Audio Productions Inc. (Nashville) has been busy doing ADR work both at the studio and over ISDN lines. Recent projects included work for the concluding episodes of The Sopranos and some looping for the broadcast version of The Mexican. The studio also did the entire soundtrack — dialog editing, music editing and sound effects creation — for the independent film Mi Amigo…Mastering activity at Masterfonics (Nashville) included Glenn Meadows working on a big double-CD of tracks by the late, bubble-happy bandmeister Lawrence Welk, titled Milestones and Memories; and a new song called “You Are,” written and sung by Wynonna for sister Ashley Judd's film Someone Like You… At Doppler Studios (Atlanta), Da Brat was in adding her vocals to a remix of the Destiny's Child smash “Survivor.” Blake Eiseman engineered with Steve Fisher assisting. Gospel artist Babbie Mason was in at Doppler cutting tracks for her next Spring Hill Records release. Cheryl Rogers produced, Ronnie Brookshire engineered and Fisher again assisted… At Emerald Recording (Nashville), singer/songwriter Elliot Smith was in cutting tracks with engineer John Saylor; Jewel did tracking and overdubbing with producer Dann Huff and engineer Jeff Balding, assisted by Jed Hackett; and the venerable Oak Ridge Boys were in with producer Michael Sykes, engineer Pete Greene and assistant Matthew Beckett. Sugar Hill recording artist Allison Krauss was in Emerald's Mix Room with producer/engineer Gary Paczosa and second engineer Eric Bickel mixing her soon to be released album. Atlantic recording artist Tracey Lawrence, who can now add co-producer to his list of accolades, also recently set up camp at Emerald to lay down tracks for his upcoming release… Dreamworks recording artists Lifehouse stopped by APC Studios (Atlanta) recently to promote their album No Name Face. The band sat down in front of a few lucky contest winners for an acoustic set sponsored by local radio station WNNX. A few days later saw RCA recording artist David Gray taking a moment out of his slam-packed tour schedule to do the same… Out at Seventeen Grand Recording (Nashville), the lovely Martina McBride spent some time in the Neve room working on vocals for her upcoming RCA album. McBride is co-producing with Paul Worley. Clarke Schleicher engineered. Schleicher came back to the Neve room with Warner Bros. artist Dusty Drake to do some mixing for Drake's upcoming album. Schleicher engineered and co-produced with Worley. Allison Krauss was also in the Neve room producing MCA's legendary Reba McEntire. Engineer Paczosa tracked and mixed with assistant engineers Thomas Johnson and Jason Lehning…Sony artist Colin Ray and producer James Stroud tracked some new cuts at Ocean Way (Nashville) with engineers Julian King, Jed Hackett and David Bryant…Studio B Mastering (Charlotte, NC) saw engineer David Harris working on such diverse projects as an Alice Cooper tribute CD produced by David Wensil of The Dead Kings and featuring a number of southeast bands; a project by Snagglepuss, recorded and produced by Carolina recording legend Don Dixon; and Backyard Green's new CD, Sanctuary, produced and recorded by Tracey Schroeder.
Luna completed recording its latest CD at Jolly Roger Recording (Hoboken, NJ). The studio's own Gene Holder engineered and co-produced with the band…. At Indre Studios (Philadelphia), G Love & Special Sauce were in to record broadcast sessions for a pair of local radio stations, performing tunes from their new album, Electric Mile, much of which was also recorded at Indre. Michael Comstock engineered. Also in at Indre was The Uptown String Band, recording a new album of Mummers songs — how Philly can you get?! Comstock recorded that one, too… Sound on Sound Recording (NYC) had The Verve Pipe in with producer Adam Schlesinger and engineers Chris Shaw and John Holbrook; former Blood Sweat & Tears belter David Clayton-Thomas was in with producer Steve Gutman and engineer Mark Partis; and Lavern Butler with producer Bruce Barth and mixer David Baker… At Bristol Studios (Boston), engineer/producer Chris Billias has been working with alt artist Kevin Turner on his new album, Niko's Gold. And actress/singer Rebecca Pigeon was also in at Bristol prepping her new album, Tangerine.
At Sound Image (Van Nuys), Roadrunner recording artists Slipknot sneaked into Studio A without their masks and cut tracks with producer Ross Robinson and engineer Mike Frazer, assisted by Matt Lavella. And Rick Springfield was also busy at Sound Image working on an A&E special with producer Bill Drescher at the board… Spicing up life at Track Record (North Hollywood) was former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, working on a project with Platinum producer Rick Nowels, engineer Randy Wine and assistant Ai Fujisaki. At the same studio, former Guns N' Roses and Cult drummer Matt Sorum cut songs for a solo album, producing along with guitarist Lanny Cordola. The sessions were engineered by Kevin Smith, assisted by Eric Williams… New York engineer extraordinaire Jimmy Douglass mixed the new Missy Elliott album — Miss E…So Addictive — in Studio B at The Village (Los Angeles).
Activity at Third Ear Studio (Minneapolis) included Squint Entertainment artists PFR tracking with producer Jimmy Lee Sloas and engineers Ritchie Biggs and Dan Leffler for a forthcoming release; and producer Tim Bomba tracked and mixed the metal band Sons of Poseidon… The hot, hot, hot girls from Destiny's Child stopped in at The Upper Room Recording Studio (St. Louis) to work on a release with engineer Jason McEntire. Also at Upper Room, former Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley was putting the finishing touches on a solo album, also engineered by McEntire…Guitarist/producer Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco) was at Catamount Recording (Cedar Falls, IA) to add guitar dubs to Brother Trucker's new CD for Trailer Records. David Zollo produced and Tom Tatman engineered.
Taking time off from his successful Showtime series, Chris Isaak tracked a bunch of new songs for his next album at Studio 880 (Oakland, CA). John Shanks produced with Mark DeSisto engineering and Tone assisting. No word on whether Isaak's nude muse from the show was along for inspiration… Former Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagen completed his latest LP, Loaded, at Jupiter Studios (Seattle). Producing, engineering and mixing was Martin Feveyear, with assistance from Jon Evie and Mike Easton… At Studio 13 (Portland), Patrick Kearns finished mixing the debut for the local group The High and the Mighty; and he was recording a live CD by comedian Dave Anderson … Rainstorm Studios (Seattle) christened their new location on Capitol Hill with sessions by punk rockers Johnny No Good, who cut their debut EP with engineer/producer Steve Carter. Tango Heart was also in working on a classic, Astor Piazzola-influenced tango album with engineer Paul Speer at the helm… New York engineer/producer Nicholas Sansano was out at Prairie Sun Recording (Cotati, CA) recording tracks for a new solo album by Galactic drummer Stanton Moore. Guests on Moore's album include bassist Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin & Wood, sax ace Skerik of Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Brian Seeger on guitar.
Third Ear Recording (Minneapolis) recently upgraded to a vintage, early '70s, Class-A custom Neve console. They also purchased an Ampex ATR-100 half-inch mastering deck and Dynaudio monitors… LBS Studios (Manchester, England) has installed a new Soundtracs DS-M DAW console — the first of its kind in the UK — as part of a complete overhaul of their Studio A… Prairie Sun Recording in lovely, semi-rural Cotati, CA, has purchased and installed an 80-input SSL E/G+ 4080 console…. Studio Atlantis, one of L.A.'s newest 5.1 rooms, has purchased a new SSL 9080 J Series console with the 959 surround module in their Studio A… Conway Recording in L.A. has upgraded to a new Neve 88R — what studio owner Buddy Brundo calls “the ultimate analog console” — for its famous Studio A. An 88R was also chosen for the new UK facility Sphere Studios in Battersea…CTC Studios has recently opened a new orchestral recording and film scoring facility in Watford, UK, called The Colosseum. The new facility includes an AMS Neve Capricorn digital console with an ATC SCM150 5.1/7.1 monitoring system. The first major project to be cut at the new room was the score for the new film The Mummy Returns… Plus XXX Studios (Paris) recently installed a Neve 88R analog console into its Studio 1.