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Sounds Of Life On Earth
Attenborough Recordist Chris Watson and his SoundField ST350

Chris Watson, wildlife sound recordist par excellence, has purchased a SoundField ST350 portable microphone system for location recording. Watson, whose career began as a founding member of UK electronic and musique concrète experimentalists Cabaret Voltaire before he became a location sound engineer, has worked closely with respected broadcaster Sir David Attenborough ever since work began on the BBC series The Life Of Birds in 1996. In recent years, he has worked as a location recording engineer and sound consultant on feature films such as The Meerkats (Paul Newman's last
film) and National Geographic's Galapagos, which required his recordings to be made in surround. After years of experimenting with multi-microphone arrays, he began working with SoundField microphones late last year.

SoundField's multi-capsule microphone systems capture the entire soundscape around the mic in three dimensions as a proprietary four-channel signal.
SoundField B-Format, may be decoded to mono, stereo or many forms of surround (including 4.0 quadraphonic, 5.1 and 7.1). Phase-coherent stereo and surround can be generated simultaneously from a single SoundField microphone if required, depending on how the mic's output is decoded. This has made SoundField's systems ideal for broadcasters that need to be able to generate surround audio for high-definition transmission or use in cinema sound, but who also require a phase-coherent stereo version for broadcast on standard-definition TV networks.

Watson was introduced to the SoundField SPS200 software controlled microphone last year by Tony Myatt of York University's music department, who demonstrated the mic's abilities to capture audio in three dimensions - including height information, or periphony - with the aid of a custom twenty-channel Ambisonics speaker array in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. "One of the things I like about SoundField's mics is that you can capture all of this information with one microphone, with one cable," comments Watson. "In the jungles of Madagascar, you have to carry all of your kit yourself - you can't put it in a car, because there aren't many roads - so the smaller and lighter your rig is, the better. I was using a three-microphone double Mid & Side array to record in surround, before I was introduced to the SoundField.

"SoundField very kindly lent me an SPS200 to experiment with, and I made some wildlife surround recordings on the Wash in Norfolk which turned out well. I then bought the ST350, as it's really robust, because some of the locations I record in can be very demanding places for microphones...!"

The Frozen Planet will be screened on BBC One in 2011.


TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for TRUE Systems is now shipping the PT2-500 mic pre and DI. TRUE Systems continues its contortionist legacy of packing immense-sounding microphone preamplification into tiny spaces. Descendant of the TRUE Systems Precision 8, which squeezes eight audiophile-grade preamps into a single rack space, the PT2-500 conforms to the modular 500 Series format. Like all the other preamps in the TRUE Systems family, the PT2-500 delivers stunning detail, rich analog depth, and a robust, reliable design. But the PT2-500 is 500 module sized, for audio professionals who want everything in a rack ready to use, over and over again, without buying additional power supplies and multiple racks.

The PT2-500 features up to 70 dB of high-headroom, low-noise microphone gain. An exceptionally high-quality direct input (DI) calms edgy piezos and provides a THRU jack for amping or effects. Switchable phantom power, 80 Hz high pass filter, and polarity reverse give the unit appropriate flexibility, even in its tiny, 500 Series space. Like all TRUE Systems preamps, the PT2-500 boasts a frequency response that reads like a misprint,
1.5 Hz to 600 kHz (-3 dB), ensuring that the audible and usable ultrasonic ranges are well within its linear response.

Participating manufacturers of highly respected gear included: LA studio musician and pro audio developer PETER MONTESSI of A DESIGNS ; UK's Hi-end monitor manufacturer BEN LILLY of ATC LOUDSPEAKERS ; One of the brightest minds in handmade microphones of our dayDAVID BOCK of BOCK AUDIO; Chameleon Labs, Blues Magoos drummer/engineer/pro audio designer GEOFF DAKING of DAKING; Creator of The new bridge between tape machines and DAWs CHRIS ESTES of ENDLESS ANALOG; Inventor/Producer GEORGE MASSENBURG (Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Dixie Chicks) of GML, Lehmann Audio, Soundfield and boss man at Legendary all-tube recording equipment from Denmark, JESPER B. NIELSEN of TUBE-TECH Well done, James!


Of A Revolution At Avatar Studios
With Grammy Nom Poducer Matt Wallace

O.A.R. (an acronym for the band's full moniker, Of a Revolution) was recently in New York at Avatar Studio C laying down tracks with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More, the Replacements), engineer Mike Landolt and Assitant Rick Kwan. The band is aiming to release the studio record prior to this summer touring season. Grammy nominated producer Wallace also produced the band's last CD, All Sides released on Everfine Records O.A.R. co-founder and lyricist Marc Roberge drove cross country to LA to work with Wallace.
Prior to entering the recording studio, O.A.R. and Wallace spent time in a rehearsal space to run through potential album tracks. According to band's site, those few weeks galvanized the band as the rest of the world disappeared and time turned backwards. "Playing the songs together in a room for hours on end reminded us of the days spent in the basement, like we were kids jamming after school every day," Roberge says. "I remember thinking how lucky I was to be there at that moment. I think we all fell back in love with just playing in a band."

O.A.R. have enjoyed gradual success that has landed them as one of the top indie bands around with already over 1 million albums sold and a growing fan base. These lads got popular with the Ohio State college kids because their first album was written largely about college life, played at college campuses and disseminated via college radio stations and good, ol' fashioned college downloads.

Bionic Sessions
Christina Aguilera at Bernie Grundman's

Christina Aguilera completed her new album "Bionic" in sessions with mastering engineer Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Her fourth full-length studio album, "Bionic" is her first studio album since 2006's "Back to Basics." Aguilera describes "Bionic" as a unique mix of many genres and styles of music: "I was able to explore and create a fresh, sexy feel using both electronic and organic elements with subject matter ranging from playful to introspective. This allowed me to challenge myself by using my voice in ways I never had before. Working on this album with so many talented artists and producers that I admire was really an amazing experience." Rolling Stone magazine placed her on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and the only artist on the list under the age of thirty.

Love And The Apocalypse

Hot on the heels of their sweep of the International Indie Awards and national ads for “Nip/Tuck” and Yamaha, 8mm announce the release of their much-anticipated EP, “Love And The Apocalypse” on June 1, 2010.

The EP features six songs, “Los Angeles”, “Deep Blue You”, “Mean”, “Never Go Back Again”, “Life Is Good” and “One For The Road” and will be available at all major digital outlets. Manager Shannon O’Shea says ““Love And The Apocalypse” weaves the sultry sound and sweltering lyrics that 8mm are renowned for, while taking it to another level of panoramic proportion.”

The band will kick off the release with a celebratory performance at the Viper Room in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4 at 11pm. Details can be found via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/8mmlovesyou
8mm were founded by producer Sean Beavan (NIN, MARILYN MANSON, NO DOUBT, ENVY ON THE COAST etc), and his wife, Juliette, who has been described as “Jessica Rabbit meets Billie Holiday”.



Chris and his ST350 in Antarctica.
Right: Inside one of the original 20th-century polar huts.

As David Attenborough's sound man, Watson is frequently found in inhospitable parts of the globe, gamely capturing the sound of monsoon downpours in tropical rainforests or recording the sounds of the activity inside termite mounds in the stifling deserts of Namibia. His first project with his new ST350, however, is a trial not by fire, but by ice. He's spending early 2010 recording David Attenborough in Antarctica for his next BBC series, The Frozen Planet.

Lightweight and 12V battery-operable, the ST350 was designed by SoundField for use in remote locations, and it doesn't come much more remote than Cape Royds, almost 78 degrees South, near the hut used by polar explorer Shackleton, where Watson is currently working. The ST350's built-in capsule heating system has also proved useful, as Watson has been recording in temperatures of -20°C.

"I'm getting some great recordings down here with my ST350," he comments via email from Antarctica. "It takes a bit to warm up, but so do I! Recently I was out at an Adelie penguin colony, where I got some really good, close-up tracks in stereo and B-Format. I've also had the mic out on the sea ice recording the shifting and groaning of icebergs. I was also out in the midnight sun, standing on just two meters of frozen sea ice, twelve kilometers from land, with 750m of ocean beneath my feet, recording pods of killer whales surfacing to breathe in a narrow crack in the sea ice, just three meters away. I could steer the capsules of my ST350 to create a wonderful stereo balance as groups of these predators appeared from out of the depths - astonishing sounds from a really spectacular place!"




"More so perhaps than any other mic pre manufacturer, TRUE Systems is a natural fit for the 500 Series," said Brad Lunde, president at TransAudio Group, the US distributor for TRUE Systems. "Engineers have been asking for the PT2-500 for years as the 500 Series format is quickly becoming the de facto protocol for modular gear."

MSRP: $695.00

For more information on True PT2-500 mic pre and DI contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.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)

O.A.R. in Studio C at Avatar with producer Matt Wallace Front L-R: Benj Gershman (bass), Marc Roberge (vocal/guitar), Richard On (guitar).
Back L to R: Chris Culos (drums), Jerry DePizzo (guitar/sax), Mikel Paris (keys), Matt Wallace (producer), Mike Landolt (engineer), Rick Kwan (assistant engineer)








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Bock In The House

House Recording Studios on Long Island is a relatively recent addition to New York's shifting studio landscape. With impeccable design by esteemed acoustician Frank Comentale, House Recording makes good on the often-promised but seldom-delivered combination of professionalism, comfort, and inspiration that are the hallmarks of a great facility. Not long ago, a Bock 195 FET large diaphragm condenser joined the studio's enviable microphone collection. It has since been used, almost without rest, on everything from vocals to acoustic guitars to room tone to clarinet.

Owner and chief engineer Marc Bauman was looking to add a FET microphone to what was already a comprehensive array of 'must-haves.' "I was looking for something that excelled but that didn't push beyond the $1K range," he said.
"I searched the internet and quickly found that there was insane hype for the Bock 195 on all the message boards. People were saying it was a great 'all arounder,' which is what I was hoping for. I heard some sound bites and was pretty sure this was the mic I was looking for." He took a modest plunge and made the purchase without so much as a demo. Bauman has since used it for nearly every genre of music that can be named, from punk rock to acoustic reggae, and on every instrument in a modern arrangement, from lead vocals to woodwind.

EMI recording artist Bobbie Terzi used the Bock 195 at House Recording Studios to capture the silky texture of her pop-reggae vocals. "Her vocals came out so crisp, so detailed, so articulate," stated enthused Bauman. "She has great mic technique, which of course is critical, but the mic also went a long way toward taming any hints of sibilance. Because she was close to the mic and because it is cardioid, there was a noticeable proximity effect. But it wasn't at all boomy. In fact, it just made her voice sound warmer."
Bauman obtained similarly satisfying results with vastly different vocalists, including punk rockers Dirty Slot Machine and hip-hop artist REK.

"Since most everything gets mixed in the box these days, I'm a big advocate of high-end mic preamps," said Bauman. His usual chain for the Bock 195 on vocals starts with an Avedis Audio MA5, Neve-style preamp. From there, signal enters an Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X with the high-pass filter engaged in both audio and detector modes, distortion II (tube emulation), and mid-band emphasis compression. An Apogee Rosetta 200 brings the analog signal into Pro Tools. From this template, he tweaks the parameters to suit a particular vocalist. He said, "It delivers an absolute butter sound! There is no harshness and the bottom is wonderfully full and musical."

Chameleon Gear Now Available Via Trans Audio Group

As of May 1, 2010, TransAudio Group has added Chameleon Labs to its elite roster of recording gear, handling the company's worldwide sales and marketing. Chameleon Labs occupies a unique niche within the industry that many manufacturers aspire to - extreme value. Chameleon Labs builds vintage-inspired analog recording gear with performance and options at a fraction of the cost typically associated with high-end gear.
TransAudio Group will offer Chameleon Labs' 7602 MKII Mic Pre + EQ with Carnhill transformer option, the 7720 stereo bus compressor, the 7802 two-channel opto tube compressor and the amazing TS-1 small diaphragm tube mic. Each of these products offers the highest degree of performance for the money and enables budget limited owners to experience high-end performance for the first time.

Chameleon Labs takes advantage of these special parts combined with a new generation of Chinese builders that possess the desire to do something better. These emerging factories have the equipment and know-how to meet specifications that previously could only be met by Western assemblers. By being savvy and seizing new opportunities, Chameleon Labs truly delivers high-end performance at bargain prices. The 7602 MKII microphone preamp and EQ possesses a comprehensive feature set, in addition fantastic sound, selectable mic impedance, high-pass filtering, three bands of EQ, direct-in, optional Carnhill input and output transformers, and the usually array of phase reversal, phantom power, and the like. The 7720 stereo compressor delivers the sound and performance of classic 1990s bus compressor technology, whereas the TEC-nominated 7802 opto tube compressor blends transformer and tube technologies reminiscent of the most celebrated units of the 1970s. The well respected TS-1 small diaphragm tube mic captures input sources with a musicality and truthfulness characteristic of microphones costing several times as much.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech

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)


At House Recording, the Bock 195 is more than just a vocal mic. When easy-listening rocker Jeff Sluker entered the studio, Bauman recorded his acoustic guitar with the Bock. He engaged the mic's switchable "fat" mode and placed it about six inches from the 12th fret.

Budding clarinetist Annie Bodian benefitted from the Bock 195 when Bauman used it to record her college audition tape, putting a musical sheen on her proficient performances.

Almost without fail, the Bock 195 serves as a room mic whenever it hasn't been enlisted as a close-mic. "Room tones for drums or anything else sound fantastic with the Bock," he said. "I just dial that signal in during mix-down and the whole recording takes on a sense of place that's remarkable." In the near future, House Recording Studios will add a second Bock 195 so that those room tones can be delivered in stereo!


"In a world where end users are flooded with heavily advertised cheap gear, its important they know there is another option; something that's affordable and sounds like pro gear. Chameleon Labs offers three unique and useful pieces all that offer 'best of class' performance," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. "When I hear what my high-end customers are saying to me about Chameleon, it sure got my attention. This is the first brand I've heard that changes the rules and offers an extreme deal for customers."

Chameleon Labs' products are conceived and designed in America for value conscious studio customers who work in the studio but lack $4,000 mic pre budgets. To save on assembly costs, all product is built in China but with a twist: transformers, switches and other parts that are unique to high-end pro gear are shipped from the US, UK or Europe to China to be used by the factory in Chameleon product. For example, the very special British Carnhill transformers found in early 1073s are available as an "XMOD" option on the Chameleon 7602. Such special efforts defy the norm and make Chameleon very different from other Chinese pro audio.

For more information on Boch Mics or Chameleon Labs contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com

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Ellen Starts New Label with Little Dude Chance Oklahoma music sensation Greyson Chance’s second visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” came with a special announcement: DeGeneres has started her own record label, eleveneleven, and has signed the 12-year-old Internet phenom as her first artist. Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, and Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s manager, have signed on to co-manage Greyson, according to a news release. Chance was first discovered by 'American Idol' judge Ellen DeGeneres about two weeks ago and Greyson's May 13, 2010 performance of Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi' was an instant YouTube sensation with over 33 million views since his appearance. DeGeneres initially invited Greyson on her show after the YouTube video started racking up views. With a crowd from his Cheyenne Middle School watching via live feed, the Edmond youth sang and played piano on his original song “Broken Hearts” in the episode that aired today. After the performance, DeGeneres made her big announcement.

Byrne Seeking $1Million After using the song “Road to Nowhere” by the band Talking Heads in a campaign ad, Florida Governor Charlie Crist is being sued by lead singer David Byrne, who says he was “upset” by the spot and is seeking $1 million in damages. Apparently not a fan of the Senate candidate, Byrne explained the suit was “not about politics,” adding “It’s about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for.”

Costello Cancels Concerts In Israel. Elvis Costello joins other performers who have decided not to play in Israel, including Santana. In an announcement on his Web site explaining his decision, Costello writes:
"It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July. One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent. I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security. I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation."

Dolan Exits Music Connection. After 33 years of nurturing Music Connection magazine and its websites to become the most beloved musicians trade resources in the industry, Michael Dolan has stepped down as president of the company and resigned his post as co-publisher/executive editor. The MC cofounder has sold his half of the company to business partner Eric Bettelli, who will assume the mantle of CEO effective immediately. "I've reached this decision with a genuine sense of peace and gratitude, and Eric and I remain best of friends-more like real brothers." Dolan says who is creating a new company, Probity Group www.probitypost.com, a "think tank" firm specializing in innovative solutions to impossible challenges.
Artist Manager Lawsuits Gn'R frontman Axl Rose sued Irving Azoff and Front Line Management, the company Azoff founded, for $5 million on Monday in Los Angeles . Front Line Management sued Rose in March for nearly $1.9 million in unpaid commission fees, claiming it had an oral agreement with Rose to receive 15%. Rose says in his lawsuit that Azoff lied about planning a Guns N' Roses tour with the band Van Halen and failed to promote the band's 2008 comeback album "Chinese Democracy." The lawsuit claims Azoff wanted to sabotage Rose and have a 2009 and 2010 tour fail so Rose would have no option but to reunite and tour with former bandmates. Irving Azoff , personal manager (Journey, Jewel, The Eagles, Seal, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond), is chairman and founder of Azoff Music Management Group, Inc. In late 2008, he became Chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment.

No Summer Tours For Aguilera & Limp Bizkit. Limp Bizkit cancellation appeared via Fred Durst’s official Twitter account on May 18. Christina Aguilera and Limp Bizkit each announced Monday (May 24) that they were canceling their respective summer tours. Limp Bizkit canceled its summer comeback tour. Frontman Fred Durst tweeted, “Limp is not an amphitheatre band.” He added that the group will likely return this fall at larger venues. The band, its original lineup together for the first time in nine years, will release its new album, Gold Cobra this summer.The cancellation of the Limp Bizkit tour was not a surprise in many circles as it has been rumored of late that ticket sales for the tour were poor. Aguilera blamed the cancellation on a conflict with work she is doing on a new film and limited rehearsal time. “The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour date this wasn’t possible,” a statement released by her spokeswoman said Aguilera’s new album, Bionic, hits stores June 8. The tour is expected to be rescheduled to begin sometime in 2011 with an announcement coming later this year.

Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis is released by Simon & Schuster.WMG CEO will be getting the dreaded tell all book treatment this summer when Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis is released by Simon & Schuster. Authored by Fred Goodman, best known for the unflattering music business exposé The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce, Fortune's Fool explores the demise of major label system and Bronfman's pivital role both at Universal and Warner Music.

Getty Images Recession Claims Jay-Z's Bling It’s nothing that a graduate of the school of hard knocks shouldn’t be able to handle, but Jay-Z has seen several of his major investments flounder during the recession, even as much of his $1 billion empire stays strong. The rapper lost $50 million on hotel developments in Manhattan, the Las Vegas branch of his 40/40 Club was closed in late 2008 and a Chicago franchise was aborted, and he walked away from a $2 million investment to develop the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. The award-winning Broadway musical Fela! has yet to turn a profit, and the New Jersey Nets, which he has a 1.5 percent stake in, have performed poorly. However, Jay-Z’s business remains strong in core music and apparel retail sales, which will likely bring in 10 figures this year. His Rocawear brand is a big seller this spring, in part because the rapper insisted on smaller logos and less baggy pants. Experts say the hip-hop mogul is talented enough to market anything but a breakfast cereal.

New Idol DeWyze As the ninth season winner of American Idol, it was Lee DeWyze's big night (notice the Coca Cola cups in fron of the judges!!) —but Simon Cowell was all anyone wanted to talk about at the Skybar's finale afterparty. Including Simon, of course. DeWyze was one of two finalists on the show and was the only male contestant in Season 9 to never land in the bottom three. The judges praised Lee for shedding his shy persona throughout the season and showing, with confidence, that he was "in it to win it." On May 14, 2010, DeWyze performed at the Arlington Park Race Track in Arlington Heights, Illinois with more than 41,000 people attending as part of his American Idol Homecoming day. On May 26, DeWyze was crowned the winner of American Idol Season 9 defeating season runner-up, Crystal Bowersox.[11] As a result of winning the season, DeWyze also won a recording contract. According to the iTunes Store, his debut album is expected to be released on October 26, 2010, containing twelve tracks. Lee has Cat Stevens lyrics tattooed on his arm and also considers Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel to be strong influences. In addition to playing the guitar and singing, Lee DeWyze plays drums.

740 Sound Design Opens in Los Angeles

Nonzero architecture completed design for the new home for 740 Sound Design. Founded in 2001 by executive producer Scott Ganary and Academy Award-winning sound designer Dane Davis, 740 provides feature-film-quality sound design for commercials. "Ten times larger than the company's previous space, the facility includes two mixing stages, two Voice Over/Foley rooms and multiple sound design rooms. The modern and streamlined mixing suites take up 2,000 square feet of the 9,000 square foot facility, leaving room to build additional studios in the future," says Peter Grueneisen, FAIA. Veteran sound mixer and producer Scott Ganary has worked extensively on cinema, television and commercial projects for over 20 years. With 740, whose name derives from the speed of sound, he has produced more than 1,300 commercials, winning three CLIO Awards, and an array of others.

Art and Science of Sound Recording, according to Alan Parsons. The ground-breaking instructional series covering all aspects of sound recording, has now released a third series of new programs, available for streaming and digital download at www.artandscienceofsound.com. Acclaimed Video Series Continues on Compressors, Reverbs, Consoles, Recording, Mixing and More. Featured guests span the entire realm of music recording, from producers like Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, Green Day, Fergie), John Fields (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus), to Elliot Scheiner (The Eagles, Steely Dan), Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards, Puff Daddy) and Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Slash). New visitors can go to www.artandscienceofsound.com to download the first 18 sections, take the recording quiz to win free downloads, and learn about premium membership packages with exclusive bonus materials and pre-order discounts. Current ASSR members who have pre-ordered the DVD series will be able to log into their account and have access to the new sections

Eric Clapton and friends e Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26, 2010 in Chicago Grand Prize winner is Sara Antill of Brooklyn of NY. Proceeds of the concert helps support treatment for those needing financial assistance. Founded by Mr. Clapton in 1997, Crossroads Centre was created to provide quality, affordable treatment for alcohol and other drug dependencies. This 32-bed facility, located on the island of Antigua, has become recognized as an international Centre of Excellence for addiction treatment. http://www.crossroadsantigua.org/

2010 Summer Festival Scene

Harmony Festival
6/11/2010 - 6/13/2010
Santa Rosa, California, USA

6/24/2010 - 7/4/2010
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Stars & Stripes Festival
7/2/2010 - 7/5/2010
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA

Rock Fest
7/15/2010 - 7/18/2010
Cadott, Wisconsin, USA

August 6-8
Grant Park, Chicago

artist expresso-- Ask Claris

We hear from artists every day from all corners of the world -- France, Germany, Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East asking how they can get heard or build their careers. We've decided to feature a letter or phone message each month and share our response with other new artists with similar needs or questions. Our goal remains to empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical path. Most importantly, we're here to remind artists that it's a long journey, so enjoy the process. We encourage artists to provide a link to their music site when they cotact us..this way, if a producer or manager is interested, they can be contacted directly.

Artist: hi my name is octavia smith im from waco texas IM 13 yrs old and i sing and dance and play the clarinet iam trying to get my talent out to the world i went to baylor university and performed contest and have won first place and then went to san marques Texas and won allstate which is first place please message back thank you verry much for your time [email protected]

C: Congrats on all your wins - great start! Let us know when there's a youtube posting of your music Cheers! When you need artist management, try to find a good fit. Here's a list of management companies (big and small) for your consideration.
You deserve a solid introduction. Provide it like a "Tip sheet" -- include history, links, timeline of accomplishements in bullet points on one-page. Short is sweet!

Artist: ok thanks for listening and ive also made some of my own music but havent been recorded yet but i will let you know when i have some videos thanxx.

Remembering special folks this Memorial Weekend - they'll be missed in our music and audio communities.
Sending our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to their family and friends

Bill Dooley

Veteran audio and mastering engineer William Joseph “Bill” Dooley, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 19, 2010 in Southern California. He was involved in the production of professional audio for over 30 years and instrumental in the construction of studios as well as responsible for the recording of many live performances.
Dooley was offered a position at Atlantic Recording Studios in NYC where he apprenticed as a disk mastering engineer after graduating from Berklee College of Music. There he became the Chief Recording Engineerunder under the tutelage of the legendary George Piros and Dennis King (the legendary Tom Dowd had been the only previous person to hold that title).
Short resume includes: 1976-1977 Chief Engineer Sear Sound NYC 1977-1986 Chief Recording Engineer Atlantic Recording Studios NYC relocation to Los Angeles 1986-1988 Staff Engineer A&M Recording Sudios 1987-1991 Director Of Recording G/M Record Plant Recording 1991-1998 Director of Recording Brooklyn Recording Studio 1998-2002 Director of Recording Extasy Recording Studio 2002-2003 Chief Technical Engineer The Village Recorder 2003- present Chief Mastering Engineer Paramount Recording 2006-2007 Instructor Sound Master Recrording Engineer School Aug 2007- 2010 Interscope Recording Studios Technical Manager
. Funeral services were held on March 24, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific), at the Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, CA 91345.
"My career has taken some twists and turns but as long as I'm involved in audio I'm a pretty happy guy," said Dooley on his MySpace page.

Don Smith -- According to a blog by Rail Rogut, Smith passed away on or near the 26th, over 300 people attended and some great stories were shared, including a video appearance from Keith Richards. Friends say he burned sage and kept a large bowie knife on top of the console at Capitol to ward off evil spirits, or so he would say (ghost of Frank in the echo chamber) He was always full of funny stories and had a real passion for music and classic gear. Don Simith at AllMusic was an accomplished engineer who has recorded numerous artists to include Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, U2, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards and more. If you listen to some of the records he mixed, The Eurythmics “Would I Lie To You”, Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, Cracker’s “Low”, you can hear how Don made it rock.

Music technology stalwart WALTER SEAR has died in New York, aged 80. The analogue guru, composer and tuba designer advised Robert Moog during the design of the Moog synthesiser, which revolutionised popular music in the 1960s. Sear went on to set up the all-analogue Sear Sound studio in Manhattan, New York, where Norah Jones, U2, Steely Dan, Sonic Youth and Lou Reed have recorded.

Activist, singer/actress Leena Horn (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) , Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 --May 15, 2010) and Lawrence "Larry" David Warrilow (June 24, 1945 - May 18, 2010)


Happy Birthday Brad Buxer!

"One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament."
-- Elvis Cotello


"Although things have changed in our biz, it’s those things that haven’t changed that are still the most important; talent, connections, commitment, persistence, honesty to your Self and practice, practice, practice till your fingers are on fire!"
-- Eric Dolan (Music Connection X CO-publisher/President)

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