Edmeston, NY (June 5, 2013)-Mastering engineer Mike Wells recently completed a project for producer Billie Joe Armstrong, the new Emily's Army album, Lost at Seventeen, on Adeline Records.
The sophomore album release will debut June 11, 2013 and features the drumming of Armstrong's son Joey; "I worked with Emily's Army on their first record," reveals Wells. "Chris Dugan has also been involved with both records; he was the engineer/mixer on the first record and also the recording engineer on this new one. Chris Lord-Alge was the mixer on this record. It was a real treat to work with him," says Wells.
"Without question, the centerpiece of my studio is the Dangerous 'mastering console' which comprises the Dangerous Master transfer console, the Dangerous Monitor and the Dangerous MQ for metering," Wells continues. "I bought this system right when it became available. Until that time, there wasn't a commercial mastering console on the market, only hand-built custom-consoles. The cost of a custom console was just out of my financial reach, so when these three Dangerous Music tools were released, it was fantastic. I rely on them every day." Wells' setup also features the Dangerous Liaison and BAX EQ.
"It's a heavy-hitting team on this record, and the mixes came in incredibly solid, as you would expect from all of the talent involved," Wells comments. "They wanted balance across all the tunes, and there were some minor tweaks with EQ, but the signal path was minimal compared to some of the indie projects I deal with. The final master had a little Dangerous BAX EQ for sweetness on the top.
"Compression-wise, all I was doing was a touch of parallel compression using the GML 2030 via the Dangerous Liaison's parallel processing channel, along with the GML 9500 parametric EQ when needed. It was a pretty light touch, but with a combination of those tools, it all came into place," says Wells, who reports that the producer, engineers and the band were all happy with the sound.