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Canada News & Notes 2014

Revolution Recording has ordered a Neve Genesys G96—with 48 1073 mic preamps, 24 1084 equalizers, 24 88RS EQs, full dynamics, full recall, DAW control, and Encore automation—to be installed in Studio C this fall.

Engineer Eric Ratz (standing) with Danko Jones

Revolution Recording, Toronto

Revolution Recording has ordered a Neve Genesys G96—with 48 1073 mic preamps, 24 1084 equalizers, 24 88RS EQs, full dynamics, full recall, DAW control, and Encore automation—to be installed in Studio C this fall.

“After looking at the various options, the Genesys was the obvious choice,” says managing partner Joe Dunphy. “We really needed a desk that is input-compatible with our other rooms while still having a small footprint. We also need recall, automation and surround monitoring. Studio C has a high client turnover; we can be recording a band one day and then mixing a commercial the next. And the Neve name, of course, speaks for itself.”

A number of artists have visited Revolution recently, including, in Studio A: rock band Danko Jones, with Eric Ratz producing and engineering; singer-songwriter/musician/composer/activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, with Michael Wojewoda producing and engineering; rock band Big Wreck, with Ian Thornley and Ratz producing (Ratz also engineered); Tokyo Police Club worked on Forcefield, with Doug Boehm producing and engineering; indie rock band The Dears, with 6333699 Canada Inc. producing and Dave Schiffman engineering; and pop/rock singer-songwriter Matthew Barber worked on Big Romance, with Gary Louris producing and James McKenty engineering. Studio B saw soul/goth-rock singer-songwriter Cold Specks working on Neuroplasticity, with Jim Anderson producing and engineering.

Mechanicland’s Live Room

Mechanicland Studios, Montreal

Mechanicland has undergone some renovations recently, including the installation of a 5.1 surround system for post and film/TV work. The studio has also upgraded its console from a Euphonix CS/3000 to an Avid Icon 32-channel D-Control alongside a modified Neve 8014. A new Pro Tools HDX system has also been installed running the latest Pro Tools 11 software.

Founded in 2006 by owner Eliot Mechanic, Mechanicland focused primarily as a production and publishing house in the Montreal North district. In 2011, the studio opened its doors as a commercial studio. Set in a historic church, the studio offers musicians and engineers an opportunity to work in a live room with exceptional acoustics, striking architectural features, and natural light. Mechanicland also has a unique collection of vintage gear. Omar Raafat, founder of Mix Studios, manages the facility.

Recent session work includes country artist Renée Martel, who worked on her album La fille de son père, with Toby Gendron engineering and producing; hybrid pop/classical group Plumes worked on Plumes Ensemble, with Saam Hashemi engineering; instrumental rock band Appalaches worked on a debut album, with Jean-Bruno Pinard and Nicolas Roberge engineering; actor/musician Mario Saint-Amand recorded 22 Caline de Blues, with Gendron engineering; and jazz artist Neisy Wilson worked with engineers Padraig Buttner-Schnirer and Raafat and producer Stefano Galante.

Neve VRL 48 in Studio A Control Room

Greenhouse Studios, Vancouver

Studio A recently installed and refurbished a Neve VRL 48, and also integrated an Ampex 16/24 track 2-inch machine to complement the Pro Tools HD48/48 rig. Additionally, the studio has added a new grand piano (a Rhodes Mark V), a ’70s-era Ludwig drum set and a Marshall JCM800 amp to its vintage Neve and API units in Studio A.

The Mounties—a Canadian supergroup made up of Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Age of Electric), Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) and rock singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman—recorded their debut album in Studio A. The album was produced by the band and engineered by Chris “Hollywood” Holmes.

In other artist news, electro-pop singer-songwriter Lights recorded her new album with producer Drew Pearson; the New Pornographers recorded tracks for their latest album, with Howard Redekopp engineering and producing; and producer/engineer Matt Roach recorded the newest Revenger album in Studio A.