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Jul 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By The Mix Editors

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Dave Matthews and Charlie Sexton

Dave Matthews and Charlie Sexton

The Nauts, Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Shreveport’s Blade Studios

What started out as a fun project for Brady Blade to get some musicians together and jam—such as Dave Matthews, Jakob Dylan, Charlie Sexton and Will Sexton—has turned into a full-fledged band called The Nauts, and this newly formed group has been working on a forthcoming record. Blade, a rock/pop/country drummer, record producer, composer, and Blade Studios partner—along with Scott Crompton (executive producer and CEO) and mix engineer Chris Bell—is also a part of The Nauts, who recorded the new material in the Russ Berger-designed Studio A on a 48-channel SSL Duality SE. Other equipment of note includes Neve 1081 and API 512mic preamps; Universal Audio LA-2A compressors; and Telefunken 251, Mojave 300 and Royer R-122 mics. The Nauts produced the tracks, with Bell serving as engineer.

Meanwhile, blues/roots-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd came back to his hometown of Shreveport to do some recording at the studio. Shepherd brought along Chris Layton (drummer, founding member of Double Trouble), Tony Franklin (bassist, worked with Roy Harper, The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Whitesnake), Noah Hunt (vocalist, rhythm guitarist for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) and Riley Osborne (pianist, worked with Willie Nelson) to work on this new project, which also features Robert Randolph, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes and Ringo Starr, as well as many other guests.

The group recorded in Studio A on the SSL Duality. Other equipment of notes includes CLASP and Studer 827 recorders; Neve 1081 and API 512 mic preamps; Universal Audio LA-2A compressors; and Telefunken 251, Mojave 300, Royer R-122, Royer R-121, and Coles 4038 mics.

The upcoming release is being produced by Brady Blade and Bill Pfordresher, with Chris Bell serving as engineer.

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Needlz Builds Home Studio With the Help of GIK Acoustics

Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/composer Needlz recently enlisted GIK Acoustics to help with the design and acoustic treatments for the final space in his new home studio.

Atlanta-based Needlz’s list of production credits includes a slew of industry heavyweights such as 50 Cent, Jermaine Dupri, Drake, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Swizz Beats, Redman, Ludacris, Young Buck and Scarface. He also co-wrote and produced Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning single “Just The Way You Are.”

With GIK Acoustics’ help, the result of Needlz’s new space is a room with an accurate sound perfect for mixing and producing singles. “I’ve noticed a big difference in my mixes since I placed GIK Acoustics’ products in my studio,” Needlz says. “We’ve been able to mix our records with more confidence knowing that they will translate well in other environments. This was a great investment for my studio.”






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