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Of Top Secret Meets

Daniel Craig (James Bond) and producer Barbara Broccoli have been spotted in the trendy eatery Primola in New York City's upper east side. Sources say Bond23 (the 23rd Bond film) is due for summer 2011 release from Sony. Producer Michael G. Wilson is taking a breather after work on "Quantum of Solace." Regular writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired alongside Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan to craft a suitably incendiary, continent-hopping action adventure. No director is attached. Used to be, they’d return for repeat business, but in the last two decades only Martin Campbell has sat in the Big Chair twice. John Glen holds the record, with five Bond films. Who will record the soundtrack? Uber-producer du jour, Mark Ronson - who was rumoured to be recording a track with Amy Winehouse for the spy franchise's last movie, 'Quantum of Solace' but aborted sessions as the troubled singer wasn't up to working - insists he has never been approached to pen the coveted song, but would love the chance to do so for the next film. Mark is working with Rumble Strips on their new album "Welcome to the Walk Alone." Mark himself will re-enter the studio to work on his third untitled album after winning the Best British Male Solo Artist Brit Award for his second album "Version." "Version," overall, spent 45 weeks in the UK Top 75, with 10 weeks in the top 10 and was certified double platinum in the UK for sales of over 600,000 copies. Allido Records label boss, amongst many other things, Mark walked away with three statues, including the coveted Producer Of the Year Award (nominees included super-producer Timbaland) at the 2008 Grammy Awards.


The Rumble Strips
Welcome to the Walk Alone
Allido Records

5-piece band takes their name from Rumble Strips, which are small, continuous lines of bumps along the edge of a road. We found out that bumpy road may just get you dancing in your car! They sound like U2 for the new generation. Though the lead's accemt may sound too British for American audiences, his charm may just win them over. After Charlie sang lead vocals on "Back to Black" for producer Mark Ronson at The Electric Proms in 2007 the band began working with him on their second record at London rehearsal space The Joint. Recorded off the back of their first US tour the band lay down the bulk of the tracks at Avatar Studios, New York, leaving vocals to be completed in London, England whilst orchestration was composed and over seen by Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, Arcade Fire) and completed in Prague. The new album "Welcome to the Walk Alone" will be released in the UK July 2009 The first single is "Not the Only Person" produced by Ronson. Strips are touring in UK and Germany through October 09.


Jill Sobule
California Years

Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule raised the money for her seventh full-length album through fan donations. That she managed to meet her projected target of $75,000 (recording, manufacturing, distribution, and promotion) in fewer than three months. A $10 contribution earned you a free digital download of the album; $50 got you an advanced copy and a 'Thank You' in the liner notes; $200 earned you free admission to all of Sobule's shows for the year; and $1,000 got you your own personal Sobule-penned "theme song." Three people who donated $5,000 got Sobule to come play at their house, which she loves to do ("They always have really good spreads"), and the one fan who donated $10,000 got to sing on the album (listen for her on "Mexican Pharmacy").
From mid-January to March 08 Sobule had reached her target through donations from more than 500 fans and even a few non-fans. "I got a message from this one guy saying, 'I don't really like your music, but I'm donating because I like this idea,'" Sobule recalls with a laugh.
"The album is really about searching and yearning for something," says Sobule Her songs are rooted to a simple and effective melody. California Years finds the Denver-born, transplanted New Yorker celebrating her adopted West Coast with typical wit, grace, irony, sweetness, and satire, simultaneously extolling the state's penchant for free-spirited idealism ("San Francisco," "Palm Springs") and ripping it a new one for its shallow, self-absorbed celebrity culture ("Nothing to Prove," "Spiderman"). In between, it's the usual semi-biographical cast of characters who inhabit every Sobule album: death ("Empty Glass"), amiable hedonists ("A Good Life"), first loves ("Wendell Lee"), and quirky adventurers ("Mexican Pharmacy"). To help her capture the intimate quality that her new songs clearly called for, Sobule turned to her friend Don Was, a legendary producer and musician who's worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to Randy Newman and Brian Wilson. "We were on the same page in terms of letting the story and the lyrics dictate what we did sound-wise," she says. "I was shocked at first when Don put the vocals so upfront. The first time I heard the tracks back, I almost blushed because I felt very exposed, but he really wanted the lyric and the story to come out." The band, which included guitarist Mark Goldenberg, bassist Dave Carpenter, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz, and legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, played nearly everything live, "like in the old days," Sobule says, lending the proceedings an organic, earthy vibe. In 2007, Sobule's song "San Francisco" became the first single to be released in conjunction with Don Was' Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, part of the producer's new-music website mydamnchannel.com. She was also a frequent guest on National Public Radio's "The Bryant Park Project," entertaining visitors to NPR.org with such musical ditties as "Ode to Super Tuesday" and "Lucy at the Gym."


Gary Go

"Say I am wonderful," says the singer/songwriter, Gary Baker, better knows as Gary Go who has been under studioexpresso radar for some time (he says he digs our interviews)! We met rooftop the W hotel in San Diego while he and his guitarist played live for a promotion radio broadcast with Sophie 103.1 Following the success of his single, 'Wonderful', which debuted at No.25 in UK Singles Chart, he was personally invited to warm up for Take That on their record-breaking stadium shows. His self-titled debut album 'Gary Go' was released on May 25th 2009 in the UK. It entered the UK Albums Chart at No.22 the following Sunday. The lead single 'Open Arms', together with a video, was released in the UK on May 4th 2009. Expect uplifting choruses and classic hooks with geeky charm embraced by young audiences.

Following several showcases in London, he signed to Decca/Universal Records and supported Amy MacDonald, the Script, and the Feeling on their U.K. tours. Go is going places...like iTunes FREE Single of the Week.



Avatar Sounds

Wilco with Feist recorded in Studio A at Avatar Studios
for WXPN World Café. The session was produced by Wilco and engineered by Roy Hendrickson assisted by Rick Kwan & Aki Nishimura. Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded in Studio C for iTunes Originals. The session was produced by Kelley Brogan with engineer Chris Coady assisted by Justin Gerrish. Angelique Kidjo mixed in Studio B. The session was produced by Angelique Kidjo & Jean Hebrail with engineer Russ Elevado assisted by Aki Nishimura. Spanish band Fito & Fitipaldis mixed in Studio G. The session was produced by Carlos Raya & Joe Blaney and engineered by Joe Blaney assisted by Rick Kwan.. Justyna Kelley recorded in Studio C with producers Kevin Killen & Guy Eckstine, engineer Kevin Killen assisted by Rick Kwan. Christian McBride mixed in Studio C. Christian McBride produced with engineer Anthony Ruotolo assisted by Justin Gerrish. Dave Holland mixed in Studio C. Dave Holland produced with engineer James Farber assisted by Justin Gerrish


Destination Studio Black Rock In Session

Studio owner and manager Kostas Kalimeris sent us these breath-taking new photos from this Greek Isles destination recording that offers lodging accommodations where Kevin Shirley produced Joe Bonamassa's new album (the entire album was recorder and mixed in Black Rock). Tracks for Lauren Harris Band were also recorded at Black Rock. more here...





A Royal Flush At Recording Industry
Charity Poker Tournament Hosted by Odds On Records

Hosted by noted engineer Dave Reitzas and joined by 120 of the industry's top producers, engineers, musicians and manufacturers, the July event marked the first-ever L.A. Recording Industry “No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em” Charity Poker Tournament. All proceeds raised benefited Sound Art L.A., an organization that provides music education for children of all ages, giving them access to the tools of popular music and the guidance of professional musicians as instructors.




Joseph Magee Mixes New Tyler Perry Film
Features Music by Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight

In "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," lead character Madea (Tyler Perry) catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home and decides to take matters into her own hands. She delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April, played by Taraji P. Henson. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. The film features Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight in supporting roles with stellar musical performances with supervising music mixer, Joseph Magee. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" will be released by Lion's Gate Films on September 11. Tyler Perry's other films include "Madea Goes to Jail," "Meet the Browns," and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Hitman & Hit Woman with LeMobil

Le Mobile began with an afternoon set up, preparing 96 channels in time
for soundcheck. There was quite a distance between the remote studio and the stage (800 ft of cabling), making sure the crew got a work out! "One crew member carrying a pedometer, noted walking a whopping 5 miles during set up! Running cables was not easy labor in this case," says Guy.
"Both rehearsal and the final performance were equally stunning. Although
it is a challenge to impress the Le Mobile crew, Beyonce proved to be a true performer, leaving the audience, as well as the crew, in awe," add Guy.



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Gary who just got back from a tour with Lady Gaga, began writing songs at the age of eight and taught himself how to play several instruments. After leaving school, he began working at Dave Stewart's recording studio, but following some advice from Peter Gabriel at a job interview, decided to concentrate on his own music. Setting up his own indie label, Canvas Room, he recorded 'The So So' EP, which attracted the attention of a New Jersey producer who invited him to record material at his studio. Inspired by living in the same house where Frank Sinatra grew up, he recorded a second EP, entitled 'The Diary of Rodney Harvey', before moving back home.



Wilco session recorded in Studio A at Avatar Studios
l-r: Aki Nishimura (assistant engineer), Nels Cline, Mikael Jorgensen, Glenn Kotche, Roy Hendrickson (engineer), Jeff Tweedy, Leslie Feist, Pat Sansone, John Stirratt and Rick Kwan (assistant engineer)






l-r: Bobby Ferrari, Head of Audio Production at Odds On Records & Studios and Recording Industry Poker Tournament (RIPT) event sponsor with Ben Grosse, renowned mixer and owner of The Mix Room in Burbank, California



Supervising music mixer Joseph Magee with Mary J. Blige on the viewing monitor at Record One. Photo by David Goggin.





Guy Charbonneau of LeMobil has been nominated for a Technical Excellence and Creativity Award in the category of Outstanding Creative Achievement, Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast (Remote Engineer) for Hitman and responded laughing, "What is Hitman? I don't even remember..." considering all the various shows he has been involved in during the past few years. With a little research he realized, "Oh that was when we did David Foster in Las Vegas...cool."

Dave Reitzas
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Avant Garde Recording Gear For Vision Festival

Now in its 14th year, the Vision Festival continues to draw avant-garde jazz enthusiasts to New York City for six days of inspired performances from the best of the best in the genre. This year, Vision Festival XIV was held at the Abrons Arts Center, a Lower Eastside landmark that boasts a rich legacy of arts programming and community involvement. More than that, the Abrons Arts Center features ideal stage and audience acoustics. Longtime recordist for the event Stefan Heger, of FisheyeMusic Studio in Cologne, Germany, was delighted with the stage's sound and brought a raft of gear, including a SoundField MKV spatial microphone system, Mojave tube mics, and twenty channels of True Systems and Daking preamps to capture its every nuance.

"The Abrons Arts Center brings live recording to the next level," said Heger. "The space is very thoughtfully designed so that the stage sound is quite isolated from the house PA. That made it easy for me to capture the real sound of what was going on. I believe that equipment shows its true colors under such circumstances, with the bad stuff falling flat. The good equipment, which I was glad to have on hand, really shined."

As in previous years, Heger relied on just one microphone for his overall stereo and surround sound pickup - a SoundField MKV. SoundField microphones capture spatial information with a proprietary, four-channel signal that records front-back location (X), side-side location (Y), vertical location (Z), and absolute reference pressure (W). Using software that easily interfaces with the leading recording workstations, Heger was able to alter every aspect of the stereo and surround imaging after the fact in mixdown. With so many acts of varied sizes at Vision Festival, the fact that he didn't have to worry about the SoundField's placement during the recording freed him up to focus on the numerous spot mics on stage.

Heger commented, "There's a lot to think about with each varied ensemble taking the stage - so many different people, so many different instruments - and with very little time between sets to get spot mics up. A lot of unexpected things can happen, and I needed to give myself a lot of headroom on the mic pres to avoid any nasty surprises."

Two TRUE Systems Precision 8 mic pres gave him sixteen channels in just two rack spaces. Moreover, the Precision 8 gave Heger the unique ability to pick his own peak reference, providing a consistent headroom structure. "Even with careful planning and a lot of headroom, some things still snuck by," said Heger. "But a distorted Precision 8 is actually quite pleasant, so even in those few moments where something got away from me, it was no big deal."

He continued, "It was easy to make mic selections with the Precision 8 as well because it's so accurate and quickly reveals the true nature of a mic/instrument combination. The greatest magic happened with the Mojave MA-200 large diaphragm condenser. The combination of that beautiful tube sound with a neutral, yet musical preamp is something that I've never had the pleasure of experiencing before."

For drums, Heger very consciously added a bit of color to the signal with a four-channel Daking Mic Pre IV. Kick, snare and overheads benefitted. "The Daking has a tone to it," he said. "It emphasizes the top-end and makes everything come out with a bit more brilliance. The drums shine through. I had a pair of Mojave MA-100 small diaphragm condensers for overheads, and the cymbals came out wonderfully - even better than the real thing! In person, they came off as a bit harsh and overly metallic, but the recordings are much smoother and warmer - the sort of thing that a jazz drummer is really after."

Heger used a bank of Apogee AD16x converters to interface with Logic, his choice of native software. Using the DB25 output on the TRUE Systems Precision 8s made for easy hookup to the Apogee converters. To monitor, Heger used a Dangerous D-Box

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127th AES ConventionOctober 9-12 at NY's Javits Center AES has named Bill McGlaughlin Keynote Speaker of the 127th AES Convention. A popular Peabody-wining radio personality, McGlaughlin will offer his observations on the on-air talent/broadcast engineer symbiosis. Among the pro audio honorees is Rudolph 'Rudy' Van Gelder who is being recognized for five decades of recording such exceptional jazz artists as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. AES Master Class Chair Alan Silverman has once again come up with an outstanding program. Highlighted by "Platinum Mixing In The Box" by Kevin Killen, other presentations include: "Mastering The Motown Sound" and "Wrangling The Room." Master Classes are traditional Convention high points.
Party like it's 1969 Happy 40th BDAy! API will be celebrating its 40th birthday in high style at this year's AES show in New York City, with a massive party at the Theater District's storied Roseland Ballroom on Saturday, October 10th. Food, drinks, live entertainment and guest appearances from celebrities (of every vintage and from both sides of the console!) will work together like the components of a time-tested circuit to deliver the party-equivalent of warm analog goodness. "We're planning a party worthy of such a significant milestone.Having the party at the Roseland Ballroom is significant in itself. It's been host to the Stones, Paul McCartney, the Grateful Dead, and countless other great bands. The idea is to have an event that commemorates API's fortieth and remembers the many friends we've met along the way," says mix-engineer-cum-president Larry Droppamix-engineer-cum-president Larry Droppa. Laminates can be picked up during the AES show by visiting API booth #355. This is THE AES PARTY. Be sure to save the date!

Intellectual Property
= Value Although Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp owns MySpace, one wonders if he’s really been keeping up to date with the most recent developments in the music industry. Aside from file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay, consumers are becoming increasingly immune to paying for music. As global sales of recorded music have declined by as much as 20 per cent year after year, online sales are failing to make up for the collapse in the sale of CDs. So Apple, for example, makes the vast majority of its profits not from the iTunes store, but from the sale of hardware devices like iPods and iPhones. While paid streaming sites like the Real Networks and Viacom joint venture Rhapsody have recently announced significant job cuts, Spotify just announced a major new round of investment from a series of venture capitalists that valued the currently revenue-less company at 170 million euros. So if the all the music on Spotify is free, how does the company make money? It’s a question without a convincingly clear answer. In addition to selling advertising on its free service, Spotify plan on developing a so-called “freemium” model that would sell the service to a small (supposedly around 3 per cent) of customers willing to pay for advertising-free music. But this model is yet to be proved. Nobody knows if Spotify will have any success persuading even the tiniest proportion of consumers that they should pay for their online music. Moreover, as Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com and a founding father of the digital music economy has argued, Spotify has yet to pay the labels for any of the license fees associated with the free streaming of music. Thus, not only is Spotify failing to make money from its current business model, but it also may be running up huge debts which could eventually bankrupt the young company. Like massively trafficked but still unprofitable “free” services such as YouTube, Spotify is a case study in the core dilemma of the online content economy. What we know. Internet consumers love free content and will do almost anything to avoid paying for online movies, music or even books. Thus, the freer the content, the more popular the website. The micro-blogging service Twitter is another example of this phenomenon. Massively popular in Silicon Valley, Twitter has yet to develop a business model or barely even a sales team. And even the privately held Facebook, with its 200 million free users, is still struggling to translate its massive audience into appropriately sized profit. So what’s the future? How will this cultural and economic crisis be resolved? At a certain moment in the not too distant future, consumers will finally have to acknowledge their own guilt in the destruction of our paid culture. We have to collectively recognise that it’s not file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay or radical new political parties like the Pirate Party which are killing the music, newspaper and movie industries. Instead, we are collectively killing our own culture by refusing to pay for it online. Each new Spotify or Pirate Bay is, therefore, one more nail in the coffin of the traditional media business. While many are critical of Rupert Murdoch for his own historically piratical approach to business, there is no doubt that he is one of the few people brave enough to stand up to the new Vikings. Murdoch is explaining what should be a self-evident truism to a public now intoxicated by the feel-good ideology of free content. Murdoch is saying that real media businesses, such as his own News Corp, can’t operate without being paid for their content. Such an obvious truth has been unquestioned throughout the two hundred year old history of mass media. But in our post mass media age in which political parties are questioning the very moral and legal foundations of intellectual property, the greatest scarcity of all might, unfortunately, be in common sense. The bad news is that Vikings have returned and piracy is once again fashionable. BT and Virgin Media have launched an attack on the Government following the announcement of plans to punish illegal file-sharers by cutting off their internet connections. Virgin Media added that “persuasion not coercion” is key to changing consumer behaviour. Incentives may work too!

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The Open Road stars Justin Timberlake, (new face of Parfums Givenchy) Jeff Bridges, Kate Mara, Mary Steenburgen and Lyle Lovett and is written and directed by Michael Meredith. Anchor Bay Entertainment will theatrically release The Open Road in Los Angeles and other markets on August 28th. The Open Road is a heartwarming comedy about a young man looking to reconnect with his long-lost father and bring him back to the bedside of his ailing mother. In the film, minor leaguer Carlton Garret (Timberlake) takes an unexpected road trip to track down his estranged father, legendary baseball player Kyle Garret (Bridges) when Carlton’s mother (Steenburgen) becomes sick. Knowing his charming yet painfully immature dad’s likelihood to disappoint, Carlton enlists his on-again-off-again girlfriend Lucy (Mara) for emotional support. Once reunited, Carlton struggles to deal with the series of misadventures caused by his father’s antics, including missed flights, car trouble and bathroom brawls. Years of miscommunication, frustration and comically awkward attempts at bonding come to a head as the mismatched trio make their way from Ohio back home to Houston to reunite the family. The film runs 90 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some language. The theatrical trailer for The Open Road may be downloaded from: http://media.fotokem.com/AnchorBay www.theopenroadmovie.com Watch the trailer just to count the careful product placements!

Dame Bassey Gets A Record Deal at 72...Just goes to show you that a Talent is Forever!
Speculations are that Bassey pairing last month with James Bond composer David Arnold, could lead to a fourth Bond theme for Bassey, following her classic title tracks from Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.
72-year-old Bassey recorded the vocals last month at Ireland’s Grouse Lodge. The yet-to-be-named new album in nearly a decade,
will be released through Geffen Records later this year. Yes a sister is a Dame—just like noted actresses Helen Mirren and Judi Dench. Hear The Classic Gold Finger on YouTube (performed at Royal Albert Hall).

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