Linnea Olssen, ‘Ah!’

Linnea Olssen’s beautiful cello-and-voice album was recorded and mixed in Studio Gix (Halmstad, Sweden). The artist did all of her own recording in Logic, then turned the tracks over to engineer/producer Gicken to be mixed.
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Linnea Olssen’s beautiful cello-and-voice album was recorded and mixed in Studio Gix (Halmstad, Sweden). The artist did all of her own recording in Logic, then turned the tracks over to engineer/producer Gicken to be mixed.

“It was recorded on Linnea’s laptop and then mixed on mine,” Gicken says. “The tracks were performed with an overdubbing, layer-on-layer style, using the Line 6 Delay Looper pedal. Sometimes I suggested traditional overdubs, to be able to split and pan different layers in the mix, and to be able to use different effects on different elements. But the raw material is always first-class. Linnea produces her takes perfectly. The splendid TK Audio Vintagedesign preamp used while recording did the job.

“I try to keep a solid low end when the cello goes low,” Gicken says about his mix. “In the mid and high register, the approach is based on the arrangement of the song. Some songs have many different cello takes: the cello having a bass role, either bowed or pizzicato, cellos arranged as string quartets with lead cellos on top. Some cello was recorded with a lot of delay effect, and some without any. With a no-rules approach, we have cellos in the final mix going through bass amps, guitar amps, as well as very dry and very wet cellos.”