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Nataly Dawn from Prairie Sun Studios
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Thalia New CD





"Araceli" - From Nataly Dawn's Album, How I Knew her 
Release date: Feb 12, 2013             pre-order from Nonesuch l Warner
Watch it here
Nataly Dawn


How I Knew Her, comprising 12 autobiographical introspective songs by Nataly Dawn, was produced by her longtime partner Jack Conte. The album was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios
in Cotati, CA with a group of accomplished musicians including Ryan Lerman (Ben Folds, A Fine Frenzy) on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar; David Piltch (k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Bonnie Raitt) on upright bass; Louis Cole (Louis and Genevieve, Pomplamoose); and Matt Chamberlain (Brad Mehldau, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Jon Brion) on drums. The studio, where many of Dawn s favorite Tom Waits albums were recorded, enabled the musicians to play one room as a full band. Oz Fritz engineered the album with Conte; it was then mixed by Mike Mogis and mastered by Bob Ludwig. The recording sessions were filmed for companion videos available on Dawn s YouTube channel.  Owner of Prairie Sun, Mr Mark "Mooka" Rennick is scheduled to be on the studioexpresso HotZone 2013 panel at NAMM on Jan 25. Details here
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The World's First 500 Series Noise Gate

 Drawmer DS101

Trans Audio Booth 6945 A at NAMM 2013, Jan 24-27


 DrawmerTransAudio Group will introduce the Drawmer DS101, the first noise gate module designed specifically for the 500 Series rack system, at the NAMM Show 2013. The DS101 is the first product in the 500 Series form factor from Drawmer, the company that introduced the world's first frequency conscious noise gate in 1982, the DS201, which went on to become a professional audio industry standard.

TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of Drawmer professional signal processing products, is exhibiting at booth # 6945 (Hall A) at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.


The DS101 is based on a single channel of the DS201 and incorporates the fully variable high- and low-pass filters and "key listen" monitoring functionality pioneered by Drawmer that enable frequency conscious gating. The new DS101, which can be used for both gating and "ducking" (for voice-over applications or the elimination of unwanted transient artifacts), incorporates comprehensive envelope controls - threshold, attack, hold, decay and range - plus a host of other features, including Drawmer's "traffic light" metering. The module's low-noise circuitry also incorporates Drawmer's proprietary hysteresis or "trigger stabilization," which prevents "chatter" around the threshold level.

When installed next to each other in a 500 Series rack, two or more DS101 gates may be linked using Drawmer's new infrared triggering mechanism. Linked in this fashion, the envelope shaping capabilities of any number of DS101 gates (up to a maximum 10 units in a single rack enclosure) may be independently adjusted while the trigger pulse passes through unchanged. This enables the user to achieve an almost limitless range of "envelope follower" effects. The DS101 additionally allows external triggering via a front panel 1/4-inch key input connector.


U.S. MSRP for the Drawmer DS101 is $449.

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cheche1Cheche Alara was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has produced and directed the Latin Grammys Person of the Year Show for the last four years. "These concerts are demanding but a lot of fun to do.  Past Telecasts I've been involved withhave featured Placido Domingo, Shakira, and Caetano Veloso," says Alara who juggles work in the studio and on the stage.  He has been Musical Director for Mike Patton, the ALMA Awards on NBC, Disney's "High School Musical", American idol tours, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Alejandro Sanz, Thalia, Emmanuel, Paulina Rubio. As an arranger, he has worked for Lady Gaga, Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, Colbie Caillat, Pepe Aguilar, Dionne Warwick, Ricky Martin and a host of Latin Artists. Cheche who holds a B.A. in Arranging from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Jazz Studios Degree from the University of Southern California, has scored several video games, including "Watchmen: Justice is Coming" and "Squash the Street". More recently he produced the latest album for Latin artist Thalia, which has been at the top of the charts worldwide since its debut. 

As a keyboardist, he has performed with Pink, Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Eric Benet, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, and many others. Mr Alara is on the studioexpresso HotZone 2013 production panel at NAMM on Jan 25 - details here

Tony Shepperd recently opened his own private studio. "It started out as a way to be closer to my family as I am a total family man. The room turned out so well sonically that I now need to be there to do my best work. It is definitely part of what I bring to the table as an engineer and producer," Shepperd says of his studio that boasts a Pro Tools HD 3 Accel, central to Shepperd's process. He says he proudly mixes "everything in the box" and astounds mastering engineers, A&R execs and sonic quality critics with the level of quality he is churning out. "For me, it always comes back to the music. We are so lucky to work in such an inspirational medium. Music is what makes me keep coming back. It is what gets me up, gets me thru, gets me down, makes me remember, makes me forget. It is one of life's greatest blessings. I'm so glad I get to be a part of this every day," says Shepperd who will be on the studioexpresso HotZone 2013 production panel at NAMM on Jan 25 - details here 

DanaNielsen Dana Nielsen engineered and mixed (with Scott Litt) Bob Dylan's new album, Tempest (Columbia). He's engineering Slayer's forthcoming album, produced by Greg Fidelman and currently mixing Noah Gundersen's forthcoming album.



With 1.1 mill facebook likes, Beck's latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form-twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012-an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that's as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. Only you can bring Beck Hansen's Song Reader to life. Login to download "Old Shanghai" and share your interpretation. And, last we checked his store, it says sold out!
Al Schmitt Prefers Blue
Photo: Maury Phillips/WireImage.com 
In Al Schmitt 's own words,
"I use a lot of the TUBE-TECH equipment, but I use the SMC 2B on everything. That's my favorite, although I love all their gear. I usually use it when I'm mixing. I use it on specific instruments and sometimes I use it strapped across the two-track buss," says the 21x Grammy Awards winner who has over 160 gold and platinum records to his credit . Multiple GRAMMY Winners Schmitt and Quincy Jones will both be honored by t
he Recording Academy� Producers & Engineers Wing� at the  Sixth Annual GRAMMY� Week Event: "An Evening Of Jazz."  The annual celebration will highlight sound quality and pay homage to industry legends at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles on Feb. 6, 2013

contact Brad Lunde reTUBE-TECH  or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com



Tec Award Nominations
Congratulations to Trans Audio Group & David Boch, Titan & Ventura for being nominated for a Tec Award!


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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 , Crane Song, Daking Audio (USA) Dave Hill, SABRA SOM (Brazil), Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors

Sweet Deals & Service From Trans Audio Group  The Daking Mic Pre 500.
Now on sale for a very limited time at $585


Professional Session Management  


studioexpresso presents A Music Production Forum

Hot Zone -- NAMM 2013  

Friday January 25, 1:00-5:00pm

(Prior to Tec Awards at 7pm)

Room 204-B
Professional Session Management 
Grow Your Business -- Studio to Stage
moderated by: Claris Sayadian-Dodge
Panel- I
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Our distinguished panel of artists will discuss game changing strategies - how to maximize your pre-production time, self release like a major would and share marketing tips to stretch your budget.
Panel- II
Editing and Mixing 
forger tonyshepperdMark  BradLunde Trans Audio Group    
Matt Forger, Tony Shepperd, Mark "Mooka" Rennick (PSR), Brad Lunde (TAG)
Hear mixers discuss formats, hard learned lessons, mastering tips, and more...
Panel- III
4:00-5:00 pm 
MDs in the House


brentfischer justin Cheche Alara      

Music Directors make the music world go around - hiring musicians, arranging, orchestrating, playing, to conducting - in the studio, on the set or on the road. Hear Artists behind Christina Aguilera, Usher and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King live (conducted by Freer).  
Enjoy music selected by our panelists in a playback session featuring ATC speakers, courtesy of Trans Audio Group.  
Check for Details here 





 LA Reid

In 2000 Reid was named president and CEO of Arista Records and brought successes to the label by signing such multi-platinum artists as P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. Additionally, during his tenure at Arista he oversaw OutKast's GRAMMY-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and executive produced Usher's Confessions, which went on to win a GRAMMY and sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.

As chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, reins he took in 2004, Reid supervised the revitalization of Mariah Carey's career with The Emancipation Of Mimi; helped Kanye West achieve multi-platinum status and worldwide recognition with Late Registration and its follow-up Graduation; nurtured Bon Jovi's platinum selling album Have A Nice Day and their platinum follow-up Lost Highway; managed the Killers' 2004 triple-platinum debut Hot Fuss and Fall Out Boy's 2005 major label debut album, From Under The Cork Tree; and he signed and oversaw Justin Bieber's multi-platinum, GRAMMY-nominated My World and Never Say Never and Rihanna's succession of worldwide multi-platinum best-sellers Music Of the Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, and Loud.

Throughout his illustrious career, Reid has produced and co-written more than 30 No. 1 singles and garnered three GRAMMY Awards. In 1999 he was accepted into Harvard Business School's prestigious Advanced Management Program and received intensive MBA training. And in 2006, Reid was honored with the Music Visionary of the Year Award from the UJA-Federation of New York and the Music for Youth Foundation for making quality music education available to underprivileged young people. As chairman and CEO of Epic Records and a judge on "The X Factor," Reid continues to develop and guide young artists and inspire music fans around the world.


 Keys Litt Bentley
Anne Litt was warming up the airs this week at Sundance talking to Alicia Keys and other great artists along with Jason Bentley from KCRW Acura Lodge broadcast studio!  Currently she's working on the NBA's 2009 promo campaign as well as finishing up music supervision on Miguel Arteta's film Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera.

This week we're reminded that a crystal clear vision expressed well can change and renew a culture. It's possible to realize your dream no matter how big (especially when it aims to heal and benefit your community). And, it's possible to do this and more in a non-violent way. 

We remember Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and welcome you to a bright (shades required) 2013.

Music Lives & Moves!   


Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso



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55th Annual Grammy Awards


Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes

Hunter Hayes
The Lmineers
Frank Ocean
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys, Dr John)
Jeff Bhasker (Fun., Usher)
Diplo (Justin Beiber, No Doubt)
Salaam Remi (Amy Winhouse, Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj....)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Absence
Moogie Canazio & Al Schmitt, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Melody Gardot)
Ashes & Fire
Glyn Johns, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Ryan Adams)
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)
[Sony Classical]
Love Is A Four Letter Word
Joe Chiccarelli, Steve Churchyard, Lars Fox, Graham Hope, Tony Maserati & Morgan Stratton, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Jason Mraz)
Helik Hadar, engineer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Rebecca Pidgeon)
[Decca/Toy Canteen Records]
Best Latin Jazz Album
Flamenco Sketches
Chano Dom�nguez
[Blue Note]
The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
[Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records]
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Duos III
Luciana Souza
[Sunnyside Records]
More Nominees  here



Produced by: Cheche Alara

Mixed by: Rafa Sardina



Thalia, better knows as the "Queen of Latin pop" , is one of the most popular Latin artists of the past two decades boasting  following of over a million loyal fans. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide so far and will receive her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year. On her new album, Habitame Siempre, she brings  twelve romantic songs to life singing solo and duets --with Robbie Williams and a heartfelt track, B�same Mucho, with Michael Bubl�. Produced by Cheche Alara (Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera) and mixed by 11-time Grammy winner Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Placido Domingo), this album has "cross over" potential. Consider it for your Valentine (chocolate and flowers optional).  




2013 GRAMMY� Nominees album, which was released Jan. 22 is the  19th installment of the best-selling series will feature a bevy of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs across multiple genres. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation� and MusiCares Foundation� - two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy. Following the success of last year's contest, music fans can log on to www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum to pre-order the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 2013 collection features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres in categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. Includes tracks from The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye and many others.  






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Vince Gill Studio with ATCs 









2012 Tec Award  Nominees here  Congrats!

2012 Les Paul Award:
Pete Townshend 

Ceremony Friday Jan 25, 2013
(after studioexpresso presents A Music Production Forum at HotZone)




The DreamWorks animation voice recording studio with control room   

bau:ton l NonZero principal, Peter Grueneisen, the DreamWorks Animation SKG project is among nominees
Hitlab Picks 10 Finalists
The Emerging Artist Competition 
Winners Will Perform at Official GRAMMY� Week Event

HitLab's Emerging Artist Competition was launched on Nov. 26, 2012. The 10 finalists with original material are: Ashley Martinez (Bradford, ON, Canada), Beaux Saunders (London, United Kingdom), Jade Novah (Atlanta, GA), James David (Los Angeles, CA), John Thomas (Stratford, CT), Melissa Fuller (Nashville, TN), Miss Mary (Bucharest, Romania), Pamela Lajoie (Sainte Sophie, QC, Canada), Sarah Solovay (New York, NY), and Savera and The Tapes (Los Angeles, CA).

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