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Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By The Mix Editors


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photo of Eric Johnson, Oz Noy

Pictured in Eric Johnson's studio, Saucer Sound, from left: Anton Fig, Eric Johnson, Roscoe Beck, and Oz Noy

Guitar Greats: Eric Johnson Hosts Oz Noy

Jazz/rock/funk/fusion guitarist Oz Noy completed the first tracking session for his next solo album for 2013, Twisted Blues Volume 2, in Grammy Award–winning rock guitarist Eric Johnson’s private studio in Austin, Saucer Sound. “I built my studio so that I would always have a place to practice, jam, rehearse and compose,” Johnson says. “Also, I put in a control room so I could record anytime the inspiration occurs. It’s my laboratory.”

As with Volume 1 and Noy’s previous solo outings, Noy is collaborating with varying combinations of musicians, depending on the particular sound and feel that he is after for a given song. When recording with Johnson, Noy chooses to fly out to Austin. “It’s a beautiful room with high ceilings,” Noy says of Johnson’s studio, “and he’s got a lot of really good gear. They have really good amps.” Engineer Kelly Donnelly recorded the session to 23 tracks in Nuendo using Euphonix converters monitored through a 48-channel Tonelux surround console. “All the musicians played together in the main room with headphones,” Donnelly says. “The bass amp was iso’d in the piano room. E.J’s [Marshall] Plexi [amps] were set up in the small lounge outside the control room. [Noy’s amps were] set up in the rear loading/storage area. Both guitar room doors were left open enough for the players to hear their amps, and bleed was minimal.” Noy adds, “That way, we could get the air from the amps going when we record. That’s the most important thing.”

A CCM112 YesMon Monitor with custom-cut water jet grill at Kingdom Nightclub.

A CCM112 YesMon Monitor with custom-cut water jet grill at Kingdom Nightclub.

Austin Venues Adopt Bassmaxx Loudspeaker Systems

Austin-based loudspeaker design and manufacturing company Bassmaxx ( bassmaxx.com) reports that it is finishing up its ninth and tenth local venue installations, with three more in the works. The company has strong ties with the community; Austin native David Lee and fellow designer Johan van Zyl founded Bassmaxx in 1999 in Houston, orignally to design and build subwoofers. Subsequently, they expanded to full loudspeaker systems, relocated to Dallas, and then Austin in 2010.

Austin’s Barcelona Nightclub—said to be one of the first dubstep clubs in the U.S., playing host to UK producer/DJ Hatcha and Skrillex—installed a set of Bassmaxx SSP218 “Dub-ill” Profundo subwoofers, while Kingdom Nightclub, another fixture in Austin’s electronic dance music scene, built a system around four SSP218 Dub-ill Profundo Subs, four Z-5/D Motiv Horns, five AT312 Attuned Tops, and two customized CCM112 YesMon Monitors.

An upscale lounge, Rain, also replaced its system with Bassmaxx equipment. Live music venue One2One Bar, dubbed an intimate listening room and a SXSW venue, features two AT312 Attuned Tops and two Z-5/D Motiv Horns. Also on the acoustic side of the Austin scene, The Scottish Rite Theatre, a non-profit housed in a 19th century opera house that hosts performances, festivals, summer camps and year-round school programs, has two SSP218 Profundo powered subs and two Attuned Tops. Plus, projects including The Nook Amphitheater, a live music-oriented open-air development; Amped, a two-level club featuring a dance floor system upstairs and a live music room downstairs; and Castro’s Warehouse are scheduled to open in spring 2013.

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. Debuts Maverick Music Festival

On Saturday, March 23, the Maverick Music Festival will launch in downtown San Antonio’s Maverick Plaza inside La Villita Historic Arts Village featuring Texan headliners Gary Clark Jr., The Toadies, Girl in a Coma, Arum Rae, and Henry and the Invisibles. Austin native Clark, along with his management team and partners in San Antonio, founded this festival to reinvigorate the music scene in San Antonio and bridge the gap with Austin, located 80 miles away. All-ages daytime programming featuring local musicians runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by national acts from 6 p.m. to midnight. Daytime events are free and open to the public, while tickets for the nighttime lineup are available for purchase in advance for $28 plus fees at maverickmusicfestival.com.

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