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I've been mastering a few tracks for old friends Maxdmyz, who were recording in Northampton this Summer. As soon as there's a release date, I'll post it.
We've finished the new Cockney Rejects single, 40 Years Undefeated, a hard-hitting track with a tremendous hooky chorus.
I'll let you know when it's released. Meanwhile, it's worth booking for their O2 gigs in December...
Sulo's trip to the UK has seen us going into Baker Street to record a new single for The Crunch, Smoke and Mirrors. It was great to get back into the studio with these fellows...
Melodies and Motion is a new album by our favourite genius Stuart Matthew Price, who I've been working with, on and off, for about 10 years.
This is an ambitious album of his own material, sung by various MT luminaries in various studios, all over the world.
We've been tracking the orchestra (made up of members of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra) at Master Chord Studio, engineered by Ronan Phelan, and editing at Baker Street with Danny Monk. The songs have tremendous orchestral arrangements by Charlie Ingles, and the conductor was Freddie Tapner.
Learn more about this project here.
I've been in the Phoenix Theatre with the team from Advision TV, who were filming the LCB's 2019 production, Ballet Shoes. Working with Mark Watts, I swapped the MADI system I used last year for a Dante system with Lauten and Aston mics, and banks of Audient mic pres. Editing and mixing was done back in Canterbury.
It's always a great day when I get new Delicasession material to master. They're the kings of electronica.
Check out Die Reise here.
I've just attended the launch for Mick Geggus' book Life After Lloyd, the story of Cockney Rejects, and of his friendship with Rejects bassist, the late Tony Van Frater. In turns hilarious, thought-provoking and deeply moving, it's a tremendous book.
Something unusual for me. I don't generally get involved with live sound, but I was asked to provide some sound services for The Big Reveal's production of The Burning Of The Boats at Northbourne Park School. I set up the system, operated FOH, made SFX, and wrestled with the actors' radio mics. None of this would have been possible without the excellent work of Mark Drew and Emile Porée.
More recording at Baker Street with Danny Monk for Frank and Iain McKay, followed by a backing-vocal session and mixing in Canterbury.
Following the vinyl master of The Glass Bead Game I made for Breathless earlier in the year, I've mastered the album for digital formats this week for immediate release.
The mastering was all analogue, using SSL compression, Neve 551 and Zähl EQ1 EQs.
I spent a great day in EC1 recording songs from Becoming Nancy for Stiles and Drewe.
As always, some breathtaking talent on display.
I've hugely enjoyed mastering Steve Hamilton's new album "Hamland", which is one of the funkiest albums I've heard in a long time. Highly recommended for any fans of rare groove, funk, soul, jazz-funk, r'n'b and hip-hop.
I'll post when there's a release date for the album.
I've re-mastered the Emerald Sabbath album "Ninth Star". The original album was released last year. Two or three tracks have new mixes, and there are a couple of new vocals on this version of the album, which features many members of Black Sabbath.
I've just been lucky enough to have mastered 8 tracks for Delicasession, including this stunning contemplative piece, Blindfolded
We've been recording, mixing and mastering songs from Dylan Schlosberg and Michael Conley's new musical of Indecent Proposal. Tracking at Baker Street with Danny Monk, and mixing in Canterbury.
Great to be working with Iain and Frank McKay again. They first came to Berry Street about fifteen years ago, and have been recording with me periodically since.
Their high-end function band, The Clan, specialises in rousing modern versions of traditional Scottish songs, together with contemporary covers.
Check out their YouTube page here.
I've been recording vocals for the Paul Young/Corey Hart duet "Young At Hart"...
The single is recorded in advance of their June gig in Japan.
I've just mixed five songs for Diamond Dogs, the Swedish Rock band, for their upcoming LP, Recall Rock n Roll and the Magic Soul.
The songs were tracked at Strawberry Studios in Töreboda, mixed by me in Canterbury, and will join a collection of songs harvested from some of the band's previous albums covering twenty years.
Synthax Audio, one of the UK's most respected pro-audio specialists, have posted an article about my recording of last year's London Children's Ballet production of The Canterville Ghost. It was the lead story of their New Year newsletter, and can be read here.
I'm a member of an exclusive panel of "top producers, engineers, FOH guys and artists" who blind-listen to various iterations of microphones in development for innovative UK mic manufacturerAston, as a vital part of their R&D process.
Following this process, Aston have released a new multi-voicing mic, Stealth.
Aston Microphones has introduced a sleek new model: the Aston Stealth. This handsome unit is packed with features, including four switchable voices and a first-of-its kind autodetect function that senses phantom power.
The Stealth is a cardioid, broadcast-quality microphone that’s stage- and studio-ready. Aston is billing it as “the world’s most versatile microphone”, due in no small part to its many features:
Developed by a panel of more than 90 audio engineers, the Stealth has four settings optimised for various functions:
- V1 (Vocal): Best suited for male performers
- V2 (Vocal): Best suited for female performers
- G (Guitar): For all types of guitars
- D (Dark): For a vintage feel, reminiscent of ribbon mics
The four signal paths of these voices are contour networks, not EQ filters. So most of the signal does not even pass through any filter circuitry. This stands in contrast to other mics that add pre-EQ to the signal, making professional post-production very tricky.
Phantom power autodetect function
The Stealth functions with or without phantom power. While in passive mode, the signal bypasses the active circuit to deliver a clean sound. However, the Stealth has a unique feature that, upon sensing 48-volt phantom power, automatically toggles over to the active mode to make use of the onboard preamp.
Class A mic preamp
When in active mode, the Stealth engages its built-in Class A mic preamp. Most active microphones use a single-ended preamp – it takes half of the wave from the capsule and keeps the other half grounded – but not the Stealth. This microphone amplifies both halves of the wave from capsule to output, delivering a better signal-to-noise performance.
More information at astonmics.com
a nice end-of-year project: mastering "The Glass Bead Game" for vinyl at Baker Street.
Originally released on vinyl in 1986, The Glass Bead Game was Breathless's first album. The original masters were unavailable, so I used the subsequent CD master as the basis for this release. I judged that the audio was slightly harsh and unsympathetic, so the whole album has been re-balanced and sounds great.
The new version will be available on Tenor Vossa Records in the next couple of months.
Congratulations to Larz Kristerz, whose album "Get Gå Bra Nu" has just been nominated for a Swedish Grammy.
The album was recorded in Sweden during January and February, and mixed by me in the UK in March of this year.
Thanks to Sulo Karlsson for involving me in the project.
- Overture Band
- Imaginary Tom Price, Josh Gottlieb, Haroun Al Jeddal & Full Company
- The Last Day Of Summer Jade Oswald & Josh Gottlieb
- The Best Chloe Twigg, Arran Ryder, Haroun Al Jeddal, Rhiannon Bailey, Luke Hogan, Bill Stanley, Dominic Bryant, Zoe Troy & Isabella Li-Yan-Hui
- Upgrade Time Robin Franklin, Elsa Waterfield, Billy Nevers, Ella Thomas, Ciaran O'Brien & Full Company
- The Headmaster’s Office Full Company
- She Played Guitar Lizzie Wells & Robin Simoes Da Silva
- The Adventurers’ Code Josh Gottlieb & Lizzie Wells
- It’s Your Time Toby Turpin & Aya Benyahya, Sadie Hurst, Phoebe Poulter-Kerry
- Entr’acte/ Imaginary Land Toby Turpin & Full Company
- Those Were The Days Billy Nevers, Elsa Waterfield, Ella Thomas & Ciaran O'Brien
- All The Fun You Had Oliver Adams, Jade Oswald, Tom Price & Josh Gottlieb
- The Headmaster’s Soliloquy Robin Franklin, Ben Pulford, Freya Alexander & Company
- Oogie Boogie Woogie Oliver Adams, Toby Turpin & Full Company
- The Final Upgrade Robin Franklin, Elsa Waterfield, Josh Gottlieb, Tom Price & Toby Turpin
- You’ll Find Me There Tom Price, Josh Gottlieb, Lizzie Wells & Full Company
- Playout Band