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In Session: Good Vibes with Dankrupt

In Session: Good Vibes with Dankrupt

The good vibes and killer grooves of Dankrupt once again invaded the studio. Joined by drummer RJ Shankle and Producer Sean Gould, the band recorded drums for their upcoming EP.

Even though we were only tracking drums the whole band played together in the live room. This is such a wonderful way to make music. Giving RJ maximum vibe for his performance!

Dankrupt is a GREAT band! They is pure joy every time they play. Here is a short video from that day in the studio.

For more info on Dankrupt visit them on Facebook.

 

 

 

Tracking Input List – Dankrupt 6-25-16

Dankrupt Tracking Input List 6-25-16

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A Day In The Studio Life…

A Day In The Studio Life…

Somedays in the studio are pretty straight forward. Maybe it’s a drum session (which are never really straight forward!), maybe it’s a vocal session, or a guitar session, or even a full band tracking live all day. While every session is fun (even if it’s a lot of work) somedays are more unique than others.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working with Country artist Kalynne Michelle and producer Max Pfisterer on Kalynne’s debut EP. The sessions have been well organized by Max and for the most part everything has gone smoothly.

The drum, vocal, and guitar sessions were all pretty straight forward in that we were only focussing on one at a time. Then, we had one of those sessions where we were jam packed the entire day recording pedal steel, banjo, keys, organ, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals! It was crazy but very fun!

Here’s how that day went!

Enjoy
Charlie


 

7:30: Wake Up!

My trusty dog Oscar wakes me up every morning to take him out and this day was no different. We did a full day of guitars the days before and I got home a little late so needless to say I was a bit tired.

9:30: Coffee Time!

Now my day can officially start! Lizzy and I hit one of our favorite coffee shops in Santa Monica, 18th St. Coffee. Quad Americano. That’s how I roll. (I had several pots of coffee later at the studio too…)

10:00: Drive To Studio

Not too eventful. Most of my drives to the studio are in silence or spent listening to sports radio for news on my Chiefs. Usually they are in silence though. Something about driving in silence that just prepares me for the day.

10:30: Fire Up the Console

I like having a few minutes to myself before sessions to get everything ready to go. Fire up the console, get the ac kicking, and just to have a few minutes in the studio alone. It’s like meditation for me. All I need is a few minutes and I’m ready for anything!

Federico Angel playing pedal steel at ultimate studios inc for kalynne michelle

11:00: Pedal Steel w/Federico

We started our day with Federico, who is also my assistant, playing pedal steel on a few parts. He’s a talented dude and the song needed it. We still had our guitar rig setup from the day before so we used it for the pedal steel. It sounded great!

12:15: Fiddle w/Jesse Olema

We were in for a treat here. Jesse Olema came in and just wowed us all. It was my first time working with him and he was fantastic. Something amazing about fiddle.

2:00: Banjo w/Gus

Next up was banjo with Augustus Mccloskey. Gus was pulling double duty on this session starting with banjo. He played some really nice parts that worked well with the guitars we did the day before.

3:30 Keys w/Paul

Our day contented with Paul Myint latin’ down keys. Keys really fill things out and Paul played great. I think at this point I was on my second pot of coffee.

5:30: Lunch

In-N-Out. Not sure why Federico and I didn’t go to Chipotle.

6:30: Organ w/Paul

Got to fire up the Hammond M3 and lay down some real organ parts with Paul. Nothing beats a real organ. It’s so freakin’ cool!

Kalynne Michelle recording vocals at Ultimate Studios, Inc

7:30: Mandolin w/Gus

Gus was back up with mandolin this time. The mandolin adds such a neat color. It’s kind of dreamy actually. Gus totally nailed it too.

8:30: Vocals w/Kalynne

Ahh yes. Final to the reason this EP is being recorded. Vocals. Kalynne has a wonderful voice and after recording guitars the day before and spending most of this day recording all the extra elements it was nice to hear the vocals go down. It was nice having the vocals be the last thing we recorded for the day. For the two days actually. It was just a really nice way to end a couple great days of tracking.

10:15: That’s A Wrap!

Done for the day. Federico and I didn’t even bother tearing everything down. We cleaned up a bit and called it a night. I love being in the studio. I love hearing songs go from skeletons to finished pieces. On this day we had people in and out of the studio all day long. And at the end of the day that’s what makes music so damn special…the people. The people that put their heart and soul into making music.

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Live Tracking Brings Music To Life

Live Tracking Brings Music To Life

There is no better way to breathe life into your music than using real, live musicians. That happens to be our specialty here at Ultimate Studios, Inc! Producer/Engineer Charlie Waymire has built up a long list of the best players in LA with the sole intent of helping YOU create better music. Adding live instruments to your music will make it groove better and give it a timeless appeal.

One recent session included drummer Real Drum Tracks Now drummer Mike Avenaim (Emblem3/Scott Weiland), Bassist Kevin Chown (Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats), and guitarist Christ Vazquez (Daniel Powter/Andre Cymone). Working with Charlie this uber talented group worked with a new pop artist to add a real, live, band to a rock track. The benefit of using a group a musicians like this is they all bring years of music experience to the music. That makes these tracks special!

 

“My goal is to always have the most talented group of people in the room, at the same time, recording on your music. That way I know the artist is getting exactly what they need for their songs. I take great pride in my work and so do all of the musicians I work with.” says Producer/Engineer Charlie Waymire.

 

What ever you need we can deliver. Full band tracking, real drum tracking, adding live musicians to your programmed songs, mixing, mastering, and video, we can do it all! Contact us to get your next session started and come by and see the studio!

 

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Drummer Ray Rojo Releases New Song (w/video)

Drummer Ray Rojo Releases New Song (w/video)

We were honored to have drummer Ray Rojo in the studio recording his very first composition, “Over the Trees”, and shooting a killer video! For this song Ray put together a formidable band featuring Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa/Edgar Winters) on bass, Chris Buzea on guitar, and Chris Norton (Zappa Plays Zappa) on keys. One listen to this track and you’ll know why Ray picked these guys.

“I’ve known Ray for quite sometime now and he has really become a fantastic drummer. He is one of the most hard working musicians I know and is dedicated to becoming better and better each and every day. We had a great time in the studio working with him and his band. I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next!” says recording and mixing engineer Charlie Waymire.

“Over the Trees” will be on iTunes soon!

Over the Trees was written by Ray Rojo
featuring:
Pete Griffin – Bass
Chris Buzea – Guitar
Chris Norton – Keys

Recorded & Mixed by Charlie Waymire
Mastered by Ernesto Homeyer
Director of Photography & Video Editing by Scott Francisco
Assistant Audio Engineer – Lizzy Ostro
Assistant Video Engineer – Victor Salazar

 

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