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In This Issue
Skywalker Sound
Tube Tech Supports Muse: 2nd Law
Sound City: A Documentary
studioexpresso in Pasadena
East West Celebrates 25




A Dynamic Force In Recording 

Engineer I Mixer, Leslie Ann Jones


Leslie Ann Jones is no stranger to the the recording world. Her engineering and mixing credits include:  Grammy® Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical:  Quincy Porter: The Complete Viola Works, featuring Eliesha Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams. 

Jones is  key to the music team at Skywalker™, a dynamic force in the art of sound design,

editing, and mixing for over twenty-five years. With 18 Academy Awards® and dozens of nominations for best achievement in sound and sound effects editing, the facility has established itself at the forefront of the industry. Skywalker Sound has provided sound services for more than half of the top twenty-five highest grossing films of all time. The Stanley Kubrick Studio houses a Neve DFC and is designed for premixing and single mixer projects. The David Lean Studio is one of the midsize dubbing stages and The Kurosawa dubbing stage features a Neve DFC console. When planning to record in northern Cali, find out about Skywalker accommodations, to include continental breakfast and more...   "Presently, we have a fibre channel infrastructure that allows sharing of files and data quickly and easily throughout the Technical Building and around the world. An editor can work on a session in a private suite using one of our 80 ProTools digital audio editing systems while the mixers are mixing the exact same material on one of our six dubbing stages," says Jones. Skywalker proprietary library offers more than 100,000 unique sound effects.


Future Youth at Studio Trilogy

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Pictured in session at Studio Trilogy's SSL 9000K console are (L-R) programmer Chris Scanlan, Future Youth director/producer Jason Wall, and recording engineer Willie Samuels. Photo by David Goggin.

Future Youth Records, the new non-profit label based in the SF Bay Area, has begun a series of sessions at Studio Trilogy. Founded by producer Jason Wall, the label is the first full-service, non-profit record label dedicated to helping youth 12-17 years old write and release original music.
"Many new artists need guidance because they pay the costs of recording, manufacturing and promoting their music, only to have to give it away for free or at a big loss." By taking the profit out of recorded music, Future Youth Records has created a new business model for youth to learn about professional recording and the realities of today's music industry. The goal of the label is to give kids of all socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to write and record while at the same time learning about the nature of well-recorded music."Studio Trilogy is a great place to begin -- great acoustics, great equipment, and a smart and friendly staff, " adds Jason.


Studio Expansion At Paramount


Studio owner Mike Kerns of Paramount Recording in Hollywood reports they have just purchased the legendary Enterprise Studios in Burbank. 

"We are trying resurrect the history of the facility and are looking for historical pictures,"
he says. Give Mike a call  323 465-4000. Paramount may be one of the larger commercial facilities in LA now with Encore Recording Studios 721 So. Glenwood, Ameraycan Recording,  Track Record in North Hollywood and Wilder Brothers Studio in Los Angeles- six recording studios and eight prdouction rooms. But, who's counting when you have artists like Bruno Mars lining up to to book the rooms!

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Mixing Muse I New CD Supports The 2nd Law Tour  

Tube-Tech, GML and more...


Muse's The 2nd Law world tour (which supports Muse's current album of the same title) kicked off last summer with a performance at the closing ceremony at the Summer Olympic Games in London and then continued through Europe up until December. On Jan. 21, 2013, Muse embarked on the North American leg of the tour, starting in San Diego and ending April 26 at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec. From there, the band heads to Europe, Japan and Brazil.

The English trio Muse - comprised of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, keys), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keys, rhythm guitar) and drummer/percussionist/synthesist Dominic Howard, with the addition of keyboardist/percussionist Morgan Nicholls on their live performances - offer an engaging blend of electronica, metal, classical and space rock.


Engineer Marc Carolan has been in charge of FOH for MUSE for more than ten years. A  freelance engineer from Dundalk, Ireland, Carolan started mixing for the Dublin underground music scene in 1995. Along the way he worked with such Emerald Isle groups as JJ72, Mary Coughlan, and The Pogues. From there he moved on to international acts such as The Cure, Snow Patrol and Josh Groban. He met Muse when he was mixing JJ72 on a European tour opening for Muse. The trio took a shine to his talents, and he's been mixing for them since 2001.
In 2013 the sound production sets itself apart from the majority of touring acts by being close to 100% analog. All the major channels from the band itself passes through the classic MIDAS XL4 analog console. (Sequenced tracks pass through the MIDAS Pro2 for scene recall). Tons of High quality outboard assist the XL4 in making this production truly outstanding.

Tube-Tech plays an important role in the production of this State of the Art show:
Two TUBE-TECH LCA2B compressors handle bass and guitars and a TUBE-TECH SMC2B has recently been added to the setup.

Marc Carolan is currently experimenting with using the SMC2B for more smoothness in the high mid register when playing in venues where the acoustics ads too much harshness to the sound. He's looking forward to using the SMC2B even more creatively when the world tour hits the outdoor venues in summer 2014.
"We were invited to the Los Angeles concert at Staples Center, January 2013. The sound of the show can only be described as VERY Impressive! Extremely full and transparent, yet still very punchy sound with some of the best low end we have heard. It sounds loud but very pleasing and we were surprised to hear that the SPL never exceeded 110 dB," says Brad Lunde.

From the analog Midas XL4 console, "the main Left/Right goes through a GML 8200 parametric EQ, then into a Tube-Tech SMC-2B stereo multiband mastering compressor," Carolan explains. "We have been testing and experimenting

Read about the Tube Tech SMC2B and LCA2Bs in use at front of house for the current Muse 2nd Law Tour here. Read more here  


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.


contact Brad Lunde re Tube-Tech   or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit

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Sense of Humor Meets Sense of The Absurd  In Hog Fever

A Film For Your Ears




Mid-life bikers and their loved ones may best relate to this "Ear Movie." Based on the book, Hog Fever (Escargot Publishing), it promises to be a cult classic and now you might get the accompanying "Ear Movie" for a welcomed support. Ears must be why the project got the attention of Grammy- nominated record producer Greg Penny (Elton John, k.d. lang, Cher) who is on board with ears and all!




Go on, point your ears to Hog Fever and give it a kick start (donations begin at $5) and it takes a simple click! You could be in the high desert next month hobnobbing with the cast & crew. Other perks of support include, limited edition film art, film credits and more... Terence Stamp and Greg Penny 's fund raiser for Hog Fever at Kickstarter runs through April 22, 2013 Join here

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baauerThe Harlem Shake #1? Speaking of the absurd and sense of humor, this Brooklyn DJ, Baauer, buried his hit song, now in its fifth week at No. 1, during his set at the Miami fest. "Fans don't care-they want brand new music and the "Harlem Shake" is so yesterday," he says. Well, with 39,262,638 youtube views, it's sure to give you a few shakes followed by indigestion.  Baauer's full "Harlem Shake" is over three minutes long. Does anyone care on YouTube after the 30 seconds of fame?



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East West Turns 25

New Logo, Web Site And Party in Hollywood


This year East West  (the music softwared giant) celebrates its 25th Anniversary and the occasion was marked with a new logo, website and



Gracious hosts, founder and music producer Doug Rogers, Blake Rogers and studio manager, Candace Stewart opened the legendary studio doors with a catered affair  complete with cirque de soleil-like dancers, live band and a video presentation showing the landmark building's impressive history on Friday, March 22 in Hollywood. Grammy-winning arranger/composer/ MD Brent Fischer was among guests photographed (above) with Capitol's Paula Salvatore.

According to Rogers the anniversary reflects East West's standing as the #1 producer and distributor of virtual (software) instruments in the world. Their client base spans the who's who of the music, film, television, games, and multimedia.   

Brainchild of the award-winning producer Doug Rogers (including "Recording Engineer of the Year"), who founded EASTWEST in 1988, the company has received more than 60 international industry awards. Mr Rogers should take credit where's it's due. East West has played a significant role in the creation of the GigaSampler software and sound libraries which pioneered the use of "streaming from hard drive technology", a technical breakthrough without which the high quality virtual instruments of today would not be possible.

A year later, EASTWEST purchased the former Western Studios in Hollywood, "the scene of more hit records - from the 1960's to right now - than any other studio. No other studio has won more technical excellence awards, and no other studio has garnered as many Best Engineered Grammys as this complex of studios on Sunset Boulevard" (quote from "Temples of Sound"). The famed facility, where Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, and many other musical legends recorded as well as today's top artists and bands, was renamed EASTWEST STUDIOS.


Rogers has signed several industry heavyweights to develop a, no expense spared, "Masters Series" of Virtual Instruments. Producers in this high-profile group are MARK "SPIKE" STENT (Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna, Muse, etc.); JOE CHICCARELLI (Raconteurs, Killers, White Stripes, etc.); STEVEN WILSON (lead guitarist and singer of the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree); drummers MATT CHAMBERLAIN (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, etc.); and STEVE SIDELNYK (Madonna, Seal, Massive Attack). Nick Phoenix has produced Stormdrum 3 (SD3) with Grateful Dead percussionist MICKEY HART, and Solo Cello with TINA GUO, to be released later this year.


EASTWEST is the creator of Symphonic Orchestra, engineered by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Keith Johnson, co-produced with Nick Phoenix who has worked with Rogers for 15 years, the first surround sound capable virtual orchestra available. This was followed by Symphonic Choirs, the first music software product to enable users to type in lyrics for the choirs to sing in any key with a computer. It remains the only product capable of this innovation today. In 2005 Rogers established a software development division for EASTWEST, and released the first 64-bit virtual instruments that have become the standard today.

Another milestone for East West is the completion of the multiple Award-Winning Hollywood Orchestral Virtual Instruments series with Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, planned for late 2013, again engineered by ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY, who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: Episode II and III, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park The Lost World, and many more. "I am honored to work with such an amazing and talented group of people," said Rogers.







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LundeBockSean.jpgTransAudio 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, Drawmer,Pete's Place Audio, Tube-Techand Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors






8th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie, Ne-Yo and Diplo Among Panelists


April 18-20, 2013  -- Three-Day Conference

Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly known as the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) in Los Angeles, CA.


keynote interviews, master classes, hitmaker panels and top-notch performances


Hammond: The Sound . The Soul . The One


Hammond Artist Ricky Peterson (above) recently took delivery of a new SK-2 while on tour with Saxophone great David Sanborn. David arrived during Ricky's soundcheck and after entering the stage, asked "Where's the B-3?" Surprised to learn that the hot vintage sound was coming from the new digital Hammond!   "I've GOT to get one of these for my Studio,"

said David.  



Ricky Peterson is pictured here with Hammond USA's new Marketing/Sales director Gregg Gronowski. 



The HAMMOND B-3 was revolutionary upon its release in 1955, and became one of the most important instruments in history. Now HAMMOND repeats the revolution for the 21st century in the form of the Stage Keyboard (or Sk) series of keyboards, which combines the "must-have" keyboard voices needed for any gig, any session, in any genre, with a full-featured genuine HAMMOND Organ plus Digital Leslie, and provides it in trim packages that range from the ultralight 15 pound Sk1 to the 35 pound Sk2  Hear it here

Come check out the "neo-retro" look of Hammond. Keyboard players have asked for an ultra-portable Leslie that had a true Leslie Horn and Rotor, and Hammond has delivered their wish. Best part? Select electronics and woodworks are all hand-built in the USA.    Just call or visit our new showroom in Pasadena: 2295 E Foothill call Claris at CKC 909-599-7899.  Give your roadies a break. Seriously! 


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"The Voice" show on NBC will double to two hours on April 30 and May 7 to showcase pivotal rounds in the singing competition in its new season at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 25, with another two-hour episode. NBC, struggling in the ratings, is counting on the show to provide a boost. Returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by newcomers Usher and Shakira.




Imagine Strong 

Brett-Livingstone Strong

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This is the only statue of the uniquely talented and legendary John Lennon created during his lifetime by sculpted by Brett-Livingstone Strong.   This work of art honors John Lennon's life and his vision for world peace. The statue is mounted on a polished marble base in which the word 'Imagine' is carved. The statue has been unveiled in Los Angeles in 1981 by LA Mayor Tom Bradley, and in New York by Andy Warhol. Those of you in Los Angeles, may recall its temporary home at the Grammy Awards Music Academy close to a decade.
In the early 80s Rolling Stone Magazine received over 250,000 signatures petitioning to overcome a park moratorium to have the statue placed in New York's Central Park. This moratorium prevented any statues from permanently residing in the park unless the sculpture's history is relevant to New York after a period of 25 years. The overwhelming public support to place the statue in Central Park, adjacent to the location of John's New York home at the Dakota apartments, may now be fulfilled as 26 years since his tragic death have passed. The monumental bronze may finally be donated as a public tribute and placed in New York's Central Park or another suitable area to honor John's legacy and his vision of world peace. The valuable original statue has been appraised in excess of $12 million by museum appraisers. The artist envisions that a version of the statue be created as a 24" gold award. These valuable works of art are to be presented every year at the proposed IMAGINE Awards ceremony in memory of John Lennon and his legacy. Of twelve nominees, one honoree in each category will receive the award for helping the environment and wellbeing of our planet, the preservation of world peace and freedom, and advancements in medicine and the health of mankind. Each rare and prestigious award is valued at over $1 million.




A New Alliance: studioexpresso & FameWizard 

Artist Development Meets Career Strategies
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studioexpresso and FameWizard have announced an alliance this month where the two companies plan to work together to bring artists the best of both worlds - support artists with creation of quality content and sage career advice. When it comes to your music, studioexpresso's producers  with multiple Grammy awards and an industry network can help develop an artist or catalogue. But, what about general career coaching in absence of a manager?   Enter FameWizard where artists are coached on how to work with publishers, get marketing tips, learn how to build and grow your fan base, book gigs, promote and more...

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"This is a good fit. studioexpresso producers help develop FameWizard artists  in the studio while FameWizard empowers them to implement winning strategies for successful careers. I'm excited about this alliance specially with some of our entry level artists who could use an interim -manager-type support ," says studioexpresso founder, Claris Dodge who also manages choice artists like multiple grammy-winner mixer/producer Rafa Sardina, and Grammy-winning composer/arranger/MD, Brent Fischer  (FameWizard's advisory board member). "I see this alliance as  win win. Our artists often need quality product and a trusted production team behind them which is what studioexpresso has been providing since 2000," says Fame Wizard COO,  Tony Delmercado. 
As a FameWizard member you get access to FW webinars like the one with e
ntertainment attorney Ben McLane (Big Bad Voodoo Daddys). Last month
offered the basic concepts in publishing, licensing and doing your diligence on any licensing or publishing houses and/or service provider before laying out your hard-earned cash. Here you get updated course content and more in-depth information on various topics.  Tune in and sign up here!


fwgirl"Before I joined Fame Wizard, I was feeling completely lost in the music industry. Fame Wizard's Academy courses taught me so much about the "business" side of music. Fame Wizard has been the wheel to my car, steering me in the right direction and giving me motivation along the way. My coach, Ghezzi, is incredibly knowledgeable and kindly guides me through my own career. Fame Wizard teaches Artists everything - the important information that is not available on the web. The coaches give you advice based on YOUR goals. I highly recommend this site to any Artist that would like to enhance their own career, " says member Charlotte Forbes.



History Maker Barry Gordy   
An Evening With Berry Gordy Aired on PBS




An Evening With Berry Gordy provides a rare inside look into the life and times of boxer, songwriter, producer, movie director, entrepreneur and Motown founder Berry Gordy with PBS-TV journalist, Gwen Ifill, serving as the host interviewer. Backed by American Idol's Ray Chew and his band, the program features live musical performances by Valerie Simpson ("I'll Be There") of the legendary Motown songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson. Other performers include Motown artist KEM with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe with the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back". The performances of Brandon Dixon and Valisia LeKae who play Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively, in Motown The Musical with "To Be Loved" and "You're All I Need to Get By" had the audiences wanting for more. Intermixed in the show are live appearances from  Reverend Jesse Jackson who tells of Gordy's importance to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Suzanne de Passe, his longtime friend, business associate and mentee, had the audience laughing aloud as she tells of their work together and his role in putting women in leadership positions. Others provided their perspectives on "The Chairman" and his Motown Legacy. They include: Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, President Bill Clinton, Edgar Bronfman, Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble, Doug Morris and Marty Bandier.  An Evening With Berry Gordy will air onPBS SoCaL Channel 50.2 in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 16, 2013       contact PBS SoCaL at (714) 241-4100 or your local PBS station to air the show or watch it here


 New Supper Club in San Rafael, CA



Four years in development, Fenix, a new 150 seat supper club has just opened in San Rafael, CA.  Designed by WSDG, it's first of a planned group of sister clubs. Fenix is unique in its plan to share live performances with a program of on-going streaming events.  


RIP David Vaught   11.27.48 - 3.13.13




"He (David Vaught) was the picasso of engineers." 
-- Marvin Etzioni, artist I producer


David Vaught  aka Jon Wayne passed away this past week from pancreatic cancer. Prayers go out to his family and friends, in particular his loyal friends Marvin Etzioni and Don Haffington. The song "Texas Funeral" from Jon Wayne, appears in Robert Rodriguez's film "From Dusk Till Dawn" as well as the song "I've Got Texas" in the film "American Strays." White Stripe's Jack white released it on Third Man Records.   Listen to "Miss this world," the first track from Marvin's Country recorded by David at his studio, Camp David in Thousand Oaks, CA.
David is survived by his daughter, Chloe. 




"I'm a musician. I come first. There's no right or wrong. Because it's all mine (songs). I've been left alone to find my voice... what matters the  most...cherish it, respect it, nurture it, challenge it and scream until it's fucking gone. Every human being is blessed with at least that (voice) and who knows how long it'll last...but, left alone, you can find your voice." 

hear what he knows about music, how Nirvana changed his life and why the musician always comes first.   --Dave Grohl (watch Dave Grohl's keynote  from SXSW last week

Thanks for the Memories!


At East West Studio 1, March 2013 - Celebrating 25 years of music.   

l-r: Gil La, Blake Rogers, Candace Stewart, Dana Childs, Claris Sayadian-Dodge, 
Brent Fischer, Dave Schiffman, Jim Scott, Clark Germain, Lucas Van Der Mee 


Rise & Shine - Spring is here!

Until next month,

Music Lives & Moves! 




 Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso



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Sound City had a vibe and soul of its own. A big part of it was its storied past. Legendary studios like Sound City inherently inspire artists to reach to their highest level. 

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It took Nirvana and Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl to put the ill-fated studio , Sound City (Grohl affectionately calls the magical shit hole) on the map again with a new documentary that's opening in theaters nationwide this month.

The greate drummer and frontman, Grohl  documents how legendary studios like Sound City inherently inspire artists to reach to their highest level. The film's roof-raising debut at Sundance 2013 is testament to Grohl's  loyalty & respect for good gear and creative environments where artists are "left to their own," as he puts it.   Grohl  who enjoys "good strong coffee" knows about starting over or reinventing. It's  what every musiican does in their bedrooms or studio before getting to the big stage. 

Sound City had a vibe and soul of its own. A big part of it was its storied past now preserved on film.



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Muse is a rare rock band  enjoying superstar status in UK. They have released their sixth studio album, "The 2nd Law." Lead singer Matt Bellamy and the band open the album with the Led Zeppelin-influenced "Supremacy."
The album takes its title from The Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states a object that keeps growing cannot sustain expansion.  
On the closing songs "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable" and "The 2nd Law: Isolated System", the noise level reaches a cacophony as a voice reads the law. Echoing the economic collapse experienced by many nations,following the same law perhaps?
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"Follow Me" offers a change of paste with its dreamy unusual pulse: the in-utero heartbeat of Bellamy's son with fiancee Kate Hudson, recorded on an iPhone, the father says, "just before she pushed him out." And "Save Me," one of two songs written and sung by Wolstenholme, suggests the Beach Boys circa Pet Sounds. "It's a new sound for us," Bellamy says






































































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