Victims In Pain: Seminal '80s NYC punk outfit Agnostic Front spent the summer at Big Blue Meenie Recording Studio (Jersey City, NJ). The band tracked and mixed their latest album for Epitaph Records, the follow-up to 1999's Riot, Riot, Upstart. The new album, Dead Yuppies, is out now. The engineer on the session was studio owner Tim Gilles, who was assisted by Erin Farley and Coady Brown. Tracking took place in Studio B, which is equipped with an Amek Mozart, and the album was mixed in Studio A, which houses an Amek 9098i. All of the production was handled by Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret…Engineers Erik Steinert and Axel Niehaus finished up the latest Foxy Brown album, Broken Silence, on dueling SSLs at Avatar Studios (NYC); the effort is set for release on Def Jam…Out at Music Factory Mix Studio N.Y.C., Paswell (Fugees) put on the production cap and handled sessions with new artist Heather Liverpool, C&C Music Factory and worked on the soundtrack for the forthcoming film Hoop Soldiers…Recent happenings at Bias Recording (Springfield, VA): Engineer Jim Robeson recorded the song “Swept Away” for Mary Chapin Carpenter — set for realese on Columbia/Sony. Robeson is also working with recording artist Scott Reiss, and he has just finished producing and engineering for singer Colleen Shanley.
A busy summer at Marcussen Mastering: Studio owner/engineer Stephen Marcussen finished albums by The Cult with producer Bob Rock and the Black Crowes with producer Don Was. Marcussen Mastering also opened their new Studio B with mastering engineer Dave Colins. Colins' recent credits include Fu Manchu, Adema with producer and new Virgin recording artists Moth. Colins also mastered the Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack for Universal Music…In Image Recording's (Los Angeles) Studio A, engineer Chris Lord-Alge is in mixing the new LP for Chris Isaak with producer John Shanks. Steve Kaplan is the second engineer working on the session. Lord-Alge also finished mixing the upcoming CD from the Butthole Surfers for Hollywood Records. Rob Cavallo was in to produce with second engineer Matt Silva…Sage and Sound Recording (Hollywood) recently hosted artist Michael Gurley, who was in tracking and mixing for an upcoming Vanguard release. Co-producer Scott Gordon also engineered and mixed the project. The Flying Tigers were tracking some new material for an upcoming Atlantic release. Phil Kaffel and Basil Ratbones were tapped to produce. Kaffel also picked up an engineering credit; second engineer Dave Ashton was in to assist. Steffan Fantini also stopped in at Sage and Sound to work on the score for the upcoming feature film Mercy Streets…Producer Greg Wattenburg brought Dishwalla to Track Record (North Hollywood) for an extended stay. Engineer Brian Scheubel and assistant engineers Ai Fujisaki and Bryan Cook overdubbed guitars, drums and vocals for the Santa Barbara-based band's third release. Warren G also returned to track his new release for Universal Records. Engineer Booker T III and assistant engineer Zach Will fed Warren's sound through Track Record's SSL 6000 E. Producer Matt Serletic (Santana, Aerosmith, Matchbox 20) tracked Crash Radio in Track Record's North Studio. Serletic, engineer Noel Golden and assistant engineer Fujisaki tracked 12 new songs with the band.
Reflection Sound Studios (Charlotte, NC) hosted Al Kooper, who mixed some previously unreleased material with producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles) in Studio A. Engineer Dave Puryear assisted on the sessions. Material mixed included some unreleased Kooper/Mike Bloomfield '68 concert recordings from the Fillmore East. An album is scheduled for release early next year. Kooper also worked on some unreleased original and cover tunes, which are set for release on an upcoming boxed set this fall. Also at Reflection Sound, producer Steven Haigler mixed the new Skid Row album with engineer Tracey Schroeder. The album, due out later this year, was recorded at Jon Bon Jovi's studio in New Jersey as well as at Reflection…Bluegrass songbird Alison Krauss was camped in the Neve room at Seventeen Grand Recording (Nashville) working on a children's album. Gary Paczosa and Jason Lehning shared engineering duties, with Thomas Johnson assisting. Dolly Parton spent some time in the Neve room as well with her producer Steve Buckingham and engineer Neal Cappelino. Producer Scott Rouse worked on a Charlie Daniels' project with Paczosa and assistant engineer Johnson. Producer Jeff Teague and engineer George Tutko worked with singer Andi James; they returned to put the final touches on a project for talented country newcomer Kyle Long. Singer/songwriter Shana Morrison, daughter of Van Morrison, was laying down tracks for her upcoming album on Vanguard. Steve Buckingham produced the project with Paczosa and Johnson in to assist.
Me'Shell N'degeocello, who was recently nominated for three California Music Awards, has dug in for the long haul at Hyde Street Studios (San Francisco). She is with producer Allen Cato and engineer Erik Dyba, laying down some fresh cuts for her next full-length album. NorCal natives Cake also mixed some tracks from their current album Comfort Eagle at Hyde…Rainstorm Studios (Seattle, WA) hosted pianist Jack Stewart, who was in recording his first album. Paul Speer engineered the project. Staff engineer Steve Carter kept busy tracking a new release with the November Group. Dance group Reality Front were in to mix a new single with Speer. Jamaican artist Shan Coleman started tracking a new album with engineer Carter at the console…Glenn Sound's (Seattle, WA) Glenn Lorbiecki produced original music compositions for Microsoft in collaboration with Cabaret Productions and Immerse Creative. Zoe Knight, Glenn Sound's newest engineer, worked on a trailer for the independent movie house, The Grand Illusion.
Sound on Sound Recording (NYC) recently brought its new Studio E online. The new room is touted as a versatile suite designed for Pro Tools editing, recording, pre-production, sound design and mastering. The room is equipped with a Mackie 1604-VLZ mixer, ProControl and 5.1 monitoring…Extasy Recording Studios (Los Angeles) has announced the addition of mastering engineer Nancy Matter to its staff. In recent years, Matter has owned and operated Moonlight Mastering in Burbank, Calif…JamSync (Nashville) has recently opened two new suites in its facility on Nashville's Music Row: the DVD authoring suite and the “Elvis Room,” a 96k audio production and sound design suite. The DVD room includes Sonic Solutions' DVD Fusion and Apple's DVD Studio Pro authoring systems, as well as Final Cut Pro for video editing. A 5.1 THX home theater monitoring system using a Studio Technologies control system with LSR Series monitors by JBL and Velodyne subwoofers completes the suite. The 96k Audio Production and Sound Design Suite is built around a Steinberg Nuendo system, racks of vintage synthesizers (Moog, Oberheim, etc.) and high-resolution analog processing from Millennia and Avalon…The Tape Gallery (London) recently upgraded its Studio 2 with the installation of a Soundtracs DS-3 64-channel digital console.
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