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Recording the Band – Paracosmic

Recording the Band – Paracosmic

Paracosmic, Recording the band…live!

One of my favorite parts of the music making process is when a band wants to record all together at the same time. Live off the floor. Not only is the energy from the band great but it’s also a challenge from the recording aspect.

Especially when their are 6 band member including drums, bass, 2 guitar players, saxaphone, harmonica, keys, sitar, tabla…and a second bass? Yep!

That is Paracosmic. They are funk, they are rock, they are blues, they are psychedelic and they are heavy on improv. That last part is why recording live is so important for a band like Paracosmic. They feed off each other every second of every song and it’s a lot of fun.

So how did we go about recording this band live here at Ultimate Studios, Inc? Very carefully!

Tracking sheet for Paracosmic live band recording at Ultimate Studios, Inc Los Angeles

We had Brandon Cooke (drums) setup in the live room with 16 mics. To open up some space in the room we decided to record the drums in the corner. Not only do the drums sound great there but it opens up room for the other musicians in the room.

Joining Brandon in the live room was Ashton Slater (guitar), Travis Soto (guitar/bass2) and Leo ‘Toad’ Meginley (bass).

For Toad we had a DI as well as a Mark Bass rig setup in the back room. That allowed Toad to have his tone in his ears as well as options for mixing. Both guitar amps were setup in the ISO booth separated by to 4” thick panels. The ISO is very dead and works well with multiple amps.

So far it’s pretty straight forward but it’s about to get interesting!

 

 

In the Control Room

recording sitar with paracosmic at Ultimate Studios, Inc Van Nuys

With need for isolation for the keys, sax and flute Evan Hatfield (sax/keys/sitar) and Adrian Johnson (harmonica/flute) joined me in the control where we tracked them live with the rest of the band. To help get a little extra isolation between the sax and flute we setup a clear sonic shield between them. It worked really well too!

On one of the songs we tracked live sitar and table in the control room too. It was crowded for sure but it allowed the band to play together like they were used to. It sounded great!

Check the band out at Paracosmicfunk.com – and on the Paracosmic Facebook page.

Learn more about recording at Ultimate Studios, Inc.

 

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In Session w/Adam Moseley (w/video)

In Session w/Adam Moseley (w/video)

Producer Adam Moseley was in the studio working with the band Beck Black. Adam is an amazing producer with a long history of working with some of the biggest artists in the music business dating back to the hay day at Trident Studios in London.

During this session we chronicled Adam while he talks about his recording philosophies and why he likes the new Trident 88 console. He brought a fantastic band, Beck Black, and recorded them live.

The band consists of Beck Black (vocals/keys), Adam Alt (drums), and Mo (guitars).

There was a LOT of video recorded for this session that will be released in the near future by Trident Audio Developments that will feature reviews with Adam as well has recording techniques and a performance by the band. We’ll keep you posted about the release of the video.

In the meantime enjoy some photos and a quick behind the scenes video from Charlie.

www.AdamMoseley.net
www.BeckBlack.com
www.TridentAudioDevelopments.com

 

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Alchemy Heroes Tracking Debut EP! (w/video)

Alchemy Heroes Tracking Debut EP! (w/video)

Tracking for Alchemy Heroe’s debut EP is official done! Staying true to engineer Charlie Waymire’s preference, the band tracked everything live except vocals. 4 guys in a room playing rock ‘n’ roll! The way it was meant to be! AH is a great group of guys that have written some really good rock tunes.

The band features Lucas Holter (vocals), Kurtis Berger (drums), Ben Jindra (bass), Steve Stout (guitar/vocals), and Timmy D (vocals). The majority of the ep was tracked in a weekend at Ultimate Studios, Inc and finished this week with Ben Jindra laying down cello and violin (see video below). Mixing should be complete in the coming weeks. In the mean time enjoy a little video and a bunch of photos!

 

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Statues of Cats Tracking Debut EP!

Statues of Cats Tracking Debut EP!

Los Angeles based rock band Statues of Cats have been burning the midnight oil working on their debut EP, “Memorabilia”, to be released on 80/20 Records September 26th.

The band consists of David Hauge (vocals/guitar/trumpet & other noises), Jonney Machtig (guitars & crazy sounds), Anthony Salazar (drums & percussion), and Dan Rojas (bass) and their sound is a modern-vintage rock explosion of fiery jams, funky-jazzy skank, and 8-bit, punk-rock sandpaper grittiness. If you think that description sounds over the top then you haven’t heard this band yet.

It has been a real pleasure working with these guys. They are young and have lots of energy but they also have an amazing amount of musical maturity. Well beyond their years. We were also able to get everyone in the room at the same time playing and capture them as a band with all the energy their live shows have. I think you’ll hear that when the EP comes out.

The band needs your help to finish the EP! Give the band some support. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

Coins for Cats: Funding Statues of Cats debut EP “Memorabilia”.

 

Visit their website, www.statuesofcats.com, and www.facebook.com/StatuesofCats for more info about the band.

Just to tease you a little bit Statues of Cats was featured on FullOnDrums.com. Check out the video below and see for yourself what these cats are all about! We’ll post more info on the tracking process soon.

 

 

Here are a few photos from the session:

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