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58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

Grammy 58 logoThe nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced (full list).  The following projects were done at Avatar Studios.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Label: RPM/Columbia

8. Best Pop Vocal Album

Before This World

James Taylor
Label: Concord

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Giant Steps

Joey Alexander, soloist
Track from: My Favorite Things
Label: Motema Music

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album

For One To Love

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Label: Mack Avenue

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album

My Favorite Things

Joey Alexander
Label: Motema Music

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Thompson Fields

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Label: ArtistShare

35. Best Latin Jazz Album

Suite Caminos

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Label: 5Passion

50. Best Folk Album

Didn’t He Ramble

Glen Hansard
Label: Anti

57. Best Musical Theater Album

An American In Paris

Leanne Cope, Max von Essen, Robert Fairchild, Jill Paice & Brandon Uranowitz, principal soloists; Rob Fisher & Scott Lehrer, producers (George Gershwin, composer; Ira Gershwin, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Masterworks Broadway

Fun Home

Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone & Emily Skeggs, principal soloists; Philip Chaffin & Tommy Krasker, producers (Jeanine Tesori, composer; Lisa Kron, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: PS Classics


Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Phillipa Soo, principal soloists; Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson & Tarik Trotter, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Atlantic

62. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappela

You And The Night And The Music

John Fedchock, arranger (John Fedchock New York Big Band)
Track from: Like It Is
Label: Mama Records

63. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

Maria Schneider, arranger (David Bowie)
Track from: Nothing Has Changed
Label: Legacy/Columbia

83. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Before This World

Dave O’Donnell, engineer; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer (James Taylor)
Label: Concord Records

Cast Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame


The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame recorded at Avatar Studios from September 28-30. The album will be released by Ghostlight Records in January 2016.

Source Article


Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken

Ben Folds with yMusic performs “Steven’s Last Night In Town”

Ben Folds with yMusic performs “Steven’s Last Night In Town” live at Avatar Studios (in Studio A) for WFUV. Recorded 8/18/15.

Finding Neverland Cast Album recorded at Avatar

The cast of Finding Neverland was at Avatar Studios recording the Original Cast Album that will be released on June 23, 2015 .  Studios A and B hosted the orchestra and singers, including the stars of the show Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” South Pacific), Kelsey Grammer(“Frasier,” La Cage aux Folles) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins).  The session was produced by Eliot Kennedy and David Chase for Republic Records and under the musical direction of Mary-Mitchell Campbell.  (For more info and photos and more photos from the session).

What Happened to RMGI Analog Tape?

RMGI Tape BoxIf you haven’t ordered RMGI pro audio analog tape recently, you may be surprised to learn that the RMGI branded tapes are no longer available.  Apparently, there have been a lot of changes since 2012 that we were unaware of, partly because there was still some RMGI tape inventory left in the US and we were not exactly ordering analog tape that frequently.  When we recently inquired about purchasing tape at National Recording Supplies, we were told that there was no more RMGI tape available.  At the moment, the only source of new pro audio analog tape is ATR.

There has been two letters issued by RMGI that gives us a brief glimpse into what had transpired. (We had to dig to find these documents).

According to the letter by Jack Blink, CEO of RMGI, dated December 1, 2011, Pyral SA in France took over the manufacturing and sales of RMGI studio and broadcast products from RMGI Holland. The RMGI factory in the Netherlands was purchased by Pyral. Consequently, the critical production equipment was moved to Avranches in Normandy, France where Pyral has been based since 1985. Pyral specializes in perforated magnetic tapes used by the film industry for sound recording as well as other magnetic products, including inks and slurries, for a wide range of solutions for the security industry.

A second letter, this time by Don Morris of RMGI America, was issued as an update recently on March 11, 2015. After investing over $2,000,000 in a new building to house the coating and production lines and numerous cost overruns, including over $250,000 due to the installation of a new solvent recovery system, Pyral was operating under Chapter 11 protection in years 2013-2014. In January 2015, the French court ordered the sale of Pyral assets to Mulann Industries, a manufacturer of production and testing equipment for the credit card, ticketing and smart card industries.

According to the letter, Mulann Industries’ intention is to continue production of analog recording tape and deliver tape under the Pyral Brand, which RMGI America will continue to distribute.

In 2011, there was over a year’s  supply of RMGI tape. This inventory seems to have been exhausted.

In their press release, Mulann indicates resuming tape manufacturing at some level, but it remains to be seen when their audio analog tape may become available.  Here is an excerpt from Mulann press release dated January 26, 2015.

“Mr. Gilles Lepage is appointed as Director of MULANN plant in Avranches (France), which manufactures products sold under the PYRAL brand name: magnetic tape manufacturing for the smart card and magstripe cards and ticket industries. In this newly created position as of February 2nd, 2015, Gilles Lepage is responsible for the structuration (sic), organization and development of the industrial activities in Avranches (France) factory, in order to sustain the anticipated group growth. Gilles Lepage comes with a longstanding background in industrial activities especially in the automotive industry in France and the Czech Republic. In his latest position, Gilles Lepage was Factory Director for Magnetto Automotive for more than 10 years.”

In the past, we had to order oversized reels, which are special order items, for projects that required recording musical works of longer than 30 minutes to analog tape. We ordered these reels from RMGI in the past. Now, the only oversize reels available are aged and are priced prohibitively. Most likely, classical and jazz music will no longer be recorded on analog tape and that is a sad situation to be in.

(Photo courtesy of Ouest-France)


RMGI Letter dated Dec 1, 2011

Ouest France news article (Jan 15, 2015)

Mulann press release dated Jan 26, 2015

RMGI Letter dated Mar 11, 2015

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