Matt and Kim of epic proportions...

Hey all.

So, working on the new Matt and Kim record here at Maze. We've been at it for over a month and while I'm a little fried, I'm also very excited. I think it's a really cool record with great songs.

We use only the finest gear.

We have the most premium snacks, like these.

Matt likes keyboards: lots of them.

Next door, my buddy Exit is working on his Common remix project. It's gonna be badass!

Michael Dorio and Brad Hagen from Trances Arc stopped by to say what's up. Brad lent a little percussion to the record for us.

Bruce Lee.

Plate reverb is the only reverb

Imagine a world before computers.

Imagine making records with only 4 or best case 8 tracks. Imagine life where a performance would be captured on tape and never edited, tuned or manipulated on a DAW.

Imagine standing in a recording studio the size of your bedroom, with a tape machine the size of a refrigerator and a console with huge knobs and a guy wearing Ray-Bans and smoking a cigarette while he's turning them.

Now look to your left. See that big wooden crate in the corner? That's a plate reverb. That is the sound of music from the early 50's through the 80's, all 6ft and 400 lbs of it.

There is no reverb but plate reverb.

Well, spring reverb is a very close second. Everything else is just an algorithm.

Reptar + Blender = Cannabis Babies

Hey all. I'm such a douche. I haven't made a post in months. It's all in the name of music though, as I've been stupid-busy.

Look out for several posts over the next few days.

In the meantime, check out my new favorite band Reptar. They're the best band in Athens right now. Period. We've just cut a 7-inch that will be out soon. Keep an eye out for it in stores as well as iTunes.



We're the Stars...

Cutting some B-sides with the boys.

The Constellations, my former band and current friends, have been signed to Virgin Records. We're working on some bonus tracks for the label over the next week or so. Meanwhile, the Clap Squad sleeps:

Ryan strapping one on for some guitar parts:

Look for the album to re-drop mid-2010. Consider yourself lucky if you downloaded Southern Gothic or bought it in the store from MRNB, as the artwork and even some of the songs will be different. No matter what, thanks for the support!


Matt and Kim! (and Ben...)

So, just spent a couple o days in the Brooklyn outpost of MRNB, Mission Sound, working on a track with the dynamic duo, Matt and Kim. Fun times, let me tell you. Not sure I've seen any 2 people eat so much sugar and drink so much caffeine in the span of 4 days.

We had a blast, though I had to show Matt a couple of things about the console.

Meanwhile, they briefly considered making me a third member: hype-man of course.

Oddly, my world seems to never change...wherever I go, there I am.

These aren't the drugs you're looking for...

Pimento Jams

These aren't drugs. In fact, they are a kind of drug, just not what you'd expect (pimento cheese sandwiches). Emily Hall, a friend of the Whigs', has been dropping in every couple of days with a bit of food for the band and Co, which is really nice, as she can cook and it makes us more productive. Thanks for the eats Beat-rice.

Tim and Julian are playing magic fingers...

My side of the room looks like a dorm...

The other Lunchbox...

Parker has brought back flannel...

Friends let friends beat toms...

Whigs 3.0

Whigs Album Cover Art

So, Whigs record started this week. We're working at my home away from home, CPT. Our engineer, Tom Lewis, is tweaking Vari-Mu's and other toys to perfection.

Meanwhile, David Barbe is pontificating about the finer points of Little League, again on his soapbox.

Pre-production started here, a garage in Athens, situated conveniently next to a small sandblasting operation. Basically, the garage door stays open until sandblasting starts, then we pull the door down and bake like tomatoes in a hydroponic growing room. Nice, especially considering the now-tropical temperatures in Athens.

Luckily, we have Juno on hand to offer advice as well as proper dressing procedures. Tim is busy making magic like a whirling Dervish, while Julian and Parker ponder the implications of playback.

I'm not sure how we'd get anything done without tie-dye.

In the beginning, there was light...

Hello all. Greetings from the cave, my little cubicle in the back of a warehouse in Atlanta, GA, otherwise known as Maze Studios. My name is Ben H. Allen and I make records, not bombs.

This blog will document the adventures of myself, my sidekick Juno the studio wonder dog and my assistant, Robert Gardner.

If you're a techie type and wish to pontificate on the finer points of audio engineering, music production or anything of great import, then please drop a comment and I'll do my best to be conversive.



Lightspeed Champion

So, been working at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, producing the new Lightspeed Champion record with Dev and the boys from Adam Green's band.  As you can see, the secret to great drum sounds is an excellent hat:



Otherwise, I would suggest using a good drummer playing good parts on a good kit in a good room.  Then, and only then, would I worry about microphones, mic pres and compressors.  Amazing what you can do with good ideas and good people!  That said, a vintage 80-series Neve doesn't hurt:



Gibson Guitars was nice enough to lend us a couple of axes for the sessions as well:  an SG classic with P90's, a Les Paul bass, and an Epihone acoustic with a crack extending all the way from the bridge to the heel.  It actually sounds fantastic!  


After day #1, we've got one song wrapped up, except for vocals, which we'll be doing in Atlanta in early March.  I'll report back soon!








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