Musicians Go After Hours With
Rodrigo y Gabriela with Peter Asher & Rafa
Sardina at After Hours
Eleven-time Grammy Winner mixer/engineer Rafa Sardina (Stevie
Wonder, Dr. Dre, Alejandro Sanz) work
and play always happen after hours.
my own place helps me offer my services to a wider group of artists
or labels. I've been collecting cool gear for many years and most
of it is parked at After Hours. I wanted a comfortable musician-friendly
environment to work on projects that don't necessarily have the
budgets for commercial studios. Plus it allows me to get more involved
with a wider range of artists/bands or music that I love,"
With Quincy Jones
The After Hours
Studios is designed by Clayt Hudson, principal architect of COMPOS/IT/E
with design credits to include: O'Henry Studio C, studios fo David
Lynch, and NRG, to name a few.
With Phil Ramone
evolved from a very basic 'home studio' to one on par with commercial
facilities. Rafa and I worked together to develop a working studio
that would satisfy his Grammy-worthy demands and were able to maximize
the existing spaces to become a dedicated recording/mixing environment
experience," says the architect.
The main studio at After Hours is large enough to accommodate rhythm
track sessions comfortably. After Hours has hosted numerous top-flight
musicians to include: Gregg Bissonette (Don Henley, Duran Duran,
Ray Charles, and Carlos Santana) on drums and songwriter Matt Bissonette
on bass. Artists who have recorded: LA club circuit, Detroit Mutant
Radio. "Your hospitality and engagement with our music was
perfect. The boys had lot of fun cutting over ten songs in two days,"
says Joseph Bialik of DMR.
Sardina took delivery of a SSL Duality console early this year.
After Hours control room houses the ProTools HD system fully loaded
with Apogee converters and plug-ins. "I wanted to have a tool
that would help me mix to the level I'm used to-I've been using
SSL consoles for a very long time-and I find that mixing 'in the
box' doesn't satisfy my requirements, sonically speaking, especially
in recording basic tracks," says Sardina.
clients are getting younger all the time!
Sardina with his new SSL Duality console at After Hours Studio
The studios are booked for tracking, mixing, overdubs and MIDI sessions.
After Hours Control rooms is generously appointed with well-maintained
vintage and contemporary outboard equipment including an impressive
microphone collection like a matched pair of the new Telefunken
Ela M12 which is the recreation of the classic microhone manufactured
in the 60s and considered one of the most desirable of the classic
condenser tube microphones.
Rafa Sardina with Alejandro Sanz at After Hours
a huge fan of AT mics. What I love about these mics is their performance
and versatility. Last year I found myself renting the mics on almost
every session. So, finally I have a pair of my own," says Sardina.
According to the engineer/mixer who has works with major artists
at some of the worlds' top studios (Abbey Road, Chalice and Record
Plant) he uses the mics for Drums and strings to vox and everything
credits include chart topping artists like Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y
Gabriela, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Jessy Moss, Dr. Dre, Luis Miguel,
Sheryl Crow, Marc Antoine, Angie Stone and Alejandro Sanz.
Gregg Bissonette at After Hours
Rafa who has
been working at some of the best studios internationally, decided
to have his own place so he could be more flexible with a wide range
of client budgets and still be able to do what he loves...mixing,
engineering and producing albums.
Photo: Ed Freeman Courtesy of
"I'm mixing songs for a Sony artist in my studio. Even some
of my more established clients will appreciate the cost saving move.
Plus this allows me the luxury to experiment with sound and have
more fun," says the mixer/producer.
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