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This month expresso tour goes to Glendale to learn about building The Bridge Recording. TransAudio is making new moves and singing the Crane Song in Las Vegas. We visit with British singer/songwriter sensation via Focusrite and drop in Village studios to hear a master class. Spotify is up and MySpace is down. We also bring you news from majors and minors who keep the music alive.

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The Bridge to Great Recordings
Glendale, California

Designed by Kaufman & Associates The Bridge Recording was chosen in the Mix Class of 2010 since its opening in the August of the same year.
"... we have seasoned staff with great ears, minds, and hearts," says studio
owner Greg Curtis. Top engineers, producers and composers who have recorded at The Bridge include: Brad Haehnel , Chris Fogel , Shawn Murphy, John Kurlander and sessions for the TV series: The Simpsons. John Debney - "The Change Up," Aaron Zigman - "Yellow," Christopher Lennertz - "The Avengers," and Austin Wintory - "Vessel." You get the picture! "Clients rely on us to give them a really great sound and experience, reliably and on-time, without any glitches. We make them feel comfortable doing their work here, and send them home smiling. This is what sets us apart," says Curtis. Read more here


TransAudio Moves to Accommodate Growth
Same Great Service. New Address: 7340 Smoke Ranch Road, Suite A Las Vegas

High-end pro audio distributor TransAudio Group recently moved to a new, more expansive office space, virtually a stone's throw from its old facilities. The new TransAudio Group headquarters is located at 7340 Smoke Ranch Road, Suite A in fabulous Las Vegas. The move more than doubles TransAudio Group's floor space, adding nearly 3,000 square feet devoted mostly to warehousing with the addition of several new offices and demo rooms.
For more information on contact 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), Chameleon Labs , Crane Song, Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors


Soul is back and beautiful with Jill Scott who has compiled 15 "feel good" songs on her new album distributed by Warner Bros. In the opening song "Blessings" she reminds us that we can always find something to be grateful...Scott telling us in song and spoken word of all she's thankful for: her son, her grandmother at 92.
Summery vibe of "So In Love" features Anthony Hamilton. "Shame" is retro Funk with cool drum beats and horns. "Making You Wait," is Jill's anthem for self-respecting young woman. "Le BOOM Vent Suite" is a 9-minute piece with the first three and a half minutes sunny and upbeat before segueing into a slower groovy ballad second half. Featured artists include: Rapper Paul Wall, Eve & the A Group. "Womanifesto" is spoken word set to an a capella backdrop. Closing is the Jazzy "Rolling Hills". Yes, the light is indeed shining on the three-time Grammy Award winning singer/actress with her debut album on WB entering #1 on Billboard 200
. This Jill Scott is returning to roots like gospel, blues, and jazz all wrapped in a feel that's new but not lost. The Light Of The Sun is produced by Dre and Vidal and mixed by Phil Tan at the Ninja Beat with sessions in LA by Sean Tallman at Threshold Sound and Vision (assisted by Todd Bergman) and The Boom Boom Room (assisted by Zachariah Redding).

On 4th of July Radiohead revealed the first series of psychedelic electro pop remixes on 12" vinyl from their album "The King of Limbs" that they released early in Febraury. The series kicks off with Caribou a.k.a. Dan Snaith (Swim) remixing Little by Little, and a remix of Lotus Flower by Jacques Greene. Meantime, Radiohead is continuing to exercise their artistic freedom even if MTV calls the album, an "atmospheric thing." The title takes its name (in part) from the oldest tree in Europe, a knotty, slightly terrifying thing deep in England's Savernake Forest. The cover art by the graphic artist, Stanley Donwood depicts ghosts in a water colored washed forest. The collection evokes emotions deep within...you become a voyeur of dreams, reflecting on expectations.

"Obligations/Complications" Thom York sings in opening line to "No Surprises." "Routines/Schedules...A job that's killing you," he continues. It may just resonate with million souls lost in today's global economic jungle. While critics have not given this album high marks after four months of its release, the content is enjoying 1,408,589 YouTube views and growing reviews. The 8-songs produced by the band and Nigel Godrich is dark and rhythmic suitable for a rave party. It sounds like Lennon playing midi on acid with hints of Flaming Lips. With eight tracks in just 37 minutes, it's the band's shortest album and sports less elegant guitar surges.



In ‘Duets II’ American icon Tony Bennett sings with such artists as the late Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin. Bennett begun the process of live recording with producer Phil Ramone, and engineer Al Schmitt during the Grammy week in February this year at the famous Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

Bennett will team up with AARP for a landmark concert in Los Angeles to benefit Drive to End Hunger. This musical spectacular will take place at the Staples Center on Saturday, September 24th and will feature songs from Bennett's anxiously awaited new album, slated for a September 20th release.
Several guest stars are also expected to join Bennett on stage in celebration of the singer's milestone 85th birthday which he celebrated this month on August 3rd.
For his seventh decade in the recording studio with more than 100 albums and 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bennett remains the artist of record of Columbia label with the greatest longevity.
Happy Birthday Mr Bennett!

John Rodd says that when it comes to medium sized orchestra recording, there are not many options in Los Angeles. "The acoustics of both the recording room and the control room were very good at The Bridge. The crew were very, very on top of things, and the restored console (Neve VRP) that had been at the Paramount scoring stage was flawless. I was recording both a multitrack and a live mix of the musicians, so there was no room for error," Rodd says.," Read more or for booking/tour click here... to reach out to Vicki Giordano, Studio Manager (818) 396-4474




Within the new space TransAudio Group will house the highly-coveted offerings from A Designs, ATC, BOCK Audio, Chameleon Labs, Crane Song, Daking, Dave Hill Designs, Drawmer, GML, Lehmann Audio, Pauly Superscreen, SABRA-SOM, Sonodyne, SoundField and TUBE-TECH.

TransAudio Group's move reflects the company's strong growth. "We've found ways to grow our brands despite a tough market," said TransAudio Group president and pro audio veteran Brad Lunde. "I believe product innovation is key to sales. Our focus on representing only engineering driven manufacturers who deliver technically outstanding products has really paid off. Couple that philosophy to our "personal" brand of service, expertise and customer supports makes the future look highly positive."

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) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.




Jill Scott
The Light Of The Sun



The entire album sounds like a dream perhaps because of the loose timing that's consistent throughout. With track listing like "Bloom," "Lotus Flower" and "Morning Mr. Magpie" you might think the band is exploring the natural world. Like live in the jungle, it reminds us to celebrate rebirth and renewal. Though in Limbs' closing track, "Separator," it appears he's describing death (can't disappear any more completely than that).



Tony Bennett
Duets II

Sept 20, 2011

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Engineer Guy Massey recorded Ed Sheeran's vocal and guitar using a Focusrite ISA430 MkII for tracks on his forthcoming album.

The Focusrite Sound for Singer/Songwriter Sensation
Ed Sheeran: “The album sounds exactly how I wanted it!”

Engineer Guy Massey recorded Ed Sheeran's vocal and guitar using a Focusrite ISA430 MkII for tracks on his forthcoming album. Ed Sheeran is one of the UK's most hotly tipped young singer/songwriters. The story of his rise to fame is familiar to most. He began making music from a young age, couch-surfing at friends' places, playing open mics all over the country before running out of money. But some things set him apart, like playing over 300 gigs in 2009, buying a ticket to LA in 2010 with no shows booked, being spotted by Jamie Foxx, selling 7,000 copies of his No.5 Collaborations Project EP and reaching number 1 in the iTunes chart without any label or promotion. Fast forward to Summer 2011, and Ed has deservedly caught the attention of the mainstream. His single 'The A-Team' debuted at number 3 in the UK singles chart, before he played to a packed stage at the world-renowned Glastonbury festival.
Ed's debut album, due out in September 2011, has been recorded by Jake Gosling (Wiley, Wretch 32, Mark Ronson) and Guy Massey (Beatles Remasters, The Coral, Manic Street Preachers). They have both been using Focusrite equipment on the album to great effect. Jake Gosling, album producer, explains, "I have a Focusrite Saffire interface in the studio, and I've used it on every track on the album. I'm not a really techy person, so I normally just go with what sounds good, and the Focusrite sound totally works for me. I was really happy with the recordings we got, they were just really clean and transparent, which is important for Ed's sound. The best thing was that Abbey Road loved it; they said it was one of the best mixes they've heard in a while."
The 19-year-old singer-songwriter has penned a six-album deal with Atlantic Records following the stunning success of his self-funded EP which shot to number two in the iTunes charts. Sir Elton John owns Ed's management company.


TransAudio Group, boutique distributor/marketer of the world's most highly-regarded pro audio recording equipment, announced that it will distribute Crane Song hardware and software in the United States. "Crane Song's long history of designing unique and powerful processors, together with it's singular mastery of both the analog and digital domains, has earned them a cult status within the industry," says Brad Lunde, President of TransAudio Group. Crane Song's current product line is comprised of nine pieces; the STC-8 compressor, *HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device), FLAMINGO, a stereo microphone preamplifier, TRAKKER, a single channel compressor, SPIDER, an eight channel microphone preamplifier, mixer and A/D convertor, AVOCET, a discrete class A studio controller, IBIS, a stereo analog equalizer, EGRET, a highly flexible digital audio workstation back end and PHOENIX, an analog modeling TDM plug-in suite for Pro Tools HD. "Dave Hill continues to be one of the most proactive inventors in this business and it has been a pleasure to represent him and his work." said Lunde. Hill designed many of Summit Audio's early products, including the legendary TLA-100 tube leveling amplifier, and is founder of Dave Hill Designs, also represented by Transaudio Group." "I have been very impressed with what the relationship we have developed with TransAudio Group," said Hill. "When it came time to make a change with Crane Song, it only felt right to continue working with them. I trust them to always do the right thing."

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), Chameleon Labs ,Crane Song, Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors

Training Session With A Twist
Experience Your Favorite Artist's Recording Session and More!

Abby Road. Dark Side of The Moon... You've guessed it! Alan Parsons.
Now, how would you like to be in the studio with the multi-Platinum engineer, producer and artist Alan Parsons and his top-flight musicians and watch his creative process take shape in front of your eyes and ears? Plus you may learn a few audio tricks and get to meet Alan and his guests up close and personal. That's not all. You hear anecdotes and meet visiting guests like Ed Cherney with his pet dog .... "I cut Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven with Nathan East in this room," says Cherney. "I've been in control rooms as crowded with band entourage," says Michael Thompson. Sounds more like a reality TV?!

Nathan East, Michael Thompson, Rami Jaffee, Vinnie Colaiuta

On Friday July 22nd, the Village studios was host to two dozen or so lucky attendees who experienced exactly this. Joined by Rami Jaffee (Keys - Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers), Nathan East (Bass -Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton), Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums - Sting, Jeff Beck) and Michael Thompson (Guitar - 'Nsync, Christina Aguilera), Alan Parsons recorded one song.

Mr Parson has been a pioneer in many areas --creating a signature sound, succeeding as a performing artist, producer and now sharing his knowledge with his fans. In fact this may be the type of exchange that would appeal to other artists with similar clout and following. Not only your fans share the experience of creating a song with you, they become more vested in the success of the song by supporting the session and perhaps sharing the song in their social networks. You may even brag about the use of your input on the guitar sound or the level suggested on a particular effect. Artist get the promotion value and fans get the interactive experience. After all, you may read about memorable moments in recorded history but to become part of it? Priceless.

Pictured in Steve Vai's recording studio are Vai (left) and British Audio Engineering CEO Mark Loughman.

As the owner of a classic API console for years, Steve Vai is especially critical of modern day mic-pre reproductions based on that standard. "I experimented and changed the op-amps, but until now I could never find anything that retained the integrity of that old API sound. That gear eventually gets old and you have to recap it and it loses some of its juice. The new units on the market today just didn't sound the same. BAE's new 312A mic-pre and DI is leagues ahead, right up there with the integrity of the original. Hand-wired, it's like an art form to make gear that sounds like this."


l-r: Jeff Lorber, Phillip Ingrum, Anri, Michael Thompson, Chrissy Lomax, MT, Lee Ritenour

Japan TV, NHK (similar to USs PBS) came to LA this month to capture a California Sunset for their beloved singer, ANRI. This was a reunion of sorts with ace players to accompany the shoot: Jeff Lorber on keys, Phillip Ingram and Chrissy Lomax on background vocals and Michael Thompson on acoustic guitar ... Lee Ritenour dropped in for support. The following day Dave Reitzas (right) hosted more recording sessions at Westlake. That's Retizas Jr posing for studioexpresso in a Star War inspired photo. May the force be with you Japan!


GRAMMY and MPG award winner Guy Massey (left), whose coup de gras was remastering The Beatles in 2009, recorded two tracks on Ed's album. "One track was guitar and vocal and the other was piano and vocal - it was all live. I used a ribbon mic and the Focusrite ISA430 MkII. Both songs are just very pure recordings really, and when we came to tracking we had a few preamps to choose from, but I just chose the ISA430 MkII because you can just dial things in so quickly. It's very intuitive in its layout and I always find it very easy to get a great sound, whether it be a clean and pure vocal or slamming drum destruction.
I've been using a 430 for around five years, and always found it to be a great workhorse. I love the clarity it provides when needed and also it's versatility, which allows you to mangle sounds quickly due to its great ergonomics."
Commenting on the sound of his album, Ed Sheeran adds, "Jake and Guy captured everything I wanted to capture. The album sounds exactly how I wanted it, so thanks Focusrite!"

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For more information on Crane Song
contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

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) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.



Los Angeles Master Class Training Session is an intimate and interactive session that allows registrants to take part in a recording session for two days

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Renowned guitarist and recording legend Steve Vai (left) has picked British Audio Engineering (BAE) mic-pre's and EQ for his demanding stage and studio (Mothership) needs. After extensive testing and auditioning ten of the top products available today, Vai remarked, "BAE is the clear winner, simply stunning -- kind of magical."


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3rd Annual MPSE Golf Tournament
Monday September 12, 2011 at 12:00PM
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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
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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
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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Spotting Music Spotify has been called a game changer for the music world. The music industry who has arrived late for dinner is hopeful. You open an account. You download a program. And you can listen to any one of 15 million tracks. Spotify Premium starts at $4.99/month or you get Unlimited for $9.99/month. Drag and drop to create your playlists, search and share. All sounds good. Still, are the kids buying it? They like and use the service, they say. "We use Spotify to find music. Then we go download it somewhere else for free."
Spotify offers FREE music only if you have an invitation from advertisers (partners include: Coca-Cola, Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily). Spotify's computer program lets people choose from any songs for free -- up to 10 hours worth of music per month -- with each track listenable up to five times. Users who want to listen more must buy songs individually or pay a monthly fee. Subscribers also can store their music on their devices and listen when they're offline. "What Spotify is saying is, ownership (of music) is great, but access is the future," says founder Daniel Ek. Worldwide revenue for the recording industry peaked in 1999 at $27 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. By 2008 it had plummeted to $14 billion. According to IFPI, America’s labels haven’t seen more than 2 percent growth in digital revenue since 2008. So the labels jumped on board -Universal Music, EMI Group Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Merlin, which represents independent labels, each agreed to an experiment: They would give their entire catalogs to a Swedish startup run by Daniel Ek, who was then 25 years old and had no experience in the music industry. "The main reason people want to pay for Spotify is really portability. People are saying, 'I want to have my music with me.' The London-based company has 380 employees and recently opened a New York office. With 1.6 million paying subscribers. Ek has an ambitious goal: He wants to give people instant access to all the recorded music in the world -- not just popular tunes from Western countries. He also wants to reduce continually the time between click and sound.
“It’s refreshing to finally see emerging companies get a chance to change a broken playing field,” says Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Beverly Hills, California-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (LYV) who also manages Christina Aguilera.
At Davos this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron, describing how big ideas flourish in free societies, offered two examples: Facebook and Spotify. Spotify plays music from a large catalog on demand; in this respect, it’s no different from the Rhapsody music service or the relaunched Napster.. ITunes organizes what you already own and lets you buy more. Cloud services from Apple, Google Inc. (GOOG), and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) make it easier to take what you own with you. If Spotify gets what it wants, your records will no longer define you. Your playlists will. Think of your collection as your honeymoon playlists or your friend’s wedding playlist. How to keep track of tracks? Ek wants every song to have a universal resource indicator, or URI, a way for any site or app to call up a unique item on the Internet. The URI becomes the new MP3. Or the URL. Still, will Mr Ek be able to change a culture of free music consumers? Read the entire story by Brendan Greeley in Bloomberg here

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Gary Clark Jr, Ximena Sariñana, Jill Scott photo: Gomillion + Leopold

Gary Clark Jr
Hometown: Austin, TX
Touring East Coast and Canada summer 2011

The buzz is that Gary Clark Jr is the young gun of blues. 27-year old singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose tweets are all about the road gigs --earlier this year shows at SXSW and at the first annual Bonnaroo Buzz Tour followed by more dates in NY and Ontario. His style has at times been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. New EP, Bright Lights, is produced by Rob Cavallo (due out this summer). The Austin High graduate is getting plenty of attention from new management and label. Clark won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist, on three different occasions.

Ximena Sariñana
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Must Hear at Lollapalooza 2011

The 25-year-old Ximena Sariñana's (hi-MEN-a sa-rin-YAH-na) English-language debut is proof that not all child actresses who segue into music turn out like Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Working with producers Greg Kurstin (who's written for Lily Allen and plays with the Bird & the Bee) and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, her self-titled LP is smart, sophisticated, and surprising pop. Omar Rodríguez-Lopéz (Mars Volta and At the Drive-In), plays bass on the record

Jill Scott

After over 4 million records sold and numerous awards across music and film over the past decade, three-time Grammy Award winning singer/actress, New York Times Best-selling poet Jill Scott has a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. Jill's eagerly awaited fourth studio album, The Light Of The Sun Congrats entered #1 album debut on Billboard 200. Jill headlined at the Essence Music Festival alongside Kanye West and Mary J. Blige on July 4th. "I've always looked to empower my fans through my message of love, independence and strength," comments Jill.

APA Expansion The Agency For The Performing Arts has purchased a new building adjacent to their current Beverly Hills location in order to expand their available office space for the agency's 166 employees, including several new agents. The new building will provide enough space to house 15 additional offices for the agency. According to Variety, Sheva Cohen, David Meese, A.J Paul and John Seitzer have been been promoted from coordinator to agents at the firm's L.A. offices. Cohen was on Todd Eisner's desk and is now in the talent department. Paul was an assistant to Keith Naisbitt and will remain in the international concerts department as an agent. Meese is headed to the TV Lit department and Seitzer is now an agent in the alternative and international TV department.

16th Annual TEC LA Open

In the Golf mobile l-r: Rose Mann (Record Plant), Karen Dunn, studioexpresso's Claris Dodge

More than 100 audio professionals came out to play at the 16th Annual TEC LA Open Golf Tournament, held on June 27, at the completely revamped Malibu Golf Club, Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio and dynamic duo—Honorary Chair Al Schmitt and Master of Ceremonies Ed Cherney hosted the event. The winning team, with a score of 58, was Harman (Michael MacDonald, Paul Sandweiss, Paul Bauman and Richard Ruse). Along with their first place trophies, the team was also awarded four Sterling Audio ST55 large diaphragm condenser microphones, donated by Sterling Audio. Second place went to Warner Brothers (Kim Waugh, Bill Angarola, Jerry Ross and Walt Newman) with a score of 60. Third place went to Iron Mountain (Guy Abrahams, Herb Dow, Jeff Beaulieu and Bruce Golan) coming in at 62. Contest winners included Robert Scovill (Longest Drive), Robert Vosgien (Closest to the Pin), and Rick Mabery (Longest Putt). The day concluded with a dinner and awards presentation, along with a raffle and silent auction. The event was organized by KMD Productions. Proceeds from the tournament support programs of the TEC Foundation that recognize and promote excellence in the audio arts and sciences. Refreshments were served at hole 10 sponosred by Studio Suite and studioexpresso. If you were at the event, please visit our facebook page for more photos!

Chairman Domingo at IFPI Plácido Domingo has been named as chairman of IFPI, the organisation that represents the recording industry worldwide. Though while Fergal Sharkey is the full-time CEO of the cross-sector British music industry group, opera star Plácido Domingo will take the more hands-off role of Chairman at the record industry’s global trade body, supporting existing CEO Frances Moore at The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry. "I have always passionately believed in the importance of respecting talent and in the rights of all those who perform, create, produce and invest in music. Today, the world of music and in fact most of the arts is undergoing enormous changes and challenges. Technology, which on one hand allows artists to reach many more than ever before, has led to a debate about how to find a way to protect the intellectual property rights of artists, creators and all those living and working in the world of music. I look forward to being a part of those discussions," says Domingo.

MySpace Sold & Timberlake On Board for a mere $35 million to an advertising network called Specific Media this month. According to SM CEO, Tim Vanderhook, singer Justin Timberlake (nominated for three Emmies) will take an ownership stake in MySpace and play a role in its future. Look for more in few weeks to come. “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. MySpace has the potential to be that place,” Timberlake said in a statement. “Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment.” Timberlake and Specific Media plan on focusing the site on entertainment, aiming to make it the place to go for original shows, videos and music. They also plan on launching “socially-activated advertising campaigns,” according to the statement, which would let users share their favorite ads with friends. The troubled News Corp. bought the site for $580 million from its original owners in 2005 and was hoping to get $100 million for the dying social network MySpace’s traffic has plummeted in recent years. It's said that News Corp. will still hold a 5% to 10% stake in the company.

Reid and Rhone at Sony Renowned record executive and Grammy Award-winning producer Antonio LA Reid has been named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, it was announced today by Doug Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. In addition to leading Epic, Reid, as previously announced, will sit alongside Simon Cowell as a judge on THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition television series debuting this fall on FOX. The Epic roster will feature select artists developed from THE X FACTOR franchise, as well as other new signings, including the pop duo Karmin. Reid most recently was Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, where he played a role in numerous hits from superstars including Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Previously he served as president and CEO of Arista Records, and before that was Co-Founder and Co-President, LaFace Records, scoring critical and commercial successes with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Dido, P!nk, Usher, OutKast, and Sarah McLachlan among many others. In this role, Reid will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the New York-based label. Former Universal Motown chief Sylvia Rhone is heading for Sony Music Entertainment. The NY Post reports that Rhone will work closely with newly-announced Sony CEO Antonio "LA" Reid

WMG CEO Lyor Cohen Incoming Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is now naming Lyor Cohen chairman and CEO of WMG. Cohen was responsible for the restructuring of WMG’s Recorded Music division in 2004 and for leading the company’s transition from a physical to a digital music company. Between 2004 and 2008, under his leadership, WMG has consistently outperformed its music industry peers in Current and Overall Album share improvement and has had the No.1 label in the U.S. in three of the past four years. In 2007, WMG’s Recorded Music business grew from the fourth- to the third-largest in the world and, in both fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008, achieved its highest album share in a decade. Prior to joining WMG, Cohen was head of Island Def Jam, where he led the growth and cultivation of its world-class roster of artists and record labels, including Def Jam, Island Records, Roc-A-Fella, Lost Highway, The Inc, American, Def Soul, Def Soul Classics to Roadrunner records which produced the multi-platinum Nickelback. Known for developing and guiding the careers of many early pioneers of rap music, including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Beastie Boys, Cohen is widely credited with expanding Island Def Jam beyond its hip-hop roots to include a wider range of musical genres. These top artists include Melissa Etheridge, Elvis Costello, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Ashanti, Everlast, Ryan Adams, Nickelback, Slipknot, Hoobastank, Sum 41 and Slayer. After becoming President of Def Jam records in 1988, a label founded by Russell Simmons and producer Rick Rubin, Cohen signed acts such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, Slick Rick and 3rd Bass to the label. Prior to Def Jam, Cohen led the day-to-day operations at Rush Management, one of the most innovative and powerful rap and hip-hop management companies, which he founded with partner Russell Simmons. Cohen joined Rush Entertainment as the road manager for Run DMC and eventually began managing all of the Rush acts on the first national rap tours, including the "Raising Hell" tour of 1986 featuring Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. Cohen and Simmons were also partners in clothing enterprise Phat Farm. Cohen first became involved in the music business nearly two decades ago as a rap pioneer and concert promoter in Los Angeles, where he was one of the first to book and promote such acts as Social Distortion, Fear, Fishbone, Circle Jerks, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC.

Be A Heart 4 MusiCares: Donate Today With Your Photo & Message
The fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. Participants can visit www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate and upload your photo to the MusiCares mosaic, you’ll be giving to a good cause and you can share how music has given back to you.
In related news and in celebration of MusiCares' 20th anniversary, artists including Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, "Glee" Live! In Concert!, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and James Taylor are teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity while on tour to offer fans access to great concert seats to benefit MusiCares. Fans will have access to some of the best seats in the house, including sold-out dates nationwide, by purchasing tickets at www.ticketsforcharity.com/MusiCares20.
stay tuned for the next studioexpresso MusiCares fund raiser coming to a studio near you!

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Amy Winehouse

September 14, 1983- July 23, 2011

The singer's tragic death at the age of 27 puts her in a pantheon of famous musicians who have all died at the same age - Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. During her career, Winehouse won awards including five Grammy Awards, a
Q Music Award for Best Album for Back To Black and a World Music Award in 2008 for World's Best Selling Pop/Rock Female Artist. Watch Back to Black Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, spoke at her funeral, telling congregates that his daughter had almost beaten her alcohol problems and had already beaten her drug addiction three years ago. In his eulogy at the Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London, he also revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter's name, which will help others battle drink and drug addictions.Winehouse's distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld
. Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans around the world.

Betty Ford, First Lady
April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011

In 1975, she famously told CBS' 60 Minutes that if she were younger she'd probably try marijuana. Protesters picketed the White House and editorials criticized her for being too liberal, especially given the upcoming presidential election of 1976. Ford said her husband later quipped, "Well, honey, there goes about 20 million votes, but we'll make it." Above all, she was open about her alcohol addiction and she make it OK to discuss breast cancer warning signs and how to perform self-examinations. The former fashion model who studied modern dance with the legendary Martha Graham is known as the founder of the Betty Ford Centers. Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford, better known as Betty Ford, was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. TIME magazine called her the "Fighting First Lady" due to her outspoken support of the women's rights movement, as well as her controversial pro-choice stance. Watch LIFE remembering Betty Ford here

"I hate the whole idea that you do work because work is there. I've got to be really into something to do it, otherwise I would find myself in the position I was in five years ago where I worked for a studio and I felt 'this is a job.'
--Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney)
Watch Radiohead perform "Staircase," from their upcoming 'From The Basement' session

"The big difference between me and you, aside from the fact you probably play Lacrosse, is that we see our community as two entirely different things. Where you see statistics and graph charts and a divide between music creator and consumer, I see a group of like minded people with jobs and bills and families. A group of people drawn together by music. Music written by and for people who had a hard time finding a place to belong. Whether it’s Antioch Arrow or Lady Gaga, it must speak to that part of us. That part that longs to be a part of something bigger. And now that I have found that thing, I will fight tooth and nail, day by day to preserve those people and these feelings. Whether it’s championing the radness of live music or the idea that music can be free and musicians still make money. I fight every day to keep that spirit alive."
--- http://iaminabetterplace.tumblr.com/

Talk to Me Lucy! Work of the 24-year-old synthetic biologist, Marguerite Humeau is a current exhibit at MOMA. She learned about the work of Japanese researcher Hideyuki Sawada: a creepy, dismembered mouth "singing" a Japanese lullaby. That mouth has been called the most mechanically accurate talking robot, with real moving lips, a windpipe that flexes and expands, and even lungs — a pressurized air tank. Humeau was inspired to do the same thing with animals. "I realized there was no area of science that specialized in extinct sound," she says.So, she built voice box of Lucy, a famous Australopithecus afarensis—an early hominid whose fossilized remains were discovered in Ethiopia in 1974.

Happy Birthday Mitchell Froom!
He co-produced the new Randy Newman Album “Harps and Angels" and “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country,” which was named the #2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone.

Prayer For Japan Environmental disaster can hit anywhere in the world. How people react to it differs from culture to culture. Japanese have demonstrated incredible unity, order & dignity amidst disaster. A model human behavior. The recent devastation in Japan is mind boggling. As most are aware, the country experienced a record-breaking 9.0 earthquake off its North Eastern coastline, triggering a major tsunami measuring nearly 80 feet high and traveling up to 10 miles inland. On top of all this, nuclear power plants in the Fukushima prefecture have gone into full scale meltdown, creating fears of contamination. We realize how vulnerable we are as human beings. How fragile the systems are around us. It reminds me of a prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
Send your love and prayers to our friends in Japan. Sometimes all we can do is smile and let music speak and heal.
We want to leave you with a big smile..A two-year old Japanese girl holding on to his new friend, Teddy from US.

Until next month...EXPRESS YOURSELF

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