with Ken Allardyce
of astronomical true north is marked
in the skies by the north celestial pole.
Due to the precession of the Earth's axis, true north rotates in
an arc with respect to the stars that takes approximately 25,000
years to complete.
Fortunately you don't have to wait that long to visit True North
Recording located in Nairn (also known as Nairnshire), an ancient
fishing port and market town around 16 miles (26 km) east of Inverness,
Nairn has an
expanse of sand beaches and is known as a world class golfing destination,
with two 18 hole Championship golf courses. The town also hosts
the Nairn International Jazz Festival each August, usually attracting
world class musicians.
and prdoucer Ken
Allardyce (Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Avril Lavign, Green Day)
returned home to his native Scotland after thirty plus years in
One reason is
that these days you don't really need to be, in what were once considered
world music centers (LA, NY, London and Nashville) in order to work
with major talent. Allardyce agrees that it has been a good move.
"I get to enjoy my family and live and work surrounded by nature
which I love," says Allardyce.
Allardyce converted the loft of his place in the Highlands into
a studio. "While it is suitable for tracking and overdubs,
for which I have a good assortment of mics and preamps, I have built
it primarily for mixing," says Allardyce who finds the summing
box route to complement his Pro Tools rig. "I opted at the
chance of acquiring an old Quantum console modified and renovated
by Steve Firlotte customized for me. This offers the ability to
blend the old and the new using a combination of plug-ins and outboard
gear in the analogue stage while mixing," says Allardyce who
calls his studio, now his second home.
great space to work in and I'm very happy with the results I've
been getting," says Allardyce.
numerous chart-topping popular recordings to his credit including:
Green Days "Nimrod," and Warning cd's
for Reprise, Weezers Green Album for Interscope,
and the Goo Goo Doll's "Dizzy Up The Girl" and "Gutterflower"
albums. He also produced and mixed Les Wampas, produced and mixed
Madmoiselle K, produced Birdland for The Yardbirds, engineered
and mixed legendary French chanteuse Sylvie Vartan's latest album,
"Nouvelle Vague" and engineered tracks on Avril Lavigne's
"The Best Damn Thing".
Allardyce at studioexpresso