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janet_jackson.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – OCTOBER 2008: Janet Jackson’s first major tour in seven years is a theatrical extravaganza packed with pyrotechnics, intricate choreography and loud dance music. To help the R&B/pop singer shine through a mix that wouldn’t be out of place at a rock ‘n roll show, front-of-house engineer Jon Lemon and monitor engineer Blake Suib selected Sennheiser’s SKM 5200 wireless handheld transmitter outfitted with a Neumann KK 105 S capsule.

Jackson is using both a headset and a handheld mic on the Rock Witchu Tour, says Lemon, who arranged for an audition of an array of potential microphones for the singer. “Blake and I were keen on the Sennheiser/Neumann package,” he reports. “She preferred it, and we preferred it to everything that was out there. I knew she wanted a full-bodied tone. So, for the sections of the show where she uses a handheld, we went with the KK 105 S capsule on the SKM 5200. The mic then was modified – the show designer bejeweled the whole microphone with some special crystals.”

As for monitors, he continues, “Of course she uses Sennheiser evolution wireless ew 300 IEM G2 personal wireless monitors, with Future Sonics ear buds.” The two-and-a-half-hour show, featuring over 45 songs, includes numerous costume changes, making Sennheiser’s ultra-compact miniature body-packs an essential element of the show. “They’re sewn into pockets everywhere as she has so many costume changes,” says Lemon.

“The performing musicians are positioned off-stage in the massive theatrical production,” according to Lemon. “Lil John, our drummer, is loaded up with Sennheiser and Neumann mics. They’re my preferred choice of drum mics. I tend to use Sennheiser and Neumann mics with most bands that I work for, whether it’s using Sennheiser e 604s on drums and Neumann TLM 193 and TLM 103s on overheads and guitars, or Neumann KM 184s on ride and hi-hat cymbals.”

Lemon, well known for working at FOH with rock acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, Oasis, and Beck, recalls that he got a call back in July to mix Jackson’s 2008 Rock Witchu Tour. “She’d heard stuff that I’d done and decided I was the guy!” he says. “She likes loud music in general, and Janet impressed upon me that she wanted it loud, which surprised me.” But, says Lemon, who is equally at home mixing mainstream pop acts such as Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Ferry, Seal, and Italian legend Eros Ramazzotti, “I keep bumping into pop artists now who say they don’t want this sweet pop sound, they want their live shows to be edgy.”

The Rock Witchu Tour began in Canada in September and continues around the United States through November 1st, where it ends at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The tour is promoting hits from her “20 Y.O.” released in 2006, and her 2008 album, “Discipline.” The latest release is the sixth chart-topper for the singer, surpassing her brother, Michael, who has had five number one studio albums, and placing her equal with Madonna and behind only Barbra Streisand for female artists with the most number one albums.

SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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‘X-orcism’ the Free VST/AU Format Plug-in is Available for Download Now

OXFORD, UK – In response to ghost stories of economic doom and gloom, Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional digital and analogue consoles, invites you to celebrate the festival of witches and ghouls with a bit of fun. SSL is proud to offer you ‘X-orcism,’ our free Halloween VST/AU format plug-in. Feed in your voice and you will be transformed into the voice of Halloween itself… be afraid, be very afraid. more

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Design/VFX House Gives New Look to Previously Shot Ad

NEW YORK, NY, October 30, 2008 ─ Mantra, Creative Group’s design and visual effects boutique, recently accomplished a technical and creative triumph for ESPN’s SportsCenter. The company completely retooled a Miller Lite spot that had been shot prior to a branding and packing redesign by the beverage maker, conforming it to the new look. more

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Harman Professional Supports Recording Community With Sponsorship Of New GRAMMY Museum In Downtown Los Angeles

Consistent with its longstanding support of the professional recording community, Harman Professional today announced its sponsorship of the new GRAMMY MuseumSM at L.A. LIVE, which opens in downtown Los Angeles in December. In doing so, the company will provide category-leading audio technologies from its JBL, Crown, BSS Audio, AKG and Soundcraft brands which will be deployed throughout the ambitious and impressive new museum and will also be the lead sponsor of The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing exhibit to be named â€?Playback: From Mono to Surround.â€?

A collaboration between The Recording Academy and Anshutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the GRAMMY Museum was founded to explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. The Museum will feature interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits — featuring dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations — and will be located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district.

The 30,000 square-foot facility comprises four floors of interactive and stimulating exhibit space for a celebratory, inspirational and educational experience. The lobby greets visitors with exciting multimedia presentations and elevators which will take guests directly to the fourth floor where the Museum tour begins. A tunnel of bold graphics and powerful GRAMMY music ultimately opens to an exciting gallery space filled with films, artifacts and interactive exhibits — all of which capture the legacy of recorded music and reveal the many ways in which it intertwines with social and cultural history. The third floor takes guests behind-the-scenes into the art and technology of the recording process and features hands-on, in-the-studio experiences as well as an in-depth exploration of the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. The second floor houses the 200-seat state-of-the-art GRAMMY Sound Stage and will feature an exclusive film that captures the backstage world of the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The second floor is also home to the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, where original temporary exhibits will be showcased on a rotating basis.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Michael MacDonald, Harman Professional Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales said today, “With its new GRAMMY Museum, The Recording Academy has proven to be deeply committed to the history and advancement of music and recording arts, but also very innovative in how it will bring this special history to a wide and large audience of music enthusiasts and history fans. We’re naturally very excited to have this great facility on our doorstep in Los Angeles and we’re also very pleased to participate in this impressive new institution of arts learning and entertainment.�

“For years, the JBL brand has been linked to the history of music production,� said Robert Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “It is fitting that the products of this brand are featured in the GRAMMY Museum. Harman International has long been a supporter of The Recording Academy and we’re pleased to have such a valued partner join us in this exciting new venture.�


BUENA PARK, Calif.─On November 4th & 5th, Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will be held in New York City in collaboration with Shure Microphones, offering a unique two-day comprehensive Sound Reinforcement seminar that will include:

- Wired and wireless microphone types, use and selection/applications
- Digital snakes and applications
- Digital consoles and R applications/use
- DSP Processing
- Amplifiers and proper selection
- Speaker design principles, speaker types and specific applications for each type
- Line array principles/technology/applications

This is an intensive overview that would benefit anyone interested in learning about or expanding knowledge on Sound Reinforcement. It is a unique educational opportunity for contracting dealer management, sales and technical staff. If you would like to register, visit, click on training, and select DSR-101.

That same week, a PM5D console training class will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6th and an M7CL console training class will be held on Friday, Nov. 7th. Registration for these sessions is also via

All classes will be held at SIR, 520 West 25th St. (between 10th & 11th Ave.) and begin at
8:30 am.


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.

E.Q. / Ejyptsian Queen Records at Ocean Way

3rd Generation of Cooke/Womack Legacy in Legendary Studio B.

EQ at Ocean Way

Pictured at Ocean Way Recording are (L-R) Zeriiya Zekkkariyas (Womack & Womack, Mother of E.Q.); Joel Scott, keyboardist/programmer; Zeimani Zekkariya, Zekkujcha Zekkariyas; Zekiiua Zekkariyas; Reggie Dozier, engineer; Zekkariyas (Womack & Womack, father of E.Q.) Photo by David Goggin.

The new group E.Q., short for Ejyptsian Queen, is recording their debut album at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Members of the group are daughters of the renowned singer/songwriters Womack & Womack, and grandchildren of the legendary Sam Cooke. This historic project marks nearly half a century and three generations recording in the same studios designed and built in the 1950s by Bill Putnam and updated by Allen Sides.

Sam Cooke produced “It’s All Over Now” by the Valentinos/Womack Bros. at United Recording, now Ocean Way, in 1964, a song which was subsequently covered by artists such as the Rolling Stones. Womack & Womack recorded their classic album “Love Wars” at Ocean Way in 1983. Cecil and Linda Womack recorded their last album as Womack & Womack in 1993, relocated to Africa, and have been recording with their seven children as The House of Zekkariyas. The third generation siblings of the talented family dynasty, E.Q., is now recording their debut album “Never Before,” with keyboardist Joel Scott, and engineering mainstay Reggie Dozier.

For information about Ocean Way, visit:

Contact Kelly Erwin for all booking requests.
Email: or call 323-467-9375.

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radiobu_8386lores.jpgMALIBU, CA — Former MTV VJ and current Sirius XM satellite radio on-air personality Martha Quinn and her husband, show producer/engineer, composer, and former Fuzztone lead-guitarist Jordan Tarlow, were looking to create a brand new recording space that could handle production needs for her Sirius XM radio show, “Martha Quinn Presents.� The space also needed to accommodate Tarlow’s television commercial and film trailer composition work. An unexpected reunion with one of Quinn’s former neighbors led the couple to enlist Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) to design their new studio.

“I saw a picture of BiCoastal Studios (a Russ Berger design) on a magazine cover, and fell in love,� Tarlow explains. “When I showed it to my wife, she recognized the studio owner’s name and said, ‘that was my neighbor when I was a kid.’ I called the owner, Hal Winer, and he suggested that I call Russ. It was the right decision for our project.�

The RBDG team designed a 1,100-square-foot studio consisting of a main control room, a large glass recording booth, a machine room, kitchenette, bathroom and lounge. The finished studio, named RadioBu, houses a Digidesign Icon D-Control console along with Tarlow’s large collection of vintage recording equipment and instruments. RBDG also developed a Precision Kinetics custom 7.1 surround monitoring solution to match the studio’s production needs. This setup makes RadioBu the first ICON-based 7.1 studio in Malibu. RadioBu is also equipped with ISDN for high-quality voice-over work.

In creating a studio that was functional yet inspirational, RBDG’s design focused on maximizing traffic flow through the existing structure. A small storage area was incorporated at one end of the space. At the other end, an entry vestibule doubles as a separately conditioned equipment and machine room area. The control room was designed with ample space for live interviews and performances, as well as for recording musicians. From his seat at the console, Tarlow can easily monitor the show while a group is performing to the side. The control room is also large enough to accommodate a custom broadcast table for multiple-guest, in-studio interviews.

Besides providing inspiration for the studio’s name, Malibu also played a factor in the design of RadioBu. Quinn and Tarlow wanted to enjoy the beautiful Malibu weather while working in the rooms. RBDG response was to include numerous windows and glass doors that allow natural light to stream into the studio. The entries at each end were designed to act as sound traps when the doors are left open. The resulting cross breezes both cool and inspire whoever is in the studio.
RBDG’s design included field-fabricated acoustical treatments. Auralex’s pArtScience SpaceArrays were chosen for distributing diffuse energy throughout the mix position and improving surround imaging. The existing structure’s low ceilings posed some acoustical constraints, so RBDG used a pArtScience SpaceCoupler cloud to improve the performance of absorptive ceiling material and to tame low frequency energy at the mix position. These acoustical elements, along with creative design work, resulted in a space that functions seamlessly, as evidenced by RadioBu’s first in-studio performance, with Curt Smith and the other Tears for Fears members.
“The studio sounds fantastic,� says Tarlow. “You can hear more clearly in here than any other studio I’ve ever been in. It sounds wonderful for mixing and voice recordings and the sight lines are perfect between engineer, talent and guests. This really helped me to communicate with Curt while still being able to sit at the console and monitor the show.�

“Martha Quinn Presents� airs on Sirius XM Channel 8 on Saturdays at noon eastern time.

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GET YOUR WINGS! SIVision’s unique HD OB truck equipped with Lawo’s mc²66 console

sivision_obvan.jpgToronto, Ontario, Canada – October 29, 2008 … Zoooooom… the plane dives at maximum speed… it’s intercepted… makes a sharp turn… shoots through the last two pylons… and reaches the finishing line. The Red Bull Air Race is an extreme racing event: single-engine propeller aircraft perform with approximately 350 horsepower and speeds of 250 mph are not unheard of. During the spectacular maneuvers through closely positioned ‘air gates’, the pilots experience acceleration forces of up to 10 G. Often, there are only a few inches between the plane’s wings and the inflatable pylons, and brief contact is not uncommon. more


Special Tom Anderson/Elixirâ„¢ Cables Promotion Underway

Elkton, MD, October 28, 2008— For a limited time, musicians purchasing any Tom Anderson Guitarworks model will receive one complimentary 10 ft. cable provided by Elixir™ Cables, the first non-string product line introduced this year by pioneer of long-life strings, Elixir® Strings. more

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Consoles to Service Major Studio Expansion

HENDERSON, NV—Odds On Recording Studios, a recording facility serving the Las Vegas market for the past four years with clients like Rap artist T.I., Alicia Keys and Huey Lewis, has embarked on a major studio expansion to meet client demand. The centerpiece of the expansion is a 96-channel Solid State Logic Duality console, the largest Duality in North America, for the main tracking and mix room and an SSL Matrix console with XLogic modules for the writer/voice-over room. The new studios will round out the services offered by the facility, while addressing the needs of interfacing with Pro Tools™ and other DAW systems. more

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