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Mix Regional Sessions: Los Angeles 2016

Capitol Studios

Ryan Adams is working on a new album in Studios A and B, with engineer Beatriz Artola (Adams self-produced). Blue Note president Don Was is also working on the record…Deana Martin worked on her forthcoming album Swing Street in Studios A, B and C, with producer John Griffeth, recording and mixing engineers Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick, and with Patrick Williams and Chris Walden arranging and conducting. Swing Street was also mastered at Capitol Studios Mastering by Ron McMaster…Michael Bublé worked on his forthcoming album Nobody But Me (Warner Bros. Records) in Studios A and C with producer Alan Chang (Bublé also produced), recording engineer Genewick, and mixing engineer Schmitt. They used a Neve 88R…Mastering engineer Evren Göknar HD remastered the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill album at Capitol Studios Mastering. Göknar HD mastered at 192 kHz/24 bits from original analog tape source and employed a purist mastering approach, with no peak limiting to preserve dynamic range and image. He primarily used a Sontec MES-432C Parametric Equalizer, a Manley SLAM! and the Dangerous Master and Liaison for the signal path routing…Mastering engineer Robert Vosgien mastered Sabastian Kole’s self-titled EP (produced by Kole and ClickNPress, engineered by Kaleb Rollins and Adrian “A-Hawk” Melendez, and recorded at Savage Sounds, ATM Studios)…Vosgein also mastered BJ the Chicago Kid’s In My Mind, produced by Ethiopia Habtemariam (executive producer), BJ the Chicago Kid, Mike & Key, DJ Khalil, Cornelio “Corn” Austin, Sean Cooper, DJ Reflex, Matthew Edwards, District 9, Aaron Renner Jairus “JMo” Mozee, Joe Syring, LaMar “MyGuyMars” Edwards, Da Internz, Aaron Michael Cox, and David “Dae Dae” Haddon; engineered by Rex Rideout, Joe Syring, Steve Olmon, and Jazz Sommers; recorded at 17 Hertz Studio)…

Capitol Studios staff-engineer Steve Genewick accepting his award at this year’s Pensado Awards.

In other Capitol Studios news, staff engineer and three-time Grammy Award nominee Steve Genewick took home the coveted Tracking Engineer award at the third annual Pensado Awards. This year, some projects Genewick worked on include Grease Live and with artist Michael Bublé.

Kelly Rowland at Serenity West Recording during the taping of her TV show, Chasing Destiny.

Serenity West Recording

Wiz Khalifa worked on a new album with engineers E. Dan and Ricky P, as well as second engineer Alex Pavone…Post Malone worked on a new album with engineer Louis Bell and second engineer Pavone…Travis Scott worked on a new album with engineer Blake Hardin and second engineer Alberto Chee…The band Walk the Moon recorded the closing theme song for the new Ghostbusters movie in the Neve 1 studio (using the Neve 8048) with producer/engineer Tim Pagnotta and second engineer Micheal Peterson…The Cult recorded their album Hidden City in Neve 1 with producer Bob Rock and second engineer Peterson…Several episodes of the BET TV show Chasing Destiny with Kelly Rowland were recorded at Serenity West.

Alicia Keys

Record Plant

Alicia Keys was recently in Studio SSL3 working on new material with engineer Ann Mincieli and assistant engineers Jon Schacter and Tim McClain. 

Mastering engineer Bernie Grundman is seen in his two-lathe cutting room with Blue Note Records President Don Was.

Bernie Grundman Mastering

Mastering engineer Bernie Grundman mastered Kandace Springs’ new album Soul Eyes, as well as more than 80 Blue Note vinyl reissues from the legacy catalog. Grundman also recently mastered albums for Steve Vai, Pink Floyd and Jacob Collier…Chris Bellman mastered new releases from Ryan Adams, John Mellencamp, and Phish…Pat Sullivan mastered works by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Dawes…Mike Bozzi mastered ScHoolBoy Q, Andra Day, and Lonely Island.

The members of Animals As Leaders, with Sphere Studios owner/engineer Francesco Cameli (center) and assistant Phil English (far right).

Sphere Studios

The Pretty Reckless was in Studio E with engineer/producer Kato Khandwala…Toto was in Studio B with engineer Niko Bolas and producer Steve Lukather…Steel Panther was in Studios A and B with engineer/producer Jay Ruston…Animals As Leaders was in Studio A with owner/engineer Francesco Cameli and assistant engineer Phil English…CeeLo was in Studio C with engineer Sean Phelan…The Dukes was in Studio B and E with engineer Khandwala and assistant engineer English…Mac Miller was in Studio B with engineer Vic Wainstein.

Nick Carter and the Backstreet Boys were in Studio A at NightBird.

NightBird Studios Recording Studios

Nas tracked his voice-over and narration for the Netflix hit show The Get Down in Studio A…PartyNextDoor, Jeremih, and Lil Wayne recorded the track “Like Dat” in Studio A with a Sony C-800G, Avalon Vt-737sp, and a Teletronix vintage LA-2A…Backstreet Boys tracked vocals for a feature on Florida Georgia Line’s latest album in Studio A, with a Cathedral Pipes Notre Dame U 47, an AMS Neve 1073, and a Urei 1176LN…Sting visited Studio B to work on new projects…Dr. John rehearsed for his Hollywood Bowl performance in Studio B…LL Cool J spent a week in Studio B working on new material…Cutfather brought in Kylie Minogue and Bonnie McKee for writing sessions in Studio B.