Complementing Music Greatness
Neil Dorfsman (Eric Clapton, Sting, Björk) On Choosing VMA
Without a doubt,
there are very few recordists whose accomplishments can compare
with the artistically diverse, decade spanning, gold- and platinum-packed
discography of prolific producer/engineer Neil Dorfsman. Having
collaborated with such varied and illustrious artists as Eric Clapton,
Sting, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Björk,
and the White Stripes, Dorfsman has done much to continuously complement
acknowledges that regularly working with such an assorted group
of great musicians continues to offer substantial rewards. "Staying
this busy does keep things really interesting," he says. "Doing
everything that comes your way has real advantages to it, and I
have been doing a lot of different things."
he's always working on something new, Dorfsman admits that he's
rarely bought new gear for recording his many aural pursuits. "I
have minimal gear and have never bought much because I've always
preferred to work in commercial studios, not at home," he explains.
"Not only do I prefer it for the social interaction but also
for the quality of the equipment. Sadly, the record business is
undergoing a sea change - and has been for a while - to where the
home studio is becoming the norm. Because I figured I was going
to be doing a lot more recording in places that aren't traditional
studios, I wanted to always have a super-high quality microphone
with me. The Brauner VMA is one of the few pieces of gear that I
two high-end microphones in one, the Brauner VMA is a large-diaphragm
tube that utilizes a single set of dually used electronics. When
in the first of two switchable settings, the VMA becomes the Brauner
VM1A - an ideal mic choice for applications where precise, intimate
acoustic detail is required. When robust and rich vocal sounds are
a must, the VMA's second setting delivers the goods and performs
in a very big way. For the price of one world-class vocal microphone,
the Brauner VMA packs doubly good sonic characteristics. The VMA
comes complete with a Brauner SM shock mount, PSA power supply with
mode switch and pattern control, C1-7.5 Brauner low-capacitance
cable (for VMA to PSA connections), and an FC1 carrying case.
Two years ago,
Dorfsman was introduced to the VMA while participating in a microphone
demonstration at the TransAudio Group booth, and, as a result, was
amazed. "Normally you really can't tell much at a trade show
because you are listening to headphones," he explains, "but
I put the headphones on and the VMA was just astounding - even in
headphones in the middle of a trade show! It was so clearly superior
to everything else I had heard that day that it stuck in my mind.
I thought to myself, 'If I ever buy a microphone, I'm going to try
to get one of these.' Then my friend Elliot Scheiner, who I respect
hugely, told me he had bought a VMA and loved it."
Dorfsman was presented with a daunting recording project:
recording nearly 20 world-renowned female vocalists for a UNICEF
According to Dorfsman, the gig never came to fruition, but it served
as a conclusive catalyst to his purchase of a VMA of his very own.
"The UNICEF recording was to include a broad selection of really
great female vocalists," he remembers. "I was going to
be traveling around the country doing this, and I felt that I needed
at least one common denominator microphone available for everybody.
I ordered the VMA on that basis. The project didn't happen, but
I've used the VMA extensively ever since then.
It's incredibly detailed, very beautiful sounding, and both modes
sound great. I have a long extension cable and keep the controller
in the control room. As the person is singing or playing, I just
find which ever works best and have not once been disappointed."
Brauner VMA is especially well suited for vocal applications - which
is why Dorfsman bought it in the first place - he is auditioning
it on almost everything under the sun. "I've used it on recorder,
alto sax, soprano sax, and acoustic guitar - all kinds of stuff,"
he explains. "With all of those, it's so real and present.
It's a little spooky."
A true VMA fan,
Dorfsman is doing his part in spreading the word about his new favorite
microphone and, as a result, is doing his part to create a whole
new group of VMA aficionados. "I've loaned it to a couple of
other engineers that have also flipped out about it," he enthuses.
"Everyone that I work with immediately notices how great the
mic sounds. And to me, that is the ultimate testimony of its greatness."
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studio bau:ton Design Opens Doors to Imagination
When Bruce Botnick,
famed 'Doors' engineer, scoring mixer par excellence and leading
surround sound pioneer, moved to Ojai from Los Angeles, he needed
his own first-class studio.
bau:ton was called in to design a personal studio, to the exacting
standards of the seasoned sound professional, in an existing commercial
space. Bruce had previously enjoyed working at Fox's Newman Scoring
Stage (an earlier studio bau:ton design). Also, principal architect
Peter Grueneisen had been involved in the renovation of Bruce and
Marie Botnick's Richard Neutra house in LA.
mid-2004, UnitEye, a word play on the facility's address, is indeed
stunning to look at, but it is primarily designed for the ears.
Five free standing Nautilus speakers and a subwoofer are positioned
around a Digidesign Icon console for a permanent 5.1 surround setup.
The large space and plentiful ceiling height facilitated ideal room
proportions, and no compromises were needed to lay out a generous
facility, tailored to the needs and preferences of its owner. Bass
traps and curtains control the sound throughout the space, while
indirect and recessed lighting and a flush mounted flat panel video
monitor tie together the visual aspects of multi-media production.
A wide skylight,
which allows natural daylight into the room, focuses the calm environment
inside the main studio space, without creating glare or heat gain.
A friendly atmosphere is created by applying cotton bonded acoustical
pads (B.A.P.) and porous expanded polypropylene (P.E.P.P.) panels,
environmentally friendly alternatives to fabric and fiberglass.
A polished concrete floor with rugs and wooden oriented strand board
wall panels complete the picture.
The client area
in the back features comfortable seating and bookshelves built into
the rear wall, all supervised by the inscrutable Robby the Robot,
the giant science fiction character from Forbidden Planet, looking
on from the corner. Outside the studio, a kitchen, bathroom and
lounge area and a mezzanine utilize the remaining space, forming
a complete and comfortable working environment.
and LA native Bruce Botnick's illustrious list of credits is a testament
to just how influential Los Angeles has been in shaping popular
music in this past half century. In a career that began in the mid-60s,
Botnick has had his hand in some of rock's finest hours, including
the Doors (LA Woman), Eddie Money, Kenny Loggins; movies such as
ET, Star Trek First Contact, Air Force One, Basic Instinct, Aladdin,
Total Recall, Mulan and many others. Bruce is in the process of
remixing the entire Doors catalog for DVD-Audio.
has recently completed personal studio facilities for the Dave Matthews
Band, its drummer Carter Beauford, French composer Eric Levi, actor/musician
Will Smith; as well as screening rooms for The Walt Disney Company
in Paris and Amsterdam, and a post-production facility expansion
for Warner Brothers' The Idea Place in Burbank.
Peter Grueneisen or visit
Where Art, Dance & Theater Meet
Fabulous fashion. Exotic music. Bottomless cocktails. Sound perfect?
Just you wait.
Shag with a
Twist is an extraordinary new theatrical experience that brings
to life the vibrant illustrations of Shag through an evocative cocktail
of art, music and dance.
modern Shag created characters romp through an idyllic era of jet
setting, tiki, and lounge-inspired tunes. Like the time they represent,
swanky Tupperware party goers soon discover that even good
things come to an end. A murder results in chaos and the fallout
is one of the most capricious mysteries ever staged -- complete
with a bumbling inspector, quirky sidekick, and a host of unlikely
Like Shags art, theres always a twist.
(better known as Shag,
a contraction of the last 2 letters of his first name and the first
two letters of his last name) is a painter, illustrator and designer
(best known for his updated illustration of MGM's Pink Panther)
working in Southern California. His paintings have been shown in
galleries and museums throughout the US, Australia and Europe. In
November of 2002 he will have his New York exhibition at the Earl
McGrath Gallery. Speaking of The Pink, look for the new release,
Stole The Pink" from MGM, with Steve Martin as Inspector
Clouseau in an all-new adventure of The Pink Panther. A stunning
pop star (Beyoncé), a soccer player, a Chinese assassin -
who committed the crime?
L-R: Cynthia Bradley, Shag surrounded
is creator, director, choreographer of San
pedro ballet...Currently, Mrs. Bradley serves on the Board of
Directors of The Getty House Foundation, chaired by Monica Hahn.
with a Twist premiers at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC),
514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, 90013, Downtown. Parking is available
adjacent to the building. For more information, click Theater.
opens March 18 and runs through June 11, 2005, Thursday, Friday
and Saturday evenings at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $45, $35 and
$25 (for students and seniors with ID). For more information and
to purchase, click
Get Your Tickets.
Run time is
approximately 2 hours with an intermission. Theater doors open at
7:00. Concessions are available in the lobby. Jetsetter rates offer
6 preview performances at $85.
Since the new album was released 6 months ago, Granian
has played over 65 shows. "Mark My Words" has just been
added to The Unsigned Top 10 competition at Alternative
Addiction (vote here). Earlier in March the song was featured
both on GarageBand's Rock front page Track Of The Day and XM Radio's
XM Unsigned (CH 52) & Radar Report.
Spin calls him the hottest unsigned artist with 25,000 sales (that's
without any label muscle). With number one on MP3.com and bookings
up and down the East Coast and as far west as California, Granian
is hot property.
Tour dates to include: 3/31 : Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Bar
& Grill; 4/01 : San Francisco, CA @ 1751 Social Club; 4/07 :
Chicago, IL @ The Apple Store 7PM; 4/07 : Chicago, IL @ Wise Fools
Pub; 4/08 : Bloomington, IN @ Kilroy's Sports Bar and 4/09 : New
York, NY @ Tribeca Rock Club. For complete tour dates, music and
booking info contact Granian web site.
Gage on Radio
cofounder and chief researcher John Gage to deliver the keynote
address at this year's Radio Luncheon. The luncheon is held April
19 from noon to 1:45 p.m. A ticket is required to attend.
regularly and is known for providing food for thought to his audiences.
In his capacity
at Sun Microsystems, Gage regularly hosts Sun's Digital Journey,
a series of broadcast and Web-based programs that seek to gain a
more complete understanding of new and emerging technologies.
A newly created
training weekend dubbed Leadership Training Weekend to Debut at
Held April 16 and 17 at NAB200 and presented in two sections, the
leadership training weekend will feature broadcast-specific sessions
offering strategies and grab-and-go techniques to help managers
create a fulfilling, high-performance work environment.
Daking Gear Spans The Gap
L-R: Indie engineer, Rob Skane;
Flying high on the Daking Mic Pre/EQ is famed recording engineer/producer/guitarist,
In the spirit
of classic pro audio manufacturers, Geoffrey Daking & Company
has developed both a distinguished line of recording equipment and
a growing group of fervent fans through the pursuit of unwavering
aural excellence and unquestionable manufacturing quality.
Citing consummate pro audio authorities API, Neve, and Trident as
aural influences, Geoffrey Daking has effectively created modern
classics such as the Mic-Pre/EQ, FET Compressor II and, most notably,
the Mic-Pre IV equalizer.
While it is
reasonable to assume that truly impeccable and world-class signal
paths require very deep pockets, Daking products clearly debunk
that theory. Because of that, engineers recording world-renowned,
multimillion-selling artists, as well as those recording in the
scene, can both enjoy Daking product benefits, such as all-discrete
transistor circuitry and superior Class A amplifiers. Case in point:
Self-recorded, self-financed, and 'buzzed-about' indie singer/songwriter
Rob Skane and prolific, successful and erudite producer/engineer
William Wittman both claim that their Daking Mic-Pre/Four-Band Equalizer
are invaluable parts of their respective and numerable recording
Skane, his recent purchase of the Daking
Mic-Pre/EQ was prompted by his desire to have a superior - not
simply a good - signal chain to record a follow-up to his critically
acclaimed 2002 CD release entitled "Self-Noise." "Right
before I started pre-production," Skane recalls, "I wanted
to have a decent mic pre. I then decided that if I was going to
buy something 'good' why not spend the extra money and get something
truly high-end? That's when I decided on Daking." After doing
a substantial amount of online research, he found that his future
pre-amp purchase came well recommended by many. "I read so
many awesome things about it. Everything mentioned how well built
it was as well as how beautiful it sounded, which I found to be
100 percent true."
has known of Geoff Daking and his pro audio manufacturing pursuits
for some time, almost always has a Daking Mic-Pre/EQ in use.
Considering Daking and Wittman's mutual admiration for Trident A
range consoles, this frequent use of Daking gear on Wittman productions
makes perfect sense. "Geoff and I have been friends for years,"
explains Wittman, who first met Daking as both men worked in the
New York recording scene. "At a certain point, Geoff and I
discussed the kind of consoles we preferred. We were both fans of
discrete, Class A, transistor, transformer I/O-style consoles, and
later I heard that he had decided to build modules based on the
Trident A range. So I didn't exactly seek out his modules - I knew
about them before they existed!" From there it wasn't long
before Daking components were perpetually patched in for many Wittman
sessions. "One day the modules appeared and I've used them
discrete transistor circuitry, transformer balanced I/O, and Class
A amplification, the Daking Mic-Pre/Four-Band Equalizer offers five
stepped frequencies per band with hard bypass, continuously variable
boost and cut, and all-relay switching with gold bi-furcated contacts.
High- and low-pass filters, at 25Hz and 15kHz, respectively, are
included in the phantom-powered unit, which also provides remote
mute and bypass, output level control on the final gain stage, and
a 20dB mic input pad. In addition, sturdy construction featuring
a stainless steel chassis and aluminum knobs makes the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ
as rugged as it is aurally pleasing.
The worth of
his Daking Mic-Pre/EQ's quality features, affirms Skane, is immeasurable
in relation to how it can enhance a recording artist's own recording
rig. "It's actually a very cost-effective purchase," he
says. "It's so affordable to be such great, great equipment.
I don't expect that I'll ever need another mic pre because I have
the Daking, although my next purchase, before I begin tracking acoustic
guitar and vocals, is going to be the Daking compressor."
Skane uses his
Daking Mic-Pre/EQ to record almost everything in his Pro Tools LE-based
home studio. "I use it on electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
bass, and vocals - pretty much everything I do here at my house,"
he explains. "The Daking goes straight to Pro Tools through
my Digi 002. I often use the Neumann TLM 103, my favorite vocal
mic, for voice and acoustic guitar. It's weird to explain, but my
acoustic finally sounds like the one I hear in my head before tracking.
And people like to use the term 'musical'
to describe equalizers, right? Well, I never really understood that
before hearing the Daking EQ. That section of the pre-amp is just
fantastic. I've never used better."
For a successful
recordist like Wittman, who surely has and could use anything under
the sun to transfer sound to medium, regularly depending on a bevy
of Mic-Pre/EQs could be considered a firm confirmation of Daking
component superiority. "To me, everything works with it because
it's a good mic pre," he explains. "I tend to think in
terms of recording an entire album using the same mic pre. It lends
a consistency to the recording and puts everything in the same starting
place, which I think is only beneficial."
coupled with his affinity for Daking gear, has prompted the frequent
use of Mic-Pre/EQs on much of the latest recordings of Cyndi Lauper,
often coupled with a Microtech Gefell UM900, the artist's favorite
studio vocal microphone. "Two of her last three albums were
recorded almost entirely with the Dakings. Almost every note on
those was recorded with those modules. I should also add that Cyndi
also uses a Daking Mic-Pre/EQ and a Daking compressor in her live
monitor rack. She likes the sound of her voice through the Daking
so much that she chooses to hear it in her ear monitors and on stage.
In addition to Cyndi, I made extensive use of the Dakings on all
guitars and keyboards on Joan Osborne's best-selling recording,
the pro audio market is full of component pre-amplification options
for engineers to choose from. But for both Skane and Wittman, two
savvy recordists with substantially differing recording circumstances,
there's no doubt that the Daking Mic-Pre/Four-Band Equalizer is
a wise choice for sessions ranging anywhere from indie to Cyndi.
"There are an enormous number of choices out there, but there
is a certain narrow subset that is the real cream of the crop,"
philosophizes Wittman. "And when you skim the cream from the
top, there's a much smaller subset of choices. That's where the
Daking lives. It's in that stratified, very high-end atmosphere.
Why? It sounds as good as the best recording consoles have ever
sounded, and is built so you're getting real value for your money."
For more info
email Brad Lunde,
call at (702) 365-5155 or visit Las
Vegas Pro Audio web site.
Vegas Pro Audio is the direct sales division of TransAudio
Group. It was created to serve as a conduit between extremely busy
pro audio professionals and boutique high-end equipment manufacturers.
LasVegasProAudio.com offers a select group of imported lines, including
Microphones and Daking
Pro Audio. "LasVegasProAudio is dedicated to providing
our customers with a long-term partnership that delivers, not only
direct pricing but timely, accurate product information and unparalleled
personal customer service," says Lunde.
Founded by industry
veteran Brad Lunde, LVPA and TransAudio Group have 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," says Lunde. TransAudio
Group's product lines include: A Designs Audio (USA), AEA (USA),
ATC (UK), Brauner (Germany), Daking (USA), Drawmer (UK), George
Massenburg Labs (USA), Mercury (USA), Soundelux (USA), SoundField
(UK), and Z-Systems (USA).
Winners "Hustle and Flow" And "Forty Shades of Blue"
Scored at Memphis' Ardent Studios
L-R: Recording engineer Matt Martone,
"Hustle and Flow" composer/musician Scott Bomar, and assistant
engineer Curry Weber.
Photo: David Goggin
Hustle and Flow,"
the independent film which was purchased by Paramount/MTV at the
recent Sundance Film Festival for a record $9 million, was shot
on the inner city streets of Memphis and scored in the city's legendary
Ardent Studios. Directed by 33-year old Craig Brewer and scored
by composer Scott Bomar, the film was financed by Academy Award-nominated
director/screenwriter John Singleton for $2.8 million.
the Stax Records-influenced score, which was recorded with former
Stax recording artists, and includes the theme song "Hard For
A Pimp." The film, which portrays a Memphis pimp who realizes
his dream of becoming a rapper, received the coveted Sundance Festival
Audience Award for dramatic film. Among the actors in the film is
Isaac Hayes, who recorded, among other projects, his "Hot Buttered
Soul" album at Ardent Studios.
Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film was awarded to
"Forty Shades of Blue," with original music composed by
Dickon Hinchliffe and recorded at Ardent studios. In the film, a
Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend
(played by Rip Torn) experiences a personal awakening when her husband's
estranged son comes to visit. All the recording studio scenes were
filmed in Ardent's Studio A. Producer/director was Ira Sachs and
music supervisor was David Less, both Memphis natives
Lay Me Down Those Rythm Tracks
With Session Pro Klug
about him in Modern Drummer Magazine, may even recognize his signature
beats in recordings with Herbie Hancock. Doug Klug is an accomplished
drummer and percussionist with extensive experience playing rock,
jazz, blues, funk, Latin, classical, pop and R&B. A graduate
of the Berklee School of Music, he has played with many legendary
musicians, including Herbie Hancock and multiple Grammy award-winner
Now, you can call Klug to put some of that special touch on your
next track. He'll even offer few good stories and VIP tix to China
Club (celeb Jamms). "I would like to help artists and producers
save money when they think their project will benefit from a pro
session player who's familiar with programming and has experience
in both live and studio work. It's amazing how easy life becomes
when you can read music and play to click track as well as I do.
Plus, I have the ability to play in just about any genre of music,"
Catch Klug's drumming live (Sanatana and Beatles covers) every Tuesday
at his club, Jam Jam (On Western 2 blocks North of Beverly Blvd.,
and Elmwood). Also check out Doug at The Wild on Reseda coming up
on April 1st with CLAREDAINE.COM
complete references or to book Doug Klug, please call (310) 204-9027.
Hosts The Stars
The New Studio G (SSL
worked at Avatar
in '04 include John Mayer, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Franz Ferdinand,
John Scofield, George Benson, Maria Schneider, Bebel Gilberto and
president of Avatar Studios in Manhattan reports that despite the
somber outlook for major studios, the recording scene at Avatar
is extremely vibrant."The nature of production has been definitely
shifting with controlled budgets and recording efficiencies a must.
You may be paying a higher hourly rate at high-end facilities like
Avatar, "but you have a smoother session, which may translate
to better performance and having more time and options to capture
better sound, not to mention less stress on those involved in the
creative process," says Imamura.
Neve studio C hosted recordings with The Glass Menagerie and producers
Dan Moses Schreier, and engineer John Kilgore; Luciana Souza with
James Farber engineering and Brad Mehldau recently recorded with
trio and solo piano for Nonesuch. James Farber engineered, Aya Takemura
Studio A (Neve 8068) hosted Island/Def Jam artist Fefe Dobson recently
in with producer Jay Levine recording new material. Ross Petersen
and Kyle Kelso engineered. Chad Lupo assisted. Sh'K'Boom Records
recently in recording the cast of the Broadway hit Little Women.
Joel Moss engineered, John Miller produced. Jan Folkson operated
pro tools, with Brian Montgomery second engineer. Bill Frisell recording
with his trio, Ron Carter and Paul Motion, for Nonesuch Records.
Lee Townsend produced while James Farber engineered. Ross Petersen
Imamura reports that Avatar Studios has been booked solid for the
last three months. Furthermore, 24 of the projects nominated for
the 2004 Grammy Awards were recorded or mixed at Avatar. Avatar
Studios just opened a new room in November 2004 dubbed Studio G
(SSL 4000 G+) where Mixer Rich Costey recently mixing the new Weezer
album produced by Rick Rubin. Ross Petersen assisted.
Eric Clapton with producer Simon Climie and engineer Alan Douglas
recently in recording for an upcoming release in studio A. Brian
Montgomery assisted. For bookings contact: Tino at (212) 765-7500
or email him at Tino@AvatarStudios.net
Perez (Alejandro Sanz, Cafe Quijano, Ricky Martin) at Chalice
Photo: By The C
STUDIO A (SSL 9000J) hosted
Jason Cupp who produced and mixed Finchs forthcoming LP with
assistant Alan Mason. Jason also engineered vocals and remixed Holla
Back Girl for producer Pharrell. Mike Schroffel was
the assistant. Mary J. Blige was recording vocal overdubs with producer
Jaha and engineer Chris Puram. She also recorded vocals with producers
Troy Taylor and Kendu.
STUDIO B (NEVE 88R) had Chingy and producer Kwame who were tracking
for an upcoming release with Brian Sumner engineering and Alan Mason
assisting. Rich Travali mixed a few tracks for Robin Thickes
forthcoming record produced by The Neptunes. Alan Mason assisted.
Producer Desmond Child and Engineer Rob Jacobs mixed the track Reachin
For Heaven sung by Diana DiGarmos. The song is on the motion
picture soundtrack for Disneys Ice Princess. Also
in Studio B, Nick Lachey was recording vocals with producers Soulshock
and Carlin. Scott Campbell engineered and Mike Schroffel assisted.
For bookings call Studio
Manager, Sharon Lewis at (323) 957-7100 or take an express
At Studio City Sound
Since their collaboration on the Toots and the Maytals True
Love led to the Grammy win for Best Reggae Album, Producer
extraordinaire, Richard Feldman and Studio
City Sounds chief engineer and mixer Tom Weir,
are at it again! This
time, the dynamic duo are mixing Willie Nelsons new album
New PAD Installation
With a growing
list of high-profile clients including Mario Winans, Destinys
Child, Cheap Trick, Usher and Hilary Duff, Big3 Studios has come
a long way in a short amount of time. Founded about 4 years ago,
the 7,000 sq. ft. facility started off with one tracking and control
room and two mini-suites. Now the full service recording facility
features three studios with state-of-the-art equipment, furnished
by Professional Audio Design (PAD),
and provides top-of-the-line multi-track audio recording, mixing,
production and mastering services. Located close to the serene beaches
of Floridas Gulf Coast in downtown St. Petersburg, Big3 Studios
opened to the public late last summer.
mastering sessions are Bernie Grundman (left) and Graham Nash.
Photo by David Goggin
visited Bernie Grundman Mastering during the mastering of Crosby,
Stills, & Nash - Greatest Hits, which includes "Carry On,"
"Teach Your Children," "Southern Cross," "Long
Time Gone," and 15 others. The Atlantic/Rhino Records collection
is slated for March 15 release. Also
visit Eye To Eye -- Photographs by Graham
AWS In The
house of Jam & Lewis and Henson
L-R: Jimmy Jam and Terry
Lewis, Flyte Tyme, Los Angeles; Ron Rutledge, VP of Henson Recording
Studios, and Tal Herzberg, Grammy nominated engineer/producer, with
the newly installed Solid State Logic AWS 900 Console in Studio
'H' at Henson Recording Studios (Photo by Edward C. Colver)
From Will Smith
and Alicia Keys' studios to producer and A&R executive David
Kershenbaum's private production environment to engineer Denis Savage's
use for Celine Dion and others at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the
AWS 900 is leading the industry into the future. "The AWS 900
has set the industry on fire by providing exactly the right combination
of SuperAnalogue quality coupled with extraordinary digital
control capabilities at an attractive price point," says Rick
Plushner, president of Solid
State Logic, North America.
A partnership was recently formed between engineer/producer Tal
Herzberg and Henson Recording Studios to operate the newly designated
Studio H, built around a Solid State Logic AWS 900 Console.
The console is the controller and audio path for a large Pro Tools
recording and editing system. The Studio will service Herzbergs
clients and commercial projects.
a four-time Grammy nominated producer, programmer, engineer who
has worked on projects ranging from Black Eyed Peas, Vanessa Carlton,
Counting Crows and Christina Aguilera to Phil Collins, David Bowie,
Mary J. Blige and Brittany Spears. His experience with SSL consoles
through his work with the pop hit makers led him to the AWS 900
When Metric Halo's Channel Strip Completes Your DAW
and studio and live sound engineer Bobby Brooks boasts an impressive
resume that spans many musical genres, from classic Motown to heavy
Brooks, who operates out of his own Archangel Studio, has used every
music production tool out there, but none has proved more essential
Halo's ChannelStrip plug-in. Unlike other software plug-in developers,
he notes, Metric Halo offers an all-in-one mixing tool with ChannelStrip,
an integrated bundle that incorporates EQ, compressor and gate functions,
with over 100 presets offering ready-made solutions or jumping-off
points for creative mixing.
Brooks quips, "They're a great company, but they put so much
into ChannelStrip that they can't come out with anything else. They
can't come out with the killer gate, they can't come out with the
killer compressor - everything is already right there!"
needs one vocal take. She'll get five songs done in one day - lead
vocals, background vocals, everything - and it's all impeccably
great." "It's the only thing I use," states Brooks,
who is proud to once again see R&B legend Teena
Marie, with whom he has worked for most of his career, nominated
for a Grammy this year. She has just released "La Dona,"
her first album of all-original material in ten years, on Universal/Cash
Looking to raise $750 to 1 bil
Warner Music Group is expected to file for an initial public offering
anyday now. The New York-based company is backed by a group of investors
that includes the company's chief executive, Edgar Bronfman Jr.,
(pictured above) as well as private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners,
Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners. The
offering is expected to raise from $750 million to $1 billion and
could take place in the next 30 to 60 days, pending regulatory approval,
according to sources. News of the timing of the offering was first
reported by The New York Post.
Group and Morgan Stanley & Co. have been selected to jointly
lead the offering. Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank
will be among the underwriters.
group acquired Warner Group for about $2.6 billion a year ago, committing
about $1.25 billion in equity to the deal. Investors have since
gotten back almost all of their investment.
Debut of Sony's Flash-based Audio Players
that brought us the Walkman is revolutionizing portable
gaming...and also hoping to regain some of its luster in a market
dominated by the iPod with the unveiling of a big lineup
of portable music players. With the nine new players, Sony Corp.
is taking particular aim at Apple Computer Inc.'s slim new iPod
Shuffle. That's because, like the Shuffle, the new Sony players
use flash memory, a storage medium more durable, lightweight and
compact than its larger-capacity cousin, the hard drive.
Up to 70 hours
of battery life! Gorgeous displays, increased functionality and
ultra-compact designs. Our new line of flash-based players let them
have it all," said Allan Jason, vice president for portable
audio products at Sony Electronics.
The new Network Walkman models easily play back both MP3 and ATRAC3®/3plus
music files, as well as support WMA and WAV formats. They are compatible
with Sony's Connect online music store and include SonicStage®
software to import, manage and transfer music collections.
IFC is set to
announce today a partnership with Grammy-winning band Green
Day and its music label, Reprise Records, to merge the band's
song "Jesus of Suburbia" into the film channel's on- and
off-air promotions and programming through 2005. IFC said the deal
will allow "Jesus" -- a 9-minute, 8-second rock anthem
off the band's album "American Idiot," which won the Grammy
last month for best rock album -- to be heard in its entirety without
being "torn apart and hacked into commercial radio-friendly
segments." " 'Jesus of Suburbia' is the ultimate articulation
of our national zeitgeist -- it speaks perfectly to the anxiety,
emotions and passions of our audience," said Evan Shapiro,
general manager and executive vp at IFC. Green Day will be playing
the Werchter Festival in Belgium, July 1st. "Give Me Novacaine"
was featured on NBC's ER last week.
U2's US Tour
president of TNA International, worldwide producer of the U2
tour, tells Billboard.com, "hopefully all the [presale] issues
will have been worked out. It helps to have more than one show in
New York." Indeed, U2 will go up with three New York shows
on the new leg, and route "padding" there and in several
other markets will allow for more shows to be added as dates sell
A "Blanket License"
Everything under the umbrella of subscription services
Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite told
the House Judiciary Committee's copyright subcommittee that publishers
were willing to consider a "blanket license" for many
new forms of music delivery. "We're willing to consider everything
between the goal posts of radio and pure sale," Israelite told
reporters after the copyright subcommittee's hearing on the issue.
Mann exits Rykodisc
co-founder of the prominent independent label Rykodisc
and president of its parent Ryko Group, has resigned from the
company. He will exit Ryko on March 31. Mann also served as president
of the firm's music publishing company Rykomusic and its global
arm Ryko International and was worldwide head of business affairs.
"I'm an entrepreneur," Mann said. "I helped build
a company. I'm the last of the original owners, and I'm looking
for new challenges."
Durst Sues Over Web Sex Tape
singer Fred Durst is suing 10 Web site operators who posted the
rocker's homemade sex tape after it was stolen from his computer
-- possibly by the same hackers who got into reality-television
star Paris Hilton's cell phone. The lawsuit, filed in federal court
last week, seeks more than $70 million in damages and any profits
the site operators reaped in recent weeks, when the 3-minute clip
of Durst and a former girlfriend began appearing on the Internet.
In the complaint, Durst contends the 2003 video was never meant
for public viewing. It was stored in Durst's home computer, but
hackers managed to break into the computer remotely and make a copy,
according to the lawsuit.
Aussie artists won six of the 12 awards voted on by viewers at MTV's
inaugural Australia Video Music Awards earlier this month. Australian
pop sensation Delta Goodrem took home best female artist as well
as viewer's choice at the high-profile event, hosted by Ozzie Osbourne
and family, and broadcast live from Sydney's Luna Park. "Australian
Idol" 2003 runner-up Shannon Noll won best male artist, while
"Idol's" winner that year, Guy Sebastian, won best pop
video for "Out With My Baby."
In a landmark music piracy case
A court refused
Friday to grant a request by the Australian recording industry to
force owners of the file-swapping giant Kazaa
to disclose their assets pending a decision in a landmark music
piracy case. Australian recording labels are suing Kazaa's owners,
accusing the company of contributing to widespread copyright infringements
by letting Kazaa users download up to 3 billion files each month,
freely exchanging songs, music and television programs without paying
royalties. The recording companies want Kazaa's owners declared
liable for copyright breach and loss of earnings. If they are successful,
a civil trial to set damages will likely proceed later this year.
Magazine is excited to announce that it has issued a call for
entries for the just-launched Paste Shorts Festival. Short films
will be selected for screening at a fall music and film festival,
for placement on the magazine's DVD sampler accompanying its year-end
Film Issue and for a forthcoming retail DVD of short films.
are online at www.pastefest.com. Submissions are now being accepted,
with a final submission deadline of August 1, 2005.
and upcoming directors are producing short films that, in many instances,
surpass some of the best feature films out there," says Paste
film editor and festival director Tim Porter. "Yet, short films
continue to receive criminally low exposure. Our hope is that our
samplers, combined with a festival and retail compilation, can contribute
to raising the profile of these great works and artists.
Publisher Nick Purdy notes, "With the DVD sampler reaching
the magazine's rapidly growing readership, these works will be exposed
to more people than at even the largest international film festivals.
It's an ideal way for directors, musicians, labels, studios and
others to have their work recognized in an increasingly crowded
New Line Home Entertainment, the magazine's latest DVD features
theatrical and film trailers, music videos and short films including
clips from the Extended Edition of "Return of the King";
an outtake from "Festival Express"; The Yes Men's "The
Horribly Stupid Stunt" short film, and clips and trailers from
"Elf," Oscar-nominee "Story of the Weeping Camel,"
"Because of Winn-Dixie," "The Rapture," "Watermarks,"
"The Academy Collection" ("The Weather Underground,"
"Sound and Fury," "Dancemaker"), "My Flesh
and Blood," "Blue Vinyl," "In the Realms of
the Unreal," "Sprout," "I Have Found It,"
and Adult Swim favorite "Home Movies."
owned publication has grown rapidly by pleasing an audience hungry
for music and films with depth and substance. The DVDs and festival
are just the latest projects from the leading-edge magazine. Purdy
and Editor Josh Jackson are weekly guest commentators on CNN Headline
News, where they offer their Paste Picks of new CD releases. The
magazine has also launched a retail listening station and an online
For more information
on Paste and its new DVD sampler, contact Nick Purdy at 404.378.8677
or email@example.com or visit www.pastemagazine.com.
At The New Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square
Hard Rock Cafe
is moving the NY Cafe from 57th Street to Times Square this summer.
They've asked us to forward artist guitar picks as display for their
Donate your memorabilia for use in the design, send them to:
Picks at studioexpresso: 13351-D Riverside Dr. Suite 275 Sherman
Oaks, CA 91423
We'll make sure the artist names and donors appear with the picture
of the final design in studioexpresso's eletter.
Fourplay In The Firehouse
their cd at Firehouse
Recording. According to bassist, Nathan East, The band had fun
in the studio swinging, playing funk, jazz, hip and pop combining
elements that can be enjoyed by a wide range of listeners.
"Larry played some very inspired solos. Harvey "Mr. Multi-Talent"
lays down the law with the grooves as always. Bob
as usual displays his prolific compositional skills and was composing
on the spot faster than we could record his material! We all benefit
from his gift as an arranger & producer and had fun rising to
the challenge of interpreting his music and bringing to life his
magical notes and chords from day one! The band continues to push
me to sing more which I had the opportunity to do on this recording,"
adds East. Fourplay is touring
in Japan in the month of April 2005.
Nathan East -- The
Business Of Bass
Nathan East takes you into the studio and behind the scenes to learn
and see first-hand what it takes to be a professional musician.
East has collaborated and toured with some of the most famous stars
in the industry, including Clapton, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones,
Lionel Richie, Babyface, Billy Preston and David Foster. With these
artists and others, The Business of Bass covers the demands and
rewards of making music for a living, both in live performance and
studio sessions. Bonus tracks include: interactive Q&A
professionals' workshop with Harvey Mason and Nathan East
rare concert performances by Fourplay featuring Nathan East, Bob
James, Harvey Mason and Larry Carlton. Running Time: 2 hours, 15
minutes $24.95 (US)
A World Without Music
AMC 's goal is to build credibility for music and music education,
especially at an early age, and to expand that portion of the population
that enjoys and makes its own music.
On March 9, multi-platinum recording artists the Commodores, a
cappella singing sensation Take 6 and American Idol stars
Justin Guarini, Diana DeGarmo and John Stevens, raised their voices
at a special reception to support music education in Washington
DC. Along with education advocates, these legendary and emerging
recording artists will deliver tens of thousands of petition signatures
from teens across the country in support of music education to leaders
in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
Analog Tape Companies Emerge To Fill Void Left By Quantegy
Two new tape
manufacturers have emerged since Quantegy shut down operations last
month, with pending Chapter 11 restructuring. York, PA-based ATR
Magnetics, a new division of ATR Services, and The Netherlands'
RMG International, the latter acquiring production and formulation
patents from EMTEC, are just months away from distribution.
and chief executive Richard Lindenmuth guarantees, "We are
definitely coming back. We have a crew working in the factory building
on our current Work-In-Progress analog tape." According to
Lindenmuth, an overwhelming response from the industry, including
calls from studio engineers in the midst of tape-based projects
and SPARS stepping up to organize runs of various Quantegy tape
lines, has encouraged the company to move quickly in resuming the
manufacture of its audio products.
While ATR expects
to be supplying its own unique analog tape formulations before June
of this year, the team--including ATR founder Michael Spitz and
partner Carl Rusk--were prompted to go public earlier than planned
with the panic set off by Quantegy's Chapter 11 announcement.
RMG (Recordable Media Group) International entered negotiations
with the EMTEC insolvency administrator in July of 2003, and the
company actually acquired the EMTEC production and quality assurance
equipment and procedural documents in October of 2004. Since then,
RMG's been developing a prototype coating running for 3.81 mm audio
pancake tape, with production quantities scheduled for April 2005.
RMG's "EMTEC-Quality audio" studio tape samples are slated
to hit the market in June 2005. For more information visit Quantegy
and ATR Magnetic at www.atrmagnetics.com
or visit at NRS
LA Studio Manager Shuffle
who ran Cello studios is now booking for Sage
& Sound Studios. According to Stewart, The two brothers
Steffan and Marc Fantini have a great vintage API room that some
of you may know about. The bros are about to open a new room which
according to Candace will be up and running in a few week. Beautiful
large tracking room designed by George Auspberger equipped with
a 72 input 8048(2 consoles together) with a host of vintage outboard
gear. Those of you who are locals; call Candace on her cell# 323-459-9300
or stop by Sage & Sound and say hi.
Royaltone Studios has been sold to a private buyer and is nolonger
available to outside clients, according to Jane Scobie who used
to run the studio.
She can be reached on her cell 323-646 7345.
Auditions For A Reality Show
about INXS? 25 years; Over 4,000 live shows to over 25 million people
in almost 50 countries; over 30 million records sold worldwide including
in 4 different continents; 23 UK hits ; 17 US Billboard hits (7
Top Ten); 33 Australian hits
6 Consecutive Top Ten UK and US albums!
The multi-platinum international Rock band is looking for their
next lead singer. Mark Burnett Productions, the creator of Survivor
and The Apprentice has created a new reality TV series on CBS that
will give singers and songwriters the opportunity to become the
next lead singer of INXS. They are looking for WOMEN of all styles
that are ages 21 and up.
only auditions will be held in Los Angeles on March 25th.
To mail in a
submission, please send a video or DVD of 4-minutes in length.
The video should be performance-based followed by a self-interview
in which entrants should talk about themselves, their music background
and influences. All submissions should be in NTSC or PAL format
and must include an application. Please visit www.inxsrockstar.com
to print an application. To schedule an audition, submit a video/DVD,
or for more information,
contact: Peter Cohen
310-471-3781 x202 Rockstar Ent. Inc. PO Box 742 Beverly Hills, CA
The death of
Michael Hutchence in November 1997 had a profound impact on the
members of INXS, who had been close friends and collaborators for
more than two full decades. In 1999 with guest vocalist Terence
Trent D'Arby, they returned to the concert stage before 90,000 and
a vast television audience to officially open Sydney's Olympic Stadium
with a blistering performance. With guest vocalist Jon Stevens,
INXS performed at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games
in September 2000, broadcast to an estimated television audience
of several billion people. By the middle of 2002 INXS returned to
the international concert arena with the band playing in South,
Central and North America on a full scale tour with an overwhelming
response and the band re-igniting interest from fans and media.
Shows throughout Europe followed and multiple trips to Latin America
which included headlining the huge Vina Del Mar Festival in Chile
in 2003, broadcast to a global audience of 180 million.
Love Is Everywhere..
We thank our adventurous travellers and designer/architect Duke
Sakiyabu and Isabell Ulrich
sharing their album with us. Keep the photos coming guys!
Deer caves housing bats; Sarawak pepper plant; Isa & Duk sailing;
Aninuan Beach on Mindoro Island
photos: Duke Sakiyabu and
When 2 million bats come out of the cave, no mosquito is safe in
the blue sky. Sagada is known for its hanging coffins -all throughout
the narrow valley. St Mary at the Philippines Border.
Stop Crimes Against Humanity
Genocide memorial in Yerevan,
Armenia; Martin Marootian and his wife, Seda, are among 12 plaintiffs
who recently reached a $20 million settlement with New York Life
The First Genocide
of the 20th Century has led to series of brutal events, The Jewish
Holocaust, Bosnia, Cambodia...up to and including the massacres
in the Darfur region of Sudan today.
The descendants of 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915-23
in the Turkish Ottoman Empire share a special obligation to stand
up for crimes against humanity.
Every year, on April 24, the date is observed by Armenians worldwide.
In recent news
, US. District Judge Christina Snyder granted approval of the settlement
for unpaid death benefits for 12 plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit.
Three Southland charities received a share of a $20 million settlement
stemming from mass killings 90 years ago of Armenians in the Turkish
Ottoman Empire. "The company was more than willing to settle
the claims, having first tried to do so in 1915," says Sy Sternberg,
chairman and CEO of New York Life who sold about 8,000 policies
in the Ottoman Empire beginning in the 1880s, with less than half
of those bought by Armenians. The company stopped selling insurance
in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
the genocide history and claims Armenians were killed in civil unrest
during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
France and Russia are among more than 15 countries (Canada, Australia,
Switzerland and Vatican, among them) who have passed resolutions
to recognize the first Genocide of the 20th Century. The United
States has not made such official declaration to-date.
The Youth federation has organized a 215 mile walk dubbed "March
For Humanity" set to begin on April 2 in Fresno, Calif. and
will reach Sacramento on April 21, where march participants, human
rights activists and Armenian American community members will gather
for a rally organized to thank the California State Legislature
and 36 other states legislatures for officially recognizing
the Genocide. For more information about the March for Humanity,
or call (818) 507-1933
2005 (third year)
Soul 2005 Poster and SOAD
Of A Down and KROQ-FM
Present "Souls 2005" A sold-out
Concert to raise awareness and funds to benefit human rights
organizations. The concert at Universal Amphitheater will be held
in Los Angeles on Sunday April 24. Show begins at 8:15PM; Check
back with the SOAD Site for updates on support acts and other details
Motion Rain, Gor
and friends will play at 8pm -- Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City
Walk April 24, 2005.
Jenning World News Report on Armenian Genocide
Article - Travel Section (Sept 04)
Foundation -- Support "Celebrate-A-Witness" poster
and AFF's award-winning films. Ask for more info AFFoundation@verizon.net
Memorials Around The World - 26 countries
ANCA - Armenian
National Committee of America
-- Highly revered 19th Century Composer, Musicologist, Singer, Choir
conductor, Flautist, Teacher and Genocide Witness.
Taupin Art -
ABC's Of Genocide -
click on Patriot Acts (4th sqare in the bottom) then click on the
4th square on the right to view the painting.
For more info or interested collectors, contact studioexpresso.
"It's important for people to be aware of the Armenian Genocide
and the cover-up by the Turkish government and our present US Administration,
Turkey's allies in the defense and oil industries. Had the Armenian
Genocide been acknowledged as a Crime Against Humanity as it was,
Hitler might not have thought he could get away with the Jewish
Holocaust. History does and will repeat itself, unless we stop that
cycle," says Serge Tankian (System Of A Down).
genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians
which followed it, . . . the lessons of the Holocaust must never
be forgotten." -- Ronald Reagan
April 22, 1981, proclamation
salutes the souls lost, the survivors and all those who stand united
for crimes against humanity.