Getting it right…on the way in…

I was doing a “live band” recording session recently (yes,they all played together at the same headphones,just a small p.a. System and no click track). It wasn’t too hard getting a basic sound for them,as they can all play and sing. We tracked to individual tracks on Protools and as usual, I used a fair amount of EQ from the console on the drum tracks as I recorded them. But something in the snare just wasn’t popping the way that I thought it should. So I put a DBX 161 across the snare and dialed in some aggresiveness.
The resulting sound was so exciting that I quickly dismissed any reservations about committing to it…and this was a sound that it is simply not possible to achieve in the world of software plug ins. And in the end, it made the mixes really come alive.
Sometimes,something worth doing is worth overdoing.


Last Saturday, I was invited to fill in for bassist Nick LaBate of Starnes And Shah at the Pleasantville Music Festival. Rain was predicted but it never came..we had a beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze. After a little confusion about the parking, we set up on the stage (great crew and sound company) and played a set. Dania and Zilpha took the front of the stage and drummer Scott Morehouse held down the rhythm section…it was a blast.

After the set, we wandered around, checking out the acts on the 3 stages of the festival. From the singer/songwriter ZZ Ward (and amazing band) to blues guitarist Davy Knowles (another amazing rhythm section) to the Americana folk rock (hard to categorize them) Good Old War and the rockingDelta Spirit, the performances,songs and sound were uniformly excellent. It’s hard to imagine a better mix of styles for a festival.

As the sun was setting, we piled into the car and were home in about 15 minutes..who knew it could ever be that easy..?

Kudos to the event organizers and the vendors..lots to do..Zilpha was threatening to take a jump in the Bouncy Castle..all that was missing was a Slip N Slide…hope to do it again next year.