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Heat Seakers - top 25
The Heat Seekers 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.

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Mothership Studios... build by a musician...for musicians!
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studioexpresso caught up with musician Neil Citron, Mothership's chief engineer who gave us the grand tour of this very special place!

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Producer Profile

John Wooler
Siedah, Robben Ford, Eliades Ochoa

Nominated for 2003 Latin Grammy Award, Wooler has produced the new album called Sublime Illusion (Higher Octave World) by Cuban guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club member Eliades Ochoa. . Read more...

Steve Fontano
Carlos Santana, Cher, Ice-T

Most recently Fontano co-wrote the title track to Ice-T's movie "Rhapsody" featuring Ice-T and Freda Payne.
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L-L-R: John Wooler, Robben Ford at Watersound

Fontano at Prairie Sun

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Though she's already regarded as one of contemporary music's most accomplished singer-songwriters, Siedah Garrett's newest CD SIEDAH marks a change of creative direction. Featuring 11 original songs — many of which she co-composed with her hit-making partner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, Michael Jackson), as well as guitarist Michael "Fish" Herring (Prince, Christina Aguilera) — SIEDAH is an album firmly rooted in rock, but offset by an engaging pop sensibility produced by John Wooler.



The new cd by Pat Benatar was mixed by Barry Rudolph.
"I mixed for about a month out at their house (at that time) on Point Dume overlooking a private beach in Malibu, CA. Probably one of the 'cake' gigs of all time for me, I sat in an nearly empty glass-walled room totally free of distractions with my only view the entire Pacific Ocean! Occasionally, pelican or sea gull flocks would flyby or I'd see dolphins and seals playing!" Distributed on Welk Music Group

Live... Late... Loud...

Produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mixed by: JohnX, this six-string shredder has burned a hole right through anybody who has ever listened to him play!

A Grammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter/producer and computer jockey (David Lynch, Nine Inch Nails, Brian Eno, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Public Enemy, The Cure, and Natalie Imbruglia), he's best known for both his work with David Bowie and his aggressive guitar style that combines the visceral energy of rock, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the emotional honesty of blues and country, and an ear for the unusual.

Black Pearls

Eric Sardina's 12 Brand new tracks produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin). Put the "Black Pearls" CD in your computer's disc drive to access exclusive online content on a private section of


The Chemical Brothers singles, Rarities Album & DVD

The package will consist of singles released from the hugely successful albums Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole, Surrender and Come With Us as well as various EP's over the last ten years. Two brand new tracks will be included on the collection, collaboration with The Flaming Lips called The Golden Path and a track with Canadian rapper K-OS called Get Yourself High.

A second disk will accompany the collection for a limited period, consisting of rare tracks and previously unreleased tracks.

Higher Octive
Release: Aug 2003

Pat Benatar
Belchiasso Records
Release Date: 8/12/03

Reeves Gabrels
live... late... loud...


Black Pearls
Release date: August 26th
Favored Nations


The Chemical Bros
Release: September 22

Iha in A Perfect Circle
Former Pumpkins guitarist back on the road

Iha (former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist) stepped in to replace original guitarist Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) of APC. "They were looking for someone who had some experience and a similar vibe musically," Iha said. "I really respect all these guys as a band and I'm flattered that they asked me to join them. I think it was between me and Yngwie Malmsteen. They were looking for that high-speed metal thing, but they settled for me." Iha does not appear on the group's upcoming second album, The Thirteenth Step, and says he's only a touring member of the band for now.

Phish or future model of music distribution?

As the phenomenal success of the jam titans' new online download service at proves, bands don't necessarily need record labels anymore. allows band aficionados to download Phish shows within two days of the concert getting three-plus hours of sound-board-based music for the price of a CD--$9.95 for the MP3 format and $12.95 for the higher-fidelity FLAC files.

Just posted on the site are all the sets from Phish's summer tour-ending It festival, which drew more than 70,000 people two weekends ago to a remote Air Force base in Loring, Maine. In addition to the actual shows, Live Phish is offering for free a copy of the group's sound check and a late-night jam session atop an air traffic control tower.

According to Brad Serling, the founder of Nugs and the former chief technology officer at CinemaNow, which offers video-on-demand technology, Live Phish has been making major waves since its debut, generating more than $1 million in revenue via several hundred thousand successful downloads.

"I think it works in a Phish world," Maureen Coakley, Elektra's vice president of publicity, told AP. "Phish is so unique." But not alone. Other road warrior acts are plugged in, too, including Pearl Jam, which offers exclusive MP3 versions of its latest concerts at, the Who, the String Cheese Incident and Ween. Clear Channel is also test-marketing its own concert CD service, which would make several live acts available, as are smaller sites like and

Pennsylvania natives Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman, aka Dean and Gene Ween, left Elektra years ago and now distribute tunes from their The site allows fans to download live recordings, tune in to Webcasts and get previously unreleased tracks, like the now infamous X-rated Pizza Hut jingle "Where'd the Cheese Go?" The duo even set up a 24-hour Ween radio station.

In fact, the group was able to make its new album, Quebec, which was released by Sanctuary Records on Tuesday, by putting out live recordings of their concerts on their Website.

"On Elektra, our best-selling record sold 200,000 copies or more," Melchiondo told the New York Times this week. "But we still owe all this money to the label. Then we sold just five or 10,000 CDs through our Website and raised $100,000 to make our new album."

Festival Express

Eddie Kramer who's promoting an upcoming four-CD box set of unreleased Jimi Hendrix Experience material, has announced nearing completion of a long-planned documentary about the fabled 1970 "Festival Express" tour of Canada -- which featured Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Band and others.

Kramer, whose producing resume includes Hendrix, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, David Bowie and Eric Clapton, said he was not at liberty to say who would be producing or distributing the film.

The new version of Hendrix's "Isle Of Wight" will likely air on network TV in the U.S. before being released to DVD home video.

The biggest hint of what treasures the Hendrix vaults might yet reveal comes with the soon-to-be-released four-CD set, titled simply "The Jimi Hendrix Experience." In stores Sept. 15 and comprised of 56 tracks (most previously unreleased) recorded onstage and in the studio, the set opens up whole new vistas for Hendrix aficionados.

Maverick signs Simons

Maverick Recordings announces the signing of Keaton Simons. Danny Strick and Guy Oseary and Sandy Roberton were instrumental in bringing what many are calling the singer/songwriter/performer of the next several decades to Maverick, a true career artist with untapped talent and multitude of avenues to explore. Simons’ songwriting prowess and voice harkens back to a time when Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and the true folk-singers of the 70’s spoke clearly and boldly with their music. His guitar mastery has been hired by a wide diversity of artists such as Snoop Dog and Trey from Pharcyde. As a 24-year-old performer beyond his years, Simons melds all things John Mayer, Dave Mathews with influences in the vein of Elivs Costello, Tom Waits and Harry Connick, Jr.
Simons is currently recording his debut album with The Matrix production team and will also be doing some tracks with the Wizards. Look for this release in the fall.

Congrats to Manager Scott Carlson (STC Entertainment 818-787-4065) who also represents the legendary Producer Andy Johns whois back to work after a slight battle in his personal life. Andy is now recording a new project for V2 and also taking meetings and scheduling projects.

Green Lizard's American Debut!

Seeking a distribution/label deal for the US

Acclaimed Amsterdam rock band Green Lizard makes their American debut playing shows in the Midwest with a showcase at the Midwest Music Summit.
According to producer engineer Clif Norrell, "this promising young band has made a name for themselves with their enigmatic live performances all over Europe.
Come hear why they started out by winning Holland's biggest and most important rock contest, "De Grote Prijs Van Nederland", and then went on to win the Netherlands' Silver Harp award, which is equivalent to a Best New Artist Grammy. They have had two hit albums on Sony Benelux, and a current top 10 hit single in Holland!


According to PE Wire, Culver City-based Tonos is in the process of shutting down its operations. The company was backed by Mobius Venture Capital,, and Sequoia.

Masked And Anonymous
Drama, Comedy and Drama

Buy the CD here!
Watch A Trailer For Masked And Anonymous Here!

For fans of music and independent film, Masked And Anonymous (Sony Pictures Classics) with Bob Dylan is the movie for this summer!
Cast includes: Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange,
Val Kilmer, Mickey Rourke, Christian Slater, to name a few.

The film opened on July 25 in select theater locations in Southern California includingLANDMARK's NUART - W. Los Angeles (310) 478-6379

The album (Sony) will be available as a standard package and in a limited edition digi-pak. The limited-edition package contains a hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) featuring seven tracks from the newly remastered catalog in standard audio, super audio and 5.1 surround sound. This special disc is playable on any CD player as well as on an SACD compatible player.

Now in its third year, Midwest Music Summit is an established multi-functioning music conference that builds networking bridges between independent artists and industry representatives. They also generate the A&R Tipsheet - to get yours, please send an email with the subject line- A&R Tipsheet

The New Hospital Gets an SSL MT Plus
HD Television studio linked to a state-of-the art Audio Control Room

Founded by American investor Paul G. Allen and under the creative direction of musician and filmmaker Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, The Hospital is based in the former St. Paul's hospital in Covent Garden, close to many of the UK's top post-production and independent film and TV production companies. The 60,000-square-foot facility will feature a full range of facilities designed to allow all kinds of creative projects to be completed, including Europe's first high-definition television studio.

A new facility for music, art and film professionals, Hospital is incorporating two Solid State Logic digital consoles into the first phase of its unique studio plans. Chip Treverton, director/CEO of The Hospital project team in London, says: "The Hospital had several criteria to meet the demands of music based video capture space - fast automated reset, the ability to make changes to complex set-ups to support multiple live acts or scene changes quickly, integration and resource sharing between the 2 control rooms, reliability and service/support, and a large number of inputs on a smaller and familiar work surface. We looked at all the major players and decided that the MT Plus was the only desk that met all of our requirements, and we're pleased to be working with SSL to deliver these for future clients."

Fuel up at Angel Mounain!

Kevin Miller (pictured above), the drummer for popular rock band Fuel, recently visited Angel Mountain's all-new studio in Bethlehem, PA. Miller was there to get a feel for the facility, as well as assist Angel Mountain in honing the drum sound in their main tracking room.

Ahoy! Hans Zimmer Masters "Pirates" at Cups 'N Strings

Pictured (L-R) are Bruce Maddocks and Hans Zimmer

Academy Award-winning scoring composer Hans Zimmer recently mastered at Santa Monica's Cups 'N Strings Studios the soundtrack albums for "Pirates of the Caribbean," (score produced by Hans Zimmer, composed by Klaus Badelt) starring Johnny Depp, and "Tears Of The Sun," (score by Zimmer) starring Bruce Willis, just released on DVD.

"These were our first projects with Bruce and I was very pleased with the results," commented Zimmer. "I would like Bruce to take care of all of our projects, so I think we'll keep him very busy."

"It's a very delicate process," explained Bruce Maddocks, studio owner and chief engineer. "Hans selects the individual music cues from the film which are sequenced with crossfades to build a very long, very lush musical presentation. You have one very large piece of music and the challenge is to create an album in the mastering stage with all of the individual elements blending seamlessly. The trick is to find a balance so that everything fits together to make a very smooth sounding package."

Avatar Studios, a Sanctuary for Music friends during NY Power Outage!

Tibetan Monks at Avatar

Nominated for two 2003 TEC Awards, Avatar is part of Tech Tours for 115th AES Convention in New York (Monday, October 13th from 9 AM to noon). Avatar Studios became a sanctuary for clients, business associates, employees, and family members, some of which stayed the night since they had no way of getting home. "We were having a barbeque when the power outage hit.Given the circumstances, everyone was in good spirits. At least we had plenty of food and drinks that evening," says Kirk Imamura, President of Avatar.

Month of July had numerous clients including: Russ Titelman with Cyndi Lauper & John Pizzarelli; Kevin Killen with Elvis Costello; Chris Shaw for Vagrant Records act No Motiv; Todd Barkan; DJ with new artist "Roscoe," to name a few.

5.1 King Fogel Steps Up

If you've been to the movies in the last year or so, you have no doubt been lovingly surrounded by none other than Chris Fogel and his larger than life 5.1. Having mixed the score and score album for Universal's "Johnny English, recorded and mixed the scores for "Dreamworks' "Old School," Spyglass' "Reign of Fire," Miramax's "A View From The Top" and Columbia's "The Sweetest Thing," it is no surprise that he has stepped up to the producer chair. Musically speaking, that is. He produced, recorded and mixed the amazing score for "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" as well as New Line's forthcoming "Laws Of Attraction" and "Win A Date With Ted Hamilton." His next undertaking will be "Skeleton Key."

Fogel is famous for mixing the likes of Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, Robbie Robertson and Sheryl Crow amongst many others. You can hear his mixes on Samantha Ronson's forthcoming Rocafella album produced by Duncan Sheik. contact Shannon O'Shea (323) 654-2828

Terminator 3 Crew gets support from DMT Rentals !

DMT Rentals systems used by Dennis Sands during the recording of the music score for "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."
Left-to-right: Composer Marco Beltrami, DMT's Eric Cowden, Jayce Murphy and Bryan Jackson, with Dennis Sands (seated).

DMT has added to its dazzling inventory of state-of-the-art converters, recorders and outboards with the recent purchase of two vintage AMS Neve Model 1081 Channel Amplifiers, combination mic pre-amplifiers and EQ modules. "The Model 1081 was first produced in 1972," says DMT president Doug Botnick. "The same circuit provided the mic/line-amp and EQ sections in much-revered Neve consoles such as the 8048."

Digital Music Technologies, 273 West Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502, USA 818.559-2272. For more information on the complete range of DMT Rentals' equipment and consulting services, contact Doug Botnick. VOX 818.559.2272. FAX: 818.559.2329

A Jingles Voice-over Studio from SCR!

Wayne Thomas Yorke portrays the affable UPS employee/spokesperson who explains the virtues of the new UPS/Mail Boxes Etc. operation - now described as the world's largest retail shipping, postal and business services franchise company. He has also appeared in TV ads for Orkin Pest Control, Denny's and Liquid Plummer. Wanting to branch out into the potentially lucrative voice-over market, Yorke recently contracted Steven Klein SCR to design and build a compact voice-over booth in his garage.

"They were the perfect people for me. sThe project fell into place and we completed the conversion in one week. It was an excellent experience!" Yorke enthuses. He also worked with a local equipment retailer, RSPE Audio Solutions, which supplied the production equipment and ISDN unit, and Pat Schneider of P.S. Tech, who set up and wired the entire system. Contact: Steven Klein (CA License #515303-HIC) Sound Control Room, 14200 Ventura Blvd. Ste 10, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, USA

Come Fly With Me!

At O'Henry Studios

Tierney Sutton's upcoming CD, "Dancing in the Dark" is a tribute to Frank Sinatra recorded at Conway Studios in Hollywood for Telarc. Engineering tasks were handled by multiple Grammy award-winner Michael Bishop.
"The idea was to have Tierney record a collection of tunes that made Sinatra famous," says Bishop. "'Come Fly With Me,' for example, is as well known for the Nelson Riddle arrangement as it is for Sinatra's impeccable vocal. Having a female vocalist sing these songs turns things around right away. Another twist was the new arrangements by Tierney and the band.
Bishop uses Neumann's Solution-D software for the recordings. "It lets me send control data over the same AES cable that the signal is coming into the control room on using the system's AES 42 interface. I can change a pickup pattern, or alter the sensitivity and gain, and insert high-frequency and peak limiting without ever leaving the control room! All of these functions are controlled at the microphone itself. Add to that the openness and the clarity of the microphone and you've got a fabulous combination, which has become an invaluable tool for me," says Bishop.

Sacred Love from Sting's Home!

The paradigm shift in music recording that has taken place over the last ten or more years, away from traditional studio facilities and into home or temporary environments, has given rise to a handful of high-end equipment rental specialists. Stephen Jarvis Audio Consulting from Bay Area has amassed a large rental inventory of gear that includes a sizeable quantity of George Massenburg-designed GML equipment.

Jarvis supplied a great number of GML devices to engineer Nathaniel Kunkel of Studio Without Walls for one of his recent remotes. To coincide with his first studio album in four years, entitled "Sacred Love," Sting filmed a performance' at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown L.A. that will be released as a limited edition DVD-V package promoting the CD, scheduled in stores September 23rd.

"I recorded everything on stage through 36 channels of GML mic pre," recounts Kunkel. "The three main vocals, Sting, Joy and Mary J. Blige, were recorded entirely through GML 2020s." The GML 2020 High Resolution Discrete Input Channel combines a mic preamp with filtering, equalization, and dynamics processing in a two-rack space package.

Kunkel is mixing the performance audio for the DVD release in 5.1 at Sting's Malibu home using his portable system. GML processing is typically featured in all of his mixes, notes Kunkel. "I use the same 2020s that I used tracking for my vocal inserts in Pro Tools when I mix. I mix on a Sony DMX-R100, so I like to take care of all of my inserts in Pro Tools, then at the end of the mix I can easily print what that insert was. It almost always is a GML 2020."

Summer Heats Up At NRG

Limp Bizkit recently returned to NRG’s Studio B with producer Terry Date and Engineer Dave Holdridge to complete the band’s forthcoming album. The album is tentatively titled “Panty Sniffer” and is scheduled for release in September of 2003. In 1998 Limp Bizkit locked out NRG’s Studio B with Terry Date to record the multi-platinum album “Significant Other.” Limp Bizkit is currently appearing on the Summer SanitoriumTour.

Static X recently locked out NRG’s Studio A with producer Josh Abraham. Following their stint at NRG, Static-X found a new drummer, Nick Oshiro, and can be seen this summer on tour with Staind. The new CD “Shadow Zone” is set for a September 2003 release.

Jay Baumgardner mixed “Jump” the lead single for Ill Nino’s latest offering on Roadrunner Records. Ill Nino’s album, “Confessions,” is slated for a September 2003 release. Baumgardner also mixed the song “’Til the Day I Die” for Story of the Year(Maverick). Story of the Year will release their album “Page Avenue” in August. The Baumgardner mixed Evanescence song “Bring Me To Life” continues to fly high at both rock and pop radio. The Evanescence album “Fallen” currently resides at #3 on Billboard’s top 200 after 7 weeks on the charts and multi-platinum sales. For more details or booking information please contact Kelly Garver 818-760-7841

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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
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK

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Sam Phillips (L) plays guitar with Elvis Presley, his biggest star.
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