Nov I Dec 2022

This month we keep it short and sweet. Good things come in small packages and that's how two engineers team up to record stadium-size live dates.
Our featured artist talks bad habits and she says it's all in your head!
An alliance welcomes her, and we invite you to taste blended wines with music, dance and yes, perfumes! 'Tis the season of giving. Cool gear, cooler people and yesssss, Holiday parties are everywhere you look!
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The Recording Fly Pack That Flies!
Ian Charbonneau of The Recording Project Teams Up With Thom Russo in Mexico For Two Stadium-Size Live Recording Dates for Iconic band Mana
Ian Charbonneau of The Recording Project with Thom Russo (top), Mana (right) with vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex Conzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallin and bassist Juan Calleros

Mana is considered one of the best-selling Latin music artists and the most successful Latin American band of all time with over 40 million records sold worldwide. Maná has earned four Grammy, and eight Latin Grammy Awards. In 2016, Maná was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

More recently Ian Charbonneau of The Recording Project and Thom Russo teamed up to record Maná in two giant stadiums in Mexico --Foro Sol on November 12, the 75,000-capacity stadium where Jane's Addiction, The Chemical Brothers and Mars Volta have played and the 18,779-seat 3 De Marzo Stadium, on October 29 where Shakira and Justin Bieber have played.

studioexpresso met up with engineers Ian and Thom to learn about documenting large live shows and how having the right tools and experience can make things look easy and musically satisfying for the band, their crew, and the audience.

SE: This was the first time you flew your new portable Recording System or "Fly Pack" to Mexico.
I understand now you call it "the Recording Fly Pack that Flies!” What's different about it?

IC: First, I’ve never seen a 64ch input recording fly pack system with dual redundant Protools that you can so easily transport. It was quite surreal to just get up in the morning, call an Uber SUV, load 5 cases in the trunk and head to LAX airport for an international flight to Mexico. Same for checking it in as luggage on the airplane. I can admit I was a little nervous. I am still amazed at how well it all went. All the recording fly packs that I’ve come across around the world over the years are either too large or too heavy to transport on an airplane with such ease and efficiency. To my knowledge this was a first -to travel this easily with a high-quality, large channel-count recording system that offers most of everything needed to capture a stadium-size concert. Plus, it included carrying a dozen audience microphones and needed hardware. I spent a year designing and building my system with the goal of being able to to offer high-quality recording without compromising quality. My system offers far greater musical results than using a PA digital feed recording. I just can’t say enough. The Key to a great sounding recording lies in having control of your microphone preamps. Great sound requieres space.
"Loaded on a plane and straight to the venue, BOOM! We easily recorded a huge show with a huge band in a foreign country, and it was absolutely effortless…with the help of Ian, his system(S),
and his team!!"

--Thom Russo (Macy Gray, Mana, JayZ)
SE: What are some considerations that came up during the planning stage?

IC: The process is not too different from usual recording projects. Having a pretty extensive experience with portable fly pack systems helps. I had great set of tools to meticulously build my own system. My challenge here was really things like “will it fit” in the back of a SUV or will there be issues with the airline? Much of everything else was the same. Doing Live remote recording always requires good planning, being ahead of things is paramount.

SE: What was it like to work with Thom Russo and Mana?

IC: Myself, my assistant / stage A2 Todd Shaffer can both attest to working with Thom has been an absolute pleasure. Even though you say “work”, this wasn’t work. This was fun! We just did what we do best and truly enjoyed every minutes of it. I can say I won’t forget this project as we had great times, many laughs, and amazing Mexican food. Thom is a very grounded, pleasant person to work for. I can only say the same for the Mana family and crew. We’ve made some great friendship on the way.

SE: You talk about the flexibility of “The Recording Project" - what else?

IC: I think my extensive experience in Live recording both technically and logistically had a lot to offer on this project. With so many unknowns ahead....My recording system offered them the possibility to do a great recording without any compromise. Being able to also capture the energy of the audience by choosing the right audience microphone set up .... which is too often forgotten. Capturing the audience is a very important and big part of a big live concert.

SE: Were there challenges during the recording that you were able to resolve?

IC: Maybe one, we lost one of our audience mics minutes before band hit the stage. My stage A2 Todd was quickly able to trace the issue, change a cable and fix it right on time!

SE: Can you share a fun story or memory from the live dates with Mana in Mexico?

IC: This was the first project with my brand new recording fly pack. Couldn’t have been more of an “Ultimate” test from getting to the airport, checking the system as luggage on an international flight. This was no local gig where you can just run back home if you forgot something. Everything worked as planned and very smoothly. I’m very happy about that. A year in the making that resulted in great success.

SE: Thom I understand you first worked with Ian at Le Mobile. The October and November dates with Mana were in large capacity stadiums. What was behind your decision to work with Ian's portable flight pack, or his Recording Project? 

TR: I had met Ian a couple months back, while using Le Mobile larger system(s) for some live recording of the legendary and iconic Mexican rock band Mana ; we first recorded them at the Forum, with their legendary “Le Mobile” truck, and also their scaled down “portable rig” ( which is actually 6-7 large 20 space racks…! Not that portable). Regardless, during those shows, I connected with Ian and learned how enormously experienced and professional he was in the live recording environment, along with being so easy to work with and of course, having the right equipment. I made a mental note to always reach out to him with any live recording projects that I may have to produce. Then, some months later Mana reached out to me again to record some huge concerts that they had scheduled again ( Specifically a “return to home” show in Guadalajara for 25000 fans, and then the historic show last week in Mex City at Foro Sol — for 65000!). The band wanted these documented, and so we made it happen… and my first call was to Ian with his incredible “Recording Project” flight pack… because it TRULY is exactly that: in 5 small flight cases, Ian has a compact, 64 input Pro Tools system ( which is of course duplicated for the backup that runs in tandem…). Loaded on a plane and straight to the venue, BOOM! We easily recorded a huge show with a huge band in a foreign country, and it was absolutely effortless…with the help of Ian, his system(S), and his team!!
SE: You have impressive engineering credits (Macy Gray, Enrique Iglesias, JayZ) and have your own studio and now also doing live, and writing for film. How long have you worked with Mana and what are the requirements for recording/mixing their current shows?

TR: Oh gosh, thnx yes, I’ve been in this business for a very long while, working in some many different music styles, and working in so many different aspects of it— … Not to tell my life and career story, but I started w a music conservatory background and then branched into some very deep engineering experience, which eventually lead to mentoring under some amazing producers (including working for Babyface for a long while in the 90s, and then Rick Rubin for many years, etc); and then into my own producing things… its been a blast!!
As far as Mana goes, I met them like 15 years ago and have done 3 albums with them and many, many live shows… Requirement wise, its just about capturing their live performances (like any live band); but the exciting part with them is that it’s the old-school mentality of LIVE!! They really are a “bands” band, in that they go out there, and play together, live, and do a real show… as we all know, nowadays that doesn’t happen very often anymore…- with the tendency for a lot of playback, etc. that’s what makes it so much fun to capture and document these shows! 

SE: What was your experience working with Ian and his Recording Project. What can you say about him and the overall results with his new fly pack, The Recording Project?

TR: I can’t rave enough about my experience working with Ian and the Recording Project…. Its effortless, so easy, and completely professional!!

SE: Can you share a fun story or memory from the recent live recordings dates with Mana? 

TR: Ha! Well it was all fun, honestly, especially working down in Mexico, where the food is simply UNREAL!! But also, WOW, the memory of standing on the stage looking over 65000 people before the show, all gathered together with the same purpose of enjoying some fantastic music and collectively “lifting” up through the music and sound, WOW— it is quite an incredibly intense feeling, for sure!! 
Also… there’s one funny story that was playing out that may make folks chuckle !! Here’s the scenario: Since we were recording 2 shows that were only about 10 days apart (one in Guadalajara, one in Mexico City), we decided that it was probably easiest and best to leave all the equipment down in Mexico with the Mana team and with their backline equipment (which of course is an enormous amount of gear). Now I’ve known the Mana crew guys forever, and they have a GREAT sense of humor-- always looking for a good laugh and always trying to “punk” someone (road life can get monotonous!!)… So midway through the break between the concerts, we started joking on a text thread that the crew and I had effectively sold all of the Recording Project's equipment, shipped it to Colombia, and they and I were going to split the profits—Oh, and of course collect the insurance! ;)) HA!!!!  Honestly though, the joke didn’t last too long, because of course Ian’s so professional and organized, he had I-tags on everything single piece of gear and on each flight case; so there wasn’t a moment he didn’t know where they were, anywhere in the world !! ;)…. well, we tried though!! ;)

Mana's current lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex Conzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallin and bassist Juan Calleros. The band starts their select US dates in Los Angeles on February 10, 2023 Tix here
Steve Lacy
Bad Habit

RCA artist, singer/songwriter, producer Steve Lacy was born in Compton, Calif on May 23, 1998. His debut studio album, Apollo XXI (2019) earned him a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards. He would be featured on the single Sunflower by Vampire Weekend, that same year. In 2020, Lacy released a compilation album of his early work titled The Lo-Fis. His second studio album, Gemini Rights, was released on July 15, 2022. Same year he performed Bad Habit, featured in this month's studioexpresso video spotlight, also performed by him on Saturday Night Live on Nov 5.
In My Head By Annika Rose Trending

An early adopter of web3, Annika Rose has embraced audio NFTs.
After successfully launching her single Bruises as a limited collection of 25 audio NFTs on the platform last month. She did a similar release with her catchy new single In My Head, produced by Alex Salibian (Harry Styles) exclusively releasing 50 audio NFTs which sold-out quickly and raised 2.5 ETH equivalent of $1,288. "I wrote “In My Head” after beating myself up for having the most outlandish thoughts. humans think over 17,000 thoughts a day, on average, and often times we let those narratives drive us to some pretty insane beliefs. your own mind can be your biggest enemy," says Rose. Now she can take her outlandish thoughts to the bank!
Also Enjoy Annika's duet with Noah Urrea and their cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.
Now Experience Immersive At The Mix Lab
The First Dolby-Certified Atmos Stage in California Powered by ATC Speakers

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The Mix Lab, Santa Monica, Ryan Ulyate's studio in Topanga Canyon, Air Studios in London, Blackbird in Nashville and Miraval, South of France are among countless high profile studios in the world powered by ATC speakers
Sylvia Massy And Jimmy Douglass On Board At The Met Alliance!
Met Alliance Aims to Ensure the Highest Audio Production Standards Now with Massy and Douglass Joining Chuck Ainlay, Niko Bolas, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, and Elliot Scheiner

The METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance) welcomes new members, Sylvia Massy and Jimmy Douglass to their ranks, joining Chuck Ainlay, Niko Bolas, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, and Elliot Scheiner.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, the METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a limited number of products have achieved this accolade. To learn more about METAlliance Certified products, click here

Sylvia Massy is an award-winning music producer and recording engineer for groundbreaking rock artists such as Tool and System Of A Down, but has also worked with Prince, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins, Jason Isbell and many other legendary and upcoming musicians. From indie rock to dance to pop to country to R&B to metal, Massy's career has spanned nearly every aspect of the music industry from composing to festival development. Sylvia is also an accomplished fine artist of extremely detailed illustrations often containing vignettes drawn from experiences of studio life. Currently she is working out of her Pacific NorthWest "OddioShop," an Atmos 9.1.4 equipped mixing and art studio where she owns the world's largest collection of vintage microphones.

Jimmy Douglass is a four-time Grammy-winning recording engineer/producer. He was trained by and has worked with some of the greatest engineers, producers and record moguls ever, including Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun. He went on to work with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. Douglass has engineered and mixed many celebrated artists, including The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Genesis and Gang of Four, John Legend & The Roots, Ludacris, Al Green, and Duran Duran.

Founding member Chuck Ainlay says, "It's such an honor to welcome Sylvia and Jimmy. Their exceptional work covers genres of music that greatly expands the scope of The METAlliance and their passion for making great recordings cannot be overstated." Niko Bolas adds, "Jimmy and Sylvia are two of my favorite record makers, from the practice of art in engineering to the coolness of a good hang."

Elliot Scheiner says, "I've been a long time fan of both Jimmy and Sylvia. All of the members feel we've broadened the METAlliance enormously with their remarkable production and engineering history." Frank Filipetti added, "For years Sylvia had been on my mind for the METAlliance. She's smart and creative, and we feel incredibly honored that she has joined us. She's a wild thing that makes my heart sing! And I've been a fan of Jimmy since my early days. As a person he is the best, and as an engineer/mixer he has the emotion thing down pat. He puts the groove in everything he touches. In fact, he makes everything groovy!"

METAlliance managing member Jim Pace stated, "The METAlliance strives to represent the recording community in all its many forms. Sylvia and Jimmy bring us a wealth of experience and across-the-board production know-how."


TransAudio Group, U.S. distributer of the finest professional recording equipment in the world, is pleased to announce the new ATC SCS70 Pro, a compact, ultra-high performance subwoofer using ATC’s first, in-house-designed and built sub driver.

Designed by Billy Woodman and his team of engineers, this new 12-inch sub driver delivers the kind of honest and detailed low-frequency information that professionals have come to expect from ATC.
 “Engineers are dealing with greater and greater demand from artists for more sub output and they need accuracy down low. Subwoofers can be a source of distortion, making the mixing or mastering process a guessing game. Now an ATC system, complete with the one or two SCS70 subs, can deliver full bandwidth audio for any genre, enabling superior translation on any system it gets played on, from ear buds to home hi-fi to clubs and everything in-between. Other subwoofers rely on EQ and poorly implemented ports, transmission lines or passive radiators to boost low end and make their subs sound impressive," says Brad Lunde

USA List Price: $5,490.00 USA MAP: $4,990.00
Introductory pricing good through August 18, 2022: $4,490.00.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

ATC models:

"ATC monitors are something you have to experience to really grasp how different they are from everything else. Lets just say that you can hear details you’ve never heard before, leading you to faster, more accurate decisions in your creative process," says Brad Lunde, President of Trans Audio Group.

Models range from $5,000 to $50,000 per pair and all share a very similar sound. For larger rooms and midfield, applications check out the SEM45 with dual 6.5-inch drivers and the fantastic SEM150 with a 15-inch woofer and 350 Watts of power. Choose the size that works for your space. More info here

Sound Anchors and Redmount products are designed and manufactured in Palm Bay, Florida U.S.A. using American parts and skilled American labor. Next time that you need to purchase high quality stands or mounts please consider Sound Anchors. click here for Sound Anchor dealers in USA
Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood opened in 1986 and specializes in music production, offering 24-track analog recording and HD digital capabilities. The 1974 EMI/NEVE Custom QUAD console was originally built for EMI Records is and is the largest one still in operation. It has 56 Flying Fader-equipped input channels, 48 of which have 1064 Class A EQ. The console can route 92 inputs (80 with NEVE EQ) to the four-track bus with very sophisticated routing options.
Chief engineer Sam Madill explained, "We added the Telefunken drum pack to simplify and speed up our work with drummers, and to complement our comprehensive mic collection. Steakhouse is known for tracking drums and we have 30+ year history with some of the greatest drummers ever recorded."
The DC7 Drum Pack includes an M80-SH, three M81-SH's, an M82, and a matched pair of M60 FET condensers with mounts and right angle cables in a hard-shell case.
Pure Analog Beauty of A Passive EQ Meets Impressive Digital Plug-In Control
Bettermaker builds boutique signal processors worthy of worship in their own right, but then they level-up their incredible products with convenient, easy-to-use plug-in control and instant recall.
The new Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer replicates that proven formula to bring the famous and deeply-loved sound of the classic passive EQs to modern high-end workflows. No more snapping pictures or relying on misplaced recall sheets to preserve settings. Bettermaker makes recalling settings easy and reliable with unlimited memory via the associated DAW plug-in. Engineers will find the controls on the Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer familiar: low boost or cut at four possible frequencies; high boost at ten possible frequencies with bandwidth control; and high cut at three possible frequencies. Bypass, output gain, and reset round out the controls. But, of course, the real magic of the Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer is its sound, which includes two perfectly matched channels, and comprehensive plug-in control and recall. “The 100% analog signal path of the new Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer has all the heft and ethereal air of the vintage passive EQs that are so loved by engineers,” said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor of all Bettermaker signal processors.
 The Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer is now available and shipping – and is priced at USA MAP $1999
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.
Introducing The Daking Mic Pre 4T
Soulful Circuitry Meets Proprietary Problem-Solving Features
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The unmistakable six-inch Auratone 5C Sound Cubes atop meter bridges, have guided engineers down the narrow and rocky path to mid-range nirvana. Indeed, its involvement in innumerable hits earned the 5C Sound Cube a NAMM TEC Hall of Fame Award in 2016.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Auratone and its US distributor, TransAudio Group, introduced the first-ever Active 5C at NAMM 2022, June 3-5 in Anaheim, CA. The mono amplifier is designed and built in Europe in collaboration with the famous hardware manufacturer, Bettermaker. A careful R&D process has been implemented to maintain the original characteristics of the 5C, utilizing the same amplifier design from the NAMM TEC Award winning A2-30 amplifier.
“We were happy to get boutique Polish manufacturer Bettermaker together with Alex Jacobsen, owner, and grandson of founder Jack Wilson, for the perfectly matched A2-30 amplifier. Now, the two companies have collaborated to get a mono amplifier that contains the guts and soul of the A2-30 into each chassis for the active version,” says Brad Lunde, founder, and president of TransAudio Group. Like the other 5C variants, the Auratone Active 5C is made in the USA. It delivers 50W into its internal 8ohm load via a balanced combo XLR/TRS input. Like the passive version, it reproduces between 80 and 15,000 Hz via a 4.5inch driver with a signal to noise ratio in excess of 100dB. In addition to an input, the rear of the box provides an on/off switch and power LED. The active 5C has Integrated overcurrent, overheated, and short protection in the rare event of electrical trouble.
The Auratone Active 5C is now shipping • MAP: $749/pair
Review units are available: Contact Aleks Bars at TransAudio Group
2023-24 New NAMM Dates Announced
The 2023 NAMM Show, April 13-15 – Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California*
The 2024 NAMM Show, January 25-28 – Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

*Sat. April 15, 2pm studioexpresso & Trans Audio Group Present Music Composer Tools & Tips @ TEC Tracks
Guests to be announced soon!

65th Grammy Awards 2023
Sunday Febraury 5, Arena, Los Angeles
Click here for nominees
Recording Industry Golf Tournament - Thanks for the Memories!

The 2022 Recording Industry Golf Tournament was held on Monday, October 31, 2022, at Sand Canyon Country Club in Santa Clarita.The event was also a tribute to the legendary Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt, two beloved industry figures who served as annual honorary co-chairs.

The RIGT was again organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions.
"Everyone enjoyed espresso martinis served on hole 7 hosted by Zach and yours truly. Again, it was my pleasure to be one of the media sponsors for this event with Trans Audio Group. Karen is an amazing organizer and producer of events and this was a difficult year not having Ed and Al with us. Thanks to all you sports who came to support with smiles and hugs," says Claris Dodge of studioexpresso.
L-R: Steve Genewick and CJ Vanston, Claris Dodge of studioexpresso and Zach Winterfeld of Trans Audio Group. David Retizas, Karen Dunn (middle), Tamara and Rafa Sardina, Candace Kentopian (also far right), with Evanna Manley and Robert Clyne of Clyne Media.
American Contemporary Ballet's Nutcracker
An Immersive Audience Experience For All Five Senses and Ages

No, it's not your grandmother’s Nutcracker Ballet!
American Contemporary Ballet’s (ACB) production of the holiday season favorite, under the direction of Lincoln Jones, aims to charm and enchant ages 5 to 95. To start, it’s an immersive audience experience featuring a chamber-size live orchestra playing selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suit with new arrangements by James and Kathy McMillen.
Your adventure begins when you enter the 28th floor of 2Cal Los Angeles downtown skyscraper. It’s little like walking into a Jean-Paul Sartre play, No Exit.
Attendees find themselves trapped together in a waiting room with an attractive receptionist who keeps a straight face while offering little to no clues to the location of the theater. Finally, someone notices a new sign on another door: “This One Here”! The door opens and the scene quickly changes from the grey office floors and beige walls into a winter wonderland--frosted windows and snow-covered floors are everywhere. There's a beautiful girl with her pink pom pom beanie roller skating on what appears to be an ice floor. The crew is rushing life-size dolls holding big empty trays on dollies in and out of site, while attendees are searching for their seats. Suddenly the lights dim and expose the city lights of downtown's spectacular views!
Enters Waltz of The Snowflakes with Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Coffee, Tea, Mother Ginger, and Waltz of The Flowers follow. During short intermissions, the life-size dolls who have magically come to life bring their trays filled with marzipan and sweets to the audience. The dancers move to the inspired new interpretation of the classic by Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Musicians include: piano (Morgan Jones), Cello (Allan Hon, , flute (Emma McCartney), clarinet (Sergio Coelho), strings (Xenia Deviakina-Loh, Paige Towsey-Grishaw, viola (Andrew Towsey-Grishaw) and voices(Anastasia Malliaras, Emma Rocheleau). The Finale follows the Grand Pas De Deux with principal dancers.
A big nudge for the creative costumes and fabrics (white lame, Iridescent Organza in bright colors) and modern and witty designs by Ruoxuan Li and Yasamin Sarabipour.
ACB is now in its 11th season in L.A. with over 70 sold-out shows each year. And that’s a good news for Angelina s who can celebrate world-class ballet made for today's audiences right in our backyard. LA, we love it!
Opening night on November 26 was magical. Do yourselves a favor and take someone you love to ACB's production of Nutcracker. It's a great way to close the “post pandemic year" and get into the holiday mood. Once you’ve entered The Nutcracker Suite, you may not want to go home!

Performances followed by an artist reception with live music.
TICKETS here $65 - $140
PInk Blends Wine With New Music
Two Wolf Label And New Album TrustFall Due Out 2023
Regarded as the "most trailblazing artist" of her pop generation, singer, songwriter, and actress PInk (nee Alecia Beth Moore Hart) introduces her new wine label, TwoWolves just in-time for the holidays!
She has sold over 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide.
Her passion for wines began when she left the city and headed to an organic vineyard in Santa Barbara County with her young daughter. She signed up for classes at Allan Hancock College, and started making wine in her garage. "Pruning is one of my favorite things to do in the world, and the best way to listen to a new album, start to finish," says Pink who loves the combination of art, nature, the seasons, the moon, chemistry and the belief that anything is possible. Enter Two Wolve Wines. Watch her sing Cover Me In Sunshine with her daughter, Willow Sage Hart recorded in 2021 for RCA here

She directed her official video for the first single from her new album Trustfall: Never Gonna Not Dance Again which takes place in a grocery store that turns into a dance party with a chorus reminiscent of ABBA. The attitude is still very much PINK. Pre Order Pink's new album Trustfall available everywhere February 17th, 2023. Order the limited Pink Vinyl here

Choose from the following Two Wolf wine selections

Two Wolf Cab Franc (Vintage 2019) offers hints of fresh pine, oregano, cranberry, concentrated raspberries, violets, chamomile, and black peppercorn. The tannins are alive and well, mouthcoating and powdery. The length and persistence here is unquestionable. Pair with mushroom lasagna, or roasted turbot with porcini, potato, and aged marrow (a la Chef Kim Alter at Nightbird).

Cab Sauvignon (2019) Dusty leather, camphor, cinnamon, blackberries, green spice, and the sweet scent of a cigar box. So much fruit in the mouth, balanced with juicy acid and tannins that grip and then ease.

Petit Verdot Fresh mint, smoky shiso leaf, intense black fruit, rose and wisteria, spicy clove, and citrus peel. There’s an earthy, chalky loveliness to this wine, but make no mistake… She will dominate you. I would definitely eat food with this wine. Maybe some green curry, udon, pasta arrabbiata, with Edith Piaf playing in the background. Bon Appétit!

TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for Drawmer, is introducing Ivor Drawmer's all new 1972 Dual Mic/Line and Instrument Mic Preamplifier. The unit distinguishes itself with its flexibility, unique feature set and simple operation, and is at home in both professional studio and live sound applications. As with all Drawmer products, the 1972 is hand-crafted in the UK with an all-steel chassis for bullet-proof reliability. Noted Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group and the U.S. distributor of Drawmer. “As usual, Drawmer studied the marketplace and engineered an affordable dual mic pre with one-of-a-kind features to meet today’s intricate recording issues and live sound applications. The 1972 is destined to be a staple piece of gear in every audio rack.”
The 1972 Dual Mic/Line and Instrument Mic Preamplifier sports two identical channels of analog pre-amplification in a 1U rack chassis. Key to the 1972's versatility is the Select input source switch. It has six switch positions to cover the 1/4-inch front panel Instrument input jack for guitars, basses, or electronic keyboards, and five more positions covering separate rear panel XLR input jacks for microphones with or without 48-volt phantom powering or Line level input sources. Other switch positions are provided to match microphones with 200, 600 or 2,400-ohm impedances. Low impedance passive ribbon microphones sound best when impedance-matched correctly.
MSRP: $1149 • The Drawmer 1972 is now available.
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.
studioexpresso and Trans Audio Group have featured many producers, and musicians over the past nine years of TEC Track's history at NAMM
Curt Bisquera (Sarah McLachlan, Elton John), Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp, Sting), Greg Penny (Elton John, KD Lang), Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, John Legend), Niko Bolas (Neil Young, LeAnn Rimes), Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hedrix, Kiss), Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More), Cheche Alara (Christina Aguilera), Kim Bullard (Elton John, Kelly Clarkson), Cristina Abaroa (Celine Dion, Enrique Iglasias), Brady Leffler (Hot Chelle Rae, Justin Beieber), Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Paul McCartney), Alex Acuna (LA Phil, Beck), Teddy Campbell (American idol, The Tonight Show w Leno), Ellis Hall (Ray Charles, Tower of Power), Jacob Armen (Prince), Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys), Dave Schiffman (Adele, Limp Bizkit), Gregg Field (Sinatra, Pharell), Sylvia Massy (Tool, Johnny Cash), CJ Vanston (Toto, spinal Tap), Dame Gail Dorsey (David Bowie, Gwen Stefani), Jenny Mason (The Mrs), Neal Pogue (Outkast, Andre 3000), Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, James Taylor), Moogie Canazio (Sergio Mendes, Sarah Vaughan), Laura Dickinson (Frozen II, Lady and the Tramp), Daniel Seeff (KJazz, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz), James Torme,
Zev Feldman of Resonance Records (Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Nat King Cole), John Wooler of Mood Media (Flying Lotus, Elton John, Miles Davis) and Brent Fischer (D'Angelo, Elvis Costello and The Roots).
RIP Christine Mcvie
7.12.1943 – 11.30.2022

We've come to love Fleetwood Mac songs over decades with soulful classics like You Make Loving Fun, Little Lies, and Don’t Stop, penned by Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac contralto and composer who passed away at age 79 on November 30.

While studying at the Moseley School of Art (worked as a window dresser), she befriended various members of Britain’s emerging blues scene and, in her 20s, joined the band Chicken Shack as a singer and piano player. Among the rival bands she admired was Fleetwood Mac, which then featured the talents of blues guitarist Peter Green along with the rhythm section of Fleetwood and McVie. By 1970, she had joined the group and married John McVie.
As a member of Fleetwood Mac, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding contribution to Music in 1998.

Her new album, Songbird (Orchestral Version)," is taken from her first solo music compilation and released on Rhino Records. It's nominated in the 2023 Grammys for Best Arrangements by Vince Mendoza, Instruments and Vocals category. It's remixed with additional overdubs by Glyn Johns. This version includes Christine's original vocals with the piano removed and orchestra arrangements added. The booklet includes a January 2022 BBC interview plus production details for each song. Now a beautiful tribute to her life and music.

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New Perfume, Decades, Celebrates Fashion and Music Icon Cher

Cher has announced a new fragrance collection in partnership with Scent Beauty —Decades.
The collection’s unique packaging and design are inspired by Cher’s own singular fashions throughout the decades.
The ’60s is a mix of Chypre Flora with notes of Bergamot, Rose Damascena, and Patchouli, representing the nostalgia, peace, and love era.The ’70s is an amber, woody incense scent with cardamom, saffron, and musks, representing disco bling and Utopian times.The ’80s is a floral and fruity scent with notes of mandarin, honeysuckle, and tonka bean, representing goth punk.The ‘90s with a floral scent and notes of peach nectar, heliotrope, and sandalwood, representing grunge and pop escapism. The unisex fragrances are available at Wallmart.

“First of all, I'm astonished that I have been famous for sixty years. When I started everything was changing, and just like music, art, and clothing, perfume also changed. These scents represent those Decades for me. There was electricity in the air and life smelled like excitement.”

-- Cher
Trans Audio Group Strengthens Sales and Support with New Hire
Stephen Earnest Joins As Business Development Manager Based in Nashville
Trans Audio' Brad Lunde and Zach Winterfeld (right) visit ATC headquarters in UK (above)

TransAudio Group, one of the world’s leading distributors of high-end audio gear for studio and live markets has embarked on a targeted effort to up the company’s awareness in the southeastern states with the new hire of Stephen Earnest (left), Business Development Manager. Based in Nashville, he is well versed in TransAudio’s unprecedented reputation for delivering creative, problem-solving, product solutions. For the past four years, Stephen served as one of Vintage King Audio’s account executives, advising and outfitting project studios, multi-room facilities, post, and ATMOS integrations. Prior to VK, he as many years of experience as a studio and live engineer, as well as a background in sound design for houses of worship. In addition, he is co-owner of the commercial recording facility, Gnome Recording Studios based in Nashville.
“I’ve known Brad and the team for many years and couldn’t be prouder to join them in providing dealers and recording professionals products that will help create incredible art and grow the music industry throughout the southeast,” said Earnest. Noted Brad Lunde, founder, and owner of TransAudio Group, “We’ve been looking for the right person to handle the growing needs of, not only Nashville but, the entire southeast and Stephen is exactly right.”
Stephen Earnest – Business Development Manager, Southeast
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Season of Giving
This year, the Sony Corp launched its ‘Season of Giving’ program to support global organizations dedicated to providing aid for those facing food insecurity, homelessness and refugee support, as well as music industry relief and educational programs for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in the month of November, SMG committed sizeable amounts in each territory where the Company conducts business: Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Continental Europe, Latin America, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The nearly 30 global beneficiaries of this year’s campaign include:Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome (SMG Latin/Iberia)
Bonnie Support Services Ltd (SMP Australia; Dream Streets (SMG Nashville); FoodForward SA NPC (SMG South Africa); Rise Against Hunger Philippines (SMG Philippines)...
Over the course of the last three weeks, Sony Music Group – alongside their notable artists and songwriters including India Shawn (Epic Records), Tyler Shaw (SME Canada), Clara Benin (SME Philippines), NOBITA (SME Philippines), Kobie Dee (SMP Australia), Tom Wilson (SMP Canada) – volunteered with partner organizations in their own communities during a series of in-person events.
In speaking of the seasonal initiative, Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact, Sony Music Group, said, “Globally, SMG is committed to supporting local communities throughout the year. For the holiday season, we wanted to bring extra support and relief aid to those in need and dedicate our efforts to more than three million people worldwide. We’re grateful to our artists and international partner organizations who work on-the-ground to provide direct assistance to their neighbors.”  Learn more about Sony Giving here
A Life In Music For Holiday Gift Giving
From a child actor working alongside Academy Award-winners to one-half of hit- making duo Peter and Gordon; from Head of A & R for The Beatles' Apple Records to inspiring the look of Austin Powers; from winning two Grammy Awards for "Producer of the Year" to being awarded the title "Commander of the British Empire" by Queen Elizabeth... Peter Asher definitely has quite a story to tell. Our pick for stocking stuffer
A Life In Music by David Jacks The book includes comments from a number of music producers and engineers including Lou Adler, Niko Bolas, John Boylan, Geoff Emerick, Jack Endino, Frank Filipetti, Val Garay, Nathaniel Kunkel, Terry Manning, Sir George Martin, George Massenberg, Richard Perry, Al Schmitt, Matt Wallace, and Frank Wolf, among others, not to mention interviews with many musical artists who speak on working with Peter over the years. Available at Amazon with more details here
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