At The Magic Shop (L-R): Arif Mardin, recording/mix engineer Michael O’Reilly, Raúl Midón, Jason Mraz and Joe Mardin
Singer/composer/guitarist Raúl Midón finished recording his debut CD, State of Mind, with producing family team Arif and Joe Mardin behind the Neve console at The Magic Shop Studio (New York City); mixing was done to Pro Tools|HD 88.2 at Brooklyn Recording (Brooklyn, N.Y.), with Genelec 1031 monitoring. Midón sang into a Neumann U67 through a Neve 1091 mic pre. Guest artists included Jason Mraz (“Keep on Hoping”); Stevie Wonder (“Expressions of Love”); Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentine and percussionist Sammy Figueoua (“I Would Do Anything”); harmonica ace Gregoire Maret and percussionist Cyro Baptista (“Sunshine”); and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris (“All in Your Mind”). The album is set to drop in May 2005.