Chicago, IL (May 10, 2012)—Across his 40-plus year career in recording, mastering and live sound, veteran engineer Danny Leake has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Destiny’s Child, Placido Domingo, Janet Jackson, Lupe Fiasco, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and The Police—to name a few. Recently, Leake upgraded the editing system at his Urban Guerrilla Engineers mastering facility in Chicago to incorporate the latest SADiE 6 software.
Leake has been a SADiE user since 1996 and says that, despite owning other digital audio workstations, it remains his favorite. “For me, it is one of the fastest and most accurate editing systems out there,” he explains. “It is equally good for classical and pop music editing, and the CD Mastering section is excellent. With the new SADiE 6 software, editing and PQ coding CDs is probably three times as fast as most systems out there and sonically it is beyond accurate. Also, the VST implementation is bulletproof. With SADiE 6, project revisions become non-problematic, while making radio and clean versions from album versions has become much easier.”
As well as upgrading to SADiE 6, Urban Guerrilla Engineers has also invested in a Prism Sound/Maselec MEA-2 stereo mastering equalizer.
“The MEA-2 is doing a magnificent job and providing a range of features that I really like,” Leake says. “The frequency selection is great. I haven’t found anything I can’t do with it. I am also using it during mixing to add some weight to the drums or anything else that needs it. It has already been used on a number of projects, including mastering Styx’s Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live DVD.”