Professional Sound - October 2017 - Page 40

Neve 88RS console in Abbey Road Studio 2 control room AKB: The band consists of five members: Darren Gooder, the vocalist and guitar play- er; Matt Huddleston, the lead guitarist; Phil Eastman, the bass player; Matt Anthony, the drummer; and TJ Wiltshire, who plays percus- sion. The crew who assisted included film- maker Joshua Furman as well as two photog- raphers, Lisa Overholt and Belinda Clements, and Chris Langlois, who helped move gear and assisted with anything else needed. So it was 10 of us from the project that travelled to London to record for eight days. I should also add that my main engineer, whom I trust and often collaborate with on most of my productions, Tal Vaisman, was a big part of the making of this record. Born in Israel, Tal is a master when it comes to the technical side of our productions. He also plays guitar for a band that coincidentally originated from London, England, called Ascot Royals, who currently are signed with Sony Music Canada. We’ve been working on records together for nearly five years, so he understands my needs when tracking and I understand his. PS: So which of the three studios at Abbey Road did you end up choosing and why? How long were these sessions going to be? AKB: Abbey Road consists of three main studio suites. We chose Studio 2, where the majority of The Beatles’ songs were written and recorded. After physically being in all three stu- dios, I’m confident the band chose the right room. The walls alone in Studio 1 are about 40 ft. high and about the size of three basketball courts long, and it’s mostly used for recording film scores and orchestral pieces. Studio 3 was recently completely 40 PROFESSIONAL SOUND reconstructed, making the choice to record in Studio 2 an easy one. We spent 36 hours tracking half the record at Abbey Road. Since time was limited, we decided to track all the remaining guitars and vocals in a private studio back in Toronto to make sure we captured anything we missed without feeling rushed. 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