The Elementary Choice -- Soundfield for Holmes
2009 is the planned release date for the latest filmed addition
to the Sherlock Holmes canon, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude
Law in an almost irreverent take on the story of Baker Street's
most famous detective. Downey Jr.'s clumsy, tousle-headed, slightly
risqué version of Holmes is far removed from the calculating,
ice-cool character portrayed by the likes of Basil Rathbone and
Jeremy Brett in the past, and yet somehow, it all works brilliantly.
Exterior filming for the new Holmes film began in early 2009 in
suitably old-fashioned locations in Liverpool, London, Chatham,
and Manchester, with Second Unit sound recordings being overseen
by freelance sound mixer John Casali. His recent credits read like
a shopping list of UK-themed Hollywood blockbusters, with work on
two Harry Potter films and on the recent James Bond film prior to
Sherlock Holmes. Having borrowed a SoundField ST250 microphone as
an experiment for the first Bond film, Casali bought a more up-to-date
portable ST350 system to capture on-set surround ambience when he
worked on his first Harry Potter two years ago, and has been using
it ever since.
Like all of SoundField's other microphones, the ST350 captures audio
in the four-channel SoundField B-Format, an output-independent format
from which phase-coherent audio can be derived in mono, stereo,
M&S or 5.1 surround sound can be derived using proprietary SoundField
processing, and all from a single lightweight, portable microphone.
"I used the ST350 a lot on crowd scenes and in the Great Hall
at Hogwarts on the Harry Potter films, and on Sherlock Holmes it's
been great for capturing the sounds of the period horse-drawn carriages
on the streets,"
"I use Altiverb a lot to capture the impulse response of acoustic
spaces we're recording in, and the ST350 has been brilliant for
that, too. Now, whenever we're working in a location with a recognizable
acoustic, I take an impulse response, because you can use it to
recreate the ambience later in post. It's very handy for realistic
dialogue replacement in post-production."
With shooting complete on Sherlock Holmes, John Casali is already
working on his next projects, together with his ST350. "When
I first tried out the ST250, it was a bit of an experiment,"
he admits. "Then I purchased the ST350 and started using it
more often and now I never leave for a job without it!"
manufacturers of highly respected gear included: L.A. studio musician
and pro audio developer PETER MONTESSI of A
DESIGNS ; UK's Hi-end monitor manufacturer BEN LILLY of
LOUDSPEAKERS ; One of the brightest minds in handmade microphones
of our dayDAVID BOCK of BOCK
AUDIO; Blues Magoos drummer/engineer/pro audio designer
GEOFF DAKING of DAKING;
Creator of The new bridge between tape machines and DAWs
CHRIS ESTES of ENDLESS
ANALOG; Inventor/Producer GEORGE MASSENBURG (Lyle Lovett,
Aaron Neville, Dixie Chicks) of GML,
and boss man at Legendary all-tube recording equipment from Denmark,
JESPER B. NIELSEN of TUBE-TECH
Well done, James!
(Producer, Mixer, engineer)
has performed with artist such as Juanes, Café Tacuba, Molotov,
to name a few. They won Colombia's biggest awards, THE SHOCK AWARDS,
for RECORDING OF THE YEAR.
best holiday albums, are actually not holiday albums! Take the Colombian
band Superlitio for instance, who brings a masterful fusion of jazz,
funky-rock, reggae, salsa, freestyle punk in its fourth album "CALIDOSOUND"
produced by Rafa
Call the six musicians whatever you want, but these Latin Grammy
nominated band (best new artist) makes you groove to polyphonic
rhythms with polished pop melodies reminiscent of Beatles (Te Lastime)
to Prince like (Feeling Funky) or Bowie (Lo Fi). Romantic and danceable,
the mood is happy go lucky. Just what the doctor ordered for this
as it might seem to record abroad, it was a blast to produce one
of the most versatile bands I have been involved with.
They display an eclectic style but making it very cohesive and classic
structured with a modern twist. This guys really shine live!"
says the producer, Rafa Sardina. Watch this band - they truly cross
the language barrier and though Superlithio is largely in Spanish,
it's hard to label it Latin or world music. Rather it's music made
for our world.
Studios reports a busy month. John Mayer mixed in C. The session
was produced by John Mayer with engineer Joe Ferla assisted by Justin
Gerrish Angelique Kidjo and John Legend recorded in B. The session
was produced by Angelique Kidjo with engineer Justin Gerrish assisted
by Aki Nishimura Aaron Neville recorded in G with producer / engineer
Steve Ivy assisted by Rick Kwan -asst Bolden! film music recorded
in A with producers Delfeayo Marsalis & Dan Pritzker, engineer
Ed Cherney assisted by Justin Gerrish Chimene Badi recorded in Studio
A with producer Scott Jacoby, engineer Neil Dorfsman assisted by
Justin Gerrish. The Broadway Boys recorded in A with producer Jesse
Nager, engineer Rob Killenberger assisted by Fernando Lodeiro. Afro-Peruvian
Sextet recorded in Studio C with producer Gabriel Alegria, engineer
Jim Anderson assisted by Fernando Lodeiro. Jessye Norman recorded
in C with producer / engineer Adrian Von Ripka assisted by Rick
Add Some Sun To Your Chrismtas List....How would you like
to wake up in the morning, have breakfast with your mates, and take
a short walk across a Sonoma County ranch to your studio session?
Sun's Studio C hosted band Everest who moved in for a couple
weeks to track their next full length release for Vapor Records.
Having built a buzzworthy rep touring with Neil Young and Wilco,
Everest is made up of a group of veteran musicians, producers, and
engineers (including Eli from the Delta Spirit sessions on bass).
Everest brought along journeyman Fritz Michaud (Silversun Pickups)
to manage the Neve/Studer/Pro Tools side of things, freeing the
members to concentrate on their roles as players. Look for the results
early next year.
For a limited
time, Prairie Sun Recording is offering a holiday special for musicians.
10-hour lockout days in Studio B (30 years history with Pete Townshend's
old Neve console and where Tom Waits' Mule Variations was recorded).
$400/day (up to 5) without engineer. Rent a Prairie Sun guesthouse
(up to 5 nights) for $50 a night with some Terms and Restrictions.
"Want analog color and tone with the convenience of recording
direct to Pro Tools? Track through this Neve, and hear the difference.
Better yet, rent or buy a reel of 2-inch tape, we'll dump it to
Pro Tools, and get ready to be awed when you pull the tracks up
at home to overdub or mix," says owner Mooka Rennick.
duo Air Supply recently tracked their 2010 release entitled Mumbo
Jumbo at Odds
On Records & Studios A (which houses one of the largest
consoles in the country, a 96-input SSL Duality console), and mixed
it in Studio Bs SSL 9000K room. Air Supply The band also recorded
three new tracks at the studio after it thought the album was completed.
I just keep writing so we recorded three more tracks from
scratch ? the tracking rooms are just fantastic, explains
Russell. Air Supply also turned to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the
first string session to perform in Odds Ons live room, to
contribute to the recording process. The Las Vegas Philharmonic
was incorporated into four tracks on the new album. Award-winning
independent and part-time staff engineer James Bonzai
Caruso mixed the entire record and also engineered several tracks.
The album was produced by Air Supply with guidance from Bonzai.We
wanted continuity to the album and Bonzai just brought this beautiful
sound to the record, continues Russell. We trusted him
completely and he brought new life to the project. As avid
performers, Air Supply does about 130 shows a year. The band will
be on the road touring for the remainder of 2009 currently
on a month-long Asian tour, and then heading to the Middle East,
Canada and Mexico. When it returns to the states, the band will
be gearing up for its new 2010 release.
singer, pianist, multi instrumentalist and Las Vegas resident Frankie
Moreno recently turned to Odds On Records & Studios, the newest
high-end recording facility in the area, to mix several tracks for
his new full-length album Unknown Artist, expected to
be released in 2010. With a musical style that mixes rock/funk with
classical, Morenos newest album incorporates plenty of classical
orchestrations, from flute solos to a 14-piece orchestra. While
Moreno did record a few of his solos from home, Odds Ons 12,500
sq/ft acoustically-pristine live room, which is directly adjacent
to Studio A, was the perfect fit for these larger orchestra sessions.
Working with Odds Ons engineer and long-time friend, Matt
Salveson throughout the mixing process, Moreno has tracked and mixed
songs in the studios SSL Duality room (Studio A) as well as
in the SSL Matrix room (Studio C). He will be playing at Las Vegas
famous Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino for the remainder of 2009
and will be back in studio between performances to work with Salveson
to finalize his 2010 release.
Rock Studios who won the best new studio award in this years
Audio Pro International excellence awards!! "We are very happy
with the win, it is very nice to see all the hard work that went
into building our dream studio being recognized on an international
level," says owner, Kostas Kalimeris. You can check out the
will.i.am booked Bernie Grundman Mastering for sessions with mastering
engineer Chris Bellman for the Black Eyed Peas album from Interscope,
(Energy Never Dies), which has been nominated for the Album of the
Year by The Recording Academy.
Najee will perform the National Anthem at the Orlando Magics
home game on December 25th, Christmas Day. ESPN is airing a double
header that day with the second game being the Boston Celtics versus
the Orlando Magic. This should be a huge game because it will be
nationally televised, and also because Boston is a conference rival
and this will be their only trip to Orlando this season. Najee recently
released Mind Over Matter on Heads Up International.
"The ST350 has been brilliant for capturing the basic 5.1 beds
that the post-production guys use to build up the surround mix from
scene to scene," explains Casali. "It creates very realistic
soundscapes. Sometimes I still can't believe it's all from one mic."
John is currently
working on both parts of the forthcoming 'Harry Potter and the Deathly
the U.S. distributor for ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) audio
reference speakers, will introduce the U.K. manufacturer's first
ever compact active three-way studio control monitor, the ATC
SCM25A Pro, at the 127th AES Convention in New York.
Designed for positioning on a meter bridge, or rack-mountable for
broadcast applications, the ATC SCM25A Pro offers very high-performance
in the most compact possible form factor.
The SCM25A Pro incorporates ATC's proprietary short coil seven-inch
carbon-paper woofer, a three-inch soft dome midrange driver and
a one-inch silk dome tweeter in a ported enclosure that measures
10.4 inches (264 mm)
(H) x 16.9 inches (430 mm) (W) x 16 inches (408 mm) (D). The integrated
tri-amplifier generates 150 W RMS for the woofer, 50 W RMS for the
midrange and 25 W RMS for the tweeter. The passively cooled amp
pack also features FET limiting. The crossovers are all 4th order,
critically damped with phase compensation.
For more information
Soundfield contact Brad
Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com
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Pedro Rovetto : Bass
Alejandro Lozano : Guitar
Felipe Bravo : Vox, Key and Guitar
Dino Leandro : Turntable and Machines
Armando Gonzalez : Drums
Recording Holiday Special in Studio B
Call the studio today (707) 795-7011
from left to right at Odds On Records & Studios in Las Vegas,
Nevada is Mike Zerbe, Frankie Moreno, Matt Salveson and Tony Moreno.
Pictured (L-R) during mastering sessions at Bernie Grundman Mastering
are Dante Santiago, A&R creative executive producer; will.i.am,
artist/executive producer; Dylan "3D" Dresdow, mixer;
Padraic "Padlock" Kerin, recording engineer; Chris Bellman,
mastering engineer. Photo by David Goggin.