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Included here are some shots of the band putting together their first CD. It was recorded at Selah Recording Studio in Los Alamitos. We will be adding photos to this site as we collect them, so check back now and then. Each photo is a small thumbnail that is a link to a larger version of the photo. (Updated 4/4/01)
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Keith and Joe look on in the background as Ken (left) supervises the mastering. Engineer Dave Gehlhar (right) did an excellent job of getting the best out of the band's full sound.
Ken and Craig in front of the 2" master tape recorder that captured each track of sound individually. From this original, the tape was mixed onto digital audio tape. The final mix was then digitized in a Macintosh computer and put onto a master CD.
Joe looks over Ken's shoulder as Dave makes some final adjustments on the mixing consol. All 12 songs on the CD were cut in one session. A second mixing session the following week finished up the CD.
The first of three reels of 2" tape for the CD runs on the recorder. The label says "Blues Bar-BQ #1". This high quality machine was purchased from a larger studio where it had been used to record albums by Michael Jackson and Toto among many others.
|Keith listens to the mix as he plays. The engineer feeds each track into the headphones including the "scratch" vocals so you know when your solo is coming up. Rough vocal tracks are later replaced with the final vocal track which is recorded after all the instrumentals are done.|
|Is this what they mean by "a pickin' and a grinnin'? Joe and Mark listen to the playback after a cut is made.|
|The band takes a break while the studio is reconfigured for vocal recording after doing the instrumentals.|
|Joe behind his drum set. We all felt the engineer did a particularly good job of miking the drums to pick up Joe's dynamic style. Listen for it in the recording and you will agree.|
|Engineer Dave Gehlhar in the main part of the sound studio plugging in microphone cords. The actual recording studio is behind the glass, which is where Dave and all his electronic gear reside during the recording process. Craig's Kurzweil piano was plugged directly into the recording setup without going through an amp to get a purer reproduction of the piano sound.|
|Keith's amp is miked in "the closet". Although he played his guitar in the studio, his amp was a few doors away in a separate room to better control the sound and to keep it totally separate from Mark's track.|
|The engineer makes a few final adjustments at his mixing consol before the recording begins. Each instrument and vocal is on a separate track that can be controlled individually. Dave knew his equipment well and made the recording process a pleasant one for all of us.|
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