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Hitoshi Fukutome Named President of Yamaha Corporation of America

Hitoshi Fukutome has been named President of Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) effective March 1, 2013. He succeeds Takuya “Tak” Nakata, who will return to Yamaha Corporation Japan (YCJ) to lead sales and marketing for the Musical Instrument (MI) and Audio Products Group, and will continue ... More


The Most Overrated Things in a Musician’s Career

Sometimes, we need to get our priorities straight. Sometimes, we need to learn to say “no” to the good so that we can say “yes” to the best. Other times, we need to not let perfection get in the way of productivity. How do we sort it all out? What do we need and when do we need it? Let’s go over the most ... More


All those movie trailer voiceover guys convene in epic limo ride

It’s sometimes hard to imagine that the voiceovers from movie trailers belong to actual people. From the latest action epic to the next cartoon hit, the sounds in movie trailers seem to be more than a human voice. So, it may come as some surprise that they all belong to rather normal looking ... More


The Making of John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' Artwork

David A. Smith is a traditional sign-writer/designer specialising in high-quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors. David recently produced a wonderful turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled album cover for popular American singer/songwriter John ... More


VES Issues a Call To Action

Eric Roth, executive director of the Visual Effects Society put out an open letter calling for a “VFX Congress” to address the issues besieging the industry. The letter is posted below in its entirety. VES Open Letter – Call To Action In light of current events, the Visual Effects Society (VES), an honorary body ... More


DocHouse Sound Design Masterclass with Peter Albrechtsen

Peter Albrechtsen has become a leading name in sound design for documentary films, with recent credits in 2012 alone including multi award-winning The Queen of Versailles, Sundance winner Putin's Kiss, Canned Dreams and The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song. At CPH:DOX 2012, Peter was awarded the ... More


‘On the Waterfront’ Featurette Offers Explains Classic Film Ratio Differences and Uses

We’re long past the time when the arguments over aspect ratio is among the most loudest parts of the discussion of a home video release. Widescreen TVs have become standard, and the old pan-and-scan transfers that cropped the sides of a film to fit classic televisions ... More


The Iconic Ocean Way Studios Sold

One of the most iconic studios of Hollywood, Ocean Way Recording, has been sold to the holding company that owns the Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios, large independent film studios located next door to the famed studio. What that means for the long-term future of the studio is unknown, although the studio will ... More


'Oblivion,' 'The Croods,' 'Monsters University,' 'Iron Man 3' Will Get Atmos Treatment

Dolby's immersive new sound format Atmos is continuing to gain momentum. Among the latest upcoming titles that will be offered in Atmos are Universal’s Oblivion, Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, and Marvel’s ... More


Library Of Congress Embarks On Plan To Save Nation's History Of Recorded Sound

The Library of Congress unveiled an extensive plan Wednesday to help libraries and archives nationwide preserve recorded sound to guard against losing historic recordings as has happened with those by George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. About 14,000 public and ... More


Exhibition orgs release requirements for audio technologies

In a pre-emptive move designed to avoid another proprietary sound format debacle, exhibition groups in the U.S. and Europe have released a set of requirements for new immersive/3D audio technologies. The requirements spell out two approaches to sound system setups that both adhere to open source ... More


J.J. Abrams Discusses Storytelling With Valve Co-Founder Gabe Newell

When filmmaker J.J. Abrams appeared on stage a week ago with Gabe Newell of Valve Software, the two dropped a bomb: their companies will work together on several potential projects, one of which could be a video game, and which may also include films based on Valve game series Portal and ... More


CSS Studios Renamed Todd Soundelux

CSS Studios—the holding company behind post production sound brands Todd-AO, Soundelux, POP Sound, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge—is changing its moniker to Todd Soundelux. The brand names of the individual companies will remain unchanged. The CSS group of companies was acquired last ... More


George Lucas, Steven Spielberg Celebrate Opening of USC's Sumner Redstone Production Building

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Brad Grey, Brian Grazer, Jim Wiatt, Les Moonves and Robert Evans were among those who attended the gala reception in Viacom and CBS Corp. chairman Sumner Redstone's honor. USC president C. L. Max Nikias, SCA Board of Councilors ... More


Hans Zimmer: The Computer Is My Instrument

Imagine how great your iPhone cat videos would be if a Grammy and Academy Award winning composer wrote the soundtrack. You probably know what's coming next: Yes, there's an app for that. The app, available exclusively for iOS, is called VJAM. World-renowned music composer and producer Hans Zimmer helped develop ... More


Shazam and Beatport Join Forces

Shazam, the world’s leading media engagement company, today announces an exclusive new partnership with Beatport, the world’s largest DJ and dance music community. The new partnership will enable Shazam to greatly expand the number of dance tracks in its database, giving fans an unparalleled way to discover, explore, buy and ... More


Al Pacino Radiates Intensity in 'Phil Spector' Trailer

HBO's upcoming TV movie, Phil Spector, will premiere on March 24th, and now you can check out the film's intense first trailer, which finds Al Pacino tapping into every facet of legendary producer's crazy brilliance: shooting off guns in the studio, writing songs during trial prep and spewing lines like, ... More


The Record Plant, Famed Marin County Recording Studio, To Become Yoga And Dance Center

Another chapter in the Bay Area's famed rock and roll history is coming to a close. The legendary Record Plant in Sausalito, where artists like Fleetwood Mac, Metallica and Carlos Santana made some of the most iconic albums of the past four decades, is being partially ... More


Sony Pictures Colorworks Launches 4K Television Postproduction Facility

Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility has opened a new facility focused on 4K television postproduction. Located in the Capra Building on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, Colorworks 4K Television will provide postproduction services for original ... More


The Sound of Nurse Jackie: An Afternoon with Jan McLaughlin & Steve Borne

What does it take to get clean, crisp dialogue that can be understood even against the background of a chaotic hospital? Check out this video recap of the special Tekserve / Gotham Sound / Avid event -- featuring Jan McLaughlin, Supervising Sound Editor, and Steve Borne, Sound Mixer ... More


Stefan Kudelski, Who Made Sound Recording Portable, Dies

While few outside the film and radio industries may recognize the name Stefan Kudelski, his Nagra recorder — meaning "will record" in Kudelski's native Polish — transformed the world of sound recording for radio, television and film. Kudelski, inventor of the first portable professional sound ... More


Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Postal Service, Phoenix, How to Destroy Angels, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Coachella has announced the lineup for this year's festival, which will once again take place over two weekends: April 12-14 and April 19-21 in Indio, California. The lineup features the Stone Roses, Blur, the Postal ... More


Amoeba Records launches downloadable music store for digitized rarities

Amoeba Records -- the amazing California music superstore -- has relaunched, with a huge selection of downloadable music rarities, digitized from old vinyl. In some cases, the store has tracked down rightsholders for these out-of-print rarities, and cleared the music for ... More


‘Star Wars’: 3-D prequels postponed to make way for ‘Episode VII’

The Millennium Falcon is changing course. Now that “Star Wars” has a new studio home, a new movie in the works and a new director, other adjustments are in store for the franchise: Lucasfilm is postponing this fall’s scheduled 3-D re-release of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of The Clones” ... More


The Academy Creates Branch for Costume Designers

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the creation of the costume designers branch. Costume designers had previously been a part of the designers branch, which also includes production designers, art directors and set decorators. Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland ... More


MPG and EBU initiative helps you claim your royalties

The Music Producers' Guild and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have worked together to come up with a standard to enable the embedding of International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC) within WAV files. ISRC codes are meta data which contain information about a track such as composer, title, ... More


Legendary producer Alan Parsons continues workshop series with new events

Alan Parsons announces two new Master Class Training Sessions to be held at top studios in Las Vegas (Studio At The Palms on Feb 1st and 2nd) and Nashville (Ocean Way on Feb 11th and 12th). In keeping with the tradition of these popular training workshops—previous events have been ... More


Napster Documentary 'Downloaded' to Premiere at SXSW Film Fest

A new documentary on the rise and fall of Napster, the peer-to-peer file-sharing service that revolutionized the music industry, is set to debut at South by Southwest. Downloaded will have its world premiere on March 10 at the Texas festival, according to VH1, which financed the film. A panel ... More


Dave Grohl Debuts Supergroup at 'Sound City' Sundance Premiere

Dave Grohl seemed to be living his rock and roll fantasy last night at the debut of the Sound City Players at the Sundance Film Festival's Park City Live. Or at least putting the super in supergroup. "It's going to be a long fucking night – you know that, right?" Grohl said to the cheering ... More


Sound Effects for Charity

Charles Maynes and have teamed up for two very special sound effects libraries. “Sounds of Modern Conflict” is two volumes of small arms sound effects in 5.1, stereo and mono mixes. Volume 1 is 19 effects of U.S. and NATO infantry small arms weaponry. Volume 2 is 18 effects of Russian small arms weaponry. Both ... More