sept I oct 2017
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Google turns 19 as musicians come together to support their communities in need. October is all treats with AES buzzing in NY, and Hammond Hang playing in LA.
This New York come-back kid is the home of the film makers.
We sit down to hear three generations of Afro Cuban music and witness the creative process exposed live on Facebook. A village runs to give and the music community raises funds and friends for disaster relief. Join us for networking events and great live music starting now!

Thanks for our 2 4,000 + readers and community of studios, composers, arrangers who create music that lives and moves.  Congrats to all of you who have renewed and enjoying work, industry networking and more.. Renew today. Thank you!
In This Issue
Renew Today...for 2017!
Studio Revivals: Manhattan's Studio 7 Sports ATCs
Save The Date: studioexpresso producers @ NAMM: Sat Jan 27, 2-5pm
Spalding Sessions Exposed @ NRG
Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés
LIVE Music Events
Hammond Hang: Sat Oct 21, 1-3pm
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Manhattan's Newly Renovated Studio 7 
A Surround System with ATC SCM110 LCR Monitors 

The newly renovated Studio 7 re-opens at the Manhattan Center Events - Hammerstein Ballroom & Grand BallroomOnsite ensemble includes a new LAWO digital console, surround listening with ATC Loudspeaker Technology Ltd, Universal Audio Octo, DAD - Digital Audio Denmark converters, and more...
Studio 7 and the Grand Ballroom are a hub for NYC film score recording. Academy Award-winning film scores and Oscar-nominated soundtracks have been recorded in the Grand Ballroom, include: Interview with a Vampire, Fargo, Batman Forever, The Red Violin, You've Got Mail, Everything Is Illuminated, TinTin, Frida (which won an Oscar for composer Elliot Goldenthal, Across the Universe).
The Grand Ballroom is on the 7th Floor of the Manhattan Center, 311. W. 34th Street. For more info contact: Obie O'Brien, Director of Audio and Video Production,
For more information on   ATC Monitors contact  Brad Lunde 702-365-5155 or visit  

Conversations with Familia 
Multi-Grammy Award Winners Arturo O'Farrill & Rafa Sardina brought VIP guests to Sphere Studios in North Hollywood on Wednesday September 20th for an exclusive playback of their forthcoming Latin Jazz album Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico By Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés. 
Kabir Sehgal, the executive producer of "Familia" interviewed O'Farrill (his co-producer) on the making of the album, recorded January 30 - Feb 1, 2017 at Systems Two Recording Studios, New York by Sardina.  A live and emotional performance by Arturo followed the Q&A.
Sphere LA is Francesco Cameli's (KORN, Flyleaf, Ed Sheeran) brand new iteration of his renowned facility Sphere Studios UK (Adele, Muse, Duran Duran and Queen).
Sphere LA is located in North Hollywood in a building that was originally home to Royaltone Studios and subsequently Linda Perry's private Kung Fu Gardens.  The lovingly designed rooms are welcoming and   feature the restored vintage Neve 8078 console in A, while Studio B (a mix room that also has two booths and two guitar closets) is equipped with an SSL 4072 G+ console.

Meet Drawmer's New Baby: MPA-90

Ivor Drawmer and his handpicked team of engineers unveiled the new Drawmer MPA-90 two-channel class D power amplifier. Its small dual monoblock design, with tabletop or rack mountable footprint, houses guts capable of delivering 90W per channel (into 4 Ohms) or 180W bridged - all with no annoying fan. Like Drawmer's MC2.1 Monitor Controller, the new MPA-90 treats audio signals with integrity: its output is lusciously transparent, revealing the beauty (and the faults!) of whatever is run through it. Also, like all Drawmer's products, the MPA-90 is built in England to last a lifetime, priced fairly at $695.

"The new Drawmer MPA-90 is the perfect partner to small passive loudspeakers like the Auratone® 5Cs or other small passives" says Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, Drawmer's longtime US distributor.
"Many Class D amps out there are just raw Class D modules, but the MPA-90 has a Drawmer designed and built custom front end to improve its sound. The MPA-90 sounds excellent and with the bridging feature, provides a future upgrade path. The MPA-90 is really the perfect complement to the Drawmer MC1.1 or MC2.1 Preamplifiers in matching housing, but it works great with any preamp."
Switching the Drawmer MPA-90 from stereo to mono bridged is easily accomplished with the flick of a switch and use of the mono loudspeaker jack. Its inputs are either balanced XLR or unbalanced phono to cover the two universes of gear, pro versus semi-pro/consumer that may feed it. It features thermal, overload, and power-up/power-down protection and front-panel standby, fault, and clip indicator LEDs. Its rugged steel chassis and brushed aluminum cover speaks to the Drawmer MPA-90's design integrity and longevity.
The MPA-90 is now available for shipping.  PRICE: $695.00 MAP

Trans Audio Group Introduces the Boutique Analog Compressor 
TransAudio Group, Bettermaker's U.S. distributor, introduced the path breaking Bettermaker C502V at the AES's 139th Convention earlier this year in New York City. Like the rest of Bettermaker's catalog - which in just a few short years has earned numerous TEC, Resolution, and Prosound award nominations and wins, the C502V combines a boutique analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right) with intuitive, musical controls and complete parameter recall and automation from a linked DAW-based plug-in - high-end analog sound paired with a superior digital workflow. The C502V is the first compressor from Bettermaker, although with three distinct VCA flavors in one 500-series chassis, it could just as easily be described as the first three compressors from Bettermaker! Stereo, dual mono, or M/S modes, as well as USB or analog side-chain with adjustable high-pass filtering and "look ahead" functionality expand the C502V's universe of possibilities.

Trans Audio Group 
In her new work entitled 'Exposure', composer, vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding creates an album of music in just 3 days, every second of the process broadcast live for a global audience. By live streaming the recording process, Spalding not only gives her audience a chance to see what it takes to create an album, but what it is like to create an album composed entirely on the spot! Recorded in just 77 hours, only 7,777 copies will be available for purchase courtesy of Concord Records here
Nothing prepared. Compose, play, produce and expose it all real-time!  A moment in time with Esperanza! Creativity exposed! Take a short tour of NRG w/ Spalding here!
With Lalah Hathaway here ! Spalding EXPOSURE snippet 1 here! Those of you behind the glass, we appreciate what you engineers do. Long hours of cutting, pasting, playing and replaying.  Watch Spalding prepare and brainstorm her newest album "EXPOSURE" with guest Frank Gehry
"We trust our musicianship...and expose creating," says Spalding. 

A Village Runs For A Good Cause
This month Trans Audio Group (U.S. distributor of world's beloved studio recording equipment), sponsored one of their sales managers, Zachary Winterfeld to run 5K in support of Didi Hirschs Suicide Prevention Center. 
Zach joined The Village recording studio team, lead by Jeff Greenberg.
The run took place on Sunday, September 24th in Los Angeles.
Greenburg  BradLunde Trans Audio Group 
Mental Health is often overlooked among musicians. Supporting suicide prevention is timely given the recent suicides of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. HSPC is the leading anti-suicide organization in America with services to include: Counseling, hotline, education, survivor support.  From 11 sites and in nearly 100 schools, the agency helps almost 100,000 adults and children throughout Southern California each year. Its Suicide Prevention Center - the first in the nation to provide 24/7 crisis counseling - receives over 80,000 calls on its Crisis Line annually and provides support groups for people who have lost loved ones to suicide or have attempted it. For more information about Didi Hirsch's services, please call (888) 807-7250 between Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Drawmer To Address "Project-" and "Home-" Studio installations 

CMC2 stands for  Compact Monitor Controller. 
"The CMC2 uses the same transparent audio circuitry that Ivor Drawmer and his engineering team developed for the hugely popular MC2.1 and MC3.1 monitor controllers," notes Brad Lunde, founder and president, TransAudio Group.  
Some of those features include balanced stereo inputs, a 3.5mm unbalanced stereo aux input with independent volume control, mix check facilities such as phase reverse, summed mono and dim, and capabilities to support two sets of stereo monitors, a subwoofer and volume-independent headphones.
Drawmer CMC2 Specifications.
"Its sound-or lack of sound-is exactly what smaller studios so often lack and why they so often fail to produce recordings that successfully translate to other systems. Of course, smaller studios are often on a tight budget, and some of the advanced features of the MC2.1 and MC3.1 are unnecessary for their needs. The new Drawmer CMC2 fits its niche perfectly, giving small studio owners big studio sound at a price they can afford," adds Lunde.  And, here's some of those features:
  • Ultra low noise design provides transparency
  • Source switches are active in any combination, including two on 1/4-inch balanced jacks and one 3.5mm front-panel aux for smart devices and other products
  • Time relay protection on all speaker outputs to prevent power up/down issues
  • The CMC2 features a large volume knob that incorporates a paralleled custom quad pot for smooth channel matching
  • Mix checking options that include dim, phase reverse and mono, and an easily accessible mute switch
  • A Kensington security slot (sometimes called a K-Slot)
Vintage Reborn
Telefunken Diamond Series 

Most will agree. There's nothing like the sound of a classic vintage mic!
The studio standards : C12, 251, and U47 are on the wish list of every engineer.
Now with Telefunken Diamond series the vintage sound is reborn.  Of course,
the best way to compare mics is by hearing them. So, TransAudio Group and Telefunken are organizing dealer showroom shootouts.  Dealers who participate can use their choice of support gear and any comparable vintage microphone models they'd like to put up against the new Telefunken Elektroakustik C12, ELA M 251 and U47 mics.
  "Genuine shootouts are the only way we can think of to sidestep the hype that's out there about mics and get to what actually matters: Sound Quality," says Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group.
Sweetwater recently held shootouts between the vintage AKG C12 and the new Telefunken C12 (click to listen); between the vintage Telefunken ELA M 251 and the new Telefunken ELA M 251 (click to listen); and between the vintage Neumann U47 and the new Telefunken U47 (click to listen). 
Interested dealers should contact TransAudio Group directly at 702-365-5155. 

Trans Audio Group's Brad Lunde talks about ATC inventor Billy Woodman (left) during # GearFest 2017 Listen to the interview with Sweetwater's Lynn Fuston about ATC monitoring systems  here 

A Whole Lotta Mastering System 
Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Shipping Now! 

TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional audio recording equipment, is shipping the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter.  
BML combines a pure analog signal path with a USB connection that allows it to be controlled, recalled, automated, and A/B'd from its associated plug-in (The USB connection and plug-in only control the functionality of the hardware unit, no audio passes through the USB connection or plug-in). This unit is comprised of two separate level control circuits, an infinity to 1 limiter followed by a clipper. Both are fixed threshold circuits, with the limiter threshold approximately 3dB lower than the clipper. A user adjustable ratio controls the amount of work done by the limiter versus clipper, achieved through adjustment of the limiter attack time. Additionally, this unit features variable odd- and even-harmonic coloration, locally stored user presets, and responsive, comprehensive metering that frees up your computer screen for other workflow tasks.
"You cannot look at the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter as just one tool," explains Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. "It is a whole mastering system that replaces more than a few plug-ins and analog devices: limiter, clipper, saturator, M/S matrix, and a very sophisticated metering device. Its bright touchscreen display is pleasant to look at and frees up the computer screen. "Bettermaker's plug-in control is great. Not only can users recall and automate settings, but they can easily A/B settings from the plug-in to make smart decisions. You can also store and save presets right from the front panel or within Pro Tools or other DAW's," says Lunde. "The 'color' section is our original design; we did not model it on anything that is currently on the market," said Marek Walaszek, CEO at Addicted To Music group and the lead designer of the Bet-termaker products. "The idea is to give the user the ability to add odd harmonics, even harmonics, or both to the signal. The harmonics target a user specified area of the audio spectrum, which al-lows you to, for example, add even harmonics to the highs to give them a more smooth sound and odd harmonics to the lows to give them more bite. The color section mimics a wide-Q equalizer and users can apply equalization techniques when using this capability; after finding the target area us-ers adjust the amount to color to apply. Also, the color is not a mix of saturated signal and dry signal; the harmonic content becomes part of the original dry signal."
The metering page includes input, output, and reduction meters, a VU meter, RMS metering, LUFS (Short Term, Integral, Momentary, Loudness Range, View in Time) with TruePeak metering, K-metering, a FFT analyzer, a goniometer, a correlation meter, and three points of measurement: the plug-in, the physical input of the limiter, and the physical output of the limiter. An additional page allows users to customize their metering to fit their workflow.
U.S. PRICING: $3495.00 List * $2995.00 M

ATC monitors were at NAMM earlier in January where TransAudio Group showcased the popular near- and mid-field ATC SCM25A and SCM45A monitors, as well the new passive ATC SCM12 monitor and the ATC P1 PRO stand-alone amplifier.  You can hear ATCs at some of the world's best studios: East West, the Village, and Blackbird Studios.
TransAudio Group's Subwoofer Pros Studio Subs complemented the ATC SCM25As. TransAudio Group introduces the newest  and smallest member of the ATC family: the SCM12 Pro. Using the very same "all in-house built" components as its larger siblings, the SCM12 Pro delivers ATC's famous super-detailed "ATC midrange", solid imaging, and ideal balance that have made ATC the gold standard for working professionals across all music genres and audio industries. In a twist, TransAudio Group will combine the SCM12 Pro with ATC's all new P1 Pro 150W/channel rackmount amplifier in a bundle that breaks previous price barriers for ATC. The SCM12/P1 Pro monitor/amp package will carry a bundle MAP price of US $4350. If purchased separately, the SCM12 Pro is $1,990/pair MAP, and the P1 Pro amp is $3,490 MAP.

Additionally TransAudio created a new "free-to-the-dealer" display option.  The four-sided display makes it easy to showcase recording studio accessories, such as Accusound cable, Sabra-Som shock mounts, and Pauly and Hakan pop filters. "This display makes it much easier for the dealer to present and sell higher performance accessories. WE will service the display making it easy for the dealer to add plus revenue," said Lunde.
For more information on  ATCs  
contact  Brad Lunde at  or call  702-365-5155.
ATC SCM25As in stock today at your favorite Pro Audio Dealer. Follow the link:

Trans Audio Group at NAMM 2017, Anaheim unveiling the new Drawmer MC3.1 and the newest and smallest member of the ATC family: the SCM12 Pro, among other cool studio toys. 
Alex Jacobsen of Auratone  Auratone 5C Sound Cubes 
The TEC-nominated Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting, and motion picture industries for its unfailing ability to represent mixes as they will so often appear in the "real world" - on small-format, zero-crossover loudspeakers.     
For more information on Aurotones visit  or call  Brad Lunde at 702-365-5155.   

Bettermaker, the Poland-based maker of high-end analog equalizers with plug-in control and recall, earned two nominations: one for the Bettermaker EQ502P 500 series module and one for the
Bettermaker EQ232P MKII rack-mount.

Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, which incorporates different analog character circuitry and variable saturation, and Tube-Tech HLT 2A, which pairs high and low shelving with an innovative "tilt" midrange filter, earned nominations as well. Finally, ATC earned a nomination for the ATC SCM45A, three-way compact near-field monitor with unparalleled midrange fidelity. The winners will be determined by online voting via Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and Electronic Musician and via professional audio and sound production organizations. 

"All of these nominations go to inventor-owned companies, the kind of companies where innovation is king. We're proud to have these exciting new products recognized with TEC Award nominations," said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. It's easy to imagine that there's nothing new under the sun in the world of pro audio, or that anything new is a gimmick, but that's simply not the case. The sound quality of Bettermaker's equalizers would have earned TEC nominations by itself, but the fact that their fully-analog circuitry can be recalled and automated via a plug-in interface has obvious advantages in a modern workflow. The Drawmer 1978 and the Tube-Tech HLT 2A prove that traditional compressor and equalizer topologies are not the only way to inspire fantastic mixes. Taking a different tack, ATC's SCM45A gives engineers a beefier three-way ATC nearfield with fidelity that ensures mixes will translate outside of the studio. Obviously, we encourage folks to cast their votes for these innovative tools!" adds Lunde.
For more information on  Auratones, Bettermaker EQ232P MKII , Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, Tube-Tech HLT 2A  and   ATC SCM45A  For the latest info on Tube-Tech contact  Brad Lunde at   or call  702-365-5155.

Trans Audio Group  
tag crew
l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group    
For the latest info contact   
TransAudio Group, founded by industry  veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US 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. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),  ATC Loudspeakers (UK),
Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email

Summertime Wine Tasting
& Networking
Summertime Wine Tasting @ Urban Press   

Sept 27, 7PM

316 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502  
RSVP to Jane Scobie   
View photos from previous wine tastings events here 

Hammond Hang  Hosted by Emiko feat Garry Swan (Pointer Sisters)
Sat October 21, 1-3

Church Keyboard Center: 250 W Duarte Rd Monrovia, CA 91016
RSVP for October 21:  


Mimosa Music Series at The Federal, NOHO
Gary Calamar moves his intimate Mimosa Music Series out of his Laurel Canyon living room and into North Hollywood's beautiful Federal Bar. Come on down for a bagel, mimosa and some great music. In October you'll be treated to folk sounds of Inara Jones and Shel, celebrating their new release: Just Crazy Enough

Sun Oct 1 2017 11:00 AM (Doors 11:00 AM)
 The Federal 5303 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91601

RADD Night Lift LA 
Pierce Etzioni    
A consummate soul man just released new 60's/Muscle Shoals vintage album "You've Got To Feel It!" featuring the legendary Swampers, Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters. Co-writer of Stax jam "We Can Always Come Back To This," featured on NBC's "This Is Us," charting #1 Billboard Blues, Top 20 Billboard Rock and R&B charts. 
Roots Rock/Soul in the vein of The Black Keys meets the White Stripes with a hustler's edge.
Surf Soul Jazz from four LA babies. Music made for kissin'.
                        5043 York Blvd.
                        Los Angeles, CA 90042  
                       Use uberPOOL promo code RADDLA
                        Doors:  7 p.m.
                        Show:   8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
                        *FREE SHOW 18 & Over  

Hosted by Sky Renee, this month RADD® is partnering with Uber and emerging music acts for a College DUI Awareness campaign to promote responsible driving and road safety. Their message is "Have Fun, Plan Ahead" with an Uber, designated driver, ride share or alternate form of transportation.   
Attendees can use uberPOOL promo code RADDLA for two free uberPOOL trips, up to $10 each, to and from the HiHat and only valid on Sept 28, 2017
Trips must begin or end at the Hi Hat, while supplies last (300 rides).      
RADD® has previously partnered with KROQ's Weenie Roast; Malibu Guitar Festival, Jam In The Van (Outside Lands, Coachella) and LA Crawl in Downtown LA 
The RADD® College DUI Awareness campaign is currently on 45 college campuses backed by a grant from the California Office Of Traffic Safety.
2017 AES New York   

As a visitor to the 143rd AES Convention you will have the opportunity to see all the latest audio technologies. There will be technical programs, special tracks, exhibit floor, special events and more here...
This is the last week for AES New York Convention Advance Registration pricing, which will increase to Standard pricing on October 4. Follow the link to find out more about what's going on at the show and your various options for attending. There's audio value for every price range, if you act now!

 Among many events, AES New York will feature the presentation of the annual AES "Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award" and "Best Student Paper Award" distinctions, which honor outstanding achievement in academic papers being presented at the convention. The awards will be presented during the Opening Ceremonies on October 18 by AES New York Convention Papers Co-chairs Braxton Boren and Areti Andreopoulou. Read more here
143rd AES International Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  

September Disaster Relief By Musicians
In September Harvey made landfall, Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean before flooding parts of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, and destroying 25 percent of homes in the Florida Keys. As Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were still recovering from Irma, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, leaving the entire island without electricity and 70 percent of the island without water.   Mexico has been hit by three separate and devastating earthquakes this month - on Sept. 8, 19, and the 23. The quakes have left over 200 dead and many more stranded. Once again Music people came together to help with relief efforts in disaster affected areas. Artists and music labels have been announcing donations, releasing music to raise funds, and participating in benefit shows.   Jennifer Lopez donated $1 million to aid Puerto Rico; Maná, a rock band from Guadalajara, donated $3.5 million pesos (approx $200,000) to benefit the victims of Mexico's earthquakes
Here's a sampling of more music leaders giving:
  • Jay-Z's Roc Nation is auctioning off four signed Made In America Festival camouflage jackets; all the proceeds from the auction will be sent to support victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.Current Bid: $950   
  • Dead Sea Records, an indie record label, is releasing Music 4 Mexico Earthquake Relief Compilation albums, which you can purchase for $15 or more. Three volumes have already been released, with a fourth one coming.
  • Residuels, a punk band from Philadelphia, released "Hurricane" on Bandcamp. All proceeds from the track downloads will go directly toward the Red Cross.
  • U2's The Edge announced that he'll be raising money to help musicians that have lost their instruments from Hurricane Harvey. He created Music Rising, a site where you can donate to help replace the instruments lost from musicians and schools. On September 25th, 2006, Music Rising heralded the commencement of Phase II with a historic performance by U2 and Green Day at the New Orleans Superdome. Phase II was dedicated to helping churches and schools rebuild their music programs by replacing the instruments that they lost in the devastation
  • Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Nicky Jam, and more have joined the Unidos Por Puerto Rico benefit concert-telethon that will air Oct. 22 through more than 20 Spanish Broadcasting System radio stations and on Telemundo, Univision and Mega TV in the U.S. The concert-telethon will raise money for those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.
Here's how you can help those affected by: Harvey and Irma, and those in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico.
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed
In good times and bad, we count on our friends.  Really excited to announce the production line up we're preparing for NAMM 2018. Stay creative and stay tuned!
Until next month,    Music lives and moves!

Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso

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Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico
September 15, 2017

Two sons play a touching homage to their fathers.Tribute to Bebo & Chico brings together two of the influential families in Afro-Cuban music in a celebration of their late patriarchs: pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés (1918-2013) and composer, arranger and bandleader "Chico" O'Farrill (1921-2001)
The double CD is filled with Afro Cuban rhythms and contemplative solos. Here time slows down. The songs are 6-11 minutes long each. The music makes you step into a different time zone where life is not rushed; tastes and smells linger. Ah, now they've got our attention!
The album showcases the music of three generations: The grandfathers (and godfathers), Bebo Valdes and Chico O'Farrill, the sons, Chucho Valdes and Arturo O'Farill; and their grandchildren Leyanis, Jessie Valdes, Adam and Zack O'Farrill.  The repertoire includes six big band pieces (including original compositions), five small ensembles and two piano solos.
You could say Familia is a family affair.  Featured are family members.The multi-generational celebration is sincere and passionate. "It's about building on the work of our fathers and mothers and relinquishing the platform to our daughters and sons," says O'Farrill in the liner notes. Also " a global concept...Life is about service to the greatest structure and treasure of all: the family of humans everywhere."
Bebo Valdés (1918-2013) was a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader in Havana, while Chico O'Farrill (1921-2001) was busy leading ensembles in New York. Their paths through Cuban music reflect unbreakable musical ties between the U.S. and Cuba that defied politics and a Cold War. History repeats itself and the music follows.
The listed executive producer for the album is Kabir Sehgal, with O'Farrill sharing production responsibilities with Sehgal. Familia is engineered and mixed by 14-time Grammy-winner Rafa Sardina




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Trans Audio Group booth at Summer NAMM
A Designs HAMMER 2, an easy-to-use amplifier for both main mixing and tracking.
Bettermaker's Award-Winning 502V 500 Series boutique analog compressor
Daking's Famous Line of Compressors and Mic Pre's
Drawm er's MC1.1

Monitor Preamp and the new 1978 Stereo FET Compressor.
And the Auratone Reference Monitors ever present at every studio!   

"What's good about the SCM25A Pros is that they're more muscular; they've got more bass end, and you can control that... they manage to throw the sweet spot quite a long way into the room, so everyone can share it... but they have all that accuracy, so when you do sit yourself down in the sweet spot they're absolutely invaluable."
- Will Gregory


250 W Duarte Rd. Suite B Monrovia, CA 91016
The Sound . The S oul . The One 
  the Hammond SK2 organ

October Hammond Hang Features
Gary Swan

watch HTV w/ Swan 

Saturday October 21, 1-3 pm

featuring Gary Swan

Church Keyboard Center
250 W Duarte Rd Suite B Monrovia, CA

RSVP here  
Space is very limited
The Hammond Hang is open to all ages and we welcome all music lovers. See you there!!

"The event is a chance to get 'up close and personal' with a different featured Hammond artist every month," says Emiko, Hammond's new social media liaison and the fab HamTV hostess. 
The interviews are streamed live on Facebook where you can take part in the Q&A following. The format includes a short performance by the guest artist, and networking with refreshments. 

  Hammond and Leslie products in Southern California contact

Hammond gear, gig bags and more... 
Serving Pro Artists in the studio or on stage  
Call Nelson at 909-599-7899 to
schedule your visit and ask for     
 SK1-73 or SK-2  artist pricing available at  
Church Keyboard Center 
Tavis Smiley interview with 'The Ambassador of Soul" and Hammond artist Ellis Hall for PBS  Mr Hall performed two songs and spoke about the depth of his musical career
Watch it here

GRAMMY®  News       

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017 
First-Round Ballot Period: Oct. 16-29, 2017 
Nominations: Nov. 28, 2017 
Final-Round Ballot Period: Dec. 7-21, 2017 
60th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Jan. 28, 2018

Grammy Museum @ LA Live
An Evening With Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho  
Presented by American Express

Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 8 p.m. 

The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation about their newest collaborative album, which will be followed by a live performance, hosted by Executive Director Scott Goldman.

Daniel Ho and Tak Matsumoto are two of the most respected artists in their fields. Combined, they have won seven GRAMMY Awards, sold millions of albums, and touched every corner of the world with their music. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and based in Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has graced his presence in many aspects of music, from composing to producing to audio engineering.
Ho has written and performed songs in the English and Hawaiian languages, and his music has been featured in films including the romantic comedy hit, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Achieving success as a soloist and collaborator, Ho worked with Tak Matsumoto to record and tour their 2017 album titled, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea. Born in Osaka, Japan, Matsumoto quickly emerged as a top guitarist, highly regarded by his Japanese peers and worldwide. In the late-'80s, Matsumoto partnered with Koshi Inaba to form the rock duo, B'z, and reign as one of Japan's most successful acts, selling over 80 million copies and holding the record for most consecutive No. 1 singles. Matsumoto, with his coveted guitar style, has joined forces with artists like Steve Vai, Aerosmith, Eddie Van Halen, and Slash. Alongside Larry Carlton, he won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Take Your Pick. Matsumoto is one of the first five artists, as well as the first Asian artist, to be bestowed with the honor of a signature Gibson Les Paul guitar. Ho and Matsumoto's first collaborative album, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea, is an especially personal project. Featuring traditional instruments that are a part of their respective island cultures, including the ukulele, slack key guitar, koto and taiko, the album is a fresh take on contemporary instrumental music.

Grammy Museum LA 
800 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015
Oct 10 , 2017
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00PM
tix here 

Call To Assist GRAMMY Camp® Applicants

The GRAMMY Museum® is currently accepting applications for its 2018 GRAMMY Camp® - Jazz Session for high school students. The program is part of the Museum's GRAMMY in the Schools® offerings and is supported in part by Converse, Journeys, RBC Capital Markets, Hot Topic Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company Fund.
GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session is open to high school (public, private, parochial, homeschool, etc.) musicians. Those who are selected will participate in the 2018 GRAMMY Jazz Tour Jan. 23-29, 2018, in New York City, the host city for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Students will perform at high-profile GRAMMY® Week events, and will attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Jan. 28, 2018. Students are also eligible for college scholarships offered by our college partners; Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the School of Jazz at the New School, and USC Thornton School of Music. GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session receives additional support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Zildjian, Capitol Recording Studios (EMI Music), and CenterStaging.
GRAMMY Museum staff will be available to answer your questions on an informational conference call on the following dates:
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Informational Call

Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Informational Call

Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Informational Call

To RSVP for one of the calls visit or email

DEADLINE: Students interested in participating in the 2018 GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session can apply at Applications are due Oct. 22, 2017.
Booker T Jones & Sue Ennis Enlisted For Creator Rights Advocacy 
The Recording Academy™ welcomes nationally-recognized songwriter Sue Ennis and three-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones to the Academy's National Advocacy Committee. The Committee, comprised of leading performers, producers, songwriters, and studio engineers, works to determine specific policy positions of the Recording Academy and advance the interests of the music creators the Academy represents.
Sue Ennis will co-chair the Committee with record producer Rodney Jerkins. Ennis is a nationally-recognized songwriter, best known for her work with the Seattle rock band Heart. She has co-written more than 70 songs with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, with more than 35 million records sold.
Best known as the leader of the instrumental group Booker T. & The MG's, the house band at Stax Records, Jones' role in the evolution of R&B and soul music is incalculable. He received the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and has been inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Ennis and Jones will join existing Committee members, all working music makers, Rodney Jerkins, KEM, Ann Mincieli, John Poppo, and Nile Rodgers.
What it takes to survive a session with horns, winds and strings! From "Recording Unhinged" by Sylvia Massy. See if you can find Danny Elfman,   Al Schmitt, Hans Zimmer, Susan Rogers and Leslie Ann Jones

Tec Award NOM For East West Midi Guitars

The EastWest MIDI Guitar Series has been announced as a nominee for the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement for Music Instrument Software. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today's sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media.

"The EastWest MIDI Guitar Series opens up a whole new world for guitar players who have been waiting for technology allowing them to use their guitar like a synth without having to compromise playability or sound quality. It's a break-through technology, and we are honored to be nominated for this innovation," says EastWest producer Doug Rogers.                  
The NAMM TEC Awards will be held in conjunction with The NAMM Show on Saturday, January 27 in Anaheim, California. The event begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Event tickets will be available for purchase in late September by visiting . A variety of event sponsorships are also available by visiting 




RIP Walter Becker
2-20-1950 -- 9-3-2017 
A Tribute by Donald Fagen for his friend and Steely Dan partner, the late Walter Becker   
Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.
We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.
Walter had a very rough childhood - I'll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people's hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby's singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.
His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.
I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.
--Donald Fagen
September 3 2017


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