Frustrated with home recording? Take a class at Earwig Studio!

don consoleWould you like to learn recording techniques at a recording studio near Seattle?  Come join an audio workshop with Don Farwell at Earwig!  The workshops will be from 6pm – 10pm during the week and will cost $40.  We will cover topics such as: recording drums, home studio acoustics, pro tools basics and more.  In fact, we want to keep it customized and provide exactly what you want.  So join our facebook group and let us know what you want to learn!

Earwig Studio – Audio Workshops facebook group

Each workshop will have 5 people or less, so you should be able to get all your questions answered!  New classes will be offered often so go to the link above and click “Join Group” in the upper right corner of the page.

On the quest for holy grail guitar tone? Don’t forget the speakers:)

Holy Grail tone:)One of my oldest friends (and former bandmate), Ed Otto, often let’s me borrow his 1974 Marshall JMP for sessions.  It’s an incredible amp and is unlike anything else I have in the studio.  I was in session with the South Sound Bureau Chiefs doing guitar overdubs.  I like to set up multiple amps and cabinets to find different combinations.  I guess that’s a big reason why I like amp heads vs. combo amps.  I dunno, combos indulge my laziness.  I end up using the speakers in there instead of exploring different options.  In fact, I just bought a 1972 Fender Twin with no speakers in it.  This forces me to decide on a cab every time I use it.  But I digress!  The point is: speakers have a HUGE influence on tone.  Messing around with different combinations of guitars, amps and speakers is how to find that jaw dropping sound we all hunt for.  And it can be found in unexpected places.  This time, it happened to be the Marshall plugged into a…PEAVEY SCORPION!  Peaveys never makes anyone’s list for coveted guitar speakers.  But it has quickly become one of my favorite guitar speakers for recording.  And you can find them cheap!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Celestions, vintage Oxford 10″ and 60’s era Jensen alnicos that I have too.  But my secret weapon…Peavey Scorpion.  It’s loaded in a vintage Vox 1×12 so you’d never guess what’s “under the hood”.  Mu-ha-ha.

For you recording geeks, the full signal chain was: Gibson SG ==> 1974 Marshall ==> Vox 1×12 (scorpion) ==> AEA R84 ribbon mic ==> BAE 1073 MP (Neve clone) mic pre ==> Lynx Aurora converter ==> Pro Tools!

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Recording pop at Earwig with Fiona Dawn

I had a lot of fun co-producing Fiona Dawn’s EP with Drew Mitchell. We met last summer when she came down for a tour. We sat and talked about her project and listened to some of my work at Earwig. She liked a lot of what she heard and wanted to infuse her music with the kind of sounds coming out of the studio. She got to work finishing her songs. I also recommended that she team up with my assistant engineer, Drew Mitchell. He is great at making beats and is also a killer bass player. Drew became part of the team and started doing pre-production with Fiona.
It all came together in January 2013. We recruited various local musicians to play on the project and it turned out fantastic. Among them were Daniel Pak from Koreionz and Adam Kozie from Pollens.  The songs just got mastered and will be released in early April. As soon as it is out I’ll post audio clips.

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Pony Time releases full-length on Per Se Records

I’ve worked with Pony Time many times in the last 2 years.  This full-length record is the result of nearly a year’s worth of recordings.  We tried various setups and the one that worked the best was when they bashed it out in the same room without isolating amps from the drums. To get a clean drum sound, it’s really common to isolate amps during live tracking.  But Luke wasn’t happy with just hearing bass through headphones.  So we set up a bass amp on either side of the drums pointing directly at him to get as much low end pumping in the room as we could.  Big smiles ensued.  I knew I would just have to deal with low end bleed, which wasn’t that bad considering how loud the amps were!

You can check out more cuts from the new record here:

Per Se Records

Pony Time on Bandcamp

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New Drugs: ‘Atlas In Mexico’ (earwig remix)

I recently worked with Aaron Wilson from the band New Drugs back in September 2012.  We recorded basic tracks for a new record he is working on.  Wayyy back in 2008, one of his songs was featured on NPR’s second stage.  Aaron came to me recently and asked me to remix this song.  He wanted to try and get a deeper sound out of the mix.  The soundcloud link above is our new version.  You can check out the original here on NPR’s site:

NPR Music – Second Stage