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Tony Maserati Finds a Hit in Avocet


LOS ANGELES, CA: Tony Maserati is one of the most respected mixing engineers on today's music scene. With over 250 releases for dozens of superstars including Lady GaGa, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Jason Mraz - just to name a few, he has played a major role in defining the current R&B and hip hop sound. When it comes to mixing, Tony pulls from multiple resources, be it plug-ins, analog outboard gear or a combination of the two. Every song is different and often takes him on a different approach in terms of what to use for the sound he's hearing in his head. But there are several things that are an integral part of his process: his speakers, his amplifiers and at the center of it all, his Crane Song Avocet.

"The Avocet is the benchmark for all to follow," says Maserati. "When it first came out, there weren't a lot of options on the market that could do multiple (analog and digital) inputs and monitoring outputs-which was important for my needs. It literally takes care of everything in my studio and most importantly, it sounds amazing. The convertors are incredible and can be trusted in a variety of environments. I have come to rely on the Avocet so much, that when I visit other studios that don't have one I insist they rent one or encourage them to consider buying it. Even with all the options that are available today, for me nothing has yet to compete with the Avocet."

Crane Song Ltd. is able to provide the highest level of quality due to the many years of experience of its founder Dave Hill. Some of his employees have worked with Dave since 1988 and continue to have an intense interest in developing the best audio devices possible. Crane Song's combination of innovative design and uncompromising attention has helped the company make its mark in the professional audio world.