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Recording Walk The Moon’s Soul Remake

Cincinnati-area audio recording facility Audiogrotto recently put its Yamaha Nuage system to use on a project for ESPN.

(l-r) Kevin Ray, bass; James Tillman, assistant; Nicholas Petricca, vocals and keys; Ashley Shepherd, producer/engineer; Ely Maiman, guitar; and Sean Waugaman, drums.
Buena Park, CA (August 28, 2015)—Cincinnati-area audio recording facility Audiogrotto recently put its Yamaha Nuage system to use on a project for ESPN.

Recently, Ashley Shepherd, owner and engineer of Audiogrotto, which is a built in a turn-of-the-century church and located in the historic East Row district of Newport, KY, used the Nuage to record, mix, and master RCA artists Walk The Moon’s remake of “It’s Your Thing.” Shepherd co-produced the single—which was originally performed by The Isley Brothers in 1969—with the band and was assisted by part-time studio staff and students of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, James Tillman and Ryan Fine.

“The remake of ‘It’s Your Thing’ was used as a promo for ESPN’s coverage of the MLB All Star game in Cincinnati,” states Shepherd. “They wanted a local band to cover a song that they could use throughout the broadcast, including bumpers, stingers, and music transitions. The band even played live in the stadium for the Home Run Derby. We had a lot of fun doing it.” Walk The Moon is also planning to include the recording on a future EP release for RCA.

The Audiogrotto Nuage system has been in place for several years now and Shepherd says he uses it every day. The system is a one-fader, one-master unit using a NIO 16A audio interface and a Yamaha Rio64-D input/out box connected to the studio’s MADI gear. He’s been a Nuendo user (and beta tester) from the beginning, so he was able to pick up Nuage rather quickly with assistance when required from Yamaha and Steinberg.

“We had two days to complete the project, from working out the arrangement all the way to the final mix for ESPN,” Shepherd adds. “Nuage enabled me to move fast and stay in a creative mindset during production.”