By Alan | November 28, 2010
The last news update was over 18 months ago. Let me fill you in on what has been happening…..
At the end of the summer of 2009 I began tracking a collection of tunes with a songwriter named Mike P. The majority of the album was tracked at TELEFUNKEN studios, with some additional tracking done by Mike at home. In October of this year we put the finishing touches on the mixes at my home studio and the album was finally released in early November. Follow the link here to listen to the tracks and download the album:
Two tracks off another album I worked on in 2008 titled LACERATION and A THOUSAND NIGHTS by the progressive metal band Mile Marker Zero was featured on the popular video game ROCK BAND. The tune was co-engineered by Joseph Masters and myself and was mixed at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY.
To download the track for the XBOX version of ROCK BAND, follow the link here: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5004124
To listen to other tracks or download the entire album, follow the link here:
By Alan | July 7, 2009
Finally, after about about 9 months in the making we are almost complete with the new Columbia Fields album BRIDGING THE GAP. I believe we started recording in September of 2008, and final mixes our now being completed by Enoch Jenson (Kings of Leon, Hillary Duff, Guitar Hero) and we have plans to master with Evran Goknar (Red Hot Chillipeppers).
All the extra hard work paid off and both the band and myself seem to be very psyched about the mixes and the final product. Enoch recorded the bands previous release When Night Falls and mixed the album at his Eastlake Recording Studio in Northern Mass.
Im sure the band will post some tunes on their myspace page within the next few weeks, as well as details about the CD release. I ended up playing electric guitar on every song, adding a little ambiance and some solos. I think it sounds pretty cool.
Now its time to take some time off before I dive into working on the next Rane album, while juggling the possibility of tracking new tunes with David Cain and his new band, as well as a new project by Bill Carleton.
I also snuck in a quick recording of one tune for Bill Carleton in June that im sure he will post on his website in the new few weeks.
Also, within the next few weeks I will be posting some cool photos and details about my new custom guitar rig that was built for me by my old friend Andy Hobbs from Elemantal instruments. I was also loaned a very cool piece called the Hydra Tube Splitter from my friend Oliver Archut at AMI/TAB Funkenwerk. More on those toys in the near future……..
over and out for now.
By Alan | November 18, 2008
Autumn has come and gone and another winter is upon us. In October, a new Tides Records project was released: Kevin Howard - Far From Grace. To hear tracks from this release, you can visit Kevin’s myspace page. Kevin and I had worked through the late spring and the entire summer to complete Kevin’s first EP of solo material. The EP includes 6 songs, ranging from hard rockers to acoustic ballads and Kevin sings his ass off on every tune!
I also traveled San Francisco, CA in early October for the Audio Engineering Society’s annual convention of new recording gear and equipment. Telefunken USA was nominated for a TEC Award (Technical Excellence and Creativity) for Microphone Technology and won! The ELA M 260 was selected as the best microphone of the year and I accepted the award for the company, along with owner Toni Fishman, in front of packed house of audio industry professionals, including artist Robert Plant and Allison Kraus. To see the video of us on stage in San Francisco, CA follow this link: Alan and Toni Fishman accepting the TEC Awards in California
Another video of my explaining the new U48 vacuum tube mic can also be seen here: Alan explaining the new U48 vacuum tube mic
In early October I also began tracking the new full length album from Connecticut band Columbia Fields. I am acting as chief engineer and producer on the project. The tunes are great and the band fits sonically on the same pallet as John Mayer and the Counting Crows. We are currently in the vocal tracking stages and we are planning to have the album complete before the end of the year. This will be my first full length recording since the release of the Mile Marker Zero album earlier this year.
On Halloween day, piano player Eric Heath and I traveled to Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT to track on their fantastic grand piano. The studio had such a killer vibe and Eric played his ass off on all the tracks. While the grand piano was great, we are scheduled to record more piano on the smaller upright at Telefunken studios later this week. The band is definitely very piano driven and their sound is heavily based off of Eric’s playing style
Rane has also be prepping and rehearsing new music for full length record. No release date has been set, but the band plans on finally putting down some material mid winter.
Have a great Thanksgiving
By Alan | September 2, 2008
Summer 2008 is rolling to an end. I am currently completing the final mixing stages for the Kevin Howard project titled Far From Grace. This is a 6 song project that we started tracking in early spring with the plans to complete before July, but we took our time to add some special finishing touches. The album features JL Clayborne on drums, Mike Greca on piano, Tony Parlapiano on piano and synth, a young guitar player name Tony from the Manchester Guitar Center and a bassist I havent met yet. Like the Brian Jarvis, Dave Cain and Mike Greca projects of the past, I was heavily involved on both the recording and mixing end of things, as well as some small performance and production input. You can hear me playing guitar at the end of a song called “Hey Little Girl” via the Fender Cyber Twin.
Tracking was done at the new Telefunken USA studio in South Windsor, CT with additional tracking at the new Audio Media Solution studio in East Hartford, CT. Mixing is currently underway at my private home studio. The 6 song EP is expected to be released in early October. For more details visit Kevin Howard’s myspace page here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=10562618
By Alan | May 5, 2008
In January I wrapped up recording tracks for the new Mile Marker Zero album due out May 23rd. The band and I worked closely throughout the fall and winter laying down what I would consider to be the most EPIC thing I have recorded yet. MMZ really pushed me to my limits and we even brought in two guest engineers to aid in the drums and guitar tracking. Drums were cut last fall in the garage of the drummer parent’s house using custom built 500 series API copy pre amps by engineer Joseph Master. The drums tracks feature multiple room mics including a prototype of the R-F-T M216 Matrix stereo microphone being release by Telefunken
In March I began working heavily on two new EPs. One from area singer songwriter Mike Greca, and the other from rockstar in the making Kevin Howard. Both projects are wrapping up this May and you can check each artist’s myspace page for the tunes!
By Alan | December 7, 2007
This week I wrapped up the final mixing and mastering of the first full length album release from area songwriter Brian Jarvis. The disc took over 6 months to track and mix and features the incredible rhythm section of Dan Prindle (bass) and Bryan Kelly (drumset) along with Brian Maroney and Lee Sylvester providing the majority of lead guitar parts. David Cain also added ambience and space guitars to the tune Dark Places. Tony Parlapiano filled in the spaces with his wonderus paino and organ playing. Anna Brewer was the icing on the cake adding an amazing female counter vocals and slick piano parts.
The disc will be release officially on Friday, December 28th at a show in
By Alan | October 2, 2007
Three new albums that Alan participated in recording are being released this fall.
David Cain’s Cain and the Neighborhood Band was release in September with two separate CD release parties. Alan produced, engineered, mixed and performed on the album along side Rane members Dan Prindle on bass and Bryan Kelly on drumset. Original Rane drummer Travis LaMothe anchored down the drum position in Cain’s live quartet, which also features keyboardist Tony Parlapiano and David Cain on guitar and vocals.
Keyboardist Matt Zeiner also released his latest album Live on a Summer Night, a full length live performance engineered and recorded by Alan Veniscofsky earlier this summer. The band also includes guitarists Billy McGofna and Mike Bradley, both whom have performed with Rane live in the past.
Lastly. on October 2, composer, trumpet and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick will release her new album True via Trey Anastasio’s Rubber Jungle Records. True was recorded at The Barn, Trey Anastasio’s studio complex in
By Alan | June 2, 2006
During my stay in Vermont, Rane played a gig at the Higher Ground. It was a great reunion between the band and our dearest friend Wade Wilby. Wade holds the posistion of Production Manager at this famous venue and he treated us well. One of the highlights of the show was one of my personal musical heros, Sean Kelly of The Samples, who sat in with us on a cover of “Did You Ever Look So Nice.” I’ve been a huge fan of The Samples music for over a decade and it ment so much to have him join us for a song. We end up partying in a hotel room with him after the gig for a few hours, hanging out and jamming. We even had a super group going for a few tunes with Sean Kelly and myself on guitar and vocals, Dan Prindle and Lucy Chapin on vocals and Brian Kelly on bear cans and bottle tops, complete with Wade and Griffin howling obscenities off the balcony.
By Alan | May 24, 2006
Welcome this is our farmhouse, or barn studio. Earlier this month I participated in a recording session at The Barn in Vermont. Engineer Brendan Twitchell and myself assisted Pete Carini in recording a new album for Vermont native (and one of my Hartt School class mates) Jennifer Hartswick. The Barn is a truley magical place, of course being owned by Trey Anastasio of former Phish fame. It was fully equipped with a kick ass API Legacy series console, a Pro Tools HD3 rig and a nice rack of outboard gear. We end up tracking JHA’s vocals through a new Telefunken USA Ela M12 mic system, along with a U47M for a room mic. We also used mics from other manufacturers including AKG, Neumann and Sennhieser and tracked straight to Pro Tools through the API and Grace preamps. The songs were mostly jazz vocal standards, in the style of Dianna Krall or Norah Jones, and we recorded for a benefit CD for JHA’s aunt. As soon as I have more details about when it will be released, I will post it here.
The photo is of me with Trey’s first Languedoc guitar.