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While nation's economic sky may be falling, winners and nominees from Emmy and VMA are celebrating with Moonmen and Globes in hand. iTunes 8 is a Genius and AES, just around the corner in San Francisco is turning 60. We bring you sweet sounds of Cookie Jar in Studio City and get in the Flower Power in Ojai on Penny Lane.
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The Sweet Sounds of Cookie Jar in Studio City

This month studioexpresso met up with Brian Malouf (Everclear,
Big City Rock, David Usher) who has been supporting artists as A&R
for RCA, Columbia, Disney and Bandha, his previous boutique label.

Brian is now able to offer his studio, Cookie Jar Recording
to artists who enjoy choice gear and service all under one roof.
Read about this fabulous studio located in the heart of Studio City with a digi-design Icon console that's surrounded by two acres of serene and lushly landscaped gardens. Read more in studioexpresso spotlight on Cookie Jar Recording here...


Flower Power In Ojai
Producer Greg Penny & His Boutique Label, Flower Records

Producer, mixer/engineer and songwriter/musician Greg Penny (k.d. lang, Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones) has sold over 30 million music units wordwide and generated over $ 300 million in revenue for companies such as Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony / BMG

The marketing power arm of Flower Records is handled by Greg's partner and Ojai native Mike Etchart. Mike has worked for the likes of Def American, Giant Records, Warner Bros., EMI, and most recently an eight year stint at Universal Music Group's eLabs advanced technology group. Staff is comprised of engineers and local musicians who help run the everyday operation from a beautiful bungalow nearby Greg's studio
in Ojai. The listening room is spacious and lets a lot of light in with tall ceiling and surround speakers. There's a kitchen, few editing/graphic suites and of course a conference room where A&R and artists meet to plan their music game plan.

Bands Hindu Kush, solo artist, Kat Danson (daughter of Ted Danson, actor and Ojai resident) and another band (anme TBA) are currently on the Flower roster. Flower plans to license some catalog music titles from the majors, and have digital distribution deals in place for some independent film titles as well. "We are looking to also do a couple of exciting projects with major artists that we can't speak about yet, but in general we are working to ensure we have a diversified product mix, both in terms of content and musical style, " says Etchart. Also look for Flower to be very involved in surround sound music. Greg and Mike were both very involved in SACD and DVD-A projects (which is how they met at UMG).

As for distribution channels, Flower has a direct deal with iTunes and Amazon. "We plan to use aggregators to cover all of the other
digital stores, subscription services, mobile providers and the like. We wanted to maintain a direct relationship with Apple and Amazon, hence us handling those ourselves. We will determine on a title by title basis what needs to be released physically, but our deal with Amazon allows both digital and physical, so we are prepared to do whatever each title deserves. For our touring bands, we will no doubt do CD's at least for sales at shows. Retail channels will be expanded once the touring base expands, most likely through the CIMS (Coaliton of Independent Music Stores) channel and outward from there," says Etchart

According to Etchart, each release will dictate what the label does with the product from a distribution and marketing standpoint. Currently they're considering a deal with a major for either a P&D relationship or
a direct transfer of project when the project reaches a certain level of success. Flower plans to develop everything artist they sign, and when a given title blows up, they remain sensitive to artist needs and if project might be better served with a partner to take it to the next level, that's what they'll do. "We are working to have a channel and path for success for any of the artists we work with, no matter what level. Our strengths are really A&R and artist development, and then knowing what to do if it indeed is ready for that next level," says Etchart. "Our strength is in artist development. Helping to contour the artists work into a credible mechanism that will propel the artist forward. Although it's not always the case, great work finding great success. When the work is great, however, marketing and promotion is easier, and the probability for mass acceptance greater," adds Penny. According to Penny Flower works with young artists, which means sometimes teaching "music business 101" and balancing the oscillations between over confidence and insecurity often experienced by young artists. "It is not necessary for an artist that we are interested in to have management, we can help build a team around the artist," says Penny.

Flower is still in singing and release date mode. "Basically we are filling out our release schedule for '09. Once we've got that locked down, marketing plans and making records will be filling both of our dance cards pretty substantially," concludes Etchart.

"Production is often perceived as the addition of elements to to somehow enhance an artists work. But, it can work both ways. Sometimes it involves removing elements in an artists work to reveal something which may be more compelling than an arsenal of sound. I am fortunate to have learned from old school music legends like Wesley Rose, Rob Dickins, Seymour Stein, Lenny Waronker, Arif Mardin and George Martin. Artistic conceptualists. A&R vision identifies how the current production will play out on a grand scale with artists career always in mind, says Penny who
gets involved in writing and arranging if there is a need. He'll bring other talent in as needed which has resulted in some really lasting partnerships. "It is not a requirement for me to write with the artists I produce. In the case of k.d.'s album Ingenue, my writing with k.d. help her through a period of writers block and set the tone for the composition and production style of the rest of the album. See a need, fill a need. Whatever needs to be done to benefit the whole project


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Tuesday October 14, 6-8 pm

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Adding The Bricasti Reverb To Your Mix

19-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt recently completed sessions at the landmark Capitol Recording Studios with singer Natalie Cole using his new Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor from Bricasti Design. "The M7's clarity and ease of use are outstanding," the engineer/producer states. "On muted brass, trumpets and vocals, in particular, the Model 7 is unmatchable. For me, it's a major breakthrough!" The upcoming CD project, tentatively entitled Unforgettable II, is scheduled for release in August. Upcoming sessions include a jazz project with Roberta Gamberini - a 2007 Best Female Grammy nominee for her CD Easy to Love - and saxophonist James Moody, in addition to an album with Roy Hargrove's 19-piece, two-time Grammy-winning Big Band.

"I can quickly store and recall settings via the user-friendly front-panel layout,” says Schmitt who has worked on landmark albums for Jefferson Airplane, George Benson, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Steely Dan and Toto, plus scoring work with Alex North and Elmer Bernstein. Career highlights include engineering both of the Frank Sinatra Duets albums, Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company and all of Diana Krall's albums. He has recorded and mixed over 150 Gold and Platinum albums, and in 1997 was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame. In 2006, Schmitt also received a Trustee Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.

Select album credits by Brian Malouf

Take an ExpressTour of Cookie Jar Recording here or please contact Cindy Malouf, studio manager to schedule a tour or session.

The plethora of artists who have left their mark on Cookie Jar include: All American Rejects, David Usher, Dave Mathews Band, Gomez, Angelique Kidjo/Peter Gabriel, Pussycat Dolls, Saving Jane, Switchfoot, Tarproot, Ziggy Marley, to name a few.

We're all about the music and vibe," says studio manager, Cindy Malouf.






As president of his boutique label, Flower Records in Ojai, Greg knows music and musicians. He also knows a thing or two about making records that sound outstanding in stereo or 5.1. Just listen to k.d.lang, Sun 60, Eddi Reader, Cher, Rickie Lee Jones and Elton John.

Son of famous pop singer, Sue Thompson and musician / songwriter producer Hank Penny, Greg was raised in an artistic atmosphere in Hollywood.

Penny-Wise Advice
1. Be An original
2. Work on Your Craft
3. Understand the value of a well-produced
song or album



Mike Etchart of Flower Records



Interested Artists can submit their best work one of two ways to Flower Records:

1. Snail mail a CD (be sure to include bio and photos )to: Flower Records P.O. Box 501 Ojai, Ca 93023 USA
2. Email a link or an mp3 attached to an email with bio and photos to:submissions@flowerrecords.com













l-r: Violinists Yelena Yegoryan and Lisa Dondlinger backstage
at Andrea Boccelli concert with The New West Symphony






Engineer/producer Al Schmitt (right) with assistant Steve Genewick in Capitol Recording Studio "A" with his new Bricasti Design Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor. "I liked the M7 reverb processor so much that I ended up purchasing one for myself," Schmitt says.

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First Audio Underground TM Roadshow A Smashing Success

Paul Wolff (Tonelux), Tim Spencer (TRUE Systems), Geoff Daking (Daking Audio), David Bock (Bock Audio), Todd Peterson (TransAudio Group); (seated) Brad Lunde (TransAudio Group), Peter Montessi (A Designs), George Massenburg (GML), Bryce Gonzales and John Baccigallupi from The Hangar Studio.

The inaugural Audio Underground Roadshow (AUR), held at The Hangar Studio in Sacramento, California on September 6, 2008 proved that given the right mix of audio inventors/manufacturers, showcasing quality gear, attracts end-users. Attendance at the show was well over one hundred qualified local audio professionals.

Noted Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, "I've wanted to start the Audio Underground for years. After listening to questions from end-users, I knew there was an audience that would respond to a local show where asking questions to some of the most innovative and successful people in pro audio, and picking up insider information, would be virtually irresistible. The response to out first event was overwhelming. Due to the lack of local dealers, it's our job to take the gear to the market."

This new, traveling roadshow, organized and sponsored by TransAudio Group of Las Vegas, is the first of six annual shows to crisscross the US.



TransAudio Group, the worldwide distributor for Bock Audio, is launching the new Bock Audio 5-ZERO-7 hand-built, large body tube microphone at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. Bock Audio, established in 2007, builds the personal designs developed over the last ten years by mic expert David Bock in Los Angeles, California.

Engineered to fulfill high-end vocal applications, the 5-ZERO-7 is the first mic to take advantage of a new patent-pending elliptical large capsule design by David Bock and George Cardas. In development for over five years, this new capsule, hand manufactured in Germany to the highest standards, is different from capsule designs both past and present. Offering many technical advantages over existing round capsule designs, the Bock/Cardas Ellipse delivers higher levels of audio performance than has been seen before.

The Bock 5-ZERO-7 is the first but not last mic to take advantage of this new capsule technology. Designed as a traditional tube mic/power supply package, the Bock 5-ZERO-7 is a large body mic with a beefy tube, audio transformers, fully discrete electronics and custom power supply very similar to those found in 1947 era microphones. Unique mechanical and acoustical design enables a performance level from the 5-ZERO-7 that exceeds the sum of its parts. The mic is particularly suited to the very best, top-level vocalists.

"For years, we've been asked to offer a mic that could compete with the best 47s and other legendary vocal microphones. Now we have the 5-ZERO-7 that incorporates unique designs that are technically superior. This is the best sounding vocal mic David Bock has ever built," says Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group

US Retail Price is $6,995.

ATC Showcases Audio Pioneers Doug Sax & Bill Schnee
New Two-Track Digital Recording Technique at ATC Demo Room at AES

All of the stereo source material played in the ATC demo room during the convention has been recorded using this new technique, which was co-developed by mastering engineer Doug Sax and recording engineer Bill Schnee, and utilizes A/D and D/A converters designed by Josh Florian of JCF Audio.
For Sax and Schnee, who pioneered high-quality, live, direct-to-disc studio recording on the audiophile Sheffield Lab label over three decades ago, the new format is a return to the fidelity of that golden age. "What we're getting is true high-fidelity, true dynamics again, and realism that you haven't heard in thirty years," states Schnee. "The level of true high-fidelity in recorded music has consistently gone down from the LP to the CD of the early 80s, to the overly compressed CD of the last fifteen or so years, and now finally to the mp3. With HDTV being the current state-of-the-art for video, shouldn't we once again have high-definition audio for music?

The new two-track material was recorded live by Bill at Schnee Studio with a variety of ensembles and comprises mainly acoustic instruments which benefit most from the high-resolution recording method and also serve as an excellent demonstration of its fidelity. The recording chain includes Schnee's custom, minimal signal path, analog mixing console with tube microphones, preamps, and summing through JCF Audio 192kHz/24-bit converters, with the mix printed to disc in a Tascam DA-RV1000 high-definition master recorder.

"Doug and Bill's live to two-track digital recordings, can't help but impress," stated Billy Woodman, president of ATC, "for they have high-resolution with great quality and integrity. When I first heard sample recordings at Doug's mastering studio in Ojai, California I was confronted with a large image that was three-dimensional, stable and coherent whilst also having natural acoustics. A great achievement."

Interspersed between the Doug Sax/Bill Schnee presentations, ATC will present 5.1 surround program playback using DSD Pure technology from the Sonoma multi-track recorder/editor. In an analog studio, the Sonoma DSD Pure multi-track offers sonic fidelity like that of analog tape, and the production power of a digital workstation. Gus Skinas of Somona Systems will handle the surround presentations and be available to answer questions.

Sax and Schnee hope that, in addition to providing the highest possible quality audio with which to demonstrate ATC's reference monitors, the new recording technique will attract pro audio manufacturers and record labels interested in commercializing the method.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit the ATC demo room #111.

ATC will be showcasing the stereo demonstrations though their SCM150ASL speakers and the surround sound presentations through the SCM150ASL 5.1 system supported by two SCM0.1/15ASL subwoofers.

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.

ATC Loudspeakers (UK) is distributed TransAudio Group the premier U.S. importer and distributor for high-end recording gear. Phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at 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,
True Systems and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA)

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.



























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The 125th AES Convention -- Celebrating 60 Years
Diamond Anniversary in the City of its Birth, San Francisco at the Moscone Center
October 2-5, 2008
For information please visit www.aes.org

Illuminating and entertaining, the AES Platinum Mastering Panel moderated by Bob Ludwig (Springsteen,
Stones, The Police, etc.) consistently draws standing room only crowds.

Sat., Oct 4, 11:30AM -1PM
This year's panel features Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood (Michael Jackson, Carole King, Ludacris, Dr. Dre); Scott Hull, Scott Hull Mastering/Masterdisk, New York (Steely Dan, John Mayer, Edie Brickell); Herb Powers Jr., Powers Mastering Studios, Orlando (Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Lauryn Hill); Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA (Neil Young, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow). The discussion will focus on the craft and the business of mastering. A Q&A will feature queries submitted in advance by students at top recording colleges.

l-r: Bob Ludwig, Paul Verna

Platinum Events Chair Paul Verna, former Billboard and Mix journalist, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Record Producers, and eMarketer sr. entertainment analyst, has coordinated a trio of outstanding Platinum panels he will moderate:

Friday, Oct. 3, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
A&R - Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Beck, Air Supply, Edie Brickell); performing - Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind); engineering - Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Frank Zappa, Elton John) and Chris Lord-Alge (James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Madonna); and classical music - David v.R. Bowles, engineer/producer of over fifty top classical music recordings.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 11:30AM -1:00PM:
PLATINUM ROAD WARRIORS: Clive Young, Pro Sound News Sr. Editor and author of CRANK IT UP: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers will guide an all-star panel (TBA) across subject matter ranging from gear to gossip, in what promises to be an insightful, amusing and enlightening 90 minute session. Engineers for superstar artists will discuss war stories, technical innovations and heroic efforts to maintain the eternal 'show must go on' code of the road. Ample time will be provided for an audience Q&A session.

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Pictured are METAlliance(tm) directors (L-R) Frank Filipetti, Phil Ramone, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, and George Massenburg. Photo by Leah Lee.

The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording.

More recently, The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance has announced certification of the R-122V vacuum tube ribbon microphone, designed and manufactured by Royer Labs, a METAlliance Pro Partner. The alliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products which meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science.

Elliot Scheiner tested the microphone and made this evaluation: "The Royer R-122V is without a doubt the most beautiful ribbon mic I've ever used. I've managed to find a place for it on every tracking session I've done in the past six months."


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TransAudio Group, the US distributor for Geoffrey Daking & Co, Inc., announces the introduction of the high performance Daking Mic-Pre One single-channel microphone/instrument preamplifier at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. Sharing the gain structure and Class A, fully discrete transistor circuitry design of the popular Daking Mic Pre IV, the Mic Pre One additionally features a unique variable high-pass filter and ships in a freestanding 'DI-style' steel enclosure, ensuring both strength and noise immunity.

Essentially a single channel of the Mic Pre IV, the Mic Pre One features switchable phase, 20dB mic input pad and +48V phantom power, plus a selectable 1/4-inch line/hi-z instrument input, all utilizing relays with gold bi-furcated contacts. Two large knurled aluminum knobs control the variable high-pass filter (0-200Hz) and continuously variable input gain, which is complemented by a full-width, twenty-segment bi-color LED meter.
The rear of the unit offers a Jensen transformer-isolated mic input and fully-balanced XLR output, plus a 1/4-inch line output. A fourth connector introduces DC power from the external power supply to the unit.

Noted Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, "This Mic Pre One is the very definition of value - a Daking-designed high-end mic pre for those who only need one channel. It's ideal for pros on tour and studios that seek to locate the mic pre in the vocal booth for short cable runs. Small project studios on a limited budget, can now use the same high-end sounding gear as the pros."

Made in the USA, Daking Mic Pre One MSRP: $850.00

Geoffrey Daking & CO is distributed TransAudio Group the premier US importer and distributor for high-end recording gear. Phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at www.transaudiogroup.com



USD list price of $2,995.00

TransAudio Group, the US distributor for
SoundField Microphones is showcasing their new SPS200 (top left) software controlled microphone at the 125th AES Convention is San Francisco. Perfect for both the broadcast and audio recording markets, the SoundField SPS200 is the most affordable mic in the line with a USD list price of $2,995.00. Production models of the microphone, resulting from a three-year R&D program, are shipping now.

The new SPS200 A-Format microphone brings the advantages of SoundField Technology to a wider audience and provides the perfect 'front-end' to capture both stereo and 5.1 surround. It is ideally suited to those working in the field on laptop based recording systems or in the studio on fully-fledged Digital Audio Workstations. The SPS200 A-Format microphone uses the same established SoundField multi-capsule technology as the high-end models in the SoundField range. This relatively lightweight microphone (approximately eight ounces) is powered by standard 48v phantom power and incorporates four low-noise, studio grade condenser capsules. A short break-out cable outputs the SoundField A-Format at mic level on four balanced XLRs, ensuring compatibility with all equipment.

The SPS200 A-Format microphone is the first SoundField microphone that does not require an accompanying control unit. All the processing - such as the A to B-Format conversion, stereo and surround sound decoding/manipulation - takes place in the Surround Zone software which comes packaged as standard with the SPS200 A-Format microphone.

The software is currently available for Pro Tools HD and all platforms supporting VST Multi-channel such as Nuendo, Cubase, Soundscape, etc. on both PC and Mac platforms. SoundField staff will be at the company's booth at AES 2008 in San Francisco (Booth #1416) to show the product to attendees and answer any questions they may have.

SoundField Microphones is distributed TransAudio Group the premier US importer and distributor for high-end recording gear. Phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at www.transaudiogroup.com

MSRP: $1,495

In response to pleas for durable, professional-grade mic/line inputs with multiple outputs for live sound, location recording, and broadcast, Drawmer has engineered the all new Kickbox 4x4 portable active splitter that will be showcased at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. Housed inside a rugged, road-ready carrying case, the Kickbox 4x4 accepts up to four XLR mic/line inputs and delivers them with uncompromised fidelity to up to 16 XLR line-level outputs. As with all of Drawmer's industry-leading products, TransAudio Group will import and distribute the Kickbox 4x4 in the USA.

The Kickbox 4x4's extremely high audio quality, robust build, and portability make it the ideal tool to provide multiple outputs for broadcast, press conferences, live sound, sports events, corporate events, or any situation where distribution of mic or line inputs to multiple outputs are required. Its four studio-grade mic/line preamps each provide phantom power, independent metering, and up to 66dB of gain. Its sixteen balanced output stages each provide a "transformer loaded" LED and the option of transformer isolation.

The Kickbox 4x4 gracefully configures to four practical routing schemes: one input to sixteen outputs; two inputs each to eight outputs; four inputs each to four outputs; and one input to twelve outputs simultaneously with one input to four outputs. The 4x4 supplies as standard in a road proof case with a removable lid for unhindered access to all controls and connections.
A headphone input with selectable source simplifies setup and monitoring.

"The Kickbox 4x4 is a unique solution offering much higher fidelity than you typically find in this size package," said Brad Lunde of TransAudio, US
Drawmer importer. "Sure, other routers exist, but none come close to matching Drawmer's beautifully engineered package and proven reputation for long-term performance on the road. The 4x4's simple controls ensure quick and reliable setup for the widest variety of users, providing a higher level of audio quality in a wide variety of locations."

Drawmer is distributed TransAudio Group the premier US importer and distributor for high-end recording gear. Phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at 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,
True Systems and Weiss Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA)

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.

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Walker Joins 615 Music library 615 Music has named Shelly Walker to the new position of Director of Licensing, Television Network Division. Walker comes to 615 from Megatrax Production Music where she served as Division Manager of Broadcast Network and Affiliate Licensing. In her new post, Walker, who reports to President and CEO Randy Wachtler, will seek new music placements from the company’s extensive library-as well as possible original music composition placements– into feature films, trailers, TV programs, TV promos, videogames and TV commercial projects.

ICM Acquires MVO International Creative Management has acquired the Marsha Vlasic Organization (MVO), who's roster includes Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Ben Folds, The Strokes and Van Morrison among others.
Marsha Vlasic will sign with ICM as a Senior Vice President of Concerts where she will head up ICM's new contemporary rock division. Vlassic started on September 9th and will be based in the New York Office and report to the head of the concerts division, Steve Levine. Vlassic is at the forefront of creating package touring festivals such as Ozzfest and H.O.R.D.E. and organized Moby's One and Area Two tours, integrating audiences of rock, urban and electronic music in one venue.

MVA Winners The highly anticipated 2008 MVA Awards presentation aired Sunday night on September 7, 2008 live from Hollywood. Paramount Studios in LA was chosen as the site for this year's romp complete with antics from the movie studio's backlots, sound stages, and surrounding city streets. British comedian Russell Brand hosted this year's awards with special appearances by nominees including the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, along with Christina Aguilera and other top acts performing live throughout the night. And comeback kid Britney returned...taking home her very first VMA for Best Female Video award, followed by Best Pop Video AND Video of the Year! Among other winners: Erykah Badu's "Honey" Directed by Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto is a black and white love letter to the bygone days of the record store adds Erykah Badu's face to classic album covers and brings them to life. So cool. Kanye West f/ T-Pain's "Good Life" with special Effects by SoMe, Jonas & Francois o versaturated graffiti pens come to life and chase Kanye around the screen in this whimsical feat of special effects, the video for 'Good Life.'

photo: Sylvain Gaboury
Johnson & Womack Songs Jamey Johnson is the co-writer of the CMA and ACM 2007 Song of the Year “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait. Trace Adkins, George Jones and Joe Nichols have also recorded his songs. But instead of sitting at home counting his royalty checks, Jamey Johnson recorded more than 40 songs during the past year. Producer Buddy Cannon was impressed with Jamey’s soulful singing, as well as the direct honesty of his songwriting. Song publisher Gary Overton signed Jamey to EMI Music and joined Buddy in the effort to land him a recording contract. He lost his recording contract. “They thought I was a little too wild,” Jamey reflects. "Losing my deal was a good thing. Because I finally had time to come home and get my life back in order. More than anything, I stayed home and just sat there dwelling on things. It takes an awful lot of thinking to get through something like a divorce.” “The thing that really carried me through all of that was the writing success. Trace Adkins and George Strait kept money in my bank account and kept my name out there. They pretty much carried me on their shoulders through that period, and didn’t even realize they were doing that. They just liked my songs.” When he began to work on That Lonesome Song, Jamey says he felt a renewed sense of purpose and freedom.Word began to spread on Music Row. Two record companies approached Jamey. Both wanted him to either record the songs over again or have outsiders’ songs included on the project. Jamey turned both down. Luke Lewis at Mercury Records was the first person who understood. He said, ‘Man, I’ve just got one thing to say – don’t mess with that sound. I don’t know what y’all are doing in that studio, but just don’t mess with that sound.’ I said, ‘Hell, I came here to tell you that.’ Ever since then, it’s been a great relationship.” MCA Nashville released Lee Ann Womack’s new single “Last Call”, written by Erin Enderlin and Shane McAnally, to radio June 30. Her highly-anticipated seventh album, produced by Tony Brown and titled Call Me Crazy, will debut this fall.
Universal Music Group Nashville hosted an intimate evening of country-to-the-core performances by Mercury Nashville’s Jamey Johnson and MCA Nashville’s Lee Ann Womack in New York City. Guests sipped champagne and enjoyed the latest from Johnson’s That Lonesome Song and Womack’s forthcoming Call Me Crazy (Oct. 21) in the elegant Allen Room at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

The next bond theme for film Quantum Of Solace will be a collaboration between Alicia Keys and Jack White. The announcement follows speculation that the job would go to British stars Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson (who contributed heavily on her five-time Grammy award winning album Back to Black), Duffy or Leona Lewis. The film's producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We are delighted and pleased to have two such exciting artists as Jack and Alicia." Quantum of Solace, the 22nd official film in the 007 series, picks up from Casino Royale as the secret agent sets out to avenge the apparent death of his lover. It has a bigger budget than the last film and producers have promised more action. The title is taken from a short story published by Bond creator Ian Fleming in 1960. It will hit cinemas on 31 October in the UK, with the rest of the world seeing it from early November (14th in US).
David Arnold will compose the film's score, with the soundtrack to be released on 28 October. Visit Bond at Myspace for a behind the scenes. Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko is the lead Bond Girl #22. Listen to Another Way To Die

Five Recent Bond Themes
You Know My Name (Casino Royale, above, 2006) - Chris Cornell
Die Another Day (2002) - Madonna
The World Is Not Enough (1999) - Garbage
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - Sheryl Crow
GoldenEye (1995) - Tina Turner

Bruce Maddock's Cups 'N Strings mastering has moved to Woodland Hills
23281 Ventura Blvd. Tel: (818) 222 4600 Woodland Hills, 91364 Studios@cupsnstrings.com
Continuing to bake, transfer and master your tapes!

Music Finds Love On Martha Stewart. Universal country artist Josh Turner and Martha Stewart first met in March of 2006 when he performed on MARTHA and she surprised him with a Gold plaque for his album Your Man, which went on to reach double-platinum status. During the launch of his Everything Is Fine album in October of 2007, Stewart requested that Turner come back for an encore performance. “Firecracker” was the song that Turner performed on the show and evidently there were some sparks flying on the set… literally. Turner’s utility player, Kevin Haynie, met Stewart’s assistant, Liesl Menning, that day and he must have made quite an impression on her as their wedding ceremony took place in Nashville this past weekend. Stewart and Turner will both be in attendance. "Josh and his band were guests on my TV show last autumn, and that's when Kevin and Liesl first laid eyes on each other," says Stewart. The wedding will be filmed for a one-hour special to air on the Style Network in December. Photos from the big day will also be featured in the winter edition of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
820 Deal Here's the picture. Your band is building lots of momentum and starting to develop a little bit of a following. You have a MySpace page, you've uploaded a couple of entertaining videos on YouTube and you've posted your music for review at GarageBand. Where's the money? Where's the record contract? Groupies anyone? 820, the consulting company based in Las Vegas and Chicago, may just be what you're seeking. It's founded by three partners: Jason Kramer, CLO (Chief Label Officer), Emmett Gates a.k.a. "Iceberg Slick", Chief Marketing Officer and Corey Kauffman, VP talent Manager. The site is receiving around 150 "blind" song submission a day. "We've built a proprietary evaluation system that rates the song using 105 critiquing points. The song, the sound, the beat...it' as comprehensive as a credit score," says Kauffman. Artists that receive 80% score or higher are considered. 820 officially launched two satellite radio stations on XM/Sirius on guess what date...August 20! Music genres considered: Rock, Pop, Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, Country, Alternative, Dance, Reggae, Electronic, and yes, even original mixes by DJs. 820 says technology has made it possible for any idiot with a few computer skills and a musical instrument to record and distribute music which has made discovery and evaluation of REAL prospects much more difficult. So, their hope is that the site becomes a label destination where they can find real talent. Where does the name 820 come from? A&R has long been a significant fixed expense for record labels where the 80/20 rule still applies - more than 80% of earnings come from less than 20% of the A&R talent. 820 is part A&R outsourcer and part artist developer. "Building a following, building a look, building potential hits is the backbone of music industry. We don't make a dime until the artist is signed," says Gates. Our business is simple - we are providing artists with a platform for turning their passion into a career," said Jason Kramer. Silent Armada, a San Diego, California-based rock band, has joined the firm's portfolio of artists.

Shake to Shuffle! Playing Music and Video with the Nano Chromatic allows you to enjoy the album cover art and with feature dubbed Genius you can find your favorite song with new ways to browse and makes suggestions of songs and albums missing from one's library. With the thinnest iPod ever made, and you're Nanos away from being Ihip

l-r: Jean Smart accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her work on 'Samantha Who?' Co-host Tom Bergeron, left, and William Shatner, clown with CO-host Heidi Klum; Madmen cast
Too Long, Too Low
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards took place on ABC, Sunday, September 21 in a brand new location, The Nokia Theatre. Ratings were the lowest they have ever been, only 12.2 million people watched the awards. This Emmys saw for the first time a basic cable win Best Drama Series. AMC's "Mad Men," about a 1960s advertising firm took the top prize even though many viewers have not yet embraced the show. Similarly, "30 Rock" on NBC, which suffers with an audience, took Best Comedy Series along with Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy for stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey (who won three awards in total), respectively. New shows did quite well overall, while Glenn Close took Best Drama Actress for her work as a hard-hitting lawyer, Patty Hewes, in FX's "Damages" and Best Actor in a Drama went to Bryan Cranston for his freshman series AMC's "Breaking Bad," which depicts the life of Walt White, a high school teacher turned drug-dealer. HBO also had a good night as two of their big films this year took Best Miniseries ("John Adams") and Best Made for Television Movie ("Recount"). "John Adams" was a seven- part series telling the life of the second President of the United States and "Recount" told about the 2000 presidential election mix-up. As mentioned, the new Reality Host award was given at the end of the night to Jeff Probst of "Survivor." Singer Josh Groban sang over 30 theme songs in a tribute to popular television series. Also, shows like "Seinfeld," "Dragnet," "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and "M*A*S*H" were celebrated throughout the night with video clips and replicas of their well-known sets.
Presenters included Lauren Conrad, Conan O'Brien, Kathy Griffin, Patrick Dempsey, Tina Fey and the cast of "Desperate Housewives."

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart condemned the song, Baracuda (then) and (now) used earlier in the Republican convention and have now gone beyond a whiter shade of pale - to rage against the machine! First Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG who rep Heart sent a ceased-and-desist notice to the McCain-Palin campaign and now the Wilson sisters themselves have denounced the song's usage. "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women," the Wilsons said in a released statement. "The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.). No response from McCain-Palin HQ as of yet but as Ann Wilson sang in "Barracuda", "If the real thing don't do the trick, you better make up something quick.''
Acquired by MTV Networks Santa Monica-based Social Project--which was once known as Tagworld--has been acquired by MTV Networks. According to MTV, Social Project and its 31 employees will remain based in Santa Monica. Social Project was venture backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and MTV, and originally started as a competitor to MySpace The Flux Publisher Network currently boasts more than 35 MTVN Web sites, ranging from its flagship destinations including MTV.com, ComedyCentral.com and Spike.com, to targeted vertical sites such as Jackassworld.com and TheDailyShow.com, to the recently launched ColbertNation.com, Atom.com and Soundtrack.MTV.com, among others. On MTV.com alone, the community has grown to more than 600,000 verified members, making it the largest Flux-powered site. In the five weeks prior to this year's Video Music Awards, MTV.com added more than 250,000 members to the site -- more than four times the average weekly rate prior to that period -- after offering the opportunity for fans to nominate artists for each of the award categories. As part of the announcement, MTVN named Joshua Dern Senior Vice President and General Manager of Social Media, a role in which he will oversee Social Project and Flux. Dern, who most recently served as Vice President of MTVN Social Media Strategy and Operations, will report to Kenny Miller, Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Global Digital Media, MTVN. TagWorld was founded in 2005 by Fred Krueger and Evan Rifkin and is still listed as beta; it has more than 3 million registered users, according to a press release from last year. "The web is fragmenting," said Mika Salmi (above), president of global digital media at MTV Networks in a press conference on Monday, describing Flux as an "open, flat, and connected" technology. "People are attracted to niches and to what they're really interested and passionate about, and we as a company have a history in the cable business of going after niches."

Shelly Manson of Garbage (middle) plays Catherine Weaver in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES American science fiction television series produced by Warner Bros. Television and C2 Pictures. Weaver is a shape-shifting Terminator disguised as the CEO of a high-tech corporation called ZeiraCorp. A model T-1001, her liquid metal form as she changes shape resembles that of the T-1000 seen in Terminator 2, but it is not yet known how her model differs from that one. "She is focused on developing artificial intelligence using The Turk, the intuitive computer believed to be a precursor to Skynet, and targets her fellow cyborgs in order to reverse engineer Skynet technology in the present She’s very self-empowered, assured, singular. It’s a very cool character to play," says Manson who's new to acting, and even though she likes exploring new territory, she says music remains a big part of her life (since she was 15) and looking forward to what's next. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles features incidental music composed by Bear McCreary. For financial reasons, the main theme of the Terminator film series, composed by Brad Fiedel, is featured briefly in the TV series - mainly during the title sequence.[Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles features incidental music composed by Bear McCreary. For financial reons, the main theme of the Termin ator film series, composed by Brad Fiedel, is featured briefly in the TV series - mainly during the title sequence. McCreary began working on the score by recording metallic sounds, using "oil cans, whale drums, chains, anvils, brake drums, garbage cans, thundersheets, tin cans...", after which he edited the samples and created his own custom library of metallic drums. The episode, "The Mousetrap," features "Safe Within Your Arms" by Greg Garing. "Nocturne in C-sharp minor" by Frédéric Chopin was used in the first season episode "The Demon Hand". The record label La-La Land Records is expected to release the original television soundtrack for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on November 18, 2008. The series has receive a second season, which began on September 8, 2008 in the Monday 8:00 p.m. ET timeslot.


Jébel, Irvine, California
Who Meets Who:
Incubus meets Tool meet Deftones meet Rufus Wainwright

Major Milestone: Winner of the grand prize at the 2008 Battle of the Bands (The New University – “Battle for Wayzgoose Stage”), Jébel is announcing release of their debut full-length studio album, "Trip the Night Fantastic," a concept album that blends metal, hard rock and other musical styles with themes of subconscious thought and dreamy imagery.
played a respectably tight set of six songs from the album offering dynamic musical themes and expressive playing at Los Angeles' famed Troubadour on Sat, Sept 27 (photo above courtesy of studioexpresso) to a cheering audience.

Kevin, Shane, Josh, Rob, and Johnny (Curtis Marrero is the current drummer. Johnny moved on to pursue a career as an officer in the United States Air Force) are 5 friends who grew up together in the city of La Canada near Los Angeles and formed Jébel. "We were all music students eager to create and evolve a unique musical style based on our love of art rock, prog, grunge, and jazz," says Robert, the bass player who emotes a superb energy and stage presence. All the musicians contribute to the songwriting and arranging. The colorful and imaginative art of Nikolas Kazoura on the album jacket is a treat in itself evoking a dream-like Utopia with blue waters, green forests and lush life. The images that were originally conceived on the band's $15 Ikea table also appear on Josh's (lead singer) percussion instrument. Kazoura projects his oeuvre on stage during live performances and also creates Gig posters. The group recorded a 5-track EP - “I Mean You no Harm” - which was released through iTunes. Over the last 2 years, Jebél has built a strong following in Los Angeles and Orange County with gigs at The Whisky and The Roxy on Sunset Blvd. Jebél has opened for bands like Del the Funky Homosapien and People Under the Stairs.

Live/CD/Web: "Trip the Night Fantastic" the latest album from Jébel. is available for purchase through band's website, http://www.jebelmusic.com/ or at one of Jébel live shows. Catch Jébel next at The Detroit Bar on Tuesday October 12th at 9PM Free 21 and over 843 W 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949-642-0600.

Art Of A Deep Purple

Roger David Glover took up the bass because it seemed an easier instrument to play than a regular six string guitar. Born November 30th, 1945 in South Wales, Roger got into numerous bands (The Madisons, Episode Six) from Grammer school on up to Hornsey College where he studied art. In 1969 Gillan was offered an audition with Deep Purple. It was during a recording session, the band liked his playing and writing skills and offered him a job as well. Glover stayed until 1973. During that time he became interested in production work, helping on some of the Deep Purple albums, as well as other artists on their new label Purple Records, eventually staying with them until the Deep Purple reunion in 1984. More recently, Glover cut a third solo album Snapshot. He also produced all the Deep Purple reunion albums until 2003.

"I paint for my own amusement and do not sell or even exhibit. There are abstract and representational works, I enjoy both. Maybe I am seeking a particular form of expression although to my mind I haven't yet found one," says Glover.


Producer Fantastic, Greg Penny turns out to be a big fan of Elton John...just like me! We were taken back to our early days where we first felt John's music and it made our souls soar. We were buddies instantaneously. Call it power of music or synchronicity! Greg mixed and engineered the 2005, Universal reissue of Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy as an expanded double-disc deluxe edition in 5.1 surround. SWEET!

Flower Records A&R man & producer, Greg Penny at Zircon studio in Ojai with studioexpresso editor, Claris Dodge

"We're in an age where the measure for excellence has been eroded by the Idol & XFactor franchise. The notion that if you have a billion myspace plays, you're a great artist...If Picasso had employed some of todays perceived formulas for artistic success, as so many young artists do, he would never have been great. He would just be another poseur with a paint brush in one hand and a text message in the other. Work hard to be excellent at your craft."
--Greg Penny

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