Senior United Engineer Wesley Seidman Takes Producer’s Helm
Seen in United Recording’s legendary Studio B are (L-R) recording artist Drew DeRieux and producer/engineer Wesley Seidman with the Sanken dual capsule prototype CU-51. Photo by David Goggin.
Enterprising rocker Drew DeRieux has wrapped up his debut project at United Recording (formerly Ocean Way), with senior staff engineer Wesley Seidman also producing.
“I’m unbelievably fortunate to have my first major release recorded in this amazing studio,” remarked DeRieux. “I do believe that the sound, the pure sonic quality we achieved is unmatched and it’s largely due to these magic rooms at United Recording — and Wesley’s history of recording here with so many greats.”
The project features rock icons Joe Sirois of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on drums and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction on bass. “I was ecstatic when I learned that these guys could join me at United,” says Drew. “Their performances truly elevated this production to a new level I could have only dreamed of before.”
Central to the sound of DeRieux’s new recordings is the use of the Sanken prototype dual capsule CU-51 for his vocals. “Very clean,” he commented. “It captured a quality in my tone that no other mic has been able to. It was super fun to try out this prototype mic — the response I’d get in the headphones was exactly what we were imagining for laying down the layers of multitracked vocals.”
Seidman is known for using such esoteric mics as the Sanken CO-100K, which captures frequencies up to 100 kHz, far beyond human perception, but which resonate in the audible hearing range. The mic, which Seidman has utilized for Brian Wilson sessions at United, has been embraced by such pros as Bruce Botnick for orchestral work and was used recently by Michael Bishop for the 2015 Grammy-winning Best Engineered Album, Classical.
The first of DeRieux’s EPs from the United sessions, titled “Amongst You,” is due out in March, with plans for several tours on both coasts.
About United Recording
United Recording was founded in 1957 by the legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The studios were acquired and renamed Ocean Way Recording in 1977, and after acquisition in 2013 by Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., were re-launched under the original name in 2014. United Recording, one of the world’s most recognized music recording studios, with more awards than any other recording enterprise, is responsible for record sales of more than one billion units.
Learn more at: http://www.unitedrecordingstudios.com/