Sound on Sound (NYC) found Vanessa Williams tracking with producer Rob Mathes and engineer Mark Mendelbaum; Lenny Kravitz remixing with producer Just Blaze and engineer Ken Lewis; Brandy recording vocals with producer Geroid Roberson and engineer Daniel Boom; and Korn mixing with producer Lil Jon and engineer Brian Stanley in their A and B rooms…36 Chambers Studios (NYC), part of the Wu-Tang Clan enterprises, is now open to outside projects, according to house engineer Terrance “TP” Pender. They offer Amek 9098 and SSL 9000 J consoles, Studer 24-track, Pro Tools and numerous vintage mics. Recent projects include KRS-One and the Kill Bill soundtracks, among others. Info: www.wutangcorp.com/36chambersstudio…After a brief hiatus, Dubway Studios (NYC) resumes audio production for Live at VH1.com (Original Media, VH1/MTV Networks); the latest installment, featuring PJ Harvey and Story of the Year, was engineered by Jason Marcucci. Marcucci also engineered tracks for Queer Eye’s Jai Rodriguez’s upcoming release with producer Chad Richardson, and composer Evan Lurie teamed with studio owner/engineer Mike Crehore to work on music for the Nick Jr. TV show, The Backyardigans…Legendary Ronnie Spector stopped by LoHo Studios (NYC) to record with producer/engineers Roey Shamir and Angela Piva.
Drummer Craig Krampf locked out Sound Stage Studio’s (Nashville) Backstage room to produce local band Laws Rushing. Seated (L-R): engineer Jesse Benfield, Craig Krampf, producer Jason “Moon” Wilkins and assistant engineer Mike Rhods. Standing: Dwayne Rushing, Shane Crocker, Laws Rushing and Mike Bair
East Iris (Nashville) filled its A room with mix sessions from country singer Chad Austin with producer/engineer Kevin Beamish and former a-ha vocalist Magne F, who teamed with engineer Bobby Shin…Saliva finished mixing their third Island/Def Jam record at 747 Studios (Memphis). Paul Ebersold produced and Skidd Mills mixed…Producer Kevin Wales and engineer Alvin Speights mixed new tracks at ZAC Recording (Atlanta) for Bad Boy recording artist B-5…Bowling for Soup (Jive Records) returned to Ruby Red Productions (Atlanta) to record their sophomore CD, A Hangover You Don’t Deserve, with studio owner/producer Butch Walker and engineer/co-producer Russ T Cobb. Walker also celebrates the release of his Epic debut, Letters, out August 24, and his studio’s upgrade to a modified Neve VR60 with Flying Faders…British band The Music traveled to the recently remodeled Southern Tracks (Atlanta) to record their new album, Welcome to the North, produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien. O’Brien later mixed Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” for the Shrek 2 soundtrack…Camper Van Beethoven was at Sound of Music Studios (Richmond, VA) to record New Roman Times with engineers John Morand, Brian Hoffa and Alan Weatherhead. Morand and partner David Lowery worked with Indecision, RANA and D’Angelo, while SOM producer/engineer Weatherhead aligned with Hotel Lights, which features Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jesse.
Outpost Studios (San Francisco) hosted ADR sessions for director David Marfield’s Deepwater, sound mixing for Zealot Pictures’ 24 Hours on Craigslist and the short Highway to Jane, both engineered by Dave Nelson. Nelson also co-produced and mixed a Lou Reed tribute album with Angel Corpus Christi…Flying Heart Records’ Jan Celt mastered Chris Newman’s new CD, Tarp Town Years, at Nettleingham Audio (Vancouver, WA). Tracking sessions include Carl Wirkkala, The Martindales and Shane Wilson, and regional acts The Lonesomes and Sandi Soyle.
Houston-based pop/rock trio Sky Blue 72 tracked and mixed three songs at SugarHill Studios (Houston) with producer Robbie Parrish and senior staff engineer Steve Christensen. Look for their full-length CD this fall. Pictured from left: Intern Heba Kadry, Christensen, drummer/vocalist Jessica Zweback and Parrish
Texas group Laughing Stock visited Razor’s Edge Sound (Austin, TX) to track their upcoming album for TFC Records with engineer/mixer Kevin Hamilton.
DNA Mastering (Studio City) president/chief engineer Dave Donnelly reports mastering sessions for the Shrek 2 soundtrack (Dreamworks/Geffen), Soul Asylum’s Live album (Sony/Legacy), Hurricane Party and Tesla (Sanctuary), among others…Sunset Sound’s (Hollywood) Studio 1 hosted Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who tracked his long-awaited self-produced SMiLE release with engineer Mark Linett. Jewel recorded new tracks with producer Mike Pela and engineer Todd Burke. Rocker Billy Idol tracked a new album in Studio 2 with producer Keith Forsey and engineer Clif Norrell, and polar-opposite Steven Curtis Chapman tracked his forthcoming release with producer Brown Bannister and engineer Trina Shoemaker. Studio 3 welcomed Lisa Marie Presley, who recorded her new album with producer Eric Ross and engineer Howard Willing. Also in 3: comedian/recording artist Chris Rock tracking new material with producer Prince Paul and engineer Scott Harding.