Will Smith was in at Scream Studios (Studio City) recording new songs for the motion picture Men In Black 2 with producer/engineer Rob Chiarelli. Alanis Morissette was also in at Scream producing and mixing her new album, Under Rug Swept, with mixer Rob Jacobs. The album is scheduled for release this month on Maverick Records.
Bennett Studios (Englewood, NJ) recently hosted producer All-Star for vocals overdubs on a new Luther Vandross recording for J Records. Andy Blakelock and Angelo Aquiya engineered the session, which was assisted by house engineer Tim Stritmater. Also at Bennett, Earth Wind & Fire co-founder Philip Bailey spent some quality time in the North Room recording tracks for an upcoming Heads Up Records release. The Bob Belden-produced sessions were engineered by Robert Friedrich and Dave Kowalski, with Mark Fraunfelder and Stritmater in to assist… Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano was in Studio A at Kampo (NYC) with the temporarily reformed band, The Bogmen. The musicians cut three tracks for a limited-edition CD available at benefit shows for the Secret Smiles organization at New York City's Irving Plaza last December. Producer/engineer Bonzai captured the session. Secret Smiles will distribute funds directly to September 11 terrorist attack victims' families… Out at NP Recording Studios (South Weymouth, MA), jazz trombonist Sarah Morrow began recording for her upcoming CD with producer/engineer Nick Joyce. Josh Cole returned to track acoustic guitars for his next CD. He is currently touring the country to support his latest release Photosyntheses, which was also produced and engineered by Joyce… Sound on Sound (NYC) recently hosted sessions with engineers Doug Wilson, Pat Viala, Brian Stanley and producer Big Dawg, who were in working on a variety of projects with artists Fat Joe, Xecutioners, Mr. Cheeks, Amazin and Mary J. Blige.
TVT artist Sevendust locked out Patchwerk Studios (Roswell, GA) to work on overdubs and mixing for an upcoming MTV broadcast. Cash Money Millionares were in working on some new cuts. Also at Patchwerk, TLC and Diane Warren were laying down vocals for an upcoming release. All the sessions were engineered by Mike Wilson, with assistance from Nino Scarpelli and Steve Fisher.
Producer/engineer Tim Bomba spent the fall recording three Live at the Fillmore in San Francisco shows with the band Wilco for an upcoming documentary about the band.
SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston) has had quite the star-studded fall: Destiny's Child was back again to do a remix of the Bee Gees hit “Emotion.” Brian McKnight, while on tour in Houston, locked out the studio to do a remix of “What's Gonna Be” with Jermaine Dupri and Brian Cox.
Producer Mark Rubel tracked South Carolina's very own Sheldon at Pogo Studios (Champaign, IL) with Travis Grimes assisting. Also tracking and mixing with Rubel was solo artist Anjali for her debut album.
Indre Recording Studios (Philadelphia) recently upgraded their facility with the installation of a Solid State Logic 4000 E/G console… Dungeon Recording Studios (North Miami, FL) employed Ross Alexander of Synergetic Services to redesign their Studio C. The new studio houses a new Sony DMX-R100 and a Pro Tools Mix Plus/G4 733 system installed by Audio One… Studios 301 in Sydney, Australia, recently upgraded their main tracking room with the installation of a Neve 88R.
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