Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bust out the champagne!

Or at least the beer. We just listened to the final masters on the remnants of my parents' Luxman stereo, purchased in 1981. With big-ass Polk Audio speakers of the same vintage, it sounded pretty full. All Hail the Luxman!

Long story short, the mastering process yielded awesome results and everyone is very happy with the mixes, dynamics and EQ. The masters are shipped off to the plant, so now it's just waiting.

I would like to take credit for this thing sounding so good but it's all Steve: he busted his ass, both during the recording process and during the mixing process, applied a tremendous amount of skill and know how, and only threatened to kill us all once or twice.

Ramon brought a flagon of Chimay, which we drained promptly but we saved the champagne he brought for next time, when the vinyl gets here. We still have a LOT of work to do, but the toughest part is done.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mixing is done.

Hell yeah, we just put the finishing touches on the mixes. I'm beat and going to bed. Goodnight!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Studio Week two

Tuesday and Wednesday are our last mixing sessions. So far we have 5 of 7 songs mixed with just two more to go. The 5 tracks we've mixed so far sound great in the car and on the home stereo (though on the crappy home headphones they sound like ass so maybe it's time to upgrade those). So wish us luck on these last two and we'll see ya around. Hard to believe that, barring any unforeseen calamities, we should be shipping our materials to the pressing plant a week from today.

Meanwhile, for our British friends, remember National Siesta Day is fast approaching (July 11, 2007) so start practicing now!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Nobody can stop the LP Juggernaut now!

Last night was another marathon mixing session. Things are coming along nicely and with 3 more mixing sessions planned over the next two weeks so the Juggernaut's momentum is increasing daily and I think we're on track. Hell, we even just put down a deposit for the mastering session and stuck Steve with dealing with all the pressing plant's legal mumbo jumbo. We even had a big discussion about publishing issues (do we go with the ASCAP, BMI, SESAC route or do we go Creative Commons) and it was 4 against 1 to go the traditional publishing route. Yeah, real dull stuff my friends but the mixing part was quite painless and the beer was of reputable quality. You can't ask for more than that, can you?

Until the next transmission,
Continue to rock as Dio would have wanted,

Monday, May 14, 2007

There's a fire under our asses. Latest Lp update.

The new LP has suddenly blazed into high gear (a manufacturer's sale deadlines will do that to you). Belive it or not we have an LP tracked which will consist of 36 minutes of the material we have recorded thus far. Since we want to take full advantage of the fidelity of the LP format we will be mastering the album on Sunday May 27th at a studio outside our own that specializes in LPs. That Monday we will FedEx the package to the manufacturer. Crazy!!!!!!!! This means huge mixing sessions this week but it will be nice to crank it out.

The other good news is that pending final mixes, Australia's Camera Obscura, may be releasing this album. They have good distribution and we've always admired their roster of artists so we're hoping that they stay aboard.

What does this mean for you loyal LP4 fans? Well, it means that we'll actually have the Lps back before the covers and inserts are completed which still have to be put together. All in all we'll be on track for a late summer release of 500 purple vinyl LPs with a booklet and a CDR titled "All Things are Light".

Until our next transmission

Keep on rockin' in the free world,