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Mix Regional Sessions: Los Angeles


Melody Gardot’s Currency of Man was tracked in Studio D, and earned producer Larry Klein a Producer of the Year Grammy nomination. The album was mixed in Studio F on the studio’s new Avid S6 control surface, earning Audio Engineer Maxime le Guil a nomination as well…Queen Latifah and Neophonic tracked music for the HBO TV film Bessie in Studio A. The project was engineered by The Village’s own Ed Cherney, who went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Movie…Miguel tracked much of his latest album Wildheart in Studio B, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and his song “Coffee” is nominated for Best R&B Song…The Arcs, Dan Auerbach’s (of The Black Keys) newest side project, recorded their first official media appearance in Studio D. They tracked three of their songs live for KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic and several other broadcasting programs.


Adele worked in Studio D with producer Greg Kurstin and engineer Tom Elmhirst…LeAnn Rimes worked on Today Is Christmas in Studio B with producer Darrell Brown and engineer Niko Bolas…Alabama Shakes worked on a video with producer Michael Murphy, director Danny Clinch, engineer Shawn Everett and assistant Steve Genewick in Studio A…Dwight Yoakam was with engineer Marc DeSisto in Studio A and B (Yoakam also produced)… D. A. Wallach worked on a live performance for Capitol Music Group’s One Mic, One Take series in Studio B, which was produced by Possum Hill and engineered by Mick Guzaski…On November 30, Best Coast performed on the rooftop of the Capitol Tower, a 360-degree virtual reality broadcast of a concert. Capitol Studios was able to do that thanks to a newly installed high-speed fiber network, which connects the roof to all the studios for audio and video delivery. The performance was shot on the Nokia OZO virtual-reality camera and simultaneously mixed in Capitol Studios, while streamed to an audience at L.A. Live. Prasad Balasubramanian produced and Steve Genewick engineered, with Art Kelm serving as chief technical director…In studio news, Capitol has two brand new writers’ rooms with Avid S6 consoles. The studio also has a new Neve 88-R console for Studio C to match Studio A’s console.


In Studio 1, Chris Isaak was with engineer Mark Needham (Isaak also produced); Neil Young was with engineers Al Schmitt and Niko Bolas (Young also produced); Michael Bublé was with producer Bob Rock and engineer Eric Helmkamp; Richie Sambora and Orianthi were with engineer Helmkamp (Sambora, Orianthi, Rock and Michael Bearden produced); producer Julian Raymond and engineer Bryan Cook worked on the current season of American Idol; producer/engineer Johnny K worked on indie film Hired Gun; production continues on the new Lion King movie, Lion Guard; and Nas and SNOH worked on performance video shoots, and Samsung, Nike and Intel worked on commercial shoots…In Studio 2, Rick Springfield was with co-producer/engineer Matty Spindell (Springfield also produced); Stephen Stills/The Rides were with engineer Ed Cherney (Stills also produced); Vintage Trouble was with producer Don Was and engineer Howard Willing; J.R. Richards (formerly of Dishwalla) was with engineer Brian Scheuble (Richards also produced); Weezer was with engineer Jake Sinclair (Weezer also produced); LeMar was with producer Larry Klein and engineer Lynn Earles; Andra Day was with producer Adrian Gurwitz and engineer Ken Sluiter; and Iration was with engineer Will Brierre (Iration also produced)…In Studio 3, James Blake was with producer Rick Rubin  and engineer Jason Lader; Steve Angello (of Swedish House Mafia) was in the studio working on new material; Glen Danzig was with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig also produced); Jamie Wyatt (featuring Slash) was with producer/engineer Mike Clink; and Animal Collective was with producer/engineer Sonny Di Perry…In Studio 5, Justin Bieber was in the studio working on “Where Are Ü Now” with Skrillex and Diplo; Martin Garrix worked with various producers, including Skrillex and Diplo; Krewella was with engineer David Davis (Krewella also produced); PSY was in the studio working on new material (PSY also produced and engineered); and Frank Ocean was in the studio with various producers, including Rick Rubin, and engineer Jeff Ellis.


Engineer Ervin Ablaev worked on projects with the following artists: Omarion, Sean Kingston, Detail Fisher, Daniel Gibson and Eddie Kramer…Engineer Luke Sanchez worked on projects with the following artists: Halsey, Lido and MØ…BJ The Chicago Kid worked with engineer Ablaev, with Steve Olmon assisting…Goapele worked with engineer Cornelio Austin…London Souls worked with engineer Ablaev, with Sanchez assisting…Kevin Federline worked with engineers Ablaev and Sanchez…Crichy Crich worked with engineers Sanchez and Ablaev…Orgy worked with engineer Jay Gordon…Kehlani worked with engineer Oak Fedler…Rocky Kramer worked with engineer Olmon…Angie Fisher worked with engineer Jacob Quetant…Artists K Michelle, Ace Hood and CeeLo Green were also in the studio working on new material.


Jason Lytle and Aaron Espinoza worked on the This Is Your Day soundtrack. Lytle and Espinoza both produced, and Espinoza also engineered. They used a Korg Monotribe, Electro-Harmonix DRM 15 and a Yamaha U3 (which is brand new to the studio)…Kimbra & Friends worked on new material, with Kimbra also producing and Espinoza engineering. They used a Boss SP404, and employed live sampling and no isolation…Until The Ribbon Breaks was with engineer Espinoza (Until The Ribbon Breaks also produced). They employed a string quartet and used beyerdynamic M 160s…Crush DLX and Sean Lennon was with engineer Espinoza (Crush DLX and Sean Lennon also produced). They used a Juno 106, Yamaha VSS 200 sampling keyboard, and an Overstayer Stereo Field Effect Compressor…The Frights worked with producer Zac Carper and engineer Espinoza on Afraid Of The Dark. They used a Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano and an Overstayer Stereo Field Effect Compressor…Nav/Attack worked on a self-titled mix with producer Andrew Lynch and engineer Espinoza. They used a modified ADM console and an Overstayer Stereo Voltage Compressor.


The Cult was with producer Bob Rock working on new material…James Williamson with The Stooges was with engineer Chris Claypool (Williamson also produced). Williamson brought in his Neve 1073s to use…Destruction Unit was with producer Joe Cardamone and engineer Greg Gordon. They used an old Revox reel-to-reel for flanging and phasing the entire mixes, as well as a Pigtronix Keymaster to use stompboxes on vocals…The Icarus Line worked with producer/engineer Cardamone on new material. Cardamone noted that almost every mic that had an omni pattern on everything… Pink Mountaintops worked on new material with producer/engineer Cardamone. They used an ARP 2600 and ARP OMNI, as well as an Electro-Voice RE-15 on vocals…The 20th Anniversary Permanent Midnight Audio Book Score was recorded at the studio, with Cardamone producing and engineering. The entire 15-hour score was played live in two days, and every instrument in the room was miked up…In studio news, Cardamone’s friend from Fu Manchu recently donated a perfect Hammond M-3 organ.


Kenny Summit
worked with producer/engineer
Kraig Tyler. They used an Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40-channel console, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-1, Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate, Sugar Bytes, and IK Multimedia…Maxine Ashley
worked with producer/engineer
O’D. They used Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40-channel console, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, and Blue microphones…Kirsten Opstad
 was with producer/engineer
Jason Dragon. They used an Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40 channel console, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, UA LA-610, Akai A-DAM, Neumann and Blue mics, and Ableton Live 9 Suite. They layered, reversed and re-recorded the Fender Stratocaster and Kurzweil K-250, and the Yamaha G2 grand piano in Culver City auditorium was recorded with six Blue mics…Rama Duke
was with producer/engineer Tyler. They used the Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40-channel console, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate, Sugar Bytes, IK Multimedia, and various vintage drum machines…Blooming Fire
worked with producer/engineer Tyler. They used the Rupert Neve Portico 5060 Centerpiece, Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40-channel console, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, Pro Tools 10 HD3, API 560B, API 512 C, API 3124+ 4-Channel Mic Preamp, Neve 1073 Vintage Original, Neve 1064a, Vintech VA573, and Roland TR-77. The project was recorded in real time over a weekend. Six musicians performed live together…Liquid Giraffe was with producer/engineer Tyler. They used the Otari Sound Workshop Series 34 40-channel console, Pro Tools 10 HD3, Universal Audio Apollo Quad, UAD-2 Quad, Akai A-DAM, Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate, Sugar Bytes, and IK Multimedia…In studio news, Skeleton has just launched its record label, Teleportation Records. The first album release is Stay Strangers by Kirsten Opstad. Several more albums are scheduled for release, including music by Liquid Giraffe and Zib Zeptumn.


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rob Cavallo worked in Studio A and Studio B on School of Rock with engineer Doug McKean and assistant engineer Wesley Seidman. They used the Neve 8088.


Engineer/producer Josh Gudwin spent most of 2015 in SSL3, working on Justin Bieber’s Purpose album and projects with Rita Ora and Carly Rae Jepsen. Henrique Andrade was assistant engineer on all of these sessions.


Mastering engineer Maurice Gainen has mastered more than 180 Starbucks compilations. He recently completed a project for Japanese composer “Hassy” Hashimoto, featuring Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Damian Erskine, Nori Tani, Koto soloist Tomoko Kihara and live strings…Gainen worked with Argentinean guitar virtuoso Marcelo Berestovoy, on Darek Oles’ tribute to Charlie Haden, and the third CD for British artist James Webber, which had three songs placed in Weinstein Bros. films…A very special project was the “Mighty Mo” Rodgers benefit song for victims of the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. The song is called “Postcards From Paris.” Gainen tours Europe two times a year, and happened to be in France on that day…Gainen also started his seventh CD as a woodwind artist/composer, featuring his international cast of musicians.