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 Celebration for  Brent Fischer's 50th birthday with music , family & friends at Conway studios.  Above: Brent Fischer with Teddy Campbell on the red carpet on July 13.  Photo by: Vic Viorillo 
The average Americans (aka your fans) spend 40 minutes daily on facebook!  That's just one reason why content is spelled with a big C.  We take you to
the G spot where a new album is born. You may know this music wizard who has rehabbed a legendary studio.  Meet new A&R faces and learn why you should look at this new bill in congress. A country artist will show you how to brand a chart-topping success. Watch interviews from 2014 Grammy camp and choose "Made in America." Old music on film and new artist diving in... while Hollywood threw the red carpet on the green for a Gammy-winner's birthday. 

As always, big thanks to our 24,000 readers and studioexpresso's community of studios, composers, arrangers, and producers who create music that lives and moves.
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Conway Studios - Maroon5, Brent Fischer...
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Conway Gardens Where V Was Recorded 



Maroon 5 was earlier at Conway studios recording their fifth studio album, "V,".
M5s latest album is less "Maps"-based and more like a puzzle.

The band revealed the cover art piece by piece.  

"V" will drop Sept. 2. The lead single, "Maps," hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 this past week.

Brent Fischer was also in studio C at Conway with the Clare Fischer Big Band working on new material due out this Fall. According to owner Buddy Brundo the studio is now celebrating its 35th year in the recording  industry.  Fischer friends and family came together on July 13 to celebrate Brent Fischer at fifty.  Guess who else was at Conway (above)!   

New Puss N Boots Album at Studio G, Brooklyn

Joel Hamilton Mixed & Mastered No Fools, No Fun at his ATC featured Studio     



Recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn with engineer/mixer Joel Hamilton (below),
No Fools, No Fun includes five original songs - two each from Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper and one from Norah Jones - and seven spirited cover tunes, all culled from Puss n Boots' live repertoire. The 12-song collection takes its name from the lyrics of "Bull Rider," a Rodney Crowell song made famous by Johnny Cash.
"Bull Rider" is one of three album tracks that Puss n Boots recorded live in June of 2013 at The Bell House. Over the years, they have also performed at the Bridge School Benefit, played stadiums with the Beastie Boys on the "Get Out The Vote" tour and joined Wilco onstage at Madison Square Garden, singing background vocals on "Jesus, Etc.," a song that Puss n Boots interprets on No Fools, No Fun.


No Fools, No Fun -their debut album - will be released on July 15 by Blue Note Records. The trio, known as Puss n Boots after flirtations with such monikers as Fangbanger, Dixie Fried and Shitstorm, will support the album with an East Coast run that kicked off on June 22 with an appearance at the Clearwater Festival in Croton-On-Hudson, NY.   Joel's ATC monitors in the "A" Room at Studio G (right).  

Listen to Puss N Boots perform "Don't Know What It Means" live. The new debut album No Fools No Fun was tracked, mixed and mastered by Joel Hamilton at Brooklyn's Studio G and available everywhere July 15, 2014.    

To learn more about ATC SCM20PSL Passive 2 Way Monitors click here 

Designed to fit within the company's highly-regarded line of speakers, the ATC SCM20PSL features the same ATC built woofer and tweeter as the active (SCM20APRO) version of the speaker. The SCM20PSL passives are housed in a conventional "pro-black" box for easy placement on any meter bridge.
ATC recommends amplifiers with at least 200W per channel of power. The Passive 20 loudspeaker enables ATC speaker fans to own a high performance monitor at half the price of the actives.
   The new high power tweeter used in the SCM20PSL Passive 6.5 inch 2 way monitor shipping soon at $2,990.00/ pair. 



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Shangri La Preserved  

Above: Watch Adele recording Rolling In The Deep at Shangri La Studios  

Celeb homes with studios are not new.  Christina Aguilera
put her massive Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $13.5 million, a stately home that contains - you guessed it - a recording studio of its very own. Joining the line of celebrity private studio owners, is iconic producer 
Rick Rubin who bought the legendary Shangri La studio in Malibu for a reported $2million and rehabbed it lovingly. Apparently he fell in love with the property during his production work with Gossip, Weezer, and Metallica five years ago.

From founding Def Jam and working with Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, Kanye West on Yeezus, to resuscitating Johnny Cash's career and now preserving the treasured Shangri La Studios, Rubin is behind hundreds of much-loved records.   Shangri La is where Bob Dylan and The Band made it their home, it featured in seminal concert film The Last Waltz and the amount of artists who've worked there is staggering. Watch Zane Lowe's interview with Rubin in a sneak peek of the iconic studio itself and look out for Dylan's actual tour bus here!


Big Vocals 

Bock 407 like 47 

The 407's primary use will likely be male or female lead vocals due to its signature proximity effect. The original 47 had proximity effect behavior that was part of its sound and why it defined "big vocals". With up to +12dB of boost at 100Hz when used at 1 inch working distance, the 47 signature was "the sound" of many great artists such as Frank Sinatra. Led Zeppelin 1 used a 47 on nearly every vocal track. Tuesday Night Music Club and Cheryl Crowe was a classic application of a 47 for vocals.

The key application was then and still is close worked vocals, male or female. Tube 47's were never really flat even at distance (beyond 18 inches) due to its signature head grille sound. Brass instruments were a favorite 47 application (the classic jazz signature of the most famous records from the 1950's) and small ensembles (of nearly any instrumentation) saw the 47 as the "go to" mic. Cello and violin at short distance gain intimacy and acoustic or electric bass will find a perfect warm tone without muffling using the 407. Individual drums or drum kits will have astounding impact with no overt artificial high end found when using some small diaphragm microphones. Solo performers who sing while playing acoustic guitars may be recorded with just this one microphone.

Ships in a cardboard outer container including microphone in wood box, power supply, cable, and spider shock mount.
In stock and shipping today, the new Bock 407. US List Price: $7,175.00 US MAP Price: $6,795.00

Trans Audio Group & studioexpresso at HotZone, NAMM 2014  
photo by: GS Studios/Francisco Rodriguez  


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Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email sales@transaudiogroup.com

l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group 

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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),




Natalia Osipova has been hailed by London's The Independent as "the most sought-after ballerina in the world" while Ivan Vasiliev has been proclaimed as "the hottest male dancer on the planet" by The Guardian of London. Their spectacular premiere program of Solo for Two created to showcase their matchless talents last weekend at   Segerstrom Hall July 25-27 The program featured ballets created by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita and composer/musician Frank Moon.








Besides their pure analog signal paths, Bettermaker units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch.

You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ's as well as in your D.A.W....AND... in your project with your AUTOMATION. More info here 


New Faces of A&R   


Wendy Goldstein has been promoted from svp A&R to executive vice president/head of urban A&R for Republic Records by evp Rob Stevenson, along with founders and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman. Under Goldstein's tenure, Republic Records signed Bay Area hip-hop sensation Sage the Gemini, soul crooner Adrian Marcel and super producer DJ Mustard via a venture with Roc Nation. In addition, she handled A&R duties for Enrique Iglesias, Mika and Colbie Caillat, among others. Stevenson said Goldstein "has a keen sense for finding talent and is dedicated to her artists. She will be as integral to the label's expansion within the world of hip-hop and R&B, and we're excited to see who she discovers next!"    


 Andrew Gould has been promoted to Senior VP of Creative at BMG.  He began playing classical piano at the age of 4, training and competing until he was 18. Beginning in 2003, Andrew worked at Epic for four years, ascending his way up to Manager of A & R.  In this last position, he reported to the EVP of the department, focusing on the label's priority pop acts, and new artist development. In 2007, Andrew was hired by EMI Music Publishing as Director of Creative, creating opportunities across its roster of songwriters, and identifying and signing new artist and songwriter talent. There he worked very closely with talent such as Sia, Jim Jonsin, Toby Gad, Savan Kotecha and Sam Watters, and he signed artists such as Chiddy Bang.  In 2009 he was promoted to Senior Director and moved to Los Angeles. In August 2012, Andrew took a position at BMG.  Here he has signed Chris Braide, Rob Kleiner, and Jake Sinclair, and works closely with much of their talented existing roster, including Jason Evigan, Mitch Allan, David Gamson, Busbee, New Politics, and the Monsters and Strangerz.  Andrew has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business

Kevin Gore (right), for the past four years president/CEO of Rhino Entertainment and WMG global catalog, has left the company after a 12-year run to become president and chief operating officer of DMI Music & Media, reporting to founder/CEO Tena Clark

It was also announced that long-time WMG executive Mark Pinkus has been appointed President of U.S. Catalog & Rhino Entertainment. Pinkus, a 22-year veteran of the legendary compilations and reissues imprint, was most recently Rhino's Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Growing his role to oversee all aspects of WMG's catalog activity in the U.S., he will report to Fraser-Harding and continue to be based in Los Angeles.

Warner Music Group (WMG) announced the promotion of Tim Fraser-Harding to President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music. In his new post, Fraser-Harding will oversee global strategy and operations for all aspects of the development and marketing of WMG's rich legacy of recorded music - which includes classic repertoire from iconic labels such as Atlantic, Elektra, Warner Bros., and Parlophone. Fraser-Harding's responsibilities include spearheading worldwide campaigns, identifying and implementing innovative product initiatives, and advancing the company's digital catalog strategy. Fraser-Harding, who joined WMG in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Global Catalog Management, Recorded Music, will continue to be based in London and will report to WMG's CEO, Steve Cooper.  Dirk Ewald, Senior Vice President, Global Catalog Management, will report to Fraser-Harding and work closely with him to forge global catalog strategy. Based in London, Ewald joined WMG from Parlophone Label Group last year. He will continue to collaborate with recorded music teams across the world to devise high-profile global, regional, and local campaigns, while also driving the development and diversification of product lines.     


 The Linda Perry Project. 10pm on Vh1


This new psuedo-competition series focuses around famed songwriter Linda Perry as she tutors unsigned artists in her studio. One will win the ultimate record deal. Watch an episode here as she's giving Noah a second chance to be real.


First Annual Pensado Awards Winners Announced

The Pensado Awards is a grand opportunity to celebrate the uncelebrated, as their website says. Best pros, amateurs, brands and press came together on June 28 in Los Angeles for what seemed like a reunion of sorts.
Mixer and A&R man Jack Joseph Puig (left) was interviewing VIPs on the red carpet - here seen with Grammy-winning mixer engineer/producer Rafa Sardina 

The Pensado Awards recognizes achievement in multiple mediums, genres and technologies in audio. Congratulations to all of the

2014 winners!  



H.R.4079 - Songwriter Equity Act of 2014


This bill was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (202- 225-9893) at a press conference which included ASCAP's Paul Williams, NMPA's David Israelite, BMI's Michael O'Neill, and The Recording Academy's Daryl Friedman. It amends federal copyright law regarding the exclusive rights of sound recording copyright owners to remove a provision that prohibits license fees payable for the public performance of sound recordings, by means of a digital audio transmission, from being taken into account in any administrative, judicial, or other governmental proceeding to set or adjust the royalties payable to copyright owners of musical works for the public performance of their works.

The Essentials

1. Songwriters are paid a royalty when someone buys a recording of the songs they write, a band performs them, or they're played on a radio station or through an online streaming service. Under U.S. copyright law, the government relies on a complicated, decades-old system to figure out how much writers are entitled to. Songwriters complain the current fee of 9.1˘ for the sale of a recorded song, for instance-up from 2˘ in 1909-is pitifully low and makes it hard to earn a living. 

2. The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the House in February and the Senate on May 12, aims to fix this by changing how the government calculates songwriter pay. Currently the Copyright Royalty Board sets the amount writers get for recorded song sales. The bill directs it instead to base the royalty on "fair market value." A federal rate court sets royalties for songs played live, on radio or Pandora (P), or as background music in a store. The bill removes restrictions on evidence the court can consider in determining that amount.  

3. The bill leaves out important details, such as how the government is supposed to figure out fair market value for songs, not easy given all the entities involved in selling music across so many platforms. Songwriters-and organizations such as ASCAP and BMI, which track music use and take a cut of the royalties-praise the bill.  

Groups representing royalty payers, such as the National Association of Broadcasters, are fighting it. The Council of Music Creators supports the Songwriters Equity Act and encourages all music creators to join us in helping to control the use of our work and to share fairly in its exploitation.  



The C Word  Sound, Image, Text, Action!   

Content is king.  Web content, press release, blog, articles...Creating and managing content has become a big task.  The same rules apply to all content creators - photographers, film makers, musicians....Keep in mind that a smaller device doesn't mean content is any less important.
Here's a few things to remember when you design your content.
Who are you writing for? What is your personality? What tone do you need?  

Thomas Hawk's hauntingly beautiful - and often gritty - photography is admired across the world. He calls himself a "photography factory" and aims to capture 1 million photos before he dies.
He has been offered $6,000 to write three blog posts about this or that lens.  "I have no interest in that. But if you can provide me access to create interesting content, I'm all for it," says Hawk.  Photography is becoming a language unto itself. People talk back and forth to each other with photos (facebook, Instagram, Pinterest), even more than words!

Music affects our feelings and energy levels. Without even thinking about it, we use music to create desired moods-- to make us happy, to enjoy movement and dance, to energize, to bring back powerful memories, to help us relax and focus. Music is a powerful tool for our personal expression within our daily lives-- it helps "set the scene" for many important experiences. Advertisers use these qualities to launch new brands or products. Stores and hotels use background music to connect or influence their customers. Films take advantage of the power of music to tell a story.  So, what are some things to keep in mind when you're given the task to create content? 


1.    Keep it Relevant - create content that suits the intended audience  

2.    Prioritization Method. A good rule of thumb to follow is to target tasks based on priority, deadline and time needed for completion.  

3.    Cross Media Marketing Strategy. Consider teamwork. Whether you are working with online, print or email campaigns, your marketing team should (hopefully) be executing a "divide and conquer" approach across the different channels.

4.  Social Media to Expand Your Audience Reach
. Social media helps build a relationship with your fan base  (consumers) 

Each social media platform-whether it's Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+ reaches range of potential customers that would otherwise likely stay untapped  

5. Cure for Creative Burnout.  Way to ward off writer's block: Try exercising regularly (it will release endorphin levels) and also attempt to improve your diet for better mental and physical wellness. Before the end of the day nears, make an effort to do things you enjoy. You have to mentally clock out of work and have some down time. When at home, try to avoid checking email or work-related texts. All of these combined will help recharge your mental vigor.     

Hint. Just look at Silicon Valley. These titans still see themselves as conduits for other people's content. But they understand that the best opportunity to grow on the Internet is to offer scripted video - especially fare that advertisers like.    


The Pink Pistol
A Country Duo's Growing Empire 

Pink Pistol 214 W. Main Street, Tishomingo, Okla

Did you know Country music is now America's most popular genre (outpacing classic rock for the first time last year, according to research firm NPD Group)? In the decade since her first album made its debut at the top of Billboard's country charts, Miranda Lambert has been successful in branding herself and building an empire.  Her husband, singer Blake Shelton is a judge on NBC's "The Voice."  Lambert, 30, and Shelton, 38, have risen to become the industry's most powerful couple. Lambert earned $8.8 million in 2013, according to Billboard , placing her 36th among all musicians. Shelton took in $10.3 million

She runs two Pink Pistol retail stores, one where she lives in Tishomingo, Okla., and the other in the tiny town of Lindale, Texas, where she grew up.  In August she's opening an 8-room bed and breakfast/event center in Oklahoma across from her store called Ladysmith. Her Red 55 Winery will soon be distributing nationally, to complement her Miranda Lambert coffee. She's also signing a deal to put out a clothing line of affordable jeans and T-shirts next year, followed by a similar endeavor for dog accessories

"I've always said I want to build an empire," she says.  We kept the brand clean," says Marion Kraft, her manager. After turning down contracts with an acne treatment and a soft drink, Lambert did her first commercial in 2007 for cotton. ("Endorsing cotton is like endorsing fresh air," Kraft said.) Published on Mar 25, 2014 "Automatic" (co-written with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby) appears on Miranda Lambert's new album, Platinum, now available in stores and on iTunes  

She's only the 11th female since 1956 to top Billboard 200. 



Top 10 Music Blogs  

How music is made and discovered Today. Like studioexrpesso these blogs are editorially independent. They cover, news, album reviews, gear, releases, events, music trends. Traditional media picks up story ideas from us. Our ethos are simple: we're music fans first and foremost with a genuine love of music and a desire to share that love through words and pictures.  Some of us even have labels or products!    


  1. Pitchfork
  5. Your EDM

Made In America
August Fest in LA & Doc on iTunes


Made in America is a two-day music festival curated by Jay Z. This year, the festival expands from Philly to Los Angeles. The Budweiser sponsored fest benefits United Way. Who picks the artists? JAY Z personally curates the eclectic mix of artists. The L.A. lineup will be headlined by Kanye West (new album release later this year, first single due early August), Imagine Dragons and John Mayer. It will also featur  sets from Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Afrojack, Rita Ora and Chance the Rapper. You get super hungry at concerts, what kind of grub are you gonna have? Fans can enjoy a variety of appetizing food choices from traditional festival and fair food to gourmet food trucks + free filtered water. 

Aug 30 - Aug 31 2014

Los Angeles, California (Grand Park)

$185 (GA)

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com 

Since its inception in 2012, the annual Labor Day bash has welcomed the likes of Drake, Skrillex, and Beyonce. Now you can watch it from the comfort of your home or anywhere your iPad travels. Grab it on iTunes... an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z, and directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard. Featuring remarkable performances and fascinating backstage interviews with many of today's biggest music stars, Made in America shows how one giant celebration of music can change people's lives.


Grammy Camp Guest Professional Day Enlightens Young Artists

By Carly Price

l-r: Tori Kelly, Al Schmitt, Colbie Caillat, Chrstine Albert, Amanda Marks and Scott Goldman at the 10th Annual Grammy Camp at USC  photo by the C   


Growing up with a producer as a father, Colbie Caillat's teenage life was filled with music. "Because my dad was in the music industry he was telling me there can be so much more. I didn't have to just be a singer," she said. "I could learn how to play an instrument and teach myself to write songs and become a songwriter." The top-selling singer/songwriter shared this with a group of high school students at GRAMMY Camp's 10th annual guest professional day, which featured Caillat and four music industry execs and stars - Christine Albert, Amanda Marks, Al Schmitt and Tori Kelly. Scott Goldman, Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, moderated the discussion as the panel talked about their lives in High School, the business side of music, trusting your gut, and making a name in the music industry

Among other words of wisdom, Caillat shared the importance of following her gut in her music career with her newly released hit and music video "Try."
You want music that's timeless but you also have to be aware of what is playing on the radio at that moment and know what single to go with. You have to stay true to your gut.

Watch select interviews here  Special thanks to Carly Price who attended Grammy Camp and prepared this report for studioexpresso. 


New Beatles Doc By Ron Howard
Director Ron Howard and rock-doc veteran Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"), will re-create previously unseen concerts using original sound recordings, material from the Apple Corps archives and amateur footage. Beatle's holding company, Apple Corps Ltd has full cooperation of  surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, and George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison. All will be interviewed by Howard, according to Rolling Stone. The movie will focus on the Beatles' intensely active early years, from 1960 to 1966. According to the press release issued jointly by Apple Corps and the film's producers, the documentary "will seek to explain what it was about that particular moment in time that allowed this cultural pivot point to occur.  It will examine the social and political context of the time, and reveal the unique conditions that caused technology and mass communication to collide. The film will also explore the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement - a common experience into something sublime." This film will focus on The Beatles ' journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966. The production team also includes Imagine Entertainment, Howard's producing shingle. Howard, one of Hollywood's most successful directors, won an Oscar for directing 2001's "A Beautiful Mind."   The Howards were also in real estate news when they sold their 32-acre property in the gated Conyers Farm community of Westchester, NY for the asking price of $27.5 million in an all-cash deal.

Chadwick Boseman plays another iconic American. In theaters
August 1, Get On Up takes a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of grandfather of soul, James Brown. From his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, the film aims to inspire. The drama co-stars Viola Davis (as Susie Brown, James Brown's absentee mother) and Dan Aykroyd (as Ben Bart, Brown's longtime, at times contentious manager), as well as Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott.

Directed by Tate Taylor, Get on Up is being produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Watch the official trailer here 



Sandy Robertson of Worlds End reports that 18-year-old Anja Nissen won the Australian Voice, seen with her coach Will.i.am (right).

Her single "My Girls" was written by Worlds End client Vince Pizzinga with Delta Goodrem & Mitch Allen. It's released on July 25th.




RIP  Richard Nichols

Richard Nichols was not only The Roots' manager for over 15 years, he was a former jazz radio DJ and a producer (Jill Scott, Dice Raw, and Musiq).

"The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band's longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia," said the band on July 17. Nichols, 55, steered the Roots on an unlikely trajectory from Philly street buskers, to heavy-touring hip-hop favorites, to the house band for America's premiere late night show. He is also credited as producer, executive producer, mixer and A&R on several Roots albums including collaborations with Jay-Z, Al Green, Common, and Erykah Badu.

Nichols is survived by his wife, singer Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis and his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols.

"We were introduced via Questlove during Wise Up Ghost sessions (which he executive produced). Richard's voice was gentle but resolute and sincere.  He was a passionate thinker who cared deeply for his artists. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and specially, the Roots," says Claris Dodge of C Artists I studioexpresso.  "All of us at Clare Fischer Productions wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of longtime Roots manager, Richard Nichols.  Truly a great man who helped so many; he was an absolute pleasure to work with and will be deeply missed," says Brent Fischer.


Watch Richard Nichols of The Roots in a short Film by Adam Bromberg and Oliver Chanarin  Nowness Presents  Nice tribute to a spirit older than America.    


Louis Armstrong Plays For His Wife Lucille In Giza - 1961" © Bettmann/Corbis

"...transcending not fitting in a mold...and becoming revolutionary artists. Those are the artists I like the best."
-- Rick Rubin (on System of A Down & Rage Against The Machine)

A booth that records and writes to vinyl from Jack White's Third Man Record Booth. Neil Young recorded in it at the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
"The only working vinyl record recording booth open to the public in the world" at the Third Man Novelty Lounge in Nashville, TN. Imagination at work!


Music Lives & Moves...until next month, get creative! 

Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso


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TransAudio Group, U.S. distributors for ATC UK, introduces the ATC SCM20PSL MkII near-field reference monitor

The passive ATC SCM20PSL MkII improves upon the previous ATC six-inch two-way passive and is ATC's smallest and least expensive monitor in the ATC Professional line up. Built to the same exacting standards as its active Pro Range siblings, the SCM20PSL MkII is ideal for those already using passives but seeking a new level of resolution in a compact passive package. They are ideally suited for critical near-field applications or smaller rooms.

"ATC is well-known for designing and building studio monitors that are unflinchingly truthful and that help engineers deliver mixes that translate everywhere," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. "ATC founder, Billy Woodman, and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and our request for a smaller monitor has led them to develop the SCM20PSL Pro MkII." The ATC SCM20PSL MkII is based around the ATC 6.5-inch "Super Linear" LF driver with integrated midrange, utilizing the same ATC developed SL technology used in our larger nine-, twelve- and fifteen-inch based monitors. The SCM20PSL MkII is the first professional product to incorporate ATC's brand new in-house built ATC Dual Suspension 25mm tweeter. Five years in development, the new ATC Tweeter offers lower distortion, higher output and greater reliability. A newly ATC designed/built passive Crossover has been incorporated combining second and third order features to offer improved imaging and precision, comparing favorably to our active designs. Exceptionally neutral output extends across the audible spectrum and within an all-new cabinet design, minimizing size and weight. "Given the excellence of previous designs, these advantages lead to a substantive improvement in passive speaker technology," concluded Lunde.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. 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.



Peter Doran 
Dive In

Peter Doran is not your average singer songwriter. He is Irish and since 2006 he has independently released three albums.   
The Video for "Every Little Thing" recently hit 10,000 views on YouTube. He's currently reading "Walden" & "The Ground Beneath her Feet." He's thinking about running the Dublin Marathon on October 27. Will he do it?!
The Doran acoustic trio offers a natural intimacy, one that makes the listener feel as though Peter is sharing his best kept secrets! 
With a great vocal range, the indie/alternative folk singer brings forth music that is well rounded and raw.
His music videos, like his songs, travel to unexpected places and draw the listener in...walking in a scenic city and performing in local antiques store or frame shops!

Having opened up for the likes of Fionn Regan and Emmett Tinley and citing writing influences from Bob Dylan and John Steinbeck, to Tom Waits and Salman Rushdie, it is easy to see why Doran radiates substance.   

About his new album he says:  

"Traditionally at this point, a musician would hand over their finished album to the record label and let them figure out how to get it to the world. But for many artists these days, you've got to figure out a lot of that stuff on your own... Because of this fear, this resistance, It's not uncommon for indie artists to wait... and wait.... and wait.... to delay putting out their work. They wait for a better time to release, or for someone more intelligent to come along and help them put it out. I don't think I can do that.  I need to move on songs and records when they're fresh. With any luck there will be a whole other bunch of songs two years from now, adds Doran.  

He talks about the image that could become the album cover.
It's picture of a Swedish High diver called Arvid Spangberg (fourth Olympiad) from 1908 Olympic games.
A friend told him: "It's okay. It's like you're a diver in the Olympics. Right now You're standing at the edge of the diving board... You just need to figure out what moves to make on the way down."
Peter is standing at the board and remembering his moves.  Have a feeling it'll be a good jump. Stay tuned!

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