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Amber Rubarth
New Green Lines

Amber Rubarth is a fine and fearless storyteller and musician with a soft but strong voice that beautifully expresses the many shades of human vulnerability. She shares her everyday experiences in a poetic and dreamy performances that has drawn attention from fans, critics and industry alike. See if you can't see her color #2 in Drop of Paint (even with a toe-tapping country twang), feel her scar In the Creases or know what you do when you're 23 and how an ordinary Washing Day becomes such extraordinary experience.

Marvin Etzioni (Counting Crows, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lili Haydn) produced two tracks on New Green Lines and Etzioni & Rubarth wrote the brilliant track, Show Your Weakness which beautifully showcases Amber's voice.

New Green Lines, the follow-up to her 2005 debut, Something New can be listened to like a musical life sketchbook. Aoustic folk influences are present with her sometimes quirky, jazzy, always charming vocals and piano plunks. Add to this sliding electric guitars, violin and few other surprises and you get a warm and welcoming album like entering into a good friend's home. Rubarth's ability to write quiet hopes and secret longings every person feels is there on each track. "I walked into a little coffee shop by the river in reno with two of my friends and a guitar ~ after missing sign ups for an open mic. We didn't want to go home yet, so we walked down the street to another coffeeshop and set up in a corner and started singing; ... the next day we got a call from the manager asking how much we needed to come back every week and so ...we secured our first residency, yeah... preeetttttty cool," says Rubarth. We have a feeling there will be many requests for her to come back and play.

My Morning Jacket
Evil Urges
ATO Records

There’s a theme of moral confusion that runs through the whole record,” says Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, explaining the title of the band’s new album, Evil Urges.
Watch Morning Jacket Interview at Avatar here where other sessions included: Goo Goo Dolls with producers Gregg Wattenberg and John Rzeznick. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2" is a whirling dervish of a sonic freak-out. But things aren't all new and weird on Evil Urges. My Morning Jacket can still crank out a polished piece of anthemic, sing-a-long rock when the Kentucky-bred band wants to, as it does with "I'm Amazed." James produced the album with Joe Chicarelli (Brian Wilson and the White Stripes) at Avatar Studios or hear it at Myspace.


Gary Allegretto
Many Shades of Blue
Big Fiore Records

Harmonica embassador and educator, Gary Allegretto's Many Shades of Blue is just what the title suggests: rockin', swampy and greasy FUN. It Debuted at #11 in June of this year on Living Blues Radio Charts. The album is co-produced and engineered by Lenise Bent (Janiva Magness, The Band, Steely Dan) and mastered by Grammy Award winning Gavin Lurssen (John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, Allison Krauss/Robert Plant) and features prominent artists including Ivan Neville, Janiva Magness, John Cephas & Doug Macleod."Gary is a gifted songsmith with a wry sense of humor. Plus he is known for working only with the best backup musicians," says Bent. This traveling Bluesman has worn many hats...LA city firefighter, ‘bouncer” in rough honky-tonks and Blues bars, cowboy, beach lifeguard, to name a few! His music muscle, however, comes from an old soul like you would expect from...well, a bluesman!

You can find his songs on the soundtrack of the national PBS television program "Roadtrip Nation". Gary was recently filmed and interviewed for the harmonica documentary film "Pocket Full Of Soul" www.pocketfullofsoulmovie.com
Gary will perform this summer at The Riverfront Blues Festival August 8–10, 2008. In addition to his main stage performance, Gary will be providing harmonica workshops throughout the day on Saturday for all Blues fans (kids & adults), ages 5 and up. Harmonicas will be available at the festival. Gary is a long time supporter of Harmonikids, his own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that spreads the therapeutic healing power and joy of music by giving harmonicas and lessons to special needs children worldwide. In Gary's words: "The power of introducing the world of playing music to children is always extraordinary." Catch Gary's East Coast CD release party August 8th at the Riverfront Blues Festival.



Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson) just completed producing and mixing MEESE's highly anticipated debut album for Atlantic due for release this fall. Meese may have started out as a local indie pop-rock band from Denver, but the group's upcoming national release will show off the act's passion for fusing electronic and rock music together. Brother's Nate and Patrick Meese form the core of the newly signed band. "We also did a lot of shameless, self-promotion," explained Meese. "We were always getting the word out about the band and we have a very strong on-line presence. There were some shows in Denver where I'd personally hang up 200 flyers. For a band, name recognition is important. In Denver, bands help other bands out. Being part of the scene is extremely important." Guitars and vocals were tracked in Beaven's Los Angeles studio, while the drums and piano were recorded at 606, the Foo Fighter's studio. Beaven also mixed TIGER LOU's forthcoming album and is currently executive producing an additively infectious remix of DOUBLE 0 ZERO's "The Hi Hi's" with Ben Rosen.



The Dark Knight
Warner Bros.

Last weekend, "The Dark Knight" rewrote the box-office record books as audiences flocked to see late actor Heath Ledger in his last completed film role. The film raked in 158.4 million dollars, crushing the previous North American box-office opening record of $158.4 million million held by "Spider-Man 3."
Warner Bros. Records will release four different physical configurations of The Dark Knight soundtrack: a jewel case CD, a 2 LP set of heavyweight 180 gram vinyl , a special edition digipack, and a collector’s edition with special artwork to come after release - all available at TheDarkKnightScore.com. With glowing reviews the film is a possible contender in the Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay categories, and it will surely be considered a front-runner for technical prizes. But its greatest Oscar hope has to be Heath Ledger, who'll likely become the seventh-ever posthumous acting nominee for his mesmerizing performance as the Joker. Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment following an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in January (08).
Before he died, Brokeback’ mountain star reportedly signed up as a silent investor in a Brooklyn drinking establishment called Five Leaves. Ledger's father Kim, who is executor of the late actor's estate, has reportedly decided to honor his son's wishes and continue backing the bar.

Composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, who collaborated on the score for the 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins, were asked by director Christopher Nolan to work together again, scoring its follow-up, The Dark Knight.


George Duke
Dukey Treats
Concord Music

Think Sly Stone and Parliament/Funkadelic vibe, only on steroids!
Veteran keyboardist and producer George Duke remembers a time when funk was a powerful force – not just in popular music but in social discourse. A careful balance of rhythmic energy and simmering balladry, Dukey Treats recalls the golden age of funk and soul, while at the same time maintaining a fresh sound and addressing issues that are relevant to the global culture of the 21st century. “I didn’t want to drift too far away from the old school sensibility,” Duke explains. The guest artist list includes bassist Christian McBride, percussionist Sheila E and trumpeter Michael “Patches” Stuart, to name a few. Along with Duke himself, the vocal crew includes Jonathan Butler, Howard Hewett, Teena Marie, Rachelle Ferrell and more. On the more serious side, “Sudan (It’s a Cryin’ Shame)” deals with the human tragedy that continues in Darfur. “Joining me to sing about it is Jonathan Butler and Teena Marie,” says Duke. “The song is not so much a political statement as an awakening to the tragic situation being perpetrated there.” the album was recorded & mixed by Erik Zobler at Le Gonks West in LA.

For the better part of 25 years, Duke has also composed and recorded numerous scores for film and television. In addition to nine years as the musical director for the Soul Train Music Awards, he also wrote music – either individual songs or entire soundtracks – for a number of films, including The Five Heartbeats, Karate Kid III, Leap of Faith, Never Die Alone and Meteor Man.

Spinnerette Masters at Bernie Grundman's
Former Members of The Distillers Record Debut Album

Distinctive singer/songwriter/bandleader Brody Dalle, and guitarist Tony Bevilacqua, were on hand at Bernie Grundmans for the mastering of the debut album from their new group, Spinnerette. Also on the album are drummer Jack Irons, formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and guitarist Alain Johannes, of the band Eleven. The new Spinnerette collection was also produced by and written with Johannes.? Brian Big Bass Gardner mastered the new album




Cullum and Wells On Microphones

Grammy-nominated Greg Wells has produced, written and/or recorded with Mika, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Deftones, Pink, Rufus Wainwright, The Pussycat Dolls, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Hillary Duff, and legendary music figures Aerosmith and Elton John . He produced "'Apologize" by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, which recently became the most played Top 40 hit of the past 20 years within a one week period. In the new album by British artist Jamie Cullum, producer, Wells utilizes a pair of Telefunken Ela M 250E mics (faithful reproductions of the classic microphone originally marketed in 1959).




Green Light to Condos Near Capitol

The Los Angeles Planning Commission officially approved the development project on July 8. The 16-floor condominium and 242-car underground parking garage will begin construction next door to the landmark Capitol Records tower. However, developer David Jordan
would be barred from using pile drivers at his Yucca Street project and prohibited from conducting excavation or ground-level construction within 40 feet of Capitol's property line after 10 a.m. on days that recording studios are in use under the vote by the council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee. In addition, a thick neoprene foam liner would have to be installed around excavation done for Jordan's planned 242-car underground garage to help shield Capitol's signature echo chambers from vibration and noise, according to 28 last-minute "mitigation measures" adopted by the committee.

According to 19 Grammy winner mixer/engineer Al Schmitt,
the builders have agreed to be really quiet and work with Capitol.
When the Planning Commission signed off on the project, Capitol Records' parent company, EMI, appealed to the City Council to overturn the approval. Musicians, producers, and sound engineers warn that the project would produce noise and vibrations that will make quality sound recording impossible at famed Capitol Studios .
At risk were Capitol's unique echo chambers: The eight chambers are built 30 feet underground and are about 18 feet from where pile-driving and excavation work would be done for the condominium project. Designed as trapezoidal rooms by recording artist and sound expert Les Paul, they have 10-inch-thick concrete walls and foot-thick concrete ceilings. With speakers on one side and microphones on the other, they can provide reverberation lasting up to five seconds. Sound engineers "use them like an artist's palette," as one Capitol worker put it. "There is nothing like these echo chambers anywhere. Nobody can replicate them," Al Schmitt (Elvis Presley, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Madonna) said. Capitol's Studio A and Studio B can be combined into a single room with space for 75 musicians. That allows the recording of movie soundtracks and orchestral music. Studio workers said such items as Frank Sinatra's chair and favorite microphone are still in use in Studio A. So is Nelson Riddle's wooden conductor's stand and Nat King Cole's piano. Designed by architect Welton Becket, the 150-foot-tall Capitol Records tower opened in 1956.
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At Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood are (L-R) guitarist Tony Bevilacqua, singer/songwriter Brody Dalle,
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Niko Bolas On Monitoring

Producer and engineer Niko Bolas' (Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge, My Morning Jacket) down-to-earth sensibilities, seemingly magical recording and mixing techniques, and ability to create truly inspired performances have earned him the friendship and respect of the music industry's biggest luminaries. He has delivered chart-topping records for everyone from Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge, and Keith Richards to Herb Alpert, X, and P. Daddy. A rare and blessed blend of intuition and scientific know-how, Bolas also heads a forward-thinking Internet radio venture - iM Networks - and has long trailblazed new virtual reality technology with a project called Fakespace Music displayed in The Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA. Bolas has recently made a semi-permanent home at John McBride's now-famous Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

Niko expects as much from his equipment as he does from himself and has long expressed displeasure in what he perceives as the terrible shortcomings of reference monitor technology. A mix that sounded good on one set of speakers invariably sounded terrible somewhere else; a situation that most engineers simply assume is unavoidable. However, Bolas was recently introduced to ATC Loudspeakers (UK) and has changed his tune. The unforgiving, unflattering, and ultimately truthful output from either his ATC SCM20ASL pair or SCM50ASL pair guarantees that when it sounds good on the ATCs, it will sound fantastic everywhere else.

"For me, monitors aren't something you listen to because you dig listening to music," Bolas explained. "They're something you work on, and you have to know what's actually there. It's a different kind of brain when you're mixing. Sure, if you want to hit the loudness button, grab a cocktail, tip your chair back and listen to some Miles, fine. But if you want to figure out how loud his horn is going to be against the drums EVERYWHERE, then you have to have something that's telling you the facts.

"I had tried every monitor that I had ever come across," he continued. "I hated them all. They're not real. They all have a deceptive personality. I listen to what sounded like a good mix somewhere else and didn't like it. I don't need my monitors to make me feel happy when I'm mixing - I need them to tell the truth so that I can feel happy about the mix when it's all said and done!"

On a whim, Bolas borrowed a pair of ATC SCM50ASLs from Brad Lunde at Las Vegas Pro Audio to record Los Lonely Boys in Texas. "I tried them in every configuration, far away, up close, sideways... and I ultimately ended up using them just the way the book says. I loved them, and so did the producer, Steve Jordan." Niko loved the speakers so much he bought them.

A short while later, he was retouching a live studio recording of Lorrie Morgan with a forty-piece orchestra and had the opportunity to monitor on George Massenburg's very portable ATC SCM20ASLs. "As with the 50s, all of a sudden I could hear everything. They made sense to me." So he bought the SCM20ASLs too. Like the SCM50ASLs, the 20s have their own perfectly matched amplifiers so that no matter where Bolas takes them, he gets the same consistent sound.

At long last and with great satisfaction, Bolas retired his ancient NS-10s and Big Reds. "The ATCs are utterly truthful and are absolutely NOT flattering," he explained. "If it's not perfect, a mix sounds really bad on the ATCs. But when you get it sounding good on the ATCs, it sounds great everywhere else. Sure, they're expensive as hell, but they're worth every penny."

Bolas has since used them on every single project he's worked on, including Neil Young, Jack Ingram, The Atma, Randy Rogers, and J. D. Souther.

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Wombats at Popscene
With GML mic pres

Capturing "The Wombats" first show at San Francisco's Popscene club (l-r) Steve Jarvis, recording engineer;
Sep V, co-owner of the Wombat's US label, Bright Antennae Entertainment and owner of FM Recorders; Erik Tharalsen,
FM Recorders intern; Josh Bluth, head of production for 330 Ritch/Popscene and Mike Walti, FM Recorders first engineer.

With their star already at a dizzying height above the famous harbor of their hometown of Liverpool and rising ever higher, The Wombats have earned respect and well-deserved hype for their debut album and EP. Indeed, Sir Paul McCartney (um, The Beatles) holds aspirations of producing them! With their next release poised to rocket the trio to the top of the charts, it's little wonder why Sep V, co-owner of the band's US label, Bright Antenna Entertainment, thought it would be a good idea to capture The Wombats first show at San Francisco's now-legendary Popscene club with fidelity worthy of a future release.

"Seeing a great show at Popscene is an awesome experience that's a little hard to describe," offered Sep V. "It's what I imagine it would have felt like to be in Seattle at a Sound Garden or Nirvana show - like there's a movement happening. The lights go down, the music kicks up, and the kids start going nuts and pogo-ing all over the place. So I felt like this would be a monumental show for The Wombats, and I wanted to capture that raw energy."

Sep V contacted Stephen Jarvis, whose ultra high-end remote recording equipment has been making better-than-studio quality recordings throughout the Bay Area and abroad since 1987. Jarvis got his start as a studio engineer in the early 1970s and slowly grew a collection of peerless gear.
He bought his first bank of George Massenburg Labs (GML) mic pres as the sun set on the 1970s and "never looked back." His current inventory boasts 48 channels of GML 8300 pres, an equal complement of Genex converters, and a road-ready Pro Tools HD rig.

Sep V entrusted Mike Walti, chief engineer at Bright Antenna's sister studio, FM Recorders, to execute the recording. Walti mic'd the drum kit with a Shure SM 91 and an Audix D6 on bass, two 57s on snare, Sennheiser e 604s on toms, and AKG C 451s for hi-hats and overheads. The band's deliberately dirty collection of old Fender amps received Blue Ball mics, as did the bass cabinet. Walti used a Shure Beta 56A on one keyboard amp and DI'd the other two. Finally, the three musicians sang into Shure 58A, 57A, and 56A mics, with the first number of the night sung a cappella into lead singer Matthew Murphy's 58.

All of the mic signals passed through Jarvis' GML 8300 pres before hitting the Genex converters and the Pro Tools rig. "The GML pres have the fastest transient response of any pre I know of," remarked Jarvis. "They convey clarity, punch, and fullness with musicality. I also love them for remotes because the gain is set in 5dB steps. So you don't over-think it. You set your levels and forget about it. Let your brain worry about issues that are, in reality, of greater consequence than a few dBs here or there!" In all the decades that Jarvis has had dozens of GML mic pres on hand, he has never once had one fail.

"The recording went down so easily - almost too easily," said Walti. "I was especially impressed by those things that normally sound harsh in Pro Tools, like overheads. They were smooth and pleasant. The kick was nice and fat, and the vocals have the sort of clarity and presence that will sit nicely in just about any mix."

Although Sep V was deliberately vague about the future release of the recording, he wasn't vague about his pleasure with the way it turned out.
"For reasons that I haven't figured out," he says, "the industry seems to have moved away from high fidelity. I guess they suppose there's some kind of trade-off between worrying too much about the technical side of things and letting the music happen authentically. But I don't think that's right.
I think that for the music to be portrayed correctly - especially of a band as obviously talented as The Wombats - you have to capture the reality of what they're doing. That's what I love about the GML pres and Jarvis' rig:
you come away with a recording that you can take to the bank."

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Soundfield At Vision Festival
Avant-garde jazz enthusiasts packed the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan

For six hot days in June, hundreds of avant-garde jazz enthusiasts packed the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan for the 13th annual Vision Festival. All of the best and brightest avant-garde jazz musicians and groups performed to the eager throng, and Stefan Heger, audio renaissance man and chief engineer at Cologne's Supow Studio, was on hand to record it all in full surround sound.
He relied on just one microphone for the surround signal, a SoundField MKV, which possesses the unique ability to capture spatial information with a proprietary signal. The spatial characteristics of the surround sound can then be altered during mixdown, in contrast to conventional microphone techniques, which permanently imprint their spatial information at the time of recording.

Having the ability to make changes after the fact was a huge advantage for Heger at Vision Festival. With five acts performing every night - thirty in all - some with just a few members, and some crowding the stage to an uncomfortable degree, it was impossible to find just one mic setup that would properly captures every act. On top of that, the avant-garde musicians had no compunction against switching their locations on stage or adding a member - or forty! - at the last minute, rendering any careful mic placement Heger decided on during rehearsal useless.

In the six previous years that Heger has recorded Vision Festival, he has tried all manner of microphone techniques to properly capture each act. However, the fixed nature of all conventional microphone inevitably would leave some acts sounding too small and some too large and most imperfect in other ways as well. With its specialized preamp, the SoundField MKV system delivers four channels of information about sound arriving at the multi-capsule microphone: its front-back location (X), its side-side location (Y), its vertical location (Z), and its absolute reference pressure (W).

Using SoundField's Surround Zone software with the four channels of information during mixdown allowed Heger to change every aspect of the imaging. If the musicians were "lopsided" on the stage, Heger could re-center the stereo image. He could change the virtual location of the microphone to emphasize certain instruments. He could change the width of the stereo or surround field to accommodate more or fewer musicians. For this year's Vision Festival, Heger flew the SoundField MKV above the stage a reasonable distance back. No adjustments at the time of recording were necessary.

"The ability to change the mic position during mixdown has many advantages,"
said Heger. "I can bring things closer to the listener without losing fidelity or introducing odd spatial artifacts. And the sound of the microphone, apart from its spatial ability, is clear, deep, open and wonderfully transparent. There's no coloration. During the performances, Heger usually monitored with a Dangerous D-Box using the preamp's stereo output and printed the four channels of information to his computer using an Apogee AD16x converter. The fact that the SoundField system required no adjustment during the recording allowed him to focus on the sound and placement of numerous spot mics.

William Parker and a handful of 'top-of-the-genre' musicians closed out the festival with a forty-members youth choir crowding the stage! "If I had been using anything other than the SoundField, it would have been a disaster,"
said Heger. "I wouldn't have been able to adjust the mics at the last minute and the pickup would have been totally inappropriate. But with the SoundField, it was no problem."

The many hours of recordings will have many fates. Apart from an archive of the event, the Vision Festival organizers have often put out compilations of the event on DVD with surround sound, which is likely to happen this year as well. In addition, individual musicians purchase, mix, and publish their tracks. "With SoundField's four-channel 'B-format' signal, musicians and engineers who have never touched the microphone will become acquainted with what it can do," said Heger. "I give them tracks labeled 'X' 'Y' 'Z' and 'W' and it generates interest. Using the software, they'll come to understand the power of the technique."

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Crickets Meet Chrysler In A True Performance
TRUE Systems Captures The Sound Of "REN"

"REN," a highly creative opera/performance project, is a collaboration between American artist Matthew Barney, composer Jonathan Bepler and Berlin's noted sound engineer Jonathan Teige. During a living performance in an abandoned car dealership south of L.A., Teige used four TRUE Systems Precision 8 mic pres coupled with over twenty-four Microtech Gefell microphones to handle the remote recording needs.

Controversial American artist Matthew Barney and collaborating composer Jonathan Bepler - the team that created the celebrated "Cremaster Cycle" series of art movies - have begun a new project of hugely orchestrated one-time opera/performances set around the world and inspired by Norman Mailer's 1983 novel "Ancient Evenings." The first performance, "REN," took place in mid-May at an abandoned car dealership off the I-5 Interstate south of Los Angeles.
Some 600 spectators witnessed the event, which involved a drum and bugle corps, the complete destruction of a Chrysler Imperial by a twenty-ton excavator, the release of several thousand crickets, and much, much more over the course of two spectacular hours. Together with the composer Jonathan Bepler, Daniel Teige, sound engineer at Bepler's Berlin studio, was charged with the Herculean task of capturing sound for a future video release of the event. In addition to a well-chosen rack of converters and audio cards, Teige and Bepler counted on the bomb-proof reliability and unsurpassed fidelity of four True Systems Precision 8 mic pres coupled with over two dozen Microtech Gefell microphones strategically located throughout the event space.

As is the case with any of Barney's and Bepler's works, "REN" is difficult to succinctly describe, though an attempt might be: a melding of ancient Egyptian mythology and symbolism with 21st Century themes and ephemera. The wrecked 1967 Chrysler Imperial used in "Cremaster 3" sat in the parking lot of the abandoned dealership, which was decked out with believable salesman, eighty new Chryslers, and other nuances so as to look fully operational. The performance began with an approach from all directions by squads of a fifty piece drum and bugle corps, who gathered throughout the huge site to play a vast, surround-sound introduction. After a rousing, post-modern fanfare on the roof, the Imperial was dragged by forty-five laborers into the showroom to compete with a 1979 Pontiac TransAm whose mega sound system played groaning sub-tones. An all-female mariachi band led by the great Mexican singer Lila Downs, and the salesmen (assembled as a "choir") provided the musical accompaniment as an amazing stockpile of 11,000 crickets emerged from the twenty-ton excavator that eventually shredded the Imperial. Through all of this, the audience moved from seats to the showroom. The music came from all over the lot. From Teige's perspective, it was tremendously challenging to capture sound, given the event's radical dynamic range and spatial extent.

Although Barney and Bepler had been working on REN for well over a year, Teige only began his preparations seven months prior to the event. As the date approached, he readied the studio's awesome collection of Microtech Gefell microphones, making sure that each one was performing perfectly. Even though there would be over two dozen microphones, he needed only a scant four-rack space of mic pres in the form of four TRUE Systems Precision 8s.
From the Precision 8s, signal would flow to an Apogee AD-16x converter and two Apogee Rosetta 800s, all of which were clocked to a bank of Pro Tools HD cards in a Magma chassis by an Apogee Big Ben running at 96kHz.

Nevertheless, there was only so much that he could do from Germany! Teige arrived at the abandoned lot two weeks prior to the performance. "It was a huge amount of work to do in such a small amount of time," he admitted. "It was one of those things where we had so many other things to worry about, we had to trust our hardware completely. The Apogee converters and TRUE Systems mic pres are the sort of thing I never lose sleep over. They always perform perfectly. In this case, we counted on that!"

Although Teige and Bepler concentrated the bulk of their recording gear in the showroom, where most of REN's action took place, they had mics located all over the lot. With over one hundred musicians and actors and a mobile audience, blocking REN was intense. Making sure that every significant utterance or note was captured - let alone captured with stunning clarity - was the sort of thing Teige and Bepler lost sleep over.

From Teige's end, everything went off without a hitch. On a larger view, a few audience members were injured by flying glass! "The sound quality is excellent," he said. However, this came as no surprise as the engineer and the composer had paired TRUE System pres with Microtech Gefell microphones in previous projects "The TRUE Systems Precision 8s and Microtechs are the perfect partners. We've had countless unsolicited praise about the clarity and beauty of the sound on previous projects from people who don't think much about audio. It's that obvious."

"REN" is certainly not the last use that combination will see, either. Barney and Bepler have plans for six more performances of similar magnitude but different content to take place in a mine in Poland, a steel mill in England, a taxi garage in New York City, a building site in Abu Dhabi, a ship-breaking yard in India, and finally (and closest to conventionally!) an opera house in an as-yet undetermined location.

TRUE Systems, Tucson, Arizona designs, engineers and manufactures high-value, high-end professional audio products at reasonable prices for the domestic and international marketplace. Tim Spencer is the principal designer and engineering force behind the company. Tim has been with TRUE Systems since it's inception in 1997. The U.S. built line includes the SOLO series, the P2 Analog and Precision 8 multi-channel mic preamps.

True Systems can be reached via e-mail at sales@true-systems.com or via phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde at More info visit www.transaudiogroup.com

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes Accusound, 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), Sonodore Microphones (Holland), Tonelux,
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Expresso Walk And Talk...

Who's epic concept album 'Quadrophenia has aged well like its two remaining members. Their legacy was young and vibrant at a tribute concert taped in Los Angeles for an upcoming episode of VH1 Rock Honors. Actors, comedians and, most importantly, fellow musicians turned out to pay their respects to one of the defining bands of the twentieth century. David Duchovny and Adam Sandler were on hand to introduce bands and get some television face time. Dressed as Elton John’s pinball star from rock opera Tommy, The Flaming Lips played a medley of the movie’s songs while frontman Wayne Coyne roamed over the audience in a giant bubble. While introducing Pearl Jam, though, actor Sean Penn took a dig at the station holding the event, telling the crowd, “We know that we’re all here tonight because The Who never did sell out." Yes, everyone can see the Pearl Jam- Love Reign O'er Me performance on VH1 site as well as YouTube Fast forward Innovation. In the beginning, the Who was a “Maximum R&B” band, picking songs from the American soul records they loved and playing them with unique volume and intensity. They were part of London’s Mod movement, which required the proper clothes, the proper swagger, and the right collection of Motown 45’s. Nobody embodied the Mod life better than Daltrey, whose sharp hairstyle and cool attitude were something to emulate. From this era comes “Leaving Here,” a song first done by Eddie Holland (of Motown’s immortal Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting team) and sung with proper grit by Daltrey. Note the proto-feminist lyric! But even while the Who were doing soul for the Mod kids, Townshend was reaching for something grander The Who’s more ambitious streak appeared early on, as Townshend pushed himself to write longer multi-part songs with involved storylines. This reached its peak with 1969’s Tommy, the double album that put the term “rock opera” into the vocabulary.

Take a guess which studioepxresso producer is behind the face of Pete (above).

Facebook and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic alliance in which the two companies will collaborate to bring relevant advertising to the more than 9 million registered users of Facebook. The 24-year-old chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg must be thrilled!

Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer was at Hallandale, FL last month at a session co-sponsored by world-leading DSP specialists Waves and GcPro. It was part of Waves on Tour's "Studio Classics Collection Experience," an ongoing series of educational events featuring Kramer and Waves Product Specialists discussing, demonstrating and celebrating Waves' Studio Classics Collection.

Singer Chris de Burgh will stage a concert in Tehran with an Iranian band in late November, the first such concert in the country in nearly 30 years, an Iranian satellite news channel reported on its website. The Irish-born singer will perform with Iranian band Arian."The concert is scheduled to be held in the last week of November at Azadi Indoor Stadium in Tehran which seats 12,000 people," said Majid Roqani, the head of public relations at Taraneh Sharqi Cultural and Artistic Company.The concert will be the first time since the 1979 revolution that an Iranian pop band played alongside a Western singer inside the Islamic Republic. Western pop songs with lyrics are banned by Iran's authorities although state radio sometimes plays instrumental versions. Iranian pop bands say their lyrics and tunes are vetted before they can be officially sold in Iran.Pirated versions of the latest Western albums or songs by underground Iranian groups are available on the black market. Arian and de Burgh recorded a song called "A Light for Eternity." That song was played at the cultural center where De Burgh held a news conference in the Iranian capital in May.

Nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards covering the period of June 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008 were announced by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. As usual, HBO led the field, garnering 85 nominations, with its miniseries "John Adams" leading all programs with 23 nominations. "30 Rock" led all broadcast series with 17 nominations. ABC was second with 76 nominees, followed by CBS with 51, NBC with 50, Fox Broadcasting with 28, Showtime with 21 and AMC with 20. DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE 2008 NOMINATIONS LIST HERE

Guitar Center held its latest Guitar Center Sessions event with legendary songwriter/guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. The free event took place Thursday, July 10th, at Guitar Center's Hollywood store, located at 7425 Sunset Blvd., from 6:00-9:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Marshall Amplification, the over-capacity event showcased an intimate discussion, plus live performances, with one of metal's most legendary icons. Since forming Megadeth in 1983, Dave Mustaine has gone 20 times platinum, has received seven GRAMMY nominations, and has influenced and inspired a generation of guitarists and fans alike.

Korg Celebrates 20 Years and You Save! 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the famous Korg M1 Music Workstation. Summer Offer: From July 1 through August 30, 2008, customers who purchase any new M3 Music Workstation (M361, M373, M388 or M3M) from an authorized Korg USA dealer, can receive a free EXB-RADIAS expansion option (a $350 value). The EXB-RADIAS is a 24-voice analog modeling and digital synthesis engine that also includes Korg's exclusive formant-recording vocoder. visit www.korg.com/promo

BiCoastal Studios in Ossining, NY, has been on a roll lately, employing Aviom Personal Mixers for recent recording sessions with some of the music industry’s brightest stars, including the Yellowjackets Jazz Quartet, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, and progressive rocker Danny Brill. "We installed the Aviom Personal Mixers in 2003 at the suggestion of the studio's designer, Russ Berger," Hal Winer, owner of BiCoastal, says whose clients include: Phil Ramone, Neil Dorfsman, Bjork, Omar Hakim, Tony Levin, Antigone Rising, New York Philharmonic Chamber Group and Mick Guzauski (photo: Michael Sciotto Records at BiCoastal with Aviom)

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Start Me Up?
The Stones topped Forbes' rich list for music acts last year, earning some $88 million between June 2006 and June 2007, mostly from their "Bigger Bang Tour." The British rock band announced they signed a long-term exclusive contract with Vivendi's Universal Music, after 20 years with the British EMI label during a show on April 2. Though the terms were not disclosed, Universal officially annouced the new deal last Friday and said it covered both future albums by the Stones and their back catalog, including albums such as "Sticky Fingers" and "Black and Blue" and the songs "Brown Sugar" and "Start Me Up." Universal will now release all new recordings by the group through its Polydor label and take over full digital and physical rights. It added that it will "begin planning an unprecedented, long-term campaign to reposition the Rolling Stones' entire catalog for the digital age." Terra Firma Capital Partners, the private equity firm that bought the London-based EMI last year and its new boss Guy Hands failed to re-sign British band Radiohead and other major artists, including Coldplay and Robbie Williams. EMI, whose artists also include the Beastie Boys, Norah Jones and Kylie Minogue, earlier this year announced plans to cut more than a third of its work force in a restructuring aimed at offsetting the impact of falling revenue from CD sales and the departure of several of its major artists, including Paul McCartney. What's your take? Did Guy Hands paid too much for EMI or is Universal just playing poker?

Oming Through Lynch Foundation Transcendental Meditation is not new, but introducing it in schools is what has become one man's passion. Over the last four decades, David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive) has created some of the widely discussed screen works of our time. In his book, Catching the Big Fish, Lynch writes candidly about the tremendous creative benefits he has gained from his thirty-two-year commitment to practicing Transcendental Meditation. David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace offers a program that any student from the age of 10 years and upwards can practice a few minutes twice a day—“Quiet Time”, a technique that promotes more dynamism in activity and yet prevents the accumulation of stress that wreaks havoc on health. This is a key to better health. In the past year, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for thousands of students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate. The Foundation also provides funds for independent research institutions to assess the effects of the program on creativity, intelligence, brain functioning, academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Accoridng to William Stixrud, Ph.D., a prominent clinical neuropsychologist in Silver Spring, Maryland, who specializes in work with children and adolescents and who has studied and lectured frequently on the effects of stress on developing brain, Stixrud says educators have long known that the optimal mind/body state of a student is one of relaxed alertness. The question has been, how does the student get there? The answer, Dr. Stixrud says, is the Transcendental Meditation program. For more on Transcendental Meditation visit http://www.mum.edu/
performed at the red carpet David Lynch Foundation benefit on July 16 at the Key Club on Sunset Blvd. Femme fatal frontwoman, Juliette Beavan, has recently been recruited as a celebrity model for the sexy red-carpet line, Stop Staring!
Producer Sean Beavan just completed producing and mixing MEESE's highly anticipated debut album for Atlantic. He also mixed TIGER LOU's forthcoming album and is currently executive producing an additively infectious remix of DOUBLE 0 ZERO's "The Hi Hi's" with Ben Rosen

Doug Rogers, founder and producer of EASTWEST (soundsonline.com), has announced Justin Ray Miller as the winner of the virtual instrument company’s “Score This Movie” contest. For his winning composition, “The Polish Prescription for the People (Ending is Beginning),” Miller will receive all seven EASTWEST PLAY products. In January 2006, EASTWEST purchased the legendary Cello (formally United-Western) Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, re-naming it EASTWEST Studios. The 21,000 sq. ft. facility, remodeled by master designer Philipe Starck, houses five recording studios and is the world headquarters for EASTWEST

"Color Your Sound" with Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer), will be held 7:00 pm, Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at RSPE Audio Solutions, 4130 Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 210, Universal City, Calif. Puig will demonstrate these critically-acclaimed new plug-ins and share his insider's view of the hitmaking process. He will discuss how to turn a computer into a rack of vintage gear, maximize studio techniques and transform tracks into radio-friendly mixes. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please feel free to RSVP and reserve a ticket at www.waves.com

Reported by Wall Street Journal in early July, a new game called Guitar Hero: Aerosmith went on sale, the latest installment in the hot-selling Activision Inc. franchise and the first to let players jam along with music centered on a single act. A version of Guitar Hero featuring the metal band Metallica is due out within the next year, and Activision is in serious discussions with Van Halen about showcasing that band in Guitar Hero as well, people familiar with the matter say. Last year, Guitar Hero was the top-selling videogame franchise in dollar terms in the U.S., with $820 million in sales -- a record for a single game property, according to industry tracker NPD Group Inc. More than 10.8 million copies of Guitar Hero were sold last year, while a new entrant in the music-games category, Rock Band, sold more than 1.1 million copies, according to NPD. Led Zeppelin's thundering riffs are among the most sought after by music game makers, but the group's guitarist, Jimmy Page, and his bandmates have repeatedly turned down offers from both Activision and MTV, says Peter Mensch, a partner at Q Prime Management, which manages Mr. Page, along with Metallica and other acts. The sticking point: The band isn't comfortable with the prospect of granting outsiders access to its master tapes, a necessary step in creating the games. "It ain't about the money," Mr. Mensch says. Aerosmith's Joe Perry says this is an outlet for income for artists, like albums used to be. Irving Azoff, whose Front Line Management manages Aerosmith and other major artists, says videogame deals can be "much more lucrative than anything you can do in the record business." Industry executives say bands can receive millions of dollars up front, plus a generous royalty on sales. A person close to Aerosmith says the band expects to make more money from the game title than it has from any of its dozen-plus studio albums. Plus Market Watch says they're introducing the icons to a new generation. Sales of Aerosmith's "Same Old Song and Dance" shot up 130% in the week following the release of Guitar Hero 3, which included the track, Activision says. Who's next?!

According to Music4Games.Net composer Steve Jablonsky (Transformers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is scoring the music for Gears of War 2, the forthcoming blockbuster sequel third person shooter developed by Epic Games.

Chronicle photo by Mike Kepka
Rick Mueller, formerly president of San Francisco, has been elevated to the new position of president of California for LiveNation. In his new role, Mueller will relocate to Live Nation’s Los Angeles headquarters where he will oversee all operations in California, which includes more than 2,000 annual concerts and 15 owned or operated venues. Additionally, Mueller will oversee Live Nation’s entire booking and marketing team in California, including Matt Prieshoff, Rich Best, Jodi Goodman, Emily Simonitsch, Michael Bailey, Greg Siegel, Robin Alexander, Brad Locker and Creighton Burke.
Lee Smith, who helped mentor Mueller, will continue to serve as chairman of Live Nation San Francisco.

Sony BMG will relocate to the signature Beverly Hills building that once housed CAA

Sony-BMG signed a ten-year lease for the building that formerly served as the headquarters for the Creative Artists Agency (now Michael Ovitz is their landlord). Designed by I.M. Pei and built in 1989 for a cool $25 million. Unique features of the building include a lobby that takes up almost the entire first floor with a painting by Roy Lichtenstein . The challenging real estate market made the building a tough sell. According to Variety, Sony-BMG's deal will cost them approximately $4 per square foot and cover the annual operating expenses for the building, to the tune of $700,000 and $900,000 per year. Sony-BMG staffers are expected to take residency in the 65,000-square-foot space by January of 2009.

Tom AFTRA (YES vote) VS Jack vs SAG (NO vote)
AFTRA Accepts Deal
On Wednesday SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg issued a decidedly chilly reaction to the deal announcement -- sans any congratulations to its sister union AFTRA -- after complaining the day before that SAG had been left out of the loop during the last week of AFTRA's negotiations. The DGA, IATSE and Assn. of Talent Agents, on the other hand, issued statements praising AFTRA's deal. The toxic relations between SAG and AFTRA add a volatile element to the mix. AFTRA president Roberta Reardon was particularly pleased that the pact retains actors' consent over online use of clips. "The clips discussion took up an enormous amount of time," she added. "That's partly because the unions had not anticipated the companies pushing the issue and partly because no business model currently exists. It's a real win for us."

The three-year agreement received support well below the usual level in such tallies, following a month of unprecedented battling between the unions. Despite the Screen Actors Guild's avid campaign, the 70,000-member AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) have ratified the union's primetime deal by 62.4% However, 120,000 member The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) president Alan Rosenberg attempted to portray the 37.6% "no" vote as a moral victory after SAG spent a month urging its 44,000 members who also belong to AFTRA to turn down the deal so that SAG could negotiate better terms. "We will continue to address the issues of importance to actors that AFTRA left on the table and we remain committed to achieving a fair contract for SAG actors," he added.

At the center: Residuals, the extra payments that actors get from reruns and a more permanent structure for New Media --Webisodes, podcasts, Vcast, VoD (video on demand), XBox 360, 3G (3rd Generation cellular network), Blu-ray etc all based on real information about the true economics of the business.

SAG currently dominates prime time and feature films, the rival union is poised to eventually capture a number of new prime-time dramas and sitcoms, thanks in some part to friendlier relations with the studios. AFTRA currently covers nine prime-time shows, including the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the new CBS series "Project Gary." The federation represented 22 prime-time pilots produced this year and all the actors in them, up from 16 last year. By comparison, SAG represented 33 produced pilots. Each guild claims jurisdiction over digital, setting the stage for conflict, especially in cable TV, in which AFTRA has made significant inroads. In the last four years, for example, AFTRA's share of scripted dramatic basic cable shows has grown to 55% from 15% as the union signed deals with producers of such shows as "Army Wives" on Lifetime and FX's "Dirt." During the same period, SAG says its share has shrunk to 45% from 85%. "Analyzing the question as a zero-sum contest between two unions is ridiculous," said Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, AFTRA's executive director.

AFTRA's tentative contract includes pay hikes for actors and is modeled on similar pacts negotiated by writers and directors. But SAG leaders say it doesn't address their bargaining goals, such as increasing the residuals that actors earn from DVD sales, giving them a say in how products are pitched in TV programs and ensuring that all shows created for the Web are covered under the union's contracts.

Speaking of residuals... music producers or musicians must be familiar with some label contracts that may be somewhat dated given today's internet based earnings. So, review that contrat sitting on your desk or worst filed away on your desktop or in the ol' drawer.

Tattoo: A Playlist For Generation Y

Tattooing has been a Eurasian practice at least since Neolithic times. Tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures, pledges of love, punishment, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. Over the past 50 years, tattooing has significantly increased in popularity. At least one-third of men and women between 18 and 25 have a tattoo, according to the 2006 Generation Next Study by the Pew Research CenterAccording to Wikipedia, 36 percent of Generation Y (individuals born, roughly, between 1980-94) have at least one tattoo studioexpresso got the tour by some of Hollywood's popular Tattoo parlors on Melrose. It's the crowd who reads Skin & Ink, Tattoo Flash, Tattoo Savage and may have Bright Eyes from Omaha, Nebraska or Minus Circus from Ireland on their playlist.

A 2007 episode of the American news magazine 60 Minutes entitled The Age Of The Millenials proposed that members of generation Y like customization. The same tech-savvy folks who utilize communication modes like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, texting and IM. Millennials' reputation for being peer oriented and for seeking instant gratification may explain their appetite for music. Just keep in mind that Gen Y's don't listen to critics, authority or judges, rather they listen to their friends' recommendation in blogs (28% author a blog and 44% read blogs). What's on your playlist?


Matrix Excitement At SPARS Luncheon

l-r: Leslie Anne Jones of Skywalker Sound, Jeff Greenberg, CEO of Village Studios and SSL President, Phil Wagner; SPARS President Leslie Ann Jones and Sinbad

SSL Director of Commercial Applications, Chris Jenkins presented Matrix, the affordable small format console with configuration that encapsulates a high quality 16 channel, 40 input analogue line mixer with a multilayer 16 fader DAW controller. President, Phil Wagner were on hand at a Los Angeles SPARS luncheon on July 22, 2008. The event, attended by
Southern California studio members, was sponsored by West L.A. Music and Solid State Logic Grove Center restaurant in Los Angeles. According to mixer/engineer, Barry Rudolph the price point (roughly $25K) and features offer composers/musicians, engineers/prdoucers and studios with Logic, Nuendo and Protools great flexibility. "All of our hard work over the last two years of conceiving and designing our 'new baby' has reached fruition and the first customers are now receiving their units. Dealers around the world are starting to show their demo systems to engineers, producers and musicians who have been searching for the product that gives their studio a new heart," says Pres, Phil Wagner. He also added that continued strong demand for its highly popular C Series digital consoles --C100 and C200 are enjoying attention from a wide variety of installations throughout North America.
SSL is to send product specialists to local pro-audio stores with a full demo system of Matrix and SSL's other analogue and digital products. For additional information visit www.solidstatelogic.com

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Kate VanHorn, Matt Wright and band at Knitting Factory - happyily displaying their $1k check

Band/location: Kate VanHorn
Who Meets Who: Tori Amos, Ani Difranco, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell
Major Milestone: This month Kate performed as 1 of 6 finalists from over 2,000 entries for Discmakers' 2008 Independent Music World Series ( Selected by Taxi & editors of Billboard Magazine). The group shared the stage with talented indie acts on July 17th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. Kate has been effervescing with captivating tunes and clever lyrics since the tender age of 12. Kate's band: Vic Carberry
(Tommy Tutone, Sarah Baker) on drums; Jeff Martin on bass, and Roxanne Oliva (Tom Waits) on accordion, percussion, harp, keyboards and winds. Mooka Rennick, owner of PRAIRIE SUN RECORDING in Cotati, CA, has played a vital role in assembling these fine musicians for Kate's upcoming self-produced album "truce". The record is co-produced and with additional arrangement by Jeff Martin and engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Wright
Kate at MySpace

Kopi 4 The Coffee Gourmet In 2007's The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Kopi Luwak is the beverage of choice of Nicholson's character, who repeatedly praises it as the best cup of coffee in the world. Kopi Luwak or Catshit is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet. The civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested. At $85-140 for 100 grams (if you can find it) it'll keep you awake!

"Nine years after Napster and the old players STILL don't get it."

"Music is an outburst of the soul"
-- Frederick Delius, composer


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