june 2015
studioexpresso eZine
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l-r: Brad Lunde, Claris Dodge, Rose Mann, Karen Dunn, Joel Stoner at the Recording Industry Golf Tournee   Join us at Mountain Gate Country Club in LA on Monday, June 29, high noon! 


We bring you early fireworks from studioexpresso studios and producers from Nashville to LA. Discover what brought a Chinese composer to US. Hear why this studio is buzzing with projects.  Listen to a new release from Interscope and face few new A&R. Why a new streaming service makes a swift decision in favor of artists? 
We visit Earth Day celebrations in Cupertino and meet a new director via Sundance. Not to late to  enter a song competition or be a player or sponsor at the 2015 Recording Industry Golf Tournament.  Trans Audio Group teams up with studioexrpesso at tee time on the green in support of a good cause.

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.
Congrats to those of you have renewed.  Enjoy production work, industry networking and more... Renew today. Thank you!

In This Issue
Producer Brent Rader Chooses Daking
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Buzz at NRG and PlugIn Alliance
PlugIn Alliance Offer
Watch studioexpresso interviews!
Face A&R
studioexpresso on YouTube Chl
Bock Microphones
The Hammond Corner I Meet Smashmouth's Mike Klooster



NRG Sessions 


In NRG Studio B,  Limp Bizkit working on vocals for their new album with producer Andros Rodriguez.


NRG Recording hosted a number of great sessions to include Limp Bizkit working on vocals for their new album with producer Andros Rodriguez in studio B. 

Owner and mixer, Jay Baumgardner was busy mixing a variety of records including Epitaph band, Beautiful Bodies as well as the latest from P.O.D.
Tonic guitarist, Jeff Russo worked on the score for the hit FX Network show, Fargo in April. The wildly successful pop punk band, 5 Seconds Of Summer had throngs of fans camped out at our gates while the boys worked on new tracks with producer, Mike Green and producer/songwriter David Hodges.    

NRG was one of the first studios to implement a fibre channel based SAN network back in 2001, providing clients with the piece of mind knowing that their sessions and files were safely and reliably backed up and secure.

Recent upgrades include:    EVO storage server from Studio Network Solutions which back ups to new G-Technology's G-Speed Studio for longtime archival storage; all files are backed up to the cloud.

Plus now all rooms have been upgraded to the new Avid HDX cards and  running on Pro Tools 11.   





Producer Brent Rader Chooses Daking Gear
Consistent, organic sound of Lisa Matassa's Why I'm Here 


Lisa Matassa's perseverance earned her a local award in 2011 as Long Island's first country music recording artist and a pioneer of the "Long Island Country" genre, which blends New York rock with a contemporary Country sound. Her latest project pays homage to the Country artists in the 1980s who inspired her to keep at her craft. Working with producer Brent Rader (Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye, Billy Dean), Matassa has recorded a duets record with a Who's Who list of 1980s-era Country greats: The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Exile, Larry Stewart (Restless Heart), Mickey Gilley, the Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Lee, T Graham Brown, David Frizzell, and Larry Gatlin, among others. Rader ensured a consistent, organic sound by using Daking Mic-Pre IV and Mic-Pre/EQs.

"These are a lot of the artists who inspired Lisa when she was coming up," explained Rader. "And they are a lot of the artists who inspired me, for that matter, so working with them has been a great privilege! A lot of the songs we chose were duets to begin with, so Lisa simply took the female parts. We turned other songs into duets for this project. Either way, we wanted to produce fresh, modern-sounding versions that still had all of the signature elements in place. They'll trigger every memory you've ever associated with them, but they're a far cry from boring karaoke tracks. Basically, we asked, 'if this song were being done for the first time today, how would we do it?'"

As one might guess, coordinating the logistics on the project was complicated. Veteran Nashville engineer Craig White recorded the tracking sessions at Music Row's Curb Records and the vocal sessions at Sound Stage. From tracking to mastering, the project took just four-and a half months, and the sensible requirement that videographers attend all the sessions made the visual aesthetic a constant consideration. "We used the big live room at Sound Stage to cut vocals, and a lot of Lisa's partners said, 'yeah, this is where we recorded the original!'" Rader said. He brought his personal rack of Daking gear - two Mic-Pre IVs and two Mic-Pre/EQs (ten channels total) - to every session. Most of the vocals, most of the drums, and all of the acoustic instruments benefitted from Daking's circuitry.

"Daking makes all Class-A, top-of-the-line gear, and anything I put into it is guaranteed to come out sounding great," Rader said. "I love Daking's transient response, which makes it not only an obvious choice for drums, but also for acoustic instruments. My Daking preamps respond well to the pick, the strumming, and the percussive nature of acoustic instruments. And of course, country music is all about wood and wire instruments! Almost every song has doubled acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. The equalizer on the Mic-Pre/EQ is silky smooth, especially on vocals. I put in a little bit of the 20kHz shelf in at the top, and it's like, 'ah, there's the magic!'" Rader gets his Daking gear from Warren Dent at ZenPro Audio.

Rader continued, "The musicianship on this project is fantastic. Some of these guys are in their 70s at this point, and I was amazed at how great they all sounded. When I think of somebody in their 70s, I think of them in a La-Z-Boy, kicking back and enjoying the fruits for their labors. These guys are still out there, giving it 100% and sounding awesome. I'd argue that many of the performances we captured for this release are even better than their originals!"

Although Rader does plenty of mixing himself, he handed this project over to expert mix engineer Drew Bollman. "One of the huge advantages of recording through the Daking gear is that it stacks beautifully," Rader said. "If you A/B a single track through Daking and through some other pro gear, the difference may be subtle. But when you increase the track count, the difference becomes obvious. Everything that went through the Daking sits nicely in the mix. It all glues together beautifully. Drew was thrilled with the sounds we gave him. He didn't have to EQ too much and he specifically commented on how easy it was to place things in the mix."

The new album, Why I'm Here, is slated for release June 10th. To celebrate the release, almost all of the project's collaborators will assemble at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville that evening for a huge night of Country classics.



For the latest info on Daking contact  Brad Lunde at  www.transaudiogroup.com    

Visit Trans Audio Group at the SUMMER NAMM, JULY 9-11 BOOTH 358 & 359!


"Once again, we'll have a unique assortment of audio gear from some of the top manufacturers around the world and a well-informed staff to answer all your audio-related questions. We'll be showcasing gear from ATC, Daking, Bock, Tube-Tech, A-Designs, Bettermaker and Sonodyne. Make sure you spend some time at our booth," says President Brad Lunde. 




Plug Me In

With Rafa Sardina at After Hours

PlugIn Alliance visited 12x Grammy-winning producer/mixer/engineer
Rafa Sardina
(Elvis Costello & The Roots, Clare Fischer, Calle13) at After Hours studio to learn about his work flow, like how he prepares to do a mix.
"First I make sure I am not missing anything, and for that, I ask for a recent rough mix with all the elements that should be in it. I never listen to that rough mix and let my assistant clean it and compare to the rough to make sure we are not missing things.
  Later on I open it and start listening to things as a whole and in sections to determine what makes the song, what makes it special and how to maximize that aspect.  At the last stages of my own mixing I listen to the rough they provided to see where I stand, how far I am from their vision, and to see if I can incorporate any of their ideas.  I really really dig so many of the bx plugins. Can't live anymore without the bx_digital V2 and bx_saturator V2 among others...." Sardina says. Read the full PlugIn Alliance interview with Rafa Sardina here

PlugIn Alliance just released the AllBundle V3.3. As always, customers can try every plugin with a fully functional, 14-day demo through a single download.  Each plugin works in AAX Native, AU, VST2 and VST3 formats. Avid Pro Tools HDX users also can enjoy 34 of the products in AAX DSP format.  "It's so exciting to bring our customers quality brands like Chandler, elysia and Brainworx, providing world-class studio processing and guitar sounds," says Plugin Alliance CEO Matt Ward.  All Bundle V3.3 supports the vid Live Sound System, and all of its plugins run on Mac OS10.6 or higher and Windows 7 or 8, 32- or 64-bit.  Customers can pay off the AllBundle in 12 monthly, interest-free installments. Existing users receive credit for previous Plugin Alliance purchases toward the All Bundle cost, and they can upgrade as future plugins come out for a reasonable price.
Starting at $49-up and available here  


The roster of elite engineers and producers joining the PlugIn Alliance network is growing rapidly. GRAMMY Award winning mixing engineer, Craig Bauer, Khaliq Glover (Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake) and Rafa Sardina  (Calle 13, Placido Domingo, Lady Gaga) among them.  

ATC SCM20PSL Passive 2 Way Monitors in studio G, Brooklyn where Puss N Boots perform "Don't Know What It Means 

" was recorded live   






MSRP: $1,825.00
The Drawmer 1973 is now shipping.

Ivor Drawmer, veteran designer and manufacturer of boutique high-end audio processors, has earned a 2014 Resolution Award for the new Drawmer 1973 three-band stereo FET compressor. The Drawmer 1973 benefits from Ivor's deep, thirty-plus years of experience building best-in-class signal processors and is unique in its combination of three critical attributes: its controls are remarkably easy to use, its price is low, and its sound is, of course, beautifully musical. "The Drawmer 1973 multiband compressor is the kind of tool that mix and mastering engineers will find so useful they'll wonder how they ever got by without it," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, Drawmer's U.S. distributor.  


For the latest info on ATCs or Drawmer contact  Brad Lunde at TransAudio Group 702-365-5155
Trans Audio Group 


At Ease With Composer Tony Chen


Those of us who live in the US may sometimes take our freedoms for granted. Then you meet someone like Tony Chen who came to US from China with a message of hope. Chen's music appears in the award-winning documentary Free China: The Courage To Believe (watch a short trailer here).

He draws inspiration from an ancient Chinese spiritual practice called Falun Dafa which is based on the principle of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance."  "As a composer I feel I have a responsibility towards society - to "think of others" when writing music," says Chen who is aware of the positive influence of music.  Chen released his new album "At Ease" which contains some of the classic pieces that Tony has composed between 2009 - 2013 including 5 critically acclaimed pieces that won International awards.  You could say Tony Chen is at ease with music - composing, producing and singing!   

Read more here...



 Trans Audio Group  


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

 For the latest info contact   

Brad Lunde at  702-365-5155 [email protected]

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),
Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email [email protected]



MountainGate Country Club
Noon Shotgun Start


Picnic on the Green at LACMA
Free concert   


Sat Aug 29, 5-7pm

Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group 
featuring: Luis Conte and more...  






studioexpresso and Trans Audio Presented Production Panelists at 2015 Hot Zone at NAMM 
l-r: Claris Sayadian-Dodge,
Cheche Alara (Latin Grammy Awards,The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Bonnie Hunt Show) 14x Grammy-winning Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Placido Domingo, Calle13), Ellis Hall  "The Ambassador of Soul" (Ray Charles, Boston Pops, Tower of Power) and  Grammy-winning Brent Fischer (Usher, Clare Fischer Big Band, Elvis Costello & The Roots).   
Alex Acuna (Randy Newman, LA Phil).
23x Grammy-winning Dr Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Jefferson Airplane)
 Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins,  Bob Dylan, Uncommon Studios ).






Face An A&R 

Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson .
Ernest Dion Wilson, better known as No I.D., got his start as a DJ, producer, and rapper; he released a solo album, Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album), in 1997, and became famous for his production work with Common ("I Used to Love H.E.R."), among others. Wilson acted as a mentor to a young Kanye West, introducing him to Roc-A-Fella A&R Kyambo Joshua. After serving as president of West's G.O.O.D. Music label until 2011, he became executive vice president of A&R for Def Jam, and announced his joint venture label deal with Def Jam called ARTium Recordings. Since then, Wilson has been responsible for signing artists like Jhen� Aiko, Common, and Vince Staples.
Breyon Prescott has been named Head of Urban A&R, Epic Records, it was announced by L.A. Reid, Chairman/CEO, Epic Records. In his new role, Mr. Prescott will be responsible for identifying, developing and nurturing new and existing talent for the label in addition to managing the urban A&R team. Under the new partnership, Mr. Prescott will bring his Chameleon Entertainment imprint to the label. "I'm especially proud of Breyon for spearheading the revival of iconic R&B group Jodeci... the guys have delivered an incredible album." "After 20 years in this industry, I am honored to work with one of the last, true "record men" who undeniably has the best ears in the business," says Mr. Prescott. Prescott has had a very successful career in music over the past decade. His credits include numerous #1 and Grammy Award-winning singles as well as serving as A&R executive, producer and executive producer on multi-platinum projects with Jamie Foxx, Drake, Kanye West, D'Angelo, Angie Stone and Brandy to name a few. As President/CEO of Chameleon Entertainment, Mr. Prescott continues to executive produce the latest Jamie Foxx project which is set for a December release, along with managing acts such as Nikki Williams and Brandy. He has held joint ventures with RCA and J Records under the tutelage of Clive Davis and Peter Edge and most recently with Def Jam.

Love Letter to Apple Pre Launches Its Streaming Service

You could say Taylor Swift and Apple have something in common. They both enjoy a large fan base!  So, it made sense for the reigning music queen to speak peer to peer to Apple in her blog post.
 "I write this to explain why I'll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music ...," said Taylor Swift's Tumblr account last Sunday.  
 Swift joined thousands of musicians who felt that Apple Music offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service was wrong. That meant  writers, producers, or artists for those three months would not be paid.  "Three months is a long time to go unpaid....This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field...but will not get paid for a quarter of a year's worth of plays on his or her songs....We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.," she wrote.
Apple's decision was swift. The computer giant with its sleek style, not only listened, they changed their policy overnight. Swift appeared to have prompted a policy change at Apple, after threatening to withhold her album from the company's streaming music service over royalty payments.
"#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer's free trial period," Eddy Cue tweeted, adding that "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple."
"I am elated and relieved," Swift tweeted. "Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."  
Great publicity stunt or reality check, we all love a happy ending! 
All fun aside, let's not forget:  While streaming services have grown into a $6.9 billion digital music industry, most musicians still rely on CD sales and touring to get by, and Ms Swift is no exception. Artists get their cut after the streaming services and labels. Spotify and Apple pass about 70% to 71.5% respectively of their subscription and advertising revenues along to the music labels.  Spotify says artists reap between 0.6 cents and 0.84 cents per-stream on average, according to their website. It comes down to the labels again to shake it up! 
Mr Jobs (who would have turned 60 in February) is smiling.


There's still time left to
register to play at the Recording Industry Golf Tournament taking place on Monday, June 29, 2015, at MountainGate Country Club.
Shotgun start at 12:00 noon. studioexpresso is pleased to be one of the media sponsors of this event
that supports the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will return as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon's festivities. 

You can reserve dinner only option ($50) for non-players -- come and be a part of the fun.  You can register for both at event brite   


New this year is live streaming on the 6th hole from  Absolute Live Productions 

with CEO Dave Rosen. The transmission of this live stream will be utilizing the TVU 8200 HD wireless cellular backpack.
Watch studioexpresso's Claris Sayadian-Dodge and producer Rafa Sardina send their congratulations to golfers. watch it here
Recent new sponsors include Barefoot Sound, Slate Audio, iZotope, RRFC, and David M. Angress Consulting.  


"Barefoot is offering a pair of MiniMain12 Monitors (retail price $24,475) to the first person to get a hole-in-one at the Barefoot-sponsored Par 3 hole.Slate Digital has provided a RAVEN MTi touchscreen console as the prize for the "opportunity board" buy-in game," says event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions LLC  
In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million shoot-out opportunity, a hole-in-one Hyundai giveaway, a Bartels' Harley Davidson motorcycle hole-in-one giveaway, scotch tasting, great food, poker, a "19th hole" and more. The picturesque course, designed by legendary golf course architect Ted Robinson, is centrally located, not far from downtown L.A. The course features beautiful views, a driving range, putting and chipping greens, and much more. Dunn and the industry veteran Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the "world famous tequila cart" to make sure all of the day's participants are playing their best.  
Confirmed sponsors include: Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Guitar Center Professional, AES, Hotel Angeleno, Hyundai, Icebox Water, JBL, NAMM, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Sterling Audio, Transaudiogroup, United Recording Studios and Westlake Recording Studios, TransAudio Group and studioexrpesso. Hyundai will once again be taking the winning foursome to their Hyundai National Invitational in Vegas.
"Think of it like an annual retreat to relax and meet industry friends! Great opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas. I look forward to it every year and hope you can join us," says Dodge.
For sponsorship information and to register, click here, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.  


Me And Earl And Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Sundance success coming to a theater near you! 

Writer Jesse Andrews, left, and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon are earning praise for their work on "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl was acquired by Fox Searchlight for $12 million dollars at The Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. This was the biggest buy in Sundance history. The film was financed independently by Steven Rales' Indian Paintbrush.
This movie strikes a joyful balance between comedy and drama on the subject of life, death and friendship. "Earl" centers on awkward high school kid and obsessive film buff Greg (Thomas Mann) and how a doomed friendship forces him out of his personal and artistic shells. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.  He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a 'co-worker' than a best friend. But when Greg's mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) - a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer - he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl will be released in theaters on June 12, 2015!  42-year-old director  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese before transitioning into a second unit director.  
He has only one previous feature on his r�sum�, the meta-horror sequel "The Town That Dreaded Sundown." Best known for his work on TV's "Glee" and "American Horror Story."  He received his BFA from NYU and his MFA from AFI. The film is in many ways a personal tribute to the loss of Rejon's biggest hero, his father. "I was going to bury that dedication at the end of the film, and my producer Jeremy Dawson actually encouraged me to make it the first credit we see at the end of the film, before my 'directed by' credit." 



RIP  James Horner

8.14.1953 -- 6.22.2015 


Beloved film composer James Horner was piloting his single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said.
Prolific composer Horner was a six-time Grammy� Award winner who penned beautiful scores for films like A Beautiful Mind, Field Of Dreams, Apollo 13, Braveheart, and the Titanic. 
With over 150 musical credits, Horner had worked on many famous films such as Star Trek II & III, The Land Before Time (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and so much more.
His fruitful partnership with James Cameron also netted him Oscar noms for original score for the blockbusters Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2009). 
Horner has three films coming out soon: Southpaw, the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud's Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that's set for November. Our heartful thoughts and prayers are with wife Sara, daughters Emily and Becky and assistant, Sylvia Patrycja. Horner's music friends feel the loss worldwide. "He left this world pursuing his great personal passion of flying and that he left us a stirring and immeasurable legacy that allows each of us who listen to soar with him in spirit," is noted on his site.  Facebook messages here

 Earth Day & July Celebrations with Pharell  
"The power of music is borderless. It transcends language and brings people of all backgrounds and beliefs together. We use this power to celebrate our planet and protect it from the long-term effects of climate change..." says on 2015 Live Earth website. 
Apple Employees at the Cupertino campus  were made happy celebrating Earth Day with Pharell Williams.   Williams was first person spotted wearing the gold Apple Watch.  Then he went on to send special shout outs to Jimmy Iovine and Eddie Cue. His new single "Freedom" will be available exclusively on Apple Music the day of its launch, June 30th.  Pharrell tweeted and Facebook posted a teaser still image and 15-second preview of the song, something Apple Music's Connect feature is will likely allow users to do to quickly promote their content in a way that ties back to where they can monetize.
Pharell served as 2015 Live Earth's creative director for co-founders
Al Gore and Kevin Wall who revived their eco-friendly worldwide festival leading-up to this year's UN climate change conference in Paris.  Over 100 artists across seven continents were listed for this festival.



Sending belated Father's Day wishes to all you wonderful Dads in studioexpresso community. 

Make it a happy and safe fourth of July.
I feel blessed to be an American and remind myself daily not to take our freedoms for granted.   



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Above:  Geoff Daking of the Blues Magoos who has a new CD out called Psychedelic Resurrection. Daking started playing in the early '60s in Delaware. When still in high school, Daking would travel to New York City on weekends to see Monk and Coltrane with those great drummers like Elvin Jones.
He moved to Greenwich Village in 1966 and joined the Magoos 
Daking Audio has changed the way it brings its American-made equipment to market in order to increase value to the end user. Purchasers of Daking Audio signal processors will benefit from the resulting dramatic price reduction, which applies to all of its products. These include the Daking Mic Pre 1, Mic Pre EQ, Mic Pre 4, FET II compressor, and FET III stereo compressor, plus all of the Daking 500 Series equalizers, compressors, and preamps.

bx_refinement's intuitive controls let you adjust various aspects of the sound with ease. it combines several characteristics found in ultra-musical tube-based equipment to give you an effective tool that is easy to operate with  precise visual feedback. The Harshness Control allows you to eliminate unpleasant high frequencies from complex signals and mixes.


Now at Summer NAMM
July 9-11 Booth 358, 359

 "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.



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Ryn Weaver

The Fool
The Fool CD + Digital Download + Limited Edition Lithograph + AUTOGRAPHED Booklet Bundle

Ryn Weaver is listed among musicians who are making a name for themselves. Coming up with an impressive debut album on Interscope solidifies this claim.  The Fool offers updated production value but not void of originality or rawness.  At times Ryn sounds like she's singing from an Indian reservation "Octahate" and other times she takes you back to flower power era, then back again with a polished sound that ranks with pop and mainstream styles. Her vocals are quirky but unique.  The songs are well written. The album ends with layered "New Constellations." My favorite is the prospective and simple "Traveling Song," an homage to her grandfather and anyone who has lost a dear friend; making you feel the highs and lows. Tears welled up each of the three times I listened. After all, music is all about making us feel. Weaver has succeeded.
The Fool features production by Benny Blanco and Michael Angelakos,  whom Weaver also worked with in the writing of the album. She also worked with British singer-songwriter Charlotte Aitchison, better known by her moniker Charli XCX on the album's first single, "OctaHate". Other contributors include Norwegian producer and musician Cashmere Cat, English musician Charlotte OC and OneRepublic frontman, Ryan Tedder.

Lyrically, The Fool explores topics of romantic relationships, family relationships, self-discovery and self-doubt. On the overlying theme of the album, Weaver stated the following:

"The record poses the question: Is it foolish to settle for what you always thought you wanted as a 22-year-old woman, or is it foolish to go and leave what's so beautiful, stable, and certain? I think that's a question a lot of young women have these days, especially coming from a generation of girls who - in my opinion- have less of a road map. It's not just about being a woman: It's about being a modern human and about fear of commitment," says Weaver.
Watch out, Ryn is here to connect the old to new and stay. She's the new all-American
 girl. You'll be thinking about for some time!

Catch her on the Hypnotize tour beginning June 27. Those of you in LA, Ryn Weaver is at the El Rey on July 13.




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David Bock has now captured the sound of the vintage Neumann U47 tube microphone in the new Bock 407. As with Bock's other products, TransAudio Group will distribute the Bock 407 in the United States.  





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Come check out this powerhouse package, suitable for studio, stage or worship center.  We'll throw in a Leslie Studio 12 (a $1,495 value) when you purchase a complete Hammond XK-3 package (includes bench).  Please call Nelson at 909-599-7899 to schedule an appointment to audition the XK-3
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These Hammond accessory packs include an EXP-20 expression pedal, cables and a Hammond cap (a total value of $300)....and lots of space in the backpack for your stuff, including a laptop computer.  Free with purchase of an SK1-73 or SK-2 during the month of April, 2015.

Featured Hammond Artist

Mike Klooster joins Hammond artists this month and in our spotlight.
klooster is a keyboard player, music composer, and a producer/recording engineer  who has played with Smash Mouth
for the last 14 years and calaborates with many artists. 
Smashmouth released "Walkin' on the Sun" in the 90s followed by three top-ten hits, "All-Star," "Then the Morning Comes," and "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby," which helped their album "Astrolounge" go quadruple platinum. Other hits include "Pacific Coast Party" and "I'm a Believer," which was featured on the "Shrek" soundtrack. 

The band most recently released the album "Magic" and has focused on touring and entertaining troops in Japan, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq.


Klooster recently purchased a Hammon SK2  from CKC in Pasadena  

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2016 TEC Nominations 


 The 2016 TEC Nominating Panel is currently accepting product and studio design project entries for the 31st Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. Product entries must have been released and in commercial use during the eligibility year.*  



The deadline for entries is June 30, 2015.



For more information contact Karen Dunn at (925) 954-8040 or [email protected]



Esteemed Engineer "Matt Forger" & "Invisible Poet Kings" front man Barry Keenan have teamed up & Co-Produce the next "IPK"  single: "Under The Sun" on East Of Sideways Music.

Catch the "Invisible Poet Kings" this summer on their West Coast Dates.
For more info contact: [email protected]

Roberto Carlos

Four-time Latin GRAMMY� winner and GRAMMY� winner Roberto Carlos has been selected as the 2015 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year�. The internationally acclaimed Brazilian performer and singer/songwriter will be honored at a star-studded tribute concert on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the South Pacific Ballroom of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas







Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls "the songwriting competition to take note of," and for a chance to share in over
$150,000 in cash and merchandise.
ISC is one of the largest and most respected songwriting competitions in the world, renowned for having the most prestigious celebrity and industry judges, this year judges include Tom Waits, Hardwell, American Authors, Pat Metheny, Bastille, Sara Evans, Casting Crowns, Boyz II Men, Jean-Luc Ponty, Robben Ford, Danilo Perez, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Justin Townes Earl, to name a few; and executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Tommy Boy, Sony, New West, Concord, and many more.
$30 per song before September 10.

For more information or to enter your songs today, visit:  http://www.songwritingcompetition.com 




Imagine Great Streets LA


LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative challenges you to re-imagine our streets as vibrant public spaces.  In 2015, we're awarding individual applicants up to $20,000 in city funds for projects that propose creative ways of using our Great Streets as public spaces.

Matching funds will be raised in partnership with ioby (In Our Backyard), a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects.

Up to $200,000 will be awarded through the Great Streets Challenge Grant.


June 30, 2015: Deadline to submit application

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