Jul 29, 2006

The Tides at Sonalysts

Spent a few days with one of my favorite recording compadres, Kato, down at The Power Station New England in Waterford CT this week working with The Tides, a fun and talented bunch of young lads. Kato is ruling the record charts lately with something like four records in the top 50. He's most definitely a hi-fi rock guy, and his engineering and producing skills are top-notch, as are his musical instincts, which is one skill a lot of producers don't have. I'm really fortunate to work with the people I work with on a regular basis, especially the producers.
The Power Station NE is at a huge complex called Sonalysts and is an exact copy of the NYC Power Station (now called Avatar Studios) built by Tony Bongiovi back in the 70s and home to more hits than you can shake a stick at. What a great drum tracking room, totally old school with huge wood walls and traps and a great mic collection. There is a matched pair of Neumann U 47s that we use as overheads. The studio itself is one of the best kept secrets on the East Coast. It boasts an inexpensive day rate and is easy to get to from NYC, Boston, New Haven, Providence and Hartford.
Enuff about the studio and more about drums and mics! Here's a pic of the setup we used for the 6 songs The Tides tracked:
Gretsch drum kit: 22" BD, 12" tt, 14" floor, 6x14" Tama Bubinga SD "The Bubinganator".
Mics include: 2 U-47s as OH, SM57 on snare, SM7 HH, Senheiser 421's on toms, D112 inside kick, 47 FET outside kick, Royer 121 in front of kit, RCA 77 in front of kit,modified Aphex LD condensors for rooms, etc.... AND some really cool weird tube gear provided by Mad Tube scientist Charles Olsen. Needless to say, some badassssss drum sounds were put down on hard drives...

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