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TCV-WOWWOW-CD

One of those moments when all the efforts finally pay off – The Cold View releases the two of his albums at once via different labels as Digipack-CDs. Endless Winter takes care of the newest strike “Wires of Woe, Ways of Waste” while GS Productions re-releases the “Weeping Winter” including a bonus track which left our mixing facility some weeks ago. Although pretty anachronistic in terms of distribution discs are a perfect supplement for download sales. It makes a difference you can grab by hand. The physical presence nevertheless works in a mere symbolic way, a CD cannot sound better or even different. So what it does is looking good. If that’s all you need then come and get it. Any help with the decision? Just read this review here and here

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Maybe our earliest approach on serious music production whatsoever – my colaboration with beat mate Oliver Wicke and lovely voice Viola Manigk. The fundamental elements (samples, guitars and synths) came together already 10 years ago and were complemented time after time by additional recordings namely drums, strings and keys. And of course – the voice – being the point where it all started to make sense. Also Oliver created fine video clips for some of the songs (see track information). Because we never knew how to take up the thread again we decided to just put it on Bandcamp in the realm of the blockstudio. So here you have it, please enjoy!

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Welcome Goodbye

We happily announce the premiere of “Welcome Goodbye” a film directed by Nana A. T. Rebhan. Mainly a documentary this film includes fictional passages to trigger certain facettes of Berlin’s touristic life. Our studio was responsible for OFF-text editing and the main mix. And it was our first full-length film project so far. So the opening night will take place at the 28th of May at the Moviemento in Berlin. We hope for massive attendings!

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TCV-WOWWOW

This month we finalized the second album called “Wires of Woe, Ways of Waste” by The Cold View. Particulary the mixing job was a fine thing to do because it allowed the engineer so much creative freedom. Though the artist is officially a metal guy he does not make any amends to mainstream sound (I’m repeatung my self I fear). No harsh high mids and clicky kickdrums, so much subs and warm saturation. The album will be released this summer (why not winter) by Doom-label Endless Winter (to form the evil alliance of cold).

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For a short film called “Fidèle et sincère” (German title “Ehrlich und treu”) by Mathieu Alexandre Charrière his team took a shot at our recording facility back in 2012. More information (including the film itself) will be revealed any time soon. Thanks a lot to Mathieu and his team! As you can see the Nevaton MC-416 instead of Neumann’s usual suspects is right in its place. Headphones on the other hand definitely are the usual supects – Beyerdynamic’s trusty DT 100.

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JH-I

Last week we finished the mix of another album. This one is called “Into” (Noorden) by Frankfurt-based artist Jogging House and you could get it on tape and iTunes as of Thursday, March the 20th, this year. It’s electronic and rather mellow so maybe we’ll have a remix by Christian to make up for this (and get it on the dance floor). Mixing was done in analogue summing fashion trying out 88200 kHz via Apogee’s Rosetta 200 to get it back in the box. Looking forward to the public’s response (like this and like that).

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concert

In March we keep the studio rebuilding process going and meanwhile we still do mixing and recording for us and others. We’re far away from playing live but we’d like to keep that mood in our minds so we stay motivated while creating music. And we like concerts (not associated with the picture above). See you in May in Berlin!

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ADA-OM_BIG

It’s been a while but here we go again. The last mixing job we did was Achterbahn D’Amour’s first full length album “Odd Movements” released on Absurd Recordings. The Achterbahn features Edit Piafra as well as Sweat Lodge artist Iron Curtis. Meaning analog machines got analog mixing and the rest is Acid (House). So please check it out. More mixing is about to take place during the next few weeks and naturally we’ll keep you informed on that matter.

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Ghost Guitar

Although the picture above does not suggest this I will talk about my digital setup today. Because I recently purchased some of my favourites I also streamlined my plug-in folder quite a bit. And these remained in the mix: If equalisation is necessary I put up the DMG Audio EQuilibrium – one of the most versatile EQs to date. Don’t let the complex settings fool you, just choose a preset to start with and go on from there, you can easily strip down the feature-heavy UI into a straight forward display. While mastering I use a linear phase FIR mode with M/S ability. On solo tracks I choose a more light weight design, often cutting with precise “digital” curves and boosting with broader “analogue” filter models. Marvelous sound really.

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As the studio is ready to mix again we updated our SoundCloud playlist and references. We’d like to mention particularly the guys above (to be watched in an older live video), a music project called “Aktion X”. Coming all the way from Leipzig they visited our studio to record vocals and some additional takes. The instrumental mixes were already done elsewhere so Christian just had to fit in the new stuff. The results you can listen to when you get to the Cloud and via the player on this website’s right side.

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