Play At The Prestigious Cleveland Institute Of Music
ATC 5.1 Surround System
at Peter D'Antonio designed Cleveland
Institute Of Musi
photo: Tim Safranek
rooms were recently commissioned at the Cleveland
Institute of Music: a recital hall and a state-of-the-art audio
control room. Although the recital hall is not yet completed, the
control room, considered a "multi-purpose music room"
was recently finished. The room was designed by Dr. Peter D'Antonio,
adjunct professor of acoustics at the Institute, while the installed
system was developed by Bruce Egre, head of the conservatory's audio
recording degree program with an ATC
(UK)(Acoustic Transducer Company) 5.1 surround system as the
cornerstone of the new sound system. The Cleveland Institute of
Music (CIM) is considered among the top five music conservatories
in the United States, right along with Juilliard School of Music
in New York and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
control room was designed and built from the ground up to be acoustically
precise," states Egre. "We didn't have to try and fit
a square peg into a round hole, so we were able to avoid some of
the more common pitfalls of re-fitting an existing space. The institute
was very supportive to both Peter and me on such important issues
as room dimensions and ceiling height." Tie lines from the
Institute's concert hall, a small overdub room and the soon-to-be-completed
recital hall feed into the control room.
When Egre and
D'Antonio first learned of the plans to build new facilities at
the conservatory, they felt that it would be a unique opportunity
to make a statement. With the planned links to performance spaces
in the complex, it was decided to focus on the control room and
design a world-class facility for the school, based on the latest
design theories and products. According to D'Antonio, "The
first challenge was to orient the room in the available space in
order to provide a symmetrical listening environment. Following
this, we utilized our Room Sizer program to determine the optimal
dimensional ratios for uniform modal response."
A number of
RPG acoustical products were utilized in the design in order to
minimize reflections, add absorption in specific areas, and diffuse
wavefronts in others. Particular attention was paid to controlling
the low-frequency response of the room. However, as D'Antonio points
out, "We also had to take into account the fact that it is
an educational space and needs to accommodate more people than a
typical control room. This meant that we had to be very sensitive
to the amount of real estate we used for low-frequency control."
To achieve a
flat and extended low-frequency response, new Modex Plate resonators
were used in all of the available dihedral wall intersections, where
the pressure is high. These new devices consist of a damped 1 or
1.5 mm steel plate proprietarily bonded to a damping four-inch backing.
The device operates using three mechanisms: the pistonic resonance
of the mass/spring, system; damping of the plate bending modes;
and porous absorption of the sound waves diffracting around the
plate into the backing. The Modex Plate provides absorption from
is also provided with a variant of the Modex Plates, in which one-inch
of the backing is moved to the face of the metal plate. The LF Modex
Plates were used in the rear of the room and on the upper front
wall areas, and then the broadband version was used directly behind
the Left/Center/Right loudspeakers.
is additionally controlled by utilizing four-inch phase ATC
SCM.1/15 subwoofers located at a quarter of the distance from adjacent
walls. This unique placement prevents modes below the crossover
from being energized. In addition to these low-frequency approaches,
a four-inch deep pit roughly 6.5' x 10' was located at the first
bounce position of the Left/Center/Right speakers to the listening
position. The pit was filled with Modex Broadbands to control the
interference caused by this floor reflection when it combines with
the direct sound. The pit was covered with carpeting and the console
was mounted on rails that spanned the pit.
According to D'Antonio, "Every approach that is currently known
has been applied to this control room with the goal of an extended
and flat low-frequency response."
system received special attention as well, with the benefit of relationships
between D'Antonio, Egre and Jack Renner formerly of Telarc.
Egre points out that, "we benefited from research already done
by Jack Renner at Telarc. When they decided they needed new monitor
speakers, they chose ATC. We felt that if Telarc chose them, then
they would be the most transparent speakers available."
For the CIM
multi-purpose control room, the ATC SCM150 ASL speakers were set
up in a surround configuration. According to Egre, "When we
conceived this as the ideal room, we felt that ATC would be an important
part of that. Not only are the speakers excellent, we have received
outstanding support from ATC." Additionally, another school
across the street from the CIM, Case Western Reserve University,
owns the smaller ATC SCM50 ASL speakers for their own recording
facility, where Egre is also an instructor.
Along with running
the recording degree program at the Cleveland Institute, Egre also
owns Azica Records, his own small label for classical and jazz recordings.
However, several unique aspects of this installation merit mention.
"Because the new control room is part of an educational facility,
it must be versatile. And although applicants must submit to a performance
audition to be admitted into the recording program, the curriculum
is not limited to classical or acoustic music." However, the
emphasis, as Egre puts it, "is on the fundamentals of microphone
techniques. We feel that if a student can become adept at recording
a piece for violin and piano, one of the most challenging types
of recordings, that student will then learn to hear nuances in other
types of recording such as with guitar amps or drums."
The ATC SCM150
ASL loudspeaker is an active three-way system incorporating an ATC
designed and built 15-inch Super Linear (SL) woofer, an ATC design
and built three-inch mid dome, wave guide loaded, plus a one-inch
high power wave guide loaded dome tweeter. The drivers are powered
with ATC's own proprietary amplifier package with 200WRMS for the
lows, 100WRMS for the mids and 50WRMS for the highs all in one package
installed inside the speaker.
The ATC SCM0.1/15
ASL subwoofer is one of the lowest distortion subwoofers on the
market and incorporates a 1000WRMS-driven proprietary 15-inch ATC
SL driver. The woofer is floor loaded to provide ideal coupling
with any room.
The ATC electronics/power-pack offers selectable low-pass filters
at 2kHz, 180Hz, 120Hz, 90Hz, 70Hz and 50Hz plus a phase invert switch.
The ATC sub system is flat to 28Hz.
are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are legendary
for their many design innovations, such as the innovative SL magnet
system and the company's renowned Soft Dome mid-range driver, which
achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce a flat
response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire,
England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer
and musician, Bill Woodman.
For more info
Loudspeakers (UK)contact Brad
Lunde at www.lasvegasproaudio.com
or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.atc.gb.net
TransAudio Group's product lines include A-Designs
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), 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).
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
has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor for high-end
audio. visit the web sites at: www.lasvegasproaudio.com
Bock Acquires Rights To Soundelux
designer and co-founder of Soundelux Microphones is acquiring the
rights to the Soundelux Microphone company. This new acquisition,
scheduled to be finalized in early 2007, includes the use of the
Soundelux brand name, all of the microphone design and manufacturing
rights, all microphone model numbers/designations and current inventory.
David Bock is acknowledged as one of the few microphone specialists
in the industry who really understands vintage sounds and how to
achieve that performance through modern technology. His design ability
has made Soundelux Microphones one of the most sought after brands
in the studio marketplace and with the company under his direction,
users can expect even greater achievements.
As usual, all
sales and customer service are being handled through Soundelux'
dealers and the U.S. sales management office, TransAudio
Group email Brad
Lunde or call (702) 365-5155
Expresso Cat Walk...
Andy Gould and Dan Dalton's Spectacle Entertainment Group has entered
into a strategic alliance with Irving Azoff's Front Line Entertainment.
Gould and Dalton established Spectacle in mid-2005 after splitting
with the Firm. The Spectacle-Front Line deal is similar to that
which was struck this year between Azoff's company and another former
Firm manager, Simon Renshaw. Spectacle represents Rob Zombie for
music and film. The musician-turned-director has two features in
preproduction -- a remake of John Carpenter's "Halloween"
for the Weinstein Co. and the animated feature "The Haunted
World of El Super Beasto" for Starz Media. Spectacle's music
clients include Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen Marley
(sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley), Static X, Driveblind
and William Tell. At a moment in time when the business is
in consolidation, it's good to be with someone who's thinking in
the future," Gould said in an interview. "The (exclusive)
deal (Azoff) did with the Eagles and Wal-Mart, there's going to
be more of that stuff. It's back to the days when entrepreneurs
mean something. The labels are going nowhere except out of business.
Front Line's clients include the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy
Buffett, Van Halen, Aerosmith and +44. According to sources, Frontline
intends to purchase other management and entertainment service companies,
with the treasure chest provided by T.H. Lee Partners.
NAMM 07 Sites
& Sounds offered a large variety
of sofware and attitude on the floor. I ran into writer Dan Daley
who pointed to his favorite billboard at the show - The Apple sign
referring to its MacBook Pro + Logic Pro read: "The studio
has left the building." You couldn't miss the life-siz
banner of Ms Aguilera sitting pretty on a Shure blue couch. The
sensory overload could only be iterrupted by the occasional fashion
flash courtesy of attending
bold expressions from Apple, Shure, and NAMM attendees
We also caught
up with mixer/engineer and producer Robert Shahnazarian Jr (All
American Rejects, The Killers, Kelly Clarkson) who took a break
from his busy studio work and visited Sony Oxford, Grammy and Digidesign
Robert Shahnazarian Jr. at NAMM; live from NAMM; HEIL SOUND INTRODUCES
THE PINK PEARL PR20 MICROPHONE
The Special Pink Pearl Microphone Will Help Bring Awareness To Breast
the Heil booth an enthusiastic Bob Heil (in bright yellow sneakers)
was showing off his latest microphone series, including THE
PINK PEARL PR20 mic which helps bring awareness to breast cancer.
"Our own family has been affected by this terrible disease,
and this is our way of helping raise the awareness of breast cancer,"
says Sarah Heil, vice president of Heil Sound. "Early detection
is the key to beating this thing and if we can help through being
proactive in the entertainment industry then the Pink Peak will
have been a success." With its wide frequency range it outperforms
old industry technology and it can withstand huge amounts of SPL.
"The gorgeous upper mid range makes the Pink Pearl PR 20 the
absolute best live female vocal microphone on the planet,"
says Las Vegas Pro Audio's Brad
Lunde who was on hand with Todd Peterson to take care of customer
David Gross with Todd Peterson (in the back) at the Heil booth;
Bob Heil, Brad Lunde of LVPA, Richard Bowman
a large crowd via their web promotion giveaway (runs through January
31st, 2007) of a Fender® Standard Stratocaster signed by Prosthetic
Records artist, Through The Eyes of the Dead.
StratWinner and Rebel crowd at NAMM
has always been about supporting independent artists," says
Rebel founder, Joey Tafolla. "The indie bands of today are
potentially the rock stars of tomorrow. Our philosophy is to support
these bands in their early stages of their careers, and be a part
of their growth." AILD
was the first band to sign on with The Rebel Strap Co. back in 06.
These hardcore road warriors hailing out of San Diego who are making
some noise, have a penchant for the Rebel Tri-Pick Series "Darkness"
straps in what else? Basic Black! Rebel's current roster of endorsers
includes: POD, Pillar, As I Lay Dying, Blindside, The White Noise,
Lonely Kings, Better Left Unsaid, Great Glass Elevator, and others.
Fab Four And
Collaborates With Digidesign
West's Doug Rogers at NAMM Photo: ByTheC
producers and film/TV/game composers looking for truly unique sounds
with attitude to create with will find Fab Four Virtual Instruments
the most innovative and inspiring collection ever produced. EASTWEST
the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, introduced
Fab Four Virtual Instruments (unaffiliated with or endorsed by Apple
Corps. Ltd) at NAMM 07. The Fab Four Virtual Instruments project
involved several people intimately involved with the Beatles. Engineer
Ken Scott, who worked on Beatles albums including A Hard Days Night,
Help, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, and The Beatles, engineered
the recordings. Guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Denny Seiwell,
both of whom were members of Paul McCartney and Wings, played the
same kind of instruments as those used by the Beatles.
the founder, Doug Rogers, no expense was spared in acquiring the
equipment used to produce this collection. Much of that equipment,
ironically, is now housed in EASTWEST Studio 3, where the Beach
Boys' legendary Pet Sounds-the inspiration for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, according to Paul McCartney-was recorded. In January
2006, EASTWEST purchased the legendary Cello (formally United-Western)
Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, re-naming it EASTWEST Studios,
which serves as world headquarters for EASTWEST. The 21,000 sq.
ft. five- studios facility is said to be redesigned by master designer
Philipe Starck and brought back to its original Hollywood glory.
Well over one million dollars' worth of rare period instruments
- including authentic guitars, basses, drums, and keyboards - as
well as amplifiers, microphones, recording consoles, outboard equipment
and tape recorders were used in this production. Neumann, AKG, Cole
and STC microphones as used at EMI/Abbey Road Studios were used
to capture the sounds, while identical amplifiers, including a 1963
Voc AC30, 1967 Fender Showman and DeLuxe, 1963 Fender Bassman and
Tan Showman, and 1966 Vox Defiant, 730 and 7120, were used with
the electric guitars. The same kind of recording desks and preamps,
including a very rare EMI REDD tube desk, EMI TG12345 desk, and
EMI REDD47 preamps, were used to record all instruments, through
Fairchild limiters and rare EMI RS124 modified Altec compressors,
which were used for dynamics control. As with many of the Beatles
recording sessions, a Studer J-37 4-track tube tape machine was
used to record everything. Guitars
(some costing over $200,000 each) played by Juber include a Gretsch
Firebird (1959) and Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (19650,
to name a few. Drums played by Seiwell include a rare 1960 Ludwig
downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (snare 5" x 14"/toms
9" x 13" and 16" x 16"/kick 22" x 14"/Zildjian
20" crash ride/18" crash medium/14" hi-hat), to name
Virtual Instruments carries a $549 MSRP.
At the heart of EASTWEST's new virtual instruments is PLAY. The
PLAY system is a professional, fully integrated solution for those
with the most demanding production requirements. The PLAY sample
engine software is included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual
support allows the user to load many more instruments and voices,
limited only by the host system's RAM. The advanced sample storage
(using lossless compression) and streaming technology in PLAY's
high-quality resampling engine saves RAM, speeds up load times,
reduces disk load, and saves hard drive space without reducing sample
quality. Samples can be played back at 24-bit or 16-bit.
Also look for
instrumentsincluding the new high-end sampler Structureto
feature premium sample content from EASTWEST
We caught up with producer and company founder, Doug Rogers who
says The Beatles had a profound impact on him musically. "They
were the influence for my fascination with sound. Putting this project
together took well over a year of research, equipment procurement
(much of it from collectors), and gathering a team that could pull
off such a feat," Rogers adds. "But it was a labor of
love for us all, and the result is truly worth it." "We
fully respect the major contributions Digidesign has made to the
industry and feel that a relationship of this type is of tremendous
benefit to those looking for the best tools to compose with,
adds Doug Rogers of EASTWEST. Recent
ICON installs include: Fourteen-time Grammy-winning producer,
engineer/mixer Eric Shilling (Natalie Cole, Arthuro Sandoval) for
his Orlando, Florida-based studio, Nor
folk Music and famed Record Plant Recording Studios in LA
Emmy Awards recognize excellence in programming created especially
for online or mobile viewing. Independent Producers, Directors,
Performers, and Composersthe next generation of creatorsare
all eligible. That means YOU! Have what it takes? Enter the MySpace
contest for a chance to win the ultimate red-carpet treatment and
entry into the official Emmy competition.
International Corporation has announced today that trumpet virtuoso
Sandoval has signed an exclusive recording contract with the
company. His debut recording for the label is schedule to be released
in May 2007. Sandoval has been awarded four GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard
Awards and an Emmy Award. Recently, he was awarded his sixth Billboard
Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Granted political asylum in July
1990 and U.S. citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family currently
live in Miami. Its
an honor and privilege to work with the most recognizable artist
in Latin jazz, says Telarc President Bob Woods. I
am very happy to be signing to Telarc and reuniting with producer
Carl Griffin, with whom I first worked when I arrived in the U.S.
in the early 90s, Sandoval says. I am having a
great time making a brand new album of original compositions, the
band sounds fierce, and I am very excited about how its turning
out. I cant wait for everyone to hear it.
50 Cent Blue
has tried acting, writing, fashion and energy drinks so logically
it would make sense for the next initiative to be 50 Cent's own
brand of condoms. He claims he will donate part of the proceeds
to raise HIV awareness. The kids become immune when you constantly
beat them over the head read a book, read a book. We have to be
a little more creative about it," he said. No launch date yet,
but the color is said to be blue.
Keynote: Pete Townshend The Who have recently resumed recording
and performing activity with enthusiastically received performances
and the new CD, Endless Wire. In addition, Townshend and artist
Rachel Fuller regularly present Attic
Jam, a collaborative series of performances and webcasts featuring
notable songwriters. Townshend and Fuller will be performing an
Attic Jam with special guests at SXSW on Thursday March 15. The
hotel cafe hosted an attick show last November.
Stars and Swags...Once
upon a time, the Sundance
Film Festival, tucked away in snowy Park City, Utah, was all
about movies -- raw, low-budget movies with no star egos and studio
suits. That is not entirely over. This January the headline sponsors
were AOL, VW, HP, Adobe, but despite many stars, parties and freebies,
the spotlight remained on the newcomers. The film
screenings were open to general public and there were many opps
to meet young new directors who offered indie films with maturing
and evolving global vision. Several executives of major distributors
said they have yet to see a movie with the potential of a "Sunshine"
or 2004 Sundance hit "Napoleon Dynamite" in this year's
lineup, but several dramas with stellar casts are causing an early
stir. One of those is "Hounddog," starring 12-year-old
Dakota Fanning as an abused girl, and a second is "Grace is
Gone" with John Cusack playing a father whose wife is killed
in Iraq. "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel L.
Jackson , Josh Hartnett and Teri Hatcher has a well-known cast,
and "Clubland" with Brenda Blethyn is a quirky comedy
with some early buzz. Grande non-fat cappacino was also a hit...
courtesy of another sponsor, Starbucks.
No Mo Tape...Quantegy
Recording Solutions has discontinued its various magnetic tape
product lines to include Quantegy's well-known GP9, 499, 467, 456/457,
406/407/408, 600 Series, ADAT and DAT.
Foster's letter here
more inquiries email Josh Herron
or call 334-749-7685
Bye Bye Bearsville -- Last
November, Sonic Circus acquired the equipment inventory of the legendary
Bearsville Studio in Woodstock, NY. For over 35 years the studio
served artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Cassandra Wilson,
Foreigner, and The Dave Matthews Band. The Bearsville gear collection
included studio furniture, microphone stands and gobos to outboard
gear, monitors, tape machines, and a historic collection of keyboards
and instrument amplifiers. Its an honor to be able to
offer this gear to our customers. It gives us a chance to spread
some of the magic of Bearsville to recording studios around the
world," said Sonic Circus founder, David Lyons.
Door To Box Sets The Doors' box Perception (get it?), cleverly
packaged as... a door, does hold some astonishing music, but the
thing itself is a weird hybrid beast with multiple formats for every
release. Each of the group's six albums has not only been re-remastered
(this time by the remaining band members plus original engineer
Bruce Botnick as the "40th anniversary mix"), but loaded
up with a bevy of previously unreleased bonus tracks. But that's
not it--for each album, there's a companion DVD, which includes
a whole new 5.1 surround sound mix with more tracks, as well as
the usual DVD extras, i.e., photo galleries, lyrics, and videos.
That makes 12 discs, much of it essentially redundant. The questsion
is who pays the $119 listed on amazon?
Listen To The Pandora Discovering new music that you're guaranteed
to like is easier than you think. In the internet era where the
average person becomes a tastemaker, Pandora is said to be the latest
flavor. Tim Westergren, Founder of The Music Genome Project in Oakland
had the idea in 2000 to assemble hundreds of musical attributes
or "genes" into a very large Music Genome and creates
customized radio stations. The
Pandora system combs through thousands of songs and millions
of pieces of user feedback. An impressive technological accomplishment
with an even more impressive implication. If Pandora can nail me
as a fan of a band that few people have ever heard of, and my musical
tastes are an intimate expression of who I am, then what's to keep
Pandora from introducing me to a lot more than music? Voila, Mr
Westergren's business model! At pandora visitors are invited to
enter the name of their favorite artist or song and to get in return
a stream of music with similar "DNA," in effect a private
Internet radio station microtailored to each user's tastes. Since
the service made its debut last November, more than three million
people have signed up. AMG provdies the back end information.
Crooner Turns 80 Singers and Songs, a benefit concert, took
place on November 9th at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate
the milestone of Tony Bennetts 80th Birthday. The special
evening featured music artists including Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony,
Madeleine Peyroux, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones, who performed
a collection of Tony Bennetts classic songs. As a special
highlight of the evening, Tony Bennett himself also performed.
A Bite Apple
Inc. who's launching Iphone -- an entirely new user interface
based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software
record profit during the holiday quarter and stands to remain a
Wall Street darling despite issuing a second-quarter forecast that
fell below analyst expectations. "Their guidance is always
conservative," Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said. "It's
a bunch of hoo-ha." For the final three months of 2006, profit
surged 78 percent after the company sold a record 21 million iPod
players, or about 50 percent more than it did in the same period
the year before.Sales of the iconic device accounted for $3.43 billion,
or nearly half, of the company's total revenue for the quarter.
Apple also unveiled Apple TV, a new set-top box that sends video
from computers to the television. Due to be available in February
at a price of $299, Apple TV could be a "surprise hit,"
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said.
Gone Mobil American
Idol" has launched a partnership with Cingular to provide
video performances from the show available as mobile phone content
immediately after fans in Hawaii see the broadcast. Fans will be
able to watch clips of full performances and get ringtones of their
favorite idol singing 'live.' Season 5 collected more than 580 million
votes during the show's run so the profit margin per message would
not have to be significant for vendors to reap a hefty profit
Tsunami Producer Management is pleased to announce producer/engineer
and Grammy Award winning mixer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes,
Loretta Lynn, Jets To Brazil) as the newest addition to their roster.
Releases forthcoming in 2007 include Hot Hot Heat and The Exploders.
After finishing work on his new studio in Dallas, Stuart is scheduled
to record The Sound Team for Capitol in spring 2007. More info contac
Dana Childs at 323) 210-2525 ext. 133
at the Duality console is Studios Piccolo co-owner Dominique Messier.
Photo: Josée Lecompte
Studios Piccolo, named Studio of the Year in six of the last seven
years by Canadian music industry trade association ADISQ, has installed
State Logic's new large-format production console, in Studio
B. "It's really well suited for the kind of business we have
in Montreal: music, and a lot of 5.1 mixing in that room. Duality
can handle that," says Studios Piccolo co-owner Denis Savage,
who also serves as the sound designer and front of house engineer
for Celine Dion's long-running show, A New Day, in Las Vegas. "It's
like something in between an AWS 900 and a 9000 K Series."
17 projects from the recently announced Grammy nominees list
were recorded at Avatar Studios
mug right here! l-r: Taikoza
performing the music; Robben Ford (guitar), Will Lee (bass), Bernie
Worrell (keyboards), engineer, Niko Bolas
Robert De Niro was in the house to hear Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
Orchestra, the big band sessions for the film score of "The
Good Shepherd" recorded in Avatar
Studios' Studio C back in November. The music was composed by
Marcelo Zarvos and Bruce Fowler. The session was produced by Fowler.
The song "Try Not To Remember" performed by Sheryl Crow
and recorded at Avatar has been nominated for a Gloden Globe Award
in the category of Best Original Song - Motion Picture. It was produced
by Stephen Endelman for the film "Home of the Brave" directed
by Irwin Winkler and starring Samuel L. Jackson & Jessica Biel.
The session took place in Avatar's Studio B engineered by Gary Chester.
Music for videogame Red Steel from Ubisoft was recorded in Studio
C. The game, designed exclusively for Nintendo Wii game console,
was composed and produced by Tom Salta. A Japanese Percussion group,
Taikoza, consisting of five musicians playing various Taiko drums,
was recorded by Roy Hendrickson. Robben Ford was in Studio A recording
his upcoming release joined by Will Lee (bass), Charlie Drayton
(drums) and Bernie Worrell (keyboards).
The session was engineered by Niko
Star Studios opened in 2001 when record producer Sylvia
Massy Shivy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skunk Anansie) left
the smog and traffic of L.A. for the clean water and good living
of Mount Shasta, California. Sylvia brought 20 years of recording
experience and a priceless array of recording equipment and musical
instruments and set up for recording in the Weed Palace Theater.
According to Shivy artists can soon come to Weed to play a show
and record a CD simultaneously. Look for the towering "Weed
Palace" marquis in neon, to be seen from the I-5 freeway. The
theater will have an occupancy of 600 guests, and have state of
the art lighting and sound. More recently Lisa Haley brought her
Louisiana flavored roots music to RadioStar, with featured guest
performances from: Keb Mo, Lee Sklar, George Hawkins, Skip Edwards
and many more. According to Sylvia, this is the first time engineer
Kale Holmes has been challenged to find the best way to mic
a rub-board and a triangle! RadioStar is now proud owner of an RCA
BC-6A tube broadcast console, with 5 glorious mic channels and 3
line level channels. This month guitar amp designer Scott Van Fossen
presented RadioStar with a fabulous Fathead combo amp, the third
amp made in the series, and the first combo style.
Grillz, It's All For The Friendly Pirate!
produced by DJ Drama and his protégés (The
Aphilliates) are known as mixtapes, though they appear on CDs,
not cassettes. Mixtapes have become a vital part of the hip-hop
world. They are often the only way for listeners to keep up with
a genre that moves too quickly to be captured on albums. On a mixtape
you can hear unreleased remixes, sneak previews from coming CDs,
casual freestyle rhymes, never-to-be-released goofs.
by definition, unregulated: DJs dont get permission from record
companies, and record companies have traditionally ignored and sometimes
bankrolled mixtapes, reasoning that they serve as valuable promotional
tools. And rappers have grown increasingly canny at using mixtapes
to promote themselves. The career of 50 Cent has a lot to do with
his mastery of the mixtape form, and now no serious rapper can afford
to be absent from this market for too long.
As mixtapes evolved from a street-corner phenomenon to a cornerstone
of the hip-hop industry, record companies tried to figure out ways
to cash in. Mixtape D.J.s like DJ Clue, DJ Kay Slay and others
have released major-label compilations full of tracks that abide
by copyright rules. But its not easy to turn a mixtape into
something you can legally sell: part of the fun is hearing rappers
remake one anothers songs and respond to one anothers
taunts; a great mixtape captures the controlled chaos that hip-hop
mixtapes have turned Gangsta Grillz into a prestige
brand: each is a carefully compiled disc, full of exclusive tracks,
devoted to a single rapper who is also the host. Rappers often seem
proud to be considered good enough for a Gangsta Grillz
mixtape. On Dedication, the first of his two excellent
Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, Lil Wayne announces, I
hooked up with dude, now we bout to make history. The
compilation showed off Lil Wayne more effectively than his albums
ever had, and Dedication helped revive his career. When
some unreleased tracks by T.I. leaked to the Internet, T.I. teamed
up with DJ Drama for a pre-emptive strike: together, they created
a mixtape called The Leak.
have grown more popular, they have also grown easier to purchase,
despite that official-sounding declaration For Promotional
Use Only printed on every one. Sites like mixunit.com
specialize in selling them, and big record shops and online stores
have followed suit. As of yesterday DJ Drama was sitting in jail,
but dozens of his unlicensed compilations were still available at
the iTunes shop.
Brad A. Buckles,
executive vice president for anti-piracy at the Recording Industry
Association of America, said, A sound recording is either
copyrighted or its not. And he said the DJ Drama case,
like most piracy cases, began with illegal product, which was then
traced back to the distributor. Chief Baker said that before the
raid, DJ Drama and Mr. Cannon were sent cease-and-desist letters
from a local lawyer.
There have been
mixtape busts before: in 2005, five employees of Mondo Kims,
in the East Village in New York, were jailed after the store was
found to be selling unlicensed mixtapes. But the arrest of a figure
as prominent as DJ Drama is unprecedented. Record companies usually
portray the fight against piracy as a fight for artists rights,
but this case complicates that argument: most of DJ Dramas
mixtapes begin with enthusiastic endorsements from the artists themselves.
It also seems
clear that mixtapes can actually bolster an artists sales.
The most recent Lil
Wayne solo album, Tha Carter II (Cash Money/Universal),
sold more than a million copies, though none of its singles climbed
any higher than No. 32 on Billboards Hot 100 chart. Thats
an impressive feat, and its hard to imagine how he would have
done it without help from a friendly pirate. (Brenda
Goodman contributed reporting from Atlanta).
Dr Tea Ordered
Did you know that combination of Bupleurum, Scute, Dragon Bone and
few other ingredients can relieve stress of everyday life, or have
the ability to stabilize addictive/compulsive behavior --widely
used in withdrawal from smoking, drinking, and even overeating?!
Ho Shou Wu is renowned as an herb of energy and longevity. Where
can you get them? The Emporium on Beverly in West LA. Where else?
Best known for its Chinese herbal remedies, the on-site store offers
professionally trained herbalists, many of whom are graduates of
Chinese medical colleges. Here you can find free consultations on
immunity boosts, energy enhances and weight-loss facilitators in
the form of tonics, capsules and liquefied herbs. The Tea Garden
sells its own brand of loose teas, all of which come from Japan,
China, Taiwan, India and South America. (The store's white teas
have seen a sudden burst of popularity because of their antioxidants.)
All tea served on premises is elegantly presented for enjoyment
in the outdoor Zen garden not far from gifts like Buddha statues,
books, music and the store's own line of bath products and candles9001
West Hollywood, 90048 (310) 205-0104 Ask for proprietor Mark "Dr.
29, 1949 -- Jan 13, 2007
Award winner composer Michael Brecker's recordings and performances
includes with jazz and pop giants: Branford Marsalis, Parliament
Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, and Elton John,
to name a few. His last studio album, finished recently will be
released in June on Heads Up International and will feature Metheny,
Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Brad Mehldau and John Patitucci.
Brecker is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Jessica and
Sam; his brother, Randy; and his sister, Emily Brecker Greenberg.
3, 1933 --- Dec. 25, 2006
Godfather of Soul came in 1955 when Brown's band, The Famous
Flames record "Please Please Please" at the studio of
WIBB in Macon, Georgia. A year later, producer and talent scout
Ralph Bass travels to Macon to sign James Brown to the King/Federal
label, beating Leonard Chess (of Chess Records) to the punch.
You move us
Brown Hit List --#2 of all time with hit records behind Elvis
like to pass on the want to do something. The need is there. Good
lyrics are good things, but I would like to pass on that drive,
that invigorous undying determination...'Funky' is about what it
takes to make people move"
-- James Brown
to Will Smith for His Pursuit of Happyness
2 Golden Globe Noms
records, hit television comedy series, and one of the entertainment
industrys most sought after leading men, Smiths film
credits (Men In Black, Grammy-winning title song, Independence Day,
Bad Boys) include Ali, for which he received an Academy
Award nomination for his portrayal of the famed boxer. The Legend
of Bagger Vance, directed by Robert Redford earned him an NAACP
Award nomination for Best Actor. A music sensation, Smith made his
first record as a high school senior and subsequently embarked on
a rap career with friend Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh
Prince). He won two Grammys and three American Music Awards and
his first solo album, Big Willie Style, has sold 8 million
copies. His album Willennium and the featured single
Will2K went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies each.
Pursuit of Happyness features Will
Smith as a man fighting his estranged wife for custody of his
young son while struggling to get his professional life on track.