Saturday, 11 August 2012

Beerjacket live at The Mill Sessions

Eggshells by Beerjacket recorded 10th August 2012 at the Mill Sessions. There were so many highlights. This had everyone humming the tune all night.

For this session, for the first time in Mill Sessions history, a third microphone was used to capture Julia Dougan's unique voice.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Peter Kelly - Beerjacket

Beerjacket at the Mill - really looking forward to this one.
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An Audience With Ted

Tomorrow at 8 with Ted Percy and the gang. Promises to be an interesting night here at Emdubya.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

An audience with Ted Percy

Ted Percy is a old school sax groover, steeped in trad jazz, The Goons and many other beat generation cults. He has commissioned MDubbleu to record an EP of the finest moments of one evening's Audience With Ted.

In attendance will be Harry Thomson, Alan McClure and Franca Bruno (observing), who is considering the idea of selling the Eps in her shop in Gatehouse of Fleet.

We'll be using close mics on everyone as we're after some clean audio to construct mixes around - extra instruments, sound effects, etc - and expand the ideas in Ted's original performances.


New Razorbills LP?

Have had chats recently with The Razorbill's   Harry Thomson. He has hinted that  demo recording should begin soon for a possible new LP. Great news for us here at EmDoubleEwe ;)

Watch this space...

Monday, 9 July 2012

I spent some time today making sure that there is a large, comfortable space to play and record electric, acoustic and bass guitars. In the space there is also a good stereo, which can pump loops, cds, tapes, minidiscs and vinyl. I think it's really important to sit, play, talk and listen.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Quite a lot to report since our last post.

MW Sound moved premises in May, to Gatehouse of Fleet. The new place is much bigger, with gardens and better facilities. The studio is operational and sports a large room for performance/recording and a smaller one where the machinery and engineer/producer can sit and boss people around from.

At The Mill Sessions here in Gatehouse we have recorded FarinoSean TaylorSamba Sene and Bellevue Rendezvous. Those recordings have all benefited from our newly acquired Rode K2 multi-pattern valve condenser mic, which has filled the figure-of-eight role in our mid-side mic setup very effectively. The beautiful acoustics of the Faed Gallery (in The Mill on the Fleet), where all The Mill Sessions are held are captured very accurately indeed due to this upgrade.

Last year's Sessions have been distilled to create a cd of the finest performances from Sean Taylor, Beth Fouracre, Farino, The Razorbills, Masayuki Kino, Qiku, Mary Barclay/Doug Carroll and Ewan McClennan. Pre-release feedback has been very positive and we are awaiting permission from just one artiste before we go to pressing. The cds will be on sale at future Mill Sessions events and in the shop at The Mill on the Fleet.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Mill Sessions begin again on Thursday. On sale will be a CD of some of the best performances from last year's Sessions. The mastering is nearing it's conclusion and eight tracks made the cut. MW Sound made all the recordings using a simple mid/side microphone combination in The Faed Gallery at The Mill On The Fleet, straight into ProTools. The results are fun, spontaneous and imperfect, but capture very well the naturally bright and lively acoustic of The Gallery. All the performers who took part were happy to perform unamplified and this has helped to create recordings that hop straight into the ears with no hesitation!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The first session of a new project with Alan McClure of The Razorbills took place last night at MW Sound studio. The early signs are very interesting. Alan's wry lyrics and confident characterisations with MW's phatt beats and rugged guitars already proving to be an entertaining proposition. Watch this space...

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Razorbills LP in its final stage of production. Wavelab 7 is the software of choice. After a last polish in Pro Tools with the excellent Abbey Road/EMI plug ins, the masters were rendered through the Sony Oxford Limiter to bring the peaks of each track up to 0dB.

The results are plainly visible in the waveforms for each track and, due to the care we have taken at each stage of production, the music's dynamics have been properly preserved. No clipped peaks or max'ed out levels here ;)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

These Bush microphones cost us three quid in a charity shop.
The irony is that they sound great. Because they are dynamic, passive mics, they suit the input stage of the Revox well. We think there's a possibility that mics like these were overlooked as recording became more and more focussed on tech over talent. We recorded some acoustic slide just for fun. You can find it here and let us know what you think.  :)