NEW SESSION NEWS!!
We are so busy doing work that we can barely find the time to talk about what we're doing! But here are some highlights:
ALL THAT JAZZ
(AND SOME BLUES, ROCK, LATIN, HIP-HOP, ETC......)!!
Trumpet session Ace Mac Gollohan was in to record track for a forthcoming CD & video release. Mac is the trumpeter and arranger for such recording as "Conga" (Miami Sound Machine), "Hot, Hot, Hot", and many, many other rock, soca, and latin recordings. He was joined on this recording by a truly All-Star crew of players - Bassist Ron McClure , Drummer Extraordinaire Victor Lewis , Organist & Pianist Greg T , Baritone Saxophonist Ronnie Cuber , with Mac playing all the trumpet, valve trombone, and Bass horn parts. The recording was done by Chief Engineer The Jeff in Studio One to our Studer 2"analog tape machine, and mixed on our vintage Neve Console. A truly amazing recording!
In other jazz session news, we are working with legendary (and we don't toss that word around lightly!) tenor saxophonist Billy Harper on his next CD release. Billy is a veteran of the bands of Horace Silver, Max Roach, Art Blakey , and lots of others as well. This CD is a big band CD, with up to 13 singers scatting most of the horn parts. The personnel is as follows: Soprano singers are Hyungjin Choi, Ilana Worrell, Jazzmeia Horn, & Alena Spanger . Alto singers are Eleanor Howe, Natalie John, Charenee Wade & Kathy Farmer Tenor singers are Morana Mesic & Peter Ugrin . Guitar & baritone vocals were done by Adam Nash . Bass singer was Dylan Pramuk . Max Cudworth played alto sax. Ayako Sato played synthesizer and piano. Santiago Vasquez contributed some excellent piano playing as well. Kevin Smith played upright bass. Brian Chahley played upright and electric bass. Alex Nash played the drums and trumpet (although not as the same time). Oh yes, and Mr. Harper played some tenor sax, as well as doing some amazing scat & bass singing. This project was also handled by Chief Engineer The Jeff , assisted by David Velez, Ricardo Reales, & Ben Carlin.
Rock band Supermonster was in to track their debut album in Studio One. With Joey on guitar, Christian on bass, and Steve on drums, they really define power-pop! The recording, to be released on John Biz's Industrial Park Records, was produced and engineered by James Deering (a former HSS alumni!), assisted by Jason Volosic.
Singer/Songwriter Alyse was in Studio Three, also working on a debut release for Atlantic Records. Those sessions were also produced and engineered by The Jeff, assisted by Damon White. Keith Crupi did the drumming deeds, and Jeff contributed guitar, bass, and piano.
American expats The Healers also recorded their debut album in Studio One in glorious analog on our Neve board. The entire 10 song CD was finished in just 7 days. It was produced by the band and engineered by The Jeff, the players included band members Dean Zucchero on bass, Kevin Chisholm on guitar, and Thomas Buck-Nasty on vocals, plus hired guns Ryan Cavan on drums, and Dan Stein on our rebuilt Hammond B-2 organ. The band is now based in Zurich, Switzerland, having recorded on a recent visit back to the New York area where they all hail from. The CD will be released on February 14, and features some KILLIN' blues, funk, rock, and even gospel!
Studio Two has also seen significant action, with The Jeff mixing some classic salsa tracks for Henry Montalvo's Tropical Buddha Records. The tracks feature absolutely stellar performances from some of the top NYC salsa veterans, such as Andy Gonzales and Oscar Hernandez. The CD was produced by Henry & Willie Villegas, whose "Salsa En La Calle" TV program can be seen throughout the NY area.
Studio Three has also seen lots of recent hiphop activity. Among the artists was Kulpi Pheelix, produced by Jay "the Discipile" of Atlantic Records and engineered by Chris Strader and Will Sinise.
Producer SPK (a.k.a. El Maton) was at Hot Sound Studios with reggaeton rapper Big Mato. SPK is at the top of the game in the reggaeton explosion, producing beats for Fat Joe and many others. Big Mato has worked with rapper Noreaga and Nina Sky. Also in the session was guitarist John Allen (a.k.a. JIII) who has toured with Tommy Lee and Sevendust. The project was for Lilian Garcia from WWE¹s Monday Night Raw wrestling. She wanted her Introduction song to reflect her Latin roots but also to keep the hard rock edge associated with wrestling. The Jeff manned the board.
Dance singer Joyce Sims (All In All) was in mixing up tracks for her new CD release with chief engineer The Jeff. Joyce was recently featured on a 102.7 MIX FM live radio show, performing at the Roxy with Chic, Sister Sledge and Thelma Houston. Well known DJ Junior Vasquez also did a dance mix for the CD. Jeff's mix of "What The World Needs Now" is to be the first dance single (and video) from her new CD.
80's star Lisa Lisa of Cult Jam was also in recently, working on a new project with producers Dre and Marcus Siskind (Lauren Hill) of Mass Appeal Music. The tracks feature her classic 80's sound updated, with great vocal performances as well.
NEW ROOM NEWS!!
We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest room Studio Three! The room has a confortable 13' x 11', live room with 15' ceilings, and features our highly Customized Neotek Series I 32x8x10 Console, with Killer EQ's and mic pre's. The console is actually two consoles interfaced together by Chris Muth of Dangerous Music . One of the them was a mastering console at SONY Music. The room also features a iMac, and Pro Tools 002R. Equipped with many MIDI keybords, as well as two vocal booths, it is perfect for editing, MIDI sequencing, & songwriting, as well as live band tracks, and is designed for clients on a limited budget!!
NEW GEAR NEWS!!
What's better than a new G5 and Pro Tools HD Accel TDM System ? How about TWO? Two Dual-processor 2.0 GHz G5 PowerMacs, each with Dual 19" flat panel monitors, running Pro Tools 6.7 HD Accel TDM. One for each of our studios! With a HUGE Plug-ins list, extra HD Accel process cards, Apogee Rosetta 800 A/D/A converters, and a Neve console in each of our two rooms, we are ready to ROCK!
We have also refurbished our classic Ampex ATR-102 Reel-to-Reel for 1/2" & 1/4" Tape. The machine was redone by Michael Spitz of ATR Service, with new heads by John French of JRF Magnetics.
Super Producer John Ravenhall (Sting, Kylie Minogue) checked in to Hot Sound for several days to cut tracks with NYC band Steeplechase. Chief Engineer The Jeff manned the Pro Tools, recording and doing extensive editing. The CD will be released first in John's native England, on ACM Records. ACM head Al Cohen was the Executive Producer.
Dance Music DJ & Producer extrodinaire Peter Rauhoffer has done a bunch of vocal sessions here, cutting tracks with singer Suzanne Palmer including her huge dance hit "Show Me", as well as several other great vocal tracks. Production duties were handled by Peter and Cevin Fisher. Peter also Executive Produced singer Sheila Brody, former singer with George Clinton. Those tracks were produced by the production team of John Rizzo and Gary Conte, and engineered by The Jeff.
Ramones Producer Daniel Ray was in to produce a new album for NYC punk band The Bloodstain Kings. Featuring Todd Radict (Radicts, LES Stiches) on vocals, Neil Downlow on bass, Steve-o on Drums, and Hot Sounds' own Rob D'Aquino (Banner Of Hope) on guitar. The CD was mastered by The Jeff.
New artist Jan Wickline has been working in Studio One with producer Manny Moiera, engineer The Jeff, and a truly all-star cast of musicians. Included are Steve Holley (Paul McCartney) and Vince Gericho (Ray Barretto) on drums, Leo Traversa (Tania Maria) and Mike Visiglia (Suzanne Vega) on bass, Ted Baker (Steely Dan) on piano, and legendary producer John Simon (Bob Dylan, The Band, Blood, Seat, & Tears) on keyboards and string arrangements, with Jan and Manny playing guitars.
Super Rock Producer John Agnello (Monster Magnet, Mark Lanegan) was also in Studio One for a few days with his newest find, the band Radiate. In addition to producing, John also engineered, assisted by Rob D'Aquino.
Sitarist Poonam Khubani was in to do some work for his new release "Love Is Worth Waiting For" with Engineer/Producer Tony Lewis (David Bowie), ably assisted by Dan Nuxoll.
Studio Two has been the happening dance music place lately, with dance producer Peter Rauhofer working the Pro-Tools controls with Vocalist Suzanne Palmer, recording the follow-up to their huge dance hit "Hide You", which was also cut at Hot Sound.
Also in Studio Two, British Dance producer Steve Tavell recorded with the lovely Caron Wheeler (Soul 2 Soul) for dance label V2 Records.
Spoken word artist Maggie Estep was also in Studio Two, to read from a "newly discovered work of a deceased Great American Writer", whose identidy we've been forbidden to reveal, but the guy is a MAJOR literary figure. The session was produced by Jim Sampas, with The Jeff on the mighty Pro-tools.
OTHER NEW NEWS! Everyone has been so blown away by the sound of the Apogee AD-8000 Converters in our Pro-Tools setup in Studio Two, that we had to do something equally impressive for Studio One. So we've aquired an Apogee A/D 500 Analog to Digital Mastering Converter, and an Apogee DA 1000 Digital to Analog Mastering Converter . In addition to being of huge benefit in mastering, every mix done on our Vintage Neve console to digital media (CD's & DAT's) will benefit from the upgrade.
|None other than Saturday Night Live's Joe Piscapo was in our new Studio Two, working on our super Pro Tools rig. Joe was here editing a promo for his new radio program "Saturday Night America". The project was produced by Sal Perry, and engineered by Jack Neisi.||
Saturday Night Live's Joe Piscapo, Hot Sound Chief Engineer The Jeff, and engineer Jack Nesei
Latin Hall Of Fame member Larry Harlow was in again to produce a new artist, Onanay Ortiz. He assembled his usual stellar crew of some of NYC's top musicians. Mark Quinones, who has done several tours with the Allman Brothers, played timbales. Chembo Corniel played conga, Pablo Rosario played bongos, Ruben Rodriguez played bass, and Edwin Sanchez was on the piano. The horns were arranged by longtime Harlow trumpeter Pete Nater, and also included Ritchie Viruet on trumpet, Joe Fiedler on trombone, and Vincent Velez on sax. Background singers included Kevin Ceballo, Luis Rosario, and Reynal Lopez. Former Steely Dan guitarist Elliot Randall was also featured. Session were cut to our Studer A-80 2" machine, than transfered to our ProTools system for editing and mixing. The sessions were engineered by The Jeff. Assistance was by assistants Dan Nuxoll, Ed Radovic, and Rob D'Aquino.
Former Steely Dan guitarist Elliot Randall, Hot Sound Chief Engineer The Jeff, and Producer Larry Harlow
Jeff was also behind the board producing and engineering (who says he can't do two things at once?) as New Haven rock band Doublethink worked on their debut. The band (who range in age from 16-18), consists of Tyler Seely on guitar, Jesse McVaney on drums Graham Bendict on bass and Scott Brown on guitar and vocals. Dan Nuxoll and James Dellatacoma assisted.
We've been getting a lot of out-of-town-based clients lately. We'd like to thank all of our friends in Chicago, Detroit, Columbus/Cleveland, and Washington DC as well as in the NYC metro area. If you're from out of town, we'd be glad to help coordinate travel and lodging issues for your project.
LOTS O' BIG NEWS FLASHES!!!!
We're E-X-P-A-N-D-I-N-G !! We've put in a comfortable Studio Two with a roomy 4.5'x6' booth. We've also put in a new private lounge and additional 4.5'x5.5' iso booth for Studio One, as well as an expanded kitchen area (with counter seating). Keep an eye out for new pictures etc.
LOTS O' NEW TOYS!!!! Hot Sound has purchased a NEVE 5106 "Baby V" mixing console!!! Originally used to mix films, this 24x8x20 beauty features 4-band EQ, high and low filters, & Dynamics ON EVERY CHANNEL!! Plus, it has 8 outputs (for 5.1 mixing capabilities, to be added soon). As if that wasn't enough, it includes a Neve 33609 Stereo bus compressor. The best part is, it combines all this functionality with that great Neve Sound! The console has been installed in Studio One, and sounds AMAZING!!
ProTools!!!! We have gone Protools CRAZY! How's this? PT 24 Mix Plus system (64 track),G4 PowerMac, ProControl (Faders, NO MORE MOUSE!!), Apogee converters, expantion chassis with extra mix farm cards (for more Plug-In power), Glyph hot-swappable multidrive unit with DAT Backup, and Way Too Many Plug-ins....
OTHER NEW TOYS Include two pair of Genelec 1031 Monitors, (one pair for each room!) and a URIE 1176LN vintage compressor. Nice stuff, baby! We are also negotiating the purchase of some more major cool stuff! Bookmark the page & keep an eye out for news as it happens!
Universal/Island recording artist (and Grammy nominee) Tracy Bonham came into Hot Sound to work on material for her new CD "Down There", released on April 15th, including the song "Fake It". The Jeff engineered and mixed, with the able asistance of Rob D'Aquino and Dan Nuxoll.
Fresh from his induction into the Latin Hall Of Fame, Fania Records artist and producer Larry Harlow worked on his 300th album at Hot Sound! The artist was Tall Paul, a bass saxaphonist who plays while riding a unicyle! Besides the showbiz, the cat can really play! In addition to Larry's amazing piano playing, some of the top players in town participated. The players included Bobby Sanabria on drums and timbales, "Chembo" Corniel on congas and bongos, Guillermo Edghill on bass, Philip Namanworth on piano & organ, Elliot Randall (Steely Dan) on guitar, Gary King (Gladys Knight) on bass, Uli Geissendoerfer on organ & strings, and Alan Herman on drums.The Jeff engineered & mixed, assisted by Dan Epstein, Ron Johnson and Dan Nuxoll.
Funkateer Bernie Worrell (Parliment-Funkadelic, Woo Warriors) was in to produce singer-boxer-fashion model Michael Olijide with yet another all-star cast. In addition to Bernie on organ, strings, clavinet, and his everready Mini-Moog, participants included Michael "Moon" Rubin (Woo Wariors) on guitar, Carol Steele (Joan Baez, Carlos Santana) on congas and percussion, Winston Roye (Woo Warriors) on bass, and Catherine Russell (Steely Dan) on vocals. Ed Driscoll also added his able production skills. The engineering was done by The Jeff and Rob D'Aquino, with Dan Nuxoll and Ron Johnson assisting.
English hard rock band Score blasted into Hot Sound for four days to work on a 5 song EP, paid for by Fred Durst (Limp Biscuit) ,who is interested in signing the act to his Flawless Records The band features Carlos Portin on bass, Malin on vocals, James O'Brien on guitar, and Fyfe Fwing on drums, and THEY ROCK! The project was produced by the band and our chief engineer The Jeff. It was engineered & mixed by Jeff, assisted by Dan Nuxoll and Ron Johnson
EXTRA NEWS FLASH!!! British Rockers Score (see last item above), have been signed to a development deal by Interscope Records. The band was personally signed by label head Tom Morley.
Other news here at Hot Sound includes the arrival of our new Furman Six Station Cue System! This baby enables us to offer Up To Six Separate Musician-Controlled Headphone Mixes!!! No more fighting with the singer to hear yourself! We're thinking of changing our name to Studio Peace!
The Hitman Blues Band rolled into Hot Sound with an arsenal of high powered sidemen from the Jazz & Blues worlds. In addition to Hitman on Guitar and Vocals, Big Guns Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin) on drums, Bobby Forrester (Ruth Brown) on our 1940's-vintage rebuilt Hammond Organ, and jazz vibist Ray Alexander were deployed. Noted session guitarist Johnny Gale played bass and produced the CD. The Jeff recorded the superband entirely live in the studio, with the able asistance of Rob D'Aquino and Neil McNeale.
Also in to use the Hammond was De La Soul, working on a new song for Al Green. Pos produced, with Adam Kudcin doing the engineering. Rob D'Aquino assisted.
Canadian rocker Marty Sobb came in to borrow the keyboardist of another Canadian rocker, Tommy Mandel from Bryan Adams' band. Marty produced, with The Jeff engineering, and Bill Bork assisting.
Our little studio elves have finished recapping our Studer A-80 2" tape machine, and it sounds AMAZING!! It joins a long list of rebuilt/modified vintage gear here at Hot Sound.
We want to wish Frankie Paris & Cold Sweat congratulations and best of luck on the release of their CD Right Around The Corner , which was recorded in its entirety at Hot Sound, and engineered by our own chief engineer, The Jeff. The CD, on the Bahoomba label, is being very well reviewed in all the major blues publications, and may be up for several awards by the end of the year as well. Frankie is one the best blues singers in New York, and is dynamite live as well.
The Missing mixed and mastered their CD, Poor Dolly, here at Hot Sound featuring some great cover art, and one the nicest credits we've ever gotten. Another powerhouse band!
Richard X. Heyman was in to mix a song for his new CD, Cornerstone, on the Permanant Press label. The song was mixed by Tony Lewis, assisted by Rob D. Aquino.
We will be adding a lot more of what's happening here at Hot Sound just as fast as our little fingers can type!