Clive Davis, Rob Mathis and Phil Ramone gathered in Sound on Sound's (New York City) Studio E to work on a series of Rod Stewart sessions for J Records. Also for a J Records release, FunkMaster Flex was tracking in Studio C with producer Joey IE and engineer Kamel; Lil' Kim also stepped into C with editors Rob Tewlow and Richard Furch…Working on additional installments of the Behind the Beats radio series, host Colby Colb brought Busta Rhymes and Tyrese into Indre Studios (Philadelphia); Mike Richelle manned the board for both events. Also at Indre, Billy Corgan's new band, Zwan, were recording a radio broadcast session for Y100 with Michael Comstack handling console duties…Blues rock guitarist/harpist Jon Paris visited PIE Studios (Glen Cove, N.Y.) to mix his sophomore release, Paris Blues; the effort was mixed by Perry A. Margouleff and produced by Paris.
Paul McCartney stepped into Scream Studios (Studio City) to mix a live version of “Hey Jude” with producer/mixer David Kahne and engineer Michael Brauer. Sugar Ray also hooked up with Kahne and Brauer to mix their forthcoming album…Curb recording artist LeAnn Rimes was working in Sound Image's (Van Nuys) Studio A on her Christmas album. Producer/engineers Peter Amato and Greg Pagani were at the controls, while Matt Lavella assisted. Also feeling the Christmas spirit, country music artist Ty Herndon booked Studio B to work with producer/engineer Jim Crichton on his upcoming holiday album.
MerleFest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam, the debut DVD release of the Merle Watson Memorial Festival, was mastered and authored in Boulder-based Airshow Mastering and its authoring partner, Zapp Labs…Nettleingham Audio's (Vancouver, WA) engineer Kevin Nettleingham mastered releases for Portland-area artists Dennis Winslow, Relent For No One, jazz guitarist/songwriter Judd Janes, gospel artist Jennifer Klotz, Larry Laatz and Jon Hull.
The Black Castle (Golden Valley, MN) hosted Black on Black with producer/engineer Dargi and engineer Hunter Voorheis for tracking and overdubs; Ian Thomas assisted.
Jessi Alexander recorded her MCA debut album at Memphis' Ardent Studios with musicians Greg Morrow (drums), Richard Bennett (guitar) and The Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench (keyboards). Gary Nicholson handled co-production duties and John Hampton engineered…Recent sessions at Atlanta-based Stonehenge: Brian Michael Cox produced tracks for Raheem's and Jasmine's upcoming releases, and James Maynes produced a cut on Nivea's next album. Sam Thomas engineered all of the gigs and was assisted by Kelly “Dred” Liebelt.
Deaf Dog Studio (Chicago) has recently taken in a 10-year-old, 64-track analog Focusrite board…LedBelly Sound Studio of Atlanta recently installed a new Audient ASP-8024 recording/mixing console. A new Pro Tools MIXPlus 5.1.3 system has been interfaced with the ASP-8024. Since the installation, LedBelly hosted sessions for Tooth and Nail, Norma Jean, Sloppy Meateaters, Under the Weather, Mastodon, 5 More Dead and many unsigned local bands. All sessions were engineered and produced by Matt Washburn…Conway Recording (Los Angeles) owner Buddy Brundo has upgraded his Studio B with the addition of an SSL XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue board.
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