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Trade Regrets

Stephen J. Russo, 79, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey and owner of Russo Music Center, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell.

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Trade Regrets

Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner, and scores of others, passed in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

“Patrick was a dear friend of mine for over 30 years,” says MMR publisher Terry Lowe. “He was a great mentor to me. He touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. A part of our history passed away with him for he helped shape the history of our industry. Patrick may have passed out of this world but he will always be in the hearts and minds of the people who knew and loved him.”

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DJ & Lighting

Now DJs and mobile entertainers can add the visual excitement and impact of gobos to any event even when power outlets aren’t readily accessible, thanks to the new EZgobo projector from CHAUVET DJ. Battery powered and wireless, the new LED product brings an unprecedented level of mobility to gobo projection.

 “Gobos are an important part of a mobile entertainer’s show, adding an extra element of personality and fun to any performance,” said Allan Reiss, senior product Manager for CHAUVET DJ. “One of the really nice things about the EZgobo is that it gives you the flexibility to use gobos anywhere. It’s compact, so it’s great for tight spaces; it’s got a magnetic base so it can be attached to most metal surfaces, plus it has a scissor clip with an eye loop for easy attachment to ceilings --  and since it’s a wireless battery-powered product you don’t have to worry about the availability of nearby power outlets.”

Read more: CHAUVET DJ Introduces EZgobo >>>

Supplier Scene

Robert Lang Studios is a two-room facility serving the Seattle and North Western U.S. creative community with a storied history as a creative space for groups, such as Nirvana, the Dave Mathews Band and legendary producers Butch Vig and John Goodmanson. As part of its ongoing commercial development and delivery of advanced education in collaboration with local colleges, the facility has upgraded one of its control rooms with an SSL Duality console.

Read more: SSL Duality At Legendary Robert Lang Studios In Seattle >>>

Supplier Scene

ADJ Lighting has just announced three dates for their upcoming New Products Showcase and Live Learning Seminar events in the metro New York City area. The company will focus on new lighting and entertainment products that will help event producers; nightclubs and DJs get the most out of their holiday parties.

ADJ plans to hold these events at authorized resellers at the beginning of November, so event producers have time to incorporate ADJ’s latest technologies into their holiday party plans. On Tuesday, November 4th, ADJ will be at Musically Yours in Hackensack, New Jersey, then at Canal Sound & Light in downtown New York City on Wednesday, November 5th. The 3-day tour concludes at Music Trends in Levittown, NY on November 6th.

Read more: ADJ Plans New Product Showcase & Live Learning Tour Ahead of the Busy Holiday Party Season >>>

Supplier Scene

When he’s not working with metal giants Megadeth, internationally acclaimed bassist David Ellefson keeps busy with an impressive range of his own projects. His DAW of choice for these projects is easy-to-use PreSonus® Studio One® Professional.

“To be honest, I have been somewhat ‘DAW-dumb,’ mainly because I never invested a lot of money into an elaborate home studio,” Ellefson observes. “I did it years ago but it seemed like by the time I got done with an 18-month world tour, everything I’d bought was completely obsolete. I just like to sit down, write, and get ideas right into the computer with the least amount of effort possible. I find that as soon as I start getting into the engineering mindset, my musical ideas are gone, and then I end up frustrated and walk away with nothing. So for me, the simpler the better.”

Read more: Studio One and Megadeth's David Ellefson >>>

Supplier Scene

Avid® announced that music legend Paul McCartney has embraced Avid Everywhere™ to support his “Out There” tour. Industry-standard Avid VENUE live sound and Pro Tools® audio production solutions, from the Avid Artist Suite, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, are being used to mix and record his concerts, delivering a faster, more efficient and tightly-integrated workflow, as well as world-class sound for the 59-show tour. The high point of McCartney’s tour was a historic performance at San Francisco’s legendary stadium, Candlestick Park—where The Beatles’ last public concert took place 48 years ago. McCartney’s most recent performance was also the stadium’s last show before shutting down after 54 years of hosting live acts and serving as home field to the city's sports teams.

Read more: Paul McCartney Adopts Avid Everywhere for Historic “Out There” Tour >>>

Trade Regrets

On Wednesday, October 22, MMR was inundated with emails from individuals sharing the sad news that noted guitar/fretted instrument expert and dealer Stanley Jay had passed away.

In 1971, along with his good friend Hap Kuffner, Jay opened a guitar shop on Staten Island in New York: Mandolin Brothers. In the subsequent years, Mandolin Brothers Ltd. established itself as a mecca for fretted instrument players and collectors, fielding an impressive array of acoustic, archtop, solidbody electric, and classical guitars, as well as banjos, mandolins, resonators, basses, ukes, amps, and more. On the day of his passing, October 22, the following was posted on Madolin Brothers' website: "In memoriam of our beloved founder, Stanley Jay, Mandolin Brothers will be closed Thursday, October 23rd and Friday, October 24th, 2014."

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Upfront

SKB Corporation has welcomed SF Marketing Inc. (SFM) Dorval, Quebec, as their new Canadian distributor of SKB cases.  SFM has been providing professional quality products and services to the live entertainment and audio visual industries in Canada since 1978. High-profile brands worldwide have come to trust SFM as their sales, marketing, distribution, and service arm in the Canadian marketplace.

"Everyone at SFM is excited and delighted about our new partnership with SKB to bring the best cases in the world to our customers," says SFM's vice president of sales John Warwick. "SKB is both a legend and an innovator in the case business and we are proud to be associated with such an iconic brand ".

Read more: SKB Announces New Canadian Partnership >>>

Upfront

Recent talks between Hal Leonard Corporation and Apogee Electronics, an industry leader in digital audio recording technology, have culminated in a new distribution deal for the MI and pro audio channels in the US and Canada. Apogee director of worldwide sales Jeremy Stappard reached the agreement with Brad Smith, senior sales and marketing manager for Hal Leonard.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California – where they proudly design and engineer their products – Apogee has been defining the art of digital audio since 1985. The company continues to innovate with technologies and products that push the envelope, inspire competitors, and lead the studio-quality home recording revolution.

Read more: Hal Leonard to Distribute Apogee Pro Audio Interfaces >>>

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