| Duets II
Tony Bennett came in to Avatar Studios to record duets with Sheryl Crow (Studio A), Aretha Franklin (Studio C) and Lady Gaga (Studio A) for his upcoming release due on September 20 from Sony to coincide with his 85th birthday gala at the Metropolitan Opera. The album was produced by Phil Ramone and engineered by Dae Bennett. The sessions were filmed as well.
|Orchestral Dates |
'Tis the season for Christmas albums. We recently had a 50-piece orchestra in Studio A (photo at the top of the newsletter). At Avatar, you only need to book one room for this type of session, you'll get a great recording with sound filling up the room and with our experienced staff, you'll get it done early, which was the case for the 50-piece orchestral date. The largest group we have ever recorded in Studio A was 70 pieces. In Studio C, we recently recorded a 28-piece orchestra, which fit comfortably in the room. Avatar is becoming the go-to place for orchestral and large ensemble recordings.
| Audio Book on Television History|
James Sheldon was directing the radio show We, The People when it became the first commercial CBS network program to telecast nationally on June 1, 1948. Since then he has experienced the technological changes from live to electronic tape to film, from black and white to color in a career that spans 40 years of television's early years to the golden era. He was part of the move from New York to Los Angeles as television production shifted west in the mid 50's. In the 60's, he directed many episodes of Route 66, My Three Sons, The Twilight Zone, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and Gunsmoke. In the '70's, M*A*S*H, The Virginian, Sanford & Son, Rock Hudson's McMillan & Wife and Raymond Burr's Ironside. In the '80's, Cagney & Lacey and The Equalizer. James Sheldon has been re-telling his story in the form of an audio book, a history lesson submitted for your approval in Avatar's Studio E.