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Pickwick’s Moving In!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 09/18/2014 by mike

And moving Mountains. Of Stuff.

For the next week or so Pickwick is going to be making some sounds at Soundhouse. Have you heard their recent releases? They’re full of lushness and not so common arrangements. Not your average stuff!

I think they’ll have fun here…

IMG_0014  Getting some tones on the drums. The drum tech got these sounding sweet!

Kory Kruckenberg is the guy behind the console.

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He listens.IMG_0019

He acts!

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I learned that they have a secret code that they talk in, although I couldn’t crack it. There was talk of “small intestines” and “ears”, Genghis Khan and his “family”. Anyone know what they’re talking about?

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In the spring of 2014 …

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 03/14/2014 by mike

Two came together

In Orange and Ashdown, Cymbals and SticksIMG_4860IMG_4855IMG_4856IMG_4858

In the name of Kool Stuff For Katie

And they made Rock.

With Steve Fisk at Soundhouse.IMG_4848

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The worm, the spice … what’s the connection?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/18/2013 by mike

If we were in Dune, that’s what the question would be. For now …  in this blog anyway. What would it be if  … we weren’t? Gravity and Happiness? Grass and Ultimate? Space and Time? Fear and Love? Bottled water and “Corporations are people”?

Wait, wait – oh here it is:      Seattle, Detroit .. What’s the connection?

A couple of clues I am able to share with you:

The Sonics were in this summer recording their new album (Welcome back to Soundhouse , guys!) with Jim Diamond producing. Jim tracked and overdubbed everything to the 2″ Studer. I was able to be there when they were transferring THE COMPLETE recording (all of the overdubs, everything were done to tape. Of course, not that spectacular 30 years ago, but it just goes to show that they are dedicated the the sound and authenticity) to protools for mixing. Sounded great! Jim took the files home with him to mix ….

Done yet??

Life … and other good things.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/28/2013 by mike

You know, sometimes I get so distracted by all of the things that life throws at me that I forget that the path to doing it all is … well, doing it all. I just had a thought today that I don’t need to be totally submerged for days on end for each project. I just need to tackle a little every day. Anyway, we’ll see how it works.

But speaking of doing things everyday, I have had the privilege of seeing some really fantastic people work at this thing we call producing music.

I’m not sure I ever really understood the whole music business. While I had friends (well, friends of friends) that had deals with labels and varying degrees of “success”, I never had the experience, so for me the whole process was somewhat mysterious. Sure, I read things and heard things in the news, etc, but that’s all I knew about it. Yet, somehow I have found myself in the presence of a couple people who, every day, make a living producing music. And while I didn’t really have any expectations about the kind of people they might be, I found I was pleasantly surprised. They are both really, super nice guys. And in this business, that – and a certain amount of expertise and experience – gets you success. Every day.

I am talking about Jack Endino and Steve Fisk. While I’ve met plenty of super nice producer/engineers who are all, generally speaking, nice and skilled, Jack and Steve have been around for a while and really are giants in the industry. Not the Hollywood kind of, Larger Than Life – Who’s Dangling Their Kids Where – Do You See her Nipple?, kind of Giant. No, they are the no nonsense, blue collar, real thing, got their head on straigh,t PRODUCE EXCELLENT RECORDS  kind of giant. Guys you can depend on. Honest (and that means a lot to me (apparently it means a lot to many, many musicians and bands, too)). I love being a part of this community.

Anyway, Jack has recently had a couple articles written about him (You Don’t Know Jack and Grunge Legend …) and Steve just updated his website so its much easier to see the depth and breadth of his experience.

And now I’m off to build a robot….

mike

Cool Cats. Creative Cats. Young Cats. —— SEACATS!

Posted in What's going on with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 09/19/2012 by mike

Yup, these guys spent four days here at the end of August, with Steve Fisk. Some really talented and creative kids, umm, I mean CATS. I walked in once and they were dropping a bag of percussion instruments on the floor … I think they were recording that, but I’m not 100% sure. They did some cool/creative stuff recording and they have the right guy producing them –  Steve made good use of the Fairchild EQ’s and Opto Compressor! That just made my day. It’s also cool to see Fisk’s ARP 2600 in the studio.

Check em out here: SEACATS

And, while we get lots of positive remarks about the Vibe at Soundhouse, this gives us a little extra credit, too …

Thanks guys!

– mike

Fashionably late, Summer.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 09/18/2012 by mike

Just like a rock star.

We wait for it, expect it We get wet. Some of us complain because its late. But then …

It bursts onto the stage … bigger and better than we’d dreamed! All is forgiven and we Rock out all summer long. And here we are expecting Fall, but the summer show keeps coming at us. Nice.

But, it’s time to get back to the computer, the blog, the music. I will do my  best to catch you up succinctly without missing any juicy bits.

Joe Freeman, who used to play with The Pat Sajak Assassins before he moved to Seattle, brought in a project last weekend. The goal – write and record a song for this sculpture:

  He brought with him Dustin Carroll (drums), and Kris Couture (bass), while I attempted to add some bass/moogerfoogerin’.

Goal accomplished, mix is in progress!

We all played in the Live Room, no headphones using all Neve (OHs, Tom/Floor, guitar), Chandler (bass/DI), UA 2-610 (Kick & Snare) and Great River (ribbons – Royer 121 on the side of the snare, Coles 3048 on kit body). Very nice sounds! Thanks to Chris Gibbs for assisting in the control room!Stay Tuned for more about … the Seacats!

– mike

Busy, busy, busy, here at Soundhouse!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/18/2012 by mike

This month (April, 2012) is booked solid from end to end.

The bands: My Killer Heart, Red Heart Alarm, Black Beat Blue, The Insurgence, Birch Riley, The West, Jason Kertzer and Goldbar!

The engineer/producers: Jack Endino, Brian Pake, Mike Sebring, Reed Griffin

For most of this year we’ve been booked out a couple months in advance, however a Portugese band just cancelled a couple days ago, leaving a hole in May (11th – 19th) if anyone has a need. The first weekend in June is open, things open up a bit in July!

For booking inquires: http://www.soundhouserecording.net/contact.php

Tip of the day: Is it sunny? Go outside!

mike :’)~