2008 marks the unveiling of a brand new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
Set to premiere in January at the Consumer Electronics, Macworld and Winter NAMM shows, the Lennon Bus will continue the tradition of providing free tours and workshops in which young people create an original composition, record the song and create a broadcast quality music video using equipment from Apple, Sony, Godin Guitars, Digidesign, Roland, Edirol, Boss, Aphex Systems, Mackie, Ampeg, Crate, Audio-Technica, and more – all in one day!
The Lennon Bus also has an illustrious history as a hit maker, with chart topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie recorded on board. The new facility boasts two studio environments which are each powered by a high-end Apple Mac Pro loaded with Ableton Live, Logic Studio, Final Cut Studio and Sibelius music notation software, supplemented by an Apple XServe and XRAID system which facilitates high-bandwidth HD multimedia production and storage.
Plans for the second mobile recording and multimedia studio have been germinating since the first Lennon Bus hit the road a decade ago. Executive Director Brian Rothschild, and music manager David Sonenberg created the outreach project with the focus originally on providing programs in songwriting and audio production. Over the years, the program expanded to include video production, and the new Bus goes even further with the addition of Sony HD video solutions, Mackie 5.1 surround sound monitor systems and Apogee's high-definition digital audio converters. Also new for ’08 is an on-board Chromatte booth from Reflecmedia, as well as Bogen Imaging’s full line of grip equipment, tripods, filters, and accessories.
The new bus, a Prevost XL Entertainer II, was constructed under the watchful eye of Todd Lay at Atlanta Custom Coach, while Tay Hoyle and her company, Taytrix, are responsible for the interior design, racks and studio furniture, as well as the construction of all system wiring with connectors provided by Neutrik USA. Chief Engineer Jeff Sobel initiated the conceptualization and design, drawing on his 7 years of experience with the Bus to create a floor plan and system design ideally suited to the unique mission while meeting the challenge of fitting 2 recording and video production studios, a green screen room, iso booth, presentation/demo room, and living quarters for 3 staffers into a moving vehicle. Jeff’s design was painstakingly implemented by the Taytrix team, resulting in a vehicle like no other.
The 2008 tour will include stops at high schools, colleges and university campuses, retailers, and with headlining artists, around the U.S. and Canada. The tour schedule and interactive map can be found at www.lennonbus.org, where visitors can also see all of the music, video and photography projects created on board.
Plans are underway to expand the project worldwide beginning in Western Europe and then Japan.