Session News

by Paul on February 23, 2018

New project updates! Just finished mixing a Jimmy Buffet TV special for PBS. Look for it to air next month. Also recently mixed and edited the video for a John Lodge DVD – “Live in Birmingham” It rocks!! Also putting the final mix touches on a new recording with Jonathan Butler. Looks like it will be a June release. Staying busy!

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John Lodge Mix

by Paul on May 11, 2015

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I just finished mixing a solo record by John Lodge of the Moody Blues titled 10,000 Light Years Ago. What a great collection of classic rock songs with that Moody’s sound. Here is a link to the title track 10,000 Light Years Ago – John Lodge  It was a pleasure to work with such a legendary artist! The album was produced by my long time friend Alan Hewitt

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EWF – Holiday Recording

by Paul on May 8, 2015

Here are some pictures of the Earth, Wind & Fire Holiday CD I recorded last year at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA. We spent most of the summer and into early fall working hard to make the holiday deadline. We spent a few weeks at NRG (studio B) arranging and recording the basic tracks with many overdubs. All the vocals were recorded at Philip Bailey’s home studio. Horns recorded at LAFX in North Hollywood and strings at Capitol Records Studio in Hollywood.

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A few close up pic’s of the setup & mic positioning. It was a full rhythm section session with bass, drums, percussion, keys and two guitars.

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The awesome Vintage Neve 8078 (with additional 1073 Mic Pre’s) in  Studio B

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History

by Paul on August 18, 2013

Recording The Beatles

I started as a professional recording studio engineer in the late 70’s.  At that time I entered a world of analog tape recording in some of the best recording studios in the midwest. How things have changed since then. The technological innovation the industry has witnessed in the past 30 years has taken us from analog to a complete digital workflow. I have embraced this change because apart from it, I’ve always believed that nothing will ever replace great technique and creative endeavor. That’s what it’s all about for me – working where technology and art meet.

The book, Recording The Beatles by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew has been around for a number of years now, but it is my go to book for inspiration, perspective and a reminder of my personal history in the world of recording music professionally. It takes me back to my first days in the studio as I learned and tried to absorb everything around me. The book itself is the definitive look at how the Beatles’ albums were recorded, not only from a technical viewpoint but how the technology of that era helped inspire the art of musical creation and performance. I guarantee that after reading a few chapters of this book you’ll never listen to a Beatles song the same again.

Every time I pick up this book and browse through it, it reminds me of all the reasons why I’ve chosen the craft of a professional recording engineer – the profession of a Technology Artist.

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