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Track Sheet, April 2008


NPALL Audio (Nashville) completed the editing, sweetening and 5.1 surround mix for Class C, a documentary about girls’ high school basketball in Montana…Independent label Archer Records (Memphis) opened its own studio, Music & Arts. The facility centers around an API 48-channel analog console and PMC surround monitoring.


Recent sessions at Avatar (NYC) include Mark Ronson producing Daniel Merriweather & The Dap-Kings, working with engineer Tim Conklin and assistant Rick Kwan; and vibes player Dan McCarthy recording a self-produced upcoming release in Studio C with engineer Anthony Ruotolo and assistant Justin Gerrish…At Range Recording Studios (Ardmore, PA), the band Refurb worked with co-producer/engineers Michael McCarthy and Brian Ritrovato.


Eric Benet was in The Laboratory Recording (Milwaukee, WI), mixing with producer/engineer Kevin Sucher and assistant Michael Bliesner…Chris Bell recorded and mixed the debut album for Cas Hailey. Tracking was done on the Neve 8058 at Panhandle House (Denton, TX); mixing was on the SSL 9080J at Luminous Sound (Dallas)…Ladyfingers tracked and mixed their debut EP with engineer/producer Brad McGrath at Brick City Sound(Chicago).


At Bear Creek Studio (Seattle), Johnny Flynn recorded and mixed a new album with producer/engineer Ryan Hadlock and assistant Matt Doctor. Also in was Sub Pop’s Fleet Foxes tracking an EP with producer/engineer Phil Ek and assistant Doctor…Rudy’s Studio (Denver; profiled in last month’s “Project Studio” column) hosted album sessions with Sublingual. The project is being recorded and mixed by Mark Obermeyer, Justin G. Preston and the bandmembers.


Kyle Harris has been working on tracks for Michael McGarrah and Linda Bilque in his PlayR Recording Studios(Phoenix), using a newly acquired pair of Crowley and Tripp Naked Eye ribbon mics.


Post facility SonicPool is expanding and upgrading its Hollywood headquarters. The studio has already added three new editorial suites, including Avid DS and Symphony systems…Southern California Public Radio, the West Coast arm of MPR (Minnesota Public Radio), has opened new on-air studios at L.A. flagship station KPCC-FM. The new facilities feature Axia mixing consoles and routers.

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Mixing/mastering engineer John Greenham (above) has moved his production operations to Studio C at The Annex Recording Studios (Menlo Park, Calif.). Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area from the UK in 1983, Greenham has worked on recordings by local and national acts, including Kelly Rowland, John Vanderslice, Two Gallants, Queensryche and Bettye Lavette. Since joining The Annex in January, he has tracked two bands, Carne Cruda and Maldita Vecinidad.


At Unity Gain Studios (Fort Myers, Fla.), Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams of AC/DC, along with Steve Luongo and Mark Hitt of the John Entwistle Band, have been tracking new songs for a spring iTunes release. Studio owner Anthony Iannucci says, “Brian Johnson is singing in the control room through a Shure SM7B patched into a Manley SLAM!, as Cliff Williams plays his signature Music Man Bass through an Avalon DI and an Ampeg SVT classic 810E Pro cabinet.”