Behind the scenes Video with USA Today’s Jefferson Graham and IK Multimedia, Making Music in Modena, Italy

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Jefferson Graham, technical editor for USA Today, is also a great musician! He plays guitar, bass, keys and he can even sing! So when I asked him to come visit IK Multimedia’s headquarters in Modena, Italy, he agreed! Check out the video of Jefferson Graham, taking a look behind the scenes at what it takes to make music in the 21st century…from iOS & Android music creation, to app innovation to pro-audio mass production of software and hardware in the motherland of music.

Here is the video from USA Today’s feature “Making digital music in Italy with IK Multimedia”. To watch the video, click on the image below, or click here.

Making Music in Italy with IK Multimedia and USA Today's Jefferson Graham

Making Music in Italy with IK Multimedia and USA Today’s Jefferson Graham

 Thanks for visiting us Jefferson Graham! IK Multimedia loved having you…

~Starr Ackerman Public Relations

For Girls: Spa Services – Thread Lift for Facial Rejuvenation, and Botox – Medical Aesthetics of NJ Review

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

As we age, it’s always something… we start looking at our faces and our bodies and wondering what we can change to make it look like we are 21 again.  Some women resort to very expensive and painful procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction to keep that bikini body looking hot forever.  Some women choose less expensive and invasive procedures like CoolSculpting, Zerona and laser lipolysis to eradicate cellulite and tighten up their tummies and thighs. But as we age, all women get wrinkles… and the more time you spend flaunting that beautiful bikini body on the beach, the more sun damage you’re going to get on your face.  And let’s face it, who wants to spend all their time inside for the rest of their life? Not me. I’m from Florida!!!

So what was wrong with me?  I don’t know how it happened, but one day I looked in the mirror and I discovered that I have a serious asymmetry in my face.  One eyebrow was higher than the other…like I was in a constant questioning look!  I thought that I could easily fix it by going to my local nail technician and asking her to wax my eyebrows properly.  She tried to fix it, but it was definitely still there…one eyebrow was arched higher than the other.  I looked at some pictures of myself when I was 21, and I didn’t see that eyebrow problem at all.  So something must’ve happened to me in my years to make one side of my face, or part of my forehead, raise up enough to make my eyebrow stick up permanently.

I did some research online, and found out that a simple Botox injection above the eyebrow would fix the problem.  So I went online and looked for Botox in New Jersey.  Google brought me straight to a Groupon that was offering a discount on Botox injections from the Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey in East Brunswick.  I bought the Groupon,  called and made the appointment and prepared myself to get stuck in the face with a needle.

The specialist who greeted me was Inna Goldfield, the owner of Medical Aesthetics of NJ and a Registered Nurse. She took one look at me and knew exactly what I wanted.  She held a mirror up to my face and we talked about my asymmetrical eyebrows.  She also showed me some other spots that needed “adjustments”. Surprisingly,  the needle didn’t hurt at all… it was a little bit scary when it got near my eyes,  but that’s it.  I didn’t need any ice packs and there wasn’t even any bleeding.  I also didn’t have any bruising afterward. About 4 to 5 days later, my eyebrows were perfectly symmetrical.  What a miracle!  And all of the deep lines around my eyes from the sun damage that I have been working on since I was a kid were gone!

After Inna finished the injections, with the mirror in front of my face, she showed me that one day my naturally chubby cheeks would droop and I would have long jowls like an old lady.  She said it wasn’t very noticeable right now,  but that I had a line that was starting from the end of my cheek down to the end of my chin. She told me not to get any dermal fillers on my face for the marionette lines because it would make me look like a chipmunk. Of course, I was secretly horrified when she said that…but who wouldn’t be? Inna showed me another procedure that she thought I might benefit from, called a Thread Lift.

She had some photos of another patient and showed them to me.  This woman had the dreaded “jowls” that she was speaking of… and she showed me the before and after pictures of the treatment of the Thread Lift  she had performed on her.  Honestly, I couldn’t believe it. Not only were her jowls gone, but so were the lines on her face around her mouth and in the nasolabial folds (marionette lines).

Inna described the procedure to me,  but I also wanted to do some research to see how it was done. Interestingly enough, I found a video of Inna actually doing the procedure! Here is the video of Inna Goldfield performing the Thread Lift procedure, with before-and-after photos.

A little research on the Thread Lift procedure, also called the “one-hour facelift” revealed that tiny injections would be inserted in a graft like procedure on the patient’s face in order to lift the desired areas.  The ultra-thin needles have Meso threads inside them.  These threads are made of polydioxanone material and are absolutely biodegradable and compatible with human tissues (also known as PDO threads).  They create a hidden framework in which the medical provider reshapes the face to uphold sagging tissues.  After 120-240 days, the threads reabsorb into the body, but the effects last for two years.  During the procedure, no powerful anesthesia is used, the correction is not traumatic, there is no long period of rehabilitation and the punctual injections leave zero traces.

For more information about the amazing facial rejuvenation procedures done by Inna Goldfield and her staff at Medical Aesthetics of NJ, please visit her website, click here to visit The Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey in East Brunswick.

I highly recommend it, if you’ve been spending a lot of the time in the sun… :-)

Help Malaya Kelly ~ Slamour Doll- Beat Breast Cancer through Crowdfunding!

•September 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment



Malaya Southern Kelly passed away from breast cancer on Oct 18, 2014. A beautiful soul who will surely be missed. Read her blog, click on this graphic.

Malaya Southern Kelly passed away from breast cancer on Oct 18, 2014. A beautiful soul who will surely be missed. Read her blog, click on this graphic.


Her personal GoFundMe donations page gathered quite a bit of followers and shares. Thanks to everyone for their generous donations, heartfelt comments and prayers, and shares on social media.

Her personal GoFundMe donations page gathered quite a bit of followers and shares. Thanks to everyone for their generous donations, heartfelt comments and prayers, and shares on social media.

So many people have a story to tell, and dreams to focus on… but when you’re faced with mortality, the story and the dreams may be silenced due to the fight for your life taking up all the focus instead.

Malaya Kelly, 34 yr old roller derby, dancing, badass from NJ...fighting Stage 4 triple negative breast cancer for over two years now.

Breast cancer is no joke…and even though a lot of women fight hard to win the battle, others keep getting knocked back into their seats when the treatments aren’t working. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and we can all work together to keep the light at the end of the tunnel focused on what’s really important in life ~ through simple social media and crowdfunding for one woman’s battle against breast cancer.

Malaya Kelly is 34 years old. If she wasn’t fighting stage 4 triple negative breast cancer right now, she would be playing roller derby with her bad-ass NJ shore Slamour Doll team. She would also be taking dancing lessons with her new husband, Sean, among other wonderful things that newlyweds enjoy. Instead, she’s running out of money taking every new and experimental treatment out there, just to be able to make it to her next birthday. Please take a moment to click on this link here, or on the picture of Malaya to read Malaya’s story, and please share the story with a friend through social media.

Please help Malaya Kelly beat breast cancer! Please donate and share through crowd-funding to pay for her experimental treatment at UPenn. Any donation or share is worth 5 seconds of your time to help this beautiful and warm woman live.

Thanks so much for your time and attention ~ Starr Ackerman

Happy Birthday to Starr Ackerman’s Music Production Blog! 1 Year Old!

•August 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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A throwback to some of the best posts, interviews and articles on music production from my blog!

Originally posted on Starr Ackerman's Music Production Blog & PR/AR:

On Feb 10, 2010, I created this music production blog to help other people find inspiration and helpful information to make music. Today, Starr Ackerman’s Music Production Blog is 1 Year Old! Here are links to some of the best posts from last year:

For musicians who are starting out and just want to learn how to make music, or build a computer music studio:

Making Music in the 21st Century- VST, plug-in, DAW Software, iDevice or DIE!

How can I plug my guitar into my computer to record? Audio Interface

What is a MIDI controller? Why do I need one to make music?

Best / Funniest Demo Video (and artist participation!):

The iPhone and iPad gets a condenser microphone: iRig Mic Video Demo with Starr Ackerman and CJ Pierce, guitarist for Drowning Pool!

Best Artist Video Interviews on Music Production with Software/Hardware (best showcase of my artist relations/public relations coordination and…

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iRig Mic HD Released from IK Multimedia, + CNN iReporting using iRig Mic Cast

•August 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

IK Multimedia is known for providing solutions…whether it’s an tablet stand, a USB controller, a high-powered virtual instrument, or a serious sounding microphone that’s compatible with both your mobile devices and your Mac and PC; IK Multimedia announced the iRig Mic HD at NAMM in January 2014, and ever since, broadcasters and musicians have been writing me and calling, asking “When will the iRig Mic HD be released? I need one!”. Of course you need one. Until now, there hasn’t really been any competitive, low-priced, high-quality digital mic out there that works with both your iPhone and in the computer recording studio.

 How can I record interviews and movies with high-quality audio from my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac/PC? iRig Mic HD.

iRig Mic HD for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac & PC, exclusively in Silver at Apple Stores! High-quality digital microphone for broadcasting and recording.

For example, CNN’s iReporter, Joyce Chow, has been using IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast (a very small, unidirectional microphone) to conduct interviews. If you watch the interview below from Comic Con, you can see how easily she is conducting her interviews by using an iPhone and the iRig Recorder app to capture sound without all the background noise. Now, with iRig Mic HD available, she has the opportunity to capture high-quality audio to make these CNN iReport interviews sound even better!

On CNN iReport vetted for use on CNN – Toy Story that Time Forgot – Kristen Schaal – Comic-Con 2014

Joyce Chow interviewing at Comic Con using her iPhone and IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Cast.

Joyce Chow interviewing at Comic Con using her iPhone and IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast.

 Click here to visit the IK Multimedia website to learn more about recording with iRig Mic HD.

Thanks for reading Starr Ackerman’s music production blog, public relations article for IK Multimedia.

For Girls (and boys): GM Diet Day 8 weight loss – 8 lbs total

•July 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

GM Diet Weight Loss Day 7 : Zero change on the scale! Lost 7 lbs so far though.

GM Diet Day 8: -1 lbs, total lost: 8lbs!

Not really a surprise to me though, since I felt like I ate tons of red meat and calories. I also went to the gym this morning and had zero energy for cardio??? I basically did like 35 mins cardio and then some abs/stretching, that was more than enough for me.

I modified Day 7’s diet slightly from the original. Instead of having brown rice, I’m ate a gluten-free, sugar free protein bar (for breakfast – 280 cals, 20 grams of carbs, 20 grams of protein). And in the evening had protein and vegetables too: crab legs and broccoli. The reason for this is because I didn’t want to end the diet and cheat/go crazy eating pizza, chocolate and drink alcohol. I am really craving sugar…so this will do.

Here’s the chart of weight loss so far for the GM Diet:

Day 1 : Start (Fruit day)

Day 2: -2.2 lbs (Veggie Day)

Day 3: -2 Lbs (Fruit & Veggie Day)

Day 4: -1.4 lbs (Milk and bananas Day)

Day 5: 0 lbs (20 oz meat and 6 tomatoes Day)

Day 6: -1.4 lbs (feast day, all meat and veggies, any quantity)

Day 7: 0 lbs (brown rice and veggies day)

Total: -7 lbs so far, but I still have to weigh in on Day 8, which ends the first cycle (or whole cycle) of the GM Diet.



Day 8 on GM Diet weight loss  – 8 lbs total. 

For Girls (and boys) GM Diet Day 6, weight loss: 1.4 lbs, 7 lbs total so far!!!

•July 27, 2014 • 1 Comment

Day 6 of the GM Diet is “feast day” – eat as much meat and veggies as you want, and drink 14 glasses of water.

GM Diet Day 6 Weight loss: I was really happy to see the scale dip down again after the stall on Day 5. On the morning of Day 6 of the GM diet I have lost another 1.4 lbs. That means I have lost 7 lbs in 5 days of following the GM diet properly!

Day 6: I ate 4 meals: breakfast was a tomato salad. Lunch was ahi tuna steak over romaine lettuce. Snack was a light steak (2 oz) salad over tomatoes/basil and red onion. Dinner was a full steak (10 oz) with broccoli.

Day 6 was a Saturday – and seriously thank The Lord that I could actually eat that day, because we usually go out and eat and drink all day. Of course, it was a little tough to find meals eating out that I didn’t have to completely modify, but I wasn’t craving alcohol or anything, even if we did sit at the bar for both lunch and dinner.

We even went to the boardwalk in Asbury Park and sat on the beach deck at this bar called the Watermark…and I realized they had more food that I could eat at that bar than the nice restaurant we just came from during lunch! I watched my boyfriend drink another two beers and had zero desire to drink anything except water.

I had a little more energy for the gym that morning, worked out with weightlifting and a little cardio for almost an hour. My boyfriend and I went bowling at night after we had dinner too. I sucked at bowling, but we had fun. I seriously think I bowl better when I’ve loosened up with a few drinks!

At night, all I could think about was ice cream…chocolate, anything sweet! Ugggh…bread too. I settled for two of my gummy multi-vitamins!

That night – I actually dreamt that I stole a cookie from someone’s desk. And the guy started asking who stole his cookie, and because I was eating it so slowly…savoring each chocolatey chip bite…I still had half a cookie to give back to him! Lol. This diet is making me crazy…if it weren’t for the excessive weight loss, I would have quit already.

Continue reading my experience of the GM Diet, Day 7 Weight loss.


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