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Universal Audio Artist Session XII with Che Pope (& The Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Old 8th June 2018
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Apollo Artist Sessions Vol. XII
60s Funk/Soul Challenge with Che Pope: “Higher Ground”

In the latest installment of Universal Audio’s Apollo Artist Session series, they traveled down south to New Orleans and gave Grammy® award-winning producer Che Pope (Kanye West, Dr. Dre, The Weeknd) a unique challenge: to create a killer ’60’s-style funk/soul track using the real-time processing and authentic analog emulations of the Apollo audio interface to record the masters of swing, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Che "traveled back in time" and re-created the sonic magic of the late ’60s using vintage microphones and recording techniques along with modern processing via realtime UAD plug-ins. The result is the unmistakable sound found on classic records by artists such as Sly & the Family Stone, Booker T & the M.G.’s, and The Isley Brothers.

The entire recording and production process was documented from start to finish — detailing the setup, mic selection, music production, processing choices, and of course the live performance, culminating in a “making of” video and a live performance music video of the song "Higher Ground". The behind- the- scenes video (above) weaves together artist and band interviews along with documentary shots of the setup/production process, providing valuable insights into the craft of both production and performance.

Music credits:
  • Drums – Walter Harris
  • Bass – Ben Jaffe
  • Trombone – Ronell Johnson
  • Saxophone – Charlie Gabriel
  • Trumpet – Branden Lewis
  • Saxophone – Clint Maedgen
  • Mastered by Paul Blakemore
  • Mixer: Che Pope
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