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Josh Freese At Ultimate Rhythm Studios!

Josh Freese At Ultimate Rhythm Studios!

A new project featuring members of the band Tomorrows Bad Seeds has been tracking drums at URS for their upcoming album. They’re using some pretty awesome drummers and last week was Josh Freese! Besides being a phenomenal drummer he’s one heck of a story teller!

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Video/Photos of Right Hand Rule Tracking “Use Me”

Video/Photos of Right Hand Rule Tracking “Use Me”

Here’s a short video of last weeks percussion and guitar sessions for Right Hand Rule. Leslie Jones (singer/percussionist) is laying down some cool congas and Robert Thrall throws down a solo! A few photos of the the recording setup are included too!

 

 

 

“We had some time to experiment with sounds and decided to use the size of the room to our advantage by capturing the natural ambience of the room. By capturing the instruments this way we are able to set them sonically where we would like them to sit without using lots of processing or digital reverb. It makes for a much more natural sounding recording and also adds a lot of depth. In other words the sounds we capture are pretty much done”, says engineer Charlie Waymire.


The Congas were recorded with 4 different microphones. A spaced pair of MXL Cubes about 3 feet out in front of the congas about 4.5 feet off the ground (pictured). The cubes have a really cool vibe. They are kind of dark and gritty and did a great job of picking up the full tone of the congas.

There is a Cascade Elroy about 6-7 feet in front of the congas about 2 feet off the ground. The Elroy is set to cardioid and is picking up a lot of the low mid and low frequencies. It really helps to fill out the congas. The placement of the mic was determined by crawling around on the floor and listening for the sweet spot!

We also had an MXL V67G up in the corner of the room about 11 feet off the ground to get some real room ambience just in case we needed it.

Leslie Jones Recording Congas

Leslie Jones Recording Congas.

For the guitar solo we had two amps set up. A Fender Deluxe in the ISO booth and a Marshall half stack in the live room. One of the cool things about the studio is the “loop” system that allows us to connect all the rooms in any manner we like. For instance, on this track Rob was in the control room and we ran a line to the ISO both with the Fender and continued that line to the Marshall in the live room. One amp is our tight close sound and the other is purely ambience.

Below is a photo of the Fender Deluxe in the ISO booth. It’s miced with and SM57 on the edge of the cone and an MXL V67i pointing straight across the cone.This gave us a nice focused yet smooth sound.

Rob Thrall's Amp

Rob's Amp miced with an SM57 and MXL V67i

We decided to take advantage of the large live room and capture some natural ambience. We set the Marshall half stack close to the control room wall, cranked it up to excite the room and captured it with a pair of MXL Cubes in a spaced pair about 10-12 feet away from the amp. This gave the guitar solo and awesome sense of space! Below is a photo with the camera sitting on top of the amp head. You can get an idea of how the kit was miced for this session too!

Marshall half stack with room mics

Photo from on top of the Marshall head with 2 MXL Cube's in a spaced pair about 10-12 feet away.

MXL cube as room mic

Shot of one of the MXL Cubes capturing the Marshall.

It’s very cool to have the room “loop” system that allows us to take advantage of the different rooms.

Check the video out!

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Right Hand Rule Tracks Last Song Of New Album

Right Hand Rule Tracks Last Song Of New Album

The boys in Right Hand Rule were back in the studio this week tracking the final song for their upcoming album. With all the rhythm tracks finished all that’s left is lead guitar, some percussion and vocals. It’s been a long road finishing up this album but it’s definitely going to be worth it!

“Working with Leslie Jones and Right Hand Rule is always a pleasure. He has a group of musicians, that when they play together, have a very unique vibe and sound. Very much like the groups from the 60’s & 70’s where the sum was greater than the parts. To me that is what makes a band unique. When you put a group of musicians together and they create a unique sound that only happens when that group is together. It’s special. says engineer Charlie Waymire

Here are a few links to Right Hand Rule on the net:

Right Hand Rule Facebook Page
Right Hand Rule ReverbNation Page
Right Hand Rule on Twitter

Mo Beeks

Mo Beeks - Keyboards


Rob, Pharaoh, Jones

Rob, Pharaoh & Mr. Jones


Scott

Scott

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Abel Vallejo Lays Down Some Heavy Grooves!

Abel Vallejo Lays Down Some Heavy Grooves!

Heavy Music Is About To Get A Kick In The Ass

The new year at the studio started out with a brand new project from drummer Abel Vallejo and guitarist Scott “SVH” Von Heldt. These two have written some really cool tunes with heavy riffs and mean grooves.

Abel is the quintessential rock drummer and gave each song exactly what it needed. Scott has one of the best sounding rigs on the planet! His tone and rhythm definitely set the vibe for the songs. We tracked some solid rhythm tracks!

Check out the video clip below and hear for yourself!

 




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KYNG Back @ URS Tracking Guitars

KYNG Back @ URS Tracking Guitars

Before heading out with Seether and then Megadeth KYNG was back in the studio finishing up some guitars on a new track.

“These guys are awesome. If we’re lucky they’re the future of rock music. Everyone needs to get out and see this band.” says engineer Charlie Waymire.

Check out KYNG on Facebook.

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Mike Avenaim Tracking Drums

Mike Avenaim Tracking Drums

Mike Avenaim was at Ultimate Rhythm Studios last week recording 11 tracks for Jordan Millar’s upcoming album. In 3 days not only were 11 tracks recorded but two entirely different kits were used, two entirely different sets of tom toms were used, 10 snare drums were used, two different mic setups were used as well as recording shakers, tambourine, hand claps and marching snares.

 
 

“Mike had a very specific idea of what he wanted his drums to sound like for each song. From an engineer’s standpoint that’s a lot of fun because we aren’t just trying to capture a drum sound. We’re capturing the sonic landscape that the rest of the album will be built around. Mike did a fantastic job!” says engineer Charlie Waymire.

Check out Jordan Millar and Mike Avenaim on Facebook and enjoy a few photos from the session below.

Mike Avenaim Tracking Day2

Engineer Charlie Waymire and Drummer Mike Avenaim

Mike and Charlie tracking snares

Mike's vintage Rodgers kit all miced up

Another shot of Mike's Rodgers kit.

Mike Avenaim tracking Jordan Millar's album day1

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Rockers KingQueen Tracking Drums At URS

Rockers KingQueen Tracking Drums At URS

Drummer Fry Ferrini Tracking Drums For KingQueen

Rockers KingQueen are in the process of recording a new album and invaded URS to record drums for “I Tried”.

Fry Ferrini is a great drummer and we had a blast tracking. Lead singer Sabrina has an amazing stage presence and an awesome band but don’t take our word for it check them at www.KingQueenMusic.com and at the Official KingQueen Facebook Page.

KingQueen - Dario Comuzzi, Fry Ferrini & Sabrina Petrini

KingQueen - Dario Comuzzi, Fry Ferrini & Sabrina Petrini

Fry Ferrini & Engineer Charlie Waymire

Fry Ferrini & Engineer Charlie Waymire

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Songwriter Graham Harper In The Studio

Songwriter Graham Harper In The Studio

Graham Harper is a young and talented singer/songwriter from Northern California. He has been recording his first single here at Ultimate Rhythm Studio with a fantastic band featuring drummer Nathan Carter, bassist Kurt Blankenship and Keyboardist Ronnie Moreno.

Tracking is almost done and mixing should be finished in the next couple of weeks. We’ll have audio up as soon as possible but in the meantime check out Graham’s Official Facebook Page and enjoy a few photos below.

Graham Harper

Graham Harper

GH Sessions - Nathan Carter & Kurt Blankenship

GH Sessions - Nathan Carter & Kurt Blankenship

GH Sessions - Nate Carter

GH Sessions - Nate Carter

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The Sonic Chameleon Sessions

The Sonic Chameleon Sessions

Eclectic Is The Name Of The Game With The Sonic Chameleon

True diversity is hard to find in todays music business let alone in a single artist. That’s why it’s always a pleasure when The Sonic Chameleon is in the studio because you truly never know what you’ll get. From the Jazz vocal stylings of the amazing Katie Campbell, the fusion drumscapes of Nathan Carter to the metal madness of Ray Rojo!

“Skinwalker”, a great 90’s esque rock song, is being mixed by Charlie at Ultimate Rhythm Studio. We’ll have some sound samples up as soon as mastering is done.

For more information visit The Sonic Chameleon’s Facebook Page.

These sessions have been an absolute blast! Here’s a few photos from the various sessions.

Nathan Carter Tracking "Skinwalker"

Nathan Carter Tracking "Skinwalker"

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell

Engineer Charlie Waymire & Vocalist Katie Campbell

Engineer Charlie Waymire & Vocalist Katie Campbell

Mrinal, Sandesh & Katie Campbell

Mrinal, Sandesh & Katie Campbell

Engineer Charlie Waymire & Sandesh

Engineer Charlie Waymire & Sandesh

Drummer Ray Rojo

Drummer Ray Rojo

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