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Connecting each artist's unique voice and vision with core listeners and new listeners, that's the bottom line. Some mixes need ultimate subtlety and some need more help. With good communication anything is possible. Ultimately each record needs a customized balance of harmonics, frequencies and transients to connect emotionally (the vibe), mentally (sufficient clarity for the style) and physically (moving drivers to get them moving). Each record needs to be right for this moment in the artist's career and needs to feel great and sound great in thirty years from now.
Beginning in the late 80s East Village, Brian was a professional musician (guitar, voice, piano) who became a student of Robert Fripp and Guitar Craft through the early/mid 90s. He has many years of experience in tracking, mixing and producing organic music (Ampex MM1200 2"). Mastering began in the late 90s and his experiences in all other phases plays into a uniquely musical take on the craft. Originally from the secret music city of Columbus, Ohio he works out of Los Angeles.
Modified solid state and new old stock tube gear in a short signal path fill a single desk of great power and flexibility. Speakers from the immensely clever German designer Joachim Gerhard, hand made by Immedia in Berkeley, CA. Amplification is Class A push pull tube from Cary Audio. Bricasti M1 SE converters.
Located on a street with artists of all genres in Atwater Village, the Los Angeles room is a new concept in mastering design. The freestanding walls treat mid and high frequencies, while the low end escapes into the three story, open floor plan, concrete structure. This provides great low end clarity. Windows and fresh air encourages a more human connection to the outside world. Mastering is about connection, and this design brings something to the work a windowless cave studio can not.
The Kills - Ash & Ice
Alison and Jamie are back, wrapping their sexy riffs and howls in super fat beats.
The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come To Expect
Strings, soul, and blue-eyed grooves from TLSPs first record since 2008.
Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
Channels the spirits and stories still out wandering a stretch of north Louisiana blacktop. With Bill Frisell and Greg Liesz on guitar. David Bianco mixing.
Dr. Dog - The Psychedelic Swamp
Dr. Dog reimagines the unheard demos that built the band on this all-new record.
Cage The Elephant - Tell Me I'm Pretty
Kentucky indie rockers make vintage modern with their best songs yet.
Ringo Starr - The Lifetime Of Peace & Love Tribute Concert
Ringo's songwriting is honored by many guest artists to raise cash and consciousness with this live set.
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Manson returns selling over 350,000 globally. Produced by composer Tyler Bates (300, Guardians of the Galaxy, Californication).
The Arcs - Yours Dreamily
Dan Auerbach and friends on a compelling journey of sounds and songs.
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
9 ARIA Nominations, Certified Platinum from Future Classics in AUS.
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Produced by Dan Auerbach, USA #1 Rock release.
Ghost - Meliora
All hail Papa Emeritus III and his Nameless Ghouls! Seduced by the dark side, the Grammys awarded "Cirice" on Meliora Best Metal Performance of 2015. From Tom Whalley's Loma Vista Recordings.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - So Delicious!
Rev Peyton goes iTunes Blues #1 with trailer pop blues, huge and hard.
Dr John - Locked Down
Mac, Dan A. and band all kill it on this Grammy winner, combining his real life stories with the sounds of 60s-era Gris-Gris and Babylon.
The Arctic Monkeys - AM
Tchad Blake again mixing here, with riffs from Josh Homme. UK #1 for many weeks, International Top 10. One Grammy nomination for 2015.
Grace Potter - Midnight
Grace Potter strikes out on her own with rock meets pop.
The Posies - Solid States
Topping off four decades of power pop, Solid States expands The Posies' sound with sharp critiques the here-and-now.
David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time
Brian has done the last two records for David as well as a number of records he's produced for others. Mixed by Dean Hurley.
David Lynch - The Big Dream
Lynch conjurs sound to match his vision on this unexpected solo debut.
The Black Keys - Brothers
This record in 2010 gave Brian's work new levels of international attention. Mark Neill tracking, Tchad Blake mixing. Multiple Grammys.
The Black Keys - El Camino
Multiple Grammy winning follow up to 'Brothers' with a more aggressive sound to compliment these 10 hot bangers.
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Billboard US #1, CAN #1, AUS #1, UK #2. Three Grammy nominations for 2015.
Welcome To The Age Of My Body
The Delta Riggs
The Delta Spirit
Into The Wide
I Won't Be Long
All Or Nothin'
Birth Of Joy
Out Of Nowhere
The Soft White Sixties
Loud Is The Night
Port of Morrow
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Between The Ditches
Leave It All Behind
What Would Christ Do
Hanni El Khatib
Head In The Dirt
JEFF the Brotherhood
Yellow Red Sparks
Yellow Red Sparks
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Letters In The Deep
Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow
Live on Red Rocks
The David Mayfield Parade
Good Man Down
The Pack A.D.
Do Not Engage
Who Made Who
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Length Of Arms
What Happened To The La Las
The Wolf You Feed
Young & Old
Semi Precious Weapons
Live at a Flamingo Hotel