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MicroMain27s Shine in Wide Range of Musical Genres
Pictured in his Nashville studio is producer Bob Ezrin with his Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors.
Top producer Bob Ezrin installed Barefoot Sound MM27 monitors when he moved into his Nashville studio in the famed Berry Hill neighborhood of Music City USA. His spacious control room houses an AWS console, an abundance of vintage outboard gear, numerous keyboards, and more than 40 guitars.
Ezrin first encountered the Barefoot monitors during a demo at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The choice of music to listen to was Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” which he produced. “I found the Barefoots to have exceptional depth of field and width of imaging,” he recalls. “The sound is very clear, distinct and remarkably colorless. It was easy for me to hear every single component of the mix, just the way it was intended to be.”
In an illustrious career as a music and entertainment producer that has spanned over 40 years, Toronto-born Royal Conservatory alumnus Bob Ezrin has worked in virtually all genres and media with many of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, U2, Peter Gabriel, Deep Purple, Lang Lang, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, K’naan, will.i.am, Zucchero, Green Day, Elton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and many others.
The new Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 Gen2 is a 3.5-way active system with 5 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 30Hz to 45kHz with vanishingly low distortion, big dynamic range and ultra-fast transient response. The ring radiator tweeter is superbly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The new 5.25″ midbass features a phalanx of advanced technology, yielding midrange detail that rivals any driver available.
“I love the way the Barefoot monitors get loud but they don’t hurt,” Ezrin continues, “unlike many so-called professional speakers that sound really great at very low levels and then terrible at high levels, or the other way around, fantastic at high levels but horrible at low levels. The Barefoot’s sound consistent at whatever level one is listening. I like them because they’re clinical and not colorful. They make me work to get all the color, all the definition, and all of the essential components of the mix. They just give me a true picture of what it is that I’m doing.”
Ezrin has produced numerous major events including the re-opening of the SuperDome after Katrina and Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden. Among numerous film and TV projects, Ezrin produced the award winning film “Fade To Black” starring Jay-Z, Beyonce and a wide variety of urban artists. His monitors must perform with a vast variety of musical sounds.
“The Barefoots have proven to be ideal speakers for any of the genres of music that I work in,” he adds. “They love the bottom end, they’re crispy-clear on the top end. They have great depth and breadth, and they give the truest representation of what I’m building and creating.”
Ezrin is also an innovator and entrepreneur having co-founded The Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, B.C. in 2009 and Beat Kangz Electronics, a hip hop musical instrument manufacturer in 2008. He is a governor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, vice chairman of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an advisory member of MusiCounts and, along with U2_s the Edge, a co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical
instruments lost in natural disasters. He is also a past trustee and governor of The Recording Academy.
Learn more about the Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27 monitors at : http://vintageking.com/barefoot-sound-micromain-27-gen2-pair
ABOUT BAREFOOT SOUND
Barefoot Sound was founded by Thomas Barefoot with the goal of creating a new breed of studio monitor. While project studios were sprouting up all over the world, filled with outstanding gear, yet with limited space, Thomas Barefoot recognized the need for a speaker that could transcend the traditional distinctions between nearfield, main and mastering monitors. Translating effortlessly and never requiring second guessing , Barefoot Sound monitors are recognized throughout the music industry as multifunctional masterpieces. By creating one studio monitor that fits into a small physical space with leading edge technology and astounding clarity, Barefoot has set a new standard. Handcrafted in the USA.
For more info visit: http://www.barefootsound.com tel: 503. 894. 8602
“The clarity and detail was excellent, the depth and width amazing and the bass was tight, punchy and round”
BOSTON – Johnny A., winner of the Boston Music Award’s Blues Artist of the Year 2010 and a Gibson Guitar Signature Artist, has installed a Solid State Logic AWS 948 Hybrid Console/Controller to complete his high-end home studio. Johnny A. has lent his talents over the years to projects with leading musicians, including vocalist Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band), percussionist Mingo Lewis (Santana), drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), before releasing his first solo album in 2001. The AWS 948 gives Johnny A. the ability to capture and mix his upcoming projects with the same sonic purity and punch as the large, professional studios, but in a convenient and comfortable creative setting.
“I was first exposed to the AWS at an Art Institute program attended by my daughter, where I had the chance to work with some Live at Daryl’s House audio stems that were lent to the program,” says Johnny A. speaking about the popular program produced and hosted by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame. “The stems were also recorded on an AWS, so basically I had the chance to just play around with the high-quality audio. It is difficult for me to explain what I was feeling and hearing, but it was almost like the tracks had a comfortable ‘this sounds right’ glow about them. The clarity and detail was excellent, the depth and width amazing and the bass was tight, punchy and round. This led to developing a relationship with SSL, and from there the purchase of the AWS 948 for my studio.”
Once the console was integrated into Johnny A.’s control room, he immediately started to run some raw, unmixed stereo stems from his current recording project Driven to get a feel for using the AWS with his Mac/Logic DAW rig. The difference in audio quality became immediately apparent.
“When I ran some previously recorded tracks through the AWS, I was completely amazed by the results,” states Johnny A. “That same audio glow I experienced earlier was right there in my monitors. When I started to break out the tracks and play with a mix, the sound was big and warm. Another thing I noticed was the spot-on phase coherency. I am getting the same level of sound quality now that I experienced in multi-million dollar studios, but in my home.”
Johnny A. is no stranger to SSL, as over the years the projects he has been involved with were mixed on SSL consoles. When it came time to build a home-based creative haven, he brought in the highest level outboard gear to accomplish tracking to Logic, but the mixing element was missing. The AWS 948 was purchased to pull everything together into a cohesive personal working space.
“When I record my guitar, I always go direct through analogue gear to whatever the recording media is,” continues Johnny A. “The AWS not only makes all my gear work together for mixing, it allows me to track as well. I have never put on the engineer hat before, and the AWS experience, while initially daunting for me, has been extremely rewarding. I also put in an SSL XLogic X-Rack filled with dynamics modules to add SSL compression to all of my drum tracks. I am very excited to be creating new projects with the AWS 948.”
Hear the AWS 948 in action on Johnny A.’s new release Driven, available at www.JohnnyA.com
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to support Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier with a dynamic custom audio equipment package for Lincoln Center Theater’s newest production, Act One.
In Act One, James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography, which chronicles the legendary playwright and theater director’s struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in theater. This led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman, and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.
Schreier’s biggest challenge in designing the sound was dealing with the acoustics of the theater itself. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater is notorious for requiring special acoustic systems, since there is no natural reverb in the room,” says Schreier. “When the theater was constructed it was built with traps all the way around the back wall of the auditorium, which gives the effect of an acoustically dead space. Technologies have evolved so much since the theater opened in 1965, however, that it is now possible to make the room feel alive.”
Part of the aesthetic of Act One is driven by the set design, as it features a three-story structure built on an 80-foot revolving turntable. Each part of the turntable highlights a different New York City locale throughout the play. “It’s very monumental, it’s very theatrical and it’s a very beautiful structure,” adds Schreier. “All of the sound effects were driven by the look and the movement of this turntable, which signifies that specific time period of Moss Hart’s life. In addition, every time it spins, you get a different sonic picture of New York City — sometimes it’s the subway, other times the street or a playground. The idea behind the sound design was to create a sonic version of New York City. With Masque Sound’s help, I think we did a wonderful job.”
Another key component of the sound design was the use of Yamaha’s DME 64 Programmable DSP Engine. “I worked very closely with my Associate Sound Designer Joshua Reid to create nine different zones that all have different timings to help with the architecture of the space,” says Schreier. “Because of the theater’s shape, a third of the audience is always looking at the back of an actor. A big part of the sound design was to compensate for this, which is why we created these different time zones based on the actor’s locations on the set.”
In order to achieve the sound he was looking for, Schreier chose the Yamaha CL-5 digital mixing console. With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL-5 is an ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems, giving Schreier exactly what he needed. He utilized 12 discreet outputs of the console going to various areas of the theater in order to provide real sound effects, such as the sound of the subway moving across the back wall of the theater at the same time as dogs barking upstage. This added real depth and three dimensions to the design.
For his PA, Schreier thought a lot about what speakers would be right for the space. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater seats like a coliseum with a three-quarter fan shape,” he continues. “There was one speaker in particular, the d&b audiotechnik E12-D, that I thought would solve the problem of the theater very elegantly, and it did. The coverage is smooth and it’s amazing how well the speakers work. I think the sound reinforcement part of the design sounds quite fantastic and I really have to thank Masque Sound for that, because they had to purchase this particular model for this production.”
Schreier chose the d&b E12-D for its rotatable horn, as it provides a very wide dispersion. By rotating the horns up and down, he was able to cover the theater almost entirely with one cabinet, thus eliminating the need for an array. Masque Sound also provided d&b Q-subs as well as Meyer Sound M1Ds for the rear orchestra fill and balcony delay ring. In addition, Schreier also utilized the Beaumont Theater’s Qin-house PA system for some of the sound effects when he wanted to envelop the audience.
Act One opened on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show features a cast of 22 including Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin. The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through June 15, 2014.
About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.
G.A.N.G. Attendees in San Francisco Enjoy Recording of Nashville Orchestra
Pictured in San Francisco are (standing L-R) Studio Trilogy engineer/co-manager Willie Samuels, business operations mgr Cindy McSherry, Ocean Way Nashville's director of operations Pat McMakin, and (seated) Trilogy's chief engineer/co-mgr Justin Lieberman.
Attendees at this year’s recent G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco enjoyed a premiere event at Studio Trilogy: the live synchronized recording of a performance by a 30-piece orchestra from Ocean Way Nashville, Tennessee.
The live session was co-sponsored by Source Elements, whose software Source-Connect locked the Pro Tools rigs from each location together while sending the hi-resolution live orchestra feed from Nashville to SF. Source-Connect also allowed talk back capability between the two studios. Minutes into the session, the walls and distance disappeared and people on both ends communicated seamlessly.
“We also utilized a live camera feed from Nashville,” explained Justin Lieberman, Trilogy’s chief engineer. “We watched and listened in real time to the orchestra in Nashville while recording to our Pro Tools timeline. We have the capability to lock picture on both ends or just record to existing tracks and we can provide feedback on the performance and interaction with both the Nashville engineering team and the conductor from our studio in San Francisco.”
Composer David Shipps conducted the Nashville musicians while the visiting game composers and producers on the San Francisco end could check out the impressive facilities at Ocean Way Nashville and listen to talented orchestral musicians contracted by Nashville Music Scoring’s Alan Umstead, while in the pristine listening environment offered at Studio Trilogy.
“This was not only an exciting event during the SF conference,” remarked Pat McMakin, Director of Operations, Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. “It was also the premier of our new strategic partnership with Studio Trilogy, which offers composers and their music production teams a convenient way to take advantage of the terrific studios and musicians in Nashville while working in the comfort of one of California’s finest studios.”
“We believe this transcontinental partnership opens up a huge opportunity for San Francisco / Bay Area-based gaming and film companies to utilize the amazing Ocean Way Nashville orchestra and studio without ever leaving SF,” added Trilogy’s Justin Lieberman. “We can then edit and mix in surround and stereo right here in SF as soon as the session in completed.”
Both Studio Trilogy and Ocean Way Nashville are active in the film, TV, advertising, and game scoring industries. Composer Nathan Johnson recently scored at Trilogy “Young Ones,” which debuted at this year’s Sundance Festival. Upcoming is his score for “Don’t Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”). Games scored at Trilogy include “Infamous 2″ for Sony Playstation and “BioShock Infinite” with composer Jim Dooley for 2K Games.
OWN has scored major games for Sony Playstation as well as the music for several of the nominees and winners at this year’s prestigious G.A.N.G. Awards, including “Thieves In Time,” composed by Peter McConnell, and “Last Of Us,” scored by Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla, which took home the top prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards.
The Source-Connect event was co-sponsored by Studio Trilogy, Source Elements, and Ocean Way Nashville. In addition to witnessing the historic recording session, there was a patio BBQ for attendees to catch up on the days events at the Game Developers Conference.
The system provided by Source-Connect enables audio connections between digital audio systems anywhere in the world, allowing direct-to-the-timeline recording with real-time, broadcast-quality audio using only an internet connection.
The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is made up of composers, sound designers, voice over directors, game designers, producers and other associates and executives within the greater interactive entertainment industry. http://www.audiogang.org/
ABOUT STUDIO TRILOGY
Located in the creative heart of San Francisco, Studio Trilogy is a full-service recording facility that provides music recording and audio post-production services in a World Class recording environment. Designed by John Storyk of WSDG, Trilogy’s 8800 square foot facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, music and voice recording studios, multiple lounges, and a lush garden/bbq area. An on-site 1200 sq.ft. luxury apartment with media lounge and chef’s kitchen is also available.
Learn more at: http://studiotrilogy.com
ABOUT OCEAN WAY NASHVILLE
Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, founded in 1996, are located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row. Purchased from the founders in 2001 by Belmont University, the studio remains a fully commercial facility but has added an educational component in conjunction with the school’s College of Entertainment and Music Business. Housed in a 100 year old Gothic revival greystone church, Ocean Way Nashville provides an exceptional acoustical space tuned specifically for music recording in the rich visual beauty of a church sanctuary.
Learn more at: http://www.oceanwaystudios.com
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Audio engineer Whitney Day is an independent audio professional who has worked with many of the larger companies in Las Vegas, in venues such as the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and for productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil, Mannheim Steamroller and many others. Production managers know they can rely on Day to deliver superb live sound with exceptionally clear, detailed and well-balanced mixes and Day is always on the lookout for tools to deliver better sound – like HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System.
The DriveRack PA2 enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. The DriveRack PA2 makes it easier than ever to set up a system and control it on the fly via a mobile device or laptop.
“As a live audio mixing engineer, DSP and loudspeaker EQ are fundamentally important tools for me and I’ve always been impressed with the digital signal processing in HARMAN products,” Day stated. “I’m constantly looking for new ways to achieve better sound and when the PA2 was introduced I felt it was something that would help me do my job in smaller to medium-size shows.”
The dbx PA2 offers a host of loudspeaker tuning and system optimization features, including a new Wizard setup utility, AutoEQ™ room EQ, Advanced Feedback Suppresion (AFS™) and more. The PA2 provides dbx compression, graphic and parametric EQ, speaker delay, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems) and additional features to get the most from any speaker system it’s used with, in any room.
“The PA2 is exactly what I was looking for,” Day said. He found it simple to set up and use without reading the manual. The PA2’s wireless control gives him the freedom to make adjustments while walking around a venue and listening to the loudspeakers from various locations, which Day finds a major advantage in making sure every listener in every seat enjoys the best-possible sound.
Day is particularly impressed with the PA2’s natural, transparent EQ. “Sometimes even on the best consoles when you engage the EQ you might notice a change in the character of the sound but can’t really put your finger on what it is. On the worst consoles it puts a mask over the sound. It’s like covering the speakers with a bed sheet. When I take the EQ in and out on the PA2 it’s flawless – I don’t hear any change in sonic character.”
The PA2 does its sonic job with precision. On a lot of even highly touted digital consoles, if Day thinks he needs a 2dB cut he’ll make a 5dB cut and slide the fader back and forth until he hears what he wants. “With the PA2, 99 percent of the time the EQ adjustment is exactly what I think it should be. If I want to make a 1dB cut, I hear a 1dB cut. For the PA2’s price point I was amazed – that’s a very good EQ.”
He also feels that when it comes to EQ, the edict “first, do no harm” applies. “People think about EQ in terms of improving the sound, but in order to do that your EQ needs to sound fundamentally good to begin with. I find that with some gear, applying EQ can be extremely destructive to the signal and really mess up the phase relationships between frequencies. That’s simply not an issue with the PA2. I’m really stunned at how good the unit is, and the fact that it’s this good at its price point.”
“We designed the unit with the goal of bringing the highest levels of audio quality and control to smaller venues and live events and having an audio engineer of Whitney’s caliber talk about the precision of the PA2 is the best compliment we can receive,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast for HARMAN Signal Processing.
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.
“The sound quality reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to”
ROME – AGORA, the leading Italian rental company, has purchased an SSL Live console to support the local and international music, sports and corporate events that it serves. In the nearly 25 years that it has been in business, AGORA has become the standard for the tours of top Italian artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro, as well as high-profile international events, such as Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elton John, the Live 8 concert and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Games in Turin and Sochi.
AGORA’s Live console has already hit the road with one major client, Italian blues singer Mario Biondi, whose front of house engineer, Piefrancesco “Hugo” Tempesta, has been using it on tour for almost two months and has been extremely happy with the results. “Before I decided to use the SSL Live on tour, I did a simple but efficient test,” says Tempesta. “I used one channel and carefully listened to the performance of the mic pre, summing and overall sound quality, which reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the console for me, and I feel very confident in my choice.”
It wasn’t just the sound quality that drew Tempesta to the SSL Live, but also the user-friendly interface, which he says is well-designed and intuitive. Another key feature for him is SSL’s Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI, which transports several MADI ports on a single fibre connection.
Wolfgango and Vittorio De Amicis, brothers and co-owners of AGORA added their own comment regarding their addition of SSL Live to their hire portfolio. “AGORA usually invests with major players in the industry and of course SSL is one of them, even if it has just joined the live touring market. We expect that SSL’s reputation will follow the company into the live space and make Live a leading contender in the market.”
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
“Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market”
LOS ANGELES - When an analogue stalwart front-of-house engineer who’s known to eschew digital consoles finally finds one that meets his standards it’s a milestone. Flogging Molly is named for their inauspicious start playing Molly Malone’s Pub in Los Angeles Monday nights in the Nineties. The seven-piece Irish/American, punk/folk ensemble is a rock band with traditional Irish instruments, fronted by Dave King on acoustic guitar and Bridget Regan on fiddle, with electric guitar, bass drums, accordion and banjo. An SSL Live console, supplied by VER Tour Sound, the latest addition to SSL’s Live partner network, was deployed at front of house for the group’s 10th Annual GREEN 17 TOUR, the band’s countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. Stopping at 27 cities, the tour started at Atlanta’s Tabernacle and ended five weeks later at New Orleans’ House of Blues.
FOH engineer Kevin Lemoine describes the touras “theaters and larger clubs, like the House of Blues, with loudspeakers ranging from a very nice d&b J-series outside where everything is pristine and clean, all the way down to 15-year-old EV boxes.”
Lemoine has mixed Green Day for 13 years and is known for carrying an analogue console during most of his tours. He has mixed a number of other well-known acts, including Sugar Ray, Buck Owens, the Luna Chicks, Iggy Pop, Ice-T, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes and The Reverend Horton Heat, among others.
VER’s Jason Vrobel has worked Green Day shows with Lemoine since 2004 as crew chief and system engineer. “I’ve known Kevin for a very long time,” Vrobel states. “He’s always been anti-digital. Always uses analogue as much as he possibly can. Anytime there’s analogue/digital situation, it wasn’t his choice. This was the first time he was extremely happy.”
“I didn’t have any time on the SSL Live before we went out on tour,” says Lemoine. “Back at VER, Jason programmed the inputs, effects sends and returns, groups, basically assigning the whole console before the tour. So no training, a little bit of YouTube searching about how things work, how it was set up, how it operated, but the rest of it was hands-on right there. It’s not a very difficult console to get around on.”
SSL Live is designed to provide a flexible workflow with several operational approaches, combining a large multi-touch daylight screen, with a second channel control screen surrounded by dedicated encoders, and up to three five-layered, 12-channel fader tiles plus, under the hood, there’s abundant, adaptable bus architecture. “The first day, was a little nerve-wracking because I was just learning the console,” says Lemoine. “Second day, I got a little deeper into what was available on each input; compressors, limiters, gates and how things worked. For the stuff that you use every day, it’s laid out pretty well. The sound was great on the first day and throughout the tour, I just refined the great sound.
“There are two schools of thought from a FOH perspective,” continues Lemoine. “Pretty much, it boils down to digital versus analogue consoles. To my ear, and to most of my friends’ ears, analogue consoles sound the best, but the one negative factor is transport, size, weight and all that stuff. On the other hand, you have the digital realm where the console is small, light and easy to pack around, but their sound is usually kind of inept, I think. The features are there, but in the end, the sound isn’t really what you’re looking for. So now, you have this SSL Live, which seems to be in its own realm. It’s a small digital console, easy to pack around and fits into any venue, but it doesn’t sound like a digital console, it sounds like an analogue console. It’s very pleasing to the ear.
“It’s a very wide sound stage,” adds Lemoine. “A lot of consoles don’t go that wide. It’s nice to hear your drummer’s toms go from left to right and hear a true stereo image on your cymbals. It’s definitely a wide sound stage. Bar none, it’s the best digital console on the market. I have no doubt in my mind. I really like Live’s mic pres, they’re pretty amazing.”
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.
Eight Previously Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs
Pictured (L-R) in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are executive producer L.A. Reid and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid was in session recently at Bernie Grundman’s for the mastering of Michael Jackson’s “Xscape.” The collection of eight previously unreleased Jackson songs was curated by Reid, who also decided on the final tracklist.
“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world,” Reid said.
Grundman mastered most of Michael Jackson’s albums, many times with recording engineer Bruce Swedien, including “Thriller,” the most successful album of all time with more than 40 million in sales. L.A. Reid recalled that his very first mastering session was with Bernie Grundman in 1983.
Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.
For the ultimate fan experience, “Xscape” will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The “Xscape” standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
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The Legendary Wisseloord Studios Are Expanding With A New Mastering Suite, A Small Vintage Recording Studio, And Two Additional Mastering Engineers.
The New Vintage Room at Wisseloord Studios
Hillversum, Netherlands, April 2014. March 25, 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of the re-opening of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. Coinciding with the anniversary, Wisseloord unveils its new Studio4, known as the ‘Vintage Room’: a one-room concept studio, with the look and feel of a living room, but with technical amenities catering to smaller productions, tracking sessions, collaborative songwriting, and the like. This feel-at-home space features a Neve 8014 desk with 1073 preamps, and a 12-channel 1960’s EMI console, reputedly to be the one used to record the demos for The Beatles’ landmark album, ‘Abbey Road’. Recording via these vintage desks can be to a ProTools rig, but for those preferring the ‘old school’ approach, 16-track and 8-track tape machines are available in the vintage room package.
The mastering department has also been expanded with the addition of two mastering engineers and an additional mastering suite. The two world-class engineers joining the team are; Dutch mastering icon Sander van der Heide, and the up-and-coming Pier-Durk Hogenterp. As for Mastering1, Mastering2 features an SPL console, Jochen Veith acoustics, and EgglestonWorks monitors powered by Krell.
To tie this all together, Wisseloord is also launching its new website where visitors to the site will be able to check out the facility, meet the team, and stay informed about what they’re all up to. Visit www.wisseloord.nl and see what’s happening there.
Frederic Gervais, Commercial Manager of Wisseloord comments on the two-year anniversary “The folks at Wisseloord would like to express their sincere thanks to the many artists, musicians, and music professionals who have helped them reach this two-year milepost. With the right combination of team, talent and technology, the future looks bright once again for this musical treasure.”
The legendary recording facility, which originally opened its doors in 1978 attracting the likes of Mick Jagger, Elton John, The Scorpions, and Golden Earring, was sold into new ownership in 2011. It subsequently underwent a major transformation, returning the historic studio to the forefront of technology and efficiency.
Since re-opening, the Wisseloord team have made significant steps in putting Wisseloord back on the map. In the last six months, no less than ten album projects facilitated at Wisseloord have reached the top position on the music charts, for outstanding artists such as Peter Maffay, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, David Garrett, Hooverphonic, and Ilse DeLange to name a few. Wisseloord has also added a Grammy Award, an additional Grammy nomination, and Resolution Magazine’s Audio Facility Of The Year Award to its list of accolades. www.wisseloord.nl
Performing Coachella and Headlining America in May and June
The Naked and Famous is pictured live with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic mics; (L-R) are Thom Powers, vocals, guitars; Aaron Short, keyboards, engineering; Alisa Xayalith, vocals, keyboards. Photo by David Goggin.
New Zealand’s hit alternative rock band The Naked and Famous is touring the world with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic microphones. Following their performance at the Coachella Festival in April, the band tours Australia before returning to the States in May and June.
“We discovered the Telefunken M81 while rehearsing at Bedrock Studios in LA,” recalled Aaron Short, who plays keyboards in the band. “The big challenge on stage is getting the right rejection from the mic. We’re very loud onstage and the vocals can be very dynamic and then suddenly quiet. We needed to find one microphone that could be sensitive and clear, but at the same time still have very strong feedback rejection.”
The Naked and Famous formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded two EPs “This Machine” and “No Light” with Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college, sharing engineering duties with Thom. The band took their name from a line in the English artist Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid,” “everybody wants to be naked and famous,” that questions the notion of celebrity.
The band settled in Los Angeles after completing the tour for their first full length album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” which featured the US Gold selling single “Young Blood”. They had performed over 200 shows in 24 countries between 2010 and 2012. Sharing a home in LA’s Laurel Canyon, they began work in earnest on writing and demoing their second album. Their intention was to record an album that could be played live, not relying on backing tracks.
“When we got the Telefunken mics we A-B’d them with our touring mics and there was just an elemental difference,” explained Aaron Short. “The top end especially opened up, almost like a condenser microphone. After rehearsing a bit we realized they really made a big difference with live vocals. We also used a Telefunken M80 dynamic on the snare drum for the album we recorded in LA with Billy Bush at Sunset Sound.”
Entering LA’s Sunset Sound studio in March 2013 with engineer Billy Bush (who had mixed the previous album), they began the process of recording “In Rolling Waves.” The album sessions were completed in a month and then in late 2013, The Naked and Famous headed for London where Alan Moulder spent a month mixing the album at his Willesden studio, Assault and Battery.
The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Joe LaPorta, who had also mastered “Passive Me, Aggressive You.” The album was produced by Thom Powers with Aaron Short. Justin Meldal-Johnsen co-produced two tracks with Thom Powers.
Learn more about The Naked and Famous at: http://thenakedandfamous.com
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