Josh Davis was in working with Brandon and Micah on his new solo record. He’s using some different players than in the past to try and get a different result. Sam Mogerman was in playing drums on this tune and Jon Locker was playing bass. This project is just getting started.
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’.
There were gang vocals, organ, piano, guitars, drums, and some tape!
Two 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.
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.
Good times were had by all. These two came in to work on an acoustic record but are now planning on adding some other instruments it sounds like. Can’t wait to see where this one goes.
Neil was in laying guitar, organ, bass and reamped some stuff. He’s got a couple projects going on simultaneously. He was working the 1960 Les Paul Jr over with some sweet 70′s wah and even cooler 60′s FUZZZZZZZ.
There was so much going on at the end of the year that I totally dropped the ball on updating this. Here are some pictures of stuff going on. Random projects, Bonne’s show, Brandon working with bands and other things.
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.
We 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.
Feb 1st :: 12 pm – 2 pm
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.
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.
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.