Welcome to Tracks, our monthly look at the recording process behind 10 new releases by artists across the musical spectrum, running down who’s using what gear where. Click on the photo gallery below to see what’s new. Don McLean “Botanical Gardens” Artist: Don McLean Album: Botanical Gardens Label: BMG Produced by: Mike Severs Engineered by: Jim Dineen Mix Engineer: Mike Severs Studio: Watershed Studio (Nashville, TN) Mastered by: Mike Severs at Sunny’s Lab (Franklin, TN) Equipment Notes: Avid Control 24 control surface; Neve, Trident and API mic pre amps; Focal studio monitors; Avid Pro Tools HD Thievery Corporation “Treasures from the Temple” Artist: Thievery Corporation Album: Treasures from the Temple Label: ESL Music Produced by: Gianmaria Conti Engineered by: Gianmaria Conti Mix Engineer: Gianmaria Conti Mastered by: Vlado Meller, mastering assistant Jeremy Lubsey Equipment Notes: Avid Artist Mix, Pro Tools control surface, Tannoy monitors, Dynaudio AIR monitor series, Avid Pro Tools 11, Apollo 16 audio interface, BAE 1073, API 512c, Chandler TG2 Del the Funky Homosapien and Amp Live “Gate 13” Artist: Del the Funky Homosapien and Amp Live Album: Gate 13 Label: Gate 13 Records Produced by: Amp Live Engineered by: Ambrus Deak Mix Engineer: Ambrus Deak Studio: AMB Studios (Los Angeles, CA) Mastered by: Ambrus Deak at AMB Mastering Studios (Los Angeles, CA) Equipment Notes: Sub Pac S2 and Genelec M040 monitors, produced/recorded in Ableton, mixed in Apple Logic Pro Elle Belle “No Signal” Artist: Elle Belle Album: No Signal Label: Little Record Company Produced by: Christopher Pappas Engineered by: Pierre de Reeder (at 64 Sound) and Christopher Pappas (home studio) Mix Engineers: Kyle Fredrickson (“American Dreamer”), Mike Bloom (“No Signal,” “Nothing New Under the Sun”) and Elle Belle (all other tracks) Studio: 64 Sound (Los Angeles, CA) Mastered by: Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound (Los Angeles, CA) Equipment Notes: 1977 MCI 428b console. Pre’s: Neve 1272, Langevin AM16 and 5116, API 512 and 312, Avedis MA5, SSL 615E, Quad Eight MM71 and MM61. Compressors: UA 1176, UREI LA3A and LA2A, Quad 8 AM23, DBX 160 and 165. Mics: RCA 44BX, Neumann U47 and Fet47, AEA N8, Mojave MA200, Pearlman TM-1, Sen 421 and 441, RCA 88-A, AKG D12, Shure SM7, AKG 451, Oktava MK12. Studio monitors: Dynaudio BM5, Genelec 1031A, JBL 4341. Avid Pro Tools. Photo by Casey Curry Roger Joseph Manning Jr. “Glamping” Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Album: Glamping Label: Pledgemusic Produced by: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Engineered by: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Mix Engineer: John Paterno Studio: Stu-Stu-Studio (home studio), Velveteen Labs (Taylor Locke’s home studio), Salamander Sound Mastered by: John Paterno at his home studio Equipment Notes: Mackie HR-824 studio monitors, Avid Pro Tools, Avalon VT-737sp, UA UAD-Apollo Wax Idols “Happy Ending” Artist: Wax Idols Album: Happy Ending Label: Etruscan Gold Records Produced by: Hether Fortune, Peter Lightning and Monte Vallier Engineered by: Monte Vallier Mix Engineer: Monte Vallier Studio: Ruminator Audio (San Francisco, CA) Equipment Notes: All basic live tracks (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) were recorded on tape to an Otari MX-70 1” 16 track using the mic pre’s on the Trident 80C console, with some additional outboard Millennia, Neve, and Neotek mic pre’s. Tracked with Distressors, Summits and Manley compressors. Tape was transferred to Avid Pro Tools HD5 using Lynx Aurora converters. Exitmusic “The Recognitions” Artist: Exitmusic Album: The Recognitions Label: Felte Produced by: Devon Church, co-producer Aleksa Palladino Engineered by: Devon Church Mix Engineer: Devon Church Studio: Various home studios in Brooklyn, NY Mastered by: Rafael Anton Irasarri at Black Knoll Studios Equipment Notes: Apogee Duet, Universal Audio channel strip, Warm Audio 512 preamp, Speck preamp, UBK Fatso, Yamaha HS 80s monitors (modded by Zen Pro Audio), Apple Logic Pro Luv Dot Gov “At Least We’ve Got This Madness” Artist: Luv Dot Gov Album: At Least We’ve Got This Madness Label: Cigar City (Us) Produced by: Graeme Young Engineered by: Graeme Young, assistant engineer Andrew Johnstone Mix Engineer: Graeme Young Studio: Chamber Studio (Edinburgh, UK) Mastered by: Stephen Foster at Chamber Studio (Edinburgh, UK) Equipment Notes: Neve Console, Barefoot studio monitors, Avid Pro Tools The Amorettes “Born to Break” Artist: The Amorettes Album: Born to Break Label: Spv/Steamhammer Produced by: Luke Morley Engineered by: Nick Brine Mix Engineer: Nick Brine Studio: Rockfield Studios (Monmouth, Wales) Mastered by: Pete Maher at Pete Maher Sound Equipment Notes: MCI JH500 console. Studio monitors: KRK V8 Series 2, Yamaha NS10, JBL 4350 bi-amped with Crown PSA2 Power amp. Avid Pro Tools The Claudettes “Scandal at the Gynmasium” Artist: The Claudettes Album: Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium Label: Yellow Dog Records Produced by: Mark Neill Engineered by: Mark Neill Mix Engineer: Mark Neill, with additional mixing at Lee Dyess studio Studio: Soil of the South Productions (Valdosta, GA) Mastered by: Lee Dyess Equipment Notes: Vintage Studer console, KEF and Tannoy monitors. RADAR, with additional mixing on Steinberg Nuendo/Cubase/WaveLab SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.