Spring greetings to new and old friends
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"Express Tour" of following world-class
studios available here: express
conveniently located at The Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas in
the heart of fashionable West Hollywood, offers a boutique style
production room for record, film & video projects.
We met with
manager Tom Frits pool-side to learn about recent activity in the
popular studios. Give Tom a call to arrange a personal tour or click
here for an express
Shahnazarian -- producer/ProTools
Eddie Cohn, System Of A Down, Pete Yorn
Sutton talks about this year's Grammy
in the Schools impressive
turnout: "We had over 1700 music students come to USC from
the LAUSD for the event. What brought them was the all-star cast
of talent that included the likes of Don Passman, Tyrese, Steve
Vai, Warryn Campbell, Gisselle, Robert Kraft, The Ojays, Juanes,
Kedar Massenburg, Musiq, Jamie O'Neal, Al Schmitt and host of others.
We did workshops where the students had a chance for Q&A with
the talent. The World of electronic Music workshop featured panelist
Jason Bentley and DJ Colett. Producing Platinum panel had Jimmy
Jam, Warryn Campbell and KC Porter . Dave Koz did a workshop called
Instrumental Exploration where he and star studded cast of friends
David Benoit, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown performed. The goal was
to inspire students and to encourage them to empower themselves
if music is their passion. This year's Grammy in the Schools was
a huge Success and as the Chairman of the program, I want to thank
all the participants and I look forward to helping make next year
We caught up
with Al "11Grammy man" Schmitt and asked what's
the secret to his long & successful production career and when
does he keep all these Grammies?! "I love what I do and every
successful producer/engineer will tell you that having real passion
for the work makes the journey. I keep 'em (Grammies) in my office.
I've to wait two more months to get the 11th one! It used to be
that they gave you the Grammy on the night of the show. I received
my first one in 1962 for "Hatari," a Mancini score for
a movie about Africa with John Wayne. At the post party it changed
many hands and by the time it got back to me it was in two pieces!!
Al wants to remind everyone that the Recording Academy Golf tournament
is on Monday April 8 (check our calendar for details). "It's
for a good cause, all proceeds benefit LA Chapter Scholarship Program.
There is a silent auction and should be a great day to be enjoyed
by all." Congrats
Mr Schmitt, many more...
Hatari('62) to Krall('01), it's Schmitty!
for industry event activities...March/April
Live Music & Webcasts - hear new & established singer/songwriters
Couch - The Living Room Sessions" rock The
Mint - Unsigned bands and guests every Tuesday, free before
9PM - Midnight.
- monthly networking at cool sites -- we'd like to thank our hosts
for inviting studioexpresso to sponsor the fab Feb mixer. Big thank
you for Eric
Forger for their support.
We caught up
with in-demand producer/mixer/engineer Matt Wallace who
has been seen in various studios working with H20 (for MCA/Universal),
Sugarcult (for Ultimatum), Maroon 5 (for Octone/J
Records) and now 6 Gig (also for Ultimatum). "My engineer,
Mike Landolt and I have been using Pro Tools almost
exclusively for these projects (except H20, which was on 2"
tape). Pro Tools affords us the ability to do very quick arrangement
edits, tighten up rhythm tracks, and do some cool looping. We enjoy
working at Rumbo as their tracking rooms are outstanding
and their overdub room is of very good quality at a nice price.
Great people, outstanding rooms, fine gear... what else could you
ask for?" Since Matt is an SSL guy when it comes to
mixing-- he likes spending time at Scream and Can Am
(Scream has a J and Can Am has E with a G computer). "Both
rooms have outstanding equipment, good vibe, good people. All in
all things are going along swimmingly," says
Wallace who dubbed the expression"woo hoo!"
Mgmnt: 805-446-3370 www.mcdman.com
Marmalade" engineer Michael
C. Ross talks about recording the vox tracks (Grammy for Best
Pop Collaboration With Vocals For a collaborative performance by
artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks
only. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink Track from: Moulin
Rouge - Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film [Interscope Records]:
"Rockwilder programmed a great track that really contained
the essence of the song. Ron Fair produced some great subtle
additions to the groove and produced the girls singing. Each one
of the girls sang separately and together and did the great track
justice. I'm sure each one of the girls expected the other ones
to do great, so they wanted to be sure that they delivered. They
did!" It was fun to record it, and see it come together!
Read more...contact info here: Michael
Andy Brauer was busy during
the Grammy week and just finished a Live show with John Fogerty
& The Eagles, working at Fogerty's private studio. Recently
Andy has been working with Lee Ritenour & Papa Roach. Here's
what he has to say: "Without question, guitar music is BIG.
Distinctive guitar sounds are heard on many TV commercials and movie
soundtracks. In addition to the presence of established artists
in the studio, we're also seeing an influx of "ordinary people"
who are picking up a guitar and passionately creating for the first
time. Rentals [of vintage guitars and amps] are way up, leaning
towards great tone. The power of music and our passion to move forward
continues to drive our pursuit of excellence in the tradition of
personalized service to musicians." With the addition of the
fabyo'lus and dynamic Lady Jen to the Brauer Rentals staff , Brauer
Rentals is multi tasking up a storm.
23 years and more than 50,000 rentals later, Brauer rental is rockin'
Check out ABR's e-bay
guitar auctions or contact them at 818 -763 8639.
100 Positions /Issue Date:March 16, 2002
to all the Grammy Winners!
Special congrats go to producer T-Bone Burnett for taking
Album Of The Year
Award to the Artist(s), and to the Album Producer(s) and Recording
Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack Various Artists
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
[Lost Highway Records]
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