Lloyd Maines visited Studio 880 (Oakland) to produce tracks for S.F. band The Waybacks with engineer Bruce Kaphan. Blackalicious buried themselves in Studio C to compile their upcoming release; George Clinton dropped in to lay down a vocal. MTV2 interviewed and shot (with video camera) 880 residents Zion I for the “Dew Circuit Breakout”…Congrats to SF Soundworks (San Francisco) for scoring its first Billboard Number 2 with Rod Stewart's “Do Ya Think I'm Sexy” remix, co-produced by Count and studio owner/engineer Tony Espinoza. Other recent visitors include Ice Cube with Lil Jon, Why?, Oranger, Rogue Wave and I Am Spoonbender…Nettleingham Audio (Vancouver, WA) engineer Kevin Nettleingham mastered an Oingo Boingo tribute with Clear Static, The Stereo, The Matches and Zebrahead, the Rocky Raccoons, Reel Big Fish and more. Bands Reid Mansell Overdrive and Whore also stopped in to master new albums.
Dubway Studios (NYC) now includes a lounge, office and two studios, “dubbed” the Blue Room and the Green Room. Both are designed for overdubs, sound design and video editing, and offer Genelec monitors, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Dangerous 2 Bus and more. Celebrating the renovations are (L to R) studio co-owner Mike Crehore, manager Steven Alvarado and co-owner Al Houghton.
Indre Studios (Philadelphia) hosted live radio broadcasts for Jet, Switchfoot, Muse, Taking Back Sunday, Three Days Grace, Ludacris, Nas, Howie Day and The Calling, all recorded by Michael Comstock…Electronic band Mynuskris recorded and mixed tracks for their new Powerhouse Records CD at HarariVille (Weehawken, N.J.) with Jeff Phurrough at the Neve VR-60. Vocal group ZAZ mixed songs for their new disc of pop classics and jazz standards with Rob Harari, who later tracked songs for alt-rock band Eva…Studio 8121 East (Washington, D.C.), owned by Three Keys Music, is now a public facility. Recent clients include Mr. Cheeks, Alyson Williams, the And 1 All-Stars, producers Sol Messiah and 88 Fingaz…Producer/engineer Kevin Shirley dropped by Avatar's (NYC) Studio A to record with Supagroup, as did producer Jerry Harrison, who teamed with engineer Eric “ET” Thorngren for O.A.R.'s latest; jazz great John Scofield was in with producer Steve Jordan and engineer Joe Ferla. Engineer Rich Costey mixed My Chemical Romance tracks in Studio B, and producer/engineer Ben Schigel mixed Windup Records' Breaking Point in Avatar's new Studio G…Pilot Recording (NYC) received a visit from Liverpool band The Mags, produced by Danny Kortchmar and Will Schillinger. Producers John Leventhal and Rick Depofi and mix engineer Roger Moutenot mixed the debut for Maverick/Warner Bros. act The Wreckers, featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp…The Walker Recordings Jazz studio (NYC), owned by producer/engineer/musician George Walker Petit, has seen a steady stream of business as of late, with acts such as Chris Bergson, Allison Miller, Dave Allen and Matt Shulman all completing new albums in recent months…Sound on Sound (NYC) remains busy as ever, with Shyne (Def Jam) recording vocals with Bobby Springsteen and Bojan Dugic; and Tom Spahn and Rene Antelmann tracked a “Hooked on Phonics” segment. Also spotted: The Game (Interscope) mixing with Buckwild and Carlysle Young; Kenji (EMI/Toshiba) mixing with engineer Steven Stanley; and Klark Kent and Isaiah Abolin were editing and recording vocals for the RocLaFamilia Mix Tape (Roc-A-Fella)…The Cutting Room (NYC) says to keep an eye on Fight of Your Life, a promising indie rock band who mixed their demo there with engineer Paul Logus. Chris Griffin produced songs for new artist Katie Neil with Joe Nardone at the board, and DJ Kay Slay returned to work on projects with The Game, Cassidy, Papoose, Money Mark and Cannibus.
Singer/songwriter Sarah Notley mastered her latest CD, Broken Down Angel, with Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering (Minneapolis). Other recent projects include final master preparation for Yohany's new release and Victoria Acosta's new single, “The World's Gone Crazy.”
Maximedia Studios (Dallas) hosted tracking sessions for MercyMe with producer Brown Banister, Vanilla Ice with engineer Hal Fitzgerald and Nicole Nordeman with producer Jay Joyce…Mastering engineer Bob Boyd installed a TC Electronic Mastering 6000 in his room at Ambient Digital (Houston), which he promptly used with Our Lady Peace frontman, Raine Maida, who produced the band Sleepway.
JamSync (Nashville) has completed audio enhancement and authoring of Row-Loff Productions' Shazam! instructional DVD of percussion solos. Co-owners K.K. Proffitt and Joel Silverman took care of engineering and DVD authoring duties, respectively…Cheap Trick finished tracking and mixing a new project with engineer Jim “Pinky” Beeman at Big3 Studios (St. Petersburg, FL).
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