October/November/December ’12

There was so much action at the end of an already action packed year that I haven’t had time to update this site in a few months.  I was down for about a week while I moved my studio back to the Bay View area.  I’m still doing all the mastering work for The License Lab but now I’m doing it much closer to home (rather than at their location) so I can be more productive overall and better serve all my clients.  I also did live sound for one final Promise Ring show this year at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX.  I had a great time working with the Promise Ring for the run of shows I did with them in the 2nd half of 2012, which brought us to Philadelphia, Washington D.C, Boston, L.A, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Chicago.  At the end of November I was invited to be a part of the 88 NINE Radio Milwaukee awards show meet & greet where I was able to meet a lot of clients that I’ve done work for but hadn’t had a chance to meet with person before, as well as some other great people interested in the mastering process.  Just last weekend, I did live sound for another Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons show at Lawrence Chapel in Appleton, WI.  I’ve been doing these shows with Cory for about 5 years now and it’s been great to see them grow each year.  This time he was able to sell out this 1200 seat venue and his band sounded better than ever.

Along with mastering music, I’ve been doing a lot of audio editing/mixing/clean-up/sweetening for some short video documentary pieces for About Face Media and I also did one for 371 Productions.  It’s something I hope to do more of in 2013 and beyond.

I didn’t really do any album engineering in 2012 but I did work with the Sugar Stems from Milwaukee with help from Shane at Bobby Peru Recording.  I really wanted to work with these guys but couldn’t fit it in my schedule to do the entire album, so I sort of oversaw the recording process while they worked with Shane, and then I was able to mix and master the album in October and November.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out and you can order it on vinyl from Screaming Apple Records in Germany or on CD from Dream On Records in Japan.  I think that Dirtnap is also distributing it in the US.  I also mixed an album for the Spastic Hearts which recently came out.

As far as mastering projects go, there were plenty.  Some highlights would be full-length albums for Pageant from Nashville, Beach Club Crashers, Little Otik, Charles Walker Blues Band, Nathan Mathes, Shaker & the Egg, Devin Quello, The Guilty Wanted, Ron Rawhoof, a 4-song EP for Boy Blue,  and a remastering of all the CONTROL EPs that I previously mastered as one full-length release for vinyl which should be out soon on the fantastic Science Of Sound record label.

I also did the vinyl pre-mastering for a 7″ box set for The Gaslight Anthem that is coming out on Side One Dummy as well as some restoration/remastering work for a few Dope Folks Records which mainly focuses on re-issusing classic out-of-print hip-hop from the 90’s.  One other unique project was doing the mastering for Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet for his latest release of Edgar Allan Poe pieces set to original music by Ted.