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Chris Fogel on Creed
Republic Records Spotlight: Grace Mitchell
Why Binaural Vogue Again
LA Artists at SXSW
Subwoofer Pros
Meet Hammond Artist Kyle Flynn


Creed is the seventh installment in the Rocky series. It's been a knockout in the box office, and critics are raving about the movie's refreshing exploration of new territory - while remaining true to the series' roots. Indeed, Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rocky Balboa, his first Academy Award nomination since he was nominated for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for the original Rocky. Swedish composer Ludwig G�ransson (below) wrote the musical score for Creed and veteran audio engineer Chris Fogel (above) recorded and mixed it. Although Fogel brings a well-curated and diverse set of professional audio engineering tools to bear on everything he works on, his reliance on the TransAudio Group-distributed ATC SCM25A Pro near-field monitors and A-Designs Pacifica mic preamps and A-Designs Reddi DI is notable and exemplified by Creed's astounding recording.

G�ransson composed Creed's score on ATC SCM25A Pro monitors, which dovetailed nicely with Fogel's use of ATC monitors. Without question, Fogel made sure ATCs were present at every session. "ATC's reliable clarity, spatial imaging, and clean, extensive high-end are remarkable," he said. "When I listen on any other monitor and then come back to the ATCs, it's like someone took a blanket off of things. A cloud lifts, and the ATCs reveal everything. That makes me work harder, but in a good way because I know it means I'm actually getting everything right. And once it's right on the ATCs, it translates to every other loudspeaker." Fogel asserts that ATCs are becoming the monitoring standard in the world of audio for film, and whether a studio has ATCs is one of his first questions. "If they have ATCs, great, I know anything I do on them will be correct; otherwise I know I have to bring my own," he said. Between his Glendale, California-based Hyperion Sound and the composers of ELBO Studios, Fogel and his associates have three pairs of ATC SCM25A Pros in constant use.

Although Fogel calls on the Pacifica preamps when he's mic'ing a bass instrument, he used the A-Designs Reddi DI for the orchestral basses and for electric basses in the non-orchestral sessions for Creed. "Last year, we did a DI shootout with the amazing and popular LA-session bassist Michael Valerio," he said. "We had a half-dozen of the most respected DIs in the industry. We worked with acoustic bass, which is one of the toughest things to get right in a DI. With everything else, we could clearly hear that the top end was being pinched or folded in - and that effect ranged from horrible to acceptable in the different DIs. But the A-Designs Reddi destroyed them all. It wasn't subtle at all. The Reddi's top end was open and clean; nothing else could hold a candle to it! Of course, the Reddi shined on Creed."

For more information on  ATC SCM50ASL   contact  Brad Lunde at  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.

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

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Trans Audio Group 
Julius Dobos:
 Remembering The Future  
Plug Me In 

Hungarian-American composer Julius Dobos is best known for his electronic, psybient, ambient and early electro-orchestral music releases worldwide, and for his music produced for major motion pictures, such as "You Don't Mess with the Zohan", "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and television programs (DragonBall Z, NCIS) in Europe and in the United States.
With eight album releases, including a platinum album and the popular "Mountain Flying", he became the first Central-European composer of large-scale electronic/orchestral music to receive international attention. Under his moniker forgotten future, Julius is currently working on a four-part concept album series, with the first piece being released in 2015. While most describe his music as "organic electronic", Julius never fails to surprise his worldwide audience with melodic approaches and uniquely designed sonic textures, which guarantee a musical experience that is well, out of this world!
Watch the full Plug In Alliance interview here 


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.
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.
TransAudio Group relaunched the Auratone Sound Cubes.  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  or call  702-365-5155.

 Trans Audio Group  
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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]

July 28-July 31, 2016 � Grant Park, Chicago 
September 10th & 11th  Lolla Berlin, Treptower Park

Bands announced for Chicago to-date: Radio Head, Red Hot Chillie Peppers, Snails, Lettuce, Zhu and 

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 ).

LA Artists Making Buzz At SXSW   
Avid Dancer Jacob Dillian Summers, better know as Avid Dancer, is not tall and skinny like your average rock star. Raised in a cloistered Christian home, Summers started out as a drummer without a single secular influence.
He went on to grab top honors in one of the world's biggest drumline competitions, found himself a home with the Marines and at last moved to the west coast with dreams of becoming a rock star. He released his first song titled "Stop Playing With My Heart" in 2013 and hasn't stopped since.  People sometimes compare him to Morrissey. Summers describes his music psychedelic pop. We found it to be far more alternative pop rock. Just listen to "I Feel It." Summers opens for bands like Warpaint and has a record deal with Grand Jury, an imprint from Fat Possum.  Jacob has a relaxed style and outlook on life that's simply contageous like his music in "Stop Playing With My Heart."   
Corners Meet the Corners: Racy Bryant, Billy Changer, Jeff Ertitti, Cobian Suelo. Their East Coast + Canada Tour starts on April 30th. Sorry we missed your February concert and super limited glow in the dark t-shirts at The Teragram Ballroom, LA!
This space age post punk rockers will get you on the dance floor. Call it California garage surf Los Angeles...whatever they have a solid sound that says I want to hear more!

Casey Veggies is an American hip hop recording artist from Inglewood, California. At the age of 14, Casey Jones, better known by his stage name Casey Veggies, released his first mixtape. Since 2007, he has released five independent mixtapes under LA clothing and management company Peas & Carats. His most recent mixtape, Fresh Veggies, was released on December 16, 2013. His debut studio album, Live & Grow, was released on September 2015.

Dead Sera Singer Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley front Los Angeles' Dead Sara - an electrifying four-piece rock band that includes bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday. Medley's monster guitar riffs and Armstrong's  wailing vocals. Dead Sara has continued to earn the respect of some of the biggest artists in rock and roll over the last two years. In an interview with Fuse in 2013, Dave Grohl simply stated, "Dead Sara should be the next biggest rock band in the world." Dead Sera has great live reviews too, including their appearance this month at SXSW. During their 2013 U.S. tour with Muse, Chicago Music Monthly stated that "Dead Sara is an example of everything that is right with rock and roll. Last December the band toured UK and Glasgow, Scotland. Dead Sera invite you to join the Dedicated!

The Two Tens You may have heard "Sweet As Pie" on an episode of Shameless!   
After releasing two EPs of hyperkinetic power-pop, singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx headed to SXSW from LA to show off The two Ten duo with a debut of a three-song outing titled "Volume 1."
Nothing over-thought or overwrought here: The Two Tens serve up lightning-quick garage rock that turns the clock back to first-wave punk.

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Experience Binaural

Binaural experience is at ceter stage again, largely due to popularity of virtual reality games. Imagine. Listening to an album by your favorite band and feel like you're with them in the studio or in the front seat of their concert.
Hear a bird flying over your head or hear a whisper in one ear. And if you record a band, you'll hear it exactly as the band was positioned when playing. In 1933, AT&T Bell Laboratories brought binaural audio to the Chicago World's Fair. The acoustics research department of the company created a mechanical dummy, which it named Oscar, with microphones placed on its cheeks in front its ears. For decades, binaural recording was a novelty, but with the rise of virtual reality hardware like the Oculus Rift, Sony's Morpheus, and Samsung's Gear - systems dependent on realistic 3D audio to fully immerse their users - binaural audio is on the cusp of a renaissance.  Radiohead did it in the studio. Tom York playing piano in the studio just for you! Watch Beck concert (David Campbell directing) reimagines David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision'
Binaural recording systems are unique because they emulate the workings of the human head. The architecture of our anatomy dictates how we understand the sounds we hear: with an ear on either side of a thick skull and spongy brain, we hear sounds enter our left and right ears at different times. Binaural recording takes the stereo method one step further by placing two microphones in ear-like cavities on either side of a stand or dummy head. Because the dummy head recreates the density and shape of a human head, these microphones capture and process sound exactly as it would be heard by human ears, preserving interaural cues. The effect is best experienced over headphones, with a clear distinction between left and right perspectives. It's a simple concept, but when done with high-quality microphones and played over equally high-quality headphones, the effect is eerie: it fools the brain into believing it's hearing the sounds firsthand. Visit The Binaural Sessions with 3D Sound - Binaural Recording of a Musical Performance with Peter and Kerry here
The Verge's Ryan Manning uses 3Dio's Free Space microphones to take you on a crazy audio tour through Times Square, New York here 

Art of Hillary

Trust or Experience. That is the question when it comes to US Presidential elections 2016. For one artist, Sarah Sole, the answer is art of Hillary. Which is more sureal, the art of Sole or the political drama unfolding? The best is yet to come!

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After years in the trenches, mic'ing orchestral instruments this way and that, Fogel finds that his recordings work best when he lets the orchestra do its job. Although he is careful to include necessary spot mics, most of the sound that makes it to the final mix is coming from room mics on the entire orchestra or on individual sections. Given the fact that relatively few mics comprise the lion's share of the sound, the mic selection and signal path is critical. For Creed, Fogel used two 2-channel A-Designs Pacifica mic preamps for the percussion section and part of the brass section (which are, incidentally, the best brass recordings he's ever made by his own judgment!). "The A-Designs Pacifica is a unique beast, and it would be one of my 'desert island' picks if I could only have a few pieces of gear," he said. "The Pacifica is excellent on instruments with a lot of attack, and it really gets the meat of an instrument."


Grace Mitchell
Republic Records

At 18, Grace recommends K&F Clinton Street Coffee House and in one of her YouTube posts where she plays a tour guide for some other cool spots in her home town of Oregon. 
Grace started playing guitar since she was 10.  YouTube fans discovered her in 2014 with her edgy cover of the Hall & Oates' classic "Maneater" for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Shortly after, she released her first EP, Design. Indie-pop song, Nolo is on her new EP, Raceday. Her mature voice wraps around the subject of teen love and heartbreak with a light heart. Last week she was at 
SXSW's Neon Gold Showcase at Barracuda and next she wants to play at the Crystal ballroom.  She's this months spotlight artist from Republic Records.

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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 

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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

Los Angeles based Kyle Flynn is a professional pianist/organist and touring member of the band Father John Misty, his relationship with keyboard instruments has had it's ups and downs. His mother might tell you that as a child, Kyle had to be dragged kicking and screaming to his classical piano lessons. Kyle is not proud of this. In his defense, his favorite band at that particular time, Metallica, didn't feature a lot of piano.  Eventually he made a deal with his parents: if he continued with piano through the 9th grade, they would help him buy an electric guitar (preferably one with cool-looking, pointy ends). So, Kyle stuck it out - and he actually took it seriously. Because if there was one thing he hated more than being forced into piano lessons, it was public embarrassment. And since group recitals were part of the lessons deal, Kyle had to practice... a lot. Finally, Kyle hit high school and dropped the piano like a bad habit. Soon, he was having a really nice time playing guitar in bands of various genres all over Seattle (where he grew up). But, he began to notice something: there were a lot of really, really good guitar players out there. Like, an excessive amount. You couldn't throw a rock without hitting someone shredding. (Kyle would like to point out that he's no slouch on the guitar either). He also began to notice something else: people kept asking him if he could play piano. So, Kyle, having taken intro to econ. in college and thus understanding (sort of) the properties of supply and demand, began playing a little less guitar and a little more piano. Then, even less guitar and even more piano.
Until, one day, much to Kyle's surprise, he was touring the world with a diverse assortment of bands on big labels like Columbia Records and Universal... and he was playing keys. To top it all off, while Kyle was opportunistically filling the Seattle rock scene's piano player void, he had slowly but surely fallen in love with anything that used black and white keys to make noise. The only person more shocked by this flip flop than Kyle was his mother (who still shoots Kyle "I told you so" looks every once and a while). If his parents were so on point re: the piano, what else could they have been right about?
So, to summarize: in one of life's many ironic twists, Kyle has kept a roof over his head for the last decade by playing (and loving) the very instrument he vehemently shunned as a child. He still likes Metallica though.
Kyle is a big B3 fan and has found the Sk1 an incredible boon to his touring setup as it is extremely portable and sounds like a million bucks. "It's truly a pleasure to have Kyle in our Hammond family and support his keyboard needs," says Nelson Dodge of Church Keyboard in Monrovia.

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This book will inspire anyone who has worked in a studio or plans to do so. Producer, author and music journalist, Howard Massey via Hal Leonard brings us "The Great British Recording Studios" (hardcover: $25.50 on amazon) with a beautiful forward written by the late and great Sir George Martin. It chronicles the deep cultural impact studios like Abbey Road, AIR and Olympic have had on technology and creation of music
and recording as we know it! Landmark records by The Beatles, The Who,
The Rolling Stones, and many others are documented with studio photos,  layouts, technical breakdown and over 100 memories from artists and production staff alike. The book makes a perfect gift for the techno geek in your world who will enjoy reading about   many sought-after gear and technical references. After all, the British Studios, artists and technicians together have shaped the course of modern recording.  Massey is also the author of sixteen books, including the two collections of interviews entitled "Behind The Glass Volumes I and II" and more recently he has written his first novel, "Roadie," (Inspired by the true story of Rolling Stones founding member Ian Stewart, who was fired by the group's first manager because he didn't look like a rock star) available at 


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