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Electronic Musician Extra
    A Penton Media Publication by Tracy Katz June 12, 2008  |   Volume 7, Number 31    

Five Cool Characters for True Tone Sharks

SansAmp Character Series
. From rare vintage classics to roaring modern icons, decades of tone are delivered in the distinctive voicings of each amp style represented. Can be used as a pre-amp or direct to a studio mixer, computer soundcard or PA system. 100% analog circuitry. Visit to learn more.

Product Update

For the first time in ten years, Allen & Heath has introduced a new dedicated recording mixer. Read more.

EastWest has announced that Zero-G has added five new titles to its SoundSense Series. Read more.

IK Multimedia now has a reduced price, hardware-only version of the StompIO USB floor controller and audio interface. Read more.

This month, McDSP is offering all users a special on the new FutzBox Native. Read more.

Male and female unite with Neutrik's unisex 3-pin XLR connector. Read more.


Korg’s MR series are the world’s first 1-bit professional mobile recorders. They’re ideal for live recording, podcasting, broadcast journalism, mastering plus archiving final mixes. Now get a $200 rebate on the handheld MR-1, which offers1-bit / 2.8 MHz recording and playback, and support for 24, 16-bit, plus MP3 recording formats.

Odds and Ends

EM Pick: Gravity Plan

The California-based band Gravity Plan revives the past and brings psychedelic progressive rock to the forefront of today's rock and pop scene in one easy sweep on the guitar. Their musical influences, old and new, ring true in each track and are sure to please listeners of all generations. Check them out and support their upcoming CD at

All EM Pick artists are EM readers. Want to be featured next? Be our MySpace friend and we will find you!

"Frequency Hopping" Takes the Stage
An 80-minute play brings together early military technology, George Antheil's "Ballet Mecanique," and an electronic realization of the original score not possible in Antheil's lifetime.

Sound Maps
With a clever Google Maps tool, you can listen to what a particular location sounds like.

Wal-Mart Sales Generate Musical Hits
Did you know that last year, Wal-Mart was the largest music retailer in the United States? Read about the relationship between the company and record labels and music artists.


Audiofanzine is a community for all kind of musicians and audio engineers. Audiofanzine provides a lot of cool features including forums, user reviews and classifieds. Check it out!"

EM Announcements

EM Cast with Daniel Tashian
In the latest edition of EM Cast, producer/songwriter/recording artist Daniel Tashian (The Silver Seas, Sixpence None the Richer) talks about the Nashville pop scene, his sequencer choices, his arranging techniques, his production influences, and more. He also plays excerpts from his music and comments on the production. Click to listen.

EM Spotlights on Shel Talmy and Youth
Read up on two interviews from the EM archives, featuring Shel Talmy (producer for The Who, The Kinks, Easybeats, and more), and Youth (bass-master for Killing Joke). Click to access the EM Spotlight page.


Calendar and Contests

NEW! Grammy Foundation Honors Sir George Martin
At the Starry Night event on July 12, 2008 at USC, Sir George along with the Grammy Foundation, the LA Chapter, and the Producers & Engineers Wing will present “The Making of Sgt. Pepper.” Learn more at

NEW! Summer Recording Workshops for Teens
Pyramind is offering workshops for teens from July 23–August 16, 2008. The four-week program provides education in digital audio production, training in the latest software, certification in Digidesign ProTools, and more. For details, contact

NEW! LA Music Academy's Summer Program
The LA Music Academy's Summer Program (June 23–July 3, 2008) will give students the opportunity to learn and play with pro musicians, write and record an original song at Pasadena's Firehouse Recording Studio, perform in a student concert, get a peek at what the school is like during the school year, and more. For detailed information, contact Iris Alba in Admissions at (626) 568-5580.


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