100% Analog Mixed Direct to Vinyl
Pictured in United Recording's Studio B are Jim Keltner, drums; Jim Cox, keyboards; Tim Pierce, guitars, arranger; Ying Tan, producer Michael C Ross engineer, producer; Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Vanessa Fernandez, artist; Chris Chaney, bass; Charlie Bisharat, violin. (not pictured Luis Conte, percussion. Photo by David Goggin.
Top engineer/producer Michael C Ross returned to United Recording for a pure analog audiophile project recorded to 2-inch tape, which will be mastered by Bernie Grundman to lacquers cut through a Vintage Neve desk direct to the lathe.
Ross, who began his career as an assistant engineer when the studio was known as Ocean Way, has a credit list that includes Christina Aguilera, David Sanborn, Pussycat Dolls, Lisa Loeb, Queen Latifah, and Vanessa Carlton, among scores of others. "It's always great to work here in the same rooms where my career began," Ross commented. "It's a superb acoustical point of reference for me and I can just jump into a project with complete confidence."
Recording artist Vanessa Fernandez is covering a selection of Led Zeppelin songs performed in mostly "unplugged" acoustic arrangements, with a few hard rock surprises. Tim Pierce, the guitarist/arranger of Fernandez's debut album "Use Me" is providing the guitar and arranging honors once again.
Top LA-based session musicians include Jim Keltner on drums, Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) on bass), Luis Conte (James Taylor, Santana, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola) on percussion), and Jim Cox on keyboards.
Led Zeppelin numbers covered by Fernandez include "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "Kashmir," "Lemon Song," "Immigrant Song," and the title cut "When The Levee Breaks." The triple LP package will include a 12-inch bonus LP with an extended rock version of "Whole Lotta Love" for a total music program of 11 tracks spread over 6 sides.
Utilizing a vintage Neve mastering console direct to the cutting lathe, the specialized process eliminates two steps in the normal LP cutting process: a) mixing the 2 inch MT master down to the usual 1/4 inch production master and b) bypassing the board in the cutting room with EQ only applied only via the Neve board itself. The use of this novel and rarely used LP mastering process, combined with the recently mounted new cutting head in the BGM lathe, promises an LP with stunning analog sound quality to complement the album's exceptional musical performances.
The Groove Note Records album will debut in 2016 at Munich High End in Europe and domestically at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach.
About United Recording
United Recording was founded in 1957 by the legendary recording engineer and electronics inventor Bill Putnam with the backing of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The studios were acquired and renamed Ocean Way Recording in 1977, and after acquisition in 2013 by Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., were re-launched under the original name in 2014. United Recording, one of the world's most recognized music recording studios, with more awards than any other recording enterprise, is responsible for record sales of more than one billion units. http://www.unitedrecordingstudios.com/
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