July 28 – A bit of insight: Promethee
While we’re still working away at this upcoming piece of heavy machinery, here’s a bit of insight into the drum-recording…
We took the extra half day to set up properly & make sure things were in place & sounded great, before we came into track – That way we could focus on the tasks at hand separately, which is always nice.
We ended up using Baptiste’s main live kit, with a homogeneous set of Zildjian cymbals. Since this time around the band wanted to go for a more atmosphere/ambient type sound, instead of the standard super tight & clean drums, the big room of the Blend Studio was a great choice – And we made sure to honour that with no less than six ambient mics… More on that down below, here’s the full list:
Kick: B91 / SM52
Snare: M201 / Neumann 185 on top, Shure beta57 on bottom
OH: Coles 4038, ribbon love ftw
Hat/Ride/Splash: Mix of small diaphragm condensers
Ambi kick: AT4040 (Half a meter away, angled to the floor)
Ambi close/center of kit: R121
Ambi stereo far, front: C414
Ambi mono far, front: Misc. large diaphragm
Ambi mono ceiling: R121
So far, super excited about the combo of the Coles on overheads (Insanely detailed sound), the 121 at the center of the kit, and the C414s further away, plus the kick ambi mic is just super great to have.
There’s heaps of possibilities in here, and thankfully with a nicely tuned kit and a steady drummer, even the sound we have just for the production-stage/further recordings is already transitioning well, and also super close to what we were shooting for in the first place.
Guitars, bass and a few overdubs are already in the box as a type this, shooting for vocals now. More to come!
June 22 – New release: Norvhar
Been quietly chiseling away at a few projects, and doing equal bits of recording, editing, tuning, mixing and mastering for some bands – So there’s that.
A new release has just seen the light of the day, Norvhar unveiled their first ever videclip for «Skyline of Fame» – The song has been partially tracked, and then edited/produced/mixed by me. Check it out here:
March 24 – New release!
Menura just released some live videos of the live show we recorded last year at Brasserie La Meute in La Chaux-de-Fonds – We tracked this show through an X32, and it was one of the first projects I mixed in my new room. Check it out!
March 20 – Post tour
Just came back from a 2.5 weeks trip over the big pond with Cult of Luna, incl. all the hot spots, and a one off in Mexico at the other end. Covid-chaos started to be a thing at the very end of this run, and we sort of surprisingly easily made our way out without any shows being cancelled, and/or flights being too chaotic.
Check out a few crappy shots!
Finally wrapped production on The Burden Remains’ upcoming album – This monolith of an album saw it’s conception over a year ago as a commissioned work for a festival, the band handled DI- and vocal-recordings, and I did everything else from drum- and overdub-recording, to re-amping, editing, production and mixing. What an absolute blast this was!
Off to mastering now, fingers crossed!
February 23 – Live shows
Finished a solid short run of shows with Herod just the other day – We had a blast playing at the Caves Du Manoir/Martigny, SAS/Delémont, Complexity Fest/Haarlem and Usine/Genève.
Here’s a few shots from those shows:
January 7 – Studio update
The last few days and weeks I‘ve been busy tracking drums, overdubs and reamping guitars and bass for the upcoming The Burden Remains albums, we managed to capture quite the proper range of mayhem over at both La Fonderie/Fribourg and Blend Studio/Lutry – Super excited about how this album is shaping up so far!
December 11 – Cult of Luna post tour
One month further down the line, one more tour over in this very busy 2019. Took Cult of Luna for a 2.5 weeks spin all over Europe, both TMing and handling monitor sound duties this time around. It was a great experience, seeing these calm Swedish gents absolutely crushing it every night with a great setlist, and an intense performance was the highlight of quite the easy going tour.
Bonus-points: Sold out shows at epic venues such as le Trianon/Paris, etc.
Here’s a few sidestage pics:
November 1 – Eluveitie post tour tech-recap
Back for a week now from this quite epic US tour, just in time for a short tech recap…
This was the first time out with a Waves LV1 desk, and I couldn’t be happier about the outcome – Thankfully this tour was super smooth with a great and dedicated crew, so it was easy to make sure the band was not only firing from all cylinders, but also that all sources sounded as great as they could, and tweaks could easily be applied when necessary. Which in turn meant I could go full mayhem with the desk right from the start.
I only had time to do half a setup day at a local studio before the tour, thanks to Antoine / Blend Studio and an older multitrack recording from Sven / Baum Haus Audio – So setting the rig up the first time two hours away from the soundcheck made me a little nervous, but it turned out to be a breeze… I actually had to call the rental company to figure out how to boot up (!), and everything worked seamlessly from there on – No configuration or network issues, drop outs or freezes, as it usually happens with new rigs or tech. The first show went down without a glitch, and within the next three gigs I was off programming snapshots, changing/tweaking plugins during the show, doing multitrack recordings, and fiddling around with virtual soundcheck, so that halfway through the tour we stopped doing soundchecks all together.
My worst experience was two temperature warnings (Hello there, Dallas and Ottawa!), but a bit more network buffer solved that issue quite quickly. Other than that I got to say… tech of the future, right there. Can’t wait to see where this is going from here on!
September 15 – Aaaaand goodbye summer!
Can’t believe this ride is already over, what a blast it has been.
Did another two festivals with Eluveitie, got to work at the annual Meh Suff! in Zurich (Mostly running monitors, but also mixing a few bands at FOH… Aborted coming through there was fun!), then did my last show with Aborted at Doomstar’s Bloodshed Fest in Eindhoven, and tracked drums for an upcoming single release with Norvhar. Times are flying, but I thoroughly enjoy all of this!
August 29 – New video premiere!
The gents in Akantha just release a new video through HxC World Wide, check out the clip to the song «Welcome To Hell» right here:
The upcoming EP was partially tracked by me, plus I did the reamping/mix/master. Killer project, glad to have been involved!
August 28, 2019 – Where did the summer go??
Geez, it’s been a month already since my last post? I see a pattern, damn!
Not like I haven’t been busy, so at least there’s that. Festival/Club-shows with Eluveitie, Cult Of Luna and Aborted went down, from Oya/Norway, over Wacken/Germany to Sylak/France and back again… Can’t complain, and it’s gonna come to a full stop pretty soon. Until then, here’s a batch of pictures from these shows!
July 29, 2019 – Off-shows w/ Aborted
Freshly back from a few off-shows with Aborted, plus a festival on Saturday – This was a sweaty week under the sign of no-AC-venues, can’t believe this is a thing in the summer… Plus we finished the quick run with a show at what has to be one of the worst festivals ever, Stonehenge in Steenwijk/NL. What matters is that we made it, but good lord… The amount of work that had to be put in it was definitely overwhelming.
July 22, 2019 – Rock Maraton/HU (w/ Aborted) & Les Georges-Festival/CH (Fribourg)
Another then day or so into this summer, and the speed of things just isn’t dropping:
Spent a day or so in Hungary, doing a one off with Aborted…
After that, I spent a week at Les Georges-Festival in Fribourg/CH, overlooking six days of great shows in quite the unique spot.
July 7, 2019 – Resurrection Fest/Viveiro, ES (Cult Of Luna)
A single show for a weekend is a slow rhythm by any standards, but we managed to squeeze some proper beach time out of it, plus the show was killer.
July 1, 2019 – Finland conquered!
Two shows from Cult Of Luna’s Finland-weekend, especially Saturday’s Provinssi festival was highly enjoyable…
June 24, 2019 – And it’s on!
Here’s some quick shots sort of summing up the last few weeks:
June 01, 2019 – These are two of the runs I’m doing this summer:
Cult Of Luna / Festivals
May 18: Park Sounds 2019 / Huskvarna, SE
June 1: FORTAROCK 2019 / Nijmegen, NL
June 21: Graspop Metal Meeting / Dessel, BE
June 22: Hellfest Open Air Festival / Clisson, FR
June 28: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival / Hellsinki, FI
June 29: Provinssi Festival / Seinäjoki, FI
July 6: RESURRECTION FEST / Viveiro, ES
August 7: Brutal Assault / Jaromer, CZ
August 8: Øyafestivalen 2019 / Oslo, NL
August 16: Rock Altitude 2019 / Le Locle, CH
August 17: ArcTanGent / Sommerset, UK
> Mainly doing mons on this run, but helping out on all ends. Stoked.
Aborted / Festivals & off-shows
June 14: Rock The Coast / Malaga, ES
June 20: Graspop / Dessel, BE
July 13: Rock Marathon / Balathon, HU
July 19: Bade In Blut / Weil Am Rhein, DE
July 20: Circolo Svolta / Milan, IT
July 22: Randal Club / Bratislava, SK
July 23: Rockhouse / Salzburg, AU
July 24: Free & Easy Fest / Munich, DE
July 26: From Hell / Erfurt, DE
July 27: Stonehenge / Steenwijk, NL
August 09: Brutal Assault / Jaromer (CZ)
August 10: Vagos Metal Fest / Vagos (PT)
August 11: Bloodstock / Derbyshire (UK)
August 12: Kulttempel / Oberhausen (DE)
August 13: Schlachthof / Wiesbaden (DE)
August 14: Kleiner Club / Saarbrücken (DE)
August 16: Summer Breeze / Dinkelsbühl (DE)
August 17: Frantic Fest / Francavilla Al Mare (IT)
August 18: Motocultor / Saint Nollf (FR)
August 22: Deathfeast / Andernrach (DE)
September 07: Meh Suff / Hüttikon (CH)
September 14: Bloodshed Fest / Eindhoven (NL)
> FOH & TM time, bring the blasts!