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one of LA's top flight engineer/mixers, Mark began his recording
career while in college when he started his own PA company. While
running the company, he began working with artists such as Seals
& Crofts, Sha Na Na, and Livingston Taylor. Two years later,
Mark began working in Hollywood for Artist Recording Studio. “It
was a pretty funky old place,” he said, “at 6 PM every night the
local AM radio transmitters switched patterns and began interfering
with the recording equipment.” Yet he remembers being happy about
the recording freedom he otherwise enjoyed there. For a brief period
Mark worked for Paramount and then Mystic studios. But in 1973 he
moved to New York and began working as a staff engineer in Manhattan.
He then enrolled at Boston University as a communications major,
moved to Boston and volunteered at the school’s 50,000 watt NPR
in Boston, he met a Hanley Sound rep. who knew Frank Zappa’s crew.
When Zappa’s soundman became sick before the first tour date in
Hartford, Connecticut, Mark recieved a phone call. It was Zappa’s
band, who wanted him to fill in. He single-handedly, mixed the concert
from their 48-channel board. From that success he ended up working
with Zappa’s band for the next two years. In 1976, Mark worked for
Earth, Wind & Fire’s 8-month tour. During that time he met George
Massenberg and was offered a job as second engineer at Sunset Sound,
which he accepted. He worked at Sunset for two years before striking
out on his own to become an independent engineer in 1979.
went to work for Amigo (Warner Bros.) under Lee Herschberg. While
at Amigo, he worked with Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Los Lobos
and Michael McDonald. He remained at Amigo until 1984 when Warner
Bros. shut the studio down. Mark returned to his independent status
full-time in 1984. One of his long-term projects included working
with Brian Wilson on his solo LPs, Beach Boys compact disk reissues
for Capitol Records, and “The Pet Sounds Sessions” boxset which
earned him a Grammy nomination in 1998.
he moved to his current residence in Southern California nine years
ago he was looking for a house to accommodate a small studio. Today
Mark's home studio offers a customized API console with 36 inputs
and flying faders, an airpack remote system, and a 14 input UA console,
built in 1962 (originally installed in historical Western Studio
#2). Ninety percent of Mark's work is now done at his home studio.
" The home studio (a 20 x 15 room) allows me to develop individual
techniques, experimenting with room mics and sounds," says
(Mark's bio courtesy of Ribbon Microphones)
mixed a live recording of Brian Wilson performing the songs from
Pet Sounds at the Royal Festival Hall in London, released in June
2002 by Sanctuary Records. Mark is working on the Beach Boys' albums
Pet Sounds and Surf's Up, mixing them to 5.1 surround at 96 kHz
sampling for DVD-Audio release by Capitol. The Pet Sounds DVD-A, scheduled for release in early 2003,
has some bonus cuts, including an instrumental, "Summer Means
New Love," which originally appeared on the Beach Boys' previous
release, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and is very much a precursor
to the way of working that the band adopted for Pet Sounds.
Your Place Or Mine
It's the second
time Mark remixed Pet Sounds, originally released in 1966 and regarded
by many as the best of the Beach Boys' albums and one of the most
significant recordings of the 1960s. The first time, in 1996, he
performed the first stereo mix of the album for CD reissue, assembling
the tracks on digital multitrack. This time, he's using the latest
in high-quality DAW systems: Apogee's
NativeTools, a powerful combination of Apogee's AD-16 and DA-16
converters with Steinberg's Nuendo software
Current Credits: Mark
received Grammy nomination for best engineered album which he recorded
and mixed for Brian
Wilson who won his first solo Grammy in 2005 for "Best Rock
Instrumental Performance" for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"
from his best-selling SMiLE album.
Mark has completed 5 remote recordings in 2002 to-date with his
location recording services dubbed “Your Place or Mine.”
Most recently Mark worked on Dave Alvin's
"Public Domain" which won a Grammy in 2001. Also Mark
completed two live albums for Dave in 2002 "Out in California"
and its compnaion "Outtakes in Ca" both of which he engineered
and co-prouced. Mark co-produced and engineered the live Blasters
reunion CD "Troule Bound." Additional artists Mark has
worked with recently include Los Straitjackets (co-produced 2 and
engineered 4 CDs) Red Meat, Christy McWilson, Big Sandy & the
Flyright Boys and John Lithgow.
Todd Rundgren and Elliot Easton (New Cars), Mark Linett and Prairie
Prince (New Cars).
Over the course
of a career, Mark
Linett has worked closely with such seminal artists as The
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Love, and, most
recently, the New Cars.
Linett and the
New Cars - Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes from the original band
in addition to Todd Rundgren, drummer Prairie Prince and singer/bassist
Kasim Sulton - set up shop at Sound Stage in Burbank, California
for three days of rehearsal in front of an invite-only live audience
in January. "They are going out on tour so we did a live recording
to hear how things were coming together, as well as to record a
live album," Linett explains. In addition to the New Cars gigs,
Linett has recently used his API flavored system on remote dates
for the Isley Brothers, Hawthorne Heights, Nada Surf and a bunch
of Brian Wilson projects that include the "Live At The Roxy
Theatre" album, the "Pet Sounds Live" DVD and CD
and the "SMiLE" DVD and CD. He also mixed Wilson's "SMiLE,"
"Gettin' In Over My Head" and "What I Really Want
For Christmas," the singer's most recent Christmas album, at
his some studio.
818-990-3031 or 877-645-9777
e- mail: Mark Linett
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