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Masters From Their Day

KAS Music & Sound, the legendary recording studio in the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex, was chosen for the first episode of Benchmark Media Systems Inc. new web series "Masters From Their Day" Engineers and musicians were challenged to produce a "release-quality" single in a one day session. The name of the series alludes to the mastered track from the day-long session and to the studio ?masters? who pioneered the craft.

Produced by Elias Gwinn of Benchmark, the first episode featured the band Rubblebucket, KAS Executive Creative Director Joe Castellon and Alex Lipsen as sound engineers on the project and three-time Grammy-award winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen.

Kaufman Astoria Studios Welcomes
Opera Stars Placido Domingo and
Angela Gheorghiu to Its
Recording Studios

Grammy Award winning musician, Placido Domingo and opera singer Angela Gheorghiu recently completed recording their new CD at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The duo recorded in Studio A. one of New York's largest live rooms with two isolation booths. KAS Music and Sound Executive Creative Director Joe Castellon, was on hand to assist the performers throughout the recording process. Castellon has over 40 years of experience as a producer and arranger.

Domingo is a world renowned Spanish tenor recognized across the globe for his strong voice that posses a dramatic tone throughout its range. The Metropolitan Opera paid tribute to Domingo earlier this year for his 40th anniversary with the company. Domingo's partner in the new album, Gheorghiu, is a Romanian soprano opera singer known for leading roles at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, and the Vienna State Opera.

Bruce Rameker Records Latest Album at Kaufman Astoria Studios

Opera singer Bruce Rameker recently completed recording his album "Praise" at Kaufman Astoria Studios. Executive Creative Director, Joe Castellon, engineered and mastered the CD in Studio A

Rameker has the unique ability to perform as both a baritone and a countertenor. His diverse repertoire includes ancient music, operetta, oratorio and tango. Rameker has performed on some of the most renowned stages across the globe including of Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

"Bridge Records has been making recordings at KAS since the studio first opening. We love the atmosphere, the great sounding room and working with KAS's fine staff. A number of Bridge's Grammy nominated recordings were made at KAS, and it continues to be a favorite place to work."

David Starobin, chief producer, Bridge Records, Inc.

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