MASTERED AT NASA LABS: Human Story by Hired Gun from the Hits & Pieces EP. I recently got the opportunity to mix and master a full EP from Hired Gun called the Hits & Pieces EP. It features 6 tracks. I’m always really happy when I can guide a projects sound from the mix to the mastering stage and am eager to share what I can do in such situations. On this particular mix I was able to do some cool stuff with automated panning and some distorted vocal effects to add contrast to the chorus vocal among other things. The album is full of treats, The Pressure is another of my favorites on here. Go and support Hired Gun at http://freshroots.bandcamp.com/
FRESH OUT THE LABS: Bombs Not Rations (Nasa Remix - feat ADAM) by DCK VNNGT. Nasa Produced this track, Mixed it and Mastered it at Nasa Labs. Also jumped on it as ADAM too. Check out more from DCK VNNGT on December 10th when they drop MRDR DTH KLL on Uncommon Records.
Just updated my discography to include some recent projects and converted the whole thing over from a Document to a Spreadsheet so it’s easier to read. Take a trip down memory lane with me there. To get in touch about mixing/mastering/production/cameos email email@example.com.
Recently got a great chance to listen to some of my recent work at MSR Studios in NYC. I stopped by since a friend of mine works there and we met up to head out someplace that night. I believe I was shown “Studio C” where some of the high rollers that want to be someplace private go for sessions. Some high profile folks had been there recently, but I won’t be that dude to name drop. The studio itself sort of isn’t done justice by my pic here. I love how the glass into the live room is so low and close to the floor. It kind of makes the engineer be in a position where their in the live room too in a sense instead of look down or across at it. The ceilings in the live room are super high too in what is a pretty cozy space.
The point of bringing it up is how helpful it was to monitor there. A lot of people coming up in hip-hop say things like “monitor your music on the shittiest system, because if it sounds good, it will sound good anywhere”. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is why I mix and master on what I am most comfortable with that I think actually sounds good.
When you listen to your music through a set up like they have at MSR, my theory is only backed up. As an engineer, I still feel great when my work sounds incredible through high quality systems in well built rooms. Whether that’s a studio, a venue or even a great car stereo, you better hold up when quality equipment calls. I was reminded of this lately there.
I played stuff from Adam Warlock’s "Dark Weapons" and Gajah’s "Man the Ship" (2 recent projects to come through the lab) and both sounded really great to me. They responded great to the huge bass bottoms they had installed. Then I played something that was released by a large indie label that I knew I didn’t like the sound of, just to get a reference and to confirm some of my own listening sources. Yep, sounded like shit there. That’s the bottom line.
A good lesson, that you can never learn enough. Mix and Master to the highest quality possible, let the people listening on a transistor radio from 1995 figure it out.
Check out this Artist Profile video of King Ra by Serringe. It features “Black & Gold” which was Produced & Mixed by Nasa at Nasa Labs. Extended play of the track with a mini-music video edit is included. Cool stuff. Look out for King Ra’s “Foot On They Necks” Mixtape coming soon.
Gotta admit, haven’t updated here as much as I would have liked lately. Ideally I’d like to update on what’s happening in the studio daily, or semi-daily. Been so busy, that’s it’s slipped my mind and while that sounds like a ploy, it’s actually true. Here’s a run down:
Finished Maticulous’ EP feat. Ruste Juxx, Rock of Heltah Skeltah and many more.
Finished a single for Sean Torae, Produced by Kev Brown that JUST dropped. We’ll link to that tomorrow.
Finished Mallz’ new LP which is a personal favorite around here at Nasa Labs, look for it in March.
Finished singles for Angle’s dual albums, one of which is produced by DJ Purify (a previous Nasa Labs client)
About to dive into Passive65ive’s new full length “GoodAll” this week.
Finished 3 tracks toward Adam Warlock’s EP including one that features Subtitle and Elucid
Finished 2 tracks toward Short Fuze & Nasa’s upcoming EP, with more on tap this coming week.
All new track for Acid Reign’s upcoming LP, mixing soon.
Finished 15 minute radio demo for a National Sports Host. (Yes, I do that too)
All of this has gone down in the last 30 or so days, probably forgetting some other stuff to be honest. Always something to do, that’s the way we like it here.
After some nice days celebrating with the family, I’m back in the lab mixing and mastering. Today in particular I have started mixing down my remix for a Short Fuze & Nasa track called “Master Peace”.
Recently, I’ve completed mastering 2 album projects. One for Pittsburgh/NYC Producer Maticulous which will be released via Fat Beats and features Ruste Juxx, Rock (from Heltah Skeltah_, Reef, R.A. The Rugged Man, Brown Bag All-Stars and more. It will be available digitally and on Vinyl.
Also mastered a release from myself called “The Iomega Years” which is already available at the Uncommon Records Online Store.
A few more projects I’m excited about are lining up to get started and few more that have been done here are about to get released. Stay tuned.
Proud to say I’m mixing down the first of a few tracks for Adam Warlock’s “Dark Weapons” EP. Throwing all the stops at “Chain Lockin’” here. CLA effects on vocals, panned & SansAmped Ad lib track, some various stereo wideners on the main beat elements. This EP will be very loud and very heavy. Look for it Q1 in 2011.
Working on another remix from the Superhumanoids today. Just about to dive in, always good stuff. It’s been busy around here even though I haven’t posted in a while. Sometimes things go by in a blurr, especially this time of year. Got a lot of cool projects lining up over the next few weeks and months. I’ll update what’s going through the studio more often now. I can say that we’ve got an album from Sean Torae coming through for Mastering, already did the single for that one, and an EP from Maticulous as well. Both actually have had the lead single finished here at Nasa Labs and are about to complete projects. Also finished mixing a number of tracks from MANiFEST out of the Fallen Angels crew here in NYC.
Lots of other stuff in the works, some from names you know, some from names you might not, but all dope and exciting. All that along with the usual slate of Uncommon Records work.
Get in touch for mixing, mastering and production at Nasa Labs ASAP to get set up for before or after the New Year. The email is on the site.
Wow, just spent a few hours setting up my sessions for tomorrow. I have a lot going on this week but am always looking for more. Some really cool Masterings and Mixings as well. I’ll give some more info on what all is going on tomorrow when I start to dig into them. It’s important lay out busy days ahead of time though.
Check out “Why?”, a new track by The Presence. It was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Nasa at Nasa Labs, NYC. It can be found here with the entire “No Dough, No Show” compilation for free: www.nodoughnoshow.bandcamp.com.
Knocking out some mixes for Manifest (FA) over the next few days. Have a weekend mastering as well. Will be updating some recently mixed/mastered tracks here later today.