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Boston-based party band Duke & The Drivers stepped into PIE Studios(Glen Cove, NY) to mix their new album, Check Your Bucket. The release was mixed by Joe Blaney and mastered by Bob Ludwig atGateway Mastering (Maine)…Grammy Award™-winning Norah Joneswas back at Sorcerer Sound Recording Studios (New York City) with engineer Jay Newland. Cyndi Lauper was in with New Orleans' Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas and engineer Bill Whitman for a Vanguard Records release…De La Soul returned to continue work on their album with engineer Joe Nardone and assistant Marco Polo at the Cutting Room (New York City). Nardone also worked with producer Diesel on new tracks for Tomi.


Working on their third full-length release, Sckapegoat checked intoCatalyst Recording with producer/engineer Rob Tavaglione and assistant engineer Walter C. Hines III…Singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen Stills dropped into Stonehenge(Atlanta) after a recent performance at Atlanta's Music Midtown festival. Stills and producer/drummer Joe Vitaleadded vocals with Brooks Honnicutt. The cut was resurrected by Stills and Vitale from a 1979 session that included Herbie Hancock on piano and percussionist Joe Lala. Engineer Jim Z and assistant Kelly Liebelt powered up the Studer analog decks.


Motown/Universal artist Erykah Badu was recently in mixing and mastering her new single “Block on Lock” with mastering engineer Rob Wechsler and mixing engineer Tom Soars at Wex-Trax (McKinney, TX). Wechsler also handled producing/engineering duties on six songs for Favorite Nations artist Andy Timmons' upcoming solo release. Tracking was done at Palmyra Studios (Palmer, TX)…Hurricane Jane completed their debut release with producer/engineer Wes Sharon at AKS Recording (Oklahoma City). Mastering was done at Prairie Sun Recording(Cotati, CA) by Mark “Mooka” Rennick.


Brad Wolfe was at ARA (Palo Alto, CA) recording tracks for a solo release with producer/mixer Adam Rossi. Rossi also produced, recorded and mixed for San Francisco-based band ViV…Senior engineer Tom Carr recently finished up tracking with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra at The Annex (Menlo Park, CA). Also in at The Annex,Metaphor wrapped up their sophomore CD with engineer Christopher Scott Cooper…The Plant Recording Studios (Sausalito, CA) had RCA band Vue in Studio B with producer Nick Launay. Jerry Harrison was in Studio A producing Warner Bros. artist Von Bondies.


Epic Records artists B2K mastered their newest release, The Remixes Vol. 2, with chief mastering engineerStephen Marsh at Threshold (West L.A.). Also from Epic Records, Time Lapse Consortium mastered their Live at the Roxy performance with Marsh…Ry Cooder stopped by Sound City Studios (Hollywood) to work on overdubs in Studio A and Studio B with Rail Jon Rogut engineering and Miles Wilson assisting. Also in Studio A, Kings of Leon tracked and mixed new material for their next release on RCA Records. Driving the sessions was producer/engineer Ethan Johns with Wilson assisting…The Mighty Stone (Brad Wilson, J.J. Garcia and Brian James) have been working in Cherokee Recording Studios (L.A.) for their newest CD, STONE III. The Robb Brothers production team manned the board.


Just seven months after Dungeon Recording upgraded its Studio C to an SSL 4064 E/G, Studio A now hosts anSSL 6040 E/G and a redesign of all acoustic treatments by the studio's staff. “We all love the sound of older SSL consoles: They rock. The EQ just works, period!” said Jeremy du Bois, chief engineer. The install was handled by Interface Audio (Nashville)…NP Recording Studios installed a set of JBL LSR28P monitors. Custom-designed stands were done in-house and fabricated by Jay Beauchesne…Manhattan Center Studios acquired two new Pro Tools|HD3 systems in its Studio 7. Other recent equipment upgrades include two Neve 33609s, a UREI 1176(blackface), four PCM 42s and four Distressors; further upgrades are scheduled.

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