Archive for January 15th, 2013
Legendary producer continues workshop series with new events
Santa Cruz, Calif. Dateline Jan 10, 2013: Alan Parsons announces two new Master Class Training Sessions to be held at top studios in Las Vegas (Studio At The Palms on Feb 1st and 2nd) and Nashville (Ocean Way on Feb 11th and 12th).
In keeping with the tradition of these popular training workshops—previous events have been held in Los Angeles, Toronto, Bogota, and Buenos Aires—Alan Parsons has given each event its own unique theme: Vegas is titled “Iconic Instrumentals” and looks at the creation of music suitable for live music productions or international sporting events. The Vegas event also features a special section on Surround 5.1 mixing, for which Alan is rightly renowned, and for which he was GRAMMY®-Nominated in 2007.
The Nashville event is titled “The Art Of The Song” and takes Alan back to his roots working with some of the greatest pop songwriters of the twentieth century: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and of course his own acclaimed recording career with The Alan Parsons Project.
Both events offer a “life-changing” (as one recent attendee put it) chance to make a new record in a great studio with an award-winning recording professional, looking at everything from mic’ing techniques and studio etiquette to processing and mixing.
Tickets are offered at the Platinum level—actually working with Alan in the control room—and the Gold “Video Village,” where blow-by-blow live video is fed to Attendees seated in the studio green room. All ticket holders get Q&A time and the chance to mingle with Alan during breaks and at the Champagne Reception at the end of Day 1.
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BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Bayside Church in Roseville, California, known to many as the home to house of worship leader and influential musician, Lincoln Brewster, recently upgraded its speaker system for their 2,300-seat main campus location with a NEXO GEO S12 line array, RS18′s, and NXAmps. Bayside Church has a total of four locations, and over 12,000 members of the congregation attend worship services on any given weekend.
Bayside Church and Brewster, who frequently leads worship at the church when not on tour, have considerable influence on the Christian scene. “Lincoln was very much involved in our decision to replace our existing d&b system with the NEXO system,” states Lee Fields, Senior Audio Director for all audio systems and audio staff across the campuses. “It was really a joint effort; Lincoln trusts me, but at the same time, I don’t underestimate his talents either. He is an incredible audio engineer in his own right. After all, he has mixed most of his own records.” The NEXO system was purchased through Special Event Services (SES), Sacramento.
Fields said that the core of the change in line array systems was that the church seating had changed drastically. “The d&b system was a point and shoot system that mainly covered the floor (about 900 seats), and large delay boxes covered the remaining 1,000ish seats in the bleacher sections. The new seating arrangement is still 900 on the floor and another 1,400 or so in new stadium-style seats, adding in another 500 new seating locations. With the previous system, over half of the seating area would have been in coverage by delay speakers—not ideal with the worship experience we are trying to create. The NEXO line array has allowed us to cover the room much better from a single source, and every seat sounds amazing and surprisingly similar to the next.” On a typical weekend, Bayside’s worship band consists of 6-7 contemporary worship musicians.
The second reason for the change out the system was a bit more philosophical Fields notes. “Lincoln and I both have been to hundreds of churches and have seen a variety of PA systems: PAs that rival stadium touring rigs, PAs way too small for big rooms, PAs way too big for small rooms, PAs that sound great and are just right for a church, and PAs that cost way too much money for a church to be spending money on. With all that said, we finally found a product that far exceeds our needs sonically and that is also a perfect representation of being a good steward when it comes to our church’s money. This is the biggest win for us on a personal level, knowing that we didn’t have to spend zillions of dollars on a system. We are astonished by the performance of the GEO S12 rig/ It feels great knowing our church can go about the duty of assisting people with the money we saved by choosing the product we did, and we didn’t sacrifice anything, rather, we gained everything.”
Fields has been a touring engineer for close to ten years and says he’s literally seen all of the various line arrays available. “I kept running across the GEO S12 at medium size festivals, at conferences, and other events. Every time I got my hands on them, I loved them! A huge bonus is how supportive the team at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems has been. Jake Cody, the House of Worship Manager, has been an invaluable resource to me, Lincoln, and to our church. The heart of the Company, and Jake, is to help churches in anyway they can. The same can be said for Greg Slape from SES. They believe that NEXO being an elite brand can provide churches what they require in a line array, but at an affordable price point. The quality of the service from Yamaha and SES is unmatched in this industry, and I don’t think anyone would disagree.”
“We chose the NEXO Geo S12 because it was the best sounding box we tried,” adds Brewster. “It also happened to be the least expensive, and in my opinion, is the best value in line-array systems today.”
The three other Bayside Church locations are using NEXO systems with NX Amps and Yamaha LS9 Digital Consoles. In total, there are over ten Yamaha digital consoles across all Bayside Church venues.
On this year’s Christmas tour, Lincoln Brewster took along a pair of the new Yamaha CL5 Digital Consoles as well as a NEXO GEO S12 system, which Fields said, had big advantages so rehearsals could be accomplished at their own church with the exact PA used for the tour.
For more information on Bayside Church, visit www.baysideonline.com.
For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.
“Ledge of Love” is First Single from Album Produced by Christian Davis
Pictured (L-R) in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are producer Christian Davis, Jon Huertas, and mastering engineer Paul Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
Jon Huertas, currently starring as Detective Javiar Esposito in ABC’s hit “Castle” series, has mastered his new single “Ledge of Love” with producer Christian Davis and mastering engineer Paul Grundman. Originally signed as a musical artist prior to his success as an actor and director, his new single follows his 2011 hit “Sex Is The Word.”
In addition to his starring role in “Castle,” John Huertas starred as the outspoken and gritty Sgt. Antonio “Poke” Espera’ in HBO’s highly acclaimed, Emmy-nominated miniseries “Generation Kill,” as well as appearing in a number of other TV series, including “Prison Break,” “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles,” “NCIS,” “CSI,” and “Without a Trace,” among others.
“Ledge of Love” and Huertas’ forthcoming album were produced by Christian Davis, who as a performer was the opening act for Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child. A successful recording artist who worked with producer DJ Jazzy Jeff on his own material, Davis has been writing music for MTV and Fox and developing his new Sly Doggie production company. He was honored with 2012 Album of the Year Grammy nomination for producing El Debarge’s “Second Chance.”
To hear the new single from Jon Huertas, visit:
For more information about Bernie Grundman Mastering, visit: http://www.bgmastering.com
Straight talk from successful music pros
MONTCLAIR, NJ (January 15, 2013) – The Best Jobs in the Music Industry is an essential career guide for those who love music and are exploring different areas of the music industry beyond the obvious performer route. Michael Redman boils down the job requirements, skill sets, potential revenue, longevity, benefits, and challenges of a variety of music careers both direct and indirect, spanning from performer to label executive to recording engineer and music producer.
Each description of a job starts with a short summary designed to help you decide right off the bat whether this might be something you want to explore further, followed by the real stories, paths to success, and challenges you may confront – all in the words of real pros. Read and learn from people who have lived the music industry, navigated it well, and been successful.
“My goal is to help the next generation of young artists and other music lover’s discover jobs in the music industry that will allow them to make a great living and stay close to the music they love,” says Redman, “This book will hopefully open your eyes to an expansive music industry of which you can be part. Fulfilling lucrative jobs and careers are available beyond playing in your band or performing in an orchestra. You just don’t know what they are.”
Redman interviewed over sixty professionals in the business, including Lee Sklar (session and touring musician), Damon Tedesco (scoring mixer), Brian Felsen (CEO of CD Baby), Mike Boris (worldwide director of music for McCann Advertising), Louis Clark (MTV/VH1 Music Supervisor), David Newman (composer), Michael Semanick (re-recording mixer), Conrad Pope (orchestrator), Todd Rundgren (musician), Gary Calamar (music supervisor), Mark Bright (producer), and Scott Matthews (producer).
About the author
Michael Redman is a musician, composer, and serial entrepreneur who has started over ten companies, including the Hard Rock Academy, RedHouse, AdJacket, MyMusicScore, Powerhouse Music, and Reeltracs. His passion is and has always been music and technology. He is currently an author and technology consultant: he runs a music company with a primary focus on music content and licensing, and still finds a little time to write and record the music he loves. Redman has held many of the jobs listed in this book, including recording engineer, producer, live sound mixer, session musician, and studio owner. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Cleveland, Ohio.
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