Latest mix that I have been involved in this month. Five other songs are coming together as well. More to come soon enough!
Wednesday night I’ll be picking up some mixes from my friend Dave Hartley, who plays bass in The War On Drugs, BC Camplight, and the Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society. Dave has recorded a really beautiful solo record during the last year, and I was flattered that he asked me to help out recording some drums tracks last fall. I am psyched that he has asked me to mix a few of tunes on the record. It’ll be a lot of fun. Really looking forward to this.
Later Wednesday evening I’ll be finishing up small mixing tweaks on the Young Lion Apprentice full-length Save The Soundtracks. I’ll then be mastering that record over the next few weeks.
During my free time this week I’ll be working on analog transfers for the new Sad Iron full-length, and starting the mastering process. I met Jason through the Tape Op Messageboard (TOMB). He’s a really talented songwriter (and singer, player, etc) currently residing in Iowa City, Iowa. I am really excited about this mastering project. Can’t get his songs out of my head since I first heard them last week.
Sunday I’ll be tracking lead vocals with Greg of the Blank Pages at his home studio in South Jersey. Their new record is getting close to being completely recorded. We’ll start mixing it in March or April.
Busy busy busy!
A history lesson…
So… Philly’s Audible invited me to help out recording an EP this summer. We started tracking in late August at Audible’s garage practice space in Philadelphia’s Fishtown. Tracking was done over a few days and nights and consisted of the basics…guitar, bass, and drums. However, we tracked Mike, Kris, and Steve live, focusing on capturing a more cohesive sound from the start. After the basics were done, we spent some time on guitar overdubs with Mike, Jim, and Ed and then finished up at the garage by reamping Kris’ bass tracks for a more vibey tone. Double-miked bass cab. When you can’t decide between an SM7b and an RE20 for something, well…use ‘em both.
Mike and Kris then spent the Fall adjusting to parenthood and tracking overdubs at home. Guitars, keys, vocals, baby sounds. We’ve been mixing since late December over here at The Laundromat (my basement project studio), and Mike has been checking these mixes at his day gig over at NFL Films (you know, at a real world-class recording studio…yes kids, those places still exist!)
Which brings us to this evening (am I long-winded or what?).
Slightly tweaked two songs’ mixes, tracked Mike and Mary’s vocals for “14 Weeks”, and then finished up by mixing it.
The Isolette EP is now finished and ready for mastering!
Mike Kennedy has been talkin’ a bit about the new EP over at Audible’s website.
Spent a few hours this evening working with MK and Mary on “Later On We’ll Live”. We now have a very dynamic mix happening over here. We also spent time tightening up a few small things on “Last Thing I Remember” and “Isolette”. Aside from a great performance from the band, these songs are heavily automated within Digital Performer. We’re breathing a lot of life into these mixes.
A fun night mixing, discussing rock star over-indulgence, and drinking a bottle of Raw Power together. Thanks for the wine, Mary! Nice to have a drink with you again!
Spent the better part of the day with Mike Kennedy mixing three new Audible songs. “All Alarms”, “Isolette”, and “Last Thing I Remember”. We had two prior mixing days, but today things really came together. A few more tweaks and these new gems are ready for mastering.
First time using PSP’s Lexicon 42 delay for various tracks, and we both love this thing. Using it on the vocal bus, some guitars, other things. Really great delay plug-in. Not much reverb is getting used on individual instruments; some plate stuff here and there, and of course the room is showing up in the drum overheads and the guitars have their own spring reverb stuff going on. We’re planning on using a little bit of reverb on each of the mixes during mastering, which I think is definitely a new thing for both of us. Things may change but this is the game plan as of right now.
Another night of mixing tomorrow with one more song. After that, maybe another night tightening some stuff up before mastering. And we’re recording one more song for the record this week. Just acoustic guitar with Mike and Mary singing. Planing on using the nice acoustics in the middle bedroom over here on Indiana Avenue for that one. Stay tuned!