SOUTHWEST Sparta (which features members of the now defunt At the Drive In) worked on a new release for Dreamworks. The new four-song EP, entitled Austere,


Sparta (which features members of the now defunt At the Drive In) worked on a new release for Dreamworks. The new four-song EP, entitled Austere, was produced and engineered by Mike Major at Rosewood Studio (El Paso, TX). The final product was mastered at Sonorous Mastering (Tempe, AZ) by engineer David Shirk.


Following a long year of touring, Slipknot regrouped at SR Audio (Des Moines, IA) with producer/engineer Matt Sepanic. The band was recutting the song “My Plague,” from the band's currrent album, Iowa, which is slated to appear on the Resident Evil soundtrack. The new version was mixed by engineer Terry Date. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor (#8) also spent some time working with the Chicago group Slitheryn. Sepanic and Taylor co-produced a four-song EP for the band. Also at SR Audio, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison cut new tracks for The Rejects, and Static-X guitarist Tripp Rex Eisen worked on his new solo project.


Producer Lil Jon and engineer Jan Nerud recently spent some time at Patchwerk Studios (Atlanta) cutting tracks with Naughty By Nature and newcomer Chyna White. Out at Seventeen Grand (Nashville), engineer and co-owner Jake Niceley kept busy working on a project for legendary blues man Deacon John. Niceley was in crafting a 5.1 and stereo mix for a live concert. Jones performed at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans.


Joe Satriani and producer John Cuniberti (Surfing With an Alien) locked out two rooms at The Plant (Sausalito, CA) to both track and mix a new instrumental album. Dave Matthews Band was back in Studio A to work on a new project for RCA Records. The band is co-producing the effort with Steve Harris; John Nelson was in to engineer…On the other side of the bay, Mark Needham has been busy mixing the music for Showtime's Chris Isaak Show at Studio 880 (Oakland, CA). Guest artists have included Green Day and Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind). The Flipsides were also in laying down drum tracks for their upcoming full-length album with engineer Reto Peter and assistant Brad Kobylczak. Brodie Stewart and his band were in to record drum tracks with engineer/producer Andy Ellis; Marco Martin assisted…Engineer Barry Corliss worked on a number of new mastering projects at Master Works (Seattle): Doug Martsch (Built To Spill), Jana McCall, the MJ Bishop Band, the Brothers of Max Catharsis, Latigo Lace, Crushcoat, Josh White, Ota Prota, Omni and Thomasa Eckert.


Inside Studio A at Avatar Studios (NYC), engineer/producer Neil Dorfsman and Sting cut the song “Fragile” that was used in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma did overdubs in Studio C where the track was the mixed by David Greene. Engineer Jay Newland recently mixed a live recording featuring Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove for Verve Music Group. Anthrax also continued working on overdubs for their forthcoming record produced by Scrap 60 (Dry Kill Logic, ill Nino), which was engineered by Steve Regina…Tenor saxman Chico Freeman and engineer Rich Tozzoli mixed his forthcoming release at Clubhouse (Rhinebeck, NY). Producer John Boylan also began tracking an upcoming release by artist Michael Flynn.


Pressure Point Recorders (Chicago) recently purchased an SSL SL 9000 J. The console will be installed in the newly designed Studio A, which was scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2002…Last March, Aura Sonic Ltd. (Flushing, NY) celebrated its 25th anniversary. Aura Sonic specializes in location audio recording and broadcast production. The company was founded in 1977 by owner Steve Remote.

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