Sessions & Studio News

NORTHEAST Elvis Costello and co-producer/engineer Kevin Killen have taken residence in Avatar's (New York City) Studio A since early April to record Costello's new record; Peter Doris assisted…Mos Def returned with his band Black Jack Johnson to The Cutting Room (New York City) to continue work on his new album.


Elvis Costello and co-producer/engineer Kevin Killenhave taken residence in Avatar's (New York City) Studio A sinceearly April to record Costello's new record; Peter Dorisassisted…Mos Def returned with his band Black Jack Johnsonto The Cutting Room (New York City) to continue work on his newalbum. Dylan Margerum was behind the boards…Mixer/producerPhilip Pagano booked time at Pulse Studio's (StatenIsland, NY) Studio A to mix the latest album for the Average WhiteBand; the release was produced/engineered by Matt Noble atThe Loft Studios (Bronxville, NY)…New York City-basedStudio 900 has seen: James Blood Ulmer working onoverdubs and mixing with producer Vernon Reid and engineerJoe Johnson; and Joan Jett recording and mixing a trackwith Kenny Laguna handling production chores alongside engineerFrank Garfi.


Tim Nitz flew in to Pensacola, Fla., to record some touchupsto boxing champ Roy Jones Jr.'s tracks with producer L.T.Hutton at Jones' Left Hook Studios…Jim Combs completedediting and mastering on debut releases for ambient synth duoTouchXtone at Common Sound Studio (Decatur, GA) withMichael Thomas Roe…At Patchwerks Recording Studios,Platinum-selling artist Scarface tracked a cameo spot on theupcoming third album by Ludacris for Def Jam Records. Scarface, whoalso serves as president of Def Jam Records' Atlanta-based operations,worked with engineer Dale “Rambro” Ramsey (Jay-Z& U.G.K., Justin Timberlake, The Temptations), along with JoeyP. (Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge), Steve Fisher andCorey Williams. Vocals were tracked in the studio's A Room usingthe 96-input SSL 9000 J console to a Pro Tools TDM MIXPlus system.

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Martiza has just finished tracking and mixing their latestCD, Fires on the Shore, at Augustudios/AphasiaProductions (Decorah, Iowa). The album was engineered by studioowner Jody Koenig…Producer/engineer Ed Rose hasbeen tracking the Get Up Kids' new release, as well as recordingLong Since Forgotten (Syracuse) at Blacklodge Recording(Lawrence, KS)…Numerous sessions at Chicago Recording Co(Chicago): KMFDM in Studio 5 mixing their upcomingrelease with studio manager/engineer Chris Shepard; engineerChris Sablod mixing a new album for local jazz singer LibbyYork; and engineer Manny Sanchez and producer BjornThorsrud mixing Zwan's live show from the AragonBallroom with Todd Brodie assisting.


Country legend Charley Pride mastered his latest release,Comfort of Her Wings, at WexTrax (Dallas) with masteringengineer Rob Wechsler…SugarHill Recording Studios(Houston) donated five hours of studio time to the winners of thisyear's Kids' Way songwriting contest. All of the winning songwritersrecorded their songs with engineer John Griffin, who wasassisted by Leigh Crain and Alicia Perez.


Producer/engineer Bill Thomas is currently recording popularDenver band Rubber Planet at Rav'en Recording inLafayette, CO. The band is working on their third disc with Thomas andstudio owner/engineers Mike and Sue Shea, and assistantMonica Tromp…Former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaudand current Kronos violist Hank Dutt were working at Different FurRecording Studio (San Francisco) recording and mixing their duet piece.Howard Johnston manned the console with Justin Lieberman on ProTools…Sylvia Massy Shivy produced the Fighting Jacks at herRadiostar Studios (Weed, CA). Rich Veltrop engineered alongsideassistant Michael Riach…The Plant Recording Studiosrecently hosted Detroit rock band the Van Bondies for tracking(Studio A) and mixing (Studio B). The band's first major-label debutalbum, Pawn Shoppe Heart (Warner Bros.) had JerryHarrison (Talking Heads, the Modern Lovers) handling productionduties. The Von Bondies' last independent release, Lack ofCommunication, (Sweet Nothing Records) was produced by Jack White(the White Stripes).


An eclectic group of musicians have been booking time at the RecordPlant: Limp Bizkit with engineer Elvis Baskette(engineer), Pro Tools op Dave Holdridge and assistants JunIshizeki and JD Andrew; Mariah Carey with executive producerRandy Jackson and engineer Dana Chappelle; Earth, Wind &Fire with production team, Tim & Bob, engineer AndyHaller and assistant Jason Carson; and Britney Spearswith Swedish production team Bloodshy and Avant, producerBrian Higgins and engineer Pablo Munguia.

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