Prairie Sun Recording’s (Cotati, Calif.) most recent addition to its gear rack is the new Magix Sequoia 7.0 Mastering System, which has already been used by Sterling Sound and the BBC. It’s running on a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, with I/O handled by RME’s brand-new HDSP 9632 audio interface.
Prairie Sound also installed Digidesign’s Pro Tools|HD3 system in its Studio A, fully loaded with three 192 interfaces, a Sync Unit and the capability to interface 24 In and 48 Out. The computer is a new 1.42GHz dual-processor Power Mac G4 with a 20-inch Cinema display. A Studio Construction iso box rack has provided a quiet and elegant solution to noise problems, making the room extremely quiet.
San Francisco Bay Area artist Dan Hicks recently spent a week recording vocals in Studio B with Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser producing. The session was engineered by Tony Martin Jr. (the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson), with assistance by Jason D’Ottavio.
Oz Fritz, Tom Waits’ engineer, has been busy at the studio. While staying in Prairie Sun's guest cabin, he’s engineered for stunt guitarist Brian Kehoe (Kehoe Nation, Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade, M.I.R.V.) in Studio C, as well as taking a week to mix the forthcoming live album from Danny Barnes of Austin, Texas-based Bad Livers. New dancehall reggae artist RawSun is currently in the middle of a month-long residency recording and mixing new tracks for his debut album. His brother, Don Juan, is producing and Adam Munoz (George Winston, Bill Frisell, Mr. Bungle) is engineering.
Nashville drummer Owen Hale (Tammy Wynette, David Allen Coe, George Strait, etc.) contributed his talents to the new Gospel album, tentatively titled You Are, from Commander Cody veteran Steve Puleo.
Grammy Award-winning engineer Steve Fontano was at Prairie Sun, taking advantage of the 1,000-square-foot live chamber to record emerging artist Corry Hanna. Tone (Santana, Green Day) recorded and mixed two songs for Ama Ofosu-Barko, a new Bay Area singer/songwriter.
For more on the studio, visit www.prairiesun.com.