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2003 Edition of the Recording Industry Sourcebook is Now Released and available from Music Books Plus!


Michael Schenker's famous Gibson Flying V guitars are now available exclusively from Andy Brauer!



















Billboard charts

Heat Seakers - top 25
The Heatseekers chart lists the best-selling titles by new and developing artists, defined as
those who have never appeared in the top 100 of The Billboard 200 chart.

Hits from a thousand miles to reality tv!

Vanessa Carlton's hit release "A Thousand Miles" is one of the most requested songs on BFBS Middle East, a popular radio station that broadcasts to the troops in the war zone.

"Duets" is premiering on the new MTV Networks show this Spring. In auditions held earlier this year fans across the country competed for the chance to perform their
favorite song with their favorite artist on MTV, rapping with Lil' Kim, singing with B2K, and jamming on drums with Blink-182's Travis. Carlton's segment scheduled to air during May. Ian Charbonneau of Le Mobile Remote Recording Studio sets up dual Evolution e 845 mics for the segment of MTV's "Duets."

R: Vanessa Carlton with Sennheiser's Evolution 845 mic for her upcoming performance on MTV's "Duets."
photo:: Getty Images


Studio Spotlight

A Slice of Apple Pie!

Big Apple's Pie Studios offers Neve 8078, large tracking room, Pro Tools and beathtaking sunsets of Long Islan's North Shore!

Take an Express Tour of with
studio owner Perry A. Margouleff and find out who has been recording at Pie and hear the latest here...

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Producer Profile

Rex Rideout, producer/songwriter/arranger/musician
Boney James, Will Downing, Luther Vandross

Rex is finishing production for his song, "Rain Down" which will be featured in the Paramount Pictures movie, The Fighting Temptations, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyonce Knowles and a host of musical guests. Additionally, the song will be included on the accompanying Columbia Records soundtrack release.

Bryan Carlstrom
, producer/engineer/songwriter
Offspring, Alice In Chain, Social Distortion

Carlstrom's expertise in Pro Tools recording is well recognized. Carlstrom designed his adjoining rigs to act as a mobile recording set-up. Carlstrom has just completed further production and writing for Christopher Hall (former Stabbing Westward frontman) and the members of The Dreaming

Klen "Shaft" Raphael
, producer

Lil Kim

Shaft recently produced a track on Loon's (Bad Boy Artist) album due out sometime later this summer called "Between Us."


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Check out the StudioExpresso online event calendar

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Seattle premiere! 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

(Dir. Mark Moorman, 2003, 90 min.)

Beginning in the 1940s, Dowd recorded jazz, rock, soul, and pop classics, leaving his stamp on many of the popular music trends of the last 50 years. This new documentary illuminates his impact on musicians as diverse as John Coltrane, Buffalo Springfield, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Booker T. & the MG’s, Aretha Franklin, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, and Charles Mingus.

Time: 7:00 PM Venue: JBL Theater
Ticket Info: $5 for members, $7 for the public. Tickets are available at EMP, by calling 206.770.2702 or 1.877.I-LISTEN.

EMP was conceived by Paul G. Allen and Jody Patton. Paul Allen's early passion for Jimi Hendrix led to his amassing of the world's largest collection of Hendrix memorabilia, and later, his desire to share that collection with the public.

Eclectic producer/performer DANIEL LANOIS (U2, Willie, Dylan) performing live this Wednesday and celebrating the release of his new CD - Shine (Epitaph Records' Anti imprint) out April 22, 2003. Lanois' first solo album in ten years, "Shine," is warm, organic and dazzling; the songs run the gamut from melodic roots and pop to distinctive, pedal steel fueled instrumentals.

Wed. Apr. 23, 7p, Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset.
Daniel Lanois will be on KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” April 23 - 11:15 AM.

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Eloise, Fisher and Rudolph Team Up!

Barry Rudolph is enjoying recording the new Eloise
album up at Castle Oaks Studios in beautiful Calabasas, CA. Eloise's urban Adult Contemporary/Smooth Jazz/Pop record is being supervised by producer André Fischer who is also playing drums and is joined by
CO-original Rufus member Bobby Watson on bass guitar.
The supporting cast of musicians include: keyboardist
Bill Cantos, guitarists Dwight Sills and original Gap Band member Fred Jenkins. Bridgette Bryant sang backing vocals on most of the ten tracks. "A special 'engineering' thanks go to studio owner Frank Jones and my trusty and super capable Pro Tools HD experts/engineering assistants Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki and Frank Verschuuren," says Rudolph. Currently the team is mixing the whole album at LAFX Studios in NoHo using their big and wonderful API console. Assistant engineers Seth McLain and Eric Gobel have been taking care of all our Pro Tooling needs.
Visit Barry's web site here

Session Grooves with Paul Taylor!

Producer Rex Rideout and engineer/mixer Steve Sykes came to Castle Oaks to work with Peak Records recording artist, Paul Taylor.


Say jazz!

Gerald Wilson is recognized as one of the premiere composers, arrangers and band leaders in modern jazz for more than half a century. His new CD on Mack Ave Records is being produced by Stix Hooper, former drummer and founder of the famed Crusaders. The recordings were done in February 2003 in New York at Clinton Recording Studios. Mixing was done in Los Angeles at Westlake Audio by Ralph Sutton (Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Stanley Clarke).


LAMP hosts Top Producers Panel

According to Program Director of Los Angeles Music Productions, Leslie Waller, over 200 attendees packed the Knitting Factory for the debut event of Los Angeles Music Productions on March 29, 2003.

The day-long event featured song critiques, artist showcases,
networking opportunities, and a panel on the Art and Science of Producing and Engineering.

studioexpresso was proud to support the event.
A panel of nine top producers and engineers were assembled and moderated by Producer/Engineer, Writer and music industry Consultant, Moses Avalon.

L-R: Andre, Eloise and Rudolph
photo by: studioexpresso






L-R: Dwayne "Smity" Smith (bass), Michael White (drums), Rex Rideout (producer), Steve Sykes (engineer/mixer), Paul Taylor (artist - Peak Records), and Stacy Turner (Rex's manager).

L-R: Stix, Gerald Wilson and Ralph Sutton
photo by: studioexpresso

Top Row (L to R): Keith "KC" Cohen (Prince, Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Seal), Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Michelle Shocked), Robin Danar (Suzanne Vega, Donald Fagan, Macy Gray), Rogers Masson (Eric Clapton, Marilyn Manson), Carlos Warlick (Ice Cube,
2Pac, Will Smith, Xzibit), Dave Aron (Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre).
Bottom Row (L to R): Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney), Michael C. Ross (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Pattii LaBelle, Dixie Chicks), Joe Warlick (Dru Hill, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, and Lil Bow Wow).

photo by: studioexpresso



A two-day music, arts and camping festival under the Stars
Field Day – two days of music, art and camping on the North Fork of Long Island – with over 30 acts on multiple stages, food and drink, art installations, non-profits, performance art, and other forms of self-expression!

Astralwerks artists will be performing in the inaugural Field Day Music Festival, a two-day music, arts and camping festival in Calverton, NY, on the North Fork of Long Island on June 7 and 8. Beth Orton, Royksopp, Gemma Hayes, and the newest Astralwerks artists 22-20s will all be playing on Saturday, June 7th, along with Beck, Underworld, Interpol, and headliners Radiohead; the Beastie Boys headline on Sunday, June 8th.

Other artists performing during the festival include Sigur Ros, Blur, The Roots, Thievery Corporation, Spiritualized, Elliot Smith, The Streets, N.E.R.D. and many others. Tix range from single day $65 to 3 day including camping for $190 and available online at ticketmaster.com and over the phone at 212.307.7171, 201.507.8900, 631.888.9000.


Birdland buddies clebrating the new album by The Yardbirds!

(L-R) Yardbirds producer Ken Allerdyce; Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Steve Vai; Steve Lukather; and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.
Photo by Richard Aaron

British blues-rock titans the Yardbirds are set to release "Birdland," - their 1st album since 1968 - April 22 on Favored Nations Records. "Birdland" will feature founding rhythm guitarist Chris Drejaa and drummer Jim McCarty, with theree new members and guests appearances by likes of former Yardbirds guitartists Jeff Beck, Brian May, Steve Vai, Slash, Joe Satriani, Johnny Reznik, Steve Lukather and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. The album produced by Ken Allardyce (Green Day, Fleetwood Mac, Goo Goo Dolls, Weezer) will feature seven new songs alongside recording of eight Yardsbirds classics.

The label hosted friends in the legendary upstairs room at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in L.A last month. Ken Allardyce also recorded and mixed the cd at Steve Vai’s Mothership studio in Hollywood, Calif., with parts recorded at two London studios, and a track at Jeff Beck’s studio in England. Producer Allardyce actually saw the Yardbirds open for the Beatles at Hammersmith Odeon in 1964 and has been a fan ever since.

According to founding Yardbirds member Chris Dreja, “It was a labor of love, and we’re grateful to everyone who helped - our guest musicians and especially to Steve Vai. The Yardbirds are still a kick-ass, high-energy band - and that comes across on this album.” The Yardbirds' American tour begins in May.

Take The Concert Home With You!
Launch of Hear It Again.net makes web music history.

The unique Web-based service that allows music fans the opportunity to order digital downloads of live concert performances was launched on March 28th with recording Frank Black & The Catholics at the Double Door in Chicago. According to founder, Mike Corso, "The response has been everything I hoped for. First and
foremost, the fans love it!"

HearItAgain.net's mission is to give fans what they want at an attractive price while, at the same time, putting found money into the hands of the music industry. Presently, HearItAgain.net is gearing up for 2 more shows by Frank Black & The Catholics and is in discussions with several other artists and labels. Artists and bands can contact Mike Corso via e-mail, phone 914.238.6874 or visit the Hear it Again web site.

Fleetwood Mac
Say You Will
Rekease date: 4/18/03

Many of their albums have a soundtrack-of-our-lives quality, and "Say You Will" follows in that tradition with the haunting "Illume (9-11)," featuring Nick's melancholy vocals, and "What's the World Coming To?" Fleetwood Mac kicks off a tour to promote Say You Will on May 7 in Columbus, Ohio.

WB offer: You can HEAR and OWN Fleetwood Mac's new single before the new record is released! BUY and DOWNLOAD MP3 of Fleetwood Mac's new single "Peacekeeper" digitally for $1.49. Once downloaded, the digital single can be burned to a CD.
The album was mixed by Mark Needham and engineered by Ken Allardyce.

Express Eternity...
Wayne Shorter
Release date 3/25/2003

After serving as one the principal architects of jazz for over forty years, saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has developed some lofty goals for his music. "At this point I'm looking to express eternity in composition," he says. "I'm striving to open up those people who aren't used to thinking in those terms." The new release on Verve attempts to do just that.

Marcus Miller
The Ozell Tapes
Release date: 4/22/03

Following the success of his best-selling solo project to date, M2, Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller releases The Ozell Tapes on Telarc: the Official Bootleg—a live double album of the best of his 2002 tour with Lalah Hathaway, special guest vocalist.

Gerald Veasley
Release date: 4/22/03
HUCD 3072

Heads Up International announces the release of Velvet, Veasley's richly textured new recording that evokes the sound and spirit of those formative years when innovators like Sly & the Family Stone, Earth Wind and Fire and George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic turned the traditions of R&B and soul on their head and redefined the urban sound.

Combine these potent ingredients from decades past with the sounds and sensibilities of contemporary urban music, process them through Veasley's musically rich Philadelphia upbringing, and the result is a unique instrumental perspective on the burgeoning movement that is now called neo-soul.

The Sounds Of Change
Release date: 3/25/03

Orange County-based indie pop rock act Stairwell's new release on Hopeless Records/Sub CIty showcases the individualistic characters that fules the band's collective creative fire.

“We're all completely different," vocalist/guitarist Zak Shultz states. "I got nominated as the Emilio Estevez of the Breakfast Club, so I'm the jock. John's the weirdo, he's Ally Sheedy. Aaron is the princess, Molly Ringwald. Tim is the nerd. Sean is Judd Nelson. We're all trying to get a new fresh sound and we all argue about it. We argue about stuff all the time, so we can get a better result."

The Unkonwn Project
self-titled EP

The Unknown Project. Influenced by and reminiscent of so many, yet this five-piece "rocktronica" group are no mere combination; in fact, they are an emulation. TUP are a rock band on a mission to refresh and revitalize the electronic endeavor by combining intelligent music and articulate, meaningful lyrics. TUP played at the historical El Rey Theatre last Saturday. For more shows and the EP go to the TUP web site or by the award-winning cd at cd baby

Songs that will be...

After a recent performance members of Rocker Tommy Lee's Methods Of Mayhem and new artist Wil b have agreed to combine their efforts on a new song titled "Welcome To World War Three." Also during a previous performance, Wil joined the legendary Michelle Shocked on stage for an impromptu performance of a song that Michelle wrote back stage after meeting Wil b titled "Yankee Come Home" in front of an audience of 20,000. Wil is currently in the studio recording a song he wrote after the death of one of his twin daughters, who's name was Destiny, titled "Hush."

Listen to Wil b on the World Famous Wake Up Show hosted by MTV's Sway and his partner Tech. Wil's controversial song "Dear Mr Bush" has been rapidly gaining attention and has earned him a signficant popularity amongst the Antiwar contingent. For more information contact Wil b

“Night of Healing” benefit concert organized to raise money for victims and families in the West Warwick nightclub fire.
PreSonus Audio Provides Digimax's, TubePRE's and CL44's for the Show

Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI will be hosting numerous musical artists such as Mark Farner, Phoebe Snow, Vanilla Fudge and Blue Oyster Cult on April 22nd.

Companies such as PreSonus Audio, EV, Spitfire Records and Comcast-Spectacor are all contributing by providing sponsorship or equipment. Other participating corporations include Telex, CN8, 94 WHJY, Sanctuary Records, Eagle Records and Berklee College of Music.
Tickets for the event, which is co-produced by Century Productions and Morrison Music & Productions, are available at Ticket Master and the PPAC box office.

Back 2 Basics with Summit!

On Vince Gill’s current U.S. tour, “Back 2 Basics,” front-of-house (FOH) engineer Hugh Johnson (pix above) brings quality equipment to every show that keeps Vince sounding anything but basic. He relies on Summit Audio’s DCL-200 dual compressor/limiter to optimize the sounds of the bass guitar and vocals, bringing clarity and precision to each in the overall mix.

XL at Chalice and Right Track!

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Frank Filipetti (pictured at Right Track above) and super producer Michael Beinhorn recently used the Solid State Logic XL SuperPre™ SuperAnalogue™ Remote Signal Acquisition microphone preamp system to record cutting edge guitar tracks for the band Fuel at Chalice Recording Studios.
Says Filipetti, supporting the finding, "The results were especially eye-opening because we put the SSL's up against vintage, discrete circuit mic pre's, and the SSL SuperPre's were better. The entire experience with the SuperPre's was terrific."

Avatar buzz!

The Neve room hosted Me'Shell NdegeOcello producing a project which included Joshua Redman, Jack DeJohnette. Bob Power engineered with assistance from Brian Montgomery. Rufus Wainwright recently in doing string and woodwind overdubs for his latest record produced by Marius DeVries. Tom Schick engineered assisted by Peter Doris. Producer/composer Stephen Endelman and producer Peter Asher recently in recording the music for a Cole Porter Tribute film. Gary Chester engineered assisted by Ross Petersen. SSL9000 hosted Betty Rules! Octone/J Records artist Michael Tolcher. Studio C with NEVE-VRP72 welcomed Pianist extraordinaire Makoto Ozone and bass legend Dave Holland whose latest big band record, done at Avatar, won a Grammy earlier this year. Columbia Jazz VP/ Producer Yves Beauvais recently in with James Carter tracking for a new record. Danny Kopelson engineered assisted by Aya Takemura. And Studio D with SSL9000 was home for Producer/Pioneer DJ Premier who came in recently to mix the latest album by his group Gang Starr (Virgin). Eddie Sancho engineered the mixes with assistance from Anthony Ruotolo & Brian Montgomery. Also Cassandra Wilson recently finished mixing her latest record with producer Fabrizio Sotti and engineer Eric Butler. All the tracks were recorded in Studio C to Pro Tools HD.

Three Amigos!

Photo: Left to right: Phil Ramone, Clive Davis, Rob Mathis

Sound On Sound was busy with session including a special visit by Clive Davis, Rob Mathis and Phil Ramone who were working with Jan Folkson on a series of Rod Stewart sessions for J Records. The great American songbook concept began with Rod Stewart himself who brought the idea to legendary music man Clive Davis. Upon the very first listen to the early demos, a deal to bring Rod into the J Records family was instantly signed in February 2002. And now, alongside renowned producers Phil Ramone and Richard Perry, Clive Davis and J Records will release the yet-untitled album.

NAB Nooz!
Software & Hardware

Studio Network Solutions® (SNS) featured SANmp™ its newest software application, in booth #SL2636. This multi-platform software allows workstations with different operating systems to concurrently access information from a Storage Area Network. With SANmp, users now have the freedom to upgrade to the latest OS or to add Windows workstations to their Mac environment.

Digidesign Showed Pro Tools 6.1 at NAB 2003 (Booth #SL300)
Adds Windows XP & Mac OS X Feature Parity, Avid Interop, ReWire Support, & More news here!

Solid State Logic debuted the new C200™ Digital Production Console, a compact in-line digital mixing console designed for multi-bus production for surround television and DVD-Audio music applications in addition to the C100 specifically designed for use within critical on-air production environments, at NAB 2003 in Booth #N2512.

According to reporter Steve Harvey, The Mid-Size Facility Boom is on!

Judging from the number of new digital broadcast consoles and peripheral equipment being shown at NAB2003, business must be booming in mid-sized TV facilities. Previously limited to less than a handful of suitable desks, the options available to broadcasters appear to have doubled almost overnight, with new large format broadcast console launches both here and at the recent AES show in Europe from Studer, Wheatstone, Calrec, and SSL, and system options and upgrades introduced to complement Euphonix and AMS Neve desks. Read More...

Janice Brown writes about Broadcast Trends & Advance Mic Offerings

Michael Edwards, wired microphone product manager for Audio-Technica, reports that trends such as surround production for television, as well as the increasing quality of both radio and television facilities, have influenced the company's latest offerings. Sports broadcasts and music production in broadcasts are two areas A-T notes an immediate improvement in audio quality. "We've been involved with the Olympics since 1996, in providing microphones for Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake, and it's been interesting to watch the evolution of stereo there," says Edwards. "Our high-end microphones, like the Artist Elite line, showed up in the Grammy Awards (broadcast in 5.1 surround this year). They were designed for high-end live sound, and the boundaries between live sound and broadcast are disappearing because the quality of music broadcast has improved so much. The Artist Elite microphones--both wired and wireless--will really have a big impact there." Read More..

Wilco on DVD!

Following the theatrical success of the Sam Jones' film on the band Wilco, 'I Am Trying to Break Your Heart' on Cowboy Pictures, the DVD (plexifilm distribution) scheduled for release April 1, 2003. Producer/engineer Tim Bomba recorded and mixed several of the band's tracks for the film and DVD. Musically, there's an additional 19 bonus songs (some not-yet-released). The 2-disc set includes a 40-page booklet with Sam's 'filmmaker's diary', exclusive photos shot by director (and photographer) Jones, and liner notes by David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine.
According to Bomba, the film has now played over 140 cities worldwide. With the success of the band's album 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' (Nonesuch/Atlantic) being named Record of the Year 2002 in a variety of publications, and the band's constant touring, advance orders for the DVD have been impressive.

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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

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Voulez Vous get healthy with Labelle?!
Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes With To-Die-For Taste Made With To-Live-For Recipes.

Buy the book at Amazon with 30% discount

Legendary singer and New York Times bestselling author Patti Labelle reveals her mouth-watering culinary secrets for eating your way to a long and healthy life. "Treat your body like a temple, not an amusement park."
Diagnosed with diabetes, the Grammy-winning singer has had to find ways to control her diet and make it healthier; this newest is the inspiring result.

Patti's latest cd "When A Woman Loves." on MCA Records is composed of tunes almost entirely penned by one songwriter, Diane Warren and produced by Jimmy Jam & Teri Lewis. Other producers included Warren, Randy Jackson and Hex Hector.

Get-well wishes to Luther.

Music legend Luther Vandross suffered a stroke on Wednesday April 16th. He's currently under care in a NY hospital and, although his condition is listed critical, the spokspeople for Vandrosse are hoping for a full recovery. Send Luther a personal message here

studioexpresso encourages community to write with corrections and/or comments.

Melanie Mullens Hoyson, Studio Manager of Firehouse Recording Studio writes correcting the February 2003 e-letter :

"I enjoy Studioexpresso's newsletters sent out each month. One particular story – "Sound On Sound's Studio D goes Pro Tools|HD," – caught my eye. To state the debut of this studio as "one of the first" Pro Tools/HD facilities is somewhat misleading. The Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, CA is not only the first to be built around a digital platform "from the ground up," departing from traditional templates but does so without leaning on other SSL or Neve rooms. Firehouse has taken a major step forward with design and concept and is truly the most integrated facility designed at the core for flexibility, growth, stability and acoustical soundness. Combine that with an in-house staff of accomplished and highly-trained engineers, the facility's luxurious atmosphere and you come to realize that Firehouse is clearly setting a new standard in sound, technology and service."

Finally - spring is here when musicians take the recording outdoors. Pix courtesy of one of our producers who sends this one from Denmark. Thanks Rudy!

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