The North Shores

The North Shores brought their punk-a-billyish sound to the studio this weekend.  There were some fun sounds and times had by all.  6 songs in 3 days.  Still need one little loose ends day, but it’s all sounding super cool.  Loud and rockin’.IMG_2503IMG_2453IMG_2461IMG_2465IMG_2458IMG_2477IMG_2494

IMG_2508There were gang vocals, organ, piano, guitars, drums, and some tape!

Mobile Multitrack Recording

IMG_2441Two nights of live recordings.  Friday night was Marcato at Wooly’s here in Des Moines, then Saturday was at Gaslamp with James Biehn Band and Brother Trucker.  Great crowds both nights.  That’s what makes a sweet live recording, well that and playing well.  For $150 (most venues) we come hook up to the house sound and you get up to 24 tracks of recording.  More bands on the bill?  Get them involved you guys split the $150.  That $150 covers the tracking of the show only.  After that either you mix it or have someone that will or we find a price that works for you and we mix it for you.  These have proven to be pretty fun.IMG_2331 IMG_2382 IMG_2450

Bonne, Matt and Jon Mixing

Bonne Finken was in mixing today.  Her  2nd full length has been a long time coming.  The light is finally at the end of the tunnel.  This is going to be one of the best records we’ve put out. Some pop, some rock, some…I don’t know what to call one of them…Eclectic I guess, but that’s kind of a catch phrase right now.

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Berklee College Interactive Workshop

Accelerate  Your Guitar Playing and take it to the next level by learning the same methods taught at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in an All-Day Interactive Workshop!

Date: March 15, 2014

Location: the Sonic Factory  -

1159 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311

Cost: $100.00 includes all materials and handouts

Whether you have been playing for six months or six-plus years, a guitar workshop can provide a significant exposure to new techniques, styles and musicianship skills. Your schedule will include guitar practice techniques, music theory, chord studies, scales, repertoire, jam sessions and much more. Students do not need to know how to read music to attend this camp. And you can play either acoustic guitar, electric guitar or both!

Drum Clinic


We had a smattering of people come to the drum clinic.  Everyone that was there walked away with something…either knowledge or free sticks.  We are going to start doing these once a month maybe.  Ian talked about specific things to do to prepare your drums for recording.IMG_1551 IMG_1568 IMG_1581 IMG_1584 IMG_1589

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IMG_1546We finally had our big session with Ian.  He played on a bunch of tunes.  Some for us, some for James and really whoever we could find that needed drums on a song.  He also re headed the kit and got it sounding great.

Both interns, Mitch and Jonathan, were on hand to help mic up the drums and learn stuff along the way.

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Getting Drums Ready to Record with Ian Shepherd

Feb 1st :: 12 pm – 2 pm
Tickets: $20

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Ian Shepherd will be talking about getting drums ready to record.  Matt Sepanic, of The Sonic Factory, will also be on hand to give brief descriptions of what we have setup.  This will mostly focus on things like tuning, kick drum prepping for recording, snare sounds, and whatever else anyone has a question about.  This won’t cover every kick drum mic and why or why not you should or shouldn’t use a particular something with a something.  This is more about the actual, physical drums…then with quick little blurbs about production.  Any question will be welcome though.

This will be about making the drums sound good and then you use whatever mics you have at your place, or you’ll be ready for your next recording session.  Drums that sound great will record great, no matter how expensive your mics are.

Getting Drums Ready to Record with Ian Shepherd
Ian has played and toured professionally for the last 20 years in every musical setting imaginable. Rock, blues, jazz, country, R&B, Cajon, big band, dixie land, buckets…you name it, he’s played it. He has performed on hundreds of recordings including dozens of full-length albums, commercials, movie and video game soundtracks.

IS 2013 (11)Ian has worked with many talented and acclaimed musicians over the years including Viktor Krauss (Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell), Merle Saunders (Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis), and Grammy award-nominated blues artist Lucky Peterson. He toured and recorded with The Nadas from 2007-2008. Ian is an Evans Drumheads and Promark drumsticks artist. He is currently living in Indianapolis and is working with Jason Sturgeon, Corey Cox, Troye Kinnett(John Mellencamp) Jai Baker, Randy Melson and rising country artist  Jessie Brown.

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Evans Drumheads/Promark drumsticks



Rock Island Rollers

The whole gang was in again working on their record.  They’re trying to get done before the Nation Blues Challenge in Memphis.  They are competing in it again and realized last year, that if you don’t have anything to sell, you’re wasting a trip down there.

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