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Pax-Am studio - Ryan Adams - Jenny Lewis Condenser Microphones
Old 12th June 2015
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Pax-Am studio - Ryan Adams - Jenny Lewis

Anyone know or have access to tracking, mixing, or producing details for:
Self titled - Ryan Adams
The Voyager - Jenny Lewis
???
Old 12th June 2015
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Paging Mike Viola...

Stuff's genius.
Old 12th June 2015
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Couldn't agree more.
Thanks for doing what I wasn't bold enough to do
Old 12th June 2015
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Self titled - Ryan Adams


My favorite album at the moment !
Sounds absolutely brilliant.

R.

Last edited by Rolf Ebitsch; 12th June 2015 at 08:11 PM..
Old 15th June 2015
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Self titled - Ryan Adams recorded at Pax-Am studio.

Please, more informations about the recording and mixing chain.
2" machine and Neve only, or more recording equipment ?
Thanks in advance!

That's the phenomenal best sounding rock CD of the last 10 years !
Only my humble opinion !

R.
Old 15th June 2015
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Pax Am does have a gear list on the website. Careful not to drool. I hear a lot of similar reverb sounds on the Jenny Lewis album. Of course the most important piece of gear on Ryan Adams is his Fender Princetons.
Old 15th June 2015
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Pax Am does have a gear list on the website. Careful not to drool. I hear a lot of similar reverb sounds on the Jenny Lewis album. Of course the most important piece of gear on Ryan Adams is his Fender Princetons.
Deleted User, thank you very much.

I know the website very well.....
My first look after the first listen !

Without doubt, there are nice pics on the Pax-am website.
The 'normal' cool stuff, but there are only tape machines, nothing digital.
That's one of the main questions.

Btw, it's an API and a Sphere console, not a neve... sorry.

R.
Old 15th June 2015
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RubbaDub, thank you very much.

I know the website very well.....
My first look after the first listen !

Without doubt, there are nice pics on the Pax-am website.
The 'normal' cool stuff, but there are only tape machines, nothing digital.
That's one of the main questions.

Btw, it's an API and a Sphere console, not a neve... sorry.

R.
Yeah, I think they must be missing some of the digital stuff, I'm pretty sure some of that reverb is digital.

Overall the sound of both albums is kinda like the 80s filtered through the power of nostalgia, a bit better than the 80s actually sounded.
Old 15th June 2015
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That's the phenomenal best sounding rock CD of the last 10 years !
It does sound great, but to me, the connection between songwriting and the sound doesn't hit home as perfectly as it does on Love is Hell.

I think its the best collection of songs he's put out since Cardinology, which also had a better connection somehow, even if the sound was a bit more processed than Love is Hell.

There something about the opener on Ryan Adams thats really off to me, even if I enjoy the songwriting, playing and arrangements. I just dont reach for it when I put on a record... Might be that "pop" on the attack of the guitar and the snare that doesn't connect with the hobo bohemian song writer, Tom Petty'ish chorus thing.

Gustav

Last edited by Labs; 15th June 2015 at 06:46 PM..
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Ryan's a big plate reverb user and I hear pre delay on a lot of his stuff.
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Definitely a lot of plate, and spring. Do you hear some digital reverb on songs like Feels like Fire and Stay with Me? I suppose it could be some modulated chorus stuff sent to the analog reverbs.
Old 15th June 2015
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I tried to book Pax-Am but couldn't get in. Does he rent it out to projects he's not producing?
Old 15th June 2015
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How is Ryan's hearing these days? I saw him at a Stones concert at the Pond back in the late 1990's and the sound level was astronomical. The guitarist had his 100 watt Marshall full up and the house mix was so loud the entire audience of 10,000 quickly fled out into the concourse to escape hearing damage. I wanted to watch but it was too painful.

The Stones mix was of course, sensible and excellent.
Old 15th June 2015
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Guys, thank you for the answers !!

I'd be interested in knowing if he recording the whole stuff on the 2" or his Apogee Symphony 64 System DAW Recorder System.
Or maybe mixed between both ?

The vocal sound are absolutely stunning. Maybe the vocal signal runs through a lot of his compressors to get this spectacular sound.

All in all, that album blew me away.

R.
Old 15th June 2015
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How is Ryan's hearing these days?
Maybe that's the key for a great sounding album... grin

R.
Old 15th June 2015
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Might be that "pop" on the attack of the guitar and the snare that doesn't connect with the hobo bohemian song writer, Tom Petty'ish chorus thing.

Gustav
Gustav, with your "that pop attack" description of the guitar, I hear the sound direkt in my head... funny.

But what did you mean exactly with 'snare that doesn't connect'

R.
Old 16th June 2015
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I'd be interested in knowing if he recording the whole stuff on the 2" or his Apogee Symphony 64 System DAW Recorder System.
Or maybe mixed between both ?

R.
I was wondering the same thing. I'm 100% sure they hit tape at some point.

Tracking mics:
Speculation of course, but I'm betting their micing approach looked similar, generally speaking, to what's attached. Mics like U47's, u67's, 414EB's, senn421's, akg d12, and 57's.

At times, the bass sounds DI'd to me.
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Old 16th June 2015
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I have a friend that worked in that room, and another that still does from time to time. They use tape for everything. A800 gets a lot of use. And they like to mix on the API as well as track. Whether that was done on the JL record, who knows but I'd assume so. Look up the video on the record Butch Walker did with Ryan there last year. The guy that engineers the stuff in there when Ryan is involved is a guy named Charlie I think. He plays in the touring band as well.
Old 16th June 2015
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great sounding album. Subscribed.
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