S2 Signature Series Available Through TransAudio Group
the US Drawmer distributor announces the availability of the Drawmer
S2 Signature Series dual-channel tube limiter. The S2 is one of
the latest products to emerge from Ivor Drawmer's high-end designs
and boasts an "all tube - no technical compromise" circuit
composed of only the highest-grade components. In addition to a
fully-balanced internal signal path, dual mono or stereo operation,
class A design, all signal-path tubes, and isolation transformers
on inputs and outputs, the S2 features a host of innovative signal
processing capabilities that are not present in any other analog
limiter in the world.
On the S2's gloss-black faceplate, users will find wonderfully
functional and cleanly laid-out controls for threshold, ratio, attack,
release, gain, and stereo link, along with an option for "program-adaptive"
release. With this functionality alone, and its absolutely stunning
signal path, the S2 would be a crown jewel in any studio's outboard
rack. However, Ivor's insatiable drive to innovate has endowed the
S2 with three additional features that take the musicality of its
compression to another realm.
First, Drawmer's unique "V-Big" section addresses bass
and minimizes undesirable "pumping" created in all compressors
by big bass peaks. V-Big gives the user choices of how they want
bass handled, with user-selected 75, 125, or 250Hz frequency and
depth of roll off. Second, the Drawmer only "V-Air" section
dynamically enhances high-frequency content to keep compressed audio
from sounding dark, as is so common with other limiters.
Users control its center frequency and depth to obtain much more
control of HF through the S2 than was possible ever before on a
Finally, a "Wet/Dry" section enables users to do what
they used to do on adjacent channels of a console, to add compressed
(wet) and non-compressed
(dry) signals together to get exactly the right sound.
"Ivor Drawmer's Signature Series represents the best of the
best in terms of ease of operation, extreme tube sonics and one
of a kind feature set," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio
Group. "He's operating without any constraints toward the goal
of making the very best gear he possibly can.
The S2 is a fine addition to the growing series and is sure to stun
the crowd who think they've heard everything that analog limiters
have to offer."
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Walk And Talk...Oscar
Firsts & Wins The
set was fabulous.
The bold new format that required shrouding the event in secrecy
presented itself with flying colors... placing five former winners
on stage to sing the actor nominees' praises and the "How to
make a movie" theme proceeded from screenplay through technical
categories . Oscar winning Director Danny Boyle -
Millionaire-- complimented the producers of the show for their
beautiful execution. They selected fellow Academy Awards first-timers
Roger Goodman to direct, and David Rockwell as set designer for
the Feb. 22 show. The producers of the show, Bill Condon and Laurence
Mark (above), chose the theme of "Musicals are Back" featuring
host/singer/dancer, Hugh Jackman. His presence dwindled as the night
went on allowing the Oscars themselves to be the host. Another nice
touch! If you compete with Clint, Meryl, Jack, and Brad for the
spotlight, you will lose and Jackman never showed up to battle.
Oscar Doing Biz Strategically, ABC appeared to adjust its commercial
pattern, seeking to battle potential tune-out with more frequent
but shorter breaks. Last year ABC sold commercial time in the Academy
Awards show for as much as $1.8 million for a 30-second ad. Now,
with the recession in full swing on top of five consecutive years
of declining Oscar ratings, ABC has had to lower its rates. Individual
spots have been selling for $1.4 million to $1.7 million. In recent
years, the Walt Disney Co.-owned television network could bank on
about $15 million in profit from the one-night extravaganza. Sponsors
included J.C. Penney, Hundai, Amex and Coke returned Heidi Klum
to promote women's heart health and Diet Coke.
Emmy-winning "Lost" and "Speed Racer" composer
and conductor was selected by Oscar producer Laurence Mark and executive
producer Bill Condon, also newcomers to the ceremony. Michael
Giacchino, who was nominated last year for an original score
Oscar for "Ratatouille," conducted the live telecast for
the first time. He managed to inject bit'o Hollywood nostalgia into
the live ceremony when he lead the orchestra at the Kodak Theatre.
Oscar Sans Star The late Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting
Actor trophy for his take on the Joker in The Dark Knight, with
Ledgers family accepting the award on his behalf. In the Best
Actor category, Milk star and recent Rolling Stone cover boy Sean
Penn overcame a late surge by The Wrestlers Mickey Rourke
to win his second Oscar. Rounding out the acting categories was
Penélope Cruz taking Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Christina
Barcelona and Kate Winslet finally winning a Best Actress trophy
for her role in The Reader. A good show and nearly all the awards
went to deserving homes.
A Sound Triumph For India's Slumdog Millionaires
"God is great!" exclaimed AR
Rahman, the 43-year-old
composer from Tamil Nadu who picked up two awards at 81st annual
Academy Awards Sunday night. He said he was as excited and terrified
before coming to the ceremonies as he was at his marriage! Rahman
took home Oscars for the Best Original Score and for the Best song.
Rahman shares the Oscar for the best original song with lyricist
Gulzar for the song 'Jai Ho..' Bringing more glory to India,
38-year-old Resul Pookutty bagged an Oscar for Sound Mixing.
The sound engineer was at a loss for words when his name was called
out for winning the Oscar. On receiving the award he said it was
not just an award that was handed to him but history that he held
in his hands. He said he dedicated the award to his country. Pookutty
has also won a BAFTA and a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) award for
best sound mixing in 'Slumdog' The film also won best adapted screenplay,
best cinematography, best editing awards, Best Director for and
Best Picture. The only award it did not bag was for sound editing,
which went to The Dark Knight. Indian drums resounded through the
vast Kodak Theatre and dancers picked up on the beat as Rahman sang
'O Saya' and 'Jai Ho' - his two songs shortlisted for the best original
song award notwithstanding the fact that the words were in Hindi.
Rahman becomes the third Oscar winning Indian after costume designer
Bhanu Athaiya for her work in Gandhi (1983) and director Satyajit
Ray in 1992. India's Bollywood dancing has graced the international
silver screen for decades. The last offering that mixed a dash of
Hollywood was Gandhi. Once more, Slumdogs shows us the beauty of
an exotic land dipped in brilliant colors, tastes, smells and sounds
with a little bit of yes, Hollywood. For Rahman, it was a choice
for love of music or perhaps destiny!
Keys & Queens Like Latifah, Keys
has turned herself into a glam goddess over the past years, trading
in the hip-hop style (corn rows and lots of leather) for classic
elegance (silk and diamonds). the Academy loves Queen Latifah. The
former Best Supporting Actress Nominee (for Chicago) hit the stage
to sing "I'll Be Seeing You" for the In Memoriam number
as a tribute to the Academy's recent dearly departed. Though Beyonce
and Jackman were no Astaire & Rogers, the gown on Beyonce stole
the show on the red carpet.
PElton John party guest, Kate Beckinsale; Saadiq;
performing at his Oscar party;
Fit For A
Prince First post-Oscars stop was the Governors Ball
at the Kodak Theatre where guests nibbled on lobster and shrimp
and three-level dessert boxes topped with chocolate Oscars.
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Oscar menu by Wolfgang Puck.
Leeza Gibbons, Olivia Newton-John and David Foster hosted the
high-profile awards viewing dinner party and after-party, a unique
event that put the focus on advocacy, philanthropy and volunteerism.
A Night to Make a Difference" event was webcast live over its
content delivery network (CDN) last night from Mr.
Chow in Beverly Hills. In the altruistic spirit of the event,
Highwinds donated the use of its CDN technologies and delivery services
for the event webcast. Grammy-nominated
Saadiq performed at the 17th Annual Elton
John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards(R) Viewing Party
on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Pacific Design Center in Los
Angeles. With a 3,500-dollar (£2,400) price tag per ticket,
there was no sign of the current recession at Sir Elton
John's post-Grammy fund raiser (celebrating 40 years of inspiration
and ending his Red piano show in Las Vegas). "I think it (Saadiq's
album) is one of the best albums of the year and certainly the best
R&B album of the year. I'm absolutely thrilled and excited that
he is performing at our Oscar party," said Elton who hired
the New York City-based event design company Antony Todd Incorporated
to transform the "Outdoor Plaza" of the Pacific Design
Center into an elegant arena with a modern approach on the classic
supper club, mixing traditional elements with modern and whimsical
touches. The 4:00pm cocktail reception and a five-course dinner
consisted of menu items such as aged 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano
with pear compote and Entu jelly and Carnaroli risotto flavored
with dry Marsala wine and crystallized flowers prepared by Chef
Wayne of Los Angeles-based Crumble Catering. The black and
white carpet event was co-hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish,
and co-sponsored by Chopard, Jo & Raffy Manoukian, and Vh1.
Event chairs: David and Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joseph
Blount and Craig Reynolds, Tom Calderone, Richard Cook, Elvis Costello
and Diana Krall, Stephen Daldry, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi,
Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Diane Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Limato,
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon
Stone, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Donatella Versace and John Walters.
"People are going through tremendous hardship," John told
his guests before the night's big auction for his Elton John AIDS
Foundation. "In this time of hardship, we are going to raise
as much money as we possibly can." That he did, with $4 million,
according to the party's publicist. A stay in Normandy, France,
was auctioned off for $80,000. John later joined musical guest Raphael
Saadiq onstage, garnering cheers for a version of John's "Benny
and the Jets." Around
midnight (more like 1:30am) Prince took the stage at Hollywood club
Avalon with guests like Taye Diggs, Alicia Keys, and Queen Latifah.
home for all things purple in the days to come including three albums,
expected for 09 release. Beatles' cover "Come Together"
in a jam with six-piece band -- bass, keys, drums, harmonica (Fred
Yonnet), and two backup singers warmed everyone up. "Turn
the lights down, please," Prince asked, after sending a shout-out
to Penelope Cruz and Esmeralda Spalding, all of whom watching from
a balcony where your intrepid reporter was not allowed to go. Imagine
Prince as your house DJ - playing "Cream," "The Bird,"
"Jungle Love," "Honky Tonk Women"; "Wild
Thing," which led to "Let's Go Crazy" and "7,"
the opening voiceover of which sent scads of party-goers onto the
half-full dance floor to tear things up. Well, next year, get the
royal highness on the Academy stage and he'll bring the house down
like his own party.
Yojiro Takita's film Departures took the Oscar in foreign
film catagory. The film played the Montreal film festival rather
than Toronto last fall, and had its US Premiere at the Hawaii Film
Festival. Takita's film follows a young unemployed cellist who finds
happiness as a mortician. Plus we liked the way Mr Takita says 'Sank
you!' So, go watch the movies!
Stiller shocked an Oscars audience by mocking JOAQUIN PHOENIX as
he stepped onstage to present the Best Cinematography award. Joaquin
Phoenix (seen on Letterman) says there's no hoax about it:
He really has given up acting to become a hip-hop musician. Phoenix
has been spending his time laying down tracks for a rap album in
the recording studio he built at his home, the two-time Academy
Award nominee said Tuesday in an interview to promote what he claims
is his final movie, "Two Lovers," romantic drama co-starring
Gwyneth Paltrow and reuniting him with James Gray, his director
on "The Yards" and "We Own the Night" The movie
opened on Feb. 13.
Late Night Host & Band Moves It's
tough to keep up with the changing late-night landscape. Jay
Leno took over "Tonight" in 1993, following the retirement
of host Johnny Carson, who set the standard for night-time talk
shows. Leno -- whose new show reportedly will run in the 10-11 p.m.
weeknight time lot -- is expected to sign a new deal with NBC providing
a pay raise, Daily Variety reported. Citing insiders, Variety said
Leno could earn $40 million to $50 million a year under a new deal.
Eubanks who did a set at The Baked Potato on Feb 18th may
move on. Conan
O'Brien finished his 16-year "Late Night" run last
Saturday morning with an intimate, heartfelt farewell. O'Brien,
who'll move to LA and take over "The Tonight Show" on
June 1, also promised that he won't "grow up" after the
shift. Letterman will be O'Brien's primary competitor at "The
Tonight Show." Back
in 2004, NBC was worried about losing O'Brien to ABC, Fox or CBS.
However. O'Brien won a narrow victory among viewers 18-49, and the
two shows tied among viewers 25-54 the demographics most
prized by advertisers. But, at this point, yanking Jay Leno off
"The Tonight Show" and putting O'Brien in his place looks
like the equivalent of cutting a 20-game winner from a major-league
baseball team and replacing him with a Triple-A player who's barely
.500. When they're writing a history of NBC, this may well go down
as one of the worst miscalculations ever. In
recent weeks it was reported that Max Weinberg and the Max Weinberg
7 would not be Conan O'Brien's house band on the Tonight show
because it had too many ties to the East coast and Bruce Springsteen.
But, O'Brien, announced that those rumors were false. The Max Weinberg
7 will join Conan in June on the Tonight show. Jimmy Fallon will
replace fellow "SNL" alum Conan O'Brien in March as the
host of NBC's "Late Night" talk show, now to be known
as "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The Roots
are Fallon's house band. (Premieres March 2, 12:37 a.m., NBC.).
Since forming in Philadelphia in the early 1990s, the Roots have
been one of the best regarded bands in hip-hop and music. Seeing
hip-hop regularly on a late show will be revolutionary in itself,
but the Roots are more than a hip-hop band. Their debut "Do
You Want More?!!!??!" had obvious jazz influence. The group
may be best known for their Grammy-winning collaboration with Erykah
Badu, "You Got Me"; Their hit off their 2002 disc "Phrenology,"
performed with Cody Chesnutt "The Seed (2.0)"
is one of the best rock songs of the decade. They've toured with
the Dave Matthews Band, joined "The Colbert Report" in
Philadelphia and played backing band for the concert film "Dave
Chappelle's Block Party." "We're going to cover every
genre, though I doubt we'll do bluegrass," said ?uestlove.
"This is a chance to really show people how diverse we are."
Highlights from the Grammy Show (aside from FPP -formulaic
perfomrance pairings) the winners were:
1. Radiohead with USC marching band
2. Paul McCartney and Dave Growhl
3. Adele winning
in both catagories, best female and best new artist.
clips Radiohead played 15 Steps with the USC marching band and
ripped up I Saw Her Standing There with Dave Grohl on drums.
No worries, you can hear it Live
at Liverpool. And, Sir, Paul, we like your t-shirt (Beatles
with red noses). Yeah, and you still get the girls screaming! Though
sat side by side for the dinner and show, they do have a history
going back a few years. Grohl first met McCartney in 2007 when the
Foos recorded Wings Band On The Run at Londons
Abbey Road studios and Macca simply popped by the session, according
to bassist Nate Mendel. Then in June of last year, Grohl joined
McCartney onstage at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, playing drums
on I Saw Her Standing There and Back In The U.S.S.R.
as well as handling guitar and backing vocals for Band On
The Run. And lest we forget, Grohl also played all the drums
on Beatles songs used in the 1993 movie Backbeat. But with a resume
that includes guest stints with everyone from Led Zeppelins
John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page to Tom Petty to Motorheads
Lemmy Kilmister, not to mention gigs with Queens of the Stone Age
and Tenacious D, has Grohl reached his hero worship peak? Once youve
bagged a Beatle, whos left?! Also great big congrats to our
favorite New Artist winner, Adele.
An unnamed producer has been chosen for the album which will be
recorded in Malibu, California. Adele feels that recording away
from home will limit distractions. As of 9 December, 2008 Adele
has chosen three or four songs likely to go on the album. The album
will be influenced by T-bone Burnett -produced albums such as the
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Adele is scheduled to launch an 11 city
United States tour that starts 9 March. Highlights include a 5 May
birthday concert at New York's Roseland Ballroom and a 28 June Hollywood
Bowl concert where she will co-headline with Etta James. On the
day of the Grammy, she was really excited to meet Whitney, Justin,
Miley, Snoop Dog and when asked where she's going to put her two
Grammys - she responds. "On the toilet...in the cabinets, of
course." Congrats Ms Adele.
'Pay What You Want' Model Works For Some. Speaking of Radiohead
- their publisher, Warner-Chapell, has released figures on their
most recent album, "In Rainbows" which shows that across
all mediums, physical and download, the band sold three million
albums. Considering their previous three albums sold in the low
hundreds of thousands, that's not too bad for the "pay what
you want" model!
Just one small detail. You have to have fans like Radiohead! The
album has sold 1.75 million physical CDs to date The band have over
17 million plays on Last.fm, and have sold 1.2 million gig tickets.
They also sold 100,000 box sets online, which retailed at £40
or so. Also, by releasing it themselves rather than going through
a traditional record company, the band made a much bigger chunk
of that cash than they would otherwise have had. The only downside
to the experiment, in the eyes of the band, seemed to be that they
spent far more time talking about the way the music was being sold
than the music itself.
Not very Radiohead. But, not bad.
Solid Gain Warner
Music Group Corp. Reports Solid Results for the 2009 Fiscal
First Quarter Ended December 31, 2008 Digital Revenue in the Quarter
Grew 20% Year Over Year to $171 Million; Cash Balance Grew to an
impressive $549 Million, a more than three-fold increase from the
December 31, 2007. "Though facing difficult economic conditions
and tough prior-year comparisons, we executed on our strategy and
remain confident in achieving our long-term goals," said Edgar
Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group's Chairman and CEO. "We continue
to develop new music business solutions and maintain our digital
leadership position, while managing costs, gaining share and delivering
strong returns on A&R investments." Major sellers in the
quarter included the Twilight soundtrack and titles from Seal, Nickelback,
Enya and Johnny Hallyday. On a constant-currency basis, the decline
in mechanical revenue of 16.4% was offset by a 10.0% increase in
synchronization revenue, a 4.3% rise in performance revenue and
a strong 66.7% increase in digital revenue. Music Publishing operating
income was $5 million, up 25.0% from $4 million in the prior-year
quarter. Warner Music Group became the only stand-alone music company
to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its
broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group
is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music
industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Bad Boy, Cordless, East West,
Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner
Bros. and Word.
Aiken no longer with his record label -- RCA -- following
in the tradition of other 'Idol' alums, including Blake Lewis, Katharine
McPhee, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard. Bloggers first noticed
Aiken's information was missing from RCA's Web site. In January,
Aiken ended his run as Sir Robin in "Monty Python's Spamalot"
when the show closed its doors. He also surprised everyone late
last year when he announced he was gay and became a father. "I
cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," the singer
said at the time.
"Consumers Digest Best Buy" rating is determined
by Consumers Digest editors and is awarded to products that demonstrate
exceptional value in the extremely competitive marketplace.
Sennheiser Headphones are featured in the February 2009 edition
of Consumers Digest and include the powerful, bass-driven MX 560
earbuds, the precise HD 280 Pro professional studio headphones,
and the top-of-the-line PXC 450 noise canceling headphones. All
of these "Consumers Digest Best Buys" are available at
major US consumer electronics retail stores.
Sennheiser MX 560 high-performance earbuds received a Best Buy among
"economy" models in the "Canalphones/Earbuds"
category. The MX 560 is praised as comfortable, "with surprising
clarity, depth and detail for the dollar," according to Consumers
Digest. Sennheiser's HD 280 Pro professional headphones received
a Best Buy among "midrange" models in the "Full-Size
Headphones" category. Not only does it sound "better than
headphones that cost $100 more," according to Consumers Digest,
but it delivers "deep bass, full midrange and lively highs."
presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned keyboard
artist/composer Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,
solo artist) and multiple GRAMMY Award/OSCAR-winning jazz visionary
Herbie Hancock (Miles Davis, The Headhunters, solo artist). Chosen
for their excellence in music, innovation and dedication to the
arts, Emerson and Hancock were presented with the awards during
dedicated ceremonies at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show in California.
Sound Syndrome (left: Beethoven's Nineth symphony - Molto Vivace)
When Julian Asher listens to an orchestra, he doesn't just hear
music; he also sees it. The sounds of a violin make him see a rich
burgundy color, shiny and fluid like a red wine, while a cello's
music flows like honey in a golden yellow hue. One suggestion is
that synesthesia and autism in a single person may make him or her
a savant, someone with a singular and extreme intellectual ability.
Asher, a researcher in the department of genomic medicine at Imperial
College London, has a rare condition called synesthesia, a neurological
condition in which people experience a mixing of their senses. When
he was a child, Asher would go to the symphony with his parents
and assumed that the lights went down so that everyone could see
the colors better. "I mean, why else would they do it?"
he said. "My parents asked something, and I said, 'Oh, they
turned the lights off so you could see the colors,' and they had
no idea what I was talking about, and that's when I realized that
they didn't see what I saw," he said. He never knew that his
condition had a name until he happened to be researching the genetics
of perfect pitch, which has been anecdotally linked with synesthesia.
"Even to this day, I'll run into people who study neuroscience
for a living, and they've never heard of it," he said. There
are organizations that promote awareness, but still a lot of people
don't know about it, he said. As many as 1 percent of people have
the most recognizable form of synesthesia, studies say. Acclaimed
Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov, who wrote "Lolita,"
famously had the disorder, as did physicist Richard Feynman and
composer Franz Liszt.
Bands COME TOGETHER
Morning Benders, Oakland/Berkley, CA
Who Meets Who: '60s pop heavyweights like the Beach Boys, the
Beatles, and the Kinks
Cleveland rapper got a major boost at SXSW, where he showed up higher-billed
acts like Chromeo
and Kid Sister "Im jus Cudi u know? IM wierd...i love cheeseburgers
and beer...i only make music about realness....my lifes goal is
to live on the moon...im not the president, so dont expect me to
go there musically...but if u wanna hear suttin soooo awesomely
dope, different, deep, passionate, fun, and abstract, then look
no further fella ya found him. lol"--Kid
Dope or the president, you're not. Learn how to spell, man!
the Best Engineered Album, and Producer of the Year Grammy awards
get lumped into the pre-show with best polka album, to make room
for Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus to play BFF while the world watches
on, wondering which one is dating which Jonas brother? Kudos to
Rick Rubin (Metallica, Neil Diamond, Weezer) for his producer
of the year award, and Vance Powell, Jack White and Joe
Chiccarelli (U2, Frank Zappa, Elton John) for
best engineered album. Oh and one more thing...how do the grammy's
completely forget Leroi
Moore from the Dave Matthews Band in their tribute to those
who passed away this year? Ridiculous."
-- Luke Brawner (courtesy of Bob Lefsetz)
the pretelecast awards ceremony, King, 83, who won his 15th Grammy,
for best traditional blues album for One Kind Favor
(Geffen), alluded to the recession. I
believe the blues, the way things are today, is more important now
than it ever was. Unless you got a lot of money. I dont.
and file-sharing were inevitable progressions in technology, the
way that compact discs were a progression from cassette tapes. The
biz used to get by knowing that one hit single could sell a million
albums (or more) at $10 a pop. Now, a hit single will most likely
only sell a million single song downloads (if that) at 99c a pop,
which is obviously 1/10 the revenue. "
life I've had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I'm here.
--AR. Rahman, composer (Oscar awards acceptance speech)
Devotees throng the temples offering jal (water) and bael (bilva)
leaves to Lord Shiva on the occasion of his birth anniversary. There
is a story related to Shivratri, about the union of Shiva and Shakti.
Shiva is the silent witness, the chidakasha and Shakti is chitti
or chidvilasa, the energy that plays and displays in the infinite
space. Shiva is the formless Being; Shakti is the manifestation
in the field. This is the recognition of the dual aspect of matter
and energy. Happy Shivratri!
The End, The Love You Take Is Equal To The Love You Make ..."
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