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“Bad Seed” – New Album Release!

“Bad Seed” – New Album Release!

The new album “Bad Seed” finally here!

Rob Leines’ new album “Bad Seed” is officially available! Over the past few months a lot of blood, sweat, and tears has gone into making this album and we couldn’t be happier. Some of you may have heard the first single “Train Beat” and seen the video for “Heavy Load” (see below), well now you can get the entire album!

There was a great cast of characters involved in making this album:

Rob Leines – Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica
Dan Page – Bass
Felipe Guzman Martinez – Drums
Nick Adams – Drums (Gasoline & Bourbon Blues)
Adam Hall – Dobro/Banjo
Aubrey Richmond – Fiddle
Paul Vallis – Harmonica
Peter Keys – Keys
Alex Calise – Background Vocals
Tita Hutchison – Background Vocals

Produced by Rob Leines & Charlie Waymire
Recorded & Mixed by Charlie Waymire
Mastered by Ernesto Homeyer

Get the album straight from Rob at www.RobLeines.com.
or get it on iTunes Here.
You can also stream it on your favorite streaming services.

Watch the video for “Heavy Load”

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Rob Leines Releases New Single “Train Beat”/Album Pre-Order

Rob Leines Releases New Single “Train Beat”/Album Pre-Order

Outlaw Country artist Rob Leines has been hard at work working on his new album “Bad Seed” with producer/engineer Charlie Waymire. Rob’s brand of country has some serious attitude and combines old school story telling, killer guitar playing and great country grooves!

“It’s exciting to finally have the chance to release the first song from Rob’s new album. Rob is a phenomenal talent and I had a wonderful time working on this album with him. Give the single a listen, get your very own copy, and get ready for the full album…it’s going to be exciting!” Charlie Waymire

You can get the first single, “Train Beat”, and save $5 on the full album by pre-ordering today!

Get the single and pre-order the album by clicking here!

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New Single from Rikki – “Young Love”

New Single from Rikki – “Young Love”

I once again had the pleasure of working with singer Rikki mixing her new single. Rikki has a wonderful voice and this song has a cool retro type vibe. The arrangement is simple and fun. Perfect for Rikki’s playful melodies.

Give it a listen below and support upcoming artists by purchasing at iTunes or streaming as many times as you can! 🙂

Charlie

Get “Young Love” at Apple, Amazon, or Google.

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Roswell Pro Audio “Little Wing” & Drum Videos

Roswell Pro Audio “Little Wing” & Drum Videos

What is better than recording great musicians with great microphones? Nothing!

Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company based in northern California. They make a couple really nice microphones; The Delphos and the Mini K47.

Matthew at Roswell contacted me about producing a few videos to showcases what these two mics on drums and with a full band. This was my first full experience with these mics and let me just say that they sound fantastic! Drums, bass, guitar, vocals, you name it, they were great.

The first video we put each mic to the test on drums and tracked a few really cool minimal mic setups. Check it out below and here for yourself.

 

As much fun as it was to produce the drum video Matthew wanted to get a video with a full band. In other words he wanted to make some music! For this I enlisted the help of some of my favorite musicians. Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) on drums, Ric Fierabracci (Blood Sweat and Tears, Chick Corea) on bass, Jeffery Marshall (Alan Parsons Project) on guitar, Alexx Calise (Batfarm) and Jude Crossen on vocals.

This was really fun recording session and video shoot. How could it be anything else when you have the most amazing musicians on the planet! This video also showcases the versatility of the Roswell Pro Audio microphones. Don’t take my word for though. Check out the video below.

 

Learn more about Roswell Pro Audio at www.RoswellProAudio.com.

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Last Great Nation releases “The Black Pilgrimage”

Last Great Nation releases “The Black Pilgrimage”

It’s time to get HEAVY!

I had the chance to reunite with my Speak No Evil cohort Greg Weiss and House of Zombie 8 string slinger brother Dan Yob to work Last Great Nation’s new release EP “The Black Pilgrimage”. This EP is NOT for the faint of heart. LGN weaves its way through heavy riffs and odd-time signatures while still making it possible to bang your head. It’s incredible really.

We tracked the drums and guitars here at Ultimate Studios, Inc and I had the wonderful privilege of mixing the EP as well. Mastering duties went to my USI partner Ernesto Homeyer.

Greg and Dan are top notch musicians and have written a seriously awesome EP. I was honored to get to work with them and I really hope you all enjoy these songs.

Check Last Great Nation out at: www.lastgreatnation.com

Buy the EP on iTunes

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The Music Chamber Toys For Tots Benefit 2016

The Music Chamber Toys For Tots Benefit 2016

Ultimate Studios, Inc hosted the annual Music Chamber Toys For Tots benefit concert on December 8. We had a packed house and a great broadcast!

This year’s artists were Cage 9, Robbery Inc., and Little Empire. 3 amazing sets of music with a wonderful, and very lively audience!

There is still a little time left to donate and help bring a little joy to some children in need. Go to the Toys for Tots website to make a donation!

We’re rolling out the first videos from the concert starting with a great performance by Cage 9. Enjoy!

 

 

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Great Gear Under $400 PT1: Mics & Drums

Great Gear Under $400 PT1: Mics & Drums

 

 

The size of the price tag is not necessarily the way to judge how good a piece of gear will sound. Or if it will do what you actually need it to do.

I pick gear with only 1 thing in mind…..

‘Will this piece of gear do the job I need it to do’.

That’s it.

I have inexpensive gear right next to my expensive gear, and it all works. In PT1 of “Great Gear Under $400” I want to show you a few pieces of gear, that I use all the time, that are under $400. I’m starting with microphones and the drum set.

This is an excerpt from one of the live broadcasts that got a LOT of attention. I know a lot of you are on a budget. That’s why I did this broadcast, to give you some inexpensive options to add to your studio gear.

Enjoy the video and drop me a line to let me know what gear you dig that is under $400!

Happy recording,
Charlie

 

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Make Your Kick Drum Thump!

Make Your Kick Drum Thump!

 

 

It’s time to talk about your bottom….bottom end that is!

The kick and snare sound you record can really define your overall drum sound and getting it right is super important. Not just recording the kick but actually getting a sound that works for the song.

To do that we need to have a good understanding of how a microphone reacts inside the drum. I’m talking about mic placement.

Does your sound need to have more click? Does it need more low end? Does it need to be tight and focused? These are questions you need to answer BEFORE you attempt to capture your perfect kick sound.

By the way when I’m talking about “click” and “low end” I’m not talking about using eq. I’m referring to mic placement and getting that as right as possible and then utilizing eq. If you take the time to get the mic placement to capture the most sound possible then using eq with make that even better.

If you rely on eq to make up for bad mic placement you will often end up with a less than optimal kick drum sound.

Bottom line is it’s best to take some time to experiment with the mics that you own to learn how they capture the kick. I promise you the more you know about your mics the better support your kick drum will be for your music.

Anyway enough of me blabbing! Let’s get to the video.

Happy recording,
Charlie

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Recording Overheads PT3: X/Y

Recording Overheads PT3: X/Y

Up to this point we’ve talked a lot about recording with a mono overhead. In PT3 I want to step into the early 1930’s with a stereo pair of overheads! (here’s a cool link about Alan Blumlein. The man that invented stereo)

I’m starting out with a very popular coincident micing technique called X/Y.

X/Y consists of two, preferably matching, cardioid microphones at a 90° angle with the elements as close together as possible. This doesn’t produce a very wide stereo image but it is accurate, phase coherent, and collapses to mono well. It’s also easy to setup. In most cases you can mount the two microphones on a single stand using stereo bar.

I have a kick and snare mic on the kit as well so you can here how this setup works in context with other microphones.

Happy recording,
Charlie

If you missed parts 1 or 2 you can see them here:

Recording Overheads PT1: Mono
Recording Overheads PT2: Different Mic Types

 

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Recording Overheads PT2: Different Mic Types

Recording Overheads PT2: Different Mic Types

In PT1 of Recording Overheads I talked about using a single, mono, mic to record a great overhead sound. In PT2 I want to demonstrate how you can use different mic types to capture just the sound your music needs.

I picked 3 mics; a large diaphragm condenser (AT4047), small diaphragm condenser (AKG451b), and a ribbon mic (AT4080). Each of these mics have unique characteristics and can be used to manipulate your drum sound to fit your music. Although there are many different mics to be purchased to record drums I highly recommend having a couple options for overhead choices.

Changing the overhead mics can have the single biggest impact on your drum sound.

Sure kick mics will make a difference, snare mics to a lesser degree, and even room mics can have a big effect. None of them come close to capturing as much pure, overall, tone as the overheads. Kick and snare are spot mics and the rooms are effected by, well, the room.

I’m not trying to say the other mics on the kit aren’t important because they are. All I’m saying is that you can completely alter your entire drum sound with different overhead mics and it’s worth having a couple options.

The point of this video is to give you an idea of what 3 common mics types sound like on overheads.

What mics are you using for overheads?

Happy recording,
Charlie

 

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