Seated: studio co-owner Brian Coombes (L), assistant engineer Joe Pierog. Standing, L-R: guitarist Tony Rombola, singer Whitfield Crane, studio co-owner/engineer David Pierog, drummer Shannon Larkin, bassist Robbie Merrill, guitarist Lee Richards.
ROCKING HORSE STUDIO OPENS
Another Animal Tracks in New Space
Rocking Horse Studio (Pittsfield, N.H.), a brand-new facility designed by Michael Blackmer, hosted sessions with Universal Republic Records artists Another Animal. The tracks were produced by the band and engineered by studio co-owners Brian Coombes and David Pierog.
Rocking Horse features Brazilian koa hardwood floors, birch panel and masonry walls, and 22-foot cathedral ceilings. Equipment includes a Trident Series 80B console; ADAM, Genelec and Yamaha monitors; and an extensive selection of outboard gear, and vintage and new mics.
Producer Tony Visconti worked on a release by Anti-Flag and Alejandro Escovedo at St. Claire Studios (Lexington, KY). Mario McNulty engineered both projects…At OMG Studios (Greenville, SC), the Williams Riley Band tracked with producer Noel Golden and engineer Marcus Suarez.
At Barking Doctor Studio (Mt. Kisco, NY), Mick Guzauski mixed Michael McDonald's Soul Speak and Griffith Frank's debut release for Geffen Records…Producer Steve Cropper and engineer Steve Greenwell mixed Guy Sebastian's The Memphis Album at stevestudio (NYC)…At Concrete Jungle Studios (Toronto, ON), engineer Vic Florencia mixed a duet of Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard…Also in Toronto, Ludacris worked with producer/multi-instrumentalist Rich Nice at Cherry Beach (Toronto, ON), producing and recording tracks for the album Theater of the Mind…At Avatar (NYC), R.E.M. self-produced live recordings in Studio G. Brett Eliason engineered and Justin Gerrish assisted. Also in G, Weezer worked with producer Rick Rubin, engineer Rich Costey and assistant Gerrish…George Walker Petit engineered and mixed tracks for Paul Carlon's second CD in Legacy Studio A with assistance from engineer Kevin Porter.
Star Off Machine spent three months tracking in Studio A at Catamount Recording (Cedar Falls, IA), tracking and mixing their debut album with producer/engineer Tom Tatman and assistant engineer Travis Huisman…Superfly TNT tracked and mixed an upcoming albuum with engineer/producer Brad McGrath at Brick City Sound (Chicago).
At Studio D Recording (Sausalito, CA), the Magic Christian finished their new album, Evolver, with production by studio owner Joel Jaffe and Cyril Jordan…At Laughing Tiger Studios (San Rafael, CA), Latoya London tracked vocals for an upcoming Prince Damons release, with Damons producing and Rick Vargas engineering. Nicci Nix recorded background vocals with producer/engineer Ari Rios.
At The Village (West L.A.), Hal Willner produced tracks for a follow-up to his 2006 Rogue's Gallery collection of “Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.” Ghian Wright engineered the sessions, which included vocals by Johnny Depp…In addition to the Elvis Costello sessions mentioned in this month's “L.A. Grapevine” (produced by Costello with Jason Lader, engineered by Lader), Sound City Studios (Van Nuys) hosted Nine Inch Nails with producer/engineer Alan Moulder and assistant engineer Josh Smith; and Jenny Lewis recorded and mixed a solo project with Lader engineering and Smith assisting…Mick Guzauski remixed Return to Forever at Mad Hatter Studios (L.A.)…Engineer Ryan Hewitt mixed Buddy Guy recordings at Alchemy Sound (Venice). Hewitt also visited Sage and Sound (Hollywood) to record The Automatic, and recorded The Eulogies at The Pass (Hollywood). Also at The Pass, engineer Brandon Mason recorded and mixed The Zutons…Jason Schweitzer mixed an alternate version of “Love in This Club” for Usher, featuring Young Jeezy, at The Record Plant (Hollywood).
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