Not in my own in shop today. I’m at Ray Ketchem’s Magic Door working on mixing the new Lenny Zenith/tenterhooks record!!!

Here’s Ray at the helm… I’m just shouting “more bass” at him all day.

Some new sounds…

A while back I recorded and mixed “Live From Long Island City” for D.B. Rielly, an amazing songwriter who I am and honored to play bass for and proud to call my friend. I’m happy to say it’s getting some good press around the globe, and now you can buy it on

  • The Very Best of 2017 – “Texas Renegade Radio” on KNON 89.3 in Dallas, Texas
  • #6 TOP CD for 2017 – Fred Smith’s “Hardcore Country” on CHRW 94.9FM in Ontario, Canada
  • Best of 2017 – “Folk and Roots with DJ Colin Fielding” on 96.5 InnerFM Radio in Melbourne, Australia
  • Best of 2017 (Honorable Mention) – The Daily Vault, California
  • #1 Album of the Month – Fred Smith’s “Hardcore Country” on CHRW 94.9FM in Ontario, Canada
  • #1 Album of the Month – “Texas Renegade Radio” on KNON 89.3 in Dallas, Texas
  • #11 Album of the Month – Freeform American Roots (Texas)
  • #67 Top Album of the Month – FOLKDJ-L chart (New York)

The last bit… for now.

I finally ordered a patchbay and a bunch of cabling, which marks the end of my budget so, for now, I’m done.

The last bit of acoustic treatment (to deal with the 60Hz null at the mix position) should arrive this week, then we can start recording in earnest.



It begins

Well, the place still needs to be straightened a bit (and vacuumed) but we broke it in last night!!!

Long time friend, bandmate, and tenant Lenny Zenith came down to work on a demo for a new song and it went pretty easy. On first flush the room sounds good.  Super impressed with the mic pres in the SSL Nucleus!




Back on track…

Well, I had a few minor setbacks.

We had to do some electrical for the kitchen that required cutting into the ceiling of the studio, so I had to dismantle part of it temporarily.

There is also a serious null centered around 60Hz at the mix position (and another around 85Hz).  Not uncommon for rooms this small.  Still they need to be dealt with.

After much testing and room mode calculations I have 3 locations that will get tuned membrane bass traps centered around 70Hz that cover both nulls.  We’ll see how that goes.

I received the replacement scatter plates from GIK so those are up.  And I started work on the vocal booth/Amp room.





So I got everything wired up… and the new Solid State Logic Nucleus would not talk to Protools.

I thought to myself, “Fuck, that’s a lotta cash for something (the centerpiece of my studio) to not work right!“.

But, SSL support to the rescue (those guys are great!!!) and it’s working fine.  This whole Midi over IP is a little new to me so, I was being dumb.

How nice to shove faders, twiddle knobs and press big, lit, tactile buttons instead of typing and mousing.

I’m considering putting the iMac off to the side so it’s less of a visual distraction…







And a little more press for my buddy D.B. Rielly’s new record.

“Rielly chose this format because he wanted to emphasize the songwriting and I don’t blame him. His craft has matured to the point where these songs don’t need anything else but his voice and a guitar.  He shows off his fantastic and slightly bent sense of humor as well as a sad and ultra-serious side.”

Charlie Ricci –