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Dec 2002

& Yoko launch "Imagine" -- A Human Rights Classroom for Children of the World

" ...Through singing the song, "Imagine", children will learn about human rights,…the importance of world peace…(and) that we are all together in this. And we are all dreamers creating the next world, the next beautiful world for ourselves and for our children. Imagine a more safer and peaceful world. Imagine all of us living life in peace." Yoko Ono






Sesons's greetings!

We'd like to take this time to thank each and every one of our dear friends and artists, producers/mixers, studios and supporters around the world who have made the monthly studioexpresso e-newsletter possible.

We believe that in the ever changing industry and world of ours, information empowers. Thank you for allowing us to be your messengers and agents. We are looking forward to bringing you the best production talent and news in 2003! Keep it alive & coming!

This season spread the gifts of Joy and giving to those you care for and maybe even (at least) one person less fortunate than yourself.

Peace On Earth.

Claris Sayadian-Dodge


Billboard charts
Top 100 Positions /Issue Date:December 21, 2002

Studio Spotlight


A Capitol Sound and Unforgettable recordings from Hollywood's beloved studio and landmark.

Hear Nat King Cole's Christmas Song, "April in Paris" with "Ella and Louis," Old Blue Eyes and...Fast forward to 2002 and listen to Diana Krall, Everclear, Faith Hill or Goo Goo Dolls all of whom recorded at Capitol studios.

Take a nostolgic Capitol Express Tour of this legendary room from past to present with manager Paula Salvatore. And watch the video tour and interview with Al Schmitt courtesy of our friends at Record Production and Babblefish.

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Elliot Scheiner
Beck, Faith Hill, Steely Dan

5-time Grammy winner Elliot Scheiner received the 1st Surround Pioneer Award this past week. From the Eagles to Queen, from Steely Dan to Van Morrison and with new releases in the wings from Faith Hill, Beck and R.E.M., Scheiner has single-handedly mixed and produced enough surround music titles to give the genre a firm foundation.

Most recently Elliot and friends and fellow producer/engineers, Al Schmitt and Ed Cherney have teamed up as Co-Musical Directors of new Bop City Records.


Steve Parr, Producer/Composer/6.1Mixer
Tea With Mussolini, The Lost Prince, 100 Days.

Last year more than 30 film and even more TV projects were handled at the Fulham studio, Hear No Evil, owned & run by work and life partners Parr & Rose -- from the movie 'The Lost World' to the popular TV drama series about rival hairdressers - 'Cutting It'. More recent projects include the DVD of the Sherlock Holmes classic 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', the BBC's controversial new drama, 'Tipping the Velvet' and the latest Hollywood sci fi epic 'Reign of Fire'.

Steve is vice chairman of MPG ( the Music Producers' Guild in UK). Sharon Rose is a board member of the Women in Film & Television.
She won the FIPA for best original soundtrack 2001 for '100 Days' together with Steve Parr.





Rogers Masson Producer/5.1 Mixer
Marilyn Manson, The Smith Family, Teraplane

Rogers mixed “Death Parade” on Marilyn Manson’s new DVD.
The DVD combines nearly two hours of live concert footage, including an onstage duet with Eminem as well as a thirty-minute, Manson-directed documentary film, The Death Parade. Rogers produced Teraplane's debut allbum and other singles by the band who recently signed to Marverick.




JB Eckl Artist/Songwriter/Producer
Santana, War, Heliotrope

JB is credited as singer/songwriter, co-producer and guitar player in two of biggest selling Santana records, "Supernatural" and "Shaman."

His song entitled "One Of These Days," featuring fellow LA artists Ozomatli, appears on Santana's new album, "Shaman," released late October 2002. Yet another of JB's Santana songs is slated for release next year on a special Spanish-language release.

He's currently in pre-production in his state-of-the-art Pro Tools studio with Heliotrope, comprised of virtuoso musicians and collaborators.


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Interview with Elliot Scheiner from Surround 2002 coming soon!

Who would you like to see interviewed next year? Send us your feedback (thanks for all the great input).
Past interviews include:

Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Chris Fogel - Fig, Glendale, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Tidal Wave Sound, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK

studioexpresso in alliance with the following affiliates is pleased to bring you these interviews. Big thanks to: Record Production & Babblefish Get your FREE Real One Player download


Check out the StudioExpresso online event calendar

Some of the world’s most popular performers -- Vanessa Carlton, Ray Charles, Amy Grant, Bruce Hornsby, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Rufus Wainwright, Nikka Costa, John Mayer, Jewel, Brian McKnight, Randy Newman, Take 6 and Brian Wilson -- will participate in The 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John: A Benefit for Music Education, presented by Yamaha. The benefit will be held on January 17 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

Sennheiser is hosting the 5th Annual evolution Dealer Appreciation Party featuring performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, country and western singer Tom Shane Stiner (recently nominated for favorite new artist- American Music Awards), and the popular DJ Siren.

Sennheiser invites all NAMM attendees to join the celebration on
Thursday,January 16th, from 6:30 to midnight, at The Galaxy Theater, 3503 South Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana for food, drinks and entertainment.
However, seating is limited so stop by the Sennheiser booth (#6555) to get your
required invitation/pass to attend this event.
For added convenience Sennheiser is providing bus transportation to and from the Galaxy Theater from the Anaheim Hilton. Busses depart at 6:00pm and 7:00pm and are scheduled to return throughout the evening. "This is THE party at NAMM,"
grinned Greg Beebe, MI channel manager. "Be there - it will be truly evolutionary!"

See you at NAMM 2003!

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Berkleemusic goes Online!
Learn, teach, work and network...

Berklee College of Music's new online school and musician network offers exclusive, first time access to the best career development tools in the music industry. Students from anywhere in the world can now have access to studying with Berklee professors, network with other industry professionals, market themselves, post jobs and gigs and reach a highly qualified network of musicians, educators, and professionals.

Online instructor-led courses last 3-12 weeks. Students can have one-on-one guidance from Berklee's renowned teachers and learn with a community of like-minded musicians. Learning streams include Production, Songwriting, Performance, Music Education, and Business. Berkleemusic also offers 30-90 minute Master Classes available as streaming video or to purchase on DVD. Check the web site for course catalog and be the first to join the Berkleemusic network. For more info e-mail Milan Kovacev or call at 617-747-2656.

Give the Gift of A Dream!

Here is a great opportunity to unload all that old recording and music equipment that you've had holding your doors open or anchoring your boat, get a year-end tax write-off and help some kids at the same time!

SoundArt is a non-profit organization in collaboration with Berklee College of Music that opens its doors to the Los Angeles inner city community and allows children of all ages the chance to learn musical skills that are relevant to the music they listen to every day. The kids learn to play
instruments, work in bands and learn about recording and production. Catherine Goldwyn, Sound Art's creator and director, goes throughout the schools and community with a portable studio and teaches the kids these skills and records them, giving them the voice they've never had.

"This program's mission is to encourage creativity, responsibility and self esteem in these inner city kids, something I feel very passionately about", says Lenise Bent sound engineer, editor and music supervisor. "I grew up in Compton and many of the musical skills I use today I learned in school and in the Compton Youth Symphony Orchestra. That was a while ago and sadly, things are very different now. Sound Art is the perfect chance for me to give back and say thanks to my hometown. These kids deserve to be heard and Sound Art is listening," says Bent.

We all have old equipment that we would love to get rid of. Here's your chance to write it off and feel good about yourself at the same time. One big request...it has to work. Catherine says she'll not only gladly take it off your hands but even come and pick it up! How easy is that? Of course, money is ALWAYS gratefully accepted...

If you're interested, e-mail Catherine Goldwyn or call her at 310 315-0082. Also, check out Sound Art's website

New Signings!

Jazz Pianist Taylor Eigsti
Producer: Bud Spangler

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Eigsti's technical proficiency and mature, intuitive style of playing is nothing less than amazing. His emotion-packed, "must-see" live performance has been witnessed already by music lovers around the country, as he has performed with Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau and David Benoit. Taylor has already released three CD's, as well as a Japanese recording for DIW, and "Past Voices" for Windham Hill. In 1999, Taylor was inducted into the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Al Schmitt was responsible for the signing and states, "I think Taylor is one of the most talented new artists I've heard in a very, very long time; and he's got an unlimited future. I'm looking forward to working with him on his next album."

F.o.N. "Adventures in Boredom"
RELEASE DATE: January 2003
Executive Producer: Steven Saxton & Benjamin Osgood
Producer: Aaron Rubin & Joe Marlett
Engineered by: Joe Marlett
Mastered by: Brian "Big Bass" Gardner

With a national radio and publicity campaign, the 2002 Vans Warped Tour, and a greatly anticipated new album, F.o.N. will prove to be one of the most unique new rock bands to emerge this year. Featuring 14-year-old protégé drummer, Ilan Rubin and two extremely energetic lead vocalists, F.o.N. is set to be the "next big thing." Sample music from DH1 including Bop City artists Taylor Eigsti & F.o.N. here.


Liberty Livewire Renamed Ascent Media Group

Liberty Livewire, one of the world's largest technical and creative service providers to producers, owners and distributiors of entertianment and advertising content, changed its corporate name to Ascent Media Group on November 20th. According to business development exec Leo Chaloukian, the name change does not affect the commitment to excellence of the global giant. AMG has over 100 facilities in five countries and more than 3,700 assoicates. "The company enjoys a strong reputation among its many clients, in part due to the exceptional group of creative talent within the company, whose work has been recognized with 15 Academy Awards and 22 Emmy Awards," says Leo (pictured below).

The re-naming of Liberty Livewire to AMG marks the culmination of a strategic effort that began two years ago with the establishment of Liberty Livewire in June 2000 formed through a series of strategic acquisitions to include industry powerhouses: Soundelux, Todd-AO, POP Sound, CBS Radford.

"AMG is changing the face of the media services business through the aggregation and integration of services across the content creation, management and distribution segments, creating an end-to-end media services platform," said Bill Fitzgerald, AMG's Chairman and CEO. AMG is also investing extensively in the development of next-generation technology platforms and service applications such as video-on-demand, interactive television and store-and-forward technology. "I cannot think of another company with the ability to deliver the breadth of services in a cost-efficient a manner or with the technological acumen that we possess. The end-to-end solutions we're capable of delivering to our clients affords them economies of scale on a gloval level," said Ken Williams, COO.

The newly named Chairman of the Ascent Media Creative Serivces group, Larry Chernoff will focus on operational, technical and strategic initiatives of the company's Creative Services group, with particular emphasis on next-generation post-production services.

studioexpresso had a chance to chat with David Bock of Soundelux during Surround 2002 about the new ifet7 studio condenser mic.

"With studios and artists demanding vintage microphones, buyers are often stymied as to why they cost so much to own and maintain. We are attempting to build the first "family" of vintage tone microphones that work as a team and are affordable ($2,100. MSRP) as a group" noted David Bock, senior vice president, Soundelux.

Incorporating all the standard features of the famous fet47 and 87fet from the 1960's, soundelux engineering boasts new and unique imporovement that make the ifet7 more useful than the origianl versions.

LA Studio parties in full swing just in time for the holidays...

L-R: Michael C Ross, Hank Sanicola and Brad Haehnel at O'Henry; Record Plant guests are entertained...


Surrounded by Love...

Crosby & Nash treated guests at the First Annual Surround Music Awards to a memorable performance. The show held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the night of December 13th recognized the best the surround industry had to offer this past year.

The ceremony, hosted by Grammy Award-winners Al Schmitt and Ed Cherney, recognized winners in 15 categories, including the first ever Surround Pioneer Award to engineer Elliot Scheiner. Scheiner was honored for his early support and ongoing contributions in helping to grow the surround industry, including his trailblazing work on the 5.1 versions of The Eagles' Hotel California and Hell Freezes Over, and Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Winners included: The Who's Pete Townshend, whose albums Music from Lifehouse (Eel Pie Productions/Image Entertainment) and Live at Royal Albert Hall: The Who & Special Guests (Image Entertainment) won Best Standard Resolution Title and Best Concert Video, respectively; and engineer Nathaniel Kunkel, who mixed two winning titles, Nash's Song for Survivors and James Taylor. The creative team behind Pro Sound News and Surround Professional founded the awards in an effort to recognize outstanding achievements in the art and science of surround recording.

The Surround show featured celebrity presentations by Don Was and Herbie Hancock, in addition to more than 30 expert panels and master classes.


The new CTS studio, a semi-permanent set-up in Watford Town Hall in the northwest suburbs of London, utilizes much of the company's equipment from its now defunct Wembley location. Although the studio owns ATC monitors it was decided to use John Kurlander's personal system, not only at CTS but also on additional scoring sessions at AIR Lyndhurst and Abbey Road. "My three monitors traveled with us wherever we went," reports Kurlander. "I just used the sub and surrounds of whatever room we were in."

CTS owns a 5.1 ATC monitor system that includes three SCM150s for LCR, two SCM20s for surrounds and SCM 0.1/15 subwoofers, but for the "Two Towers" sessions, as with last year's "Fellowship" recordings, Kurlander says, it was decided to use his portable rig. "So many people needed to be in the control room that to conserve space we didn't install the CTS LCR system at
all. My three monitors sat on the top of the desk: we had some special tables made for the AMS Neve Capricorn and my 20A's matched in really well with CTS' ATC surrounds and subs.

Kurlander began his career as an assistant engineer on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album and worked at Abbey Road Studios for 29 years, eventually being appointed chief balance engineer for the legendary studio and chief classical engineer for EMI Records. Although Abbey Road favored other monitors, observes Kurlander, who relocated to Los Angeles eight years ago, he is a long-time fan of ATC speakers. "We'd had some ATC speakers [at Abbey Road] and I was quite impressed. The old CTS in Wembley had them and quite a few of the scoring stages here - Paramount and Todd AO - had them built-in."


From Dr. Dre to Tyra Banks to River City High, celebrities have been flocking to Track Record Studios in North Hollywood to track, mix and produce new songs on Solid State Logic's 9000 J console. For more information about Track Record Studios or for booking inquiries, please contact Studio Manager Al Morphew at 818-761-0511.


It's not often that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Santa Claus, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Jerry Speyer, co-owner of the Rockefeller Center, are seen together, but just three weeks before Christmas the unlikely group participated in the 70th tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan.

Also featuring nearly two hours of televised entertainment, including performances by Barry Manilow, Sheryl Crow and Michelle Branch, according to wireless expert Kevin Sanford the event went off without a hitch despite the difficulties involved in coordinating the SENNHEISER RF microphone, monitor and production communication systems.

Mattola Mantra: Let's Make a Deal

Early last month, the usually press-averse Mr. Mottola announced a marketing deal with Chrysler and the pop diva Celine Dion, who will soon begin peddling minivans. Three weeks later, Mr. Mottola was on the cover of Billboard magazine, pushing a new marketing venture with Pepsi. More recently, he talked up the value of Sony's acquisition of the song catalog of the rock group AC/DC, as well as the marketability of the superstar Jennifer Lopez. Read more in NY Times report here

Colombian-born singer Shakira is poised for a major crossover from the Latin market to more mainstream appeal as a result of the success of her current album, a slew of awards and numerous TV appearances over the last 12 months. At just 24-years-old, Shakira has already won a Grammy Award, two Latin Grammys, and just recently swept all five categories for which she was nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America honors.

Now, touring in support of her latest album, "Laundry Service," her first in English, Shakira will criss-cross the globe over the next eight months, taking in major markets in North and South America and Europe. Monitor engineer on the world tour is Vish Wadi, who reports that the singer's favorite microphone, the Neumann/Sennheiser KK 105-S, will accompany her wherever she goes. Handling FOH for Shakira is Robert "Cubby" Colby aided by the able Clair Brothers crew: Gene Phillips, Mike Mason and Tom Ford.


Fave December Images!

L-R: R&R a la pooch courtesy of one of our favorite composers/musicians - thanks David!
Santa-Cops - make up your own story! A lifesaver 4U!

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