The Polyphonic Spree tracked their second album in Luminous Sound's (Dallas) Studio A. Eric Feldman produced the effort, with engineer Andy Baker and Chris Bell second engineering; Joel Pelphrey assisted…Regional country artist Donnie Vondra was in pre-production at SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston) with producer Dan Workman and Nashville-based player/producer Bobby Terry. Also in at SugarHill was the winner of Houston's version of American Idol, Houston Idol,Batrina Davis, who was putting together and producing her two-song gospel/contemporary Christian demo; vocals were recorded in Studios A and B, while mixing took place in Studio C. Engineers Steve Christensen and Workman helped Davis hit the high notes.
Zippah Studios' (Boston) founder and co-owner Pete Weiss has been behind the board producing/engineering Charlie Chesterman's fifth solo album and recording Torrez's sophomore album, The Evening Drag (Kimchee), with assistant engineer Matt Jugenheimer.
Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer/producer Bob Rosa's schedule has been filled up at Bogart Recording's (North Miami) Studio A: mixing tracks for Ricky Martin's upcoming Spanish-language LP (Sony International) with producers Tommy Torres and Estefano, and engineer/mixer Bob St. John; putting on the finishing mix touches for Alexander Pires' latest effort with producer Estefano, as well as on Becky Baeling's debut album (Universal) with producer Tony Moran; and tracking vocals for American Idols Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini with producer Anders Bag for their upcoming motion picture…A slew of activity at Stonehenge (Atlanta): Engineer Nick Didia mixed a Bruce Springsteen live show that was recorded in Barcelona for Sony International with Brendan O'Brien producing; he was assisted by Karl Egseiker and Eli Akins, and Billy Bowers worked Pro Tools. Working on an upcoming release for Jagged Edge (Columbia Records) were producer Brian Michael Cox, engineer Phil Tan and assistants Akins and Morgan Garcia.
Martha Reeves stopped by Ramtrak Studios (Inkster, MI) to work on material for her live shows with studio owner/producer Jim Randolph.
Steakhouse Studio (North Hollywood) waved good-bye to Sarafan, who just finished overdubbing their new release for Elektra with producer Dave Sardie, engineer Greg Fiddleman and Pro Tools operator Greg Gordon. Taking over the space was Ziggy Marley, who was tracking his new record for RCA with producer/engineer Ross Hogarth…Dr. Dre and Redman stopped in at Track Records (Hollywood) North Studio to collaborate on a new track, “Flow Pedico”; swapping time with the duo was Dave Fortman, who produced/overdubbed “Bring Me to Life” for goth/rock group Evanescence. Also booking time in Studio North were production group The Matrix, who worked on new songs for North Carolina-based River City High; engineer Paul Lani tracked and mixed the effort…Disturbed producer Johnny K returned to NRG (North Hollywood) and is currently locked out in Studio C, where he is mixing the upcoming album for Wind-Up act Finger 11, which he also produced. Finger 11's song “Sad Exchange” will appear on the Daredevil soundtrack.
At the behest of Andrew Mendelson, VP and chief engineer at Georgetown Masters (Nashville), the mastering studio has added a SADiE 24•96 DAW for SACD and stereo projects…Ordering its sixth SSL console within 30 years, French indie studio Davout has installed an SSL 9000 K in its Studio A; joining the board are Boxer T5 reference monitoring from Harris Grant Associates, Bryston amplifiers, Pro Tools|HD and a rack of Prism ADA-8 converters.
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