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June is here...graduations, weddings... while news from US economy remains surreal, need for comfort -company of a loved one or friend, nourishment for the body and soul, remain in high demand.
We find inspiration on the streets with The Soloist and visit Thug Studios in the heart of NoHo's art district. Unexpected audio gurus gather at the ninth hole sponsored by studioexpresso and Studio Suite. Learn how to stretch your session dollar and find a beautiful end at a custom hybrid studio
called Rourketown. Chilla in Isla Vista and happy 30th to SPARS - our new Affiliate.

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Hello to NoHo's Thug Studios!

You figure after touring the world and selling more than 3.5 million records being the bassist for rock band Fuel you would want to slow down a bit and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Not Jeff Abercrombie, owner of Thud Studios

The No Ho Arts District of North Hollywood in California now offers musicians, artists, producers a professional, vibrant, and creative environment called Thud Studios. Here you can rehearse or record with reasonable rates - hourly or monthly lockout deals available. Though the facility offers a network of engineers, producers, and songwriters, clients are welcome to bring their own entourage.
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Prairie Sun

Setting up camp in Studio C at Prairie Sun in recent weeks was the band Stockholm Syndrome, laying tracks for their new album with veteran engineer John Keane (REM). Formed by bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Joseph (the Jackmormons), the band also features Danny Louis (Gov't Mule) on keyboards, Bay Area great Eric McFadden on guitar, and Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow) on drums. Staff engineer Gene Cornelius assisted. Members of the Abolitionists convened at Prairie Sun this winter for further work on their song catalog. Founding member Jim Cohn was in attendance this year, working with fellow founding member and Prairie Sun founder Mark "Mooka" Rennick. Musicians attending this year's session included trumpeter Marcus Cohen, saxophonist Kate Pittard, and vocalist Kate Van Horn, with staff engineer Adam Weiss manning the board. Another first-time Abolitionist this year was engineer Oz Fritz, who mixed the track "Basho Jones" in Studio A.

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San Francisco-based ensemble Rupa & the April Fishes , who tracked their new album with esteemed engineer Oz Fritz in Studio B. The sessions featured a diverse array of musicians from various musical backgrounds who make up the band's eclectic generic soup. Rupa & the April Fishes' last album, "eXtraOrdinary rendition," has hit #1 on iTunes world music chart several times, and with the band just back from touring Europe, we expect similar success for this next record, which will be mixed in Studio A in the coming weeks. Call Sun's new Studio Manager, Marshall Fassino. You can reach him at the office at (707) 795-7011


JR Richards
A Beautiful End

JR Richards was the lead singer for the band “Dishwalla” who eventually went on hiatus, and now Richards is eager to share his music in a new way--with the release of his solo debut album 'A Beautiful End'

"I moved four times during the making of this album and went from one end of the U.S. to the other. Twice...But whenever creativity struck, I had to find or create a place to work in. Because of that, I met some really cool people along the way. When you read the credits, notice how many studios I list as working in. Too many," he says, laughing.

Recorded at the iconic former A&M Studios (now known as Jim Henson Studios), Richards was joined by a who's who of musicians, including legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, lead guitarist Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), bass player Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), Phil X (Powder) and renowned engineer Steve Churchyard (INXS). The project was mixed by Michael C Ross at producer Sylvia Massy's Radiostar Studios in Weed, California. It debuted at #12 on iTunes Alternative Album chart. Richards continues to express himself in different ways by composing scores for indie film projects. These include the Ami Mann directed film "Morning," which also featured him in a central role opposite Annabeth Gish and Tess Harper. He has also guest-starred on several television series, including "Charmed," and contributed singles to the soundtracks of blockbuster films and TV shows, including "American Pie," "The Banger Sisters," "Smallville," "NCIS," and "The Real OC." The dreamy cover arrt is by Michael Godard. California and Chicago dates to support the album launch.



How To Stretch Your Session Dollar

Recording budget-concious clients can find helpful tips to save in production cost on Avatar Studio blog site .
studioexpresso's Top 3 pick - Things you can do to save in studio cost.

Booking: Any good studio manager wants to know that you are interested in last-minute bookings (ask to be contacted whenever something opens up - late cancellations, etc) and keep in touch! A little bit of patience and perseverance might save you some dough. Being able to do things last minute in an unbooked room will save you some money. If that is an option for you logistically, then you just have to be that much prepared to be able to pull it off, which means planning everything out and being able to execute at a moment's notice. Prepping & Organizing: Rehearse or gig heavily before entering the studio. If needed, have charts written out, copied, collated and ready to go. You don't want musicians waiting for copies to be made on your dime. Even better, give a copy to the musicians beforehand. Make sure you take or ask for detailed notes on what you have recorded. The time you take to do this will save you many painful hours later when you have to find what you want to edit or mix. A little organization goes a long way. Hiring Talent: Hire good talent, whether it is musicians or engineers, who can work fast and save you time, but still maintain quality. If you need recommendations, visit here : mixer/engineers or producres. Smooth sessions!


Key To Custom Hybrid Studio Setup
Tonelux at Rourketown Studios

Form factor and functionality were instrumental in Jeff O'Rourke's decision to purchase a Tonelux Designs Ltd. console for his Rourketown Studios facility in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. The setup combines the best of both analog and digital audio for O'Rourke, with the Tonelux analog desk, configured to handle over forty inputs, uniquely integrated alongside a Digidesign work surface in a custom-designed console.

The ability to perfectly match the profile of the modular Tonelux system with that of the Digidesign D Command was a critical factor in the design of the custom-configured console, which was manufactured by Sterling Modular studio furnishings. The unique configuration features the analog and digital surfaces either side of a center section that incorporates metering and automation master control.

"I was able to fit the Tonelux right alongside the D Command and shape the buckets the way I wanted them," explains O'Rourke, an engineer, producer and former guitarist with Los Angeles-based rap-rock band, Phunk Junkeez. "And the small format was great, because I was able to put everything into a smaller footprint."

When O'Rourke and his clients are tracking in the Chris Pelonis-designed Rourketown facility, signals pass through an eclectic collection of outboard preamps directly into Pro Tools and the tracks are monitored via the D Command work surface faders. "I spend all my time on the Tonelux when I'm mixing," says O'Rourke. "I have a dedicated EQ and compressor wired inline for every insert on the Tonelux, so when I hit the insert buttons on the console everything is right there, ready to go. I don't have to do any patching to start a mix."

Charlie Bolis of Vertigo Recording Services wired the custom console setup and the vast array of vintage and contemporary outboard equipment. The Tonelux console was supplied by Vintage King Audio and automated with Martinsound Flying Faders motorized fader automation.

"When I'm in mixing mode, Pro Tools is simply used as a playback and record machine, and the Tonelux is my main focus. It's fun and intuitive to mix on Flying Faders, although it was kind of a luxury to do it," he says. "Flying Faders is easy and touch sensitive. I don't have to do any breakpoint editing when I mix. It feels more organic like playing an instrument. When I'm on the Tonelux I'm free from the mouse and computer screen."

A variety of sessions have passed through Rourketown since the new setup was commissioned, including mixing the latest "Eyes Set To Kill" album with Tom Flowers, a California-based mix engineer well known for his work with pop punk band The Ataris. "So far everybody has been loving it," O'Rourke says, who appreciates both the high performance and the low power consumption of the Tonelux system. "The console is almost completely discrete, and it has a totally ground up circuit design from Paul Wolff. As far as I understand Paul has come up with a very smart design. The console has super high headroom without needing constant "pedal-to-the-metal power. Most importantly it sounds amazing."

The one-of-a-kind custom console design was a labor of love for O'Rourke, who appreciates the efforts of the vendors involved. "I can't say enough about the Martinsound people. The guys over there were great. Jim at Sterling Modular was amazing too. Charlie Bolois did a great job as always, and the guys at Vintage King were extremely helpful, especially when it came to letting me listen to the gear before I made my final decisions. And, of course, Paul Wolff was great and very patient with all my questions.
Building this console was a great experience and I'm very happy with everything. It looks amazing, too!"

For more information on Tonelux products, phone (702) 307-2700 or email Brad Lunde More info at www.transaudiogroup.com






Stockholm Syndrome at Prairie Sun




Rupa & the April Fishes at Prairie Sun













Recent sessions at Avatar include: Paul Simon recording in Avatar Studio A with producer Phil Ramone and engineer Andy Smith, assisted by Brian Montgomery. Recording music for film Taking Woodstock in Studio C with producer Danny Elfman, engineer Lawrence Manchester & Brian Montgomery assisted by Aki Nishimura. Music for Gutenberg! The Musical! recorded in Studio C with producer Tommy Krasker, engineer Bart Migal assisted by Aki Nishimura & Bob Mallory.







The design of the Tonelux product line is geared towards the “new studio model”, where so much more of the production work is being done in the Work Station, and the requirement for a large frame console is not as necessary as it has been in the past.

Modular in construction, the possible combinations are almost limitless. Used in rack or console configurations, you can combine the modules in any way to make a completely custom setup. Ever wanted a custom recording system that was guaranteed compatible, affordable, and easy to setup and use.




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 A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA), SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech

LasVegasProAudio.com is 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.
LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,
Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland)

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Got Soundfield ?
TransAudio Group Ready To Ship Stereo-to-5.1 Converters

SoundField , the UK-based manufacturer and supplier of multi-capsule mic systems for stereo and surround audio capture in the broadcast and audio recording markets, has begun shipping the first quantities of its latest product, the UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 converter, to satisfy international pre-orders.

Aimed at the broadcast market, the UPM-1 is a 19-inch rack processor designed to create 5.1 content from old program material that only has a stereo soundtrack. Such 'legacy' programming is a problem for companies broadcasting in high-definition with 5.1 surround audio, because listeners find it distracting when modern HD shows are broadcast in 5.1 surround and then the audio narrows to a very 'flat-sounding' two channels for older material. This kind of distracting switch can occur even within one show.
All the modern content in an HD sports show will be in 5.1, but older clips of past sporting events usually have only a stereo soundtrack. To modern HD broadcasters, this kind of repeated expansion and contraction of the audio soundscape is unacceptable. The UPM-1 provides a fast, easy-to-use solution.

The UPM-1 distinguishes itself from other available stereo-to-surround processes in several ways. It works not by adding reverb or using phase shifts to generate new material for the rear channels in a 5.1 soundscape.
In fact, the UPM-1 adds nothing 'new' to the audio at all. All of the material in the 5.1 mix that appears at the processor's outputs is derived from spatial information present in the original stereo signal. What's more, the UPM-1's processing is adaptive, changing with the input signal, rather than remaining constant irrespective of input.

The UPM-1 generates 5.1 from two channels by analyzing the original stereo audio using a patented algorithm that separates the audio into its so-called Direct and Ambient components. The former encompasses the 'dryer,' less reverberant components in the original sound (for example those elements that would have been close to the microphone when the audio was recorded), while the latter refers to the more reverberant components (like those sound sources that would have been further away at the time of recording). These elements can then be processed separately and routed in different proportions to the 5.1 mix if required, using the UPM-1's simple front-panel rotary controls. In addition to discrete controls for the input level and individual 5.1 output channels, the level of the direct sound component in the original signal may be adjusted independently from that of the Ambient sound in the rear channels, and the Ambient component in the front three channels. The UPM-1 also offers control over the perceived width of the front three channels, and over whether the material appearing at the front center of the 5.1 soundscape will be routed only to the center channel or equally to the left and right channels ('phantom center').

To take a practical example, if an archive clip of a sports broadcast in stereo is put through the UPM-1, it will be possible to alter the level of the acoustically dry commentary found in the phantom center of the stereo mix without affecting the reverberant crowd ambience. Similarly, sending some of the reverberant crowd noise to the rear channels of the 5.1 mix is possible without also routing the sound of the ball being kicked on the pitch or the voice of the commentator to the surround speakers.

"There have been solutions for broadcasters who want to use archive stereo material on 5.1 HD transmissions before," comments Ken Giles, managing director of SoundField, "but the UPM-1 really has something to offer broadcasters in terms of its unique approach, operational speed and simplicity. You plug it in, put stereo into it, and immediately you have broadcast-ready digital 5.1 audio that still sounds like the original signal, not swamped with extra reverb and processing. We're certain this ease of use has been a key factor in the high level of interest and the healthy pre-orders the UPM-1 has generated."

The first UPM-1s began shipping from SoundField's head office in early May, following pre-orders to Canada, the USA, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, and within the UK, to the international satellite broadcaster Sky.

For SoundField products email Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA), SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech
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.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,
Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland)






























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Watch Video Interviews with Top producers from Legendary Studios
studioexpresso in alliance with Record Production & Babblefish is pleased to bring you these interviews. Watch the video interviews by clicking on the producer names below.
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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
- Fig, Glendale, CA
Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Al Schmitt Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Toby Scott -- coming soon!
Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
-- Sony Music Studios, Santa Monica
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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The Santa Fe Mix You may not live in this area, but you can hear it online as well at www.KBAC.com. (Click on the little “Listen Live” icon toward the upper left part of their opening screen, and wade through the little commercial...then you should get the broadcast stream.) It’s Monday evening, from 10:00-midnight in Santa Fe, so if you are in California it will start at 9:00. "We'll be playing lot of good live music performed in the studio by fine local music artists, with interviews and some other fun stuff. There is a lot of great musical talent in this area, and we are excited about building a showcase for them," says David Schwartz, co-host and producer of a new weekly radio show that premiers this Monday June 1
New Music Spins. The day after Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" played on Grey's Anatomy, it became the most downloaded song on iTunes, and the show's soundtrack was later nominated for a Grammy. After that, Atlantic Records gave Alexandra Patsavas of Chopshop Records her own label. Most recently, she selected the soundtrack for the movie Twilight, which has brought in $380 million at the box office to date.
MySpace's New No. 1 Friend Former Facebook exec Owen Van Natta becomes CEO of MySpace In April 2009. Owen Van Natta was the CEO of Project Playlist. He served the Chief Revenue Officer at Facebook until he left in February 2008. Prior to Facebook, Owen was Vice President of Worldwide Business and Corporate Development at Amazon. He was part of the executive team of A9.com, the Amazon search company, and he was responsible for business development and sponsored-link advertising. Owen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The vision of the A R Rahman Foundation is to strive towards making poverty history. As a first step towards achieving this vision, the foundation will set up educational institutions and provide world class, state-of-the-art infrastructure and education to underprivileged children who do not have the means to access & fund their education. This will equip them with knowledge and skill sets to pursue specialized higher studies that will provide them career opportunities to build a secure future for themselves and their families. You might know A.R. Rahman as the Oscar-winning composer behind Slumdog Millionaire's "Jai Ho," which has been downloaded more than 100,000 times on iTunes and was re-recorded as a hit collaboration with the Pussycat Dolls. But Rahman has been writing Bollywood hits since 1992. His soundtracks have reshaped Indian pop, adding influences from jazz, reggae, and Western classical music, and have sold more than 100 million copies. Rahman also created the musical Bombay Dreams and has been testing new forms of music distribution; through a tie-up with Nokia, he recently released an album just for the company's music-phone users in India. Rahman released a coloring book for children featuring stories based on human values of love & peace. A new story to be released every month. Each coloring book is priced at INR 99/- only and proceeds from sales will go towards the A R Rahman Foundation.

In music, all roads lead to -- and from -- Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records. The resurrection of the New Kids on the Block. The exclusive Best Buy deal for Guns N' Roses. MySpace's music venture. Dr. Dre's high-tech headphones. Iovine had a hand in all these projects -- and he's still thinking big, bold, and increasingly multimedia. "We just built a television studio across the street from Interscope," he says. "It's a performance-nightclub facility where we'll create new content every day," Iovine says.

Follow The Ninth Hole
TEC L.A. Open's 9th hole co-spnosored by studioexpresso and Studios Suite

l-r: All Kings, Al Schmitt the winner of 19 Grammys (r), as well as the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award; studioexpresso's Claris with engineer/mixer, David Rideau

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio and Honorary Chairman Al Schmitt joined close ot 100 players from audio royalty at the 9th hole co-sponsored by studioexpresso and Studio Suite on May 11. "Joel (Stoner of Studio Suite) and I were happy to respond to organizer, Karen Dunn's invitation this year. It felt good to support the 14th Annual TEC LA Open (formerly Mix). We had a blast. I think everyone enjoyed the beautiful day at Malibu Country Club and had a good time especially at the 9th hole where variety of beverages including espresso got served," says studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge.

l-r: Studio Suite's Joel Stoner, Tournee Chairman and legendary mixer/engineer, Al Schmitt, studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-dodge, Capitol Studios.....; Ed Cherney, Trish Silverman and Stoner of Studio Suite,....Gavin Lurssen

"Best Ball" tournament winners and loosers were all smiles. First place went to Natural Soundfields Limited (Eric Tomooka, Ken Dahlinger, Mike Cruz and Richard Gordon) with a score of 57; second to Ed Cherney Team (Cherney, Scott Thurston, Frank Pirruccello and Jerry Kanter) with a score of 61; third to The Village (Charlie Bidwell, Ken Cross, Rudy Tomjunovich and Kyle Smith), also with a score of 61 but which lost on a card-off versus the second-place team with a birdie on hole 5. The Long Drive went to Cyle Wehbu; Closest to Pin to Alex Brown; Longest Putt to Rudy Tomjonovich; and Putting Contest to Jason Toney.

Trish Silverman & Kolet Minassian; Ed Cherney at the 9th Hole sponsored by studioexpresso and studio suite; Le Mobile's Guy Charbeneau with Joel and Claris; Studio Suite's Stoner flanked by Studio angels and managers of Record Plant, Sound City and Capitol Studios'

Attendees included music producers, engineers and other professionals from leading production facilities, manufacturers and distributors. "We are grateful to the many companies who are sponsoring the event in this time of economic uncertainty," said tournament director Karen Dunn of KMD Productions. Proceeds from the tournament support Mix Foundation's educational programs, including the TEC Awards and TECnology Hall of Fame.


From The Stage To The Streets and Back
The Soloist Raises Awareness For The Homeless and Mental Illness

l-r: New West Symphony's Wendy Velasco; The Soloiost

The Soloist is based on a true story about LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez (played by Robert Downey, Jr) who meets the mysterious figure Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former music prodigy living on Los Angeles' skid row.
Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get Ayers who is obsessed with Beethoven, Mozart, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond, off the streets and back to the world of music. But even as he fights to save Ayers’ life, he begins to see that it is Ayers – with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love – who is profoundly changing Lopez.

The Soloist producer Gary Foster was guest of The New West Symphony at a recent film screening at Muvico theater at The Oaks. Foster spoke about the film and expressed the rewarding experience despite the lack of the box office success.
Edie Markman who plays violin with the LA Phil spoke about the 14-hour shoot that produced the magical scene with Ayers attending a concert of the LA Phil. New West Symphony benefit organized a food drive with Manna, a local Conejo Valley food bank. New West Symphony Assistant principal cellist, Wendy Velasco played at the pre-screening reception (Ben Hong, LA Phil's assistant principal cellist taught Jamie Foxx the cello in preparation for his role as Ayers).
Maestro Brott presented Foster a with New West Symphony comissioned collectible posters of Beethoven and Mozart by artist/designer, John Vanhamersveld.

l-r: New West Symphony President, Len Linton, Executive Director, Nelson Dodge; Soloist producer, Gary Foster and NWS music director, Boris Brott; Symphony guests and patrons offer donations to Manna; composer Dario Marianelli

The Soloist is directed by the young, gifted and British Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice). The score is written by Dario Marianelli. Though the subject matter is heavy, the filming and story telling is poetically light hearted. We give it a studioexpresso thumbs up! This may not be your box office smash hit but look for it at the Oscars!
The Song When Robert Downey Jr.'s character is in his house; dancing and drinking wine at night towards the beginning of the movie? Mr. Bojangles by Neil Diamond. Decca Release the CD with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performances on 4/21/2009. Watch the trailer here

MetAlliance Certifies More Products

L-R: Elliot Scheiner; Janice Norton, Prism US Operations Mgr.; Ed Cherney; Frank Oglethorpe, Prism US Sales and Technical Specialist, and George Massenburg.

Prism Sound, manufacturer of premium-quality interfaces and converters for the recording and broadcast markets, has been granted Music Engineering & Technology Alliance certification for two of its products, the ADA-8XR multi-channel AD/DA converter and the Orpheus multi-channel FireWire computer interface. Established in 2005 by renowned music producers and recording engineers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, and Al Schmitt, the METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. At Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Al Schmitt has been using Prism Sound's ADA-8XR converters to record Willy Nelson, Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. "In my opinion," he commented

The E.N.D.
New Black Eyed Peas album Mastered at Bernie Grundman

L-R: During mastering sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering are Dante Santiago, A&R creative executive producer; will.i.am, artist/executive producer; Dylan "3D" Dresdow, mixer; Padraic "Padlock"Kerin, recording engineer; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer. Photo by David Goggin.

Renowned rapper/producer will.i.am booked Bernie Grundman Mastering for sessions with mastering engineer Chris Bellman to finalize the new Black Eyed Peas album for manufacturing and distribution. The Interscope album, The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), is set for June 9 release on the Interscope label. Will.i.am rose to fame as frontman and founder of the hit rap group The Black Eyed Peas, with pop singer Fergie, and rappers Taboo and apl.de.ap. After the 2008 US presidential election, will.i.am released "It's a New Day." The video depicts historical events that led to the election of the first African-American President of the United States and features celebrities such as Fergie, Olivia Wilde, Kanye West, Harold Perrineau, Kevin Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick. It first debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and appears on the 2009 compilation album, Change is Now: Renewing America's Promise. In honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States, will.i.am collaborated with producer David Foster on the patriotic song "America's Song", with contributing vocals from Seal, Bono, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Hill. In the just-released film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will.i.am plays Wraith, a teleporter who befriends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) during a mutant military mission to Africa.? Years later, Wolverine tracks down his pal at a nondescript boxing gym in Las Vegas and the two take off on a fact-finding adventure. "Boom Boom Pow," the first single from the new Black Eyed Peas album, is now available.

Mixerman. The Book. "We're going to smoke fatties and make a record," says Willy in the book.
The mystery writer's blog may have been more interesting than the book, but the fans have compared him to Spinal Tap.
Like most narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom the readers can have nothing but contempt.
A recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Did you say big? Those were the days! While describing brilliantly the hate and hilarity that big budgets, big egos and bigger expectations bring to ‘artistic’ endeavors, Mixerman’s diary soon became both a fast growing Internet sensation with a huge following as well as a sword of Damocles he had sharpened himself. Is it true that he weighs in excess of 450 pounds and still manages to perform daily Pilates with the grace of Baryshnikov at the Venice Beach Gold’s Gym? His publisher says he can be reached through his website mixerman.net where he also hosts a regular and popular podcast on recording. Your guess as to his true identity is as good as ours, but if you figure it out, please let the publisher know. Hal Leonard would like to send him a big check!

Fast For Life “Can it be possible that right now, two and a half million people are waking up in refugee camps having been driven from their homes by violent means? Under the same sun, could it be true that almost half a million people have died of starvation, violence, and disease over the past six years in Darfur? And if this is true, why has the media remained almost completely silent on the issue? Why has our government maintained it’s current stance of inaction?,” asks recording artist Jon Foreman joined the DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE today, following activist-actress Mia Farrow and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson. A longtime activist and front man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot, Foreman undertook a water-only fast, in order to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis. Hear and watch Sir Richard Branson and others in sharing their experiences during the fast through video and blog posts at www.fastdarfur.org. To purification of body, mind, and soul!

Artist Come Together!
Chilla in Isla Vista, California with Blue Turtle Seduction

May 2009 or Woodstock 1969? Peace, Love and Harmony is alive on the campus of UC Santa Barbara where Blue Turtle Seduction entertained fans who made the lazy Sunday afternoon come to life on the dance floor.

Artist/location: South Lake Tahoe, CA band, The Blue Turtle Seduction is: Adam Navone -drums
Christian Zupancic -fiddle, mandolin, vocals; Glenn Stewart -harmonica, vocals; Jay Seals -guitar, vocals; Stephen Seals -bass

Who Meets Who: jam-newgrass?, how about gypsy rock?, no its Duran Duran meets String Cheese Incident, meets the Clash ... no its not, its Blind Melon meets the Samples... forget it, just come to the show!

Milestone: new album, 13 Floors, available at iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody. Also on Pandora (A New kind of Radio -- stations that play only music you like)

"A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet."
--Bob Dylan (67-year-old Dylan is on top of his game on his 33rd studio album, Together Through Life, released this month).

Thank you Vessy Mink for submitting The Earth Loves Me

Happy Father's day to all you Dads -- June 21!

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