Right Hand Rule

Mixing w/Leslie Jones (w/video)

Mixing w/Leslie Jones (w/video)

Leslie Jones of Right Hand Rule was back at Ultimate Studios, Inc remixing the bands single, a cover of Bill Withers’ Use Me, off the bands debut EP. This remix is made for the radio and will be the bands first real push on the airwaves.

 

 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jones for a long, long time. First as the drummer in his band and now as his recording and mixing engineer. There are few people in this business that I respect as much as Mr. Jones. Not only is he an extremely talented actor and musician, he’s also and amazing person. Right Hand Rule is a direct reflection of Leslie’s diversity and I highly recommend catching them in concert when you have the chance. Mr. Jones in part of my musical family and I can’t wait to hear what’s next.” says Engineer Charlie Waymire.

The mixing is finished and now moves on to mastering engineer Ernesto Homeyer before it’s pushed out to radio. We’ll let you know when “Use Me” hits the airwaves. In the meantime hop on over to iTunes and get your copy of Right Hand Rule’s debut EP!

Check out this fantastic interview with Leslie Jones!

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From The Control Room w/Leslie Jones (w/video)

From The Control Room w/Leslie Jones (w/video)

Leslie Jones of Right Hand Rule stopped by the studio recently for an interview. He discusses working at Ultimate Rhythm Studios, the writing process, playing multiple instruments, and other insights about Right Hand Rule. The band features Leslie Jones (vocals/percussion/sax/flute), Pharoah Barrett (bass/vocals), Rob Thrall (guitars), Scott McPike (drums), and Mo Beeks (keys), as well as a horn section.

 

Right Hand Rule has just release their debut, self-titled, EP and is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby (hard copy available on CD Baby!)

Be sure to visit the Ultimate Rhythm Studios YouTube channel and subscribe!

From The Control Room w/Leslie Jones

 

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3 New EP’s Being Released!

3 New EP’s Being Released!

It’s been a busy summer at Ultimate Rhythm Studios! 3 fantastic bands are releasing new EP’s this month!

We’ll have some more on these bands soon including some interviews! Now go check out their music!

 

 

Statues of Cats – “Memorabilia”

Statues of Cats - Memorabilia

Statues of Cats officially released their debut EP “Memorabilia” on Thursday Sept. 26th. They performed a fantastic set at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. “Memorabilia” features 5 songs of Rock, Funk, Good Grooves, and fantastic vocals! The band consists of David Hauge (vocals/guitars), Jonney Machtig (guitars/vocals), Dan Rojas (bass/vocals), and Anthony Salazar (drums/vocals).

 

Visit Statues of Cats on Facebook and the official Statues of Cats Website. Also check out the Statues of Cats episode of FullOnDrums.com.

Listen to Statues of Cats on Soundcloud.

Statues of Cats Release Party

Statues of Cats Perform @ The Foundation Room

Statues of Cats Release Party

Anthony, Charlie, David & Jonney

Statues of Cats

Statues of Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right Hand Rule – “R.H.R.”

Right Hand Rule Cover

Right Hand Rule - "R.H.R."

Right Hand Rule officially releases their self-titled debut EP, R.H.R., on October 4, 2013. They’ll be performing at the Parish Room at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA at 10pm. The 7 song EP was recorded over the past 5 years and features Leslie Jones (vocals/percussion/sax/flute), Pharoah Barrett (bass/vocals), Rob Thrall (guitars), Scott McPike (drums), and Mo Beeks (keys). They also have a full horn section that is off the hook. Right Hand Rule puts on a great, energetic, live show that you won’t want to miss!

Visit the Right Hand Rule Facebook page for more information. Buy the R.H.R EP on iTunes.

 

Dankrupt – “Chapter 11 Dankruptcy”

Dankrupt - Chapter 11 Dankruptcy

Reggae outfit Dankrupt will officially release their debut EP, “Chapter 11 Dankruptcy”, on October 17th, 20013 at the Joint in Los Angeles, CA. Dankrupt will be filling the airwaves with good vibes and killer grooves. The band consists of Grant Bogorad (vocals/guitar), Tim Canton (drums), Tony Ward (bass), and Enrique Marquez Paris (lead guitar). Be sure to get out to The Joint on the 17th to catch these guys live!

Visite the Dankrupt Facebook Page and the official Dankrupt Website. Buy “Chapter 11 Dankruptcy” on iTunes.

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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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New Right Hand Rule Mixing Complete!

New Right Hand Rule Mixing Complete!

The Right Hand Rule crew has been busy the past couple of months working on their new EP. From Rock to Funk to R ‘n B. It’s all on this EP! (excuse the rhyming)

All the tracking and mixing was done by engineer Charlie Waymire at Ultimate Rhythm Studio.

 

“We had a great time with this round of songs. We took our time to get everything right and did a lot of experimenting. The band sounded great which made my job easy.” says Waymire.

Check out the Right Hand Rule Facebook Page for more updates!

Video clip from a Right Hand Rule horn session. Enjoy!

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Right Hand Rule Horn Section Lays It Down

Right Hand Rule Horn Section Lays It Down

Right Hand Rule, featuring the uber talented Leslie “Mister” Jones, have been working on their new EP over the last couple of months with the most recent session featuring a fantastic horn section. David Urquidi, Sam Williams, Carlos Centeno and Leslie Jones. Right Hand Rule’s arrangements are a wide open canvas of anything goes which makes for some very interesting music and some very interesting recording sessions.

“This was such a fun session! We’ve been recording most of Leslie’s horn parts one at a time so it was great to be able to capture these guys as a group.” says engineer Charlie Waymire.

Heres an excerpt from the “Skool Me” horn section session session. Enjoy!

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Right Hand Rule Back In The Studio

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

It’s been about a year but Right Hand Rule is back at Ultimate Rhythm Studio recording new tracks. Rhythm tracks are in the bag as well as vocals on two tunes. Guitars and sax are coming up next.

“Tracking Right Hand Rule is a lot of fun because the instrumentation varies pretty radically from tune to tune. We have room, and time, to experiment with different mic set ups and sounds which helps create a very interesting sonic landscape. On top of that Mister Jones and crew are really cool people and a lot of fun to work with.” says Charlie.

Here is a little sneak peek video of Mister Jones laying down some percussion parts during the session from this past weekend.

Continue reading to view some photos from the session.

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