Mix Regional: Austin - News & Notes
Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By The Mix Editors
SXSW Bigger Than Ever
South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals, the ever-growing part film (SXSW Film), part music (SXSW Music), part tech-y (SXSW Interactive) event in Austin, takes place this month March 8-17, marking its 27th year celebrating new music, new film-directing talent and new creative technologies.
SXSW Music recently announced a number of additional acts—including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Killer Mike and The Flaming Lips—to the already 2,000-plus artist lineup, which also boasts Vampire Weekend, Toro Y Moi, Tegan and Sara, and Eagles of Death Metal.
Foo Fighters’ frontman and budding filmmaker Dave Grohl is slated to be the keynote speaker for SXSW Music. Best-selling author and creator of the Web comic The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, is scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers for SXSW Interactive. And the SXSW Film Awards are scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 12, at the Paramount Theater. For more information and a complete list of sessions, artists and films, visit sxsw.com.
The Relatives at Public Hi-Fi
Jim Eno, aka the drummer for Spoon, engineered and produced The Relatives’ gospel album Electric Word in his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Band and vocal tracks were captured in separate sessions, with those soulful harmonies going down in only two days. “When they all sang together, I’d have a close mic for each—either a Neumann U47 or U67 through an 1176—plus a Coles stereo pair in front, and a Neumann SM69 stereo tube room mic. They needed to get those harmonies right because there was bleed, but that’s not really a problem for them.”
Wayne Hancock in the Zone
Wayne Hancock’s latest, the Sun-style Ride, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone, in the hill country just outside Austin. “All the players except Wayne were sitting in the main cutting room, semi-circle-like—upright bass, three electric guitars and pedal steel,” Manske says. “Upright sounds best in the big room, with a mic about 15 feet away, blended with a closer mic. We had enough booths around the big room to isolate all the guitar amps. We got a little bleed on the bass mics but it wasn’t a problem; the bass room mic gave the tracks a sense of depth, three-dimensionality.”
East Cameron Folkcore’s The Shelter
Jam/alt folk band East Cameron Folkcore operates a nine-room studio, The Shelter, where the band recorded their latest, For Sale. “I have two go-to mics for vocals, depending on the sound I am going for,” says chief engineer Chris Seyler. “All the vocals on this record were recorded with either the Mojave Audio MA-300 or a Heil PR-30. For all of the acoustic instruments, I used a combination of the MA-300 blended with either Shure KSM137s or Royer R121s.”
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