Mixing and Mastering Marshall and The Boyfriends

Over the summer I took on a fun mixing and mastering project for a synth-pop band called The Boyfriends headed by Marshall Watson. The album is full of catchy hooks, has a diverse roster of vocalists, and a generous helping of awesome. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for some motivation on a dull dreary wet day (or on a bright sunny summer day too for that matter).

For this project I made heavy use of the Waves Neve Style Vintage EQs and compressors. I got some great results from the free FXPansion DCAM Compressor in parallel on my kick and snare. I was also delighted to discover the Plug & Mix bundle. They had a promotion selling the whole pack of forty-something plugins, including free copies of any future plugins they add to the bundle for $50 so I had to snatch it up. They sound great and feature stylish but simple, and effective interfaces.

You can check out the album here:

 

There’s now a music video for Dark Days done by Matthew Barrett which you can check out below… 

 

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New Live Set at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Poly got potentiometered!
Poly got potentiometered!

I’ll be playing again at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on Sunday June 8th at 2pm, only this time I’ll be using my Elektron Octatrack. I’ve been working hard exporting, sequencing, and reworking Sonidos de Cuba so that I can perform it live with this amazing device. At first I was trying to remake the songs close to how they sound on the album, but I kept encountering happy accidents and decided to let go and allow the album to evolve into a new form. Now some parts sound similar, but others sound completely different. It’s allowed me to get excited about the music again as I had grown a little tired of it after hearing so much of it. I’m using the Octatrack to sequence my MFB Kraftzwerg and Arturia Microbrute and as an effects unit for my Electro-Lobotomy Sonic Forest and Trumpet. It should be fun so I hope to see you there! The Maker Faire is a really great inspiring event so I highly recommend checking it out even if you can’t make my performance. If I have time I may even play one of the songs off my next album featuring recordings from Thailand along with my Manastone Hank Drum. More info at: http://makerfaire.ca Continue reading “New Live Set at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire”