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Royal Love is in the air, and like most couples, when it comes to choosing the music for your wedding, it is personal and very special. We travel EastWest, and bring you a landmark Hollywood studio where there's a happy marriage between sound and design.
We Kiite (listen in Japanese) to 15-year-old violin soloist through Soundfields at the Hereford Cathedral in the west of England and vist with television and film composer Cato at his studio in LA.
TransAudio Group reports hot gear from Musikmesse. This week it's ASCAP Pop Music Awards and 18th Annual Race to Erase MS. Join studioexpresso by supporting the programs of the TEC Foundation. Save the date: 16th Annual Mix Golf Open
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EastWest Studios, a Hollywood Recording Landmark in-Session Today!

EastWest Studios opened its doors in 2009 to a new generation of artists. According to owner, Doug Rogers, he's dedicated to raising the bar on what a full-service modern recording studio can offer to discriminating artists and producers. Thanks to the vision of Rogers and designer Philippe Starck, this American cultural icon will survive to record the music of today and tomorrow.
A remarkable amount of love and respect has gone into their planning of the new spaces that complement the legendary studios known to industry as "temple of Sound." We invite you to take a studioexpresso tour Read more here

Singing The Praises Of SoundField

UK-based live recording specialists and CD label Chorum Records, run by recording engineer and producer Steve Swinden, used the
SoundField DSF-1 digital microphone system to record a recent choral concert at Hereford Cathedral in the west of England for release on CD. Featuring pupils of the prestigious Hereford Cathedral School in the chorus and orchestra, including the up-and-coming 15-year-old violin soloist Hannah Bethan-Roper on Ralph Vaughan-Williams' 'The Lark Ascending', the concert is the latest to be captured by the DSF-1 for CD release by Chorum,who have been using the DSF-1 for over a year. Prior to this, former choral singer Steve Swinden used SoundField mic systems for over a decade, and still deploys an SPS422B and a Mark V in addition to the DSF-1. "I never leave home without a SoundField," he explains, "and after I heard the DSF-1 digital system, I had to have one - the digital version is just so quiet."

The DSF-1 is SoundField's digital microphone system for music recording.
Like all their mics, the DSF-1 captures the acoustic environment around its
multi-capsule microphone in three dimensions, outputting it in SoundField's
proprietary B-Format. Users can adjust the pickup pattern, orientation and
sensitivity of the mic remotely from the front panel of the 1U processor,
and the four-channel B-Format signals can be decoded in post-production into mono, stereo, 5.1 and further surround formats by using SoundField's
Surround Zone software.The DSF-1 is now Chorum's main overhead mic, and although he often adds spot mics for close-up detail on particular instrumentalists, Steve admits that he frequently only uses the output of his SoundField when he comes to mix recordings for release. "Very often, the signal from the SoundField turns out to be all that I need. And the fact that you only need to rig one microphone to capture the entire environment has saved me on more than one occasion, when multi-mic arrays just aren't an option. I should also mention that the DSF-1 has a brilliant limiter. I'm a purist, but I leave the limiter switched in all the time - it's that good!

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 , 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

Bit'O Dual Chemistry At Rowlands Audio Research

Tom Rowlands, member of innovative and Grammy Award winning group The Chemical Brothers, is using a newly-installed 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality console as a creative tool for his private studio, Rowlands Audio Research. Duality provides the signal routing, channel count and DAW integration needed for new The Chemical Brothers projects covering writing, production and mixing. Have You downloaded The Chemical Brothers' special half hour mix to celebrate 20 years of Pete Tong on the radio?:









"The bigger the space, the more the SoundField comes into its own. It gives a very good sense of the acoustic environment you're working in. For the same reason, it may not perform at this level in mediocre-sounding spaces, but because you can vary the pickup patterns, you can largely get around that. If the hall you're working in sounds bad, or is just too reverberant, you can just close the SoundField right down so that it has, say, the pickup pattern of a couple of crossed hyper-cardioids, and screen out a lot of the room acoustic. There's always a solution with the SoundField," says engineer and producer Steve Swinden.

The Hereford Cathedral Concert, which also features performances of the
overture from Wagner's Der Meistersänger and Haydn's Nelson Mass, is due for
release on Chorum later this summer. For more information visit www.chorumrecords.co.uk

For more information on SoundField Microphones 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.





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Composer Cato Embraces ISAs

LA-based film and television composer Cato who also works as a recording artist releasing down-tempo electronica under the name 'Eccotonic,' uses the ISA430 Producer Pack and the ISA828 eight-channel preamp as the front end to his Logic DAW system.

It's the quality and clarity of the ISA sound that made him choose a Focusrite front end, as he explains, "My reasons for choosing Focusrite were the excellent reputation and the amazing heritage, the build quality and especially the sound of the legendary ISA circuitry."

In his line of work, flexibility of his equipment is key; he needs to be able to get a great sound on whatever he is recording and processing. "It gives both my electronic and acoustic sources a subtle added character and amount of 'analog warmth', without sacrificing precision and clarity. For preamps I think the ISA circuitry creates the prefect path between the various possible sources and the modern DAW." The ISA circuitry that Cato relies on has remained mostly unchanged since Focusrite's revered Forté console. The range's lineage is available in a number of formats: from the portable ISA One Digital mic preamp to the ISA430 MkII.

RedNet 5 is the latest addition to the RedNet family of networked audio interfaces from Focusrite. Connecting to your Pro Tools HD system via DigiLink, RedNet 5 allows you to use the low-latency performance of your Pro Tools HD cards alongside RedNet's audio interfaces to configure a powerful and flexible recording and mixing system, while maintaining your traditional workflow.
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Trans Audio Group Stars At MusikMesse
New Products From Bock, Chameleon Labs and Daking Audio Featured

TransAudio Group highlighted four new products at Musikmesse, Frankfurt, Germany during April 6-9 show. TAG president Brad Lunde was joined at stand (Hall 5.1 A79) by producer/engineer Mark Hornsby, BOCK inventor David Bock, and Daking creator Geoff Daking.
The new products include: The Chameleon Labs TS-1 MKII small diaphragm tube condenser microphone that combines a unique, high-end topology with a very competitive price; the Bock Audio 241 large diaphragm studio tube condenser representing an economical alternative to the BOCK 251; and two new Daking Audio offerings - the dual-channel FET3 compressor and the Mic Pre 500 - both continue the Daking tradition of creating analog processing in useful, situation-specific packages. "Musikmesse is the largest music products fair in the world, and we're happy to have the opportunity to share some exciting new products with knowledgeable users in a personal, face-to-face setting," said Lunde.

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 , 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


Weekly "American Idol" Mastering Sessions at Grundman's
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Tackles Pop, R&B, Rock & Country

"American Idol," one of the most popular TV shows in history, masters each week at Bernie Grundman's a new album of songs by the contestants. On Friday, Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, meets with competing contestants to go over the song possibilities and each one picks a song. Over the weekend, they track with top producers, including Rodney Jerkins, Jim Johnson, Ron Fair, Tricky, Rock Mafia, Don Was, Toby Gad, Dallas Austin, Harvey Mason, Jr., and Ryan Tedder. "The artists come in and record vocals for the full song version which will be on the week's download album," explained Chuck Reed, Interscope VP of Recording Operations and the show's music production supervisor. "We also record stems to incorporate with the live band, which is a shorter version for on air. The full album version is mixed and then mastered on Tuesday morning for download after each show."

"We master each week's album at Bernie Grundman's with Brian 'Big Bass" Gardner," remarked Reed, "because he is a great mastering engineer in every genre from Hip-Hop to Jazz. He knows all the styles on 'Idol,' including Pop, R&B, Rock & Country" New judges for 2011 are Jennifer Lopez and StevenTyler, joined by returning judge Randy Jackson. "American Idol" is created and executive produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc.; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, BigRed 2 Entertainment.


New METAlliance Certification HARMAN's AKG new C 414 XLS and XL II series microphones got certified by the Music Engineering and Technical Alliance (METAlliance) this month
at Avatar Studios in NY. Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, the METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain.


Cato Partial Credits: film and television -"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", "Stone" (starring Robert De Niro) and "Smokin' Aces", scored several award-winning feature film productions including "Mini's First Time" (dir. Nick Guthe, prod. Kevin Spacey) and feature documentaries "The Kennedy Detail" and "Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey" (both dir. by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Vince DiPersio). Cato's music is also frequently licensed for commercials like Budweiser, Chrysler, Ford, Hummer, Charles Schwab, to name a few.

Visit Focusrite website for complete specs and key system features on ISAs






For more information on Chameleon Labs, Bock Audio and Daking Audio 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.

l-r: At Bernie Grundman Mastering: Interscope/"American Idol" music production supervisor Chuck Reed, recording engineer Jose Alcantar, and mastering engineer Brian "Big Bass" Gardner. Photo by David Goggin.

As of January 2011, "American Idol" is the most-watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for six consecutive seasons.

Watch a 2-minute interview with Chuck Reed at Bernie Grundman Mastering here .

L-R: At Avatar Studios in NYC are METAlliance co-founders Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay, and Ed Cherney. Photo by Guillaume Chadalliac.

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Watch Video Interviews with Top producers from Legendary Studios
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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
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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
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John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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Jobe On Sparrow Records, a division of EMI CMG Label Group, has entered into an exclusive, long-term recorded music, marketing and distribution agreement with Kari Jobe, one of the best-selling female artists in Christian music since her self-titled debut album released in 2009. Sparrow Records will represent the two-time Dove Award winning, Gateway Church (Southlake, TX) worship leader into worldwide markets. One of the most respected female worship leaders in the country, Jobe will return to the studio in May to record her sophomore album. Ed Cash, who produced the first album, rejoins Jobe for the new project slated to release late fall. “The last few years of my ministry has grown and reached farther than I ever dreamed! I’m so excited to see what the Lord has for me next, ” says Jobe. Taking home two Doves from the ceremony, Jobe was later invited by Saddleback Church pastor and author Rick Warren to lead worship during Easter weekend services, which drew more than 45,000 to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Studying at Oral Roberts University, Christ For The Nations and Dallas Baptist University, where she finished her psychology and Pastoral Ministries degree, Jobe joined Gateway Church in Southlake, TX as worship pastor, a position she has now held for nearly seven years. Its an honor for our team to get the opportunity to work with Kari, says Peter York, EMI CMG Label Group President.

28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
takes place on April 27, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
Band of Horses
will be presented with ASCAP's Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music, and will perform at the awards ceremony.Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Beck, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, The All-American Rejects, The Killers, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, and Björk. Also confirmed to perform at the event are some of ASCAP's Pop Award-winning songwriters, including Pat Monahan, solo artist and lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Train, and Josh Kear, who co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning song "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum. The evening will also include a special musical tribute to rock icon Rod Stewart, who will be honored with ASCAP's Founders Award.Rod Stewart at its 28th Annual Pop Music Awards, taking place April 27, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Stewart will be presented with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. The invitation-only gala will also honor the top songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2010. The ASCAP Founders Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. Commenting on the award to Stewart, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said: "Throughout his career, Rod has touched on many different genres of music, delivering his prolific songwriting talents, unique sound, and energetic performances to audiences around the world. He continues to be a major voice in music today, and we are very proud to honor him with ASCAP's Founders Award." In a career spanning five decades, with an estimated 250 million album and single sales, Rod Stewart is indisputably one of the most successful performers of all time. Stewart's soulful and unmistakable vocal style, his synthesis of Rock, Folk and R&B, and his warm and accessible songwriting all contributed to making him an international superstar. Successful stints with the Jeff Beck Group and Faces paved the way for his brilliant solo career that has been marked by such original hits as "Maggie May," "Mandolin Wind," "You Wear It Well," "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," "Young Turks," "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Passion." The invitation-only event salutes the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of the previous year. Top awards will be presented to Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

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SAVE THE DATE >>>16th Annual TEC L.A. Open -- Monday, June 27, at the Malibu Country Club
Join studioexpresso and the dynamic duo-Honorary Chair Al Schmitt and Master of Ceremonies Ed Cherney
.Presented by GC Pro, Harman and Sterling Audio, this "Best Ball" tournament is open to golfers of all levels. Along with the usual excitement and shenanigans, this year players have the opportunity to participate in a $1,000,000 shootout, as well as compete for some exciting Hole-in-One prizes, including $10,000 cash, airline tickets for two and a premium electronics golf package. There will also be prizes galore with Sterling Audio generously donating four Sterling ST55 Class-A FET Condenser Microphone (MSRP $499/ea) to the first place team.
Proceeds from the tournament support programs of the TEC Foundation that recognize and promote excellence in the audio arts and sciences. At press time sponsors include Neumann, PMI Audio, Record Plant, Sennheiser, Shure, studioexpresso and The Mastering Palace. For more information call Karen Dunn at (925) 708-0307 or email [email protected].
Sposors are : GC Pro, Harman and Sterling Audio—Presenting Sponsors
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Attention Dead Heads! Something very exciting is happening at Prairie Sun Studios. Engineer Jeffrey Norman has taken up shop inside studio B to mix what is arguably the greatest tour The Dead ever played: Europe Live '72. Their first tour outside of North America, with shows in places like Holland, West Germany, and the UK, this legendary run catapulted the Dead into international stardom after their undeniable conquest of North America over the previous two years. Dead.net. The kind folks at Rhino Records have released a preview track of the material being mixed at Prairie Sun, now available as a free download - a great version of "Playin In The Band." The studio of choice for mixing the Grateful Dead's famed Europe '72 tour. The resulting box set will include all of the shows on a staggering 70 plus cd's. Yes, that's over 70 hours of music! The subtle differences in performance, and one-of-a-kind free form jams from show to show make this compilation something truly special. Imagine having the Grateful Dead jamming out inside your living room for three days straight. That's what Studio B's been sounding like recently and let me tell you - it sounds AWESOME
Call Prairie Sun and ask about their unbeatable, weekend-only "Dead Heads" special through June 14th in studio B

MS Survivor and advocate Nancy Davis will kick-off and celebrate May’s Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month with the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on April 29, 2011. Each year since its inception the celebrity filled gala has raised millions for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and its Center without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top seven research centers that operates with one mutual goal: to always communicate and never duplicate medical research. The star-studded evening will feature exciting live performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Clay Walker and other surprise performers. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction with the live auction including roundtrip tickets on American Airlines, Royal Honeymoon at for 5 nights at Princeville, exotic trips to St. Regis Hotels worldwide, private luxury yacht for a week in the Bahamas, a 10-day Kenya Safari for two courtesy of Ker & Downey and a fabulous Bora Bora getaway, an Ultimate Hollywood Party for 50, shopping on Robertson with Paris and Nicky Hilton, as well as other amazing celebrity autographed memorabilia, vacation getaways and experiential packages. Once in the main ballroom, the event will open with an exciting celebrity fashion show featuring a sneak preview of Andrew Charles, the new fashion line by Andy Hilfiger. The line, inspired by music and built on rock ‘n’ roll, is set for launch in the Fall of 2011. Orange is the the vibrant color chosen to represent Multiple Sclerosis and hope. MS affects close to two million Americans primarily between the ages of 20 and 40, and three times as many women as men. The annual Race to Erase MS event has raised over $30 million for multiple sclerosis research to date. At the time Nancy was diagnosed is 1993, there were no drugs on the market to help stop the progression of this disease. Miraculously, there are now six with FDA approval with a seventh very near approval and others to be approved in the very near future

Slam Dunk Doodads ...Da-da-da-da-da-da! Charge! If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, you know that tune. The St. Petersburg Times says what you may not know is that a Florida man, Bobby Kent, holds a copyright to it and now, he’s suing every pro sports team in the US—except for the LA Lakers. The Lakers escaped his ire because they were the only team to respond to a letter Kent sent out last year asking for compensation—the team wrote him a check for $3000. The DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA refrain is the last 26 notes of a piece called Stadium Doodads that Kent got a copyright for in 1980. Kent, 62, holds a copyright for the song, a 26-measure piece he dubbed Stadium Doodads in the late 1970s. The last part of the song is the popular rally cry. Kent says ASCAP paid him between $10,000 and $20,000 in the early 1980s when the San Diego Chargers band reported using the song at games. But after the Chargers did away with the band, Kemp’s payments dwindled. His attorney says he was paid between $30 and $100 a year — even though stadiums and sports teams across the country were using his song more than ever. In the future, Kent wants the teams to pay him directly for using his song. The Lakers, one of the richest teams in the sports world, will get a discount for being honest!

Restructuring of Grammy Awards The announcement was made druing a press conference at The Academy's headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Academy Board Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth. In summary, you can expect 78 categories (down from 109) recognized at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. All Fields Remain Intact. Two rule changes have been established and four Fields have been renamed. It is now expected that each Category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries, up from 25. If a Category receives between 25 – 39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a Category, that Category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year — no award given — and entries would be screened into the next most logical Category. If a Category receives fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the Category would be discontinued, and submissions would be entered in the next most appropriate Category. The second rule change is regarding voting. Previously, voting members were allowed to vote in up to nine genre Fields plus the General Field on the first ballot and eight genre Fields plus the General Field on the second ballot, including every category within each chosen Field. Now, on each ballot, voters may vote in up to 20 Categories in the genre Fields plus the four Categories of the General Field — which includes Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. Additionally, there are name changes to four Fields: Musical Show is now Musical Theater; the Film/ Television/Other Visual Media Field is now called Music For Visual Media; the Gospel Field has been renamed the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field; and the Dance Field has been renamed the Dance/Electronica Field. The Awards restructuring proposal was presented by The Recording Academy's Awards & Nominations (A&N) Committee — comprised of elected Academy leaders from across the country representing various genres of the music community — and was voted on and passed by The Academy's Board of Trustees — made up of musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, and other music professionals. To view new catagories click here

Songwriter and Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is now publishing a tell-all-style book, one the reveals lurid details from her childhood and life in the industry. A Helluva High Note is timed just ahead of DioGuardi's new Bravo show 'Platinum Hit,' which debuts May 30th.

Bidding Wars at Warner. Warner Music Group Corp. is seeking to sell the entire company, rather than parts of the business, and could agree on a buyer within weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported last week. The Journal said bids were received for all of Warner Music and for one or the other of its major units -- its recorded-music business, which includes the Atlantic and Warner Bros. record labels, and the Warner/Chappell music-publishing division. The latest estimates peg Warner's debt at a blaring $1.9 billion, and its market capitalization at a scratchy $1.1 billion. Net losses since 2001 are estimated at $10.14 billion (based on publicly-available financial statements). So who's in the running for bidding the entire company? Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Cos., Access Industries, a holding company controlled by industrialist Len Blavatnik, and private-equity firm Platinum Equity.
Meantime, bidders for part of the company stand in a que: Live Nation Entertainment Inc., Japan's Sony Corp. and BMG Rights, a joint venture between buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and German publisher Bertelsmann AG.
Warner Music, whose talent includes Metallica, Kid Rock and Green Day, is controlled by private-equity firms and chief executive, Edgar Bronfman Jr., who bought the company from Time Warner Inc. in 2004 for $2.6 billion. Warner Music's Stock dropped 72%. Shares of WMG closed at $7.46 on Thursday (markets were closed for Good Friday). That compares to a valuation of $24.46 for the week ending April 24th, 2006

Here's Three more Tools from Facebook For Your Fan Base
Management (four tools in the last issue of studioexpresso) According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, human brain has 150 cognitive limit to the number of people you can be friends with. Remeber this when you add a new friend to your facebook page! Now if you're an artist, the game changes. You need an army of fans and it's a big world. Social networking allows the world to keep going in a massive conversation, but you might find that your band is having a bit of problem staying in touch with its fan base. So, here are seven customer service applications that allow you to quickly respond, stay in touch, and continue to enhance your brand’s presence on Facebook. . Feel free to test drive them and see which one serves your fan base best.

Tool #5 -
Companies with branches and offices located around the country will really appreciate how Hearsay can develop an engaging localized presence on Facebook. The app can enable a presentative of a particular branch to handle local customer inquiries. The app can also help on a corporate level for larger fan management strategy across multiple locales.

Tool#6 --Parature for Facebook is a comprehensive software product that aims to protect and maintain the success of your company’s presence on the site from one location.
The product places a support tab directly on a company’s Facebook page., enabling customers tooffer feedback and ask questions. Without leaving Parature, businesses have the ability to respond, search for specific topics, and also monitor all statements made on the page. This also allows for quick removal of inappropriate posts. One of the most interesting features, among many others, is the live chat available directly on the page. Connect with fans instantly, using the available chat feature found directly within the product, whenever a concern may arise.Parature has been a reputable name brand for customer relationship management solutions for the past decade. The company’s product is accessible, and has a simple goal: Make your brand’s presence on Facebook as strong as possible to improve and continue to build customer relationships.
Tool #7 --SpigitEngage is an innovative social network management product offering an original way to listen and interact with your customers. Currently, you can take a peek at this newly launched Facebook tool on the vendor’s Facebook page, where the company’s fans are discussing how businesses can better embrace social media.It’s worth pointing out that the tools can create tags when fans submit ideas and questions, allowing employees to quickly find and respond to customers. A few other notable features include reputation scores for the most influential discussion participants, and also statistics highlighting the regions where campaigns are having the greatest success. However, I question the necessity of the point system from the perspective that it could potentially alienate fans, causing a bit of a skewed conversation, as loyal followers feel their input is less valued in comparison based on their lower reputation ranking. Other than that, the recently launched SpigitEngage For Facebook seems like a set of useful tools to help improve managing your brand’s social networking presence.

artist expresso-- Ask Claris

Artists write or call us every day from all corners of the world -- US, France, Germany, Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East. Most are interested to get heard or build their careers. Now and then we'll feature a letter or feedback and share our picks. Our goal remains to empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical path. Most importantly, we're here to remind the artists that it's a long journey, so enjoy the process and grow your fan base.
We encourage artists to provide a link to their music site when they contact us...if you're interested to have a producer or mixer involved, specify number of songs, budget and desired delivery date. Meantime, visit production talent at studioexpresso to find the right production partner for you.
Let us know if you would enjoy having us host pre-production sessions from host studios where industry can hear your music and offer suggestions and resources. Send an email with "I want to get heard" in the subject line to [email protected]

Meet a gang of Appalachian outcasts from the Middle-of-Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Something tells us The Click Clack Boom won't be unsigned for long. Technically, the garage-rock group was originally formed in Mifflintown, PA but now operate out of Brooklyn, NY—and anywhere the road takes them. studioexpresso caught up with lead singer, Nathaniel and band mates in their favorite mexican kitchen in LA to click, clack and what else? Boom! We dig the group's catchy fuzzed-out guitar riffs and solid vocal harmonies that are eh... so mainstream. The band gets around. This month, shop for your Easter bunny. Get your Click Clack Boom Rock The Rabbit Playboy shirt here at just $29.99. The rumor has it that their shows are exciting, and the best party in town attended by VIPs and trendsetters, as well as devoted fans (although they are frequently one and the same).
Their first big show opened the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon for The Hilfiger Sessions. They planned and executed a 2010 Gibson sponsored tour with The Donnas. The band was busy at SXSW this year including playing at Rachael Ray's Greenhouse on 04/21/201. Want to see the band live? Catch them next at Rathaus, Philadephia, PA Sat, 05/28/2011 - 10:00pm or at the
Mercury Lounge Wed, 05/25/2011 - 7:00pm New York, New York
You get the picture. The Click Clack Boom are low-hanging fruit just waiting to be picked!


"Every 250,000 streams on YouTube is equivalent of one credit of ASCAP performing rights value and one credit is less than $8, it's about $7.60."
--David Renzer, Chairman/CEO UMG Publishing
At the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) in Los Angeles early 2011

The Average TuneCore Artist Makes $179 a Year (CD Baby artists $174/year)... $ 250 million / 2.33 years = $107.14 million overall gross earnings, per year, all accounts (per TuneCore report) or $107.14 million / 600,000 Tuncore accounts = $178.57 per artist, per year.
-- Digital Music News

RIP Roger Nichols

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Producer, engineer, and digital pioneer Roger Nichols has passed at the age of 66.
Roger Nichols won seven Grammys over a 40-year career during which he worked with Placido Domingo, Diana Ross, Rickie Lee Jones and John Denver. But he is most known for engineering all the Steely Dan albums. Nichols worked in close partnership with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to achieve the most high-fidelity recordings possible, even developing a drum machine and sampler called the Wendel to use on Steely Dan's 1979 Gaucho album. "The main reason I had gotten involved in the music business and recording was that I hated clicks, pops and ticks on records. I wanted to be able to play 2-track stuff direct from the studio on my system at home and have it really hi-fi," Nichols said in a 1993 interview.

RIP Tal Halzberg

Tal Herzberg died April 7 of liver cancer. He was 41. A producer, musician and Grammy-nominated recording engineer (U2, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Britney Spears), Halzberg was best known for his decade-long professional association with Geffen chairman Ron Fair. An early adapter of Pro Tools digital recording platform, Herzberg came to Los Angeles 18 years ago from Tel Aviv, Israel. He enrolled in the Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City and played bass in Beth Hart’s band. He worked with producers David Foster, Rob Cavallo, Antonina Armato and Tim James and was a frequently published author of technical articles on digital recording, record production and recording equipment. Herzberg is survived by his wife, Ofrah, and young daughters Shai and Danielle. He was buried April 13 in Israel, and a memorial service was held at Interscope Geffen A&M offices on April 14.

Witnesses for Humanity ...April 24, 1915 marks a dark chapter in human history- the first Genocide of the 20th century is remembered each year... Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument Freeway Exit sign points to the Montebello Memorial in California where each year the site becomes a pilgrimage for thousands who visit and pay their respects. When President Obama was in LA this past week, musician Serj Tankian lead human rights activists near Sony Picture Studios and asked the president to keep his word to voters and join 40+ nations who have officially recognized the inhumane actions of the Ottoman Empire (current Turkey) in 1915 as a well-documented historical fact.
Currently, AFF (founded by Dr. J. Michael Hagopian) and Steven Spielberg's Shoha Foundation are working together to make approximately 400 testimonies of Armenian Genocide survivors and witnesses available to historians and researches for educational purposes through the Institute’s Visual History Archive.

Eternal Life Celebration in Budapest, Hungary got 1.5 million views!

It's Music For Kate & William. Like a truly modern couple, Catherine Middleton and Prince William have picked the music and the photographer for their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
I was particularly tickled to hear that their music selection includes a mix of the classic, well-known pieces and brand-new, specially commissioned ones. The Queens' composer (of course she has one!) has been asked to create something with a Scottish feel, as a nod to where the royal romance began. Kate and William are tapping the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and a Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will be performing. Speaking of the Queen's reception, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will definitely be plucking up a tune. Meantime, George Michael is making his cover of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" available to download for free and hopes fans will make a donation to the Royal Wedding Charity Fund. www.royalweddingcharityfund.org Sorry, George, but maybe you should ask Mr Wonder to sing it! For more info visit the Official Royal Wedding 2011
"I think wedding music should reflect what matters to the couple and in William and Catherine's case Scotland is very much part of their love story," said Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, who lives on the tiny island of Sanday. Hugo Burnand is the official Royal photographer.
Meanwhile, we're curious: If you had the task of programming such a princely playlist, what music would you select? We'll be happy to post it in the next issue.

We'd like to offer the Al Green "Love & Happiness" or A young Green performing the song at Soul Train

studioexpresso's Claris leaves a note on EastWest Studio wall circa 2009

EXPRESS YOURSELF. Until next month... let love and truth roll!

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