Nashville, TN (June 24, 2005)–After years of working “on the other side of the glass,” Music City session guitarist Chris Graffagnino realized he should also learn about the recording process from an engineer’s perspective and felt that many other musicians may feel the same way. Working in conjunction with engineer, and frequent musical collaborator, Russ Long, Graffagnino formed Audioinstruction, LLC and the Russ Long’s Guide to Nashville Recording DVD was born.
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“There was a greater need for me to know more about recording as I started to see more and more producers working out of their own studios,” recalled Graffagnino. “I saw a need for quality information in my own experiences and in browsing many of the bulletin boards on the Internet. That was the germ for an idea that Russ and I discussed. We thought, “What would it be like to actually make a documentary of what we do?’ Lots of basic and ‘academic’ information is available, so we didn’t feel the need to spend a lot of time on conceptual ideas. We basically had five musicians in a room, worked as normal, and documented it all on video, recording everything that Russ did.”
According to the Audioinstruction website, the concept of Russ Long’s Guide to Nashville Recording is simple: ‘The only way to learn audio engineering is to watch a pro do it, then do it yourself.’ Viewers are able to watch Long engineer while Graffagnino and other studio cats perform, all within Long’s fully professional studio environment in Nashville. On the DVD, two complete songs are recorded and mixed, with every EQ, compression, and effects setting revealed. To illustrate both ‘best case’ and ‘most likely’ recording equipment scenarios, Long uses gear from his nearly $40K collection of microphones, pre-amplifiers, and processors for the first song, and low-cost dynamic microphones paired with an inexpensive mixer for the second selection. “We wanted to give the viewers the ‘best of the best,’ then a more typical project studio scenario for those who need to know how to get the best out of what they have,” Graffagnino explained.
Both songs were recorded to Long’s main rig, a Digidesign Pro Tools digital audio workstation using iZ Technology’s RADAR converters. At the core of this digital audio configuration is the Lucid GENx6-96 Word/Super Clock Generator, which Graffagnino confirmed is one of Long’s favorite pieces of audio gear. “It’s very important to the production because Russ is interfacing with lots of things,” told Graffagnino. “The Lucid is the key piece linking everything together, and as Russ explains on the DVD, the use of it creates a substantial sonic difference in what was recorded. He explains that it really takes everything to another level sonically.”
Expanding on the qualities of the previous Lucid GENx6, the GENx6-96 Word/Super Clock Generator adds 88.2kHz and 96kHz frequencies and toggle switches for selecting word clock or super clock for each of its six outputs. The super clock setting is of special interest to users of older Pro Tools TDM-based systems, as they can now clock Digidesign hardware with super clock alongside other hardware that requires word clock. The GENx6-96 can also function as a 1 x 6 clock distribution amplifier for AES 11, word, or super clock masters.
Along with offering a unique approach to learning the craft of engineering, Russ Long’s Guide to Nashville Recording gives each buyer a second DVD-ROM, which contains each and every audio file of the two-song production. “I guess you could say that it’s an ‘open architecture’ project where people could add to, replace, or take notes on how Russ mixed things, then try their own approach,” Graffagnino explained. “I don’t think that anyone has provided that before.”
For more information about Audioinstruction, LLC or to purchase Russ Long’s Guide to Nashville Recording, visit www.audioinstruction.com.
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