I recorded Jimmy Love. I edited Tropical Breeze with EQ. Then I bused my vocal tracks to Reverb buses and Delay Buses. Then automated the bus send levels of the Delay and Reverb Tracks. I also edited Magic is Alive. I compressed the vocal tracks and then EQ’d them. I also uploaded sounds into an AKAI MPX8 so that I can insert some Fireworks that I recorded with an MXL 2010 in Bipolar pattern on July 4th this year. I also finished my A/V Project. it was more difficult than I had originally thought it would be. I had to record my work on a layback track in pro-tools so that the listener could hear the differences in the Frequency Spectrum and when I bypassed compression. I also had to record vocals on my Zoom Hn4 while doing working on protools and recording my computer screen through this app called Blueberry. I then had to do a video intro. In order to bring the video files into protools I had to convert them to .mov format and install Quicktime on my Computer. In the end I think the Project was informative.


Bass and Percussion are Wonderful Things!


Here I am playing bass through the api512 for the bass lines to Magic is Alive and Tropical Breeze. Today I really enjoyed the bass line for Tropical Breeze. I surprised myself

More Bass

More Bass


This was my setup for my Crashes. I just wanted them to sound splashy. I recorded them with a R121

Snare Sample Under View

The snare was loose. So I held the snare while I played the samples. I liked the rasp I got from this technique

Percussion Samples

SM57 placed an inch up and in from the rim.


I threw a Audix D6 into the Kick. I can’t wait to use these samples for other things as well!!!


Playing the Flex-A-Tone.


Throwing some Guiro in there to play in the Higher frequencies


Shaking up an Egg into an AT4050


I’m using the tiny metal bead cabasa. I’m recording into the AT4050

So I decided that I would be doing drum samples for the song Tropical Breeze.  I didn’t feel like dealing with phase issues and I liked the flexibility of Samples.  So I played each instrument of percussion.   I only have a half day today because John McGinnis want to use the SSL to track the  Pleiades.    SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG

Doin It and Hotter Than Too Many Degrees PART 2



Me at the Board

I’m mixing Magic is Alive while waiting for Jimmy Love to come to the studio for round two of recording Doin’ It and Hotter Than Too Many Degrees

Wes on the BOARD

I love mixing in this STUDIO!!!

Bus stop Percussion

Jimmy insists that his percussion include his classic style of beating on the bus stop. He is using a Gobo to get the sound. So here is how we didi it. I’m also considering getting samples of him actually playing percussion at a bus stop. This will have to do for now because we started so late that we have to do a lot in only an hour. I’m glad I used all of that interim time to set up everything and get the other songs prepped.

Jimmy Vocals

Jimmy love from Cleveland Cloud 9 is singing for the song Doin’ It and Hotter Than Too Many Degrees.


This is the R121 ribbon mic it. I’m using it in Mid Side with a NU87 for Jimmy Love’s vocals.

Singer POV

this is the POV shot of the Mics. This shot also features the shape of the room that jimmy’s vocals will be reflecting off of.

Tracking for Hotter than too many degrees

Jimmuy Love Vibin

Doin It

Jimmy Celebrating a Good Take!!!


Knock 3 Times and the Sun Will Rise!!!


Chester Hopkins Bey does vocals for Knock 3 Times in the SSL Duality Studio with Wesley Washington. This song is one of a number of projects created by Cleveland Avenue. This song features Wesley Washington on vocals and guitar; Chester Hopkins Bey on vocals; and Diona Shaw on vocals.


Gobo is on the right to help shorten the width of the room.

Knock Three Times

Mic Setup is a Mid Side with the U87 as the mid and the MXL 2010 as the sides.


Things have got to be patched . in this case I’m patching into channel 25 and 26

The SUN Will Rise Guitar Setup.

I wanted a ribbon mic for guitar. Why? I thought it would make the sound brighter and fuller. I used the MXL as my Mid mic. I pointed it at the vanilla spot of my guitar and about a foot out from the sound hole. This is the guitar setup for The Sun Will Rise!!

Guitar Tracking for The SUN WIll Rise!!

My beautiful sound wall for tracking guitar. Especially incase Chester and I want to play at the same time.

Chester Hopkins Bey on the Mic

Chester doing his vocals for The Sun Will Rise! Positive Music.

The sun will Rise

The wall in front of the mic

Knock 3 Times and the Sun Will Rise

Tracking went amazing today. We had a good time and we finished the songs that we practiced. Job Well Done!!

Tracking for Tropical Breeze, Gotta Thank The Lord (Mesa Boogie), and MIXXUX

Tropical Breeze Voc Mics

Mid Side Recording for Vocals in Tropical Breeze.

Mic Close of Mid Side Technique

U87 is in Cardioid

Sides Mic

MXL 2010 is in a BiPolar pattern.

Tracking Guitar

Getting ready to track guitar for Tropical Breeze. The mid side mics are set to record from the Vanilla position of my guitar.

Guitar tracking Tropic Breeze

I’m pointed at the cushion to make the guitar less bright.

U87 and MXL2010 in Mid Side for Vocal

I’m getting ready to track vocals for Tropical Breeze with the same set up as the guitar, but in a different part of the tracking studio.

Pop Placement

Pop Filters are important for protecting the mic.

Length of studio

Trop Breeze Vocals

MXL setting

Polar pattern shot of bipolar setting of 2010

Mesa Boogie (Gotta Thank the Lord) Guitar

Codey Miller is laying down some guitar for the Mesa Boogie track. He’s been assisting me for the day in the studio with tracking for Mesa Boogie. We’re using a Mesa Boogie amplifier, and a Gibson Les Paul Supra Deluxe electric guitar. We have the SM 57 to pic up the guitar. This song was first created while I was busking and I ran into Stevie Jay the bassist for Weird Al. I made up a song for him on the spot based on the shirt he was wearing. He loved the song and invited me to see some shows. He said that Mesa Boogie would love this song. So here it is being produced.

AMP Miking

The SM57 is on the low cone of the Speaker.

Mesa Boogie Amp

Mesa Boogie AMP

Guitar Amp Settings

setting for Amplifier


Guitar Amp. Ohms


Speaker OHMs


This is the MIXXUX Tunnel. Where Codey and I attempted to break into another dimension with Codey on guitar and me on Vocals. We made a tunnel with the Gobos to separate the thundering sound of the MESA BOOGIE AMP and Speaker combo. Russell Carter was in the studio to assist with recording.