Hollywood, CA (August 2, 2006)–Producer/engineer Dik Darnell recently mixed the new album by jazz singer/songwriter Lindsey Brier at Ocean Way recording studios. The album is the first 64-channel project to be produced on the DSD Sonoma system.
Pictured in Ocean Way’s Studio D are producer Dik Darnell, Super Audio Center engineer Gus Skinas, and assistant engineer Robule Kapoor. Photo by David Goggin.Like the Super Audio CD, the audio recording technology in the Sonoma system utilizes true Sigma-Delta analog-to-digital conversion, operating at a sample rate of 2.8 Megahertz. Joining Darnell was Sonoma founder/engineer Gus Skinas, one of the pioneers of digital recording.
All the music was recorded to the Sonoma DSD multitrack at Immersive Studios and the Super Audio Center studios in Boulder, Colorado, with the exception of the orchestra, which was recorded through a Neve 88R at the Skywalker Sound scoring stage in Nicasio, California. The project was mixed through a Neve 88R at Ocean Way’s Studio D in LA. The Sonoma uses EmmLabs MkIV DSD converters designed by Ed Meitner for the analog front end.
Orchestration for Brier’s album were by Emmy Award-winning composer/arranger Gary Malkin. Darnell is well known for producing Baby Huey for Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label, now considered one of the origins of hip-hop. He also was signed as artist, engineer and producer under James Guercio at the famed Caribou Studios, helmed projects for Casablanca Records, and worked with John Denver as writer and co-producer.
During the mix at Ocean Way, two 32-track Sonoma systems were linked for 64 channel playback while recording the mixed masters back into the Sonoma at the same time. “When working in a good analog environment such as Ocean Way,” commented Gus Skinas, “the Sonoma has very much the sonic characteristic of an analog multitrack but still gives you the production flexibility and power of a digital workstation.” Darnell added, “The sound has a distinct analog quality that’s clearly ‘warmer’ than the digital norm.”
Brier’s album will be released on the Etherean Music label.
Ocean Way Recording
Super Audio Center