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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.
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Michael Bishop, Pharell Williams & The Dallas Symphony Come Together
The Surround Sound of Happy with ATCs
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra commissioned pop artist Pharrell Williams to compose a piece that he called "Rules of the Game" that also involves dance, sculpture, and video. Bishop crammed into the pit with a 28-piece chamber orchestra augmented by a hip-hop rhythm section, triggered samples, and an unusually heavy dose of percussion instruments. Of the session's 72 tracks, 24 were devoted to percussion! Arranger and composer David Campbell, who has done similar work with Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and others, led the effort.
Michael Bishop's passion for breathtaking recordings has earned him ten Grammy wins in a career that has spanned nearly 45 years. He served as the Chief Recording Engineer for Telarc Records from 1988 up until 2008.
When Concord Music Group closed Telarc's in-house production team, Bishop partnered in Five/Four Productions, Ltd. with two of his former Telarc colleagues, Robert Friedrich and Thomas Moore.
A tireless advocate of cutting-edge technologies, Bishop was experimenting with 24-bit, 192kHz recording when most engineers were still coming to terms with 16-bit, 44.1kHz and has since moved on to record/release in DTS, SACD, and now DSD. Since 1999, Bishop has relied on ATC monitors to reveal all of the minute details that cumulatively add up to a world-class recording. Three of his most recent projects include the recording of two new pieces by Jonathan Leshnoff performed by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, a traditional multi-track studio session with Eighth Blackbird, and the hip-hop/orchestral fusion of Pharrell William's collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. watch it here
Bishop traveled to Atlanta's Woodruff Symphony Hall - a space where he has recorded nearly one hundred times - to create the world-premier recording of Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 2 and Zohar. Although he's never been one to create "documentary-style" recordings, Bishop is riding the leading edge of the wave that is moving traditional classical recordings in the direction of movie soundtracks. "There's a lot more activity on the engineer's part," he said. "The audience is expecting more detail and color, and modern composers are writing pieces that really require the microphone technique needed to capture all of the details, actions, and interactions."
Amazingly, Bishop mixed all 28 microphones on stage down to a stereo mix live in the moment that he recorded using DSD technology at 11.2MHz, or 256 times greater than the benchmark CD rate (44.1kHz x 256 = 11,200kHz!!!). As always, he brought his ATC SCM150ASL monitors. "The ATCs play a crucial role," he said. "I'm making all of my recording, mixing, and mastering decisions right there, and it is thus paramount that I have an accurate image of every detail. Moreover, the 150s have the size and presence to give the producer and conductor a true impression of the recorded piece, which closes the feedback loop and gets us to a winning take with all due speed." At a session cost of $300 per minute for the orchestra, that's obviously important. Direct-to-stereo mixes have always been a hallmark of Bishop's work over the past few decades so that it's second nature.
"With ATCs, I'm able to make, say, a one-inch change in the angle of a microphone and really hear its effect," Bishop said. "Most monitors gloss over that kind of detail, but those Eighth Blackbird are the details that add up to a great recording. Moreover, every ATC loudspeaker, from the 20s to the 300s, provides that same consistent level of detail." Indeed, Bishop tracked on ATC SCM25A nearfield monitors at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, where he recently recorded the Chicago-based avant-garde ensemble Eighth Blackbird performing pieces written by five different contemporary composers for their Hand-Eye release on Cedille Records. "Eighth Blackbird was closer to a modern studio session, with the backbones of songs laid down, and followed by overdubs and manipulations of the recorded material as dictated by the composers."
Bishop and longtime collaborator and former Telarc producer Elaine Martone were under pressure to work quickly. "The detail revealed by the ATCs greatly aided our decision making process and enabled us to make good decisions on the spot. With any recording session, there are a million things to worry about and manage," he said. "ATC's consistency and truth remove one of the most potentially damaging variables - we're confident that what we're hearing is the truth. That puts Elaine in a comfortable place and lets her focus on the musical aspects. She doesn't have to question what she's hearing."
"Working in the pit is the pits," Bishop laughed. "We were jammed in there, and I had to mic everything very closely. Everyone was on in-ear monitors so that they could stay in time with pre-recorded samples. It was pretty uncomfortable." Back in the friendlier environs of the Five/Four studio, Bishop is mixing the performance on his 5.1 set of ATC SCM150ASLs. "The turnaround is tight because the dance company needs the recording for performances without a live orchestra," he explained. "As always, the ATCs make it easy to mix and know that my work will translate to any system whatsoever. Since moving to ATC seventeen years ago, I've never been surprised by what a mix sounds like on a different system."
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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.
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.
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American Voices Rising
Demi Lovato, Paul Simon
, and Boyz 2 Men were among the celebrity acts performing at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention
in Philadelphia. The theme for opening night was "United Together."
Lovato who talked about her recovery from drugs performed her hit "Confident."
Lovato, 23, and an advocate for mental health and addiction, gave a speech in support of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
, and was met with supportive applause. Lovato has also supported numerous anti-bullying organizations. In 2012, she was named the ambassador for Secret's "Mean Stinks," an anti-bullying campaign to inspire students to "gang up for good."
Demi, Lovato's fourth album on Hollywood Records released on May 14, 2013, is her most personal album to date as Demi co-wrote nearly every song on the album, along with a team of top producers and writers (TheSUSPEX (Mitch Allan & Jason Evigan), Priscilla Renea, Ryan Tedder, Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Ali Tamposi, The Monsters & Strangerz, Jonas Jeberg, Anne Preven, and Matt Rad.) The album debuted at #3 in the U.S., making it her fourth top ten debuting album. It has already reached #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries since its debut. Lovato who collaborated on an innovative nail line, and continues to support charities close to her heart, began her "Future Now
" tour co-headlining with Nick Jonas. Alicia Keys
took the stage sans makeup with 10 million people watching her emotional performance on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo). Her latest release "In Common," is out now!
Sebastian De La Cruz
, a mariachi singer with a powerhouse voice, sang the American national anthem at the Democratic convention on Day 3, Wednesday. He learned at an early age the harsh realities of racism, but has kept it positive. After his successful run on America's Got Talent, Sebastian was invited to sing the National Anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in 2013. The public accused him of being in the country illegally and referred to him using ethnic slurs. Sound like Trump talk?
Welll, Sebastien's presence at this year's DNC is the vindication of an American child who is entitled to be proud of his Hispanic heritage," said Daniel Coronell, Executive VP/Executive Director of News at Univision. "It's also a perfect metaphor of what we Latinos are in America." Actress Eva Longoria produced a short film about Sebastian for ESPN called "Go Sebastien Go"
in 2015. "The world isn't perfect, but the world is good," De La Cruz said in the film. "Even though bad things happen, the world will always be good."
sparkled in a slinky, silver dress Thursday as she belted her new song "Rise" and her signature "Roar" for an audience of Democratic delegates waving their glowing cellphones.
Orlando Riding The YouTube Wave
The Ricky Minor band entertained the house while thousands of Democratic delegates and VIPs descended upon BB&T Pavilion in Camden (formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center, Tweeter Center) to be entertained by Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and hometown hero DJ Jazzy Jeff.
With the Philadelphia skyline in the background, the concert dubbed "(Camden Rising)...
hopes to shine a light on Camden's history and promise," said New Jersey concert co-host George Norcross. Live Nation hosted this concert in their beautiful, waterfront venue.
Over the last few years Johnny's covers and videos have accumulated over 200 million views, allowing him to move away from covers and produce his own original music. The 13-year-old Johnny Orlando released his debut EP "VXIIXI" in December of 2015, and a new single "Let Go" on June 17th, 2016. "Let Go" climbed the iTunes pop charts, and was successful in almost every country around the globe. In 2016 Johnny began touring with 'MAGCON', and touring with the 'Boys of Summer' in July. Johnny also shares a love for acting landing the main role of Wyatt on 'Super Why!" and is featured in the film "Bunyan and Babe" with John Goodman and Kelsey Grammer which will be released in 2017.
Johnny got his start on YouTube over the last 4 years with about 50 cover songs, accumulating over 200 million views and over 800K subscribers on YouTube. From his exsposure on the internet he has developed a steady fan base of devoted followers.
On June 17th, 2016 Orlando released his single "Let Go" produced by Andrew Balogh.
Yes, summer-time is a good time to chill and catch a movie under the stars
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So, chill America! Lista or not, let us celebrate the iconic feminist moment for girls, women, all those who believe in taking down barriers and Hillary who accepted her party's nomination to the tune of Rachel Platten's
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Until next month... keep breaking those glass ceilings with smart choices, cool head, a warm tune in your heart. Rock n' roll America!
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Directed by Shevy Shovlin. Produced by Al Schmitt, Steve Genewick, Shevy Shovlin, and Ryan Hewitt. Total running time 1:10 minutes.
The Art of Recording a Big Band
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in Hollywood, California USA over two days during a master class by Al Schmitt
featuring Chris Walden's 19-piece jazz big band. The film focuses on the legendary Al Schmitt, the most celebrated music engineer, producer and mixer of all time winning 22 GRAMMY® Awards. His most recent GRAMMY® came in 2012 for Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom"
This educational and inspirational documentary includes interviews with Al's longtime partner Steve Genewick as well as Chris Walden, Dave Pensado, Ryan Hewitt, Kenny Wild and a cameo appearance by engineer and mixer Andrew Scheps. Longtime friend and collaborator, Quincy jones provides a poignant open statement about the importance of "the person who captures the sound."
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"Humbled to have my song FREEDOM in Michelle Obama's intro tonight (at DNC). FREEDOM is a reality for only some of us - we need to keep working to make it a reality for ALL of us."
Rules of the Game premiered on May 17, 2016,
scored by multi-Grammy® Award-winner Pharell Williams.
The multidisciplinary work for eight dancers represents the largest collaboration between Jonah Bokaer (choreography) and Daniel Arsham (scenography) and their first partnership with Pharrell Williams (score), collectively. The music composed by pop star and Williams represents his first composition for live dance and theater. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed live at the world premiere, following a three-part creation residency in Dallas for the artists - which has included the casting of one local dancer. watch it here
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Meet David Seal
To complete its coast-to-coast sales force, Trans Audio Group has appointed David Seal as its Business Development Manager for its Eastern Region. In the newly-created position, Seal will develop and manage business with key accounts east of the Mississippi, such as Sweetwater Sound, Vintage King Audio in Detroit & Nashville, and Alto Music in New York & Brooklyn and forge relationships with dealers new to TransAudio's impressive list of manufacturers including ATC, Drawmer, Daking, Subwoofer Pro, Bettermaker, Tube Tech, A-Designs, Auratone and others. In addition, Seal will engage in TransAudio Group's value-added activities, such as product support, training, and marketing with recording facilities and key end users in the Midwest and East. Seal will operate out of Chicago, and Zach Winterfeld, located in Los Angeles, will perform the same duties for all accounts west of the Mississippi.
An accomplished guitarist, live audio engineer, luthier, sales professional, and IT professional, Seal brings a breadth and depth of experiences to the position. For the past seven years, he has separately served as Regional Sales Manager for D'Angelico Guitars and Line 6, where he cultivated many of the relationships that will facilitate his work with TransAudio Group. His other activities extend back nearly thirty years and include custom guitar construction with Kramer for endorsement artists including Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Steve Miller, tour management, guitar teching, and audio engineering for artists including Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, and a four-year stint as Director of IT for the Consumer Health Sciences division of Grey Healthcare Group.
"David is a very capable individual who has proven that he can take a good situation and make it even better," said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. "He has a stellar reputation and comes highly recommended from our dealer network. His work experience combines technical experience with music and audio, a perfect combination for TransAudio. He's the person we need to increase our presence in the Midwest and Eastern US."
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Goldings' talents have been sought-after by an impressive range of musicians including James Taylor, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Tracy Chapman, Ricki Lee Jones, Charlie Haden, Steve Gadd, Herbie Hancock, Sia, Christina Aguilera, Elton John, and Leon Russell.
Larry has recorded 18 albums as a leader, hundreds more as a sideman, and has collaborated on a long-term basis with Maceo Parker, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield. Goldings has been recording and touring with iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor since 2001, and is the featured musician on Taylor's One Man Band CD/DVD, the culmination of a two year world-wide tour with James and Larry in duet.
In 2007, Goldings received a Grammy nomination (Best Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year) for his live album Trio Beyond - Saudades (ECM) with John Scofield and Jack DeJohnette. His compositions have been recorded by Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Toots Thielemans, Jim Hall, Gaby Moreno, Bill DeMain, Jane Monheit, Spencer Day, Curtis Stigers, Mike Viola, Lea Michele, Sia, and others. The 2014 UK Songwriting contest awarded Larry, along with Dannielle DeAndrea and David Batteau, "Best Song" in the Jazz/Blues category for the composition, "High Dreams."
Goldings composed the music for the 2013 feature film Dealin' With Idiots, written and directed by Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm). His music graces the soundtracks of Seth Rogan's Neighbors, Judd Apatow's Funny People, as well as the films Space Cowboys, Proof, NBC's The Office, and most recently, an upcoming TBS sitcom, Your Family or Mine, for which Larry co-wrote the music. Goldings' music is frequently heard on NPR's critically-acclaimed This American Life.
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