2018 NAMM show

January 25th, 2018 § Comments Off on 2018 NAMM show § permalink

Disneyland in 1956

The NAMM show starts today at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is a non-profit that was founded in 1901.

Anaheim was founded in 1857 by German immigrants as the Anaheim Colony. The heim (home) by the Santa Ana river. By 1870 the area had “scores of vineyards” and 47 wineries. A grape disease in the 1880s forced farmers to switch to orange growing, which lasted until the mid 1950s. Which is also when Disneyland opened.

Ninety years ago, in 1928, Disney released its first major film with fully synchronized sound; Steamboat Willie. Look how far we have come?

1928 Steamboat Willie on YouTube

Music Immortalized

November 29th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

1921 - Caruso immortalized - Victrola magazine ad

1921 – Caruso immortalized – Victrola magazine ad

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been less than 100 years since this ad for the Victor Talking Machine Company was published.

Are we selling music, or the machine?

Music in the AIR (studios)

November 10th, 2017 § Comments Off on Music in the AIR (studios) § permalink

Here is a decent article about Sir George Martin and AIR Studios history, printed during George’s In My Life tour.

From the April 11, 1998 edition of Billboard magazine.


June 8th, 2015 § Comments Off on SAVE AIR STUDIOS! § permalink

Dear friends,

I just signed the petition Save Air Studios and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding.

You can read more and sign the petition here: Save AIR Studios

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others?

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Thank you!


The Fairlight at AIR Studios Oxford Street

April 29th, 2015 § Comments Off on The Fairlight at AIR Studios Oxford Street § permalink

Here is the long lost episode of the BBC’s “Science in Action” program from 1987. In this segment I show how to sample with our Fairlight CMI Series III in Studio 5 at AIR Studios Oxford Street.
We sold the Series III to J. J. Jeczalik of the Art of Noise a few weeks after taping this episode! I wonder why!

Some NAMM 2015 photos

February 8th, 2015 § Comments Off on Some NAMM 2015 photos § permalink

John Jones and Carol Welsman at NAMM 2015

Sandra, JJ and Steve Cooke at NAMM 2015

Richard Martinez, Sean Halley and John Jones at NAMM 2015

Jim Burgess of Saved by Technology and John Jones at NAMM 2015

Richard Martinez, Tim Brannon and John Jones at NAMM 2015

Steve Ferrone's Heartbreakers Gretsch kit at NAMM 2015

Richard, Robert Sarzo, JJ and Avery Sarzo

John Jones, Forrest Richardson and friends at NAMM 2015

Jones, Ferrone and Cooke - goofing around!


Skip and Nick

August 19th, 2014 § Comments Off on Skip and Nick § permalink

Off we went to Rancho Encino for a mixing session with Skip Saylor over the weekend!

Skip and Ian, and the studio, and the Rancho, and the Thai restaurant Mustang, and the exceptional facilities, paled in comparison to the great sound they gave to Nick Wood‘s music!

We’re almost ready for mastering!

John Jones, Nick Wood and Skip Saylor at the SSL!















My Grammy Week started at the Village Studios…

January 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on My Grammy Week started at the Village Studios… § permalink

The 7th Annual Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy celebration at the Village Studios honoring Neil Young was a special night.

Neil Young on stage in the ballroom at the Village Studios

I shot this short clip of the introductory part of Neil’s speech to show the atmosphere in the ballroom. It was fantastic!

And then Dave Mathews came out and played a couple of Neil’s songs.

And here is one of the traditional photos many of us take at these events.

John Jones, Frank Oglethorpe, Neil Dorfsman, Elliot Scheiner, Steve Churchyard at the Village Studios


Olympic Games Sound

July 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Dennis Baxter, the official sound engineer for the Olympic Games, explains what he has been doing to the sound of live sport in this audio interview from NPR.

They play clips of what the Summer Games sounded like before and after Baxter took over in 1996.

Would you ever have imagined what he has done for Rowing?

Making the Olympics Sound Right. From a “Swoosh” To A “Splash” – click on the audio

Here is another interview with Dennis from Audio Pro International on the same subject:

2012 Olympics: Interview with audio consultant Dennis Baxter

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