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Kudos to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts for recently receiving “a special award in recognition of his numerous contributions to the world of drumming.” The award was sponsored by the Zildjian Company, who awarded the legendary drummer with a rare Zildjian cymbal manufactured during the 1930’s. The cymbal came from the personal collection of Armand Zildjian, and was framed and personally signed by him.

Musicians familiar with LA’s legendary A&M Studios know that it’s a landmark in the history of the West Coast recording scene. Not content to rest on its laurels, A&M has just completed a Vincent Van Haaf-designed remodel of Studio C. One of the highlights of the newly refurbished room is a new Euphonix CS3000 96-fader console, which sits in a space formerly occupied by a 32-channel board! At three times the capacity, and light years advanced in available features and options, this new breed of digital consoles represent an unheralded rise in form, function, and value over their not-so-distant analog ancestors. Another Southern California studio recently installing a Euphonix CS3000 is Blackhole Recording Studios. Recent artists that have tracked there include Bone, Coolio, Wu Tang Clan, George Clinton, and Parliament Funkadelic.

In a wonderful display of niche marketing at its finest, two San Francisco-based entrepreneurs, Rich Hughes and Ken Avery, have started Digital Edge Distribution, a wholesale distributor of music software and digital audio products. Going on the theory that the accelerated pace of the industry-wide technology explosion has made it impossible for retailers to keep abreast of the continual introduction of new products, the company aims to provide music and pro-audio dealers with a variety of well-chosen music, audio, and computer product lines, as well as offering a broad range of sales and marketing services such as product mailings, e-mail databases, and customer support. You can contact Digital Edge Distribution at (800) 811-1991. ◼

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