Friday, May 30, 2003


I just walked upstairs to my (soon to be ex-) office after finishing the final day of Mark Needs A Chick mixing, ( Steve Christensen and I mixed together, and the results are awesome. Steve has been developing some really unique drum mixing techniques, and we pulled out all the stops this time. The results were very big--very creamy drums. Lots of Pultec EQ's and 1176's. The bass, guitars, and vocals, all were easy to fit into the presentation. Because all the sounds were recorded and played well, we had plenty of time to try out creative stuff.

One of the more radical things we did was to mix without any buss compression, (at all!!!). If I wasn't pretty confident we could pull it off, I would have never agreed, but Steve's recent work has proven that we could have incredible dynamics control without having to 'master while we mix'. This creates a mix with an incredibly 'open' sound while still being very loud. The discriminating mastering engineer can limit to his heart's content without any elements 'squeezing up or down' too much. When this record drops, I bet we are going to be doing a LOT more of the regional rock bands in the area.

Over the two days, there were times when the family and friend presence in the control room outnumbered the 'talent' by a factor of 4. The vibe was great, however, and the people just added to the mix instead of de-focusing us. (Sort of a rap posse, but positive). One of the most excited visitors was my daughter Joe Ann, (and my mother-in-law, Joe Ann Golden). Joe Ann thinks Mark Ellis is 'hot'. Her thirteen year old super-vibe made the session for me. Mark was a super rock-star role model, (he tried to talk Joe Ann out of getting pierced or tatooed--thanks, Mark).

On other notes, I am engineering for my friend Adam Berry Saturday and Sunday. I'm listening to his new band as I write, and his stuff is getting much more 'cerebral' compaired the the early Jango Rhythm songs. By the sound of the demo, someone in his band has some recording skills, so this gig should be a lot of fun. It is one of the rare times when I get to come in an just engineer and let someone else produce the session. (Thanks, Adam).

Next week, Steve and I start tracking Pale. If you have read my posts about their rehearsals, you know that this is going to be a majic session.

Time to go regenerate for tomorrow.



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