Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Lovers But Not At All" - More Hammond and Piano Tracking

Tyler Morrison, owner of Liquid Sound Studios in Louisville, Ky, sent me the final mix of another track we worked on together this month: "Lovers But Not At All" by Tyler Stiller. Stiller is a young guy from Louisville who writes, sings and plays guitar in a style similar to John Mayer. He has a ton of personality and has serious chops for someone his age. I think he is barely 20 years old. I was lucky enough to be able to lay down both Hammond organ and acoustic piano on this track. Morrison's final mix, you can hear below, is probably one of the best I've heard from him. Morrison himself is only in his mid-20s and already has a recording/producing resume many would dream of. Both of these guys are laying a solid foundation for success.

"Lovers But Not At All" hasn't been available for sale as of yet. Feel free to enjoy the track here on my page. Use some nice speakers and crank it for full effect.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recording Hammond organ for I Remember You Re-Make

This week I've been working on laying down a Hammond organ track for Dan Varner's upcoming single release, I Remember You. Dan and Tyler Morrison (Liquid Sound Studios, Louisville, Ky) have done an incredible job on this recording. It's a modern mix on this classic, rock anthem from 1989. If you were in high school in the late 80's or early 90's then you'll remember this mega-hit from Skid Row.

All tracking and producing, besides the organ, was completed at Liquid Sound Studios in Louisville. Working remotely my goal on the Hammond track was to capture the best performance AND the best sound quality so that Tyler can receive the track for final mixing.

I'll post the final track once it's released. Looking forward to hearing how the Hammond organ eventually sat in the mix.

Here are the details on the organ track:

Hammond XK-3
Roadbox MKII Leslie cabinet
Stereo condenser microphones on cabinet

Here's a clip showing the tracking process in action:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dead of Winter - But signs of life everywhere

After nearly six months without recording capabilities I'm finally back up and running in the studio. The tones on the acoustic guitars, drums and Hammond B3 are sounding better than I remember. For my piano tracks I continue to go back to my Kurzweil PC2x controller running a MiniGrand PT plug-in.

Performed and recorded in Apple Hill Studios using Protools 8.03 with DIGI 002

Guitar: Martin OM-28V
Piano: Kurzweil PC2x running MiniGrand plug-in
Drums: Vintage Rogers kit, 1971

Stereo microphone recording on drums and guitar using Shure SM-81 and RODE NT-1000

Press play below to hear:
Dead Of Winter, David Faul, 1/2010

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