The month of October has been an exciting one in terms of studio work. During the month I have been working with Nils Erickson, the owner of Rainbow Recording in Omaha, NE. Nils is a long time friend and supporter of the Omaha music scene. We finally quick talking about it and jumped right into some studio updates and reconfigurations. Our make over project started with rewiring the control room and cleaning up the racks full of amazing vintage analog equipment. The end goal was to end up with an easy to use and efficient hybrid recording space that provided the flexibility to use all of the vintage outboard hardware and tape machines, record directly into ProTools and mix in the box, or any creative combination of analog and digital. Over the years a number of top bands and recording artists have spent time at Rainbow and you can feel it as soon as you walk into the control room...some special things have happened here. With all of the racks cleaned up and hardware in full working order, updates moved on to cleaning up the microphones and mic lockers, refinishing the parquet flooring, updating the lighting in the control room and ISO booth and just some genreral clean up and organization of cables, adapters, headphones and more.
Besides the hardware and 2"analog 24-track that sit to the left of the console, there are two seven foot tall racks full of rare and special mic pre's, compressors and EQ's. The photo to the right is just a small sample of the hardware that is racked up and ready to use on every session at Ranbow Recording. As the photo below shows, we didn't wait long to jump right in and start making some wonderfull recordings in the recently updated control room and ISO booth. Work continues as time between session allows on the large tracking room and bringing more of the amazing vintage equipment on-line and ready for use. The vibe is definitely alive and great things are expected for the future of Rainbow Recording.
On February 27th, 2018 word went out that the CD's have arrived. It was my pleasure to have Shelly and Robert in the studio to record the vocals and work on the final mixes for the new release, All That You Are. I had a wonderful time working with both Shelly and Robert. This album is full of inspiration, check it out now. You can preview the album and get more information about Shelly on her website at: http://www.shellyconn.com/
You can get your copy of the album on iTunes and Amazon.
On November 8th, 2017 I was on tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater in Paris France. That night we recorded our performance at La Cigale for ARTE. ARTE offers high-quality programmes to 70% of Europeans in their own language. As the European Culture Channel, ARTE provides cultural programming that fosters understanding among Europeans and brings people together. Since its creation in 1991, ARTE stands for cultural diversity and multilingualism. ARTE uncovers new talent, encourages artistic creativity, and preserves and promotes Europe’s cultural heritage. On December 8th and 9th I was in the studio to mix the audio master for the finished video release. It was an honor to be asked to mix the final audio master. The dealine was tight and there were some technical hurdles to clear, but in the end a quality product was delivered to ARTE. The video is currently playing on the ARTE website and there will also be 2 television broadcasts of the performance. Congratulations to Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band for deliviering an exhilerating performance and congratulations to the entire production team for a job well done.
November 1, 2017 found me in the studio putting the final touches on 6 new songs from Leeward before sending final mixes off to mastering. It was an absolute pleasure working with such a dedicated artist. Over the summer and early fall we recorded drums, guitars and vocals; then wrapped up mixing in early November. Look for the relase of the new EP from Leeward on-line. I am looking forward to working with him on his next project.
The tour kicked off in the U.S. with a show at The Wolf trap in Vienna, VA; then off to St. Chamond France and on to exciting stops in Pohang South Korea, Beijing China, Yerevan Armenia, Stockholm Sweden and London UK before heading back to the states to catch the Transatlantic Blue Note Cruise aboard the Queen Mary II.
The 2016 summer concert season is upon us and I once again had the privilidge to travel to Europe and mix FOH for Dee Dee Bridgewater. We started the tour in Foggia, Italy where Dee Dee performed with a local big band at an evening concert held in a small town square. From Italy we were off to Penedes, Spain where we met up with Theo Croker and his band Dark Funk who performed with Dee Dee for the rest of the tour.
February 21, 2016
Had the privilege to mix FOH for Dee Dee Bridgewater, Theo Croker and Theo's band Dark Funk at the recently opened Blue Note Hawaii. What a wonderful venue for live music, the staff is exceptional and the location is unbeatable. This is definitely one spot that needs to be on your bucket list.
September 14, 2015
Had the chance to do a quick one off show in Italy last week with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Great group of artists with an amazing sound. What a pleasure for me to mix for such a talented group. If you have not heard it yet, definitely check out "Dee Dee's Feathers". This album is a great collaboration with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
June 19-20, 2015
Another weekend and another successful recording project. I was on site at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA working with my good friends from Audio Visions. While crew members Erik Rudd and Zeke Metcalf manned the monitor mix and front of house mix positions, I took a 48 channel input split along with some additional room mics to produce full mutli-track recordings for 6 bands. My control room for the weekend...the men's home team locker room.
June 12, 2015
Congratulations to the entire Blue House crew on the release of their new CD "At The Pit".
Thanks to the group for allowing me to be part of the project. We certainly had a good time making the record and I am confident that all of your fans will thoroughly enjoy the record. You can get you copy of "At The Pit" at the following locations:
Sunday April 26th I was on site at the historic 40th Street Theater in Omaha, NE for a live recording session with Blue House and the Rent To Own Horns. The theater is currently being renovated by owner John Hargiss. Even under construction this historic space provided a great sounding and inspiring environment for the band to perform. Mixes are under way at 7 Times 7 Records in Omaha, NE. Thanks to John Hargiss and his wife for being such wonderful hosts and thanks to Blue House and the Rent To Own Horns for entrusting me with this creative and exciting recording.