) and Best Original
Song ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp", Music and Lyric
by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard).
In the film, the character DJay is a small-time pimp and drug dealer
who dreams of stardom in the world of hip-hop music. Despite the
criminal trappings of his day-to-day existence, DJay has an inner
determination and a belief in his own talent that leads him to parlay
a meeting with an old high school friend, now a sound engineer,
into a chance for a better life.
In the Deep - Crash -- Kathleen "Bird" York and Michael
Hard Out Here For a Pimp - Hustle & Flow - written and performed
by Three 6 Mafia
Thru - Transamerica
- written and performed by Dolly Parton
The Ascent Media
family congratulates Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman (above)
on his Academy Award nomination in the category for Best Sound Editing.
Courtesy of Jonathan Harnish/daily
bruin senior staff
Abell was presented with the UCLA Duke Ellington Humanitarian Award
for his contributions to the musical community by the Friends of
Jazz at UCLA.
David L. Abell, whose Beverly Boulevard piano store served for 40
years as a resource for motion picture, pop, rock and jazz performers,
died Feb. 11 of lung disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles. He was 75.
Abell Fine Pianos
were sought by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Jackson
Browne, Elton John, Andre Previn, Emanuel Ax, Quincy Jones, George
Shearing, Tony Bennett, Benny Carter, the Eagles, John Williams
and Steven Spielberg as well as those who used the stages at the
Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater and UCLA's Royce Hall. He was
the first dealer in Los Angeles to feature Yamaha and Bosendorfer
to surviving economic ups and downs, the business also came back
from a fire that destroyed the store on Sept. 30, 1990, the day
of his daughter Jami's wedding. Abell rebuilt the business almost
immediately. When he sold the business to Keyboard Concepts in 1999,
Abell recalled special moments in the store. "John Williams
came in one day and spontaneously played the Prokofiev Third Sonata,
and it was one of the greatest performances I've ever heard,"
Abell told writer Don Heckman for an article in The Times. "If
I had heard it in concert, I would have been standing in my chair
In 1995, he
spearheaded a drive to replace the music department of Washington
Preparatory High School, which had been destroyed by fire, and helped
raise more than $250,000 to replace the losses. Abell was president
of the Los Angeles Jazz Society and then chairman emeritus.
the time time to personally call and make sure that the musicians
and studios were taken care of," says studioexpresso's Claris
Sayadian-Dodge who knew the keyboard expert from her facility management
years. He will be missed.
The family suggests
that donations be made to the CARES Foundation, 189 Main St., Milburn,
NJ 07041, or the UCLA Foundation, David L. Abell Endowment, Friends
of Jazz at UCLA, 1237 Murphy Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1419.
Congrats and Good luck to all Oscar noms!
One of Oscar's Official sponsor AT&T sports Oasis'
track All Around The World on a new ad which landed the band
a cool one mill deal. The company's logo is plastered on billboards,
airport signs and TV commercials across the United States. AT&T's
famous slogan "Reach out and touch someone" is replaced
by "Your world, delivered." who says rock'n roll can't
is set to host the 78th Academy Awards for the first time. Kodak
Theater is the crown jewel of the Hollywood & Highland®
entertainment complex and features a press area in the hotel for
1,500 journalists and a 40,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom catered
by Wolfgang Puck.
nominated film previews here and print
the ballot for your Oscar party and have your guests guess
Crash, Hustle & FLow and to all a Good Night And Good Luck.
Walk The Line!