Drum day with @thenortherncoast. Three different kits for three very different sounds.
Nice to have our friend Michael Bernard Fitzgerald in the studio. Michael recorded his last album, I Wanna Make It With You, with us way back in 2015 and it was great having him back.
INSIDE OUR MIC LOCKER: Our @neumann.berlin vintage U87. We already featured our four reimagined U87s, and this is the mic those were inspired by. The vintage U87 is the original classic. By the 70s this mic was the studio must-have and was loved by engineers, producers, and artists alike. So what’s the difference between the vintage mic and the modern re-creation? The vintage U87 has a smoother top end and a more rounded, warmer sound than the clone.
Thanks to our friend Brian Farrell for coming in with Jay! Recorded some great tracks with @brendanwaterskeys, @chrisbyrneonbass, and @adamdowlingdrums.
Last week our good friend @reubenandthedark released a new single AND announced a new album to be released on May 4th called Arms of a Dream. Since it’s release, All or Nothing has been added to the iTunes Best of the Week playlist, was the second most downloaded track on DMDS, and the most active indie. It is always a pleasure to work with Reuben and his band, and we’re honoured to have been a part of this one.
Today is International Women’s Day. We celebrate all the women we have worked with in all capacities of the Canadian music scene. We want to encourage this community, and help it grow. Today, and every day, we commit ourselves to saying that there is no such thing as a stupid question and no such thing as too many questions. If we can help you grow as an artist, a producer, an engineer, as ANYTHING - reach out to us and let us know. If we can help you, we will. #womeninmusic
Celebrating International Women’s Day | Amaara - Black Moon | @amaaraofficial is the solo project of musician @kaelenohm. A project that began while Kaelen was a member of @reubenandthedark, it soon grew into the Ethereal Dream Pop album it is now. A multi-talented creative, Amaara is a multi-media project that embraces music, visuals, and videos to tell stories.
Celebrating International Women’s Day with some of the incredible women we’ve worked with. | Bebe Buckskin - Muddy Tracks | @bebe_buckskin came into the studio with her band for a @digitaldrum_ca session. For this track, she embraces her inner Zeppelin and captures a raw and dirty recording of her newest single, Muddy Tracks.
Today was a pretty special day around here. Our assistant engineer, @brenken, is getting married in April and he co-wrote a song with @spencer_cheyne, @annikaliv, and @aaronpollockmusic for his first dance. Today, thanks to @joshrobgwilliam, @chrisbyrneonbass, @russellbroom, and @brendanwaterskeys we recorded the bed tracks. This track will be a surprise for his fiancée Leah, and we can’t wait to see her face when she hears it.
In honour of the upcoming International Women’s Day we will be highlighting some of the incredible female artists we’ve recorded with throughout the years. | SASS JORDAN - RACINE REVISITED | Having the opportunity to record Canadian legend @sass.jordan was a dream. Racine Revisited was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her album, Racine. When recording the album, they wanted to remain true to the original recording while doing something they had never done before. Instead of trying to polish the album up, they wanted to see what would happen if they recorded as if they were still in the 70s, but with the modern gear we have in the studio. The album came together without an inch of polishing - no auto tune, no click track. Just a carefully made record with some of the finest players in the country.
In honour of the upcoming International Women’s Day we will be highlighting some of the incredible female artists we’ve recorded with throughout the years. | LAUREN MANN - DEARESTLY | @laurenmannmusic released Dearestly in June 2016. It was co-produced by @joshrobgwilliam and @howardredekopp and recorded at OCL. The album explores dynamic and organic soundscapes and textured creating a song that hints at influences from Kate Bush to the Beatles, but at the same time is completely unique. The songs are an honest insight into Lauren’s personal journey and experiences. The album is available on laurenmannmusic.com, or wherever you get your music.
Great couple of days with @ghill53, and Charlie the dog joined us for our board photo.
Pretty rad rhythm section cutting some tunes last week. Bass: @chrisbyrneonbass & Drums: @lylemolzan
We’re a residential recording studio, which means not only can you live at the studio while you record, it actually doesn’t cost anything extra. Our tracking engineer, @joshrobgwilliam, and our assistant engineer, @brenken, chat about what staying here means for artists who record with us. Full video on our Facebook page!
Perks of a big space: We can have two different kits set up before the session and mix up the sounds. Big room with a boomy feel or a tighter sound in the iso booth.
INSIDE OUR MIC LOCKER: The @neumann.berlin M 149 is a must-have. It’s the first tube mic designed by Neumann in over thirty years. We love it because it is a versatile mic that can be used for anything from drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano, vocals, and just about anything else.
Please join us in wishing @spencer_cheyne a HUGE happy birthday on his big 3️⃣0️⃣!! Our favourite things about Spencer: he is so passionate about making music, he’s a wizard at mixing records, and he’s always up for a glass of wine (or five) and a good hang. Happy birthday Spenny! 🎉🎂
A HUGE congratulations to @iamjocelynalice on her SECOND Certified Canadian Gold song! #mixedbyspencer
Guitar day - Playing through: @fender Deluxe with a @shure SM57 and a #coles 4038 for a tight and pointed sound. @marshallamps_uk with a @shure SM57 and a @sennheiser MD421 for a more sludgy sound. @marshallamps_uk with a @shure SM57 and a @sennheiser MD421 for a tighter, bold sound. Gotta have options.
Those of us who work in music can forget the magic behind everything we do. The simple but profound magic of walking into a recording studio for the first time. The magic of hearing through the headphones as sounds come together in the recording. The magic of watching people sing along to your songs. The magic of meeting the people who wrote that song that got you through hard times. Artists don’t just need fans to listen to the music, buy tickets to the shows, and wear the t-shirt. Artists need fans to remind them that even though some days are tough and it sure doesn’t feel like it, we are in the business of writing, recording, and performing magic. We were so excited to be apart of this unique fan experience with @thewashboardunion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: @allisonseto
A BIG thank you to everyone who made our Take Five with @thewashboardunion so successful! Big thanks to Paul and Joelle with @sakamotoagency for helping us arrange everything and @warnermusiccanada for their help. Thanks to @country105calgary for running the fan contest and bringing some of the best Washboard fans in Calgary to the studio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Videography: @ddg_yyc led by the incredible @brockdavismitchell. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photography: @allisonseto ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Engineer: @joshrobgwilliam Assistant: @brenken ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Catering: @the.secret.ingredient ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photobooth: @xpressbooth ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And of course the BIGGEST thank you goes out to our friends @thewashboardunion! They blew a tire at 5 AM on the way to the studio, and still made it out and put on a great show.
What an incredible afternoon. Thank you to @thewashboardunion, @country105calgary, @the.secret.ingredient, and all the WU fans who come out!
One step closer to team uniforms. The OCL hoodies have arrived! ✌️
***CONTEST CLOSED*** We have ONE pair of tickets to our Take Five with @thewashboardunion this Sunday, February 4th. This is a one of a kind experience that will bring you into the studio while The Washboard Union Records a 5-Song EP live off the floor. You will be in the tracking room listening in on the session on headphones. After the session, there is a meet and greet with the band. To win these tickets, send us a DM and tell us WHO YOU’D BRING, and WHY!
INSIDE OUR MIC LOCKER: The @akgaudio C12 VR is a recreation of one of the most legendary tube mics in history. It took all the best parts of the C12 and modernized it to meet the needs of the current state of recording. And they did a beautiful job. In fact, they did so well that @tompettyofficial used this mic on the Echo album. We love using it for vocals, acoustic guitar, and as a snare mic.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2017 @acma_music awards!
A HUGE congratulations to @leavingthomas. This is the first No. 1 OCL project in 2018, and we couldn’t be happier that it happened to this team. Congratulations to co-producers @spencer_cheyne and @kuddstagram on their first number 1. Congrats to the engineering team: @brenken, @dieselmusicofficial (mastering), and @joshrobgwilliam. Congrats to the musicians: @russellbroom, @mattymckayguitar, @pulvermurray, @brendanwaterskeys, @mflmusicca, #BenBradley, @matchyjay, and @petelesperance. Congratulations to @mikedenney1 and @mdmrecordings. And, of course, the BIGGEST CONGRATULATIONS goes to @annikaliv and @brytonudy, the incredible duo that brought this dream team together.
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Tommy Banks. He was such a good man; a multi-award winning musician and an esteemed politician. He changed the landscape of music in Alberta, and he will be greatly missed by the music community. Our thoughts are with his family.
We can’t wait to head down to @palacetheatreyyc tonight to celebrate our friends @leavingthomas as they release their debut EP! They recorded their first single with us in 2015, and it’s been incredible watching their journey since then. There’s still tickets available, and you don’t want to miss this one!
@spencer_cheyne is mixing in the studio with producer @tylerhornby and flautist @mv_bourque.