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WESONATOR May News Update

Things have been crazy busy since the last update.

Mixing and Mastering has continued at the Sonic Cuisine for various acts and in the mean time there's some very cool news to share with you all.

I have the great pleasure to announce that I am now officially a member of the RAK family. Thank you Trish, Nats, Andy, Robbie, Mike, Jen, Kev and the entire RAK crew for welcoming me to the fold.

RAK has been keeping me busy. Been spending a lot of time going back to my classical roots with the amazing Parker. We started recording her in Studio 1 for her Youtube vids, performing Chopin, Debussy, Scarlatti and Copland. This lead to a new EP recording in Studio 3 on a killer Steinway D.

And what do you know, my super assistant, Max Anstruther, turns out to a fab jazz pianist and composer. We've gone into the studio together to record drums, bass, piano, guitars (stoked to be playing the axe on this one) and vocals for his brand new Mottled Gray record.

Meanwhile Mix Magazine sent me out to Vienna to write the cover story on the Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Stage. What a place! Read about it here

Lots more news to follow but first time to get back to the faders.

See you on the other or the same side of the glass.

Quality Sound Matters

It's pretty cool being asked to write about your opinion on a subject for the trade press. It is even cooler when you get a call from The Grammy folk and ask you if it's ok for them to post your piece on their Quality Sound Matters website. So, here it is people. Hope you enjoy the read.

Couple more things to report on.

Work on Mo Michael's album is rolling along nicely. In the mean time, Mo, film maker extra-ordinaire Jon Klein and myself holed up at RAK studio 2 for the day to film Mo perform 4 of his songs...Live. No overdubs, No trickery! Here's the first one for you.

Mo Michael performs his song Moses Jones Live at Rak Studios.

Lastly, it is with great pleasure and humility that I report that yours truly has been nominated for Studio Engineer Of The Year in the Focusrite sponsored Pro Sound News Awards this year. Fingers crossed.

2015 Rolled In

Hey all,

Before January is out, here's a quick Happy New Year and may 2015 bring us lots of great music, wonderful talent and killer sounds.

There are a couple of things to update you on. I just got back from Namm 2015 where I did a nice little H.O.T. Zone talk to live and studio engineers and venue owners on how to get the most out of your system upgrade and on general business practices to ensure repeat customers.

In the mean time I'm excited to let you know that The Sonic Cuisine is now Mastered For iTunes certified, so let the war on over-compression and silly loudness continue. And I've joined the fold at the Music Producers Guild.

There are several projects on the go, on which I'll update you as they come along.

In the mean time, here's a little gear update:

Dynaudio BM6, Tannoy 802, 502 & 402. We've added a wonderful Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-X and we're test driving a sensational Cranesong Insigna Tube 500-series EQ. In addition to the Advanced Audio Cm67se, we've added the  CM251 to the arsenal. It sounds amazing and has been working over time on the Mo Michael recordings at RAK.

Also, a great book on capturing great sound at the source, the antidote to "let's fix it in the mix" attitude, Ian Corbett's Mic It! is now available. I've had the pleasure and honour of contributing to this super read. Check it out.

Have fun out there, be creative and see you on the other side of the glass.