July – Dec 2013

February 14th, 2014

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane… No, it’s the bi-annual yearly Valve Studios year in review update.

October thru December. Valve had the great pleasure of welcoming ‘The King of R&B’ Mr. R. Kelly himself to the studio. It was an amazing experience to watch him work. Incredibly talented and great guys. Look to hear what they recorded next week on Jimmy Kimmel and other shows. Producer Casey Di Iorio began tracking for 3 songs with artist Keite Young who brought in just an amazing band (Philly guys). We took a quick week long trip to England to record the final Bowling for Soup shows on their farewell tour. Was an amazing time. They killed it to sold out crowds every night. Look for a live DVD sometime next year. Back in Texas, mixing and mastering for the Heart and Hero debut release was completed while local pop duo The Brehms came in to work on two songs with Producer Casey Di Iorio. Thanks to Andy and Bill from The Blurries for coming in to lay down basic tracks. Vocals for a few songs were also cut for country artist Ali Dee with Casey Di Iorio. Was fun cutting vocals over some Nashville tracks.

August and September saw continued tracking for These Machines are Winning with some additional guitars added by Casey Di Iorio. Final tracking and mixing was also completed by Casey for Sun City’s new release and sent off to Alan Douches at West West Side for his sweet caress or as others might say… mastering. Drummer Bill Spellman came in to add some cool cymbal work to the Heart and Hero electronic tunes as more overdubs were completed and mixing started. Red Like Heat’s debut album returned from mastering and will be out on Idol Records hopefully by the end of the year.

July had These Machines are Winning back cutting more vocals and bass with producer Casey Di Iorio. One session included guest vocals by Sarah Jaffe and Taylor Rea which turned out amazing. Tracking continued for the upcoming Sun City album produced by Casey Di Iorio. Valve also welcomed back producer Daniel Paul to cut basic tracks for an upcoming project. Dallas pop rockers Heart and Hero continued overdubs with Casey for their debut album.

Just want to say thanks to all of the incredible artists for making it another great year here at Camp Valve, where all the coffee is strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the gear is above average…

New Gear: Universal Audio Vintage 175 compressor, Shure Level Loc, Allegra 14″ Maple Hoop Snare

Jan – June 2013

July 25th, 2013

The new year started off with a bang in January with Ryan Tedder from One Republic coming in for a day of tracking. Was great to have him to the studio and get to talk vintage mics, keyboards and music with him. Hope to see him back next time he’s in town. Producer Will Hunt (Evanescence, The Burning Hotels) visited Valve for a few days to record the basic tracks for All the Delighted People while producer Casey Di Iorio continued tracking for the upcoming Red Like Heat disc while producing 2 songs for young indie rockers The Casual Tuesdays. Denton indie elite American Werewolf Academy came in to cut tracks with Producer John Dufilho and Casey Di Iorio for an upcoming EP…look for these tracks later in the year. Valve also welcomed Producer Sterling Winfield (HellYeah, Pantera) back to the studio for two days of tracking.

March and April saw the continued tracking of upcoming Bawcomville disc “Tranny” with 3 additional songs while final tracking and mixing for the Red LIke Heat record began. Austinite John McCane brought up his Prince inspired tunes to hit his Linn drums to tape and track the live instruments and vocals. Dr. Fink of Purple Rain fame added keys to a few tracks. Casey Di Iorio made a not so often trip for a live recording to the Granada Theater to record Justin from Blue October’s sold out solo acoustic show.

May welcomed back These Machines are Winning to begin tracking bass and vocals for their second release with Producer Casey Di Iorio. This album will prove to be a bit more rock than the last..still with the great electronic drums and keys…..we’re super excited about it. The Blurries visited for a day to have Casey mix their contribution “Hard to Love a Man” for A Texas Tribute to Jason Molina album. Great version and compilation..go check it out. The Dallas duo the Brehms brought in super talented instrumentalist Milo Deering (Lee Ann Rimes, Jack Ingram) to track violin, violin and mandolin on their track “Kitty Kat” with Casey D. To add to an already busy two months, production and tracking for Heart & Hero from Dallas began in June for 10 days with Producer Casey Di Iorio.

So far for 2013 updates our batting average is .5 …. Not bad, right?

NEW GEAR Teenage Instruments OP-1 Keyboard, Neve 33609 (81069) Compressor in console, Altec 633 salt shaker mic