Rhumba (formed by the partnership between Dubway Studios and Murmur Music), produced a jingle for the automobile service, AAA, via the agency, Majestic Media. Michael Rubin composed and arranged the music, while Nathaniel Reichman was the lead audio producer. Rhumba produced the vocal session in the Mezzanine studio.
Mario Spinetti was back in the Mezzanine with engineer Sam Palumbo recording three Chinese instruments for a new original song. The session featured musicians Wei Wei on guzheng, FeiFei Yang on erhu, and Lu Liu on pipa.
Christian singer and songwriter Harvest Parker came from Atlanta to record in our Mezzanine studio, tracking piano and vocals for five songs off her new Christian EP. The session was accompanied by producer David Gungor and pianist John Arndt (of The Brilliance), while her brother, Christian singer-songwriter Daniel Bashta, was also in attendance. Sam Palumbo engineered.
After the piano and vocals tracking was complete, Harvest had time to record a live performance of her new song, "Anchor" with piano and cello. See the video below:
Last weekend, we hosted a 26-piece string and brass orchestra in our Mezzanine studio, tracking the score for the upcoming Spanish film, Patricia: el Regreso del Sueno. Composer Misael Mañón was on hand while Caonex Peguero conducted. Sam Palumbo engineered the session with Mariah Cruz assisting. See a clip from the tracking session below:
Singer-songwriter Alla Ray was back in the Mezzanine recording rhythm tracks for five new songs off her upcoming album.
Pictured from left to right are engineer Sam Palumbo, bassist Rob Jost, keyboardist Dominic Fallacaro, Alla Ray, vocal producer Ron Shetler, drummer Doug Yowell, producer Al Houghton, and assistant Hayden O'Leary.
Last Friday, musician Alan Walker (of indie rock band The Brilliant Mistakes) was in the Mezzanine recording strings for his upcoming solo album. Producer Lincoln Schleifer conducted his string quartet arrangement (Meg Okura and Joe Deninzon on violin, Chern Hwei Fung on viola, and Marika Hughes on cello) of two songs from the album. Dubway's Sam Palumbo engineered.
Simone Dinnerstein is a New York-based classical pianist, internationally renowned for her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart. Notably, she funded that album independently. On her newest Sony Classical release, Mozart In Havana, Dinnerstein collaborated with Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23.
Six-time Emmy winning composer and keyboard player Peter Fish worked with Dubway engineer Sam Palumbo, producing compositions by Irv Shafer with a jazz ensemble in the Mezzanine studio. This live session (vocals, piano, drums, bass and saxophone) was dedicated to exhuming songs composed by a Irv Shafer, a contemporary of George and Ira Gershwin, and so introducing new inspiration into the current canon of jazz standards.
Vocal producer and arranger Tim Davis worked with Dubway engineer Russell Castiglione last week to audition singers for his next project. Davis is well-known for his vocal arrangements for Glee, Tyler, the Creator, and Pentatonix.
Spanish electronic music sensation Uner was in studio tracking percussion and piano for his new album. Working with him was Dubway engineer Mike Swells, who Uner has developed a friendship with after DJ'ing together for many years. His new album is set to release this summer of 2017.
Freelance classical producer and recording engineer Marlan Barry (who has worked with us previously recording Yo-Yo Ma) worked with producer Geoffrey Silver from Acis Productions on mix edits for a recording of Handel's "Messiah" for a major NY ensemble. The mix sessions were attended by the ensemble in our Mezzanine studio and on our Main Floor studios.
Composer Eugene Marlow produced a live band with CUNY Baruch College students this March.
His original composition, "The Rhythm of My Future," features a combination of sample hip-hop drum tracks and improvised world music instruments, including electric guitar, sitar, clarinet, pan flute, saxophone, koto, steel drum, and Rhodes.
The recording is part of a music video commissioned by the Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Jr., Dean of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, CUNY Baruch College.
Engineer Adrian Thorstensen did the audio post-production mix for Clay Cane's groundbreaking documentary "Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church" which aired on BET.com and was screened at The White House last year.
Happy Thursday, Dubway family! For today's throwback, we're highlighting a project that Dubway owner Al Houghton and former co-owner Mike Crehore worked on a few years ago..
SongCraft Presents is a "web series in which featured artists write and record a song in the course of a day with host Ben Arthur. Producers Al Houghton and Mike Crehore then take the song and shape it into a polished studio track.
There’s no cheating. From concept and lyrics to arrangement and performance, the pressure is on to make not just a good song, but a great song.
Often filmed in NYC’s renowned Dubway Studios, the artists have access to the best recording resources available: vintage instruments, state-of-the-art recording software and hardware, and the best engineers in the business.
Here are the first and last parts from one of the episodes of the series featuring Kaleta and his band Zozo Afrobeat.
John Luther Adams was in the studio with producer Nathaniel Reichman mixing his highly-anticipated new choral piece "Canticles of the Holy Wind". The piece, commissioned by Chamber Choir Kamer and The Crossing Choir, was recorded in a church in rural Pennsylvania, and features The Crossing Choir led by conductor Donald Nally.
Cantaloupe Music’s ongoing commitment to surround-sound gave Nathaniel Reichman and recording engineer Paul Zinman the opportunity to record the piece as it was originally intended to be heard: four separate choirs surrounding the audience. Nathaniel says, “There’s always a let-down when you switch from the immersiveness of surround to the flatter, more ‘painterly’ stage of stereo. But in this piece, that difference is huge.”
John Luther Adams and Nathaniel have worked on many albums at Dubway together, including the 2015 Grammy-winning album (and Pulitzer Prize winning composition), Become Ocean. Looking ahead to the release of the new album, Nathaniel adds “John has written another profound and exquisite piece, and the choir’s performance is extraordinary. We’re all really proud of the result.”
Look for the album and new performances of "Canticles of the Holy Wind" in the spring of 2017.
Back in Logic version 2, you could enter your own key commands for nearly every function in the application. This led to a lot of confusion, but it was fun. Mac OS X allows users to add key commands to installed applications, but the process is a little inflexible, and system maintenance can easily erase your work. To address this problem, Keyboard Maestro has become a favorite tool of professional artists. Keyboard Maestro runs as a background process and takes almost no CPU power. I rely on it heavily while using Pro Tools. Here are some of my favorite custom commands:
command-r: Show/Hide Clip Name
option-d: Delete Fades
control-r: open Pitch 'n Time Pro
I’m in the middle of a project that has caused me to become an Izotope RX ninja. You can automate the process of getting from Pro Tools to RX and back:
shift-c (clicks on an open Audiosuite plug-in for RX Connect): RX Connect Send
shift-d (sends the audio back to Pro Tools, waits 0.5 seconds for the application switch, and then renders the audio by hitting the Audiosuite plug-in): RX Connect Render
This greatly speeds up insanely tedious tasks. Here’s a screenshot of my custom key commands. I regularly update these depending on what (tedious) task I’m doing:
All of this is no substitute for learning all the key commands that Pro Tools already has. So for a little bedtime reading, here’s the official shortcut guide. Be careful when adding commands, because if they overlap with existing commands, the computer might yell at you.
Singer and songwriter Alla Ray has been working closely with our team at Dubway on her new album (currently untitled). Check out this promo video featuring her sessions in our mezzanine studio. Al Houghton and Ron Shetler (vocal coach) produced the recordings, and Chris Montgomery mixed them.
Visiting from Los Angeles, Raye Zaragoza began recording her debut album (title TBA) in the mezzanine with engineer Chris Montgomery. Accompanying her are musicians Goh Izawa, Tom Basom, Desmond White and Christian Nourijanian.
Raye Zaragoza is an independent singer-songwriter from New York. She released her debut EP "Heroine" in 2015, with its title single "Heroine" receiving acclaim across the US and UK. Honoring her Native-American roots, her latest release "In The River: A Protest Song," was written in solidarity with the Standing Rock sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline, whose video received half a million views on Facebook and has raised thousands of dollars for Standing Rock's supply fund. You can now pre-order and help fund Raye's 100% independent album on PledgeMusic.