SESSIONS & STUDIO NEWS

Jul 1, 2000 12:00 PM, MIX STAFF

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Rickie's in love-with her new Artemis album, which was recorded at Record One (L.A.). Rickie Lee Jones, Bruce Brody and Ben Sidran produced; James Farber and Robert Smith engineered; and Larry Alexander handled additional overdubs and mixing...Christina Aguilera overdubbed a track produced by Celebrity Status, Ron Fair and Don Sebesky for RCA at Signet Soundelux Studios (L.A.). Mike Ross engineered; Brian Dixon assisted. In the film score world: Engineer Steve Kempster mixed composer Mike Mancina's score for Castle Rock's BAIT with assistance from Tulio Torinello. John Richards mixed composer George Fenton's score for the Columbia film Center Stage with assistant Tulio Torinello...Orgy got the recording and mixing treatment from producer David Kahne at Scream Studios in Studio City. Kahne and Rob Brill engineered. Chris Vrenna (formerly of Nine Inch Nails) was also in producing "Gangsta Bitch Barbie" for Den Music with mixer Bill Kennedy. John Travis (Kid Rock) produced and mixed the debut CD by Tom Ewings...At Sony Music Studios (Santa Monica), Darren Hayes of Savage Garden unearthed his innermost thoughts during some live radio interviews. Producer Mitch Maketansky, engineer Peter Barker and assistant Marc Molinas were on hand...Punk progenitors The Vandals tracked their latest Nitro release at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. Engineer Bradley Cook and engineer Andrew Alekel recorded the rage; Offspring vocalist Dexter Holland and comedy duo Tenacious D contributed vocals...At Westlake Audio (L.A.), Quincy Jones worked on his Young Americans project with engineer Bob Brown and assistant Peter Kristensen and Donna Gay...SinOMatic tracked their debut with producer/engineer Eric Valentine and assistant Matt Lavella at Sound Image Studios (Van Nuys). Mr. Big were also living large, working with producer/engineer Pat Regan...At Skip Saylor Recording (L.A.), assistant Regula Merz assisted on the tracking and mixing of Tyrese's RCA project with producers Chris Jennings and Eristopher and engineer Daniel Romero...Mix engineer Rob Chiarelli mixed Bosson's "Where You Are" track. Jack Kugell produced...Influential alt-country combo The Jayhawks flew into The Village in West L.A. to mix their sixth American Recordings CD, Smile. Producer Bob Ezrin and engineer Jay Healey were all grins...Fresh from his Grammy win for Sting's Brand New Day, engineer Neil Dorfsman worked on tracks for New Age artist Serah's CD at Sound Design Recording in Santa Barbara...Vocalist/guitarist Brad Stanfield (Dave Mason, Jackson Browne) holed up with engineer Colin Mitchell at Rumbo Recorders (Sherman Oaks) to produce tunes for John Brown's Bobo Productions...

NORTHWEST At Private Radio (Seattle), Jack Endino and former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer produced a track by Mudhoney for Internet label Musicblitz.com...Former Pavement member Steve Malkmus has started a new band called The Jicks, and they have been working at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City on their first release with engineer Jeff Saltzman...At Jackpot! (Portland), Larry Crane engineered a track for Versus' new Merge CD...At Bearcreek (Woodinville, WA), Blonde Redhead was co-produced by Ryan Hadlock...Peter Lawlor finished re-recording/mixing on a reissue project at Lion Dog Music (Seattle). Rick Ruskin engineered...Sean Lynch recorded Boy Crazy, Stereo Crush and Thebrotheregg at Resistor Studio (Portland)...Philip Steirs remixed The Spooks and Michael Rosen produced the Siren Six at Studio 880 in Oakland, CA...At Studio Blue (Seattle), Scot Charles and Len Delorey of Blue Charles Productions (Seattle) worked on the sound design for the PBS special Born to the Wind, which was scheduled to air June 23. Charles also completed sound design, editing and mix for the feature-length documentary Unconquering the Last Frontier, which chronicles the building of the dams on the Elwah River in Washington's Olympic Peninsula and its tragic consequences to the native people and the wildlife...At Studio D (Sausalito, CA), owner/engineer Joel Jaffe tracked and mixed a new project for Lost Weekend, a country swing combo featuring players from Merle Haggard's and Commander Cody's bands...Jason Begin engineered projects by Pedro Luz and the Prude Boys at Haywire in Portland...Rob Jackson and John Dammeier mixed a radio single for Fantastic Four at Cottonwood Recording Studio (Tacoma, WA)...At Master Works in Seattle, Barry Corliss mastered a compilation for Up/ Slabco featuring tracks by Modest Mouse, Mark Pickerel and others...Max Rose mastered projects by pianist David Barela, rapper OG Freeze, and the Virginia Coalition (which was mixed by Mitch Easter) at Disc Maker in Seattle...

SOUTHWEST Sweet: SugarHill Studios in Houston recently completed a total acoustical redesign of Studio A. The brainchild of VP Rodney Meyers, the room includes a custom-built oak Helmholtz resonator by local artisans at Meinkoth Millworks, a new 44-input Neotek Elite console and 5.1 surround monitoring. Since the renovations, engineers Dan Workman and Ramon Morales remixed a dance track for Enrique Iglesias. Morales recorded backup vocals for Beionce of Destiny's Child. Lyle Lovett recorded narration for a film. Clay Walker locked out Studio B. Then VH1 and Charter Films invaded and used the studio as a location for the movie Exodus Live, which focuses on a fictitious emerging band ...The folks at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO, were on the fly, mastering and restoring the fourth volume of the Anthology of American Folk Music for Smithsonian/Folkways. The two-CD set follows up a Grammy-winning 1997 three-volume set, culled from the Harry Smith Archive. David Glasser mastered. Airshow also assembled and mastered releases from the Frank and Ann Warner Collection of folk song recordings from Appalachia and North Carolina. The collectors' sons Jeff and Gerret Warner co-produced with the Appleseed label's Josh Michaell. Glasser and engineer Charlie Pilzer worked on the recordings at Airshow's Boulder and Springfield, VA, locations...Douglas Spotted Eagle began work on a film/video project on the life of Chief Washakie, last chief of the Shoshone nation, at Native Restoration (Stockton, UT)...At Arlyn Studios (Austin, TX), local band Vallejo toiled with producer Mike Barbiero...Wakeland woke up and tracked an album at Apple Valley Studio (Oklahoma City). Tech Brian Roth helped the boys outfit their vintage Otari 2-inch...Austin faves Omar and the Howlers recorded at Pedernales Studio (Austin, TX) with engineer Stuart Sullivan...Picki Music Productions (Las Vegas) recently released World Soundtracks, the first volume in a CD series of music in a variety of genres for film and TV...At Chaton Studios (Phoenix), Sam Moore of Sam and Dave did radio edits on a new spin-off of "I'm a Soul Man," produced by Billy Preston...

NORTH CENTRAL It's in the water: King Crimson bassist Tony Levin hung out in Milwaukee while his latest Narada CD, Waters of Eden, was mastered by engineer Trevor Sadler at the label's mastering studio...Lit got fired up, tracking vocals for an upcoming Java release at Airborne Audio near Kansas City, MO. Glen Ballard produced, and Don Miller engineered...Chicago Recording Co. in Chi-town has been hopping: Nine Inch Nails, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, Kid Rock, the Freddy Jones Band, Violent Femmes and Collective Soul have been in...

NORTHEAST Meeting of the rock guitar titans at Showplace Studios (Dover, NJ): Eric Clapton and Keith Richards tracked with Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's guitarist, for Sumlin's upcoming Mystic Music project. Levon Helm kept the beat, Rob Frabroni produced, and Ben Elliott engineered...At Sound On Sound (NYC), Ja Rule and Brandy tracked a Def Jam project produced by Top Dawg and engineered by Viala...Producer/engineer Pete Weiss kept busy in Boston: He co-produced folk/noir band Willard Grant Conspiracy's fourth Ryko/Slow River CD at Rear Window and Zippah Studio (both Brookline, MA). He also recorded The Wobblies in Boston and NYC and finished former Scruffy the Cat frontman Charlie Chesterman's fourth solo CD at Zippah...Speaking of Zippah, the facility's engineer Peter Weiss recently engineered and co-produced Magic 12, tracked Coronet Premiers, and mixed Seks Bomba...Paula Cole went cowboy at a taping of Live at the World Cafe at Indre Studios (Philadelphia). She sang "Jolene" as well as songs from her latest, Amen, as Tom Winch and Bogdan Hernik handled the engineering. Travis also appeared at a World Cafe taping, and Staind banged out a short set for a 94 WYSP Rock Session...Masterdisk's former chief mastering engineer Scott Hull has a new mastering facility, Classic Sound (NYC), and it's teeming with projects. Recent projects include Steely Dan's latest and two tracks by The Offspring....Adam Soskin of AKS Entertainment plans to executive produce Pasha artists Bring Um On at Axcess Left Studios (NYC)...Trutone (Hackensack, NJ) engineers recently mastered hot dance tracks such as "Natural Blues" by Moby and "The Chase" by Giorgio Moroder Vs. Jam & Spoon...R&B artist Phendi Moore tracked his debut Hollywood CD at City Sound Productions (NYC) with producer Rockwaller, engineer Corey Folta and assistant William Bowen...Super soul at Audiomaster (Bethesda, MD): James Brown recorded narration for a King of the Hill episode, and Christopher Reeve did narration for Health Extra radio spots...

SOUTHEAST Travis Tritt teamed up with producer Billy Joe Walker Jr. at Sound Emporium (Nashville) for his first project for Columbia. Principal engineer Alan Schulman was assisted by Chris Stone. (Other engineers include Steve Tillisch and Matt Johnson.) David Thoener plans to mix, and Hamstein Productions handled the production coordination for the October release...Alison Krauss made a stop at Seventeen Grand Recording (Nashville) to mix an Austin City Limits recording with engineer Gary Paczosa. The Judds were also in overdubbing and mixing their Mercury project with producer Larry Strickland, engineers David Hall and Chuck Ainlay and assistant engineers Mark Hornsby and Bobby Morse. Take 6 did a 5.1 mix with producer/engineer Jake Niceley. Beth Nielson Chapman overdubbed and mixed with engineer Paczosa and assistant James Bauer...Taking a break from the tabloids, Billy Bob Thornton mixed his upcoming recording at Recording Arts (Nashville)...Rubyhorse mixed an Interscope release with producer Jay Joyce, engineer Giles Reaves and assistant Kevin Szymanski at East Iris in Nashville...At Zone Recording Studio near Atlanta, producer/artist Rick Beato recorded Big Atomic, Left Front Tire, Lift, Jason Tillery and Rev 7 with help from engineer Billy Hume. Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz were also in, finishing an album...Happenings at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA: Andy Baker worked with Jucifer for Capricorn, and Bob Weston got going on Some Soviet Station for Mood Swing...At Rock Quarry (Franklin, TN), producer/artist Dargi tracked, overdubbed and mixed a single by his band, Black on Black, with co-producer/engineer Gabriel Katona...At Doppler Studios (Atlanta), BBDO South and engineers Steve Schwartzberg and Fay Salvaras created and mixed sound design for a new TV and radio campaign for Bayer's plant insecticides featuring "Bobcat" Goldthwaite and Gilbert Gottfried. Producer Shek'spere worked on tracks for Kandi Burris (formerly of Xscape) at Doppler. Ralph Cacciurri engineered, and Steve Fisher assisted. Billionaire was also in, mixing a song from a Universal CD with producer/engineer Steve Haigler and assistant Cacciurri ...Japanese vocalist K recorded with former James Brown band members Bobby Byrd, Fred Wesley, John Starks and Clyde Stubblefield at Audioart Studio (Smyrna, GA). James Brown veteran engineer Bob Both handled the sessions...Suthern Click and Field Mob plan to record their MCA discs at Phoenix Recording (Macon, GA). OLE-E, Pop and Uncle Jamz will produce; Skip Slaughter will engineer...At Sound Stage (Nashville), Primal Gear recently hosted a demo and listening session for producers, engineers and studio owners such as Michael Wagener, Bill Whittington and Keith Thomas...Here's Mike: Veteran talk show host Mike Douglas recorded voice-over narration for a Lifetime TV special on Marie Osmond at Creative Music Recordings in Wellington, FL. Marilynn Seits and Sean McAusland engineered. Brothers Sean and Andy McAusland also engineered a live concert performance by trombonist Art Sayers and his Jazz Trombone Choir in Hobe Sound, FL...Sister Hazel recorded and mixed her Universal CD at Nickel and Dime Studios in Avondale Estates, GA. Hazel, Richie Zito and Paul Ebersold produced, with additional production and engineering by Don McCollister and assistant Cynthia...Rob Tavaglione produced a hardcore CD by Method 51 at Catalyst Recording (Charlotte, NC)...Starstruck Studios in Nashville hosted mix sessions for Tara MacLean with producer/engineer David Leonard and engineer Bryan McConkey...Bare Jr. (featuring guitarist/vocalist Bobby Bare Jr., son of the crooner) recorded their sophomore album at Dark Horse Studios (Franklin, TN) with producer Sean Slade and engineer Paul David Hager...The SoundShop owner Mike Bradley debuted as a producer on Aaron Tippin's album. Biff Watson co-produced...

STUDIO NEWS Going animal at Cello (Hollywood): Ed Cherney and Don Was recently came up with the perfect present for the Divine Miss Bette Midler: leopard-painted KRK Expose E7s. After the excitement over the monitors, Cherney and Was continued their mix of Midler's new album...John Storyk is designing a new studio for Brian Keane Music Inc. in Sandy Hook, Conn. The studio is owned by TV documentary composer/producer/guitarist Brian Keane...Richard Oliver designed a new sound lounge room for Rob Sayers, and designed Flavor Units' new three-room facility for Shakim and Queen Latifah...5.1 Entertainment Group in West L.A. recently installed a Soundtracs DPC-II digital production console... Kappel and Kostow Architects will design Nickelodeon's new 33,000-square-foot digital animation studio in NYC...Time Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros., selected new AMS Neve Libra Live Series II consoles for two of its studios in its digital production facility in Burbank, CA...NBC will use Dolby E and Dolby Digital equipment for its Digital Television programming...Pomann Sound (NYC) installed one of the largest mSoft ServerSound systems in the city...HBO Studio Productions (NYC) chose an AMS Neve Libra Live Series II console for its new digital control room in Studio A...Producer/engineer Greg "Slashcut" Schelander was close to completing his new audio production and multimedia facility, EchoVerb Music & Sound Design, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area...Todd-AO Studios West added Bag End subwoofer systems to its Santa Monica, CA, facilities...Planet-3 Audio (San Francisco) bought a Malcolm Toft Associates MTA 980 console...Radio Spirits in Chicago ordered four AudioCube 3-II mastering and restoration systems ...Digi-Dog Studios (Canoga Park, CA) chose an Otari Elite+ digitally controlled analog console...City Sound Productions (NYC) installed a mint Otari MTR-90 II analog 24-track recorder and purchased a Wurlitzer 200 electric piano...Low-Key Digital Audio (San Francisco) recently added a seven-bay duplicating tower with Teac drives to increase its CD-R duplication and printing capabilities. The company has already used the upgrade on projects for labels Ubiquity and Hearts of Space...ARU Chicago installed its third Fairlight Fame workstation. The facility's Studio 16 will also be updated with the latest samplers, sequencers and plug-ins...Bella Voce (Grass Lake, MI) now offers educational and training seminars on recording skills to musicians... Frankie's Hideaway (North Hollywood) opened in November 1999 as part of Bill's Place Sound Stages. Clients have included Stone Temple Pilots, Bernie Taupin and Ice Cube.

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