True North Recording with Ken Allardyce
Mixer/engineer and producer Ken Allardyce
(Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Avril Lavign, Green Day) returned home this year to his native Scotland after thirty plus years in California.
These days you don't really need to be in, what were once considered, world music centers - LA, NY, London and Nashville - in order to work with major talent. Allardyce agrees that it has been a good move. "I get to enjoy my family and live and work surrounded by nature which I love," says Allardyce.
Allardyce converted the loft of his property in the Highlands into a studio. "While it is suitable for tracking and overdubs, for which I have a good assortment of mics and preamps, I have built it primarily for mixing," says Allardyce who finds the summing box route to complement his Pro Tools rig. "I opted at the chance of acquiring an old Quantum console modified and renovated by Steve Firlotte customized for me. This offers the ability to blend the old and the new using a combination of plug-ins and outboard gear in the analogue stage while mixing," says Allardyce who calls his studio, now his second home.
What is Allardyce saying about his studio, True North Recording in Nair, Scotland? "It's a great space to work in and I'm very happy with the results I've been getting."
Nairn has an expanse of sand beaches and is known as a world class golfing destination, with two 18 hole Championship golf courses. The town also hosts the Nairn International Jazz Festival each August, usually attracting world class musicians.
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The Drawmer D-Clock-R is designed for any application that requires external clocking of multiple synchronized digital audio devices and provides auto-sensing, dual redundant word clock inputs to ensure continuous operation and dependability. The D-Clock-R automatically selects the input source from one of two inputs, a default and an auxiliary, depending on signal strength, and is capable of locking on to both word clock and AES-3id. The unit offers a total of 16 BNC clock output connectors: 12 on the rear panel plus an additional four located on the front panel to enable fast-access patching to other digital devices.
Dual redundant power supplies with twin universal voltage filtered mains power inlets positioned on the rear panel further ensure reliability and failsafe operation.
The front panel 16-character LCD readout displays the incoming clock sample rate to an accuracy of 2 ppm, displaying the information in one of three formats: actual frequency (to one decimal place), nominal frequency +/- ppm error, or nominal frequency plus percentage of pull-up or pull-down. The word clock outputs may be fed from the word clock input at any sample rate from 32 kHz to 768 kHz, or derived from an AES11 input, or stripped from an AES3 audio signal at any sample rate between 32 kHz and 192 kHz.
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Spaniards in LA
El Hombre del Tiempo
El Hombre del Tiempo in the studio with producers: Rafa Sardina and Cheche Alara
When you think of memorable rock trios, Rush, Cream, Nirvana, The Police,
Blink 182, and The Muse are names that come to mind.
El Hombre del Tiempo (The Weathermen) is the latest export from Spain. EHDT recently was spotted in LA with co-producers Rafa Sardina (Placido Domingo, Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and Cheche Alara (Thalía, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga) who helped the band put down ten originals penned by the members: Eneko Miguel, lead singer/bass, Pedro Hidalgo, Guitar/background vocals, Asier Santa Coloma, Drums/background vocals. "We cut the tracks in Spain and mixed it at my place, After Hours studio, in Los Angeles," says Sardina. "The boys equally contribute to the material on the album," says Alara.
International appeal and uber charm, yes! Add a dash of sex appeal and excellent musicianship and you've got formula for success. With management that offers an impressive visual identity to support the band, El Hombre del Tiempo is suited to travel far and wide.
What are fans saying about the band's live experience? It's like being at the Bermuda Triangle where your fears can disappear!
What the band members say about their music? "For us, there's a continual need to create and compose songs. As far as "musical architecture," we think current meets futuristic. We live the music we play!
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Friday, June 24, 2013
2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™
Malibu Golf Club.
This year award-winning engineers Ed Cherney (Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones) and
Al Schmitt (Dianne Krall, Tony Benett) are the honorary chairs.
The benefiting charity is A Place Called Home in south central LA.
Proceeds will go directly to their music program.
"Industry support has been great!," says the organizer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions who has lined up several sponsors to include: Lurssen Mastering, Record Plant, Westlake Studios, Shure, PreSonus, Dave Collins Mastering, SAE LA, Blue Sky, Vintage King, GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Design FX and studioexpresso.
More details here or contact Karen Dunn 925-708-0307
C'est Cannes 66
At a stately, plump 66, Cannes
is a different place. The number of journalists here has ballooned from 1,154 in 1973 to 4,000 today. Last year the Festival, which now lasts 12 days, accredited more than 27,000 "professionals" (producers, directors, distributors), who display their wares in the parallel Marché section (the Market). And while the selection of films intended for reviewers has remained the same size over the past two decades - with about 20 films competing for the Palme d'Or, and another 70 in sections called Un Certain Regard, Special Screenings, Critic's Week and the Director's Fortnight - the Marché slate has expanded in the same time from 436 films to nearly a thousand.
Scheduled each year between the splashy Cannes Film Festival and the sci-fi spectacular San Diego Comic-Con, the Los Angeles Film Festival is always looking for creative ways to draw attention.
This year, that meant adding high-profile guests such as actress Maya Rudolph and director David O. Russell and spotlighting a Middle Eastern lineup including "Wadjda," the first feature-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and directed by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour. There will also be a special prefestival screening of "Man of Steel," the Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill, on June 12, two days before the film's official opening.
"Just like the population of Los Angeles, we're eclectic and rarefied," said David Ansen, the festival's artistic director.
Now in its 19th year, the festival officially starts on June 13 with the North American premiere of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's "I'm So Excited."
7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival runs from June 6 to June 9 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.
Director-writer Elia Kazan will be honored with the screening of his 1963 Oscar-winning drama "America America." The film, which is loosely based on Kazan's Greek uncle's struggle to emigrate from Anatolia to America in 1893, will be shown June 7. Opening night will feature Spiros Stathoulopoulos' period drama, "Meteora," which debuted at this year's Berlin Film Festival. It stars "True Blood's" Theo Alexander as a Greek Orthodox monk and follows his illicit love affair with a Russian Orthodox nun.
More than 30 features, documentaries and short films representing the Greek diaspora in over 11 countries will be shown at this year's event. Another award-winning film, Thanos Anastopoulos' thriller "The Daughter"will make its U.S. premiere at the festival, along with Ektoras Lygizos' critically acclaimed and award-winning drama "Boy Eating the Bird's Food."
Studio City Sound LIVE Nightmare and The Cat
. NATC who recorded their debut album for Capitol with producer Eric Valentine are planning a 2013 Halloween party at the Bootleg on October 29.
Studio City Sound sets a new standard for internet broadcasting, delivering the unparalleled sound quality with HD video production, featuring artists, both up-and-coming and established.
Studio City Sound LIVE is becoming well-known for live performances by artists such as Nightmare and the Cat, Love Grenades, Jeff Silbar, Royalush, and Downtown Attraction. Music is mixed by Grammy-winning mixer Tom Weir and four-camera live HD video is directed by Steve Valenzuela.
RIP Ray Manzarek
Feb. 12, 1939 -- May 20, 2013
, the founding member and keyboard player for the Doors whose haunting and sweetly melodic organ riffs loomed large in the psychedelic rock era, died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74.
The cause was bile duct cancer, according to his manager, Tom Vitorino. Mr. Manzarek lived in Napa, Calif.
Napa's Screaming Eagle
Winemaker Massimo Di Costanzo and Erin Sullivan of ACME Fine Wines celebrate the release of 2010 cab DI COSTANZO March of this year. In 2007, a recent UC Davis grad found himself in the enviable position of making, alongside international consultant Michel Rolland and renowned California winemaker Andy Erickson, one of the most expensive, sought-after wines in Napa Valley. That Screaming Eagle vintage was later awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. For now, DI COSTANZO is available exclusively through ACME Fine Wines for $85 a bottle and at fine restaurants in Napa.
Come, thou monarch of the vine,
Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne
In thy fats our cares be drown'd,
With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd!
Cup us till the world go round
Until next month,
Music Lives & Moves!
Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso
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Spitfire is the eleventh studio album by American
"Spitfire covers a range of emotions that I've experienced in my lifetime, from anger to love, from frustration to letting go. My co-producer and co-writer Darrell and I talked about telling that story in chronological order, but that didn't work sonically, so Darrell said, "It's the truth...in no particular order." And isn't that what life is about?," says Rimes.
"When I first met Niko Bolas
, who engineered the record, I told him that I couldn't stand having the microphone hanging down in front of me. I always wanted to sing with the microphone in my hand, but all the engineers I'd ever worked with told me I couldn't do it. They'd say, "You won't sound the same. It'll bleed." But Niko is fearless. He said, "Whatever you want, we'll make it work." Somehow he figured it out. I stood there in the middle of everyone and experienced live music instead of being in the booth. Holding a mic, I felt like I could do whatever I wanted. I recorded "What Have I Done?" lying flat on my back," says Rimes. Steve Jordan is on drums. Dan Tyminski is on acoustic, mandolin, and background vocals. Paul Franklin plays steel guitar. Waddy Wachtel and Dean Parks are on acoustics as well. Al Schmitt
mixed selected tracks on Spitfire.