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Tenderizing with SSL

Producer/performer Joel A. Nielsen of the band Tenderfoot has added an SSL AWS 948 to his private studio.

Wausau, WI (June 14, 2011)–Producer/performer Joel A. Nielsen of the band Tenderfoot has added an SSL AWS 948 to his private studio.

“I had been working with Bill Denison on the Tenderfoot project and through Bill, I had my first experience with the AWS 948,” says Nielsen. “Bill had just installed the AWS in his private studio in Massachusetts, so the group convened there to put down some tracks. We gathered around to listen to the playback and the sound quality was simply amazing. With the old system, we would typically hear noise of some kind before the music would start, but not with the AWS. This crystal clear, loud playback with punchy bass hit me like a wall dripping with sonic goodness, and it sold us on upgrading our studio with the AWS 948.”

The concept behind Tenderfoot involves what the group calls ‘tenderizing’ rock songs into country-ized productions along with recording new material written by its members. Sessions took place in Wisconsin at Nielsen’s studio, Grendel’s Lair, and in Massachusetts at Denison’s studio. True to the modern methods of creating music, the band records tracks together as a group or in sections at either studio, while other times performances are recorded individually and shared via the Internet. Having both studios similarly equipped with the AWS 948 driving a Logic DAW brings consistency to the project.

“Tenderfoot is sort of a family affair with my wife Sarah on drums, Bill on guitar, mandolin and steel guitar, Bill’s wife Christine on keyboards and Mark Golden, hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, on guitar, while I provide most of the lead vocals and play guitar,” explains Nielsen. “With the physical distance between us, having both studios with an AWS 948 really simplifies the engineering and mixing chores. We now know that all our tracks will have SSL quality as the benchmark sound, saving on engineering time and thereby streamlining our creative process by taking technology concerns out of the creative loop.”

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