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Man Man – Awesome @ FUV

I’m sure you can imagine the look on my face after seeing 3 keyboards, marimba, trumpet and a bunch of other stuff on a single input list. I wasn’t even sure how I’d fit all that gear in our studio, let alone mix it live. Fortunately, the guys from Man Man brought vibe (and vibes … Continue reading

Elbow – Awesome @ FUV (Updated)

Updated: Added newly published video of the session.   Sure, I may have broken protocol, but would you really blame me if you knew there was an unused U87 in a broadcast studio merely 10 steps down the hall? I hijacked that damned thing, stuck it in front of Guy Garvey, and dropped my jaw. … Continue reading

Sub Kick #1 – Woofer from the Garbage

Making a sub kick mic is pretty damn easy. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “sub kick” refers to a speaker cone you’ve converted into a microphone for use on a kick drum (though one can use it on other sources). Yamaha NS-10 woofers are popular candidates for sub kick mikes. But since I … Continue reading

Oh, That’s My Buss Compressor – Video Demo

So, in the last post you saw a bunch of pictures of the circuitry inside my SB4000, and I blabbed about a few of its features. Obviously, I’m really proud of this unit. In this post, you’ll get to hear what it sounds like and watch my arm go in and out of frame while I … Continue reading

Oh, That’s My Buss Compressor – Sidechain Filtering

In case anyone has been wondering what that the hell my header graphic is, it’s taken from my SB4000’s circuit board. This versatile stereo compressor is a do-it-yourself project modeled after (and enhanced from) Solid State Logic’s G Series center compressor, who’s presence on countless hits has rendered it legendary. Yes, sure, one could just … Continue reading

Feist – Awesome @ FUV

“I Feel It All” popped up on my Pandora some time ago, and I was hooked right away by the record’s vocal sound. A few googles later, I learned that she generally sings through an amplifier. Needless to say, when Leslie Feist and 5 other awesome musicians walked into work, I was excited to try out … Continue reading

Sessions Recorded – October to December 2011

Roster for October to December, 2011: Feist – Austra – Indigo Girls – Waters – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Blitzen Trapper – We Were Promised Jetpacks – Shelby Lynne – Will Hoge – The Hours – New Multitudes – Mike Viola

Drum Overhead Position Shootout

Cool post at RecordingHacks.com which compares overhead tracks using different stereo micing techniques. Contains samples recorded in X-Y, spaced pair, mid-side, “recorderman” and ORTF configurations. Link.

Beirut – Awesome @ FUV (video)

It’s true. I had never heard of Beirut before I was scheduled to record them. Blasphemy, you say? Perhaps. Especially since all of my coworkers looked at me with disgust upon learning of my ignorance. Nonetheless, I did my research and then some recordings of this significant, infectious band. Here’s a video of “Santa Fe,” … Continue reading

MILAGRES – Awesome @ FUV 2 (mix video)

Again, I superimposed the live performance on a screen capture of the ProTools mix, so you can see both at the same time. This mix is a bit more active. The song is “Halfway” from their new album, “Glowing Mouth.” You should watch in HD. A few comments: 0:36 – Note the levels on the … Continue reading