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Oaks embraced by scenic views and Latin Sounds!
Come visit the estate-like grounds housing ProTools & Neve
8038's. Call manager, Frank Jones at 818-222-1070 for a studio tour
or take an express
Pictured at Castle Oaks during a recent session for Warner Latina
artist, Manuel Romero.
L-R: Engineer/Mixer Rafa
Sardina and producer/composer/arranger Juan Carlos Paz Y Puente.
100 Positions /Issue Date:April 20, 2002
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Photo: Christopher Berkey
South -- new label formed to boost Country Music
veterans Tony Brown and Tim DuBois who will run the
label, believe that whatever ails country music can be cured by
finding and nurturing quality artists.
DuBois have sighed singer Joe Nichols whose song, "The Impossible,"
is rising on the country music charts; songwriter Holly Lamar, who
wrote "Breathe" for Faith Hill; a young country music
band from Russia called Bering Strait; second-generation country
singer Dean Miller, whose dad was the late legend Roger Miller;
and Chad Mullins, a mainstream singer who also picks a mean banjo.
made his mark as a gospel music piano player. He played in Elvis
Presley's band in the 1970s and later joined Emmylou Harris' Hot
Band. He was an executive at RCA before joining MCA Nashville in
1984. Previously, he was a respected talent scout and a producer
for mainstream hitmakers such as Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire,
and edgier acts like Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Kelly Willis and
The Mavericks. Brown has produced more than 100 No. 1 singles.
DuBois, an accountant and professor at Oklahoma State University
before coming to Nashville to write songs, first found success penning
hits for Jerry Reed, Ricky Skaggs, Restless Heart and Alabama. He
opened the Nashville office of Arista Records in 1989, and sold
more then 75 million records in four years with stars such as Jackson,
Brooks & Dunn, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio. DuBois says he will
use the same strategy at Universal South that worked at Arista --
a small staff focused on a small group of artists.
& Coen Brothers Form the DMZ Label
Multiple Grammy winning recording artist/producer T-Bone
Burnett and Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have
formed DMZ Records, a new label that has entered into a joint
venture with Columbia Records Group.
release is a new studio album from the legendary bluegrass musician
Ralph Stanley, who won this year's Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Grammy for his performance of "O Death" on the O Brother,
Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Ralph Stanley is slated for release
on June 11.
The new label's Board of Advisors will include musicians Elvis Costello,
Tom Waits, Bono and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Callie Khouri,
Sam Shepherd and Wim Wenders.
"We're not going to concentrate solely on traditional American
music," says Burnett, who refers to the label as "a musician-centric"
label. "We're going to do music that is good, music that will
become traditional American music," says Burnett.
Words that embody the spirit behind the Revlon Run Walk For Women...familiar
sentiments to our friend, renowned engneer/mixer/producer, Niko
been a tough year for the Bolas family. In October of 2001 Niko's
wife Cheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a five month
I know that Niko's friends will want to support him on Saturday,
May 4th when he will be walking/running at the 5th
Annual Revlon Run/Walk
It is estimated that one in eight American women will develop breast
cancer at some point in their life. In 2001, 272,000 women died
from cancer. Help fund important research into the cause and cure
of women's cancers, prevention, education, and support service programs.
I hope you will consider making a donation
Please go to:
5th Annual Revlon Run/Walk
Click on New York,
click on "sponsor a participant",
enter Niko or Cheryl Bolas,
and off you go!
Bolas, recording engineer and producer has been instrumental
in creating a unique audio palette for artists ranging from Neil
Young, Melissa Etheridge, and Keith Richards to Herb Alpert and
Stan Getz. He was also instrumental in the design and development
of Fakespace Music, which allows for a musically driven virtual
reality experience. Niko's work includes: Neil Young's exceptional
Freedom and This Note's For You, as well as Warren Zevon's Sentimental
Hygiene (a record that inspired the R.E.M./Zevon collaboration Hindu
Love Gods, which Bolas also produced). Bolas' trademark is his vocal
production, which always comes across clearly and loudly on his
records (see the Circle Jerks' Oddities, Abnormalties and Curiosities
for auditory proof).
Dylan & Zapa by
For more industry
events & activities...
We invite you
to enjoy A Visual Concert by One of the Most Influential Women In
Rock History, Grace Slick..."I've seen this show and wanted
to share her stunning work with our friends," says Claris Sayadian-Dodge
the former lead singer of Jefferson Airplane continues to shine
hand signed and numbered limited editions of her
work available through:
Fingerhut Gallery of Laguna Beach 888-222-6270
"It's all the same communication, it's rock and roll and pop
art all in one." Grace Slcik
Production team of Tolbert
pictured at studio
Atlantis, Hollywood CA
Stanley Clarke, Lionel Richie, Stevie wonder, Brandy,
to working with major artists, we enjoy developing new artists who
are looking to be identified with a unique sound, " says Tolbert.
Stay tuned for
a Record Production video interview coming soon...
Bent about her transition from pop to post and the recent Dreamworks
project she's voice directing/producing:
from a music engineering/producing background has really been a
to me in the post audio world. I had a fairly seamless transition
post arena because the basic skills required are the same: recording,
and mixing. The new variable was recording to picture, making sure
is in sync to the action. The
obvious difference, of course, is the creative aspect of recording
and producing music. Let's face it, you don't get quite the rush
recording sound effects as you do with a hit track or vocal. I just
found that I had more opportunities to apply my skills in the post
audio world than in music.
I do have a
lot of fun, too, and much of my post work includes music. I have
such a variety of projects, from recording to compiling and archiving
audio as well as supervising and producing foreign dubs, just to
name a few. Right now I'm preparing to do some foreign language
versions of Dreamworks' latest animated feature, 'Spirit'. Brian
Adams recorded 8 songs for the domestic version as well as the narration.
I will be producing the Dutch, Flemish and Italian 'Brian Adams'
I was chosen
for the job because of my music recording background. Also, because
of my ProTools skills, I can communicate well with my engineer/editor,
regardless of the language. The same goes for voice directing in
English. Vocal sessions, whether music or voice over/ADR, are very
similar. It's all about capturing the performance." says Lenise.
We asked Richard
Wilson of Recorded Media Supply about hard drive management solutions:
advent of ProTools and other DAWs, the ground rules have changed
regarding management of the master - as it can reside on hard drives
not provided by the label.
The question of security immediately comes to mind, when the tape
backup, ie. AIT, is turned in at the end of the session, the label
has to trust that the master on the hard drive will be erased,"
that labels provide budget to allocate fresh drives for each new
project to ensure:
1. That the
session runs as smoothly as possible without using old drives with
bad sectors - thereby saving downtime and money.
2.They are receiving their original master and tape back up of that
Note: The archival
life of AIT or other metal evaporated magnetic media is 30 years
in ideal storage environments.
the management of open reel tape-based recording projects is very
established - with guidelines for releasing master tapes at the
end of a project and allocating budget at the start of a project
to ensure new tape is purchased. Tape defects do occur- and in the
event the AIT cannot be restored - having the hard drive too (with
the RMS anti-static storage case), will provide a safety net, to
enable the successful playback of syour multi-track," says
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