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sweatshop-control2.jpgProliferation of Compact Indie Studios Continues Apace

Katonah,NEW YORK: In an era marked by large studio closings and sizeable dips in traditional record company revenue, signs of a resilient independent studio community bear witness to the health of niche-oriented studio owner/operators. Witness Sweatshop Studios a 1060 sq. ft. acoustic and aesthetic gem recently completed in Katonah, NY by Walters-Storyk Design Group.

“As the owner of a small business I learned the value of performing due diligence early on,” says Sweatshop owner Shaul Dover. “When my son Edan and I considered the ramifications of building a recording studio our two priorities were (A) an architect / acoustician who could develop a studio that would meet the requirements of a sophisticated client base, and (B) a business plan that would lead us towards a return on our investment. Our initial sessions have convinced us that the studio has excellent prospects for fulfilling its mission.”

As the owner of a large residence in semi-rural Katonah, NY, Dover had more than adequate space to accommodate the facility. An extensive search for a design firm led him to WSDG. “The key for me was to create an environment where artists could focus on their creativity. The vibe is as important as our collection of analog and digital gear. We spoke with a number of architects, and were impressed with John Storyk. His work on the Jazz At Lincoln Center Complex was particularly meaningful, as we plan to focus on a jazz-oriented client base.”

“This is a full room-within-room design with concrete slabs, IAC doors and lot’s of glass. We took great care in tuning the rooms to insure the accuracy of the reverb and frequency response,” Storyk reports. “We recommended high quality wall and ceiling treatments and mid frequency diffusers. Sweatshop is already working with some interesting new artists and the material we’ve already heard out of this room has been impressive. “Sweatshop is the ‘real deal. They built a pro room and they’re using it well.”

Sweatshop’s spacious two-story high 400 sq. ft. live room is outfitted with a Steinway Boston Grand piano, Hammond B-3 and two 50 sq. ft. Iso booths. The 450 sq. ft. control room was designed to make long sessions as comfortable and productive as possible.

The studio is outfitted with Dynaudio BM15A 5.1 surround 5.1 speakers with BM12S Sub; Dangerous Monitor Control with ST and SR Expender; a Studer A800 (2″ 24 track) tape machine controlled and synchronized with Euphonix 5MC Nuendo; Pro Tools HD 7.3 and LE 7.3; Logic Pro 8 and a Lynx Aurora console.

Sweatshop Studios are represented by sales and marketing exec. Osi Mizrahi. The studio recently launched an innovative Facebook Idol search for new talent. Unsigned artists are invited to submit an original song or YouTube video in any genre to between now and March 31. On April 15 fifteen finalists will be posted on Facebook. These will be winnowed down to five candidates via an online vote to be tabulated by April 30. The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a production deal including a professional recording session (at Sweatshop Studios); digital distribution, promotion and marketing to record labels and a performance at a live venue TBA.

“We are as committed to developing worthwhile talent as we are to providing established artists with first class recording capabilities,” Shaul Dover concludes. “Sweatshop represents an affordable alternative to New York City facilities. We’ve built a comfortable and totally professional studio, and we’re ready to start making music.”

Sweatshop Studios may be reached at:

Photo Caps

#1 WSDG-designed Sweatshop Studios Control Room. Seated forward co-founder Edan Dover, (center) company principal Shaul Dover, and (right) sales/marketing exec Osi Mizrahi

#2 Sweatshop Studios live room designed by WSDG.

Please credit all photos by Philip Jenson-Carter


The Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, Interlochen Public Radio, CBS, WNET, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include private studios for the Goo Goo Dolls, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, Tracy Chapman, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith; Green Day, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a six-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Mexico City and Switzerland.


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ladyantebellum.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT – FEBRUARY 2009: In recognition that they are at the top of their craft, Sennheiser artists have been honored with over thirty Grammy nominations this year. Not only do the nominated artists span the diverse genres of contemporary music, they also form a continuum from the industry’s living legends to its freshest faces. Nominations to Sennheiser artists such as Snoop Dogg to Madonna gracefully balance Sennheiser’s domination of the Best New Artist category. Four out of the five nominees for Best New Artist sing and play into Sennheiser wired and wireless microphones and monitor with Sennheiser wireless personal monitors. The winners will be announced at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Sennheiser artists Jazmine Sullivan, the Jonas Brothers, Adele and Lady Antebellum are all vying for Best New Artist, arguably the greatest honor that can be given to a young musician or group. In addition, Lady Antebellum is up for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit, “Love Don’t Live Here.” Country music’s unbridled enthusiasm for Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut was stoked and amplified by the band’s electrifying live shows. Sennheiser microphones capture the vivacity of a Lady Antebellum show, from the SKM 5200 wireless microphones with Neumann KK 105 S and Sennheiser MD 5235 capsules for lead vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, to the e 900 series wired microphones for drums, backing vocals, and guitar. Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2 wireless personal monitors keep the stage free of sonic clutter and ew 372 G2 wireless instrument packs provide freedom of movement for guitarist Charles Kelley and the backing band.

In addition to Best New Artist, Jazmine Sullivan joins established Sennheiser artist Beyoncé with a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Beyoncé delivers all of her stunning performances with a top-of-the-line Sennheiser MD 5235/SKM 5200 wireless microphone. Sullivan is also vying for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Contemporary R&B Album, for a whopping total of five nominations!

Sennheiser artist Leona Lewis received a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. In addition, her hit “Bleeding Love” is up for Record of the Year. On stage, Lewis wows her growing legion of fans with a Sennheiser SKM 5200/Neumann KK 104 S wireless vocal micro-phone and ensures that every note lands with precision and the right emotional nuance by relying on a Sennheiser ew 300 IEM G2 wireless personal monitor.

The majority of the duos up for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals feature a Sennheiser artist. In addition, Alicia Keys is nominated for Best Short Form Music Video, and Rihanna is nominated for Best Dance Recording. Rihanna made waves at the MTV Music Awards in September, where she performed “Disturbia,” the same song now up for a Grammy, in a black leather outfit that matched her personal Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld wireless mic with MD 5235 and KK 104 S capsules.

Alternative rockers Kings of Leon earned three Grammy nominations, while hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg earned two. Both acts use Sennheiser on stage exclusively. In fact, the rapper’s gem-encrusted “Snoop Dogg” SKM 935 G2 wireless handheld is legendary. It arguably set the trend toward personalized microphones that has now captured the imagination of the industry’s most prominent vocalists and inspired Sennheiser’s hugely popular “mic skins.” Snoop Dogg is nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. Kings of Leon are up for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song.

Sennheiser artists from the diverse genres of bluegrass, country, power pop, and Latin rock are also basking in the warm light of Grammy nominations.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder are up for Best Bluegrass Album; Jake Owen is up for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals; OneRepublic is up for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It’s a Grammy great year for Sennheiser and the artists they support!

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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PHOTO CAPTION Sennheiser-endorsed Lady Antebellum has two Grammy nominations: Best New Artist and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit, “Love Don’t Live Here.” (from left to right) Dave Haywood, singer and multi-instrumentalist is on a hard-wired evolution e 935, and co-lead vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelly both use a Sennheiser SKM 5200; Hillary with an MD 5235 and Charles with a KK 105 S capsule. (PHOTO CREDIT: (c) Getty Images)

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SAE Institute Launches Online Filmmaking Series: On The Set

On The Set Online SeminarsSAE Institute in Los Angeles is proud to announce the first broadcast of SAE Institute’s new “On The Set” series: a panel discussion with members of the film industry geared towards giving insight into the ever evolving world of film and television.  The panels will feature faculty members from SAE Institute Film programs, as well as producers, directors, sound designers,  screenwriters, mixers, and cinematographers who are currently shaping the field of entertainment today. more

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Elias Arts “Scores Big” with Original Music on Four SuperBowl Spots, including Popular Bud “Circus”


Santa Monica, CA, Feb. 2, 2009 – A world renowned creative collective for over 28 years, Elias Arts, a company devoted to music composition, strategy and production, created and produced original music for four TV spots featured during yesterday’s SuperBowl. The four SuperBowl TV spots for which Elias Arts provided music were:

NAME OF SPOT: Clydesdale Generations
CLIENT: Budweiser
AD AGENCY: Waylon Advertising
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pytka Productions Director – Joe Pytka
ELIAS ARTS CREDITS: Producer – Kala Sherman Compser – Nate Morgan Executive Producer – Ann Haugen Creative Director – Dave Gold
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Cinematic Score, Uilleann Pipes by Eric Rigler who worked on such films as Braveheart and Titanic.

CLIENT: Budweiser
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pytka Productions Director – Joe Pytka
ELIAS ARTS CREDITS: Executive Producer – Ann Haugen Composer – Nate Morgan, Creative Director – Dave Gold
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC: Cinematic piano score up front that goes into Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

CLIENT: Budweiser
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pytka Productions Director – Joe Pytka
ELIAS ARTS CREDITS: Executive Producer – Dante Piacenza, Composer – Matt Fletcher, Creative Director – Jonathan Elias

NAME OF SPOT: Feel Superhuman Again
CLIENT: Universal Studios
AD AGENCY: David & Goliath
PRODUCTION COMPANY: H.S.I. Director – Samuel Bayer
ELIAS ARTS CREDITS: Producer – Kala Sherman, Composer – Jonathan Elias, Engineer -Kenny Segal, Executive Producer – Ann Haugen Creative DIrector – Dave Gold


A pre-eminent and world renowned creative collective for over 28 years, Elias Arts is devoted to music composition, strategy and production. The company has employed the emotional strength of music and sound to launch, grow and reposition the most recognized brands and companies worldwide. Elias Arts has worked with well over half of the Fortune 1000 companies, and has also helped turn numerous startups into everyday brand names. Among the clients Elias Arts has worked with are AOL, Mastercard, Sony, Columbia Pictures, Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ebay, Honda, Intel, Visa, Yahoo, Universal Studios, Microsoft, McDonalds, ESPN and General Motors, to name just a few

With offices in Santa Monica and New York City, global resources and a renowned roster of gifted composers, producers, and marketers, the mission of Elias Arts is to constantly strive for creative excellence and distinction through the art of music and sound design. The company is the recipient of over 700 major industry awards from around the world. Please visit


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Sound Devices 788T Earns Nomination for Cinema Audio Society Technical Achievement Award

Sound Devices 788TREEDSBURG, WI - Sound Devices 788T digital recorder has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. The CAS’s Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in surround recording technologies.

The 788T is designed specifically for multi-track, on-location productions and features a significant expansion of input and output capability — eight full-featured microphone inputs and eight tracks of recording – all in a design that’s compact and lightweight. more

Another Dangerous Year at the Grammys

Award Nominations for Four Top Engineers Who Rely on Dangerous Music Equipment:David Isaac, Dave Kutch, Tony Maserati and Dave Rideau

mix_dangerous_line.jpgEdmeston, NY – February 1, 2009 – Four top engineers working every day with Dangerous Music equipment in their studios have found projects they have completed on the 2009 Grammy(r) Awards nominations list: David Isaac, Dave Kutch, Tony Maserati and Dave Rideau. The Dangerous Music gear these world-class engineers and producers use in their critically acclaimed studio work with legendary industry artists include the Dangerous Master, Dangerous Monitor, Dangerous 2-Bus, and the Dangerous D-Box.

The 51st Grammy(r) Awards show will air on February 8, 2009 at 8pm EST on CBS: more


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