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Cameron Webb Releases Punk Rock Mixing and Producing Course Through Promix Academy

HOLLYWOOD , CA – July 18, 2017 – Promix Academy founder & producer/engineer Warren Huart (Ace Frehley, Korn, Aerosmith) has teamed up with Grammy winning producer/ mixer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, NOFX, Pennywise) to release a new Promix Academy course on mixing and producing Punk Rock. This video released on Promixacademy.comtakes you inside Maple studio and teaches the viewer how to craft an edgy, in-your-face record while using only stock plugins. In this course Webb mixes Runaway Kids’ “Fade Away” and explains his production and recording process behind the song.

The Runaway Kids

This course goes over many important topics including the how to’s for EQ, compression, using drum samples, recording chains, and miking techniques. However, Webb doesn’t just teach the how-to, he teaches the why as well. Webb shows you every single mixing move he made and explains the reasoning behind his decisions. By watching this course the viewer can learn his workflow, philosophy and in which order he applies his processing to achieve powerful mixes. The best part is that you don’t need expensive gear to achieve the right sound as Webb teaches how to use stock plugins to their full potential and master everything from basic mixing concepts, like EQ and compression to advanced techniques like Automation, Bussing, Creative Effects and more.

Cameron Webb in his studio

Lastly, Webb gives us a full breakdown of his production and explains the arrangement and creative choices. He walks you through his studio and recording setup and shares his philosophy behind working with bands and making them comfortable to get the best performances.

Click here for more information or to purchase the course;

Mixing & Producing Punk with Cameron Webb

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Nashville Bass Recording and Music Production Courses Released Through ProMix Academy

Los Angeles , CA – June 10th, 2017 – Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with A list Nashville bassists Amos Heller (Taylor Swift), Steve Cook (Luke Bryan, Frankie Ballard, Keb’ Mo’), and ‘You’re Not My Dad’ featuring Jackson Eppley and Ryan Truso to release three separate bass recording and music production courses through Pro Mix Academy. The three courses are Home Studio Bass and Production with Amos Heller, Producing Country Music with ‘You’re Not My Dad’, and Producing R&B and Remote Bass sessions with Steve Cook.

Home Studio Bass and Production with Amos Heller, who has been the bassist for Taylor Swift since 2007, shows the viewer how to record pro-sounding bass in your home studio, and come up with parts, grooves and phrasing that complements the producer’s and artist’s vision of the song, so they’ll be excited about your work and hire you over and over again. The topics discussed include writing a ‘Nashville Numbers Chart’ that makes it easy to follow the song and nail your performance, Tips for improving your groove and locking in with the drums, and How to get a wide variety of sounds out of a small setup that’s easy to take on the road.

Amos Heller on bass. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

Producing Country Music with ‘You’re Not My Dad’ featuring bassist Jackson Eppley and guitarist/engineer Ryan Truso give a complete breakdown of their production for the modern country song “Day Drunk in Reno.” The topics covered in this course include miking techniques & signal chains, editing & comping, and workflow and through process behind producing songs.

You’re Not My Dad. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

Producing R&B and Remote Bass sessions with Steve Cook takes the viewer inside his production of the R&B/ Soul song ‘Leave a Light On’ and shares his workflow and philosophy behind it. Topics discussed include mixing techniques: compression, EQ, emulating vintage and analogue sound, widening, multiband compression, delay, and reverb; what makes a great bass part?, and how to deal with clients and producers.

Steve Cook in the studio. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

Check out the link here;

Nashville Bass Recording & Music Production

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Matt Weiss Releases Drum Recording Course Through ProMix Academy

Los Angeles , CA – May 31, 2017 – Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray has teamed up with Grammy nominated engineer Matthew Weiss (Ronnie Spector, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal) to release a drum recording course through Pro Mix Academy. This course was recorded at Matt Weiss’s personal Studio with Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/ Mr. Big) recording drums to different miking arrangements.

Matt Starr (R), Matt Weiss (C) and Warren Huart (R). Photo by Alex Kluft Photography

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning engineer. He began his career assisting such notable engineers and producers as Bobby Eli, Mark Marshall, Denise Barbarita, and Ron St. Germaine. His clientele include award winning and Billboard charting artists such as Arrested Development, Dizzee Rascal, Uri Caine, Sonny Digital, Mega Ran, King Midas, Armageddon, Ronnie Spector, and !llmind. In 2015, Matthew executive produced the self-titled album “Soul Veggies” which debuted at #47 on the Indie Billboard Chart, #97 on the Hip Hop Billboard Chart, and #188 on Billboard’s Top 200. In addition to his engineering, Matthew has appeared as a guest speaker at Cornell University, ProStudio Live, SXSW, and SUNY Fredonia. His audio education tutorials are among the best selling and most highly regarded resources in the field of music production.

Matt Starr (L) with Matt Weiss (R) in the studio. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

Weiss demonstrates drum tuning, choosing the best microphones and showing a wide variety of miking techniques and placements to achieve a full, punchy and well-defined sound that fits the viewers song. Even if the viewer has never recorded a drum kit before, this step by step guide will provide all the necessary tools and techniques and put the viewer on the fast track to recording pro-sounding drums.

Matt Starr on drums

In addition to Matt Starr and Matthew Weiss discussing recording drums, Huart interviews both Starr and Weiss focusing on what makes a great drum sound. Key parts of the interview are a discussion on recording drums in a small room, making the drums sit well with a dense mix vs. an open arrangement, dampening, the recording signal chain, gain staging, preamps, compression, great budget microphones and a lot more.

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT TO HOST TRIBUTE TO CHRIS CORNELL TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 AT THE WHISKY A GO GO

Hollywood, California, May 22nd, 2017 – In response to the untimely passing of Chris Cornell, Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running show in residency at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go will hold a special tribute in his honor on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Doors open at 8 PM. The event is free of charge and will be broadcast worldwide on Zinna.TV.
“There has been profound grief associated with the loss of Chris Cornell” said Adam Mandel, one of the Producers of Ultimate Jam Night. “Almost immediate to the announcement of his death, fans and musicians began asking us to create a place for them to express their feelings. Frankly, we struggled with the timing of this tribute. Chris Cornell’s impact on a generation is significant and the sadness is real. We therefore felt it was important to create an evening for mourning,reverence, and support.”
A long list of performers including Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner is scheduled to appear – full artist announcements will be coming right up until performance time.

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Tony Franklin Releases Bass Recording Tutorial Through Pro Mix Academy

Hollywood, CA – May 7, 2017 – Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with fretless bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Whitesnake) to release a bass recording and production tutorial through Pro Mix Academy. This course was recorded at Huart’s Spitfire Studio.

Tony Franklin on the red carpet in Hollywood, California. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

 

Franklin shows viewers how to record bass tracks through ProTools and discusses important elements like timing, getting the best tone, and how to properly play a fretless bass. Franklin takes us through 3 songs, each of a different genre and lays down the bass for them while working with a metronome. Fretted bass players are not forgotten in this video either as Franklin goes over recording tracks with a fretted bass and a pick as well as picking and muting techniques. On recording bass Franklin stated “My part is to support the song. Ultimately the bass is invisible for most listeners, unless you do something out of place”
The main topics Franklin discusses are: the decision-making process, how to achieve the sound you are looking for, creating the perfect bass part, fine tuning and editing in pro Tools, writing music charts, and being totally prepared for any recording session. Franklin also says about the bass: “People will feel you, and they’ll notice when you’re not there. Your job is to make people dance.”

Tony Franklin (L) with Warren Huart (R) at the legendary Sunset Sound Recorders. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft

 

This course also comes with an interview by Huart and Franklin where Franklin shares humorous insider stories of how he got started in music, meeting Queen bassist John Deacon, talks about his favorite basses, pick-ups, bridges and amps, and the origin of his signature bass line with Fender. He also discusses which basses lend themselves to playing live vs playing in the studio. Click here to see more information and to purchase the course.

Check out Tony’s website Fretless Monster:

https://www.fretlessmonster.com

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Recording & Producing Bass with Tony Franklin

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Cinzia Moniaci at Molly Malones in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – May 6, 2017 – When Cinzia announced that her show to launch her first solo EP release Moon Wild, available on iTunes, Molly Malone’s seemed like the ideal match of form and function – an intimate venue to showcase a collection of intensely intimate songs, and that turned out to be the unequivocal truth.

The crowd was treated to a personal showcase of Cinzia’s hopeful, and empowering lyrics and could not get enough. The rock and roll setting contrasted the hypnotic and upbeat music as Cinzia’s perfect leather When Cinzia announced that her show to launch her first solo EP release Moon Wild, available on iTunes, Molly Malone’s seemed like the ideal match of form and function – an intimate venue to showcase a collection of intensely intimate songs, and that turned out to be the unequivocal truth.

The crowd was treated to a personal showcase of Cinzia’s hopeful, and empowering lyrics and could not get enough. The rock and roll setting contrasted the hypnotic and upbeat music as Cinzia’s perfect leather ensemble contrasted the soulful, crystal-clear quality of her voice. So though a small room the sound and quality was anything but.

Cinzia backed by her long time band The Perfect Nines, including her husband Rico Quevedo on lead guitar, Edwin Itoh 2nd guitar, Sean Winchester drums (Everclear), Jonas Yip keyboards, and Tibor Bokor bass. The audience was treated to their favorite Perfect Nines songs such as “Heartbreaker” and “My Revolution” as well as two songs of the new EP ,produced by multi platinum producer Warren Huart, “Do You Believe” and “Tomorrow.”

The new songs play with expectations, both on the album and in their live incarnations as they show Cinzia’s evolution as a musician her point of view within and without the band. Cinzia shines as always front and center and we can’t wait to enjoy her next performance. contrasted the soulful, crystal-clear quality of her voice. Though a small room, the sound and quality was anything but.

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Mending Kids Announces Global Pop Sensation G.E.M as Global Celebrity Ambassador

Los Angeles, CA – Mending Kids International, a non-profit organization known for providing life-changing operations in over 63 countries, announced today a new partnership with global pop phenomenon, G.E.M. The superstar who has five number 1 albums in China and reaches more than 30 million followers on social media, will be a new Global Celebrity Ambassador forming a long-term relationship with the organization. The non-profit raises funds to have the world’s leading surgeons visit and provide life-changing and life-saving pediatric surgical care that could never have been provided before, free of charge.

As a part of this new relationship Mending Kids will also become the official charity that G.E.M supports on her new “Queen of Hearts” world tour. Kicking off on April 1 in Guangzhou, the tour will spend the majority of 2017 in China and later this year expand to other areas of Asia and in 2018 the USA and Europe. Mending Kids’ will be integrated into the tour and at the start of every show fans will see a video about Mending Kids organization, showcasing the great work they do worldwide for children.

Mending Kids

The singer will also be “hands on” and active with the charity throughout her tour and will make several visits to Mending Kids surgical sites and be a part of several of the missions. The first of which is already confirmed and scheduled for Luoyang on April 30, after performing in the area on April 29, the next day G.E.M will meet with the representatives of Mending Kids to learn about the current issues they are facing. Following this she will tour the local orphanage and meet with the children who are either waiting for surgery or have recently completed it. G.E.M will also take part in photos and video that the charity will be able to use for its future marketing and promotional purposes.

G.E.M.

In addition to this, as a Global Ambassador, G.E.M has generously offered to donate $1.00 of each piece of tour merchandise sold back to Mending Kids, therefore personally helping fund many future missions and surgeries.

Since 2006, Mending Kids’ has provided more than 3,000 complex surgeries to children from all over the world. Many of the surgeries provided correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, urological defects, and facial deformities to children from small villages in underdeveloped regions. Children’s lives are changed from private donations, the generosity of volunteer medical staff, donors, ambassadors, and more. Other restrictions such as finances, lack of knowledge on public programs, or denials from government agencies prevent children from receiving serious and transformational surgeries. With these surgeries and the help of G.E.M.’s public presence, the awareness of these programs and cause will reach new heights on a global measure.

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Speaking about G.E.M becoming the new Celebrity Ambassador for Mending Kids, Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with a superstar of such epic proportions as G.E.M.! Our work can only do so much but with someone like G.E.M onboard we know our mission will reach further than we’ve ever been able to before. We can’t wait to see the impact this will bring to all the less fortunate children out there in need. We’re thankful to G.E.M for her passion and desire to be a part of Mending Kids.”

G.E.M added: “I’m honored to join forces with Mending Kids as their new Global Celebrity Ambassador. I’ve been looking for a cause that I can support and I immediately I fell in love with Mending Kids because they truly make a difference in children’s lives and for me to be a part of that, brings me great happiness. I find it heartbreaking that there are so many children out there who are suffering, not able to receive the serious, life-saving procedures they need to survive or live a comfortable life. I hope that through my tour and my own personal visits and efforts I can bring more awareness and funds to this incredible cause. I’ve been incredibly fortunate and every day I’m thankful for that and now I realize what’s next for me is to also give-back, help others, especially children, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a partner like Mending Kids to do this with.”

Check out the link here;

https://www.mendingkids.org

 

 

 

 

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Producer Ulrich Wild Partners with ProMix Academy and Releases Galaktikon Mixing Course

Promix Academy founder & producer/engineer Warren Huart (Ace Frehley, Korn, Aerosmith) has teamed up with esteemed producer Ulrich Wild (Brendon Small/ Dethklok, White Zombie, Deftones) to release a new Promix Academy mixing course detailing Wild’s recent work on Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. This video released on promixacademy.com takes you inside Wild’s studio where he gives an in-depth discussion of the Galaktikon track “Triton” breaking down the instruments while including anecdotes from the recording and production of the album. One quote from the course is “One of the most important things in mixing Is to keep the interest of the listener.. if the song doesn’t grab you in the beginning you’re kind of done with it. So it’s important to keep the interest.”

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

This educational mixing course is also chock full of insider stories and recording/production insights such as isolating the bass parts of Bryan Beller and drums of Gene Hoglan through Pro-Tools on “Triton.” Wild also explains how they achieved the sound on the track.

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

Wild and Brendon Small have been working together since Dethklok’s debut album The Dethalbum in 2007 and has worked on all of Small’s albums since. On working with Small, Wild said “Making records with Brendon Small is always entertaining, since he is not only an amazing musician, but also a comedian. He’s a extremely talented, and his approach to songwriting is very orchestral. With this many tracks it can get tedious to get everything sounding tight and precise, especially the brutally fast songs. But the main challenge is finding space in the mix for all the tracks. Making it all fit together like a puzzle is often challenging, but ultimately very satisfying.”
Wild stated the importance of the course as “Now more than ever it’s important to share our knowledge with each other. I started as a runner in a recording studio and worked my way up to engineering and producing. These opportunities a rare now, and learning on the job is much harder to do. Warren fills that void. With his Produce Like A Pro channel we can look over each other’s shoulders and gain valuable insight. That holds true not only for novices, but also old dogs like me. He visits a lot of top notch producers and engineers, and I’m honored he asked me to do this Galaktikon course for Pro Mix Academy.” View an excerpt from the video at Produce Like A Pro and find the purchase link to the full video course including access to the multitrack sessions from the album here: https://pmaproducts.net/mixing-metal-with-ulrich-wild/

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Cinzia Moniaci Debuts EP “Moon Wild”

Singer/Songwriter Cinzia Moniaci has dropped her first EP titled “Moon Child”. Her 2017 solo EP was recorded with renowned music producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Colbie Caillat). Music on the CD was performed by Cinzia Moniaci, with Huart playing all instruments along with legendary rock drummer Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction) playing on the EP’s lead track “Do You Believe.”
 The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with Cinzia Moniaci about her latest project.

Cinzia Moniaci on the cover of her new album, “Moon Wild.”

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What was your inspiration for the E.P?
Cinzia Moniaci (Cinzia): I wanted to write a collection of songs full of hope, something a bit retro and indie and a bit anthemic at the same time.

HPC: How long was the recording process?
Cinzia: Recording the songs didn’t take long in terms of time, probably a couple of weeks but we started in the winter, then took a break and began mixing in the Spring.

HPC: How did you and Warren Huart end up working together?
Cinzia: We had some common connections on Linkedin and started chatting on it one night, I went to meet him at his studio and we immediately connected. We have a lot of the same ideas when it comes to music and art. We are both European and I think there is a common thread in our view of the world.

HPC: Was the album recorded at Spitfire Studios?
Cinzia: Yes, I loved working up in Laurel Canyon, I live by the beach so it quite a far drive each day but magical once up in the greenery of the canyon.

HPC: How did Stephen Perkins come to play on the E.P?
Cinzia: I have known him for a very long time, he used to be in a band with my husband and Dave Navarro, before Jane’s Addiction, he is an awesome guy, we have recorded several songs together over the years, I love the energy he brings to the tracks!

HPC: Do you have plans for a full album?
Cinzia: Yes! I have been working on the new songs and am excited to record them!

HPC: What artists inspired you become an artist?
Cinzia: So many of them, I have had a wide variety of influences from Blondie to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde, but also Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Susanna Hoff.

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise our readers to know about you?
Cinzia: I speak four languages fluently and like to sing my songs in all of them, depending on the mood of the song.

Photo courtesy Sabrina Hill

HPC: What’s next for you?
Cinzia: I just launched a sunglass line, to complement my handbag line, I love to combine music and fashion in everything I do.

HPC: Do you love anything more than music?
Cinzia: My daughter.
Thank you to Cinzia Moniaci for taking time to answer our questions. We look forward to your next project!

Here’s “Moon Child” on iTunes;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon-wild-ep/id1205472030

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Warren Huart Releases New Produce Like a Pro Video with Bass Legend Brandino

Session ace Kevin “Brandino” Brandon  (Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake Outkast), has teamed up with notable producer/engineer and YouTube Auteur Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) to talk about things pertaining to the bass and recording.

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

In recent years Brandino has appeared on Will.I.Am’s “#Willpower,” The Beach Boys “Made In California,” Robby Krieger’s “Singularity,” Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”, and his solo albums “The Many Faces of Brandino,” and “The Many Faces of Brandino 2.”

In this one hour and 17-minute video Brandino discusses playing pop, rock, and jazz with demonstrations as well as being a bass instructor to bassists such as Robert Trujillo (Metallica). Brandino discusses playing both upright and electric bass while proudly endorsing Warwick basses, D’addario Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps which are all used in the video. Brandino tells several stories throughout the video from moving out to L.A. and how he got his start in the music industry as a session musician to working with legendary musicians such as Aretha Franklin to current projects today.

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

View the full video on Produce Like A Pro.
Brandino
Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is a 7 time Grammy Awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. Brandino has been on a non-stop flight to the top ever since performing on Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

Grammy Wins

1. 2004 Album of the Year and Best Rap Album: “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by Outkast

2. 2006 Best R&B Album: “Breakthrough” by Mary J. Blige

3. 2006 Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals “So Amazing” (Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé) from An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder performed the song.

4. 2007 Grammy nominated Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album: “FutureSex/Love Sounds”, by Justin Timberlake

5. 2011 Grammy nominated Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Singularity” by Robby Krieger (The Doors)

6. 2014 Best R&B Song of the Year “ Pusher Lover Girl” by Justin Timberlake the 20/20 Experience
“Brandino’s humanitarian organization for inner-city youth, called “You Can Do It If You Try” is now affiliated with the broadcasting unit start-up South Central TV, and new programs targeted at the disadvantaged and disabled, co-developed by Brandino’s non-profit and SCTV, will begin broadcasting in Summer 2017.

For more information please visit http://www.brandinosoundbox.com/

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

Warren Huart

Warren Huart is an English record producer, mixer, recording engineer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He is known for his hard work ethic, positive attitude and respect for the artist’s vision. He has played a fundamental part in the creation of many platinum-selling albums, and worked with many of today’s most successful artists, such as The Fray, Daniel Powter, Marc Broussard, Trevor Hall, Korn, Better Than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Veil Brides, and Howie Day. Huart is the owner of Spitfire Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Spitfire Music; a one-stop music licensing house providing music for film and TV. He also owns the DIY YouTube Channel “Produce Like a Pro,” which offers recording tutorials for recording enthusiasts, and has over 100,000 subscribers world wide.

 

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