We've just wrapped mixing sessions for a new project called "Shock Machine" by James Righton, formerly of the band Klaxons from the UK. Look for his collection of elegant and pithy psychedelia tunes to be out on a record soon, for now you can check out the self titled (video above). The collaboration with James is a great example of how records are made in the age of the interwebs. We literally broadcast our mixing sessions straight out of Pro Tools to James' vacation hut on the beaches of the Virgin Islands, taking time to give us feedback on the mixes between Tennis matches and Scuba diving excursions. Who said you couldn't mix work and play?
This mix was a exciting not just because of the great source material provided by James (unbelievable this record was cut in a cabin somewhere in the French countryside), but also because of the newest addition to our mix buss chain: The Chandler/EMI Curve Bender. This is one of the most musical stereo EQs we've ever heard and it's great at adding life and weight to mixes, but it adds tone even with all controls set to zero. It's a classic sound that is familiar to us for good reason: we've all heard it many times before. Chandler Limited created this unit as a faithful reproduction of the EQ section in EMI's legendary TG1234 console at Abbey Roads Studios. Come hear it for yourself sometime!