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In the Studio

What we're working on

  • I’ve been working with the indie-pop darlings, Monteclair, for almost 5 years now. After many records as a quartet they trimmed down to a three piece last year. Greg, their virtuosic guitarist started taking up the vocal void. At first I was super skeptical about it and waited for them to tell me they’d be auditioning vocalists. It seems when guitarists switch to vocalist, it’s always an awkward transition. But that never happened. And once ...

  • I was able to work with piano savant Sean Beier (The Bellevederes, Bosley) this past fall recording his jazz trio Steady Pleasures in a house from the late 1800s here in the historic neighborhood of Reservoir Hill. Sean played on an 1800s Charles Stieff 52″ upright. I don’t typically record outside of the studio, but for this project it really made sense to rip out some gear, grab a bunch of vintage mics and record a ...

Making a Record

How we do it

  • Neumann U47s. RCA 44s. Shure SM7s. All amazing mics. All very different characteristics. Ever wonder what was under the hood of all these mics? Matt Mcglynn over at recordinghacks.com has a microphone database that offers an insane amount of information about vintage out-of-print mics and modern mics currently being manufactured. This site is a wonderful resource and has a lot of the following information: Frequency response graphs Pickup patterns Impedance, SPL/Noise Weight, Dimensions, Power Specifications ...

Around Baltimore

mulling over music in our town

  • J. Roddy Walston & The Business‘s self-titled 2010 album was released on Vagrant Records, significantly raising the national profile of the band, which had been Baltimore rock royalty ever since relocating from Walston’s native Tennessee in 2004. But the follow-up, Essential Tremors, finds the quartet hopping to an even bigger label, ATO Records, which was co-founded by Dave Matthews and boasts a roster including My Morning Jacket, The Alabama Shakes and Drive-By Truckers. So it ...

Music at Large

what else is out there

  • There were some pretty amazing videos in 2013. And it wasn’t just bands performing on a stage. There were videos that actually felt like mini-films. NPR Music compiled a list of their favorites. Baltimore’s Beach House had a pretty surreal video included on this list. Also Beyoncé released 17 videos for her latest release, but the video included in this list was for “Flawless”. And last but not least there is a video from the ...