Thursday, July 27, 2006

Old Time Hammer and Anne Loo Mix

When Steve Christensen and I started planning the Old Time Hammer mix sessions, we were pretty sure that they would go quick and be very high quality. The mixes were tweakier than we thought because each little change in EQ and balance really affected the sound. We found that making the final mixes better than the roughs was tricky, but really worth the effort. Most of the fun was having Elise, Colin, and Jordan back in the studio with us. The mixes are now done, and mastering is a couple of weeks away. When mastered, I'm going to post on the Soundboard. It will be worth the wait.

The day after we closed out OTH's mixes, we welcomed Anne Loo and Eric Jarvis into our lair to start three days of mixing Anne's first 3 songs of what has recently turned into a full length project. Anne, Eric, husband Brad, and I are simply having too much fun while at the same time producing some MIGHTY recordings of some EXCELLENT songs.

The mixing went just as swimmingly, as the OTH sides (I've always wanted to use that word: swimmingly). We were in the groove. Actually, Steve had spent the entire week previous to this mixing, so his game was on! (It's how he rolls,...).

Anne and Eric kept Steve and I in stitches...

From time to time, we would come into the control room to find Eric in a mixing K-Hole, but he always snapped right out of it in time to render some sort of (cogent) opinion about the song.

We were feeling so sure of ourselves that we let Grammy-winner, Dave McNair come by and hang with us. He was on vacay with his family but decided that the SugarHill/Anne Loo love hang was where it was at.


Me fawning at McNair....

Actually, I'm just pissed that he didn't bring Starbucks for the whole crew.... we see how you roll, Dave... (jk... you're welcome, Starbucks or no!!!!)

Tonight, I'm mixing Christine Wu all by myself, and Studio A seems creepy with no clients/co-producers y' mixers.

Update: The Anne Loo Stage One project was mastered today by Allen Corneau (....if you had just brought those latte's, Dave...) and it sounds really good. Each of the three songs are in very different genres, but Allen made it all sound sweet, big, bold, defined, and not too polite. Lovely.

The rest of the update is that working with Eric has been a dream. We get along almost too well, and he fits in with the SugarHill gang like he has been here all along. I'm going to be working with Eric a lot. It's so great to find new people to be a part of the team. Woot!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that a technical music production term?


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