2016 Yeah!

The end of 2015 got nice and busy.  September saw me join the UB40 boys once more in my beloved RAK studio 2 to complete the recording for their new acoustic album. Hey, and we mixed everything to 1/2" tape, lush.

I got nominated for a couple of awards, didn't win, but that didn't stop us! I spend an amazing time in the studio with 70's post-punkers The Comsat Angels. We recorded and mixed three tracks in RAK Studio 3 with myself engineering and Kevin Bacon in the production and bass chairs.

The amazing Jonathan Quarmby pulled me into that same studio 3 to drive the Neve on sessions for Laurence Fox and Aura Dione and I stayed there on a fab string session for Luke Higgins

December and the start of January saw me locked into RAK 1 & 3 with the superbly talented Plan B, writing with the dynamite duo Craze & Hoax. 

In between all my RAK visits, the board in the Sonic Cuisine saw some really cool stuff. We completed Gloria Nuti's "Quando Non Sei Con Me" with Jon Klein topping it off with stellar video work.

 

Late summer 2015 was spent in a new studio for me. Tobin Jones's Park studios was our home to record three songs for Georgia Nevada. The first of that selection has been released and is available on all digital outlets. "Loneliness" was written by my lovely wife and myself. I pulled in Jon klein on guitars, Chris Bell on kit, Caroline Campbell on bass, Mo Michael and Raie on BVs. I engineered and produced the work and found myself doubling up on acoustic guitar and additional BV duties. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the follow up singles.

 

Work has started on the mixing for a new and very exciting band "Tenth Electric". These guys combine hard rock, metal and Electronic Dance Music influences. I will keep you posted on that one. I, for one, am very thrilled.

I had to take a little break from the studio to head over to the NAMM convention. There I had the pleasure and honour to conduct my own workshop on how to get your studio and live sound to a full room. This led to being invited on two more panels with Mark Frink presiding. We covered D.I. boxes and Live sound. To top it all off, I got to do a full on software demo for Duane Wise's Wholegrain Quartet and Trio plug ins. Very cool to be on the same bill as the great Nathaniel Kunkel!

In the midst of all this studio madness, I still had a little time to squeeze in mixing Front Of House for the mighty Praying Mantis at the Islington O2 and of course the mastering doesn't stop either. Delta Unit, Deborah Bonham, Abstract Source and Joolz Denby were just a few of the GHQ Sonic Cuisine mastering clients.

The TC guys have launched a cool new online magazine, The Vintage Musician. We've been busy at RAK and the Sonic Cuisine filming a bunch of vids on vintage gear.


Speaking of gear, the Sonic Cuisine has acquired a few new bits and pieces: Meris Mercury 7 Reverb (AMAZING!), two Crane Song Insignas, Drawmer 1960, Joe Meek (C2, VC2 & Stereo Comp), SPL De-esser, Roland Dimension D, TLAudio C-2021 and a couple of TC pedals ( Phaser, Delay and Dreamscape), UAD Dangerous EQ, Sonnox Envolution

That's it for now. Hope to mix your sounds through all this loveliness very soon.


Quality Sound Matters

It's pretty cool being asked to write about your opinion on a subject for the trade press. It is even cooler when you get a call from The Grammy folk and ask you if it's ok for them to post your piece on their Quality Sound Matters website. So, here it is people. Hope you enjoy the read.

Couple more things to report on.

Work on Mo Michael's album is rolling along nicely. In the mean time, Mo, film maker extra-ordinaire Jon Klein and myself holed up at RAK studio 2 for the day to film Mo perform 4 of his songs...Live. No overdubs, No trickery! Here's the first one for you.

Mo Michael performs his song Moses Jones Live at Rak Studios.

Lastly, it is with great pleasure and humility that I report that yours truly has been nominated for Studio Engineer Of The Year in the Focusrite sponsored Pro Sound News Awards this year. Fingers crossed.


Wesonator Interview

George Shilling & RecordProduction visited The Wesonator at Dean Street Studios, London, to find out more about his escape from Belgium to the production Metropolis of London and get a little insight in to his recording and production techniques.

Thank you Mike Banks for the filming, editing and amazing photography. And thanks Debs Skeldon from Big Sound PR  and Lise Regan at Dean St. for making this happen.

Check out some more of the fab photos Mike Banks took.

PHOTO GALLERY OF WES MAEBE PICURES THAT MIKE TOOK AT DEAN STREET


Wesonator Snacks, Fresh From The Sonic Cuisine

Let's start with the big snack first. I've been keeping quiet about this since we started recording, dropping occasional studio pics from the session, but now, it's official. The record is out and the lovely Jen at Trinifold gave me my copy yesterday when the band took to the stage at Kew The Music.

It all started when Trish at RAK studios called me in to record. When I asked her what the project was, she told me it was Ali Campbell from UB40. Cool! It only got better from there on. Turns out it's Ali, Astro and Mickey back together again and we were going to record some of their hits in acoustic format. They guys were joined by Winston Delandro on guitars, Paul Slowly on percussion and the amazing Matt Hoy on BVs. 

We set up in my fave RAK studio 2 and went on to record the full album in 3 days! I got even more excited when I was asked back to mix the record. We decided to stay in studio 2 so I could mix on the wonderful API console everything had been recorded through and after two days the entire record was done and dusted.

Mastering was set to happen at Metropolis and I had a blast putting the finishing touches to this work with Hippy Baldwin.

UB40 are the most amazing guys to work with and Ali, wow, what a voice! All it took was a great vintage Neumann U47 and a 70's era API mic pre and wallop, there it was: UB40.

If you want to hear the band, up close and personal, give this one a spin. 

Just a quick shout out to a few extra people who made this one happen: Thanks Trish for trusting me with the boys. Scott, Mike and Dave at Advanced Audio Microphones for introducing me to your mics. The CM67se and CM49 are all over this one. They even feature on the front cover artwork! Dennis Weinreich for the loan of your AKG The Tube. Max for being thrown in at the deep end as my assistant :-) and finally, Ali, Astro, Mickey, Matt, Winston and Slowly for being the coolest cats ever.

In the mean time I ended up in the gorgeous chapel at Royal Holloway in Egham to record the film score for Fiona Howe's new film and I spent a wonderful three days at The Park Studios in Wembley recording an EP for the very talented Georgia Nevada.  Mixing for that session has started and we have a few more overdubs to do. I'll keep you posted on that project as it comes along.

As per usual we'll finish up this news update with some Sonic Cuisine gear updates.

There are some new hard and software units gracing the room: Meris 440 mic pre, Drawmer 1960, Focusrite 3, Solo Dallas The Schaffer Replica (Thanks Goose & Fil), Moog MF-Trem, Roland Dimension D, A Cranesong Insigna, and a pair of Dynaudio BM5A MKIII on IsoAcoustics stands. Software newcomers: UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, UAD Dangerous BAX EQ, UAD API Vision Channel Strip, Cranesong Phoenix & Peacock, Dave Hill Designs RA II. 

They're all looking forward to working on your new material.

See you on the other side of the glass.