STEVE VAI PRESENTS OCEAN WAY MICROPHONE LOCKER APP
Match Microphones and Musical Instruments for Best Sound

Los Angeles, CA, September, 2012 -- Steve Vai has produced the new Ocean Way Microphone Locker app, based on the renowned CD-ROM created in the 90s, and long unavailable. Utilizing Allen Sides' microphone collection at Ocean Way Recording studios in Hollywood, this new app allows the recording engineer to easily find the right microphone for the right instrument .

"When the app revolution hit, I remembered that great CD-ROM and knew it would make an extraordinary app," explained Steve Vai. "I acquired the rights for the Ocean Way Microphone Locker CD-ROM contents and worked with Allen Sides, who is a very good friend, and Metal Sidecar, LLC to build an app from the material. Metal Sidecar did a fabulous job and the app is phenomenal. You can actually access Allen's mic collection and match them with a complete range of musical instruments. You get tips on the best miking techniques and can listen to samples played by top session cats like Hal Blaine on drums."

Allen Sides is considered the world's leading authority on vintage and contemporary recording microphones and their uses. Sides owns the world's premier microphone collection. He is also the owner of Ocean Way and Record One recording studios, is a legendary Grammy-winning engineer with close to 40 years of experience, and has worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Green Day. In this app, secrets are revealed on how to pair the right microphone with the right instrument with its optimum placement. This app also contains a comprehensive list of microphones and instruments and gives diagrams and specs on each.

The Ocean Way Microphone Locker app features tests of 66 mics and 33 different instruments, including drums and cymbals, percussion, guitars, a Hammond B-3 organ and a wide variety of brass, woodwinds and strings. The microphones include models from: AKG, Audix, Audio-Technica, B&K, Beyer, Coles, Crown, Electro-Voice, Groove Tube, Milab, Neumann, RCA, Sanken, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony and Telefunken. Sort by microphone to check out the best instruments for each, or sort by instrument to see which mics work best.

David Schwartz, co-founder of Mix magazine, produced the original CD-ROM that this project was based on, and coordinated the conversion of the original recordings and media into the app format with Steve Vai, Eric Theriault (with the rest of the app development team at Metal Sidecar) and Greg Wurth.

Priced at $9.99, the Ocean Way Microphone Locker is available at:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ocean-way-microphone-locker/id557997768?mt=8

Contact Robin Goodchild for all booking requests.
Email: rob@oceanwayrecording.com or call 323-467-9375.

Hi-res image available at: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/9107864/VaiPad_OWML_16.jpg

Pictured during rehearsals for his world tour is Steve Vai holding his iPad showing the new Ocean Way Microphone Locker app. Photo by David Goggin.


BEACH BOYS RECORD 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM AT OCEAN WAY

The 50th Anniversary Beach Boys album, "That's Why God Made the Radio," debuted at #3 on the Billboard chart -- the band's best ever debut and a milestone in their chart-topping history. It was the band's 29th studio album, the first in decades to feature all of the band's surviving original members. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.

Pictured in Ocean Way's historic Studio A are Beach Boys (L-R) Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, "Vice Principal" Jeffrey Foskett, Mike Love, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston. Photo by David Goggin.


CROSBY, STILLS & NASH MIX AUDIO AT OCEAN WAY FOR HDNET CONCERT

CS&N convened at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood to mix the audio of a recent concert for a forthcoming HDNet release. Recorded live in concert at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, the program includes CSN favorites such as "Long Time Gone," "Wooden Ships." "Teach Your Children," and a rarely performed "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes."

Pictured in Ocean Way's renowned Studio B are (L-R) Graham Nash, recording engineer Kevin Madigan, and assistant engineer Wesley Seidman. Photo by David Goggin.


"ALCATRAZ" SCORES AT OCEAN WAY WITH ENGINEER DAN WALLIN

The hit Fox TV series "Alcatraz" completed its first season of scores recorded at Ocean Way. With music composed by Michael Giacchino, Andrea Datzman and Chris Tilton, the scoring called for 32-piece orchestras recorded by renowned music scoring mixer Dan Wallin, who celebrated his 85th birthday and 60 years in the industry at the studio.

Pictured at the Focusrite console in Ocean Way's venerable Studio A are (L-R) music scoring mixer Dan Wallin and composers Andrea Datzman and Chris Tilton. Photo by David Goggin.


SHINEDOWN RECORDS "AMARYLLIS" AT OCEAN WAY WITH PRODUCER ROB CAVALLO

Platinum rockers Shinedown have wrapped up recording of their fourth studio album, with producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls) helming the project, following his success with the band's RIAA-platinum certified 2008 release, "The Sound of Madness." "Amaryllis" release date: March 27th.

Pictured during sessions are (L-R) Barry Kerch, drums; Wes Seidman, assistant engineer; RJ Ronquillo, guitar tech; Eric Bass, bass; Zach Myers, guitars, vocals; Mike Fasano, drum tech; Doug McKean, engineer; Brent Smith, lead vocals; Rob Cavallo, producer. Photo by David Goggin.


KENNY CHESNEY RECORDS & MIXES NEW MUSIC AT OCEAN WAY ST. BARTHS

Country music legend Kenny Chesney is recording and mixing new material at Ocean Way St. Barths, the recording studio at the famed Eden Rock resort in the heart of the Caribbean. Chesney is working with producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon (Riba McEntire, George Jones, George Strait) on his first album since 2010's hit "Hemingway's Whiskey."

Pictured at the vintage Neve console in the control room of Ocean Way St. Barths are (L-R) Drew Bollman, 2nd engineer; Buddy Cannon, producer, Kenny Chesney; Justin Niebank, 1st engineer: Guillaume Robert, assistant engineer. Photo by Shaun Silva.


PAUL ANKA RECORDS "SONGS OF DECEMBER" WITH AL SCHMITT AT OCEAN WAY

The legendary Paul Anka has recorded "Songs of December," his first Christmas record in decades. Produced by Anka, with a 50-piece orchestra and vocals recorded at Ocean Way by the most Grammy-honored engineer Al Schmitt, the album includes lush romantic versions of popular Christmas songs sung by a master croonsmith.

"This is a really nice album you can put on when the family is opening the gifts," commented Al Schmitt. "It's just got a real warm Christmas feeling. I'm really, really, happy with this album -- the way it sounds, and Paul sang his butt off. Its great."

Pictured in Ocean Way's famed Studio A are recording engineer Al Schmitt (seated) and legendary crooner Paul Anka. Photo by David Goggin.


NEON TREES RECORD NEW ALBUM AT OCEAN WAY

Neon Trees is recording their sophomore album at Ocean Way Recording, following the smash success of their debut CD, "Habits." The new as-yet-untitled album is being helmed by producer and bass player Justin Meldel-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Garbage) and recorded by Greg Collins. Neon Trees released their first album, "Habits," in 2010 and their first single, "Animal," climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Alternative rock chart, and received the 2011 Billboard Award for Best Alternative Song. The new album is scheduled for release in the first quarter 2012.

Pictured in Ocean Way's renowned Studio B are (L-R) Justin Meldal-Johnsen, producer; Christopher Allen, guitar; Branden Campbell, bass; Elaine Bradley (holding "Caramel"), drums; Tyler Glenn, vocals; Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Greg Collins, engineer. Photo by David Goggin.


WILLIE NELSON AND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AT OCEAN WAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson stopped in at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood with veteran producer Buddy Cannon and ace engineer Butch Carr. Nelson commented without any specific details that he is working on an upcoming project with a number of special guests.

(L-R) are Cannon, Kristofferson, Nelson and Carr. Photo by David Goggin.


#1 "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES" SCORE MIXED AT RECORD ONE/OCEAN WAY

Engineer Joel Iwataki mixed the provocative score for the #1 film in North America, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," at Ocean Way's Record One Recording Studios in LA. Original music was composed by Patrick Doyle. Iwataki previously mixed the score for the #1 film "Battle: Los Angeles" at Record One, which houses the former Todd-AO scoring stage console: a 96-input SSL 9000J with Shawn Murphy modifications and a film scoring monitor section.

Iwataki commented, "I was very happy to be mixing for Patrick Doyle, composer of noble and moving music, and fortunate to do it at Record One, an outpost of owner/engineer Allen Sides, who has dedicated himself to the furtherance of art and audio excellence. There is something very special about mixing here, which has such a rich history of popular music, dating back to the days of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." This SSL is a remarkable console that has played a part in countless hit films."

Pictured (L-R) are scoring mixer Joel Iwataki, digital recordist Vincent Cirilli, and assistant engineer Scott Moore. Photo by David Goggin.


MICHAEL GRIMM PRODUCED BY DON WAS AT OCEAN WAY

Following his triumphant win on "America's Got Talent," singer/songwriter Michael Grimm chose Don Was to produce his debut album, which entered the Billboard 200 at #13. Raised in Waveland, Mississippi, the Southern Soul singer won a $1 million annuity and in addition to his recording career, he plans to use the money to build his grandparents a new house. Pictured (L-R) in Ocean Way's famed Studio B are, Greg Leisz, Kevin Hunter, Scott Moore, Ian McLagan, Bill Medley, Michael Grimm, Don Was, Howard Willing, Waddy Wachtel, Davey Faragher, and Kenny Aronoff. Photo by David Goggin.


STEVE MARTIN JOINS NOAM PIKELNY ON BANJO AT OCEAN WAY

Banjoist Noam Pikelny invited comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to make a guest appearance on his second solo album, recording at Ocean Way in Hollywood. Pikelny, a member of the Bluegrass band Punch Brothers, was the recipient of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pictured (L-R) in Ocean Way's famed Studio A, are banjoist Noam Pikelny, assistant engineer Rouble Kapoor, guest banjoist Steve Martin, engineer Dave Sinko, and producer Gabe Witcher. Photo by David Goggin.


GOGOL BORDELLO CELEBRATES AT OCEAN WAY

The day after their triumphant appearance at the Coachella Festival, Gogol Bordello spent a day at Ocean Way in Hollywood. In 2010, the band made its major record label debut with "Trans-Continental Hustle" on Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment. Pictured ( L-R) in Ocean Way's famed Studio B are Oliver Charles, drummer; Pedro Erazo, percussion; Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Yuri Lemeshev, accordion; Eugene Hütz, lead vocals/guitar; Thomas Gobena, bass; Sergey Ryabtsev, violin; Andrew Scheps, recording engineer; Michael Ward, guitar. Photo by David Goggin.


"HOP" SCORE BY CHRIS LENNERTZ MIXED AT OCEAN WAY'S RECORD ONE

The Chris Lennertz score for the animated Easter Bunny feature "Hop," #1 at the box office, was mixed by Jeff Vaughn in Record One/Ocean Way's renowned Studio A. The room has a lustrous past, home to hits by countless producers, including Quincy Jones and Dr. Dre. Pictured (L-R) in Record One's Studio A are Kevin Globerman, digital score recordist; Jeff Vaughn, score mixer; Chris Lennertz, composer; Patrick Spain, assistant scoring engineer; and Bryon Rickerson, music editor. Photo by David Goggin.


JOEL IWATAKI MIXES SCORE FOR "BATTLE: LOS ANGELES" AT OCEAN WAY'S RECORD ONE

Engineer Joel Iwataki mixed the rousing score for "Battle: Los Angeles", the #1 movie in America, at Record One Recording Studios. Composed by Brian Tyler, the film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman, written by Chris Bertolini, and produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur. Pictured (seated) is scoring mixer Joel Iwataki and assistant scoring engineer Patrick Spain. Photo by David Goggin.


STEVE VAI RECORDS AT OCEAN WAY ST. BARTHS

Legendary guitar hero Steve Vai is working on new material in Ocean Way's resort studio on the island of St. Barths in the Caribbean. Engineer and owner of the Ocean Way studio facilities Allen Sides is recording tracks for Vai's forthcoming symphonic album project. Housing a wealth of vintage gear alongside state-of-the-art digital equipment, at the center is a vintage Neve console that was used by John Lennon to record "Imagine," among countless other historic hits. Photo by David Goggin.




HUGH LAURIE RECORDS NEW ALBUM WITH JOE HENRY AT OCEAN WAY

British actor/musician Hugh Laurie is recording an album of New Orleans Blues at Ocean Way in Hollywood. The star of the TV series "House," is teaming up with producer Joe Henry, known for his fine work with artists such as Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco and Loudon Wainwright III. Audio engineer Ryan Freeland is tracking the album. Pictured (L-R) are Ryan Freeland, Hugh Laurie, and Joe Henry. Photo by David Goggin.


"SORCERER'S APPRENTICE" MUSIC MIXED AT OCEAN WAY/RECORD ONE

The Trevor Rabin score for the much-anticipated comedy adventure "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was mixed at Ocean Way / Record One's Studio A film mixing studio. Pictured during the final stages of mixing are (L-R) Steve Kempster, music mixer; Larry Mah, ProTools operator/editor; Robbie Boyd, music editor; and Greg Hayes, recordist. Photo by David Goggin.


ZEN WIDOW RECORDS NEW ALBUM AT OCEAN WAY

International jazz sensation Zen Widow have recorded their new album at Ocean Way in Hollywood. Pictured in Studio A are (L-R) Joe Harley, producer; Gianni Gebbia, alto sax; Matthew Goodheart, piano; Michael C. Ross, engineer; Garth Powell, drums and percussion); featured guest Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet. Photo by David Goggin.


ERIC CLAPTON RECORDS AT OCEAN WAY WITH DOYLE BRAMHALL II

Eric Clapton returned to Ocean Way to work on his upcoming album with producer/guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Pictured outside the studio entrance are (L-R) Walt Richmond, Willie Weeks, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton, engineer Justin Stanley, Doyle Bramhall II, and Abe Laboriel Jr. Photo by David Goggin.


CHRIS BOTTI RECORDS AT OCEAN WAY WITH ALLEN SIDES

Trumpet luminary Chris Botti stopped in at Ocean Way Recording to add his indelible touch to a new track from Grammy-winner Juan Luis Guerra. Pictured are (seated L-R) engineer/studio owner Allen Sides, assistant engineer Scott Moore, and Latin artist Juan Luis Guerra. Standing (L-R) are Botti's manager and producer Bobby Colomby and trumpeter Chris Botti. Photo by David Goggin.


GREEN DAY RECORDS "21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN" AT OCEAN WAY

Pictured in Ocean Way's renowned Studio A during sessions for Green Day's smash success "21st Century Breakdown" are Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool with producer Butch Vig (second from left) and assistant engineers in lab coats. Photo by David Goggin.


AVATAR MIXED BY SIMON RHODES AT OCEAN WAY / RECORD ONE

The James Horner score for the epic adventure AVATAR was mixed by Simon Rhodes at Ocean Way's film mixing studio Record One in Sherman Oaks. Pictured at the SSL console is scoring mixer Simon Rhodes and (L-R rear) assistant engineer Patrick Spain and digital recordist Kevin Globerman. Photo by David Goggin.


SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS RECORD NEW EP AT OCEAN WAY

Semi Precious Weapons have recorded their new self-titled EP at Ocean Way Recording with producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig. Pictured in Ocean Way's renowned Studio B are Semi Precious Weapons: (L-R) Stevy Pyne, guitar and backing vocals; Dan Crean, drums; Justin Tranter, vocals; Cole Whittle, bass; Jack Joseph Puig, producer/engineer. Photo by David Goggin.


BRIAN WILSON RECORDS GEORGE GERSHWIN AT OCEAN WAY

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson is recording the music of George Gershwin at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Wilson has been authorized by Gershwin's estate to complete unfinished songs Gershwin left incomplete when he died in 1937. Photo by David Goggin.


BLACK FRANCIS RECORDS NEW ALBUM AT OCEAN WAY

Black Francis, founder of the Pixies, has completed tracks at Ocean Way Recording for his forthcoming solo album. Joining Francis in famed Studio B were Todd O'Keefe on bass, Dave Phillips on guitar, and David Henderson on drums. The new album follows "Bluefinger" (2007) and "SV N F NG RS" (2008). Photo by David Goggin.


BIFFY CLYRO RECORDS AT OCEAN WAY WITH PRODUCER GGGARTH RICHARDSON

Scottish rock sensation Biffy Clyro has completed tracking and mixing their fifth album, with Canadian producer Gggarth Richardson, at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. The band is known for its heavy, yet melodic, mixture of guitar, bass and drums, with all three band members contributing to vocals.


TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE" SCORED BY MYCHAEL DANNA AT OCEAN WAY

Composer Mychael Danna recently booked Ocean Way Recording for the score to 2009's "Time Traveler's Wife." A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage, the film stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles. Mychael Danna's previous credits include scores for "Little Miss Sunshine," "Capote," and "Surf's Up."


OCEAN WAY RECORDING LAUNCHES OCEAN WAY ST. BARTHS

Hollywood's famed Ocean Way Recording has opened the new Ocean Way St. Barths studio here on the legendary French resort island discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and named for his brother Bartolomeo. The island was first settled in 1648 by French colonists from the nearby island of St. Kitts.



OCEAN WAY'S RECORD ONE REOPENS AFTER FIVE YEAR LOCKOUT

After five years of lockout by producer Dr. Dre, Ocean Way's famed Record One studios have reopened. The first project was mixing Trevor Rabin's score for Disney's upcoming "G-Force," about a specially trained squad of guinea pigs out to save the world from evil. Tommy Vicari and Steve Kempster were mix engineers.



DERYCK "SUM 41" WHIBLEY PRODUCES NEVERSTORE AT OCEAN WAY

Swedish punk rockers Neverstore have recorded "Summer," the lead single from their forthcoming Sony album. Deryck Whibley, frontman for Sum 41, produced the track at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood after touring in Japan with Neverstore as their opening act.



OCEAN WAY RE-OPENS FAMED "STUDIO A" AFTER 13 YEARS

Studio A at Ocean Way may well be the single most notable and historic studio in the United States. Albums recorded in A and the other OWR rooms have sold in excess of one billion copies. Artists as diverse as Radiohead, Green Day, Beck, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. have made musical history at Ocean Way.


JONAS BROTHERS RECORD STRINGS AT OCEAN WAY FOR NEW ALBUM

Producer John Fields and engineer Steven Miller have recorded strings for the forthcoming Jonas Bros. album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, in the recently re-opened Studio A at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood.


OCEAN WAY STAFF COMPLETES COURSES AT BERKLEEMUSIC.COM

Apprentice audio engineers at Hollywood's famed Ocean Way Recording Studios have completed their first online studies at Berkleemusic.com, the online continuing education division of Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music.


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