of high-end microphone preamplifiers, is pleased to announce that
all TRUE Systems products, including the legendary Precision 8 and
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companies. Brad Lunde, president of the TransAudio Group and worldwide
rep for TRUE Systems arranged the deal.
A rarity in the pro audio world, Synthax has been meeting the needs
of the high-end European recording market for nearly twenty years.
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"TRUE Systems makes products that are not very well known in
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brands in the EU, no question," said Lunde. "I don't think
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shows and ongoing product support to dealers in the EU. Their staff
makes them an ideal trading partner for TRUE.
Tim and I are very impressed with their long-term focus and proven
TRUE Systems, Tucson, Arizona designs, engineers and manufactures
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founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier
US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative
for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers
and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support
far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes Accusound,
(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
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Microphones (Holland), Tonelux,
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LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the
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is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term
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Expresso Walk And Talk...
And Music The
youthful charisma of Democratic nominee Senator Barack
Obama is driving many artists to take part at the convention.
Eyed Peas will perform for the
Creative Coalition and Fall
Out Boy will play for Rock
the Vote, according to The New York Times. The
Rage Against the Machine antiwar rally will be one of the biggest
musical events, and various outdoor shows will align rock and hip-hop
acts with on-the-ground activists, the paper said."People feel
comfortable expressing themselves in an artistic way at this convention
more than they ever have," Impact
Film Festival founder Kimball Stroud, who is screening documentaries
at both conventions, told the Times. Other acts scheduled to play
during the week include Daughtry
frontman Chris Daughtry, Cold
War Kids, Grammy-winning rapper Nelly,
Legend, who will premiere his new call-to-action song, "If
You're Out There." Springsteen
and Jon Bon Jovi are expected to perform acoustic numbers at Invesco
Field Thursday (8/28), when Obama is scheduled to give his acceptance
+1= Phelps Gold
Eight gold medals in eight events - along with seven world records
- in a single Olympics. Wow! Michael
Phelps' medal haul brings to an incredible 14 the golds he has
won over two Olympics. Plus two bronzes, if you're counting. "If
he's handled properly over the next four years, he should generate
in excess of $40 million," said Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp
Ltd., a Chicago-based sports business consulting firm of Michael
Phelps, the 23-year-old swimming champ from Baltimore who had already
made a splash before the Beijing Olympics, with $5 million in endorsements
from advertising sponsors. Madison Avenue experts said Phelps -
with his aw-shucks demeanor and humble roots - is an ideal icon
who could easily sell products ranging from food - he eats 12,000
calories a day, mostly pasta and pizza when training - to cars,
clothes and shaving cream. The golden boy has has plunked down $1.69
million for a condo on the waterfront in Baltimore, MD and a $1
million memoir is already being peddled to publishers, according
to reports. Not bad for a "developmentally challenged"
kid who was never expected to amount to much. Now, if he could only
VP of Global Consumer Marketing at Warner
Music Group Dan Pelson has left to become CEO of uPlayMe
which bills itself as "a new way to connect with people who
share the same taste in music and video". WMG previously made
an investment in uPlayMe, one of many sites fighting for attention
in a crowded music discovery space. uPlayMe users download an application
to play music and video. The application recognizes content from
players like iTunes, Windows Media, Winamp and Real or browser-based
sources via Internet Explorer and Firefox including YouTube, Hulu,
Last.FM, Pandora, Metacafe, and CBS Streaming Radio. uPlayMe Connects
people - there's no updating profiles and playlists. Allows people
to discover new music and video from those with similar tastes.
Push songs and video recommendations to a friend's desktops. Offers
widget for social networks. "The music industry is entering
a renaissance," said Pelson. "Music lovers are congregating
online, musicians are communicating online, sales are rising online
and technology is moving quickly to deliver better services to the
to informs users about local concerts of the bands they are listening
to and providing band trivia with small pop-ups are next!
Warner Music Groups
world-class catalogue of audio content will be made available on
on-demand streaming platform in France, Germany, UK, Spain, Belgium,
Ireland, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Under the terms of
the deal, both companies will share in revenues generated by MusicMakesFriends
ad-supported and subscription services. Eric Daugan, Vice President,
Digital Business said, In partnering with a social networking
site with music at its heart, we bolster our ability to directly
connect with audiences who like to discover and share music. Bruno
Chauvat, CEO of MusicMakesFriends said, This agreement with
Warner Music International confirms the interest in and relevance
of our freemium business model. This partnership is
a successful new step in that direction, considering that we are
the first streaming platform able to offer in nine European countries
the catalogues of the four majors and more than 9,000 independent
labels. The site offers both tracks and pictures for free
while premium members have unlimited access to more than two million
tracks for a monthly fee of 8.99 euros (US$13.19).
Apple vs Dell:
A matter of Choice & Design Imagine if you could download
a song from Amazon.com and send it to the mobile phone of a friend
or the car stereo of someone who has satellite radio. Dell
and its partners hope to persuade consumers to try new devices and
services. "Apple wants to lock you in," says Robert Enderle,
a consultant who has been briefed by Dell. "Dell wants to lock
you in to choice." Dell plans to unveil a broad standard, more
open than Apple's, that will give people greater choice in how they
buy and consume music, movies, and podcasts in September. Central
to Dell's plan is software acquired a year ago when it bought Zing,
the company Tim Bucher (previously an engineer exec a Apple) founded
after leaving Apple. The software handles behind-the-scenes translations
so that content can be "zinged" between computers and
other compatible devices. Dell hopes to announce the Zing software
as a feature on small, cheap laptops expected in September and to
have the software installed on all of its consumer PCs by the end
of the year. Two portable media players are scheduled for early
next year, according to sources. Earlier this year Dell went urban
featuring adventurous Art Edition Inspiron 1525 laptop, offering
works by Mike
Ming. Choose from Red Swirl, Seaweed,
and Sunburst, to accompany the previously released Bunch
O Surfers and Sea Sky. Give your laptop a tatoo starting
at $699! Brooklyn-based artist Mike Ming (born Michael Miyahira)
brings fascination with popular culture and life experiences to
the canvas. I wanted to create a sense of energy, playfulness,
sophistication and psychedelic momentum when I started this,
A Mogger? The social networking site, MOG, where users can set
up personal pages with their musical interests, announced last Tuesday
that legendary superproducer Rick Rubin is joining MOG's board of
directors. Rubin has put his stamp on excellent and high profile
albums from all manner of artists over the past 23 years (including
the upcoming Metallica record). CEO David Hyman estimates that 30
blogs would be available for the August, 12 MOG launch, and expects
hundreds of bloggers to sign up for the service by the end of the
year. In order to be considered, a blog must not include porn or
gratuitous nudity to prevent advertiser freakouts, with 80-90 percent
of the posts pertaining to music. Bloggers can set their own CPM
(what they charge per thousand ad impressions), and need to place
one to three MOG ads on each page. In addition, an embeddable widget
can promote participating blogs to each others' readers. The DefJam
co-founder will apparently be heavily involved in an unspecified
project down the line, but already communicates with MOG daily about
the site's design and other aspects. studioexpresso editor and yours
truly has signed up under hiC5 -- so come join my blog!
Bye Baby! CD Baby founder and Indie music guru Derek Sivers
announced the sale of the company to fellow Indie music giant, Disc
Makers. This is what's posted on Derek's site: Theres a beautiful
quote from Abraham Maslow: Life is an ongoing process of choosing
between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for
the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen
times a day."I chose Disc Makers as the new owner because their
president, Tony Van Veen, has been one of my favorite people for
years, and I always felt they'd do a better job of running CD Baby
than I could," says Derek who plans to stay involved in the
independent music community by helping musicians outsource administrative
work to temporary assistants (project name: MuckWork), offering
career coaching at www.sivers.org
and produce a crowdsourced documentary.
And what's the next big challenge after mastering the art of distribution.
According Derek, it's marketing. "That's the advice I've been
giving every college class I speak to: learn everything you can
about marketing," say Derek. CD Baby has become a force of
nature in the music business in the last ten years, distributing
over $70 million to indie artists, mostly from CD sales. The CD
Baby staff, location, name, and everything else stays the same.
But according to Sivers, customers will notice more attention given
to improvements that help sell music. To growth!
Gets Hip Univision Communications plans to expand the delivery
of mobile offerings to the local marketplace through Univision Radio.
Univision has partnered with Hip
Cricket for this local initiative. Univision Móvil, a
Spanish-language wireless space that delivers national mobile services,
will oversee the programs created through this partnership. HipCricket
has deployed more than 16,000 mobile marketing campaigns to help
partners make money with national brand leaders like Coca-Cola,
AEG, Bose, Disney, Dunkin Donuts, General Motors, Hersheys,
Nokia and plenty of other household names.
Sennheiser in Hanover; Prof. Dr. Jörg SennheiserSinger
performed during the 46664 ; concert
in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela's 90th
birthday in Hyde Park, London. The three-hour gig supported Mandela's
46664 campaign against HIV/AIDS. PHOTO CREDIT: Shaun; Alicia Keys
Curry/AFP/Getty Images Expansion for Sennheiser.
A total sum of more than €20 million (approximately $32 million
USD) is to be invested by 2011. This expansion represents a clear
commitment by the internationally-active family company to its base
in Wedemark, near Hanover. "The continuous increase in our
activities, and the resulting growth in our workforce make it necessary
for us to expand our company headquarters," explained Prof.
Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, chairman of the supervisory board, at
annual press conference. A structural plan for the company site
was developed in cooperation with Essen-based architect Jürgen
Reichardt, and is to be implemented over the next few years. Construction
will begin this November with the building of a new production and
technology center at a cost of around €10 million (approximately
$16 million USD). This will be followed, at a later date, by the
construction of an international customer center. "The expansion
of the corporate headquarters is a clear indication of the Sennheiser
family's commitment to Wedemark as a manufacturing location,"
said Volker Bartels, speaker of the executive team and president,
manufacturing and logistics, commenting on the construction project.
The new technology and production center will provide around 5,000
square-meters (over 53,800 square-feet) of production area on two
levels, which can be flexibly used according to requirements and
With the sale of over 25 million albums, seven number-one hits,
and eleven Grammys in less than a decade in the spotlight, R&B
Keys is at the top of her game and shows no signs of slowing.
This summer will find her headlining shows and playing festivals
throughout the world in support of her third studio album, "As
I Am," released in late 2007. To convey her nuanced, emotional
voice, Keys sings into a top-of-the-line Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless
mic with a dynamic MD 5235 capsule.
Stefani performs during a show
at Simon Bolivar park in Bogota July 21, 2007 REUTERS/Carlos
Boy Zuma! California-born Gwen Stefani rose to fame with the
band No Doubt in the 1990s, scoring hit songs such as "Just
a Girl" and "Don't Speak." Her 2004 album "Love.
Angel. Music. Baby." became a breakout solo hit. Stefani (38)
and hubby Rossdale(40), who gained fame in the British rock band
Bush, married in 2002 and are proud parents of a new baby boy named
Zuma (she gave birth last Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in Los Angeles; her second child with husband Rossdale). Stefani
and 8.5 pounds baby are "happy and healthy" following
the birth, publicist Dave Tomberlin says.
50 Candels for Modonna! On
August 16th Madonna
rang in her personal half-century mark at "a low key and private"
(as in $200,000) bash for her close family and friends organized
by her husband Guy Ritchie. She offered guests a 40-minute birthday
speech and danced til 3 a.m. with daughter Lourdes serenading her
on the piano. Illusionist David Blaine performed card tricks. Later,
as the deejay blasted the singer's greatest hits, she hit the dancefloor
with Lourdes and sons Rocco and David. And it's back to work soon...Her
worldwide Sticky & Sweet tour kicks off in Great Britain's Cardiff
- and I'll be catching the show when it comes to Los Angeles on
November 6th (which is already completely sold out) So here's to
the next fifty years of Madonna's blonde ambition!
50 Candels for Ellen! Comedian Ellen Degeneres mingled with
300 guests amid carnival-themed decor and activities at her 50th
birthday party. Ellen celebrated by attending the filming of The
Ellen Show on the same day thanks to Telepictures Productions
who threw her a gala on the famous New York Street set on the Warner
Brothers lot. Pink headlined the night's performances, and Samantha
Ronson spun tunes on the dance floor. Decor included two 10-foot
elephant topiaries and a three-story-tall Ferris wheel with a middle
medallion announcing Ellens 50th. A carousel,
house of mirrors, bumper cars, dunk tank, whack-a-mole game, and
fireworks blazing from atop the New York street facades rounded
out the playful offerings. Four chefs from Sushi Roku made sushi
for the crowd. Pinkberry set up a storelike environment and served
yogurt along with piña coladas made with Starr rum. Rum-tinged
snow-cones were also available. Red-velvet cupcakes surrounded a
five-foot-tall, four-tiered cake for the birthday girl, and on the
way out, guests picked up Fry Girl donuts and Cappuccino Club coffees
in Ellen thermoses.Hillary
Harris of Warner Brothers Special Events produced the party, and
Virginia Fout coordinated. Happy Circus, I mean, Happy Birthday
Lovato could be the next teen
queen following in the footsteps of Miley and the Jonas Brothers.
she will soon be starring in a new Disney Channel Original Series
to Mollywood that begins production in September 2008 and she
is currently on tour with the Jonas Brothers. "Our success
is completely driven by the talent we partner with -- in front of
and behind the camera," said Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment,
Disney Channels Worldwide.
y los Tellarini
band from Barcelona
who wrote and recorded the
bouncy, Spanish-sung title song, Barcelona"
Who Meets Who: Eclectic
mix of music reflects the story lines passionate yet lighthearted
on a whim, the girlfriend of one of the band members sent a copy
of the bands first album to Woody Allen at his hotel during
the shooting of the film. I must admit that the second I heard
it, says Allen, I knew it was perfect for my film.
On August 12, Telarc
released an exciting new project: the motion picture soundtrack
from the Woody Allen film VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA. The film debuts
on August 15 at 850 theaters. It stars Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson,
Penélope Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson,
and Chris Messina. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA was the official selection
of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
January 10, 1917 - Aug 15, 2008
Because of him,
we use the term "rhythm and blues" and we hail Ray Charles
as "Genius" and Aretha Franklin as "Queen" says
The Rolling Stone Magazine in a tribute. We came to know of a record
label called Stax and a small town called Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
We witnessed the rise of Led Zeppelin, and we care about a thing
Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Willie
Nelson), the legendary record man, music producer and ageless hipster,
died at the age of 91. Wexler was one of the great music business
pioneers of the 20th century: as co-head of Atlantic Records from
1953 to '75, he and his partner Ahmet Ertegun grew the small independent
R&B label into the major record company that it is today.
August 20, 1942 - August 10. 2008
singer and arranger Isaac
Hayes, 65, who won Grammy awards and an Oscar for the theme
from the 1971 action film "Shaft,"
died..... Hayes was a longtime songwriter 9the composer of Soul
Man, Hold On Im Coming ) and arranger for
Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and
crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave
in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 2002. In a CNN interview at the time, Hayes credited his success
to "adjusting and constantly evolving, expanding and trying
to stay as young as I can." Hayes credited his role on "South
Park" (he was the voice of the character Chef) with expanding
his fan base, and said that he had almost passed on the job. 1992
visit to the royal family in Ghana was a life-changing experience
for Hayes, he said. "I went back on speaking engagements and
encouraged African-Americans to go to Africa [to] interact socially,
culturally and/or economically," he said. According to sources
Isaac Lee Hayes has over 300 original compositions listed with BMI,
from the Sam & Dave songbook to Carla Thomas BABY
(Baby). He'll be remembered as a masterful musician with a
great mind and a wicked sense of humor.
46, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave
Matthews Band, died Tuesday from complications stemming from
injuries he sustained in an ATV accident, the band's publicist Ambrosia
Healy said. Moore was taken to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
in Los Angeles, California, and had been rehabilitating at his L.A.
home after the June 30 accident at his farm outside Charlottesville,
Virginia. The Dave Matthews Band was formed in Charlottesville in
1991 by Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley
and Moore, an established saxophonist in the local music scene.
Moore, who liked to wear his trademark dark sunglasses at the bands'
live concerts, had classical training but said jazz was his main
musical influence. Their first album, "Remember Two Things,"
was released in 1993 and featured what would become the band's trademark
mixture of jazz, rock and world-music stylings. The band's follow-up
record, "Under the Table and Dreaming," has been certified
quadruple-platinum, selling over 4 million copies. The group went
ahead with a scheduled show Tuesday night at the Staples Center
in Los Angeles. Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for Bela Fleck and the
Flecktones, has been sitting in for Moore since Moore's accident.
Lead singer Dave Matthews credited Moore with arranging many of
his songs, which combine Cajun fiddle-playing, African-influenced
rhythms and Matthews' playful but haunting voice.
March 31, 1969 - Aug 21, 2008
Some say that
he reinvented the pop-punk music genre with his string of productions
throughout the 90s.Lauded American producer and rock mixer Jerry
Finn, 38, died 12 August, after his family decided to remove his
life support post suffering a massive brain hemorrhage last month.
Finn (Blink 182, Morrissey, Green Day, Rancid) got his start as
an engineer in the early 1990s before shifting into production on
such albums as Rancid's "...And Out Come the Wolves."
Among his best-known production credits are Blink-182's "Enema
of the State" and Morissey's "You Are the Quarry."
Finn has also worked with Green Day, Bad Religion, Sparta, AFI and
the Offspring, among many others.Finn's final credit will be on
Morrissey's next solo album, Years Of Refusal, which is now to be
released in Spring 2009.
"My heartfelt thoughts are with Jerry's family for their loss.
In the late 90s, his name would be all over the studio scheduling
book with bands like Rancid, Kara's Flowers, ...and I remember him
as a gentleman who always took care of his boys (the band members)
and the studio," says Claris Sayadian-Dodge of studioexpresso.
talent as a producer was getting relatively childish and immature
bands to grow the hell up. He was able to take albums called Dookie
or Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, and help turn them into successful
rock recordings. There's always debate over how much a record producer
really contributes to the process, but I think it's safe to say
that Jerry Finn will always be known as someone who helped playful
musicians play better," says a fan, Matt Dentler on his blog.
strange but always beautiful life...helps us keep things in perspective!
an initial problem with the lens, when the Hubble
Space Telescope was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory
began to relay back to Earth, incredible snapshots of the 'final
frontier' it was perusing. Recently, astronauts voted on the top
photographs taken by Hubble, in its 16-year journey. Our pick is
the two above.
Galaxy (left) is 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best
picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy,
officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It
has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across. The Cone
Nebula (right) -the part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length
(the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).
asked me who I was," Wexler said, "an aspiring journalist,
a stick ball player from Washington Heights, the son of a window
cleaner? No, I was a record collector."
really knew how to make a record when I started, Jerry Wexler
has said. You simply went into the studio, turned on the mike
and said play!
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