Thursday, February 26, 2009


Coming out of the fog of winter, seeing greener pastures ahead. I've been working on a few mixes, mostly "Euthanasia" which is sounding nice and warm to me right now. I go through this every time, up and down, in and out. I just have to get the songs sounding good and move on. I love doing this though, adjusting EQ and level like an anal retentive idiot. All of the madness is in my head! Time and digital recording has changed the whole ball game for me. The method used to be that my band and I would decide on the songs and/or write them and get arrangements together, rehearse and then spend a few weeks just putting ideas down on tape. We would sort everything out later when we would mix for an intense week or so. Now I spend a lot of confusing days mixing, tracking or both. All the while I'm working, surfing the web, going to the bank, picking up the kids etc. It's no wonder these projects take years!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I've been messing with the drum mix on "A worried night"a little bit. I put a really dirty compressor across the stereo drum bus and decided to use only the kick, snare, Soundeluxe and overhead mics. Wow, a nice tight drum kit sound modeled after John Bonham. We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow.... BTW... this ain't the drum mix you're hearing!!! Just the shitty camera compressed sound!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


 Just done doing a drum session with Dave. Phew! The session went really well as Dave banged out 10 songs in 3 days. The songs are (working titles) Euthanasia, Hearts are breaking, Another quiet moment, Too late to lie, A worried night, The way we are, Tape and Glue, I fell in love with Regina Spektor, My biggest fan, and Beautiful. He did a great job and can do pretty much what I ask of him on drums. He also brings a lot of positive energy to the project. Eric has been a big help on this project as well, lending me mics and snakes etc., as well as advice in those moments of confusion.
Mics used were: EV on snare top, Shure SM7 on the kick beater head, Soundeluxe about 3 feet in font of the kick, Sennheiser 421 on left floor tom, Shure SM57 on left rack, 421 on right rack, D112 on right floor tom, and a couple of Rode condenser mics as overheads. I used my Neumann TLM 103's as room mics. Too bad "my room" sounds like pooh pooh. We'll see how it works out!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A drive up the Hudson

I had to drive up to see my good friend and engineer Eric H in Beacon, NY to grab some cables and mics, On the way back I decided to stop and take in some of the scenery along the Hudson River....
Downtown Beacon. Beacon reminds me of many upstate NY towns that have lost their vitality. Most of the buildings in this picture are for sale.

Looking west from Cold Spring towards Cornwall, NY

Waterfront in Cold Spring, NY

Boatyard in Garrison, NY. The US Military academy is across the river on the right..

Some houses along the Hudson in Garrison, NY.

West Point military academy as seen from Garrison.

Old train station (now a theater) in Garrison.

More houses along the Hudson...

Looking south on the Hudson River

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Home on a Sunday morning. I just took Ian for a haircut, Casey tagged along as well. I'm afraid the music bug has sucked me in again, look out!! Dave is coming in to do a session this week and I have some gear coming from Dreamhire tomorrow. I'm renting the Focusrite Red 1 four channel mic pre as well as four channels of API 512c's in a lunch box. Both pre-amps are renown for their signal warming abilities. We'll see. I'm dying to buy some new gear like a DAV four channel mic pre but I don't have the bread. I'm trying to be smart about purchasing anything, letting common sense take over. I'm gonna make it a goal to get some primo gear this year like a DAV, Neve Portico, API or a Chandler TG. I wonder how much of a true sound difference this stuff will make in my hands? It's not like I'm going to become Geoff Emerick or George Martin because of the gear I have....