Sun, 14 October 2007
News, a Gear Review, Crosstalk, a Special Report from the floor of the 123rd AES show and we tweak the Stupid Knob!
Musical Affirmations For Musicians
Audio Damage Announces Vapor
Jars Of Clay Remix Contest
de la Mancha Releases Ring Thing FREE VST For Windows
Hello everyone, this is Big Al. This week I lost a good friend of mine in a senseless auto accident twenty miles north of Spokane, Washington. His name was Marc Sorger, He was 56.
Marc was a real renaissance man of the music business; someone that did everything well. And a true Unsung Hero. He was one the best all-around musicians / studio cats I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. He was a vibrant and dynamic live performer as well as a gifted engineer and mixer.
He was also one of the few golden ears I've ever known. I swear he could spot a problem that was plus or minus 2 db at 18k . . . over the telephone.
As a performer (sax and vocals) he was so fun to watch. He lived and loved his music. His vocal range was stunning and he could do total justice to screaming rock and roll or a tender jazz ballad.
He had the kind of voice that made most people feel like just giving up their singing when they heard him. For some reason, it just made me want to be better. I studied him for hours and it was an education beyond monetary value.
He performed and wrote with The Dillards, The Righteous Brothers, Gino Vanelli, Michael McDonald, Dean and Carol Parks, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Wopat, Greg Topper, The Spirits Of Rhythm, Safe Sax and a host of others.
He also helped to design and build several studios, including Walter Brecker's place over in Hawaii a few years ago.
I had so many good times with Marc in the studio. We usually spent the whole session trying to recover from laughter. I remember one time we were working on some foley late at night and we were like two kids playing in their favorite sandbox together. It was pure joy and magic. That's the way it was always meant to be in the studio as far as I'm concerned.
Below are links to just a sample of some of his work, including some projects we worked on together, and other folks with whom he worked and played. If you happen to have known him or worked with him, please drop me a line and let me know.
I can't begin to fathom that we'll never work together again. I miss him so much it hurts.
My condolences to Marc's whole family, his daughters (Rachell, Natalie and Sabrina), his friends and his long-time musical partners in the group Safe Sax, John Lowry and Tera Wolfe-Brasch.
There will be an event in Marc's Honor at Ella's Supper Club in downtown Spokane on November 4th, 2007.
Listen To A Demo Reel Of Marc Sorger:
Jump by Casey McGill And The Spirits Of Rhythm.
Links To A Few Of The Artists With Whom Marc Has Worked:
Roving PSN reporter Dave Criddle has another great review for us. This week Dave takes a look at the Crysonic line of plugins and puts one or two to the test.
Join Charles Dye for his Mix It Like A Record Advanced Mixing Workshop!
November 8, 2007
RSPE Audio Solutions
4130 Cahuenga Blvd. Suite #210
Universal City, California 91602
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The Hit Street Records Talent Show Is Over! Click here to see the winners.
Dwight Finney, Mike Bolan, Mike & Cass Schettler, Jerad Finck
This last week was the 123rd AES--Audio Engineering Society--convention in New York. Trusty flash recorder in hand, PSN Correspondent Slau was on the floor live, generally pestering and annoying all the wonderful vendors that were exhibiting. All for you, dear listeners!
Crowley & Tripp
Ethan Winer - RealTraps
Yahoo has a page dedicated to Keith Richards news!
Answer To Last Week's Trivia Question:
Q: What was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist?
A: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. It's interesting to note that MTV initially didn't want to air any music by black artists.
This week's big winner is Karim Ayari! He takes home a copy of Guitar And Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at GuitarAndDrumTrainer.com.
Honorable Mention goes out to Neil Mavor and Patrique Osbourne.
See you next week!
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