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Musicians and fans came together at NAMM Jan 21-24, 2016.  

The New Year begins with NAMM noise!  The event drew over 100,000 decision-makers and musicians to the Anaheim Convention Center to network and hear the buzz on musicians, instruments, concerts and yes, star-studded panels.
This month we check in music of Oscar, review Spark, hear sounds of a popular game, and drop in a prairie where Americans record. We bring you music from Sundance, a new TV series and more...Thank you for reading.     
As always, big thanks to our 24,000 + readers and studioexpresso's community of studios, composers, arrangers who create music that lives and moves.  Congrats to all of you who have renewed and enjoying work, industry networking and more.. Renew today. Thank you!

l-r: With Trans Audio Group at NAMM 2016

Questlove of the Roots appeared at NAMM
We love Questlove VS Prince anime released earlier this month!  Happy Birthday Love!
In This Issue
The Americans at Prairie Sun
Renew Today...it's 2016!
2016 Grammy Nominee Album
NAMM Noise 2016!
Watch studioexpresso interviews!
studioexpresso on YouTube Chl
Hammond Corner: Visit New Showroom in Monrovia, Cali

An American Epic with The Americans at Prairie Sun
In 2011 The Americans performed at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon and
Jim Toth, accompanying the newlyweds' first dance with a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love." The Americans' music is featured in the Michael Mann-produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and ChloŰ Moretz. The soundtrack includes two original compositions by the band, "Kiss Your Eyes" and "When The Blaze Is Blue." In 2013 The Americans performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in support of their appearance on Hal Willner's Son of Rogue's Gallery (ANTI Records).
The band is also featured in American Epic, a new PBS documentary about early field recordings in America.   The special is, produced by Robert Redford, TBone Burnett and Jack White. Watch the interview with Mark "Mooka" Rennick at Prairie Sun Recording where the boys talk about how they got involved with the film and more...

John Rodd To Mix and Master with ATCs 

Players of EA Star Wars: Battlefront hear Haab's original score throughout most of the game, but the game also segues in and out of parts of John Williams' legendary Star Wars film scores. John Rodd (Eric Clapton, Breaking Bad, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elysium, Batman: Bad Blood, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed) had to make sure that Gordy's original score would fit with the older film scores from both a technical standpoint and, more importantly, from an emotional standpoint. "To fit within the Star Wars universe, Gordy Haab's music had to sound lush and huge, exciting and dramatic," Rodd said. "The recordings took place at Abbey Road's largest studio, and part of my task was always striking the perfect balance between the room mics and the spot mics. If only the room mics were utilized then the music would sound too far away. The spot mics add presence and detail, but if they become too loud, the recording loses its grandeur and falls out of balance. It loses its depth."
Rodd emphasized that his cinematic and gaming work takes a different mindset compared with that of a classical recording that is meant to stand on its own. It has to effectively coexist with dialog and sound effects, which require different considerations. "I had to think about the big picture for EA Star Wars: Battlefront¬," he said. "Clarity is paramount. A lot of my work involves tiny surgical adjustments to clear away frequencies that are masking or diminishing important elements. Getting the right balance of clarity and size is difficult, and it requires profoundly accurate monitoring."
He continued, "I find that my ATC 150s are very revealing and honest. ATC is legendary for its midrange quality, and I rely on my ATC 150s to help make all the tiny sonic decisions that add up to a compelling mix. They're brutally honest, which is a good thing! If something actually sounds glorious, then it will sound glorious on my 150s. If something is slightly amiss, it will sound wrong on my 150s. There's no guessing; ATC gives me the whole picture. Moreover, that truthfulness guarantees that a great sound in my studio will translate well to any other system. As a result, I'm able to work with 100% confidence."

Abbey Road Studios sport ATC SCM25A Pro monitors in their control rooms.  You could say this historic rooms have the pulse on innovation and cool gear. 
ATC is a story about innovation. It's about one man named Billy Woodman, who spent his young working life as an engineer working side by side with the greatest speaker engineers of his day. Billy would go on to found ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company in England, to try and keep the ideas and the inventions coming when the rest of the industry decided it wanted to cut costs instead.
For more information on  ATCs contact  Brad Lunde at www.transaudiogroup.com  or call  702-365-5155.


Trans Audio Group Introduces the Boutique Analog Compressor 
TransAudio Group, Bettermaker's U.S. distributor, introduced the path breaking Bettermaker C502V at the AES's 139th Convention earlier this year in New York City. Like the rest of Bettermaker's catalog - which in just a few short years has earned numerous TEC, Resolution, and Prosound award nominations and wins, the C502V combines a boutique analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right) with intuitive, musical controls and complete parameter recall and automation from a linked DAW-based plug-in - high-end analog sound paired with a superior digital workflow. The C502V is the first compressor from Bettermaker, although with three distinct VCA flavors in one 500-series chassis, it could just as easily be described as the first three compressors from Bettermaker! Stereo, dual mono, or M/S modes, as well as USB or analog side-chain with adjustable high-pass filtering and "look ahead" functionality expand the C502V's universe of possibilities.

Plug Me In

Andrew Scheps Enhancing Guitars with Plugins

You can't escape producer/engineer/mixer circles without running into Andrew Scheps. But then, why would you want to? Every time you bump into Scheps online, in music or even in person, you're probably learning something new about the art of audio production, listening to a master product or just conversing with a really nice, down-to-earth guy.  Scheps has #1 credits from a who's who list in music: Adele, Beyonce, Hozier, Jennifer Nettles, Metallica, Neil Diamond, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Ziggy Marley-the list goes from A to Jay-Z.
Read the PlugIN interview with Andrew Scheps where he explains enhancing guitars with vocal tools, saturating single frequency bands and the plugins he grabs when a mix needs some extra love. 
PlugIn Alliance unwrapped four plugin bundles for the 2016 NAMM show and   users gathered at a post-NAMM event at the Thom Thom Club earlier this week to preview what's NEW! Here's a link to what's hot in bundles, Channel Strips, Dynamics, Equilizers, yes, Guitar, Reverb/Delay and whole lotta' tools you can use in your studio or mastering suite.

bx_console takes in-the-box mixing to a new level of analog realism using Brainworx's new Tolerance Modeling Technology.

Gate your tracks and unlock your mind with this useful, incredibly innovative and creative tool.
  This incredible plugin does everything you ever wanted a delay to do, as well as a myriad of things you never imagined a delay could.

Trans Audio Group 

studioexpresso Presents Producers at NAMM
l-r: Larry Klein, Peter Asher, Claris Sayadian-Dodge of studioepxresso, Rafa Sardina, Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group. Photo: CandaceK
Music producers are faced with an increasing number of details as they set the course and steer artist development at labels and independently.  The world- class panel presented by PlugIn Alliance, Trans Audio Group and studioexpresso featured: Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot, Herbie Hancock) and Rafa Sardina (Placido Domingo, Estopa, Katherine Jenkins).  
"It's really hard to cover the body of work this amazing group has given us in one hour! "A big part of their success is the professional network and experience they bring to any project. They offer a high IQV (integrity, quality and versatility) and they also are experts at mixing what I call ATCs (art + technology + commerce),"  says the presenter Claris Sayadian-Dodge who co-moderated with Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group.
studioexpresso also presented a panel on Orchestrating A Jazz Session with Luis Conte (Dave Mathews Band, James Taylor, Clare Fischer), Brent Fischer  (Usher, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Michael Jackson) and  Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan)
Winners from Technical and Creative nominees were announced at the 31st Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS held on January 23 in Anaheim, Calif. Comedian and host Sinbad brought the laughs as top honors were spread across various platforms including television, film, touring and more. Creative winners included everything from the sound production team behind HBO's popular Game of Thrones series to the producers of James Taylor's latest album Before This World. Projects tied to the Foo Fighters' eighth album Sonic Highways were also awarded double honors for event sound and remote production (recording).
Don Was, one of music's most significant artists and executives, received the evening's highest honor, the Les Paul award. Mr. Was ended the night and his own celebration with a live music performance that included his former Was (Not Was) band's catchy hit "Walk the Dinosaur."
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter along with Record Plant's Chris Stone and the late Gary Kellgren became the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. Baxter, a founding member of Steely Dan, took to the stage for a set that included the group's famous track "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." The band was joined by Hammond Hall of Fame artist, Dr Lonnie Smith, CJ Vanston and MD, Larry Batiste. For the complete list of winners click here

Music for Oscar  
Here are the nominees... 

Music: Original Song 
"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph; Lyric by Anohni

"Simple Song #3" from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang
"Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga  

"Writing's On The Wall" from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Music: Original Score   

Bridge of Spies
Thomas Newman

Carter Burwell

The Hateful EightEnnio

Jˇhann Jˇhannsson

Songwriter Spotlight: J Ralph 
His music has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, reaching the No. 1 spot on the billboard top 100 charts in over 22 countries. His professional career began as a teenager and was quickly signed to Atlantic Records in one of the biggest deals ever granted to a new recording artist.  Founder of music production company The Rumor Mill, J Ralph is THE "go-to producer of documentary film scores" and by Indiewire as "Perhaps the best documentary composer working today." Over the last 7 years, J. Ralph has written and produced the music for 6 of the Oscar« winning/nominated films including MAN ON WIRE (2009), THE COVE (2010) HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2012), CHASING ICE (2013), FINDING VIVAN MAIER (2015) and VIRUNGA (2015).  For his contribution to Chasing Ice, he received an Oscar« nomination for Best Original Song with "BEFORE MY TIME" performed by SCARLETT JOHANSSON and JOSHUA BELL.  In the history of the Academy Awards«, it remains one of only four songs from a documentary ever to be nominated for an Oscar«.  
Ralph produced the 2014 Oscar« nominated song "THE MOON SONG" performed by Karen O and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend while accompanying the duo on guitar, from the Academy Award winning film HER directed by Spike Jonze.    Ralph's studio "The Theater" (by appointment only and not open to the public)
is one of the last grand recording spaces left in the united states at 10,000 sq feet with 50 foot ceilings.  It has several recording rooms all custom built around rare collection of vintage recording equipment, microphones and instruments, all of which which make up one of the largest and rarest collections in the world.   

Bettermaker, the Poland-based maker of high-end analog equalizers with plug-in control and recall, earned two nominations: one for the Bettermaker EQ502P 500 series module and one for the Bettermaker EQ232P MKII rack-mount.

Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, which incorporates different analog character circuitry and variable saturation, and Tube-Tech HLT 2A, which pairs high and low shelving with an innovative "tilt" midrange filter, earned nominations as well. Finally, ATC earned a nomination for the ATC SCM45A, three-way compact near-field monitor with unparalleled midrange fidelity. The winners will be determined by online voting via Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and Electronic Musician and via professional audio and sound production organizations. 

"All of these nominations go to inventor-owned companies, the kind of companies where innovation is king. We're proud to have these exciting new products recognized with TEC Award nominations," said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. It's easy to imagine that there's nothing new under the sun in the world of pro audio, or that anything new is a gimmick, but that's simply not the case. The sound quality of Bettermaker's equalizers would have earned TEC nominations by itself, but the fact that their fully-analog circuitry can be recalled and automated via a plug-in interface has obvious advantages in a modern workflow. The Drawmer 1978 and the Tube-Tech HLT 2A prove that traditional compressor and equalizer topologies are not the only way to inspire fantastic mixes. Taking a different tack, ATC's SCM45A gives engineers a beefier three-way ATC nearfield with fidelity that ensures mixes will translate outside of the studio. Obviously, we encourage folks to cast their votes for these innovative tools!" adds Lunde.
Auratones Make A NAMM Debut!

Perfected by Jack Wilson in his California garage in 1958, the Tec nominated Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting, and motion picture industries for its unfailing ability to represent mixes as they will so often appear in the "real world" - on small-format, zero-crossover loudspeakers. At this past AES Convention in New York City TransAudio Group relaunched the Auratone Sound Cubes. And now they are making their NAMM debut. And what's more, Auratone will be inducted into the TEC Award Hall of Fame at this year's show. We couldn't be prouder for our new line! Learn more here 
For more information on Auratones, Bettermaker EQ232P MKII, Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor,Tube-Tech HLT 2A and  ATC SCM45A For the latest info on Tube-Tech contact  Brad Lunde at www.transaudiogroup.com  or call  702-365-5155.

 Trans Audio Group  
tag crew
l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group    
 For the latest info contact   
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 sales@transaudiogroup.com

Celebrating 2016 Grammy Nominees    
D'Angelo & The Vanguard, Really Love, Black Messiah  - Record of the Year!
Brent Fischer (arranger/orchestrator); Rafa Sardina (engineer) 

Tuesday, Feb 9th 8:00-9:30 pm 

Join Us at Typhoon for Dinner and Sushi by Chef Katsu!   3221 Donald Douglas Loop South  Santa Monica, CA 90405-3213 
$10 cover I reservation suggested: 310 390 6565
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 ).


John Legend, who together with his songwriting partner Common won an Oscar last year for Best Original Song "Glory" from Selma, is a civil rights activist whose multi-platinum selling music has inspired fans across the globe.
Now the nine-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, together with Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, are executive-producing Underground, TV series.  Get Lifted is also overseeing the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series (which will include Hip Hop).  Underground stars Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Leverage, Turn) as Noah, a restless slave who organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon plantation to plan an escape.
Get Lifted joined creators/executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and executive producer Akiva Goldsman on the scripted original series from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios. Underground is currently in production in Baton Rouge, for a season premiere on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. 

Sundance Music Sampler Via ASCAP Cafe 
Music and film go together like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. For 18 years, the Sundance ASCAP Music CafÚ has celebrated this timeless alliance by bringing live music to the heart of the Sundance Film Festival. Here's a short sampling from who will be playing today, Friday Jan 29.
Genevieve  began as the singer in the rock band from Chicago, Company of Thieves. When the band ended Genevieve wasted no time getting to work on new material. The result is Genevieve's debut EP Show Your Colors - a triumphant collection of songs that focus on the power of celebrating one's true self.
With his unforgettable melodies and stories spun out by disturbing, compelling narrators, Freedy Johnston was soon mentioned in the same breath as John Prine and Randy Newman. Johnston's most recent album, 2015's Neon RepairmanProduced by the legendary Butch Vig (Green Day, Nirvana), the album wooed radio listeners with its hit single, "Bad Reputation."

Thirteen years since they first began playing together in their native Oklahoma,  Other Lives (Jesse Tabish, Josh Onstott and Jonathon Mooney) ventured westward, settling in Portland, Oregon to record Rituals, their hypnotic new album.

January Giants RIP
David Bowie . Natalie Cole . Glenn Frey ...

Glen Frey gave us Hotel California. David Bowie imagined life on Mars and made us dance and Natalie Cole was simply unforgettable.  We also remember
Pierre Boulez, classical composer and conductor, Mot÷rhead's Lemmy Kilmister, and  Paul Kantner, founding member and guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and Starship.  The music world has lost a long list of giants this month.
Isolar, singular, larger than life, these artists moved their generation and likely future ones to come. Their music will always be in our hearts, and on our playlists. They were reliable narrators who mixed art, sound, pictures, dreams with human mischief, grace, and fun. They lived and moved.

Visconti Keynote at SXSW

 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 18ABCD
Tony Visconti (Thin Lizzy, U2, The Alarm, and Morrissey) is the opening keynote at SXSW on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 18ABCD of the the Austin Convention Center. The South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival is a six-day event held this year March 15 - 20 in Austin, Texas.  
Visconti worked on David Bowie's "Young Americans" and "Heroes" and
recently co-produced David Bowie's Blackstar CD. He also co-produced Esperanza Spalding's upcoming Concord release Emily's D+Evolution, and Daphne Guinness's Optimist in Black.
His autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins UK) is an evocative overview of Visconti's life, musical beginnings, and adventures in London with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, and more.
Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin album earning Visconti his first Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.
Little Simz, 21 UK

Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar says Simz "might just be the illest doing it right now."
He may be right. Her debut album, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons, out last year; the song "Dead Body" (a mediation on humanity's inherent imperfections) peaked at No 10 on the Billboard and twitter Emerging Artists chart. This month she's listed with 30 under 30 at Forbes.  The Award-winning North London born rapper and musician who has made her mark on a global scale with a series of critically acclaimed mixtapes and EPs, earning her global accolade as she soon became tipped to watch by the likes of VEVO, Red Bull, and BBC amongst many, landing her nominations for a bevy of awards including BET, MOBO and Worldwide Awards (where she scooped up the Breakthrough Artist Of The Year trophy).
"I'm in the best place in life right now. I finished my album, A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons, I've signed to myself and got my own label - AGE 101: Music and I'm a very fortunate position where I'm able to put the album out on my own terms. This is an album without singles, it's a complete body of work, a concept album," says Little Simz. Take note!

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The Americans at Prairie Sun Reording

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released a new track, "Nobody Dies." The song is the first single off the band's upcoming album, A Man Alive, due out March 4th via Ribbon.   It's become our soundtrack for January, in honor of music's fallen giants. T&TGDSD were billed with the Decemberists on New Year's Eve concert on Dec 31, '15 at the Masonic.   Look for Thao Nguyen on tour
and more coming from this modern + retro punk poet.

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The 2016 Grammy Nominees is released on Republick/Universal Records. The album  features 21 GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs from the world's biggest superstars and hottest emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd, as well as Best New Artist nominees Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor. 
Each 2016 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique code for a chance to play the GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be used at 2016GRAMMYAlbum.com for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards« in 2017 or a second-place prize of an official GRAMMY Awards T-shirt.* 
A portion of the proceeds from album sales will benefit the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation« and MusiCares Foundation« - two Recording Academy-affiliated charitable organizations.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Monday, Feb. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

D'Angelo & The Vanguard
Black Messiah
"Really Love"
Record of The Year
Producers: D'Angelo, Questlove, BF 
Brent Fischer, Arranger,
Rafa Sardina, Engineer

Full list of Nominations here

Telarc I Concord Records

Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara. When you listen to Hiromi play live... her arrangement of Pachelbel's  "Canon in D" or a duet with Chic Corea... you realize she has the spark.  Be it classical, avant-garde or jazz she mixes skill with magic only to Entertain!
On April 1 comes another great collaboration. Nine instrumentals penned by Hiromi are on her new album, appropriately called, Spark.
Spark showcases  Hiromi's Trio Project with sweeping narrative and emotive content.
The pianist finds her own spark in the interaction with her triomates of the last five years, beloved contra bass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, The O'Jays) and legendary drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, David Gilmour, Judas Priest, Toto, Jack Bruce). 
Hiromi wants to take you on a journey, even put you in a trance, then "what will be, will be," says Hromi. "There's no limit. It can go on as long as Hiromi wants to," says Jackson. "A trio is a powerful number. It can be incredibly strong and creative in absence of a weak link," says Phillips.  There are no weak links or limits on this album.  You hear musicianship at its best. Listen and feel the spark! The tour withe the trio project starts in NY at the Highline Ballroom March 30, 2016.

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.


Orchestrating A Jazz Panel at NAMM 2016 

l-r: Luis Conte. Brent Fischer , Al Schmitt at NAMM moderated by Claris Sayadian-Dodge  of studioexpresso and Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group. 





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PlugIn Alliance announces Accusonus ERA-D, The first restoration Plugin that simultaneously removes noise and reverbration with patented single or multi-channel joint de-noise and de-reverberation plugin
ERA-D is the product of 10 person-years of R&D and comes after more than 30 scientific papers and technology book chapters.   
Available now in AAX native, VST2, VST3 and AU formats for Mac OS 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or 8, ERA-D will change your view of audio restoration for $299 MSRP, distributed through Plugin Alliance. All Plugin Alliance products are available for fully-functional 14-day demos from a single downloadable installer. Watch the demo here





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ATC SCM45A 3-way compact near-field monitor  

 "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, 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," says Brad Lunde of www.transaudiogroup.com 

Ben Lilly of ATC 

Brad Lunde with Dave Hill 
New Album from Oui'3   
(l-r): Oui'3: Billy Wiseman, Lou Castro, Cleto Escobedo III, Jim Xavier

Oui'3 combines rock, improvisational classic jazz and world music. Their 2016 release will feature musical guest: "Jimmy Kimmel Live" band leader and saxophonist: Cleto Escobedo III, from "Cleto and The Cletones".
For Media & Booking contact Danny Warren at warrenmediaandmarketing@yahoo.com or visit: oui3.com

 Subwoofer Pros Join Trans Audio Group
NAMM 2016 
The folks behind TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of boutique, high-end, professional audio recording equipment have filled an unmet need in high-end control rooms for music and film.

Primed for its first public appearance at Winter NAMM (January 21 - 24, Anaheim, California), SUBWOOFER PROS  provides subwoofers with best-in-class bass response and functionality for mission-critical recording and mixing environments. Subwoofer Pros' first two products, STUDIO 12 and STUDIO 18 use a 400W integrated amplifier to deliver precise linear performance down to 8Hz at SPLs of 105dB and 113dB, respectively. A comprehensive set of inputs, outputs, and bass management protocols allow both subs to optimally integrate with an enormous range of existing professional monitoring setups.   Learn more here 


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Featured Hammond Artist    
One of the highlights of the TEC Awards this year was to hear Dr Lonnie Smith jam with the Don Was all-star band. Hammond hall of famer, Smith enjoys a 50-year career.
Dr. Lonnie "The Turbinator" has re-defined the language of Jazz Organ.
His performances can leap from barely audible pastel textures to incendiary passages closer to hard rock than bebop.
His intense visage belies a keen sense of humor and joy, casting each of his shows in an almost cinematic light. A master of contrast and rhythm, Dr. Lonnie uses the Hammond more orchestrally than any other jazz organist, and always makes room for the funk. Unique, fascinating, and inspiring, indeed!  Meet more Hammond artists  
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Brent Fischer stops by Alfred Publishing booth at NAMM
Music of Clare Fischer is now available in US via Alfred.




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