GAMmA berlin mix (hi-res 24/96 2.0 with bonus hi-res 5.1 tracks)
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Most of GAMmA was produced and recorded with the help of Steinberg’s Nuendo DAW software, largely using the UAD2 card for effects and Steven Slate’s Raven touch screen controller. The project was initially recorded using only stereo tracks (sometimes up to 80 of them) and produced from the ground-up in stereo (in the past, I’d often produce the project first in 5.1). Within the session, a great deal of sub-grouping was done, as the project was made up of several groupings of software, hardware and live acoustic instruments … I’d definitely recommend the use of grouping (and track coloring) as a way of making the process easier to identify and control.
I also have the good fortune of also being able to live and produce my music in Berlin. My Wonung (apartment) is simple, but amazingly powerful. Don’t let the small size of these speakers fool you, they’re PMCs and are amazingly accurate and my Acer PC laptop doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the phrase “No, I can’t” … no matter what I throw at it, it keeps chugging along.
Once the initial electronic and live instrument tracks were added, we went into London Bridge Studios (Nirvana, 3 Doors Down, Alice In Chains’, Nickelback, etc.) in Seattle, a studio that’s known for its killer drum sound to record drums for the project, using multiple mics as well as distant room mics to add a liveness to the electronic project.
London Bridge Studios is also know for its really sweet Neve 8048 analog console, which added its usual warmth to the drum mix.
15 minutes in the life of recording drums (with John Ewing) for DMH’s GAMmA at London Bridge Studios, Seattle … You’ll notice that as the composer, I had to conduct certain passages for several songs. This’s why I’ll always choose drummers that are also percussionists. It makes all the difference.
Once the tracks have been completed, they came back to Berlin, where the tracks were painstakingly programmed in loop form into Ableton’s Live DAW system. This allowed the project to be performed live (both on stage and in the studio). In this case, the “Live” tracks were performed at the 8th-floor studios at nhow Hotel in Berlin, being digitally captured in a way that allowed the performance to be re-inserted back along with the original mix tracks to create a dance mix that lifts the tempo and the spirits.
Veiw of nhow Hotel (left), just off the Spree River in Berlin. Notice how the studio is actually built out “over” the river, offering one of the best views of Berlin anywhere.
The final mix was made by DMH and Emiliano Caballero at galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. This world-class studio in the middle of sheep fields in rural Belgium is home to auro Technologies 3D music mixing techniques and advanced immersive audio technologies.
It was quite the interesting process to master this project, but then to continue further and assemble plus do QC (quality control) for the bluray disc proved to be quite the task. In my case, I was pretty much the only person who could’ve done this, as when I found a problem with the mix, I was able to export the song tracks and then assemble them back into the continuous track files. Trust me, it wasn’t easy and generally took a day for each output format.
article number: A3DBA17001 (USA) A3DCL-17-001 (Rest World)
release date: May 19th 2017
EAN code: 8715197150729
UPC code: 808798150729
genre: electronic, IDM, dance, surround
tag keywords: 51bpm David Miles Huber chamberland parallax eden colabs electronic IDM uptempo downtempo grammy nominated surround 5.1 MRT modern recording techniques
David Miles Huber: (producer/artist – Seattle/Berlin), vocals/ethno flutes
David Miles Huber: (Nuendo and Ableton Live)
Original Berlin performance sessions: (produced at nhow Hotel, Berlin)
Drums recorded at London Bridge Studios, Seattle
John Ewing: drums
Mixed at Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium
Emiliano Caballero Fraccaroli: (Euro co-production and co-engineering)
Daniel Eric Butler (my husband, partner and best friend)
nhow Hotel and the folks at Soundfloor, Berlin
Dominik Trampf, Berlin
Everyone at Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium
Steinberg Media Technologies Gmbh (studio DAW – Nuendo)
Ableton AG (performance DAW – Live)
Universal Audio Inc. (powered DAW audio plug-ins)
PMC Limited (professional studio monitors)
Steven Slate Audio Inc. (touch video monitors)
Zerodebug (TouchAble performance/studio application for the iPad)