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2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards took place with star-studed flair and big wins in Miami, Florida on April 26.

French music is on the map with a big energy brought on by new artists to include: Emilie Simon (The March of The Penguins) and Charlotte Gainsbourg and a surprise comeback by a popular blond named Vartan.

There's new music from The Kooks, Finger Eleven and 33Miles all at the Sony Connect store, plus Matt Dusk, Bedroom Walls and more...Stay with us to hear the latest from Avatar, Star City studios.

In the new millennium, degrees of separation have narrowed partly due to fluid global communication. Unlike Stanley Milgram's phrase "Six Degrees of Separation" often the actual degrees are much closer than you might think. At studioexpresso we connect artists and producers and help promote emerging artists. Through this website, we invite you to join our discussion, discover new emerging artists, and network with each other. Thanks for reading.

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Blondies Are Back!
France's Sylvie Vartan at Hollywood's Conway and America's Debbie Harry
Sited at New York's Avatar

The two divas from the Golden 60s and 70s are back with new recordings...Sylvie Vartan is the first female rocker in French music history with numerous awards (ordre des Arts et Lettres in ‘85, ordre du mérite in ‘87, légion d'honneur in ‘98). There are half a dozen books on her with many recordings and TV appearances. She has inspired fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Bob Mackie. What's she up to now? We caugt up with her at Conway studios where she's making a brand new album with producer Philippe Rault and mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce (Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls). "We've recorded close to 19 songs covering a wide range of styles including blues, gospel, rock and pop. "Sylvie has the unmistakable sexy French sound that's as fresh as today," says Allardyce who has collaborated with Rault on number of projects to include: Eddie Mitchell and Star Academy (France's answer to American Idol). The new album, Nouvelle Vague or 3 Cool Cats (Lieber-Stoller), after the title of one of the tracks, will be released in France on June 18, 2007 on Mercury/Universal Music. "60s revival movement is huge in France. And who better than the original mistress Vartan to ride on this new wave," says Rault. Most recently Conway also hosted other great artists to include Lyle Lovett, All American Rejects and James Blunt.

And speaking of originals, Blondie herself,
Debbie Harry was at Avatar Studio B overdubbing with engineer Hugo Dwyer. She produced the sessions with Brian Montgomery assisting. An American pop icon, Harry has numbers songs in films. She's also part of the True Colors Tour which will kick off in Toronto, Canada on June 19.
Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Indigo Girls and Dresden Dolls are among headlining acts in support of The Human Rights Campaign --America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

Avatar also hosted sessions in studio B produced by Justin Timberlake and composer Katreese Barnes for Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. Overdubs & mixing done by engineer Anthony Ruotolo assisted by David Tolomei and Aki Nishimura.

Dave Brubeck (above) was recording in Studio A with producer Russell Gloyd and engineer Jack Renner where also Boz Scaggs (right) was recording with producer Gil Goldstein and engineer Jay Newland. Music was arranged and produced by Gild Goldstein for Boz Scaggs' upcoming release scheduled for September. Celine Dion was back recording in Studio C with engineer / producer Humberto Gatica assisted by Anthony Ruotolo. Composer / producer David Byrne was recording in Studio C with engineer Pat Dillet, assisted by Brian Montgomery. The Roots with Fallout Boy's Patrick Stumpf was recording in Studio C with engineer Russ Elevado. The Roots produced the session. The assistant engineer was Justin Gerrish.

Star City's New Stage

Star City's Stage




Vartan with The Beatles circa 60s

L to R: Producers Philippe Rault, John Philip Shenale ,Sylvie Vartan and mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce at Conway studio A

Take an ExpressTour of Conway here or call
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From L to R: Charlie Nieland (producer/engineer), Debbie Harry,
Fred Kevorkian (mastering engineer) in Kevorkian Mastering room on 3rd floor of Avatar Studios

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Tino Passante (212) 765-7500 for more info or studio tour


Boz Scaggs and company at Avatar Studio A






How do you enhance a world-class facility? For Jeff Glixman, executive vice president of StarCity Recording Company in Bethlehem, PA, the answer was by converting the studio’s existing and underutilized theater room into a performance stage controlled by an SSL Axiom MT Plus (previously owned by producer Mutt Lange who used the console to record Shania Twain’s double-album) to be used for recording tracks, artist showcases, web casts and rehearsals. Constructed from wood and natural products per designer Martin Pilchner, the 28’ x 12’ stage offers greater flexibility to StarCity Recording and the musicians using the facility. The Stage's first recording session: Simone, daughter of legendary singer and songwriter Nina Simone, who begins tracking songs for a tribute project dedicated to her mother.

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l-r : Robert Shahnazarian Jr with Wind-Up Reocrds' Finger Eleven at Westlake Studios

Live-In-Studio sessions with Robert Shahnazarian Jr this week is buzzing with bands to include Finger Eleven on Wind-up Records who came in to record several of their songs including “I’ll Keep Your Memory” and “One Thing.” "This time we took the sessions to Westlake Studios. Lead singer Scott Anderson delivered an amazing performance on these acoustic recordings," says Robert who also tracked and mixed Ino/Columbia recording artist 33miles' acoustic version of their songs from their new self titled Christian. "We utilized the Yamaha grand piano at Westlake D. Their music is very uplifting and the guys are all amazing to work with," adds Robert. Virgin Records English rockers The Kooks who debuted on US late night TV on Live With Jimmy Kimmel and will be appearing on Late Night With Dave Letterman on May 9, recorded 7 songs with Shahnazarian Jr. for Sony Connect Sets "We had the full band rocking on 7 songs, including standouts like “The Wait” and “Oil."

Shelly Hartman and Robert with Sony's 33 Miles

Robert Shahnazarian Jr. has mixed and engineered over 1001 songs for Live-In-The Studio Sessions for Sony Connect Set artists to include: All American Rejects, Alien Ant Farm, The Killers, Kelly Clarkson, Super Furry Animals. Additionally, he A&Rs and has his own studio and label, Feudal -- http://feudalrecords.com/index.htm
Most recently, Robert completed work for Connect Set artists The Decemberists , Anberlin , Peter, Bjorn and John , Mute Math, Test Your Reflex. , and singer and songwriter Jeremy Enigk of emo-core pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft. Each week, new, cutting-edge artists record with mixer/engineer, Robert Shahnazarian Jr. These rare acoustic sessions are exclusively available at CONNECT Music Store in US, UK and Canada. Connect is the world's largest online music downloads store with over 2 million songs to preview and own.

The Kooks with The Sony Connect Crew and mixer engineer Robert Shahnazarian Jr at Westlake Studios


The Kooks
Inside In The Inside Out

The Kooks are back at USA for their SOLD OUT tour beginning April 29th at Coachella. Funk? Acoustic pop? Future jazz? Psych-punk rebel rock?“The idea from when we started the band was to be quite eclectic and open-minded,” says Luke Pritchard, Kooks’ barely-twenty singer. “The reason there’s a lot of styles and influences is more due to circumstance. We have a lot of reggae and funk and soul influences - there’s even some basic jazz in there, nothing too crazy though." They’d written literally hundreds since forming as a ‘school project’ in Brighton in 2003 - down to the handful they’d record for their debut album. Enter production drill-sergeant Tony Hoffer, who took this lexiconal lard-bucket and over six weeks at Konk, day and night, moulded from it a unified and endlessly surprising debut - showcasing everything vital and inventive about The Kooks (completed by bassist Max Rafferty and drummer Paul Garred)."We think things are pretty fucked up, the way that things are, and that’s what those songs are trying to express. They’re all pretty angry, maybe that’s why the punk vibe comes across. It’s anger that comes from frustration,” Luke explains. "We wanna keep putting out different kinds of records and different genres. We wanna surprise people," Luke adds. Inside In/Inside Out was recorded at The Kinks' Ray Davies' studio. Look for selected tracks recorded and mixed Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
coming out on the Sony Connect store soon.

Test Your Reflex
The Burning Hour
RCA/Sony BMG Music

According to Robert Shahnazarian Jr who recorded select songs
by Test Your Reflex for the Sony Connect sotre, the sessions with TYR showcase 3 voices, 1 acoustic guitar, 1 electric guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. "Since I was not made aware of the full-band setup, we had to convert the adjoining lounge at studio 1 into a drum room an hour before the session. I live for this kind of excitement…Nevertheless, the boys were having such a good time making music that it allowed me to capture great performance gems," says Robert

Released on April 24 the new album The Burning Hour showcase TYR's solid writing ability. The songs may be a throwback to the bands of yesteryear, whose talents as musicians, songwriters and performers outweighed the effects of studio mixing and enhancements. The Burning Hour is full of ‘80s bombast, so much so that it really ought to have been produced by Steve Lillywhite rather than Pat Regan, who’s known far more for his work with heavy metal artists. Band members’ ages range from 19 to 21 but the songs have been “inspired by the sonic grandeur of classic albums like U2's The Joshua Tree. The radio ready Peaces of The Sun is catchy - what else?! The Burning Hour is a CD for all audiences. They are featured on the Sony Connect store this month -- take a listen for yourself.


Sean Beavan
producer I mixer

Beavan re-unites with marilyn Manson to mix his forthcoming album, “Eat Me, Drink Me,” at Beavan’s Blue Room Studios in Los Angeles.
“We slipped right into our working relationship. You'll hear plenty of Absinthe and absolute genius. The record flaunts styles from dark devil blues to 80's retro with some of the most emotive and provocative singing Manson has ever done," says Beavan.

Meanwhile, Beavan’s own band, 8MM, may soon lose their underground status as Yahoo get behind them to Bonus Premiere their groundbreaking camera phone video for “Stunning” (from the album, “Songs To Love And Die By”) on March 28. The up-and-coming LA Times Buzz Band were also named one of the Top Bands You Need To Know In 2007 in the March edition of tastemaker magazine, Alternative Press.

Please see their myspace page for details on forthcoming shows in LA and OC (www.myspace.com/8mm).



Matt Dusk
Back In Town
Universal Decca

Canadian crooner Matt Dusk is headed East this month on his nationwide tour promoting the U.S. release of Back In Town he produced with Terry Sawchuk. Much of the album was recorded in Los Angeles at the fabled Capitol Studios in Studio A--where the walls have resonated with the voices of iconic singers as the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.). Several tracks on Back in Town, including "Learnin' The Blues," "As Time Goes By" and "The Best is Yet to Come," are songs associated with Sinatra with Dusk putting a fresh spin. With lush arrangements from veterans like Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico and Vince Mendoza and the next generation arrangers Cliff Masterson, Sawchuk and Dusk himself, the songs are taken into a new directions, from the Latin tinge of "More" to the playful phrasing of "As Time Goes By." Similarly, "Who's Got the Action," once popularized by Dean Martin, gets the big, brassy treatment, while "Get Me to the Church On Time" and "On the Street Where You Live," two of Dusk's favorites from My Fair Lady, are nicely updated. The legendary Al Schmitt, winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards, recorded and mixed all of the album's big band orchestral tracks. "The majority of these songs are more about finding love, being happy and laughing, because the pendulum's definitely swingin' the other way," says Dusk who's not out to change the world. "You could say my goal is to bring jazz a little more into the mainstream. But basically, at the end of the day, all I really want to do is entertain people," says Dusk. At his live shows and with Back in Town, Dusk is doing just that and more.

Bedroom Walls
All Good Dreamers Pass This Way

Baria Records

Bedroom Walls caught the attention of LA's taste-making host of KCRW's "Morning Become Eclectic", Nic Harcourt. Since then the band's debut has became one of the station's top 10 records.
You're in for a treat on the new album...if you like Beatle-esque acoustic sounds with spars, spacy, sad but always lush chorus lines, and melodies and arrangements, you'll want to hear this album.

Frontman Adam Goldman crafts the songs that combine light and dark elements masterfully with a unique rythym that's 1/10th or just enough different than anything you've heard before. It lets you breath differently and at the end you want to hear more. The record was produced by Rafter Robert (Sufjan Stevens, Fiery Furnaces, Castanets) and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli
(Beck, Hole, U2). To top it all, we dig the album artwork...very tasty (possibly work of Melissa "SISSY" Thorne (vocals, keyboards, bells) who teaches painting and her work has been shown internationally. Hear Bedroom Walls live in Long Beach at The Prospector on 6/27 and 5 LA dates to include: 6/29 at Amoeba (in-store performance), 7/11 and 25 at El Cid; 7/18 and 8/1 at Tangier.

Junkie XL
Music From SSX Blur

The buzz around video games is becoming a roar these days, and it seems like everyone from the kid down the street to the regulars at the senior center are experts in all manner of virtual bowling, boarding, and baseball. It was surely only a matter of time before the worlds of music and games joined to create one super universe of entertainment, and the appearance of Artwerk, the new record label from EA Games is evidence that it has indeed come to pass.

JUNKIE XL-MUSIC FROM SSX BLUR, is the inaugural release from Artwerk and is available now through digital retailers.

The Holland native Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL is also one of the most popular young composers in Hollywood. He contributed score to films like The Animatrix, Team America and Kingdom of Heaven, as well as plenty of video games (Destroy All Humans, Xbox's Forza Motorsport) and commercials. He's the artist/producer mastermind behind the new soundtrack is making a few rare Stateside stops May 3rd Orlando, FL @ Icon; May 4th Houston, TX @ Planeta and May 5th St. Louis, MO @ Dante. Holkenborg began slaving endlessly over his various projects in his subterranean Amsterdam studio. His friends joked that he was a studio junkie, giving rise to the Junkie XL name. The "XL" stands for "expanding limits" creatively and musically he says.

Heads Up International, one of the world’s top contemporary jazz labels, is pleased to announce that flautist Nestor Torres has been selected as a finalist for a Billboard Latin Music Award in the category of Jazz Album of the year for Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace (HUCD 3111), released on April 25, 2006. The 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards will be produced and broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, April 26, at The BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Billboard Awards will be granted in approximately 51 categories. A complete listing can be found at www.billboardevents.com.

Marc Ford
Weary And Wired
Blues Bureau Records

2007 Blues Bureau release features Ex-Black Crowes guitarslinger Marc Ford with his second solo album. With its conflagrant riffing, big six-string tones, blues bedrock, and tunes that swing from soulful pop ballads like "The Other Side" to grinders like "Don't Come Around" and the ever hypnotic ballad "Current" with its dreamy quality and visuals that's a perfect fit for a Wim Wenders film.

This significant recording shows Marc's strength as a singer/songwriter, fueled by large doses of his phenomenal guitar work that brings to mind such masters as Clapton and Beck.

Ford accepted an invitation to join "Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals" and toured with them, recording their EP and DVD each entitled "Live at the Hollywood Bowl."And won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his involvement with Ben Harper and the Blind Boy's Of Alabama's record, "There Will Be A Light." Ford also appears on Ben Harper and the Blind Boy's Of Alabama's DVD "Live At The Apollo." Two years ago Ford was asked to rejoin The Black Crowes and recorded their "All Join Hands" reunion tour while also continuing to work with Harper, appearing on his 2006 album "Both Sides of the Gun." After the 2006 release of the double CD and DVD "Into the Fog," Live At The Fillmore with The Black Crowes," Ford left the Black Crowes and began making plans to record "Weary and Wired." Listen to tracks at Marc's Myspace
"Marc is the hottest bluesman with an amazing work that's coming out of Blues Bureau. He's got real integrity, a real artist and cool guy," says Prairie Sun's Mark "Mooka" Rennick who let us spin it. Look for California live dates with Marc Ford in May and June - visit Marc Ford's official site for updates.































































East Coast dates:
New York, NY - April 22 - Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall Newark,
NJ - April 23 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center Glenside, PA - April 25 - Keswick Theatre Washington, D.C. - April 27 - Kennedy Center Concert Hall Hartford, CT - April 28 - Mortensen Hall (The Bushnell)












For more on the relationship between music and video games check out this segment on abcnews.com which features an interview with Junkie XL!















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Sat & Sun May 5 and 6 12noon-6pm
Santa Fe Open Studio Artwalk 2007
2401 South Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90058 | info: 323.587.5513

It is a truly unique experience to see an artist's work within the context of its creation. The Artwalk is an opportunity to purchase work directly from the artist and see what is coming up in the LA art scene. Artists are on hand to answer questions, and it is a rare treat to see new works in progress in addition to studies and finished pieces. Named for its' location on Santa Fe Avenue, the colony houses 57 studio residences. Once a year, over 40 residents of the colony open their private studios to the public. Also participating are some nonresident artists and sponsors providing art-related products.

You may have noticed exquisite photos of architect, Isabelle Ulrich chronicling her travels of South America in studioexpresso past newsletters. Now you can enjoy an exhibit of these photographs making a rare appearance at the 18th annual artwalk.

Refreshments are available in the garden for purchase. Join us for a casual weekend of art on Cinqo de Maya! Santa Fe Open Studio/Artwalk Weekend in Los Angeles on May 5and 6.


Monday, May 14, 2007
T-Time At 12th Annual Mix LA Open

Malibu Country Club

Come join honorary chairman and recording engineer extraordinaire, Ed Cherney, at the 12th Annual Mix LA Open charity golf tournament, set for the Malibu Country Club on Monday, May 14
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the House Ear Institute's Sound Partners hearing conservation program (www.hei.org) and other programs supported by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, including Sound Art (http://www.soundartla.org/), of Los Angeles. Only a limited number of spots are still available. For more information go to http://mixfoundation.org/la_open/la_open.html or call Karen Dunn, Tournament Director,
at (925) 939-6149.

May 19-20
The Village Recorder Hosts "From Home To Studio" Conference
For the second year in a row, top audio professionals will convene at the Village Recorder for a two-day interactive and educational conference offering insight from pro's through panel discussions and one-on-one time, sessions that will feature Grammy-winning engineers Ralph Sutton, (Stevie Wonder), Khaliq Glover (Prince), producer/arranger/programmer Darrell Diaz (Herbie Hancock), Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), and more. Registration @ www.soyoureanaudioengineer.com or call 818.602.1888. $125/2-day pass (early registration). Students $100/2-day pass (anytime).
Door prices are $150 2-day pass/$85 per day

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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
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Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Al Schmitt Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Toby Scott -- coming soon!
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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ATC Speakers Listed As Ingredient For Grammy Winner Engineer's Time-Tested Recipe
Michael Bishop Speaks OF Importance Of His Tools

Bishop photo by: Wes Bender

Telarc recording engineer Michael Bishop's rare blend of technical aptitude and musical intuition earned him his sixth Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Although the Academy recognized his recording of conductor Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony's performances of Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" and "Four Sea Interludes" for the Grammy, anyone who has listened carefully to his work will realize that this is but one gem among many.

A reflective and unduly modest craftsperson, Bishop recognizes the importance of his tools and has slowly bzuilt a collection of truly superb equipment that works in consonance. "Almost every classical piece I engineer goes direct to stereo and direct to surround," he said. "So when I record, I'm making decisions that directly impact the final master. There's no second guessing and no safety net. Every piece of equipment in the chain is critical. The tools that I use are like ingredients in a time-tested recipe- they work very well together."

Since the mixes are committed to the hard drive at the time of recording, Bishop's ability to hear every fine distinction and shade of timbre is paramount. Whether at home in Cleveland or on the road, he relies on five ATC 150 midfield monitors. The highest of the high-end speakers, ATC 150s are often found in mastering studios. However, Bishop reasons that the qualities that make them ideal in a mastering studio also make them ideal in critical direct recording.

"The extreme resolution of the ATC 150s reveals the slightest shift in mic position or the subtle effects of changing atmospheric conditions," he explained. "At the same time, they're very musical and fun to listen to, even after long hours of tracking." Since a single ATC 150 weighs nearly 200 pounds, the fact that all five travel with him says something about their indispensability. "Stage crews are seldom happy to see us pack in with half a ton of speakers," he laughed, "but that's what I need to have to do my job properly."

In addition to revealing the nuance and magic of a performance, Bishop's guiding philosophy is to capture spatially engaging, three-dimensional sound. "The last thing I want is an orchestra plastered against the front speakers with ambient rattling around in the rear," he laughed. "I need a good bridge between the front and the rear channels, a three dimensional image that places the listener in the center of a very real experience." Consistent with this goal, his stereo signal originates with a Neumann KU 100 binaural dummy head, and his surround signal originates with a set of strategically-placed Sennheiser MKH-series condenser microphones and a Royer SF-24 stereo ribbon microphone.

As might be expected, Bishop keeps his signal chain short and minimal. He uses the same Upstate Audio custom mic preamps that are currently being used by Al Schmitt, Chuck Ainlay, and a few others. From the preamps on stage, the signals enter a "heavily modified" Studer 962 via the insert returns. Custom busses allow him to mix for stereo and surround simultaneously. Both masters are recorded on a Sonoma DSD workstation with EMM Labs DSD converters.

Since Bishop uses no spot microphones, a crucial component of his successfully engineered recordings is the feedback that he gives to the conductor. "The conductor is entirely responsible for the balance between instruments," he explained. "For the Grammy project, Paavo never questioned what he was hearing on the ATC 150s. He came in after the first take, listened for changes he wanted to make, and went back out and delivered on those changes. That sort of beneficial feedback would be impossible if the monitors colored the recording. Thus, the ATC 150s benefit everyone who I'm collaborating with in ways that are much deeper than most people appreciate."

The summer of 2006 saw the studio's fourth incarnation in a completely new building created by celebrated designer Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal International. The control room centers on a Pro Tools HD Accel system with an Icon-D Control surface and is brought to life by five soffit-mounted Acoustic Transducer Company (ATC) 150ASL full-range loudspeakers and an ATC Sub1/15Pro subwoofer.

ATC's drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are legendary for their many design innovations, such as the innovative SL magnet system and the company's renowned Soft Dome mid-range driver, which achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce a flat response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician, Bill Woodman.

For more info on ATC Loudspeakers (UK) contact Brad Lunde at www.lasvegasproaudio.com or Phone (702) 307-2700

Las Vegas Pro Audio (www.lasvegasproaudio.com) a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow including ATC studio monitors(UK), Accusound Silver Audio Cables, Digital Audio Denmark AD/DA DXD/DSD converters, Daking electronics, Enhanced Audio mic mounts, and Pauly Superscreen pop-filters. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long term support.

TransAudio has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor for high-end audio with a product line to include Accusound, A-Designs (USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT Toolkit, AEA, ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner microphones(Germany), Drawmer (UK), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix Audio (UK), PAULY Superscreens(Germany), SABRA SOM(Brazil), Soundelux (USA), SoundField Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).

Solid State Logic X-Rack A Winner In Summing Mixer Shootout
"It Sounds Like an SSL Console"

In an effort to improve mixes in the digital audio workstation realm, film and TV composer/producer Brian Adler and studio tech/engineer John Hartman have conducted an exhaustive, controlled comparison of leading summing mixers. Adler, owner of film, TV and music credits including The ’60s, Twice Upon a Time and Tapeheads, reports that among the seven most prominent products surveyed, Solid State Logic’s X-Rack, from its acclaimed XLogic product range, was the clear winner.

"I embarked on this comparison because I'm just not happy with in-the-box mixing," says Adler, who came to Los Angeles as a signed singer/songwriter and has written songs performed by Smokey Robinson, Cheap Trick, Sam Moore and Junior Walker. "I'm not happy with digital, to a large degree; I'm missing so much of analog. But I've been a Pro Tools user forever.

"I make most of my living in film and TV production now; record production is secondary. You have to move so quickly in TV and film, and make so many revisions, that you really have to work on a digital audio workstation. But while great digital mixes are dazzling left to right, they are two-dimensional. I've always missed the three-dimensional sound that is inherent in analog, along with better natural compression, punch and a cohesive sheen over the top of the whole thing.

"I started having conversations with trusted mix engineers," Adler continues. "Some said that there is a sonic 'bottleneck' or logjam at the summing stage that affects things like panning and image, which is why so many audio professionals are turning to summing mixers."
Adler and Hartman (Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Alice Cooper, Public Enemy) used the same four music selections, ranging from hard rock/alternative to light acoustic to orchestral, to test the equipment. "We made a point to not discuss our opinions of the various gear with one another while doing the tests," he recalls, "instead choosing to make all our various mixes, take some time off for an ear break, list our rankings and then simultaneously convey our findings to one another over the phone.

"To our surprise, they were exactly the same, in the same order, and SSL is clearly the leader. The X-Rack has provided the best depth, and has a discrete quality. The separation is fantastic-you can really hear the instruments speak and sustain remarkably. The SSL sounds wider, deeper, tighter, punchier and has more 'wow' factor than the others. What's most impressive is that it sounds like a big SSL console. Wow!"

Though the comparison focused primarily on the respective products' summing performance, Adler and Hartman also tracked with the X-Rack's Mic Amp, EQ and Dynamics modules, "and we are very impressed with those as well," Adler says. "As a matter of fact, we're trying that against other good tube and Class A products. The X-Rack is a really magnificent box."

The X-Rack is a modular rack system that incorporates a unique Total Recall® capability. Featuring the same SuperAnalogue™ processing as the XL 9000 K Series console, the X-Rack now boasts six optional modules: Eight Input Summing Module, Four Channel Input, Master Bus, Mic Amp, Channel EQ and the original Dynamics module. This combination now makes it possible to configure X-Rack as a standalone mixer and analog summing system, or as a standalone processing solution for studio and live applications or working with the flexible inserts of an AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System to provide a complete "SSL" channel processing solution for the console.

Solid State Logic is the world's leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals. SSL's product range includes the C100, C200 & C300 Digital Consoles, Duality, the large format analogue console with integral DAW control, AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System, the XLogic range of rack processors & I/O, the Duende DSP engine for workstation users and the Soundscape Audio Workstation product line. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solid-state-logic.com

Expresso Cat Walk at Billboard Music Awards, NAB and beyond.

Mariano Barba poses backstage with his four awards at the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Coral Gables honoring the Latin music artists with the highest sales and radio airplay as shown on the Billboard charts from Feb. 11, 06 through Feb. 3, 07. Barba won awards for Hot Latin Song of the Year, Regional Mexican Album of the Year, Regional Mexican Airplay song of the Year, Male Solo Artist and Regional Mexican Airplay Song of the Year, New Artist. Mexican rockers Mana won twice. Teen pop phenomenon RBD took home three awards, including best tour, while fellow Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio opened the show and picked up two awards for her album, "Ananda." Colombia's Shakira and Haitian-American rapper and producer Wyclef Jean won best duet for their smash hit, "Hips Don't Lie." Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Rakim y Ken-Y, took home only one of seven nominations, for their song "Down." Singer, songwriter and actor Miguel Bose received the Billboard Lifetime Achievement award for his roughly 30-year career. Puerto Rican Toby Love won in both hip-hop and tropical categories. Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner was also honored for his work with disabled children and those living in poverty across Latin America. Spanish-language soap star Marlene Favela and singer-actor Carlos Ponce hosted the event in Coral Gables, just south of downtown Miami. NBC subsidiary Telemundo aired the show. The awards cap off the Billboard Latin Music Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami -- three days of panels, showcases, schmoozing and market navel-gazing.

This year's NAB was strong with 108,000 registered attendees. HD and numberous studio tools were in the headlines. Previewed at NAB in 2006, Solid State Logic's MediaWAN project has been under development for three years. Collectively, the team has developed products that have won three Emmys® and an Oscar® in this field. More recently Network News Service (NNS) chose SSL's Mediawan Gravity System for joint organization benefits that links NNS' databases for news and satellite operations and allows third-party edit systems to share resources on a closed network.

NNS is owned by ABC, CBS, and Fox News Channel and provides distribution services for news content to more than 500 affiliate stations nationwide. Solid State Logic exhibited the significantly expanded C100 Digital Broadcast Console product portfolio at NAB 2007, April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Doubled Channel Count, Increased Processing Power, New Slimline Console, New Centuri HD-S Processor Among Updated Features of HD Series. The acclaimed C100 console has evolved to become the C100 HD with new Version 4.0 software that delivers an enhanced feature set and a significant boost in processing power. The C100 HD console is joined by the new C100 HD-S, a smaller form factor console designed for space limited applications. The new C100 HD range is further enhanced by the addition of a new smaller front loading Processor option the Centuri HD-S. Solid State Logic will exhibit its new C Series range at NAB 2007, April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Solid State Logic is the world's leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals. SSL's product range includes the C100, C200 & C300 Digital Consoles, Duality, the large format analogue console with integral DAW control, AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System, the XLogic range of rack processors & I/O, the Duende DSP engine for workstation users and the Soundscape Audio Workstation product line. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solid-state-logic.com.

Studio Suite from AlterMedia (booth # SL10226 at NAB) is shipping SS8, a ground-up rebuild of their leading studio management software. This major new release tackles the complex organizational requirements of today's production facilities with a slew of new features, better security, and integration with other software, including QuickBooks, iCal, Pro Tools, FinalCut, and more. Studio Suite 8 manages all kinds of media production: Audio, Video, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Animation, Graphics, Film, TV, Radio, DVD, Internet, Games, Duplication, Mastering, Rentals, etc. Studio Suite 8 manages everything - schedules, contacts, communications, projects, inventories, libraries, labels, invoices and more. It is user-customizable, relational, and networkable across Mac/PC platforms. Pricing is $749 for the initial License, and $449 for each additional networked workstation. Upgrade prices are available. These prices include FileMaker Pro 8.5, which is required. Bundles including FileMaker Server are also available. More details, a downloadable trial version, and a video demo, are available from http://www.studiosuite.com. or by calling 800.450.5740 (outside the US and Canada call 1.818.752.3900).
"Studio Suite 8 essentially provides studios with a highly-evolved structure for organization and management right out of the box,”says Joel Stoner, AlterMedia president and designer of Studio Suite. Studio Suite is used by work-at-home editors, engineers, producers, and composers; yet it’s also the anchor of operations at facilities ranging from small boutique production studios to major corporations such as Sony, Warner Bros., Fox, BET, and several branches of the US Government. With thousands of Users in 40 countries,

The Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar Library

An international bass legend, Anthony Jackson has performed on over 500 albums, many of which have become classics and gold or platinum recordings. Harper-Ferrari introduce the release of Bass VI- The Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar Library. Featuring definitive recorded performances by the internationally acclaimed bassist Anthony Jackson, the library contains the largest, most powerful bass palette ever commercially offered to the industry. The 37 Gigabyte (10 DVD) collection includes Open and Flat Pick Attacks, Harmonics, and Palm Mute articulations using every note over the entire six string range of the instrument. State-of-the-art components were used during every phase of the production, with both direct and live versions of each articulation included. Five velocities, multiple versions of every note, and switchable string and fret positions (when using the unique Mod Wheel program), offer the user flexibility, subtly, and realism in every production. Another powerful feature the user will discover is the ability of playing chords in the standard guitar range. The direct and live programs can be used individually or in unlimited combinations to produce an astounding range of sound: from thunderous lows to ethereal highs. From Rap, Rock, and Funk to Film, Pop, and Jazz, The Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar Library delivers the fundamentals in a one-of-a-kind collection
Currently available for Logic's ESX sampler for $400.00 plus S+H. TASCAM's GVI (Giga Virtual Instrument) version for the PC coming soon. Visit www.basssix.com or call 800-561-5087 for complete technical and ordering information.


Get The Silver Sound
Las Vegas Pro Audio Adds Accusound Cable To Its line of quality audio products

Arguably the world's finest cabling manufacturer, Accusound's cables use hybrid, silver-plated copper conductors and silver compound solder to reproduce the purest sounds from every piece of gear. Every possible electro-magnetic imperfection has been hunted down and eliminated through clever design, carefully selected materials, a proprietary winding technique and fanatical attention to detail. As a result, Accusound cables boast phase shift and distortion that is unmeasurable between 0 and 200kHz. It may come as a surprise that even though they sound better, Accusound's cables cost almost half as much as other silver cable, a happy consequence of Accusound's reliance on word of mouth instead of wasted marketing dollars.

Like the other brands distributed by Las Vegas Pro Audio, Accusound will benefit from the truthful representation and continuous promotion. It seems only fitting that the world's most advanced silver cable manufacturer should be represented by the Silver State's only audio distributor!

"Our mission is to find new companies that have an edge, a fundamental advantage over the competition; companies that are driven by an owner who has a unique mission," commented Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, the parent company of Las Vegas Pro Audio. "Accusound certainly meets that high standard. Their cables are built right, convey noticeably greater fidelity, yet are reasonably priced. On top of that, they build everything in the USA using strict testing protocols and stand behind their work with an impressive lifetime warranty. Accusound is the right cable company to come forward in the US market after studying everything available."

For more info on Accusound contact Brad Lunde at http://www.transaudiogroup.com/ or
Phone (702) 307-2700

TransAudio has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor for high-end audio with a product line to include Accusound , A-Designs (USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT Toolkit, AEA, ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner microphones(Germany), Drawmer (UK), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix Audio (UK), PAULY Superscreens(Germany), SABRA SOM(Brazil), Soundelux (USA), SoundField Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).

TV & Radio Museum Updates With DakingPlus

The Museum of Television and Radio (MTR), which has locations in Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills, is upgrading its Ralph Guild Radio Studios with the assistance of Geoff Daking and Dave Thibodeau of DakingPlus. The company is donating Daking audio equipment for use in the two radio studios, while the company principals are lending their design expertise to the renovation project, working alongside original benefactor, Ralph Guild of Interep, Norm Pattiz of Westwood One, with Doug Warner, MTR's director of engineering, acting as project manager.

Daking and Thibodeau are sourcing new audio equipment to bring the studios up to date with current technology. The museum's New York building was originally completed in 1991 and the Beverly Hills branch in 1996. "We're going to give them a Daking Mic-Pre IV, two Mic-Pre/EQs and two FET Compressor/Limiters," Daking reports.

A Sierra Audio Systems digital audio mixing console has been selected for both studios and Daking and Thibodeau are working with the manufacturer to provide total integration of the Daking Mic-Pre IV with the system. "Dave and I have a company called DakingPlus, the digitally-controlled side of the company," Daking explains. "We're developing a product hand-in-hand with SAS, taking the Mic-Pre IV and making it remote controlled."

Thibodeau elaborates, "SAS does not offer a mic preamp for their console.
Historically, people have just bought off-the-shelf mic pres and put them in a cabinet somewhere. But they lock them up, generally, so if you want to tweak it you have to find a way to get in there. The Mic-Pre IV is a high quality analog mic pre, and we're going to digitally control it through a couple of different protocols." For integration with the SAS system, DakingPlus will implement the RS 485 protocol. The unit will also include MIDI and USB control.

The fully digital audio setup at the radio studios will allow fast changeovers from one operator or program to the next. "It's a fabulous system, the way SAS has set it up. It can address any of the Mic-Pre IV settings on the front panel, so they'll be able to change settings from one user to another, or show to show. They'll just click one button and everything is set, with the equipment routed where it needs to be routed,"
says Thibodeau.

"Although the price point may not necessarily meet the budget of every radio station," continues Thibodeau, "the new digitally controlled DakingPlus product offers a lot of potential. It's a transformer input, transformer output design that is particularly well suited to driving tougher loads. If they're doing anything with mic pres that need to be very far away, it's a perfect solution."

The multi-use rooms, which will continue to host guest radio stations and operators for live broadcasts and will also offer editing functionality, will additionally be outfitted with a small Digidesign Pro Tools system, Telos telephone hybrids, CD players and 360 Systems digicart machines. Bob Heil of Heil Microphones is supplying his popular model PR40 radio microphone as well as mic stands for the rooms.

Daking and Thibodeau will also oversee the expansion and relocation of the radio studio at the MTR's Beverly Hills branch to a street-side position. "It's going to be like the old 'Today Show,' with a window onto the street," explains Daking, who was involved in the original radio studio design and equipment choices at the two locations. The design of the studio at the New York branch will remain largely unchanged, he says.

The Beverly Hills location will additionally include video equipment. Norman Pattiz of broadcaster Westwood One is overseeing that part of the project, according to Daking.

The renovation is being sponsored by Ralph Guild, who is head of Interep, the country's largest independent national sales and marketing organization specializing in radio, the Internet and new media. Guild is a broadcast industry hall of fame inductee and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2001 Gold Medal from the International Radio and Television Society. He is also on MTR's board of directors.

The MTR, formerly known as the Museum of Broadcasting, maintains a duplicate archive of over 120,000 television and radio programs and advertisements at both of its locations. The collection covers nearly 90 years of broadcast history from around the world and encompasses all genres.

For more info on Geoffrey Daking & Co. call Brad Lunde at (702) 307-2700

Las Vegas Pro Audio (www.lasvegasproaudio.com) a division of TransAudio Group, the exclusive U.S.source for Accusound, ATC studio monitors(UK), Accusound Silver Audio Cables, Digital Audio Denmark AD/DA DXD/DSD converters, Daking electronics, Enhanced Audio mic mounts, and Pauly Superscreen pop-filters. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long term support.

TransAudio has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor for high-end audio with a product line to include , A-Designs (USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT Toolkit, AEA, ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner microphones(Germany), Drawmer (UK), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix Audio (UK), PAULY Superscreens(Germany), SABRA SOM(Brazil), Soundelux (USA), SoundField Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).


The Blaze Behind The Tools

Producer Just Blaze (Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Beastie Boys, The Game, T.I.) is currently in the studio completing the debut album of Fort Knocks Entertainment artist, Saigon. He’s also working with artists from other labels, including Busta Rhymes, Memphis Bleek, Faith Evans, and Talib Kweli. During the mix phase of Jay-Z’s single, he recalls how Pro Tools benefited his workflow: “My engineer, Ryan West, got most of the mixing done using the HD rig in the B Room at Baseline Studios. Then I took that session with me to Hong Kong and literally finished mixing the record on the plane using Pro Tools M-Powered with a set of headphones. A week later it was on MTV.” In addition to the Pro Tools|HD® systems he has housed in his own New York-based Baseline Studios, Just Blaze relies on a Digidesign Mbox® 2 Mini Pro Tools LE® system and a Pro Tools M-Powered™ system when he travels. “What we do now is record the sample into Pro Tools, chop up the parts of the sample that we definitely want to use, then import them into Native Instruments Battery. We basically use Battery and an M-Audio Trigger Finger to trigger the samples the same way an MPC would, and we use Pro Tools as the sequencer,” says Blaze who concludes: “It’s not about the machine, it’s about the man
behind it.”

Dawn Of Dudamel At LA Phil

l-r: Dudamel with Salonen and President Deborah Borda

It was announced earlier this month that the new Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be 26-year-old, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. His five-year contract will start with the 2009/10 season (actual start date is September 21, 2009), and he will be Music Director Designate during the 2008/09 season. In his first season as MD (2009/10), he will conduct 10 weeks, plus summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Dudamel is the MD of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden. His symphonic guest engagements take him to the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, among others, with operatic engagements at La Scala and Berlin Staastsoper. "Gustavo 's remarkable talent, intelligence and energy are the absolute right match for the orchestra and Los Angeles. While I intend to continue my relationship with the LA PHIL, I am peaceful and joyous about the artist to whom we will pass the baton," says Salonen who plans to dedicate himself more fully to composing. "Deborah Borda commented, "Esa-Pekka Salonen has built an orchestra of the 21st century - vital, of our time and in forward motion... I cannot imagine a person better suited than Gustavo Dudamel to carry on our important work: reaching out to new audiences, championing music of our time and dreaming of what can be," says President Deborah Borda. "I felt a special connection and deep feeling from the players. They are wonderful. I am very honored to be chosen to succeed the great conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has been so warm to me and has given me so much support," says Dudamel.

New West Symphony Discovery Artist Recital & Music For The Kids Gala
Five Talented Musicians Showecased On April 27; For The Kids Music Education Auction June 9

2007 Discovery artists surrounded by family and friends on April 27 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in TO and on April 28 at First United Methodist Church in Ventura.; l-rKatrina Bobbs (violin & piano), Gary Chan, piano, Ben-Han Sung (piano), Joshua Hong (violin & piano), Michaela Shaw, harp

Joshua Hong gave a riveting performance playing violin and piano repertoires by Prokofiev and Carl Vine at the Lutheran Church in TO last Friday night with 4 other New West Symphony Discovery Artist musicians under the direction of conductor Boris Brott. Hong began studying both violin and piano in 1996 with Shu-wei Liu and Elinor Martin, respectively. "I now take private violin lessons regularly with Joyce Osborn and Alexander Treger, and occasionally with Maurice Sklar. I take piano lessons regularly with Edward Francis," says Hong, a high school junior at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica who will be applying only for music schools. Katrina Bobbs 17 who played works by JS Bach and Chopin is currently a high school junior in the Young Artists Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and studying with Alvin Chow and Angela Cheng at the Oberlin Conservatory. Most recently, she was selected toperform the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in their Education Series. She has received 1st place in numerous categories of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, MTA Baroque Concerto Competition and Emerging Artists Festival of Southern California. Katrina has spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute and Indiana University Academy as a scholarship student. Also an accomplished violinist, Katrina is a student of Paul Kanto and serves as Co-Concertmistress of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. She plans to attend a conservatory and make music her career. Other talented musicians included: Ben-Han Sung on piano, the beautiful Michaela Shaw on harp and Gary Chan on piano who concluded the concert with a mezmarizing Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise , Opus 22 by Chopin. Order tix for Season Finale Friday, May 18, 2007 8:00 pm Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Saturday, May 19, 2007 8:00 pm Countrywide Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Program includes: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano Los Robles Master Chorale ; Master Chorale of Ventura County Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Concerto No. 2007/08 Season resumes in September.

Star War guests among attendees at the Wadswroth concerts and sample of painted violin on display

Support Music Education - Purchase a raffle tix for $100 before May 20 for a chance to win a MercedesE350 or attend For The Kids Gala at the Regency Club (Brentwood) on Sat June 9 -- Fine dining, live auction and wonderful music. For more info call: Carl Schurtz at (310) 694-3550 or visit NewWestAuction.com Auction includes celebrity pained and authographed violins by Herb Alpert, Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas.

Acclaimed Rapper Calls On Memphis Roots

Pictured at Ardent Studios in Memphis are (L-R) engineer Jason Latshaw and recording artist Al Kapone.

Al Kapone, one of the originators of the Memphis underground rap explosion and known as a pioneer of the Dirty South Crunk/Buck style of Hip-Hop, has been mixing at Ardent Studios with engineer Jason Latshaw. Kapone, who is a 2006 Critic's Choice Award-winner, previously mixed material at Ardent for the hit film "Hustle and Flow." For his new album, with the working title "What About the Music?", Kapone has been experimenting with a number of different styles, including Rock, Soul, and R&B. Kapone revealed during sessions at Ardent that he's interested in incorporating the music of Memphis in its earlier days into the album, referring to Stax artists and the unforgettable soul music that came out of the 50's and 60's. His vision includes a new sound that utilizes the legacy of Elvis, B.B. King, Al Green and Isaac Hayes with the crunk energy of the Memphis rap scene developed by Three-6 Mafia, 8Ball & MJG, Yo Gotti, and Project Pat. The album is expected for Fall release.

Emmy Nomination For Mutato Muzika Scoring Team

Pictured at Mark Mothersbaugh's Mutato Muzika recording studios in Hollywood Emmy®-nominated composers (clockwise from lower Left) Mark Mothersbaugh, Albert Fox, John Enroth, and Silas Hite. Photo by David Goggin.

The Mutato Muzika scoring team has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for their work on "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!", the #1 show on Kids WB!. The nominees for children's programming were announced February 7 at the Kidscreen Summit in NYC. The winners are to be honored during the Daytime Emmy Award Ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on June 15. "Creating great music for children has been one of my primary goals since I began composing for film and television," remarked Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of DEVO and composer for such television shows as Rugrats and Pee Wee's Playhouse, and films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. "It's very cool to be nominated for all the hard work that Albert, John, Silas and myself have put into this show."

"Sid 'n' Susie" Begin Second Album

Pictured in the Lolina Green studio are Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles and Matthew Sweet with a new Telefunken | USA Ela M 251F condenser tube microphone. Photo by David Goggin.

Susanna Hoffs is famed as lead singer, rhythm guitarist and founding member of The Bangles. Sidney Matthew Sweet has been a mainstay of the pop scene since his smash 1991 debut, "Girlfriend." The two are longtime fans of each others work, performing guest vocals at each others concerts over the years, and collaborating with comedian Mike Myers as members of Austin Powers on-screen band Ming Tea in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Austin Powers in Goldmember.The duo have purchased a pair of Telefunken | USA Ela M 251F microphone systems. "I helped Susanna set up a ProTools studio of her own like mine," explains Sweet. "For our second album together, we are going back and forth, so it's genius for us to have the 251 in both studios." As "Sid 'n' Susie," Sweet and Hoffs explored the classic era of 60s pop music on their 2006 debut collaboration "Under The Covers." The intricate yet intimate sound of the record reveals the ease of the sessions. Recorded entirely at Sweets home facility, Lolina Green, the album features "The Warmth Of The Sun" by The Beach Boys, Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Pete Townsend's "The Kids Are Alright," John Phillips "Monday, Monday," and The Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing." Their second album for Shout! Factory will explore the pop music of the 70s.

TRUE New World Symphony

On February 27th arguably the most well-known classical musician in modern history joined the New World Symphony at the Carnival Center's Knight Concert Hall in Miami, Florida to perform works by the Russian composer Shostakovich. To thunderous applause, cellist Yo-Yo Ma graced the newly-renovated stage under the leadership of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. NWS serves as an academy that smoothly bridges the gap between a student's masters degree and his or her gainful employment in a professional orchestra. They also make peerless archival recordings and select from the best of them for an annual CD release. The New World Symphony also supports the very best aspiring recording engineers, and Audio Engineering Recording Fellow Gene Gerhiser was on hand the night of the Yo-Yo Ma concert to capture the performance on Pro Tools. As part of his responsibilities, Gerhiser is testing new gear with an eye toward outfitting the program's new $200 million building with top-flight recording equipment. On that night, he was testing the eight-channel TRUE Systems Precision 8 mic preamp. Gerhiser recorded the concert with two Schoeps MK4 capsules on CMC6 bodies configured in an ORTF configuration about eight feet in front and ten feet above the orchestra. He supplemented those with two Schoeps omnis about fifteen feet from the middle on either side and a pair of Neumann 140s as an XY pair on the woodwinds. All six microphones went through the Precision 8, which has a flat frequency response that extends from an amazing 1.5Hz to an incredible 500kHz.TRUE Systems can be reached at (520) 721-2735.

90 Years of Ella!

2007 stamp honoring Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz Singer and “First Lady of Song” is part of the Black Heritage month.

My Name Is Buddy As as a Slide-Guitarist Ry Cooder played in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and has also accompanied such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker and many others. Cooder has composed soundtracks for more than twenty films, among them Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas", and "The End of Violence." On his new album, My Name Is Buddy he has written short stories as back-story to each song accompanied by evocative illustrations from noted San Antonio-based painter and muralist Vincent Valdez, all of which are included in a specially designed package.

A Dream For Justice
Remembering The First Genocides of 20th and 21st Centuries

Genocide Memorials-- fire of Tsitsernakabert, Yervan, SOAD concert for human rights, Montebello, Girl in Little Armenia in Hollywood

This month while humans around the world celebrate Earth Day (4.22), some 50,000 Americans of Armenian descent took the streets of Hollywood on 4.24 protesting crimes against humanity --the first genocide of the 20th century in Turkey and now the first genocide of the 21st century in Darfur. Screamers (see the trailer) is a stirring documentary that chronicles the efforts of the heavy-metal, Grammy Award-winning band System of a Down, while on international tour, to raise awareness of genocide. The band members also come to the stark realization that if the perpetrators of this genocide over 90 years ago had been made accountable for their crimes against humanity, perhaps future genocides could have been avoided. They estimate 1.5 million Armenians died as a consequence of genocide in Turkey, 2 million died in Cambodia; 200,000 in Bosnia; 800,000 in Rwanda; 400,000, and counting, in Darfur. The film mentions the ominous quote: "After all, who remembers today the extermination of the Armenians?" The speaker is Adolf Hitler. The line was uttered in 1939. The reference was likely to the coming Holocaust of 6 million Jews as well as scores more people whom Hitler didn't see as fitting into his idea of Utopia. At a recent screening 92-year old director of "Germany & The Secret Genocide" says: "What happens to one of us happens to all of us."
In the end, the truth, like a good song, always wins.


Farewell Slava

L- Mstislav Rostropovich gave an impromptu concert at Checkpoint Charlie after the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989.

In Friday’s (4/27) New York Times, Allan Kozinn reports: “Mstislav Rostropovich, a cellist and conductor who was renowned not only as one of the great instrumentalists of the 20th century, but also as an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in Russia during the final decades of the Cold War, died.” He was 80. As a cellist, Mr. Rostropovich played a vast repertory that included works written for him by some of the greatest composers of the 20th century who knew him as their personal friends,” including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten. In 1991 Maestro Rostropovich and his wife founded The Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation (VRF) to improve the deplorable state of children's health care in Russia and other Newly Independent States formerly part of the Soviet Union
. Mr. Rostropovich, who was widely known by his diminutive, Slava (which means glory in Russian), was also an accomplished pianist. He was often the accompanist at recitals by his wife, the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, whom he married in 1955 and who survives him, as do two daughters, Olga and Elena.

For Seals on the beach and bathers at Norooz (New Years) in Iran -- Spring is in the air.
Until next month, come together!

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