Southwest U.S. News & Notes

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


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

Faada Freddy and N Dongo D

Senegal Meets Vegas

Senegalese artists Daaja J Family, led by Faada Freddy and N Dongo D (pictured), were in Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, Studio Y, working with up-and-coming in-house engineer Mark Gray on a new album project.

“Working with the Daaja J Family was incredibly rewarding musically,” Gray says. “The performances were solid but the tracks were recorded in various ‘home’ locations with varying levels of recording expertise, so it took an enormous amount of time to make the tracks sound cohesive from song to song. Luckily, we didn’t have to record any fixes at all so it really was about being patient and weeding through the tracks over time. Ultimately we achieved the sound we were going for, and I’m extremely proud of this record.”

Flying Blanket Rincon Room

On a Magic Blanket Ride

Located in Mesa, Ariz., Flying Blanket Recording specializes in analog recording and mixing in a completely converted 3,500-square-foot home. Owned by producer/songwriter/musician Bob Hoag, the studio is a two-room facility replete with vintage gear, including guitars, basses, amps, keyboards and drums, as well as a numerous other “weird” instruments.

Though the studio focuses on analog, both rooms are also equipped with Pro Tools HD 3 Accel.

Studio A has a 1978 Neve Custom 8078 console, plus five channels of Neve 1079s, a Studer 800 2-inch 24-track analog tape machine and an Ampex ATR-102 ½-inch mixdown tape machine. There are also three live rooms for Studio A—a large one (Huerta Room) with 15-foot ceilings and vintage oak floors; a medium one (Rincon Room, pictured) with 9-foot ceilings and vintage oak floors; and a smaller, dead isolation hallway. Additionally, Studio A houses a large collection of guitars, amps, and drums (mostly vintage), as well as two vintage pianos and a Yahama electric piano.

Studio B (Reposa Room) is fully equipped with a late ’70s, hand-wired Amek 2500 36-channel console and additional vintage and new outboard gear. The small live room has vintage oak floors, and was designed to sound like a much larger room—great for smaller overdub and voiceover projects.

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