Master Of Re-Invention
The Summer of
2004 marks the launch of Madonna's appropriately named "re-Invention
Tour," which began in Los Angeles, continues through mid-September,
ending in the Netherlands. Already synonymous with constant reinvention,
this international artist has hit the road with an impressive cast
of musicians, dancers, and audio/visual experts to deliver a show
as inspirational as its moniker illustrates that it should be.
For vocals, Madonna is using a combination of SKM3072 handhelds
with ME3005 capsules and a custom headset with a Sennheiser
ME105 capsule. "Headset-wise, we're using the SK5012 pack because
it so incredibly small and works great. While in rehearsal, she
requested a capsule that would sound like her handheld, and the
Sennheiser ME105 fit the bill," says Systems Technician Gene
Phillips. Madonna's high standards for monitoring have resulted
in unique and impressive working situations for monitor engineer,
Ian Newton and vocal monitor engineer, Sean Spuehler. The two-man
team runs a dual Yamaha PM1D console configuration with a total
of 92 inputs.
Bertelsmann (BMG) Come Together
will leave four industry majors with approx 80% of the world music
Beyonce is one of Sony's key performers;
Justin Timberlake is one of BMG's key performers
The deal will
bring together under one roof Sony stars such as Barbara Streisand
and Beyonce and BMG stars, including Elvis Presley and Christina
and German parent groups argue that their businesses need to join
forces to tackle the crisis in the global music industry faced with
both pirate CDs and an explosion of illegal music downloading.
pleased that (EC officials) have recognized that the creation of
Sony BMG is an appropriate and necessary response to current market
conditions," said Sony Music Entertainment chairman and chief
executive Andrew Lack, who will become chief executive of
the combined company.
Competition Commissioner Mario Monti, European Union gave the deal
the nod despite complaints from other labels and smaller independents
that a merger would reduce competition and lead to higher prices
for consumers. There are no conditions attached to EC approval.
The new firm
will account for 23 per cent of worldwide music sales, and one in
three new releases in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It
still requires approval from the Federal Trade Commission in the
US but that is expected within days.
The deal will
leave 80 per cent of the market in the hands of the "big four"
- Sony/BMG, Vivendi Universal, EMI and Warner. European regulators
said they would keep an eye on the market and would "carefully
scrutinise" any further consolidation.
The coming together
of Sony and BMG takes place after EMI, the third largest record
company, failed last year to buy the fourth largest - Warner Music.
US Warner was
eventually bought by Canadian media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr for
$2.6bn (or £1.5bn at the time).
Financial Times reported that the two companies plan to shed 2,000
jobs, or a quarter of their combined workforce.
Born At The Village
photo: Maureen Droney
Get Born by
Jet, the hard rocking, Australian four piece whove been called
a hybrid of AC/DC and the Stones, is garnering critical raves and
Platinum sales, fueled by the success of their hot iPOD commercial
and two smash singles, Are You Gonna Be My Girl? and
Cold Hard Bitch.
Get Born , produced
and mixed by Dave Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson)
and engineered by Greg Fidelman, was mixed by Sardy at The Village
in Los Angeles, on Studio As classic Neve 8048 console. I
love working at The Village, says Sardy. Its one
of the few remaining top studios in the world that hasn't compromised
the technical side or the service side to stay in the business.
The Village has a clear idea of what a studio should do for its
chart-topping albums worked on at The
Village lately include Slipknots Volume 3: The Subliminal
Verses, Ushers Confessions and Janet Jacksons Damita
Studios in Pasadena hosted a session with composer Nathan Wang
who recorded music for "A Remarkable Promise," the nine-minute
documentary shown at the recent Democratic National Convention.
Created by award-winning maker director James Moll, the video showcased
the Democratic Party's presidential nominee John Kerry's lifetime
of service. Advised by Steven Spielberg, and narrated by actor Morgan
Freeman, the documentary included personal comments and observations
from those who best know John Kerry.
Mastering Social Distortion
Photo by David Goggin
Mike Ness, founder
of the enduring punk band Social Distortion, is seen during the
mastering of the band's first new album since 1996. Following rigorous
touring over the past 4 years, Social Distortion has experienced
a new surge of popularity both by fans and critics. The album, entitled
Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, is set for September release on Time
Bomb Recordings. Pictured (L-R) are Ness, mastering engineer Bernie
Grundman, and producer Cameron Webb.
Takes On Streetkid Vandal
Vandal have picked up Terry Lippman as their US manager. Lippman,
with his brother Michael, was an original manager of Matchbox Twenty
and after splitting from his brother, managed the careers of producers
for Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Incubus and Prince.
year Streetkid Vandal released their 'Cool As The Dead' EP.
for Streetkid Vandal are: August 6, Melbourne, The Evelyn September
28, Port Douglas
the Name of Love
Starfield Pictured L-R: Tim Neufeld, John Andrews, Shaun Huberts
and Jon Neufeld.
This fall Starfield
will embark on the major market, In The Name Of Love Tour, with
Todd Agnew, BarlowGirl and Building 429 in conjunction with World
Vision. This tour event was sparked by the recent Sparrow benefit
project, In The Name Of Love: Artists United For Africa, which brought
together popular Christian artists, including Starfield, to re-record
World Piano Competition
The World Piano
Competition has become one of the premiere piano contests in the
world with 150 contestants chosen from more than 500 applicants,
representing over 14 countries for the junior division. The accompanying
adult competition drew the finest piano players from around the
world to compete for a grand prize of $45,000 and a performance
at Lincoln Center N.Y.C. The youth competition was for a prize of
$1,500 and a performance at Carnegie Hall.
my great experience using DPA 4006s for the Cincinnati Symphony,
getting a pair of DPA 4003s to record the competition was
definitely a priority, says Jon Brennan, chief audio engineer
for The Word Piano Competition. The orchestra recording turned
out dynamite. The bass response was very present and tight, while
the treble was extremely clear.
McRae And Chiccarelli at The Paramour
Sessions Utilize the new Telefunken NA Ela M12 Microphone
Photo by David Goggin
Top producer/engineer Joe
Chiccarelli has recorded the upcoming album by critically-acclaimed
English artist Tom McRae, with executive producer Mike Hedges, at
The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles. Seen in session are the album's
co-producers (L-R) Tom McRae and Joe Chiccarelli with the new Ela
M12 microphone supplied by Telefunken
NA, which was used for acoustic guitar, cello, percussion, and background
America is now shipping the Ela M12, a faithful reproduction of
the legendary C12 condenser microphone. Following the industrywide
acclaim of the Telefunken Ela M 251, winner of the prestigious 2003
TEC Award for Studio Microphone Technology, the new Ela M12 epitomizes
the classic, large diaphragm, condenser tube sound. Each Ela M12
system is handcrafted in the USA, utilizing the original Austrian
blueprints, and meticulously duplicating the original specifications.
The Ela M12 features a 9-polar pattern remote control, adjustable
from omnidirectional to hyper-cardioid. The mic houses an NOS 6072
tube, T-14 transformer and TK-12 capsule, an exact reproduction
of the CK-12 capsule found in historic prized microphones. Included
is a jewelers microphone box, flight case, swivel connector cable,
owner's manual, and 5-year limited warranty. Price: $5,995.
Black Eagle group now compose their own music, which is written
and performed in the ancient Towa language of Jemez Pueblo, a community
located 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1998 the group
signed to Sound of America Records (SOAR), owned by Tom Bee, lead
singer and founder of the legendary 70s group XIT, who has produced
many of Black Eagle's releases.
on their eighth album release since 1995, the members of Black Eagle
have enjoyed a string of awards and nominations over the last several
years. In February of this year, the group won a Grammy Award for
the Best Native American Music Album for "Flying Free,"
which also won the Best Powwow Album of the Year award at the 2003
Native American Music Awards (also referred to as the Nammys). Black
Eagle's fifth album, "Life Goes On," released in 2001,
was also Grammy-nominated.
one big drum and put the four mics around it," explains group
manager and performer George Toya. "Probably about 12 or 14
people round the drum at once, singing and drumming at the same
time. Then there are three girls singing backup, and they're usually
standing right behind the drum." "The mics are spaced
around the drum so that all the voices can be heard equally,"
explains group manager and performer George Toya. "We found
that the Sennheiser
mics have a great balance. They really pick up so much more
compared to what we were using before. Plus these mics have superior
Renner on ATC Monitors
Jack Renner, Telarc's
chairman and chief engineer, may be in semi-retirement, but you'd
be hard pressed to draw that conclusion from his schedule. He returned
a call from his Rhode Island home, where he was packing for a trip
to London to record Benjamin Zander and the Philharmonic Orchestra's
performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
year Renner tracked a pair of Telarc releases that feature two of
the most widely respected jazz pianists of our time, Dave Brubeck
and McCoy Tyner. Telarc has been making digital recordings since
it first opened shop in 1978, says Renner. "Dr. Thomas Stockham's
original Soundstream digital recorder was the best system available
until just a few years ago," says Renner. Eventually buying
parts for the Soundstream became difficult and Telarc switched over
to a Sony DSD system.
"Illuminations" and Dave Brubeck's solo album, "Private
Brubeck Remembers" were both recorded at Avatar Studios in
Manhattan. Both projects were recorded direct to disk with no overdubs.
"Avatar is a great space," says Renner. "We've worked
there for a number of years. They've got an excellent technical
staff, they're up to speed on DSD technology, and they're very accommodating.
It's also easy to get a nine-foot piano in there!" The Brubeck
session was "one of the most moving I've ever been involved
with," says Renner. "Dave ran a big band while he was
in the Army during World War II, and the tunes on "Private
Brubeck Remembers" were all popular from that time. He recorded
the entire CD in about four hours. Dave tends to just sit down at
the keyboard, start playing and go until he's finished, without
lead sheets or any other memory aid. He remembers all of the tunes
and improvised on them. Everybody in the studio was sitting there
with his or her mouths open. He's approaching his 84th birthday
and his technique is all there. Fortunately we had a perfectly tuned
instrument, a great recording space, a beautiful recording medium,
and the outstanding ATC
SCM-20 active monitors to help us capture the moment."
Rentals - a premier supplier of high-end pro audio gear to Southern
California producers, engineers, and recording studios - recently
acquired two Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition microphones. Like all
Brauner microphones, the VM1 KHE is handmade in Germany. After construction,
each mic is shipped to Oregon's German Masterworks for final tweaking
by Klaus Heyne himself. As a result, the VM1 KHE is a truly exceptional
transducer that joins ranks alongside the world's most coveted and
classic microphone designs. Both ATC and Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne
Edition microphones are distributed in the U.S. by Brad Lunde's
TransAudio Group www.transaudiogroup.com
Supervising Sound Editors Geoff Rubay and Zack Davis and their teams
at Soundelux have commenced sound editorial work on the feature
film MRS. HARRIS, directed by Phyllis Nagy.The mix will be done
by Re-recording Mixers Rick Ash and Adam Jenkins at Todd-AO Hollywood.Based
on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman
Tarnower (Ben Kingsley) meets a particularly brutal end at the hands
of his jilted lover, Jean Harris (Annette Bening).
Sound Editor Mike Wilhoit of Soundelux(pictured above) and Re-recording
mixers Brad Sherman and Jon Taylor (both of Todd-AO) are wrapping
up sound services this week on Little Black Book which was mixed
on Stage S at Todd-AO Radford in Studio City, Calif. The Film is
directed by Nick Hurran, and stars Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates
and Holly Hunter.
- LA Club's choice
Three historic Hollywood clubs, with a reputation for booking the
best local and national musical talent, have exclusively equipped
their stages with Sennheiser's Evolution Series microphones. Club
Lingerie, Genghis Cohen, and Molly Malone's Irish Pub have between
them featured a stellar line-up of talent over the decades including
the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Rikki Lee Jones, Nirvana,
Primus, Gin Blossoms, Michelle Shocked, Joan Osborne, Lucinda Williams
and Lenny Kravitz since first opening in the 1970s.
According to Tinsky, who is working to restore Club
Lingerie to its former glory days, there is an identical complement
microphones at all three venues. "They're all working great
and we're thoroughly happy with them," he reports."For
vocals we have the Evolution 835," he continues.
of The Queen, Spiderman and more...
Artists who were
recently in recording at Avatar includes Joss Stone, Jimmy Eat World,
Muse, Backstreet Boys, 3 Days Grace, Thornley, Maroon 5, Trey Anastasio
/ Phish, Story of the Year, Franz Ferdinand, Polyphonic Spree, My
Chemical Romance, JoJo, Missy Higgins, Soundtrack of Our Lives,
Butterfly Boucher, Livingston Taylor, Bill Charlap and Chris Botti.
Mardin was in recording an upcoming Queen latifah album with engineer
O'Reilly. Brian Montgomery assisted and handled all Pro Tools
editing. We understand Ron Fair is also producing tracks from this
album in Los Angeles.
Studio A (NEVE
8068) was buzzing with sounds this past month for Sessions @AOL
with artists including: Joss Stone, Lonestar, Maroon 5, Story of
the Year, Butterfly Boucher, and others. Multitracking duties are
handled by engineers Greg Thompson and Anthony Ruotolo. Elliot
Scheiner and producer Bobby Columby recently recorded a track
with Chris Botti, which featured Sting on vocal. Brian Montgomery
assisted.Livingston Taylor recently in recording with producer Glenn
Rosenstein and engineer Joe Ferla. The new album features James
Taylor, Alison Kraus, Carly Simon and others. Brian Montgomery assisted.
STUDIO B's SSL9000 was kept busy with Engineer Chris Shaw recently
in mixing live shows by Phish and Trey Anastasio from the Bonnarroo
Festival. Brian Montgomery assisted.
Solid State Logic has appointed Colin Lee as product manager for
its recently introduced XLogic range of rack-mounted outboard equipment.
Lee says, Given my long-standing interest in music, its
great to be back in the audio industry and to be part of a company
that I have always held in such high regard. The XLogic range is
a natural progression for SSL and Im really looking forward
to playing a part in its future success.
20th Anniversay promises a spectacular show During 117th AES Convention,
Santana, Sam Phillips and Ike Turner at 2003 Tec Awards
October 30, the TEC Awards will celebrate its 20th anniversary honoring
the achievements of technical professionals in recording and sound,
and the innovative products that they employ in their work. The
ceremony will be held in San Francisco on the third night of the
117th AES Convention. The Mix Foundation is planning a spectacular
show that will draw many of the biggest names in music production
from around the world.
Lucas and engineer/producer Elliot
Scheiner will be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame,
and producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be awarded the prestigious
Les Paul Award at the 20th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity
Awards, to be held Saturday, October 30, at the Marriott Hotel in
Congratulations to all the noms including Russ
Berger Design Group (RBDG) and BiCoastal Music pictured above
(www.rbdg.com/projects/bicoastal) who have been nominated for a
2004 Technical Excellence & Creativity Award in the category
of Outstanding Creative Achievement, Studio Design Project.
In the 20 years the TEC Awards have been presented, Russ Bergers
designs, providing both acoustics and architecture, have been recognized
with 19 nominations and eight TEC awards in the category of Outstanding
Institutional Achievement for Acoustics/Facility Design.
thrilled to receive a nomination for a TEC award, said Russ
Berger, president of RBDG, located in Addison, TX. Being nominated
for an award of excellence and creativity is a significant honor
since we are judged by our peers as one of the best in the business.
This is the ultimate industry recognition of RBDGs dedication
to design excellence.
information as well as sponsorship and ticket information please
visit www.mixfoundation.org, or contact Executive Director Karen
Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or visit the website
for list of noms. Congrats to all!
with David Bowie on Low, Heroes and Lodger, was a founder member
of Roxy Music, as well as the producer of U2's The Joshua Tree,
Four of Brian
Eno's early, groundbreaking albums have been digitally remastered
and reissued in special edition digipak packages as part of a series
called "Original Masters." Very often when albums are
remastered, the tapes are re-equalized, remixed, in other words
altered from the way they were originally delivered by the artist.
Not so with the albums in the "Original Masters" series.
"What I quickly learnt was that many of the EQ'd Production
Masters at the time were absolutely 'spot on',' says Heyworth, "and
why shouldn't they be when you think about it, this was the end
of a long artistic endeavor and are we saying that they didn't get
it right at that point? This is nonsense of course because if it
was a landmark recording and sold lots of albums it must have been
right! The Artist and Producer all decided at the time that this
was 'it'. Should we be tampering with that piece of art-after all
we don't go around saying let's Re-master a great painting."
The result is
a clarity and depth of sound to these albums not heard since their
initial playback in the recording studio. And more important, no
attempts have been made to re-equalize, remix or in any way tamper
with the original EQ'ed analogue production masters. These "Original
Masters" sound just as Brian Eno originally intended them to
1929 - 7.21.2004
BMI award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who scored such
diverse films as the Star Trek series, Disney's Mulan and sci-fi
thriller Total Recall, died in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home
after a long battle with cancer.
Goldsmith is survived by his wife, Carol; children Aaron, Joel,
Carrie, Ellen Edson and Jennifer Grossman, six grandchildren and
Grammy winning engineer David Baker died peacefully in his sleep
after finishing a session in Rochester, New York on July 14, 2004.
He was 58. David is survived by his wife, Kyoko Baker. A memorial
service is being planned for August 16th, to be held at Avatar Studios
starting at Noon and lasting until 10 PM. David Baker was a terrific
engineer with a long & distinguished career spanning 40 years
with over 2,000 recordings. His long-term working relationship with
Shirley Horn earned him a Grammy in 1998 for recording "I Remember
Miles" for Verve.
Rufus who performed at two sold-out shows at BB Kings (Universal
Citywalk) on July 9th and in Santa Cruz for a crowd of 3,500 audience
is enjoying a hot summer!
the Rufus Vocalist Contest and compete for a chance to record and
tour with the original and legendary hit-making Rufus Group Read
of the most commercially successful funk groups of the '70s, the
multi-racial RUFUS are today best remembered for launching
the career of soul diva Chaka Khan. Arguably the band is responsible
for the genesis of NEO SOUL, bridging their brand of old school
with Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop and Funky Rock with staple of hits like
Sweet Thing and Tell Me Something Good
Rules and to book the band - details Here
for her numerous production work with Leonard Cohen, Adam Cohen,
Laurie Anderson, Guster...mixer/engineer LeAnne
Ungar has accepted post of Associate Professor with the Berklee
Music school of Production and Engineering. She will continue her
commercial work from Boston as well as Los Angeles. She may be contacted
at Berklee: 617-747-2483 ask for her administrative assistant Kris
Quiniones or email LeAnne.
by Russ Langford
Music maestro Herb Alpert helms this intimate Bel-Air steakhouse
and jazz club. Back-lit wood paneling encloses cozy booths and tables
at Alpert's swanky supper club. His own Studio B sound designers
(Gary Meyerberg) laid out the acoustics for the space, and the talent
is booked straight from his personal Rolodex. Mastering engineer
Bill Dooley (Parmaount
Mastering) handles some of the club's fine live sound. Co-owners
the Smith Brothers (Arroyo Chop House) add old-fashioned prime porterhouse
and more eclectic fare like short ribs with caramelized turnips
to the mix. Desserts include apple pie and a Meyer lemon meringue.
Bel Air, CA 90077
Phone: (310) 474-9400
and Love it too!
The travel adventures of our architect friends Isabelle Ulrich and
Duke Sakiyabu continue...the new sampling of the fine images they
sent us from Mexico this summer below. Two brilliant architects
behind some notable studios and homes in Los Angeles who know how
In the middle it's a coffee blossom - we hear it tastes amazingly
better compared to Starbucks. Well, maybe it's the air!
First one to identify the event and the chics (hint: one of the
ladies runs a major studio in Hollywood) with the Malibu Country
Club Giant (hint) to receive a surprise package courtesy of studioexpresso!
send your reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and good luck!