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Dave Martin Cooks with the Tube Tech CL1B

At the 2011 Western Music Association's annual awards show in Albuquerque, NM, Carolyn Martin's "Cookin' With Carolyn" was named the 2011 Best Western Swing Album. The project was produced at Java Jive Studio by her husband Dave Martin and used Tube-Tech compressors extensively throughout the project. Dave owns Java Jive Studio in Nashville and is a producer, recording engineer and bass player who has worked with groups as diverse as Fisk University's Jubilee Singers to the award winning Old Crow Medicine Show. In addition, he is also a freelance writer with hundreds of published articles and reviews related to music and audio production. Dave's first book, "Mixing the Hits Of Country" was released by Hal Leonard Publishing in 2009.

"We used the Tube Tech CL-1B's on quite a few things - I have three of them, so on the tracking sessions for the album, I used one for Carolyn's vocals, one for my upright bass and one on the fiddle microphone.", Says Martin. "CL-1B's are really the only piece of outboard equipment I'll use on every single session; I've got a lot of compressors here at Java Jive, but the Tube-Tech's always get plugged in first.".

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

Carolyn Martin was named as the 2008 and the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
Her CD, "Swing" was a nominee for the Western Music Association Western Swing Album of the Year and as named as one of the Top 10 western swing albums of the year by DJ's around the world. Carolyn's latest project, "Cookin' With Carolyn", was nominated by the WMA as both the Western Swing Album of the Year and the Album of the Year, and Carolyn was nominated for the Outstanding Female Vocalist award by the WMA. In May, 2011, Carolyn was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame.

For more information on Tube-Tech 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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Eleven-time GRAMMY winner Chooses Focusrite ISA Range

Watch the recent interview with Rafa Sardina courtesy of Focusrite:
YouTube here

Grammy winner mixer/engineer and producer Rafa Sardina's (Stevie Wonder, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Lady Gaga) diverse work covers everything from pop to R&B, to classical recordings and movie soundtracks. Focusrite met up with Rafa at After Hours Studio this month to hear about his classic ISA110 modules offering him solid sound + convenience.

"One of the most amazing things about the ISA828 is that you can have up to 20 things connected simultaneously. For a session, it's like a chameleon, you can switch depending on what you're overdubbing, if you're doing some keyboards, or recording a bass track, or just recording some microphones, you can switch between different settings and mark your mic levels so you can easily recall them, all with a single 2U box.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Area 52
ATO Records


Guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela (an export of Mexico via Dublin and Barcelona) offer their fans a healthy dose of live energy on their new studio album released this month on ATO, called Area 52. Critics and audiences may not agree but you can bet the 10,000 + eager fans who came to the Hollywood Bowl last summer to hear them are going to be thrilled. Flamingo Rock or World Fusion, it'll get your day and body parts moving. The album
is infused with Rod and Gab's unique blend of influences - Latin harmonies meet Afro Cabaña beats, Trans meet jazz (11:11), exotic instruments offer Middle Eastern passages (Master Maqui), classical shades interspersed with Indian vibe. According to the dynamic duo, Rodrigo (Mr. Sanchez can move from raging speed to sensual soul in the space of a fret), and Gabriela (Ms Quintero delivers like a passionate master tocaores), the album pays tribute to the pair's heroes - Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazzolla, among them. The common link? Brilliant performance with a new spin.
007 cues are plenty...Supervisors, are you listening?
The record was produced by the legendary Peter Asher, arranged by the London-based pianist, composer and arranger Alex Wilson and mixed by
multi-Grammy winner, Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Shakira). Other players on the record include: bassist Carles Benavent (Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea, Miles Davis), drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament, White Zombie), sitarist Anoushka Shankar and drummer Samuel Formell (Los Van Van).

Hugues Aufray
Troubadour Since 1948


Hugues Aufray Session in LA at Sound Factory

Ken Allardyce (Green Day, Avril Lavigne, The Yardbirds) who is mixing for
Chad Gendason, an LA artist, completed an album for legendary French chanteur Hugues Aufray titled "Troubadour Since 1948". Phillip Rault produced and Allardyce engineered and mixed the album for Universal Music. Music lovers who recall the "folk music" era that begat American artists such as Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary may also be aware of Mr. Aufray through his long standing association with these artists. The Doobie Brothers' John McFee plays acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, and slide guitar on Aufray's new release. "...


Maserati Finds a Hit in Avocet

Tony Maserati is one of the respected mixing engineers on today's music scene. With over 250 releases for dozens of superstars including The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Jason Mraz - to name a few, he has played a major role in defining the current R&B and hip hop sound. When it comes to mixing, Tony pulls from multiple resources, be it plug-ins, analog outboard gear or a combination of the two. Every song is different and often takes him on a different approach in terms of what to use for the sound he's hearing in his head. But there are several things that are an integral part of his process: his speakers, his amplifiers and at the center of it all, his Crane Song Avocet.

"The Avocet is the benchmark for all to follow," says Maserati. "When it first came out, there weren't a lot of options on the market that could do multiple (analog and digital) inputs and monitoring outputs-which was important for my needs. It literally takes care of everything in my studio and most importantly, it sounds amazing. The convertors are incredible and can be trusted in a variety of environments. I have come to rely on the Avocet so much, that when I visit other studios that don't have one I insist they rent one or encourage them to consider buying it. Even with all the options that are available today, for me nothing has yet to compete with the Avocet."

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

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.


NRG Studio B hosted The Bravery with Jay Baumgardner and Mexico's legendary, award winning superstars, Mana with equally accomplished Producers Thom Russo and Benny Faccone.
Bush rocked the house with Engineer John Ewing and award winning Producer and Mixer Jay Baumgardner bringing home the hits with their recent number one hit "Sound of Winter". Studio C also welcomed a great friend Moogie Canazio who was mixing a Grammy award winning Latin artist Claudia Brant along with many other projects this year. For more information on NRG Studios or NRG Artists Please contact: Annette Scott, Manage

Joachim Cooder completed his first solo album with mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Entitled "Love on a Real Train," the collaborative project includes work recorded in Los Angeles and in numerous other locales via the Internet. Born in 1978, he began playing the drums at the age of five, inspired by drummer Jim Keltner and later studied world percussion at the California Institute of the Arts. Joachim has participated in live performances and film scores (often with his father Ry). Included on "Love on a Real Train are Inara George (Bird and the Bee), composer/trumpeter Jon Hassell, singer/songwriter Robert Francis, Cooder's wife singer/songwriter Juliette Commagere, singer/songwriter and former skateboard pro Matt Costa, DJ Frank Lyon of the band Keepaway, and gifted violinist/vocalist Petra Haden. "The record is ambient, but there are also some catchy tunes," remarks Cooder. "Love on a Real Train" will be released on Aeronaut Records, April 3, 2012.

Another amazing feature of the box is the impedance selection, which gives you a broad style of sounds, depending on how it matches to specific microphones. When you change the impedance, you can hear how the preamp is matching to the microphone. It can really open the sound up, or it can even make a microphone sound duller than it really is. And maybe that's what you're looking for." Watch the video interview here

Sardina is also among distinguished JZ Microphones artists that include: Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie), Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and Joe Chicarelli (U2, The White Stripes, The Shins).
Both Sardina and Chicarelli participated at Hot Zone at NAMM this year.


Rodrigo of Rodrigo y Gabriela with producer Peter Asher and mixer Rafa Sardina at After Hours Studio, Los Angeles
photo: By The C

Area 52 contains nine of Rod and Gab's favorite songs from their own catalogue rearranged and reconfigured
or a 13-piece Cuban orchestra comprised of some of Havana's finest young players, collectively known as C.U.B.A.

ATO Records releases the album on January 24, 2012. The darling of live scene and NPR, Rod y Gab will kick off their world tour on Feb 19 in Dublin and wrap it up early May at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Listen to the tracks at NPR here




Watch a clip on the making of Hugues Aufray's new album, "Troubadour Since 1948"

YouTube here

"It was an awesome experience to get to work with such a true gentleman - and having seen some of his sculpture and paintings I would say that the title renaissance man would suit him well - plus, all the musicians (to include Freddy koella) I got to work with on the project are fantastic - check out the credits, and it's like a who's who of top level international players," says McFee.

Seventeen (17) tracks feature reworkings of some of Aufray's classic chansons including a collaboration with Françoise Hardy on "Dès Que le Printemps Revient," his fourth-placed entry for Luxembourg in the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, and his French-language renditions of Peter, Paul and Mary's "500 Miles" ("J'entends Siffler le Train"), Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" ("Prends la Vie Comme Telle"), and another Dylan track, "Like a Rolling Stone" ("Comme Des Pierres Qui Roulent").A couple of bits of trivia on Mr. Aufray's work: Celine Dion was named by her musical parents after the beautiful and touching Hugues Aufray ballad "Céline." Bob Dylan wrote the liner notes for Hugues' previous album, "New Yorker.


www.cranesong.com Ltd. is able to provide the highest level of quality due to the many years of experience of its founder Dave Hill. Some of his employees have worked with Dave since 1988 and continue to have an intense interest in developing the best audio devices possible. Crane Song's combination of innovative design and uncompromising attention has helped the company make its mark in the professional audio world.

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






l-r: Joachim Cooder and engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

Watch a short video interview with Joachim Cooder at Bernie Grundman Mastering here

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Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
studioexpresso's Claris Dodge
Photo: Johnny Jaskot

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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Oscars are less than 30 days away. The nine best picture nominees are "War Horse," "The Tree of Life," "Midnight in Paris," "The Help," "Hugo," and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." On the acting side, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Viola Davis were among the performers receiving nominations, while "The Descendants" and "Moneyball" also scored best picture nods as the 84th Academy Awards nominees were announced in Beverly Hills. One of the most intriguing races to watch on Oscar night will be between the veteran Scorsese, who won the Oscar for best director five years ago for "The Departed," and the Hollywood newcomer, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius of "The Artist." Our favorite category is music scores.

The Chemical Brothers -- Hanna
Steven Price and the Basement Jaxx --Attack the Block
Cliff Martinez -- Contagion
John Williams (he has won five Oscars out of 45 nominations) -- War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin
Alexandre Desplat and Dario Marianelli -- Jane Eyre (he once won for Atonement and also was nominated for Pride and Prejudice). Howard Shore --Hugo
Alexandre Desplat --Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Mychael Danna -- Moneyball
Alberto Iglesias --Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Ludovic Bource -- The Artist (music serving in place of dialogue in a silent film)

Celebrating Grammy Nominated Artists At Vitello's
Clare Fischer Big Band, January 16, 2012

Clare Fischer Big Band at Vitello's on Jan 16, 2012; Music Director, Brent Fischer with Leonard Maltin

The Grammy celebration concert with the Clare Fischer Big Band took place this month at Vitello's in Studio City on January 16. Audiences came from Brazil and Germany to hear the Big Band, among them, world-renown film critic, Leonard Maltin. The band played from Pictures At An Exhibition, recorded in 2004, all with Brent Fischer arrangements. "I feel...Clare and Brent Fischer's version is "Pictures in the Future...The authority, beauty and diversity of each individual picture is captivating from the first to the last minute," said Jorg Achim Keller, producer and leader of HR big band, in the liner notes.
The 18-peace Clare Fischer big band also played tracks from the Fischer catalogue and from Continuum, this year's Grammy nominated album. The Fischers have created musical magic arranging and orchestrating for other artists to include: Prince, Michael Jackson, Raphael Saadiq, Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Usher and Brandy. Brent directs the Clare Fischer bands featuring some of LA's best players: Andy Martin, Carl Saunders, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Scott Whitfield, and Steve Huffsteter, among them. The news of Clare Fischer's passing came on January 26. "A beautiful ending to a beautiful life. The music will continue, "said Brent Fischer.
A Tribute to DR Clare Fischer below.

TED Spells Technology, Entertainment, and Design
Featuring Organist Cameron Carpenter February 27-March 2, 2012, Long Beach, California

Why do we chase happiness? How repetition creates beauty? TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It began in 1984 with the purpose of bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. There are TED conferences, TEDTalks, the Open Translation Project and even the annual TED Prize.
Cameron Carpenter, looks more like a rock star than a church organist. Hailed by Dallas Morning News as “the most controversial organist alive,” he is among the distinguished roster of presenters that will make TED2012 a summit of the great thinkers and revolutionaries of the world. Carpenter joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and banjoist Abigail Washburn, energy theorist
T. Boone Pickens
, choreographer Twyla Tharp and other leading intellectuals at the annual conference in Long Beach, California February 27-March 2. Cameron was a child prodigy who performed Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before touring as a boy soprano with the American Boychoir for two years. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2006 and lives in Berlin. Known as "The Bad Boy" of organ music, he is the first solo organist in history to be nominated for a Grammy Award.

TED will temporarily install a major digital organ courtesy of Rogers Organs, modified to Cameron's specifications, in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center for his use during the conference.

Two Music Worlds For Christoff Bull

Christoff Bull at Disney Hall, First & Grand: The first album recorded by Bull on the Gehry designed one-of-a-kind pipe organ; Lady Gaga plays the Sydney Town Hall's pipe
organ during her concert on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Closer to home, in Los Angeles, California, Chrsitoff Bull juggles two music worlds. Church organist and Professor by day and pop singer and composer by night. Bull has a growing fan base and performs in venues ranging from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room. He has performed with musicians as diverse as Cindy Lauper, Nishat Khan (sitar) and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. As a cross over artist-- accomplished organist, teacher and singer/songwriter, Christoff enjoys both disciplines equally. "I get inspired by the complexity and high intelligence of Bach's music and also by the visceral power of a George Clinton beat. In my work, both genres influence each other: I take some of my classical craft to my pop arrangements and I take the attitude of rock music to my classical playing."
A native of Germany, Christoff Bull began improvising on the piano at the early age of five, but soon began the regiment training traditionally affiliated with classical music. He attended school at Freiburg Conservatory. Bull decided to come to the United States, where he attended the Berklee College of Music. There, he was able to explore other aspects of music including jazz, rock, and recording. After graduating, Bull moved to Los Angeles and put on eclectic organ concerts under the name Organica, playing everything from classical pieces to rock ‘n’ roll. “A guy like Liszt or Bach or Mozart – they really were the rock stars of their time,” he says. Mr Bull has been organ professor at UCLA since 2002 and credits the first album recorded on the Gehry designed one-of-a-kind pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The album title appropiately takes its name from the marked occasion and the Hall's location, First & Grand. The beautiful artwork and a 24-page booklet chronicles the recording of the 11 tracks (5-8 minutes each) that include classical standards like Beethoven-Improvisation and Adagio For Strings, op. 11 with few surprises here and there like When You Wish Upon A Star and A minor Trance. Now available at: Cdbaby

In Our Corner DR Christoff Bull And The Greatest of All Time ALI. More recently Christoff Bull wrote a song tribute to the boxing champion, Muhammad Ali who is celebrating his 70 years on the planet. "Ali," is written and performed by the keyboardist-singer and inspired by the iconic boxer's accomplishments in and out of the ring. Christoph describes the arrangement as "Beatlesque R&B". The track also features Ali in his own words - described by many, as the first rapper. He completed the most recent arrangement of "Ali" in 2010 and asked Grammy-winner, Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz) to mix his song. "I've met a lot of people who believe in good enough. I don't and Rafa doesn't either."
According to Bull, Ali himself loves the song. "...Especially hearing his own voice and my accordion playing. He made me feel very welcomed by pretending to box with me," says Bull who met Ali's photographer Howard Bingham through musician friends --singer Angela Carol Brown and percussionist Richard Martinez. Howard loved the song and made the introduction. "An introduction to who?" "Ali!" The next time the boxing icon was in town, Howard Bingham invited me up to Ali's suite at the Hilton. Howard whipped out his camera and took these pictures," says Christoff.
The story goes that Christoff would get up in the middle of the night as a little boy to watch Ali reclaim his title from Leon Spinks (1978). "I was first fascinated by Ali as an athlete. His movements were similar to a musician or a dancer; he was an artist-athlete. Of course, there was his creativity in promoting fights, including the use of poetry. I also read about his political courage, his willingness to lose his livelihood in order to speak out against an immoral war abroad and for civil rights at home," says Christoff. Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, February 18. Exceptional dining by chefs Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck with spirits & wine pairings by master sommeliers. Exclusive auctions and a larger-than-life concert all to benefit Ali's fight against memory, movement and brain disorders.
We asked if there are any pop stars that Christoff would enjoy working with. "I saw a picture of Lady Gaga playing a pipe organ in Sydney, Australia. I could see her working with me - a pipe organist who digs pop and rock," says Bull.

New TV Show To Seek World's Greatest DJs

Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment has partnered with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment on the launch of a live, new international TV format to find the world’s greatest DJs. This new format has already been developed and will be CO-produced by SYCO and OVERBROOK. The show will capture the incredible rise of the DJ phenomena. It has been in development for over a year and SYCO, OE and Sony Pictures Television will soon announce their broadcast partners in both the US and the UK. In related news, the Queen is heading back to daytime. Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit announced Monday that they will be partnering with Sony Pictures Television to produce a new sydicated talk show for 2013 with Latifah serving as host

studioexpresso And The Art of Producing Masters at NAMM 2012
An Engineer/Producer Forum at NAMM, Hot Zone, Anaheim, CA

Brent Fischer, Jay Kaufman - Kaufman & Associates Award-winning studio designer , Greg Penny (Elton John, KD Lang) , Claris Dodge of studioexrpesso, Curt Bisquera, (Sarah Mclachlan, Elton John), Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz), Peter Schwartz (Mattel, David Bowie, Enya), Brad Lunde - Trans Audio Group, Representing Choice Audio Gear

studioexpresso presented "Art of Creating Masters," an Engineer/Producer Forum and master class on arranging by Brent Fischer (Usher, Raphael Saadiq, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau). The panel featured five of the world's top studio engineers, producers, and musicians discussing the latest tips, techniques, and issues affecting the world of studio recording and production. Hosted by studioexpresso's Claris Dodge, the forum brought together the technical brains behind artists like Lady Gaga, Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.

Ruhttp://www.twylatharp.org/bio.shtmlben Valtierra of "Weird Al" Yankovic with Brent Fischer, Trans Audio Group booth,
Al Schmitt & Paula Salvatore of Capitol Recording Studios

PANELISTS included: Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz) Greg Penny (Elton John, KD Lang) Curt Bisquera, (Sarah Mclachlan, Elton John) Peter Schwartz (Mattel, David Bowie, Enya) which followed a MASTER CLASS on arranging & Orchestrating Timeless Masters with Brent Fischer (Usher, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau). Brent presented on Arranging Commercial Music -- How to Differentiate Your Sound
Panel BIOS, please visit: studioexrpesso Presents at Hot Zone Namm 2012
A high-end audio system of ATC speakers was used to playback recordings by the panelists coutesy of Trans Audio Group.

Steve Vai receives Les Paul Award from Les Paul's son Russ Paul and celebrated rock bassist Billy Sheehan at the 27th Annual Tec Awards during NAMM; Congratulated by friends l-r: Claris Dodge, Vai, Rafa Sardina, Brent Fischer

For those of you who attended Tec Awards, Steve Vai's performance w/ Billy Sheehan ended the show on a high note! Steve Vai received the prestigious Les Paul Award CO-presented by Les Paul's son Russ Paul and celebrated rock bassist Billy Sheehan at the gala, CO-presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio and NAMM, held on January 20th at the Hilton Anaheim as a special event of the 2012 NAMM Show. Since launching his solo career in the early '80s Vai has ascended to the ranks of rock's "guitar heroes," having become a concert sensation while earning three Grammy Awards and being nominated for more than a dozen. Vai performed with an all-star lineup at the TEC Awards ceremony, backed by the 2Cold Chili Bone TEC Band. Vai has received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musician's Institute, and founded Mothership studios and Favored Nations, a record label for musicians, who in Vai’s words, “have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.” He has also served as a Trustee for the Recording Academy, is on the board of Hollywood Arts, and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education. Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, songwriter and producer Vai who has sold over 15 million albums is simply a Guitar God in top form. He brought the house down with his brilliant performance following a graceful and eloquent acceptance speech. Vai quoted Frank Zappa as his major inspiration. "Two things. Don't stop. Keep Going!"

l-r: David Schwartz and Hillel Resner of Tec Awards; Presenters Al Schmitt with Jeff Baxter and
Eddie Kramer.

27th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards winners included: The sound engineers, editors, producers and other audio professionals behind Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Adele’s 21, Roger Water’s “The Wall Live” Tour, Inception and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The show was hosted by Late Show veteran Will Lee, and featured musical performances by Steve Vai, Lee, the 2 Cold ChiliBone TEC Band, Billy Sheehan, Orianthi, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, CJ Vanston, scratcher DJ HAPA, among others.
"One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience" Steve Vai
will join Television personality and entrepreneur Sharon Osbourne as CO-hosts at this year's GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project - will explore the history and evolution of live concert performances and celebrate the various and invaluable contributions of those events, the key players behind them, and their influence on the American cultural landscape. Rock icon and philanthropist Bret Michaels will perform as the closing act. Additional performers include GRAMMY® winners Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Shelby Lynne,and Mavis Staples; current GRAMMY nominees Dave Koz and Ledisi;and the Colburn Orchestra,A Fine Frenzy,winner of the Queen Extravaganza contest Marc Martel, finalist on season one of NBC's "The Voice" Beverly McClellan, and Tyrese. The evening's musical director will be Darrell Brown. "One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience"promotes the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. General admission tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org or http://flavorus.com/grammyfoundationonenightonly,or contact 323.908.0607.

For the fourth consecutive year, Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY®Gala on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®(www.grammy.com). Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances. "This year we are thrilled to honor extraordinary entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, whose contributions to the music industry began with a record store in London and grew into a global empire. His iconic Virgin brand is synonymous with excellence and continues to draw consumers on numerous platforms from around the world," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. The Pre-GRAMMY Gala is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music's Biggest Night. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Two-time GRAMMY® winner LL COOL J is set to host (For all nominees click here
Congrats Ron Ruthlege. He is the new Operations Manager at CenterStaging, LA’s premier rehearsal and backline facility, specializing in production and technical support for television and live performances. 10 state-of-the-art rehearsal studios, a brand new dance-specific studio complete with mirror wall, playback, and Harlequin Liberty sprung wood floors. Other CenterStaging services include an extensive range of backline, an instrument repair center, storage lockers, cartage services, and onsite cafe & catering facility. RSVP to attend the Industry Insider Party on
February 9th

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The Monks of Mellonwah are a QUARTET, hailing from suburban Sydney with lead vocalist Will Maher, guitarist Joe de la Hoyde, bass player John de la Hoyde, and backing vocalist and drummer Josh Baissari.
They are nominated for 2 awards - Best Rock and Best Indie Rock Band at the All Indie Music Awards in Los Angeles - Feb10, 2012. You can check their sounds: Retro inspired Rock

16-year-old Noah Benardout is a special singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles, California. Born in London, he is related to the composer Irving Berlin and heavily influenced by the UK music scene. Noah has been performing since the age of six. He is a Fender endorsed artist for Guild guitars and working with the The Fender Music Foundation for the promotion of music education. Few factoids: The Agency Group is looking after his touring schedule: He performed at NAMM on January 21st, The Whisky in Los Angeles (2/4) as well as SXSW in Austin. He's has worked with industry vets Tim Pierce and Kenny Aronoff!
Listen to his song Haley here

In Industry Profile:Warner Bros. Records' Liv Tortella
by Larry LeBlanc (Courtesy of CelebrityAccess MediaWire)

Los Angeles-based Tortella has been the chief operating officer, and CO-president of Warner Bros. Records Inc. since Sept. 14, 2010.It was at that time Warner Music Group configured a new senior management team for the Warner Bros. Records label group that consists of the Warner Bros., Asylum, Nonesuch, Reprise, and Sire labels.As well as Tortella, this senior management team includes Rob Cavallo as chairman; and Todd Moscowitz as CO-president and CEO, all three report to Lyor Cohen. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Tortella was Atlantic Records’ executive VP/GM in New York. She joined Atlantic in 2004. In addition to focusing on artist development, Tortella played a pivotal role in molding the label’s direction by overseeing business and digital product development there, including bolstering a direct-to-consumer strategy for merchandise and fan clubs. At Atlantic Records, Tortella was instrumental in developing the careers of Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Rob Thomas, Shinedown, 3OH!3, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo, and the Zac Brown Band. In addition, she championed the launch of several indie labels, including Alexandra Patsavas' Chop Shop Records which has released the best-selling “Twilight” soundtrack franchise. Canadian-born Tortella began her music career at PolyGram Inc. in Montreal and then Toronto, working in publicity, A&R, and as a product manager for such labels as Island, Def Jam, Mercury, London, and Beggars Banquet Music Group. Afterwards, Tortella spent five years at the Island Def Jam Music Group in New York, as a product manager, and as a senior marketing director. During her freshman year at Warner Bros. Records, Tortella has been closely involved in projects by Michael Bublé, Wale, the Black Keys, Outasight, Theophilus London, and Gary Clark Jr.
Other new artists Ms Tortella is excited about: Birdy (born Jasmine van den Bogaerde) from the U.K.and Kimbra. In an interview with Celebrity Access, Ms Tortella who works closely with Stephen Bryan (promoted as executive VP of digital strategy and business development for recorded music at Warner Music Group in Sept. 2011) claims radio still being important to break an artist and she favors direct digital marketing to fans to the pricy TV advertising. She notes the value of TV and film licensing, as being a large part of their revenue." Definitely a big part of the Black Keys. We pay attention also to nontraditional retail. Warner Bros. is like #1 in nontraditional retail, largely because we have an adult-leaning roster that appeals to those types of places. We look at non-trad a lot when we look at our marketing plans. Starbucks is really an important part of that for us." Read the full interview here


Etta James
1.25.38 -- 1.20.12

Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles to a teen mother and unknown father. Her assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last."
Known as "Miss Peaches," James overcame a heroin addiction, opened for the Rolling Stones, won six Grammys and was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Adele joins the likes of Lady Gaga Jessie J and Beyonce who have paid their own tributes to the singer."If you were to look up the word 'singer' in the dictionary, you'd see her name," Adele said in an interview. The legendary singer died at 73 Friday of complications of leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and sons Donto and Sametto James by her side. The funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Al Sharpton presiding will take place at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena "is private for immediate family and friends," according to spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger. A public viewing is set for Friday evening at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California. It'll take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the mortuary's Manchester Chapel.
The family has requested donations be sent to The Rhythm & Blues Foundation. We join the friends and family of Etta James in mourning her death and celebrating her life and contributions. The heavenly choir has added an agel's voice. Life is like a song... and we're in heaven At Last

A mainstay of the American music scene for more than 60 years
Grammy-winner composer, arranger, pianist, Douglas Clare Fischer Died on Thursday, January 26 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was 83. Wife, Donna, son Brent, daughter Tahlia and close family and friends were by his side.

The memorial service for Dr. Clare Fischer is open to the public and will be on
Saturday, February 4, 11 am
at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills (across from Burbank Studios).
Please visit www.ClareFischer.com for updates

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund
The Clare Fischer Family Trust
(Memorial Fund)
Supporting the mission to document and record all written works for education and archival purposes.
PO Box 1563 Studio City, CA 916149

This week the media world (LA Times, AP, UPI, BBC, Hoffington Post and over 200 news outlets) covered DR Fischer's legacy as an accomplished composer. The prolific musician recorded 51 albums with 11 Grammy nominations and two wins.
Though the coverage must focus on Clare's musical gifts, our thoughts are with the loving family, behind the great artist.

Clare's love of life, wife, Donna. Their story unfolds like a fairy-tale. "As a young man, most mothers rejected me as a potential husband for their daughter, purely because of misconceptions about me. They thought of me only as a jazz musician, not as an educated composer. Which always put me in a bind, because their image was limited," Clare said in an interview
The young couple parted soon after they met in high school (where they played together in bands) and didn't see one another again for 43 years. At a high school reunion they met once more and were together until Clare's passing on January 26, 2012. "Mother was wrong!" he said.

Brent Fischer (Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Usher) decided to follow Dad's footsteps as a teen. Inspired by Clare's music, Brent chose to stay with his father after his parents separated. Brent who has worked professionally in the music industry since age 16, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree In Symphonic Percussion. As Clare grew in years, Brent became his ears, his hands, his musical mind...transcribing, writing, arranging, directing the Clare Fischer bands and producing albums," as Dad would want it."
DR Fischer was proud knowing that his son will keep it going. "Having absorbed my style over the decades, Brent is uniquely qualified to direct these recordings, in some cases finishing works for me..." Clare said referring to this year's Grammy nominated album, Continuum, produced an directed by Brent whose credits on the album also include arranging and composing "Step Up."
The Fischers are best known for their work for Prince, Michael Jackson, Raphael Saadiq, Branford Marsalis, Paul McCartney, Usher and Brandy.

True love and great music live. Immortal beloved, DR Fischer, is remembered and celebrated by many. But, for his family, a vast emptiness now to be filled each day with fond memories and beautiful music!
"A beautiful ending to a beautiful life. The music will continue," says Brent.
DR Fischer celebrated his 19th anniversary with Donna on his side at the hospital on Jan 17th.
Clare Fischer is survived by wife Donna, sons Lee and Brent, daughter Tahlia, older brother Stewart, nephews Andre, Eric, George, Michael, Clare and Matt; grandchildren Ereston, Alexis, and Logan.
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Enjoy Clare Fischer Music -- 2001 Special NPR In-The-Studio Interview

"We've got so mechanical an operation here in Washington that it doesn't have much identity where these people are concerned."
--J.F. Kennedy (speaking about the disconnect between the political machine and voters).

JFK Library Released Last of His Secret Tapes this week - over 260 hours of recordings of meetings and conversations Kennedy privately made before his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963

Calling All Musicians!

Watch Obama Sing 'Let's Stay Together -- Apollo Theatre, New York, January 19, 2012
Here is an outside-the-box sales technique: Get President Barack Obama to slip in a couple lines of your song during one of his speeches. Last week, Obama delivered several lines from Al Green's classic 'Let's Stay Together' at a fundraising event in Harlem, and the song has now enjoyed a 490 percent sales increase after the video of the President/crooner went viral. According to Nielsen Soundscan (via Billboard), Green's 1972 classic sold 16,000 digital downloads in the week ending January 22.

"If you have to make hits to survive, you are going to be out of business. Period,"
--Lyor Cohen, Warner Music Group

l-r: 1972 and 2012 High Definition Image of Earth: Courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center

“Blue Marble” High Def...It's Earth like you've never seen it before. NASA last week released what it dubbed the "most amazing high definition” picture of the planet ever taken.The photo on the left
is the famous “Blue Marble” image of Earth shot in 1972, which captured Earth from Apollo 17.

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