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Rain at The Shack

Console Mixing Challenge – Rain (Joe Gilder)

 

 

WrittenJoe Gilder in June 2017

Recorded – Home Studio Corner June 2017

Additional tracks – Kev (bass), Pat (sax), Pez (drums) recorded at The Shack in July 2017

Bass (DI), Sax (Rode NT1) Kick (Audix D6), Snare SM57, Toms (Rode M5), OH (Rode NT5), Rooms (Behringer C1)

Mixing Challenge – re-mix using only available processing on SL 16.4.2 consoles

Track Count – 38 total tracks >> 32 Channels

Channels – 2 x 16 channels on SL16.4.2 consoles

 

All tracks were played from Studio One with no audio processing into the SL consoles.  Background vocals and some acoustic guitars were summed into 2 stereo busses due to track count limitations.

Console 1 is the old original (8 year old) SL16.4.2 for tracks 01-16 processing claps, djembe, shaker, tambourine, guitars and background vocals.  The main out of this console was fed into Aux A of the second console.

Console 2 is the SL16.4.2 AI (5 years old) for tracks 17-32 processing drums, bass, sax and vocals and blending with the Aux mix from Console 1.  The final stereo out is processed as a mix bus, and fed back into Studio One and recorded in real time.

The computer is a 5 year old MacBook Pro running Studio One Professional.  All mixing was done using headphones (HD650 and KRK6400).

The only ‘processing’ in Studio One is via a level meter, spectrum analyzer, and a slight volume bump before being exported as a final MP3 for release to the VIP group of the HSC community.

Great song – great fun – great challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laine Wolfe

Laine is a fantastic singer songwriter from Busselton Western Australia.  She spent a few hours at The Shack belting out this great original song – Running From The Blues.  This song was recorded essentially live with her custom made suitcase kick drum, her fantastic Maton guitar and a simple mic set up (Rode NT1, Rode NT5).

Check out her website and gig guide at Laine Wolfe

 

Running From The Blues – Laine Wolfe

Dueling Mixes

All songs mixed by Perry at The Shack.

Multitracks provided by the artist through Dueling Mixes.

 

April 2019 – Amen (Joe Gilder)

Check out the Joe’s music on Spotify : Joe Gilder

 

November 2018 – Sugar Pills (Kahone Concept)

Check out the Ben’s music on Spotify : Kahone Concept

 

June 2018 – Soul Journer (The Lack Family Band)

Check out the band at Lack Family Band

 

May 2018 – Even The Sun (The Future)

 

March 2018 – The Citadel (The Combine)

 

December 2017 – Sinking Like a Stone (Jameson Elder)

 

November 2017 – Wallpaper Clouds (The Slings)

 

 

 

Shack Jam #3

Sunday jam at The Shack with some great friends.  So every month or so, we gather with beer and belt out some old classic covers.  Last weekend it was 6 of us :-

  • Sooch – lead guitar / vocals
  • Steve – acoustic guitar / vocals
  • Mark – guitar / vocals
  • Gav – acoustic guitar
  • Kev – Bass
  • Perry – drums

As always, we recorded the session with 16 tracks of raw audio.  A quick mix … and there you have it.  A great afternoon captured forever.

Leaps and Bounds – Paul Kelly (cover)

 

 

Green River – CCR (cover)

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s Who Reunion – Back to the 80’s

In late 1985 Who’s Who began inception with a vision from keyboardist Tony Bandera, to develop a high quality band from the South West capable of matching it with our city based counterparts. The original line-up consisted with 6 experienced musicians, and a dedicated sound engineer.

Early in 1986, the band commenced by entering a ‘battle of the bands’ competition, and won recording time at No Sweat Studios in the city. These original demos became the foundation of much more song writing, demo recordings and eventually a studio album in 1988.

Who’s Who soon developed a strong following throughout the south west of Western Australia, and toured relentlessly through the late 80’s with pubs, clubs and opening supports for some of the biggest live acts in Australia (Skyhooks, Mondo Rock, Icehouse, Dragon).

Who’s Who – Warwick Hotel – Perth Australia – 1988

Who's Who - Warwick Hotes 1988

In 1988, they went into Planet Studio and recorded their first (and only) album Summer Sky. This was an independent venture which was completely funded by the band’s live performances. The sound was unmistakably 80’s and the 10 song album included several singles that received strong airplay throughout Western Australia.

Who's Who - Summer Sky launch

Through the late 80’s, Who’s Who became renowned for a great live band and played a Friday night residency at Alligators Nightclub through late1989.  On stage at 11pm and off at 3am for produced a consistently tight and hardened band delivering high quality rock.  These black and white proof photos were taken at an Alligators gig in and capture the vibe of a late night of sweaty rock music typical around Perth in 1989.

Who’s Who – Alligator’s Nightclub – Perth Australia – circa 1989

Who's Who - Alligators 1989

 

In 2001 Who’s Who went back to Planet Studio to record a 2 song demo – Living on the Edge and Rain. Both of these songs highlighted the development of the band’s edgier sound and the introduction of the amazing harmonica solo of Bandera.

In 1993, and after 3 line-up changes, the band eventually called it a day and closed an 8 year chapter of one of the Western Australia’s best commercial rock bands.

Now almost 30 years later, Who’s Who will go back into the studio to re-record some of the classic songs from Summer Sky. The goal this time is to re-create the same songs, but with a contemporary vibe, and to have some fun along the way. The current line-up is the same core that powered through the 80’s, and are all still involved in music after all these years.

Who’s Who 2017 line-up
•  Tony Bandera – keyboards, vocals
•  Joe Zappia – vocals, guitar
•  Daryl ‘Hokka’ Gledhill – lead guitar, vocals
•  Gino Demarte – bass
•  Perry Moyses – drums

The Reunion Gig on February 25th 2017 will provide a great opportunity to celebrate an era that is dear to all of us and allow us all to catch up and reminisce the old days.

Who’s Who – Back to the 80’s

Date : Saturday 25 February 2017

Venue : Burlington Hotel Bunbury

Tickets : $15 each available at BREC

Facebook : Who’s Who – Facebook Page

 

Mainstreet – Alive and Kicking

A cold night in Collie released a great reunion gig for one of the best bands from the 1990’s.  Third Party Audio had the great pleasure of setting up a big PA, mixing and recording the night.

Mainstreet brushed away the cobwebs after more than 15 years and put on a great rocking night of classic songs from 50’s – 60’s – 70’s and 80’s.  After all these years Mainstreet are definitely still Alive and Kicking.

  • Steve Moyses – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
  • Salv Mileto – drums, vocals
  • Mark Sanders – guitar, vocals
  • Mal Roney – lead guitar, vocals
  • Steve Sopolinski – bass, vocals

 

Mainstreet

Here’s a few live songs from the gig spanning 4 decades of rock classics.

 

50’s – Diana (Paul Anka cover)

 

60’s – Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison cover)

 

70’s – Eleanor (The Troggs cover)

 

80’s – Gimme All Your Lovin (ZZ Top cover)

 

 

 

 

Who’s Who – Summer Sky 2015

 

In late 1985 Who’s Who began inception with a vision from keyboardist Tony Bandera, to develop a high quality band from the South West capable of matching it with our city based counterparts. The original line-up consisted with 6 experienced musicians, and a dedicated sound engineer.

Early in 1986, the band commenced by entering a ‘battle of the bands’ competition, and won recording time at No Sweat Studios in the city. These original demos became the foundation of much more song writing, demo recordings and eventually a studio album in 1988.

Who’s Who soon developed a strong following throughout the south west of Western Australia, and toured relentlessly through the late 80’s with pubs, clubs and opening supports for some of the biggest live acts in Australia (Skyhooks, Mondo Rock, Icehouse, Dragon).

Who’s Who – Warwick Hotel – Perth Australia – 1988

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In 1988, they went into Planet Studio and recorded their first (and only) album Summer Sky. This was an independent venture which was completely funded by the band’s live performances. The sound was unmistakably 80’s and the 10 song album included several singles that received strong airplay throughout Western Australia.

In 2001 Who’s Who went back to Planet Studio to record a 2 song demo – Living on the Edge and Rain. Both of these songs highlighted the development of the band’s edgier sound and the introduction of the amazing harmonica solo of Bandera.

In 1993, and after 3 line-up changes, the band eventually called it a day and closed an 8 year chapter of one of the Western Australia’s best commercial rock bands.

Now almost 30 years later, Who’s Who will go back into the studio to re-record Summer Sky. The goal this time is to re-create the same songs, but with a contemporary vibe, and to have some fun along the way. The current line-up is the same core that powered through the 80’s, and are all still involved in music after all these years.

Who’s Who 2015 line-up
•  Tony Bandera – keyboards, vocals
•  Joe Zappia – vocals, guitar
•  Daryl ‘Hokka’ Gledhill – lead guitar, vocals
•  Gino Demarte – bass
•  Perry Moyses – drums

 

July 2015
The first song Nights are Lonely was recorded at The Shack in July 2015. Actually it was more of a jam session than a dedicated day of tracking, but the vibe was great. The song’s structure and lyrics are unchanged from what was written and performed in 1986.  Joe simply nailed it with a powerful vocal performance in the same key from 30 years ago. Results highlight how great songs remain timeless.

Here is a preliminary mix of Nights Are Lonely

 

November 2015

Our second day of jamming at The Shack produced the fun song Dog Called Ed – or “Gimme Ed” as the punters would sing near midnight in a packed smokey pub in the mid eighties.  This song was written by Tony and sung by Hokka … and we had a great time recording it.  This song was mostly recorded live with just a few touch ups followed by a couple of beers.  Take yourself back to 1986 and enjoy Ed.

 

 

Said The People

The Shack – Saturday 11 July 2015

What a treat to have Said The People back at The Shack recording the demo tracks for their up coming release.  Reid, Jacko and Jack put down some rocking beds of all new material.  What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Looking forward to when the rest of the band comes in to fine tune the session.

Jack played my Brady and had the kit really bouncing with some great chops.  For all the tech heads : the kit is a 4 piece Brady with a 18×20 kick, 10×10 rack tom and a 14×14 floor tom.  All toms are the original Brady Fiber shells which I had custom made by Chris Brady in 1987.  The snare is a 14 x 6.5 block jarrah with Remo Ambassador top head and Renaissance bottom head.  The toms are fitted with Emperor clears on the top and Ambassador clears on the bottom.  The kick has an Aquarian Super Kick 1 with a minimal amount of damping.  Actually, none of the drums have any damping at all.  Nice ringy toms and cracking snare.

The mic up is very simple for the 8 channel capture.  The kick has an Audix D6 mounted inside the drum on a really neat home made isolated mic stand attached to the shell.  The snare has a standard set up with a Shure SM57 on the top and a JTS condenser on the bottom.  The toms are both captured with the same JTS condensers fitted with rim mounts.  The overheads are a crisp and clean with matched pair of Rode NT5’s. We didn’t set up room mic as the guys were playing live, and with bleed everywhere this was not a practical solution.

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Jacko plays lead and rhythm with a start through a Vox amp.  Just a Shure SM57 in front of the amp.  What else do you need!  Reid played the bass direct into the audio interface with minimal processing.  The active pickup has a nice growly feel to it with heaps of body to fill out as well as cut through the mix. Reid’s vocals were sang live into a Shure SM58 and there you have it.  A real simple but nice setup to road test some new songs and ideas.

My next job is to rough out some edits and a quick mix to give the guys a feel for how the songs sit with regard structure and feel.  From there, we’ll add in some additional guitars with the rest of the band and make any corrections. Although, from what I’m hearing there won’t be too many of them.  Oh yeah, and re-run all the vocals through the Rode K2 tube mic for the finished product. Here’s a quick sample of “Jump Now”.

 

Stay tuned for updates on progress of the yet to be named release.

Many thanks for Said The People for choosing Third Party Audio and The Shack to demo their latest work.  What a great bunch of young men with some rockin’ new songs.

 

Never “Faile” in Nashville

Steven Faile is a great singer / songwriter from Nashville.  He wrote and recorded this great song called Making Me Your Man in his home studio, and released to his Soundcloud and the Home Studio Corner network (in March 2015).  Unfortunately Steven was unable to get hold of a real drummer for the session and programmed some pretty cool rhythms using his drum simulation software.  The song sounded great but lacked that ‘loose’ timing and feel of a real drummer.

As Steven and I both network on the same HSC forum, I took the liberty of recording my drums to his song at The Shack on a Sunday afternoon. My Brady kit was already mic’d up at The Shack, so it was a very easy process.  I simply played along with the original Souncloud version of the song, and recorded 10 files using Studio One Pro through my Presonus SL16.4.2AI interface.  The final take was not perfect (maybe the least worst of the 3 takes) but by now I’d run out of time.

From there it was a simple process to upload the 10 drum files files to my drop box for Steven to download.  Later that evening he re-mixed the song and sent me the final version.  The song sounds great and I’m really proud to have been a part of this project.  Take a listen to the result.

And don’t forget to check out Steven at Soundcloud.

 

Making Me Your Man – Steven Faile – Perry Moyses (drums)

 


 

KIT – Brady 4 piece – Fiber shells with a block jarrah snare – 18×20 kick, 10×10 tom, 14×14 tom, 14×6 snare, Paiste hats and cymbals

MICS – Audix D6, SM57, JTS condensors, Rode NT5, Rode NT1, RodeK2


 

 

 

 

Eagle Bay Jazz

Australia Day long weekend is a great time for chilling out and enjoying the great outdoors and great music.  Last Sunday night, we had a great musical evening with friends in the magnificent Eagle Bay hills sharing a beer and great company.  read on …

Taming The Control Room

Taming the Control Room

The control room at The Shack is basically a square bedroom with a hard wood floor and plaster board walls and ceiling.  It challenges the dimension rules for a pristine recording and listening environment (being almost cubical) – 3m x 3.5m x 2.7m high.  It was noisy … reflections everywhere … but that’s what I’ve got and I had to make the most of it.

Read on …

 

Sessions at The Shack

What a great day at The Shack with my brother Steve, my nephew Rhys, a couple of cold beers and a bunch of old songs.  Saturday afternoon goes down as one of those days when you get together with no agenda except to play some old classics and to have some fun.  Read more …