Monday, September 26, 2011

Last week in the studio..

Worcester's Golden Girls has officially finished their forthcoming full length. The 4 piece plays some fairly straight-forward rock with elements of heavy blues, punk rock, and hardcore. We grouped together at Black Coffee Sound over the past 6 months to cut the tracks, while mixing them at my studio in Eastworks. Last week we mixed the final 5 tunes!

A few months back Zak Trojano contacted me to record his first solo effort. He is a member of Rusty Belle and drummer for Jeffrey Foucault, Chris Smither, and many more. Having worked Zak once before with Rusty Belle, I knew we'd be making a quality record-and that we did!

For this one, I dusted off the old 16 track and prepped for three fine days of tracking on tape. Zak assembled a fine crew consisting of Kris Delmhorst, Nathan Hobbes, and David "Goody" Goodrich. We cut the record in 3 days, transferred the reels to Pro Tools and brought it over to J Mascis's Bisquiteen studio for one day of mixing. We pulled it off and sent it out to Alex McCullough at Yes Master for the finishing touch. I just got word that the mastering is approved and that it will be pressed very soon! This record came out wonderfully and I highly recommend it. Pre-order your copy here.

Here's a shot of the studio just before the band arrived and we started tracking:

This week also consisted of some fairly heavy tech-work at Bisquiteen. J decided he wanted to get the Apple Trackpad, which required an OS upgrade. One thing led to another and J decided he wanted to go ahead and upgrade to Pro Tools 9. So while I was there loading in new software and making all of the upgrades, I decided to modify our current patchbay system. Currently the patchbay is labeled according to the make/model of each piece of equipment wired to the patchbay. We've decided that this cluttered and confusing system must go and have decided to use a number/letter grid system.

In other news, the new recording studio is shaping up very nicely! All of the framing and first layer of drywall is complete in the recording studio. The drum room and two main iso rooms are up and look fantastic. The insulation is being added and the next steps are a second layer of quietrock, greenglue, and a third layer. We're aiming for a late October opening, of sorts. The practice spaces will begin very soon and should be ready around the same time.

Here is a look at the drum room and two main iso rooms:

Here is the length of the live room with the drum room and iso rooms in view:

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