For additional information, contact:
Casey Zygmont, National Sales Manager
Furman Sound, Inc.,
Tel: 707-763-1010, ext. 135
Fax: 707-763-1310

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June 5, 2003 – Westchester County, New York – Phil Ramone, one of the world’s most prolific hit-making producers, recently installed a Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 Headphone Distribution and Mixing System in his studio. Often frustrated by the need to use sign language and pantomime to communicate with musicians separated from the control room by glass, Ramone was happy to find the Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 system, which gives each musician direct control of their own mix and talkback mic.

Ramone states, “I first saw an early version of the individual cue box years ago that George Martin was using at the old Air Studios in London and I thought, ‘I’ve got to have one!’ I thought about building something of my own, but then I saw the Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 system. I decided to try it because I have several Furman Sound power conditioners in my studio and I like their gear. I’m really happy that I chose it!”

Phil Ramone’s years behind the console have been rewarded with countless critical and commercial triumphs, including nine Grammys, and an Emmy. Ramone’s professional career began at the ripe old age of ten when the young violin prodigy gave a command performance for England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Not long after simultaneously attending Julliard School of Music and high school, Ramone opened A&R Recording in New York City and was on the way to becoming one of the modern era’s most influential musical figures. His list of production and engineering credits reads like the bible of popular music. Seminal albums, including Bob Dylan’s Blood On the Tracks, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, Frank Sinatra’s Duets I & II, Rod Stewart’s It Had To Be YouThe Great American Songbook, and Peter Cincotti’s self titled first album, make up but a mere sliver of the Ramone canon.

Ramone describes his use of the Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16’s talkback feature, stating, “Each musician gets their own simple mixer, and they even have a talkback mic built in! That’s one of the toughest things to deal with in a studio – the talkback mic. If you’re doing guitar overdubs, for instance, and the guitar amp is screaming, the engineer always sets-up a talk mic to communicate with the guitar player. But if you open up three talk mics, you get this horrific leakage, so engineers tend to keep them down and then the guitar player will be flailing his arms trying to get the engineer’s attention. The simple talkback mic on the Furman Sound HRM-16s makes it very easy to communicate.”

The Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 system also helps to alleviate, as Phil puts it, the “More Me Syndrome.” Ramone comments, “The general criticism from musicians when we’re in a session tends to be ‘I’ve got too much of him and not enough of me in my headphones.’ That’s the ‘More Me’ Syndrome. The Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 system allows you to have ‘More Me,’ and it’s very simple to program."

Ramone Concludes, “I’ve always said that if you can make the artist happy, then you’re going to get a better take, and that’s what the Furman Sound HDS-16/HRM-16 Headphone Distribution and Mixing System allows. It’s really well designed, and very easy to use.”



Furman Sound, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of signal processing and power conditioning products since 1974.

For additional information about the product lines of Furman Sound, Inc., contact: Casey Zygmont, National Sales Manager, Furman Sound, Inc., 1997 South McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA, 94954 USA. Tel: 707-763-1010, fax: 707-763-1310

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