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Analog Master Tapes Used for Reissue Albums from 1972 European Tour
Pictured in the disc cutting studio at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) Rhino Records' Asset/Media Supervisor Charles Benson and mastering engineer Chris Bellman. Photo by David Goggin.
Rhino Records booked the cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering for the vinyl reissue of the Grateful Dead’s 3 LP Europe ’72 album. Rhino’s Media Asset Supervisor Charles Benson joined mastering engineer Chris Bellman in the disc cutting studio to cut lacquers from the original 1/4″ analog stereo masters.
“These original master tapes play remarkably well,” says mastering engineer Chris Bellman. “The engineering is actually quite good. I discovered that I only needed to make two or three EQ changes for the whole record set. The sound is very consistent and only needed a little low end bump, the high end needed a little bit of embellishment, and then some overall de-essing for the entire project.”
In addition to the Grateful Dead, Rhino has worked with engineer Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering for the vinyl reissues of ZZ Top, Ramones, and other classic rock groups.
The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, and psychedelia, and for live performances of extended musical improvisation.
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Full Orchestra Backs Up Legendary Artist and Former Teen Idol
Pictured in Ocean Way's famed Studio A are recording engineer Al Schmitt (seated) and legendary crooner Paul Anka. Photo by David Goggin.
The legendary Paul Anka has recorded “Songs of December,” his first Christmas record in decades. Produced by Anka, with a 50-piece orchestra and vocals recorded at Ocean Way by the most Grammy-honored engineer Al Schmitt, the album includes lush romantic versions of popular Christmas songs sung by a master croonsmith.
“This is a really nice album you can put on when the family is opening the gifts,” commented Al Schmitt. “It’s just got a real warm Christmas feeling. He even sings “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” as a ballad and its just fantastic — almost sounds like Sinatra’s ‘It’s quarter to three, there’s no one in the place except you and me.’ I’m really really, happy with this album — the way it sounds, and Paul sang his butt off. Its great.’
Additional sessions took place at Capitol Recording Studios. Seasoned arrangers were Chris Walden and Pat Williams, with engineer Steve Genewick assisting Schmitt. Anka is touring Europe in November and then returning to the US and Canada to finish off the tour.
“Songs of December” includes “Let It Snow,” “Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Blue Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “Silent Night/A Cradle In Bethlehem.”
Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like “Diana’,” “Lonely Boy,” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” He went on to write such well-known music as the theme for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, “She’s a Lady,” and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way” (originally a French song “Comme d’habitude”). In 1983, he co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song “I Never Heard,” which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name “This Is It.”
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Pictured during sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering are David Kennedy, guitar; Matt Wachter, bass; Tom DeLonge, vocals/guitar; Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, mastering engineer; and Critter, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.
Angels & Airwaves have finalized “LOVE Part Two” at Bernie Grundman’s with mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner. The new album is the much anticipated follow-up to 2010′s smash “LOVE Part One” album. Founder Tom DeLonge describes the group as a multimedia art project, incorporating albums, films, live events, and a highly innovative approach to fan-artist interaction.
On hand for the mastering sessions were David Kennedy, guitar; Matt Wachter, bass; Tom DeLonge, vocals/guitar; and Critter, the band’s recording engineer.
For the half-decade of the band’s existence, they have established themselves as very prolific artists, having released three previous studio albums: “We Don’t Need to Whisper “(2006), “I-Empire” (2007), and “LOVE Part One” (2010). The group also filmed the documentary, “Start the Machine” (2008). In 2011, the group released their sci-fi movie “LOVE,” which incorporated music from the band’s albums, and was directed by William Eubank for release in 460 theaters nationwide.
“LOVE Part Two” will be released widely on November 8. Also available will be a box set of the two “LOVE” albums and movie.
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Old Lyme, Conn. – November 10, 2011 – Since hitting the post-hardcore scene in 2007 with their debut album and earning a spot on the Warped Tour that same year, blessthefall has made measured progress in its career, reaching legions of fans while playing larger, more prominent venues around the world. Their most recent album, Awakening, was released last month and solidifies the high energy sound and intensity the band has been crafting over the course of its discography, which now includes three albums.
This year, blessthefall will be performing a six-week headlining “Fearless Friends Tour” throughout North America for the first time in two years, with audio specialist Sennheiser at their back. Over the course of the tour, which reaches the entire span of the continental U.S. and parts of Canada, the band will be playing prominent venues including The Opera House in Toronto and The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. No matter where they are playing, blessthefall routinely relies on a full range of Sennheiser microphones as well as a full complement of Sennheiser wireless RF equipment to ensure that their performances are glitch free and possess the highest possible grade of audio quality for the band’s many thousands of fans.
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blessthefall’s toolbox of Sennheiser gear includes several e945 microphones, which are used on the vocals as well as a full range of Sennheiser’s evolution series microphones, which are found on the drums, bass and guitars. To capture the intensity of the band’s riveting guitars, they use a modern day classic: The Sennheiser e 906. “It cuts through really well and captures the tone really accurately,” observes lead guitarist Eric Lambert. “We want our live show to sound as close to the record as possible and the Sennheiser mics help us achieve this.”
blessthefall also relies on Sennheiser ew300 IEM G3 series of in ear monitors, ensuring that all the band members are able to hear each other’s performances loud and clear. “We just switched over to Sennheiser IEMs recently,” Lambert says. “Beau had been using IEMs from one of Sennheiser’s competitors, said there was absolutely no comparison. The Sennheiser IEMs are more clear, there is no static, and they just don’t fail. It has been an awesome experience for all of us.”
Calling All Fans of blessthefall and Sennheiser
blessthefall and Sennheiser are launching a contest to coincide with blessthefall’s North American tour, which begins this month. The contest will include a range of prizes for music fans, including two pairs of Sennheiser headphones: an over the ear HD 280 and / or MM 70i ear canal headset. Additionally, winning contestants can receive two free tickets to a blessthefall concert performance of their choice, as well as an autographed CD. Interested fans should look for contest details on the Sennheiser Facebook page or on Twitter. Please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/blessthefallgiveaway for more information and an entry form.
Robert Carranza Records/Mixes, Stephen Marsh Masters Lively Collection
Pictured in session at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood are Wil-Dog Abers, bass, vocals; Asdrubal Sierra, trumpet, lead vocals; Justin Poree, percussion, MC, vocals; Robert Carranza, recording engineer; Raul Pacheco Guitar, Lead Vocals; Jiro Yamaguchi, percussion; Stephen Marsh, mastering engineer. Photo by David Goggin.
LA’s much loved party band Ozomatli have finalized 12 songs for a CD collection culled from their score for “Happy Feet Two: The Videogame” at Marsh Mastering. The project is especially fitting as the band often performs bilingual children’s concerts as Ozo for Kidz._
“We worked on 25 songs for the videogame,” explained recording engineer/producer Robert Carranza, widely know for his work on Jack Johnson’s albums, including the music for the animated feature “Curious George.” “The songs for the game were so well-received by Warner Brothers that they asked us to put together a CD to come out at the same time as the film’s release.”
On hand at Marsh Mastering were Ozomatli’s Wil-Dog Abers, bass, vocals; Asdrubal Sierra, trumpet, lead vocals; Justin Poree, percussion, MC, vocals; Robert Carranza, recording engineer; Raul Pacheco Guitar, Lead Vocals; Jiro Yamaguchi, percussion; and Stephen Marsh, mastering engineer.
“My first impression of working with Stephen Marsh is that he takes a different approach to mastering,” Carranza continued. “He didn’t try to put his fingerprint on the music — he enhanced what was there with a lot of respect for the material. As a result, it’s a piece of work that really stands up. The band was really happy with the feat!”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Happy Feet Two,” the sequel to the Oscar-winning hit, opens nationwide on November 18, 2011. The film is directed by George Miller and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr.
“Happy Feet Two – The Videogame” is a musical adventure game for the entire family inspired by the whimsical Antarctic world of the upcoming animated film “Happy Feet Two.” In the game, new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working – and dancing – together to save them from extinction. Players use dance moves to recruit penguins with unique abilities that help advance the adventure, stun opponents and enemies, as well as manipulate the environment around them to solve co-operative puzzles.
“Happy Feet Two: The Videogame” was developed by KMM Games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. WayForward Technologies developed the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS versions.
“Happy Feet Two: The Videogame” soundtrack CD will be released November 8 by WaterTower Music.
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Special Pressing Includes Three Mono Sides, One Stereo, and Two 45′s
Pictured during the vinyl remastering of the Beach Boys' "The Smile Sessions" are (L-R) recording engineer/mixer and co-producer Mark Linett, co-producer Alan Boyd, and mastering engineer Chris Bellman. Photo by David Goggin.
As part of the official edition of “The Smile Sessions,” Capitol Records is issuing vinyl pressings comprised of three mono LPs, one stereo, and two 45rpm singles. Longtime Brian Wilson recording engineer Mark Linett, who also served as co-producer on the project, was on hand in the cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering with co-producer Alan Boyd and mastering engineer Chris Bellman.
A comprehensive reissue project containing out-takes, original takes, and an extensive historical booklet, the album is available as a five-CD box set and as a less expensive two-CD version. After remastering the official vinyl version, which is the way it would have been released in 1967, engineer and co-producer Mark Linett quipped, “We’ve waited 44 years to cut this album — now just don’t drop it!”
During the years “Smile” remained unavailable, it had come to be regarded as the most famous unreleased album of all time.
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New York â€“ October 4, 2011 â€“ With a heavy international touring schedule and a new album gaining praise from fans and music critics all around the world, singer/songwriter Jon Regen is very discriminating on the tools of his trade â€“ on the stage and in the studio. Whether performing in a classical European concert hall or recording vocals at a top international studio facility, Regen depends on Neumann microphones to make sure his performances as good as they can possibly be.
Regen began his career as a jazz pianist before recently extending his repertoire to include vocals. In 2004, he released Almost Home — his first singer/songwriter album. But the more he sang live, the more he noticed a â€˜lack of shineâ€™ when using typical microphones. When he noticed top artists using Neumann condenser mics on stage, he more
Producer Justin Meldel-Johnsen Helms Follow-up to Smash Debut: “Habits”
Pictured in Ocean Way’s renowned Studio B are (L-R) Justin Meldal-Johnsen, producer; Christopher Allen, guitar; Branden Campbell, bass; Elaine Bradley (holding “Caramel”), drums; Tyler Glenn, vocals; Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Greg Collins, engineer. Photo by David Goggin.
Neon Trees is recording their sophomore album at Ocean Way Recording, following the smash success of their debut CD, “Habits.” The new as-yet-untitled album is being helmed by producer and bass player Justin Meldel-Johnsen, known for his work with Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and Garbage. Recorded by Greg Collins, the band is comprised of Christopher Allen, guitar; Branden Campbell, bass; Elaine Bradley, drums; and Tyler Glenn, vocals.
Neon Trees received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the rock band The Killers. Not long after, the band was signed by Mercury Records and released more
Streamlined Studio Based Around Dangerous Music Equipment Offers Artistic Freedom & Quality Sound
Duncan Sheik at his Sneaky Studios in Upstate New York
EDMESTON, NY – September 30, 2011 - Renowned recording artist and composer Duncan Sheik has outfitted his Upstate NY studio with Dangerous Music’s analog summing, monitor control and DAC, installing the Dangerous 2-Bus, Monitor ST and DAC ST. Sheik and his long-time engineer Michael Tudor now get all the key ingredients of an exceptional analog signal path, but without the constant console maintenance, thrills of surprise downtime, unknown noises and creativity-ending problems often associated with older analog console-based studios. Now it’s all about clean, clear signal where they can control the sonic flavors with choices of mics and outboard gear. Through careful design and the ease of use of Dangerous Music equipment, Sheik’s studio is always, and instantly, ready to record a new song, or music for a Broadway-bound musical, and always at the highest quality. more
Ronnie Vannucci turns in Big Talk with Earthworks SR40V
LAS VEGAS, NVâ€”In the winter of 2010, following a tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Killers decided the time was right to give it a rest. Not a bad move, according to Ronnie Vannucci, the bandâ€™s 35 year-old drummer, especially when you consider that the Las Vegas-based rockers had spent just about the entire last decade in constant company.
Settling back into life at home with his wife in Vegas, Vannucci could easily have chilled by the pool, gone snowboarding in Park City, or simply wandered off into the desert to get some sun and commune with wild burros. There was none of that. Instead, while finishing work on his degree in music from UNLV, he went right back into the studio to produce Big Talk, a record of unusual merit that definitively exceeds most peopleâ€™s definition of more
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