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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Priority Records rapper Snoop Dogg dug in at Skip Saylor Recording in L.A. and worked on his next recording at the studio's new SSL Axiom-MT and SL 4000 rooms. Producer DJ Battlecat, engineers Chris Puram and Tracey Brown and assistants Ian Blanch, Regula Merz and Paul Smith hung in the Dogg house. (Snoop was also sighted tracking a new Fox Sports release at Frontpage Recorders in Glendale with DJ Mello D, producer Greg Banylyshyn and engineer Rick Hackley.) Also at Skip: Queen Latifah mixed for her new TV show with producer KenDu, engineer Puram and assistant Blanch. The Scorpions were in with engineer Erwin Musper and assistant Brown...Hard to keep track of all the stars at Track Record in North Hollywood: Stevie Nicks worked on new material with producer Rick Nowels, and Melanie C., or Sporty of the Spice Girls, tracked her solo Virgin Records debut with producer Nowels, engineers Randy Wine and Steve MacMillan and assistant Sergio Garcia. Garcia also worked with Rae Kwon of Wu-Tang fame on his solo Loud Records CD with assistants Ai Fujisaki and Eric Williams. Fujisaki assisted on Mercedes' No Limit debut (which features Master P) with producers Dez and Alan Floyd and mix engineer Tim Anderson...Grammy-winning producer David Kershenbaum began working on Tracy Chapman's latest album at Royaltone Studios in L.A. His monitors of choice: JBL's LSR Series...At Scream Studios (Studio City), Save Ferris mixed a new Sony CD with producer/engineer John Travis. Producer David Kahne also mixed Sugar Ray's "Falls Apart" and Solar Twins' "Puppet." James Murray assisted on all sessions...Jody Watley got busy on a new self-produced Avid Music CD, Saturday Night Experience, at Future Disc Systems in Hollywood. Studio chief mastering engineer Steve Hall lent a hand. Hall also mastered Metamorph, a new CD by South African singer/songwriter Karin Hougaard. Kris Solem remastered eight Motley Crue albums for re-release...

NORTHWEST Xtreme Studios (Bellevue, WA) went to northern extremes to record a live concert video for the Canadian teen rock sensations The Moffats at Vancouver's Orpheum Theater. Leamon Gamel engineered with assistance from Steve Smith...At Music Annex (Menlo Park, CA), mixer Tom Carr worked on a new Windham Hill/BMG CD by Tracy Silverman and CDs by soprano Iris Fraser, the Rory Snyder Quintet and the Contra Costa Children's Chorus...Rainstorm (Bellevue, WA) tracked a new Minimum Wage album by Ghana singer/songwriter Koo Nimo and Indian tabla prodigy Vishal Nagar with producer James Whetzel and engineers Paul Speer and Steve Carter...Producer/remixer Fran Ashcroft was at Studio Astoria (Astoria, OR) mixing CDs by Elks Skiffle Group and Thor Marius...Jackpot! in Portland, OR, captured Aaron Masonek (of the American Girls) with producer Ezra Holbrook...Vagrant Studios in Seattle saw the likes of West Section Line, Mystery Action, Cheatin' Hearts, the Long Faces and the Gravytrain Robbers, working either Erik 4-A or Evan Foster...Master Works (Seattle) mastered CDs for Modest Mouse, Slabco Records artists Dynomite D and Scientific American, and Eric "Two Scoops" Moore (formerly with Luther Allison)...

SOUTHWEST Tab Benoit got the blues, down on tape, for Vanguard Records at SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston. Benoit co-produced with house engineer Andy Bradley. Bradley also worked on CDs for Scottish bagpipe band The Rogues, Mandarin Chinese gospel group New Heart and Christian artists New Light...Country vocalist Randy Travis recorded vocals for the TV show King of the Hill at Stepbridge Studios (Santa Fe, NM) with help from engineer Eric Fruits...At Sound Arts Recording Studio (Houston), Hamilton Loomis tracked an R&B/blues CD with producer/engineer Steve Ames. The Fire Ants mixed a pop/rock CD with engineer Brian Baker...

NORTH CENTRAL Big hair made a comeback at Colossal Mastering in Chicago: Manager/owner Barb Nashold said that chief engineer Dan Stout recently mastered songs by Enuff Z'Nuff for an overseas compilation. Other projects in the studio included Polish techno band D.U.I.'s remix of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants," a CD by Satya Graha entitled Lyrics to Music (Doug McBride produced) and a swing version of Prince's "1999" for Swing 2000, a compilation for Q Records (Kurt Elling mastered)... Chris Whitley was captured live in Chicago by Satellite Studios. Engineers include Tomas Ford, Jack LeTourneau, John Alagia and Jeff Juliano...Not wasted: Garbage have been in Smart Studios (Madison, WI), recycling B-sides for a new compilation...Engineer/producer Jeff "Madjef" Taylor has been busy in Minneapolis: He recently recorded the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness' new album, Reconciliation, with producers Gary Hines and Billy Steele, and he worked the board on Mariah Carey's new album with producers Jam & Lewis and engineers Steve Hodge and Dana Chappelle...

NORTHEAST Mastering moments at The Lodge (NYC): Saturday Night Live's 25th anniversary two-disc DreamWorks compilation, The Musical Performances; Pokemon original soundtrack on Atlantic; Loudon Wainwright III's Social Studies on Rykodisc/Hannibal; Mindless Self Indulgence's Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy on Elektra; and a Putumayo release by Oliver Mtukudzi... Heavy, man: Hard rock band Sevendust recorded their new TVT CD, Home, at Longview Studios in North Brookfield, MA, with Korn producer Toby Wright... In the getting-younger-all-the-time department: Little Women, a pop R&B trio of 15-year-old girls, tracked at Perfect Pair Recording in East Orange, NJ, working with a smorgasbord of producers on a new Sony CD...At Indre Studios (Philadelphia), owner Michael Comstock mixed a live feed of Blessid Union of Souls, performing their song "Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)" for Ill-adelphia's live morning show, Good Day Philadelphia. Performances for the nationally syndicated radio show World Cafe were also captured at Indre; those included Billy Bragg & the Blokes (featuring Ian McLagan of the Small Faces, as well as members of Public Image Ltd., Talk Talk and Shriekback), Freedy Johnston, the Afro Celt Sound System and Taj Mahal ...Richard Stoltzman tracked and mixed his next BMG Classics CD at BearTracks (Suffern, NY) with producer Jeremy Wall, engineer Larry Swist and assistant Iain Fraser...Blues artist Susan Tedeschi got on the welcome wagon, tracking a duet with blues legend Little Milton for Welcome to Little Milton, a Malaco Records compilation. Kent Bruce engineered...Classic Sound (NYC) engineer Scott Hull recently mastered tracks by the Indigo Girls, Matthew Sweet, Tonic and Zap Mama...

SOUTHEAST Southern Tracks in Atlanta has been all the rage-for producer Brendan O'Brien, who mixed Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited Epic disc, with second engineer Ryan Williams and assistant engineer Karl Egsieker. He also tracked and mixed Korn's new Epic album, with engineers Nick Didia and Williams and assistant Egsieker, and mixed Stone Temple Pilots' new Atlantic release entitled 4, with Didia, Williams and Egseiker...Sinead O'Connor got back on track at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, recording her new Atlantic/NY Records release with producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, engineers Darin Prindle and Ralph Cacciurri, and assistant Steve Fisher...LaFace Records artists Outkast produced new songs for their fourth LP at their new Atlanta studio, Stankonia Recording (formerly Bobby Brown's Bosstown Studios), with engineer John Frye and assistant Vincent Alexander...At East Iris (Nashville), "Four Leaf Clover" singer/songwriter Abra Moore got lucky, recording vocal overdubs with producer Jay Joyce and engineer Giles Reeves...Classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma got down home with Alison Krauss, mixing her tracks at Seventeen Grand (Nashville) with engineers S. Jenkins and assistant T. Neales. Boy Zone also overdubbed at the studio with producer Steve Lipsom, engineer Heff and assistant T. Salsig....38 Special recently tracked with engineer Edd Miller at CMO Productions, a new facility in the former Kala Studios in Atlanta...Blind Pig Records artist and former Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin tracked his new album, Hold Me to It, at Reflection Sound Studios (Charlotte, NC) with co-producer Kaz Kazanoff, engineer Mark Williams and assistants Tracey Schroeder and David Puryear...Latin acid jazz artist Alejandra Guzman recorded and mixed an upcoming BMG release at The Warehouse in North Miami with producer Oscar Lopez and Juan Calderon, engineer Dave Dachinger and assistant John Thomas. Also at The Warehouse, reggae band Inner Circle mixed a WEA CD with engineer Louis Diaz and assistant Abebe Lewis...Blues Brothers alum Lou Marini Jr. was in at Bates Brothers Recording (Birmingham, AL), working on a big band CD with co-producer Ray Reach and engineer Eric Bates...At Catalyst Recording (Charlotte, NC), producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione worked with Blackacidisco and the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra...Capricorn Records arist Galactic tracked in their hometown of New Orleans at Magazine Sound, American Sector and Kingsway with producer Nick Sansano...At New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, FL, BMG Mexico pop band Guardianes del Amor overdubbed strings with producer and arranger Bebu Silvetti and engineer Alfredo Mateus. Silvetti and Mateus also worked with Warner Music International Latin vocalist Ricardo Montaner, tracking and mixing a mariachi version of his hit "El Poder De Tu Amor"...Cantor David Sirull was in at American Holly in Charleston, SC, recording tracks with producer/engineer John Uhrig for 24 Historic Songs (Cantorings), which showcases 400 cantors...

STUDIO NEWS Masters of the Universe: M Works in Cambridge, MA, recently built a new mastering facility designed for 5.1. George Augspurger designed the studios, which include three Sonic Solutions suites and a DVD authoring area ...Dewey Williamson, studio manager of DARP Studios (Atlanta), recently earned a BASF Master Award for the recording of TLC's hit single, "No Scrubs," which was mixed and mastered on BASF SM 900 analog tape ...Chris Pelonis of Pelonis Sound and Acoustics in Santa Barbara, CA, finished work on two new studios: Larson Sound Services in Chicago and the private studio of guitarist Charles Michael Brotman on the Big Island of Hawaii...Rolling Stones mixer Michael Brauer recently purchased Otari's RADAR II HDR digital multitrack recorder after using it on a remix of Bob Dylan's Street Legal...At Van Halen's L.A. studio, loudspeaker designer Ted Rothstein installed Chevin Q6 and A5000 amplifiers and XTA crossovers to improve the sound of the room's classic Augspurger monitors...Downstream Sound, a new 5.1 studio in Portland, OR, went with a monitoring system from Quested. Russ Berger worked on the design of the facility...Ocean Way Nashville added a 96-channel AMS Neve VR Series console to Studio B. The console replaces the Sony Oxford, which was moved to Studio C...Transcontinental Studios in Orlando, FL, planned to install a 48-fader, 96-channel Solid State Logic Axiom-MT multitrack digital console as the centerpiece of its expansion...Engineer David Rideau recently chose Westlake Audio's Lc8.1 speaker system for monitoring projects with TLC, Chante Moore and Tom Scott. "The stereo soundstage of the Lc8.1 is extremely accurate, and details, such as the tail of a reverb, are very easy to hear," he said.






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