New Album Recorded to Ampex 2-inch 16-Track Tape
Pictured in United Recording’s Studio B are (L-R) drummer Eric Jackowitz, bass player Brian Lang, Rachel Goodrich, and engineer/co-producer Matt Linesch. Photo by David Goggin.
Much-admired singer/songwriter Rachel Goodrich is tracking her new album with co-producer and engineer Matt “Linny” Linesch at United Recording Studios in Hollywood. Linesch has been operating for two years out of his personal studio at the United facilities. For the new Goodrich project, he is tracking analog to an Ampex 16-track tape machine in United’s adjacent Studio B.
“We could have done 24,” explains Linesch, “I used 16 tracks instead, because it creates more body to the instruments. It can be restrictive as I only have 16 tracks to work with. You have to make decisions on the spot.”
“It’s full of great sounds and sonic surprises,” adds Goodrich. “Listening back to what we recorded in Studio B is heartwarming.”
Rachel Goodrich is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from Miami, Florida, whose music has been described as an “eclectic blend of indie pop and canyon folk.” The New York Times coined Goodrich, “Queen of the Miami indie rock scene” following the release of her first album, “Tinker Toys.”
“We are recording drums, bass and guitar. With those three elements we already have a very full sound,” commented Linesch. “On drums, I used a combination of ribbon mics and small diaphragm condenser mics for overheads, which brought out a nice body and darkness to the sounds.”
“For bass, it’s a combination of DI and amp. I used some compression and gave it a little bit of EQ as well. When you record to tape, the way the signal hits the tape is really what makes using tape special.”
Matt Linesch gained widespread recognition for mixing the self-titled Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes album in United’s Studio B. “It’s a room I know well. The recording process is very fluid. We track in Studio B, utilizing the beautiful sounding live rooms as well as incredible vintage equipment, then walk across the hall to my studio, where we can go through our tracks, do overdubs, and mix the songs.”
The Bill Putnam-designed Studio B features a meticulously maintained Neve 8068/8088 console, vintage outboard equipment and custom built main monitors.
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, 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.
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