the extremely rare occasion that I was able to return a phone call
quickly, I booked a vocal o-dub and mix session for G Love’s
cover of the song, “Greatest Hits.” First to arrive was
engineer and co producer, Chris DiBeneditto, better known as Chris
D. Right off the bat, I was tripping on how much this guy resembled
our late assistant engineer, Justin Lawrence. That took awhile to
get used to.
spent an hour or so getting a mix started. This was the eleventh-hour
session. It had to be at mastering the next day which resulted
in his mixing as he went. It was fun watching another outside
engineer working in our room. I hadn’t had that since
Sierra Sonics. You learn so much that way. It was really nice.
From him, I learned that Apple M mutes an audio region in Pro
Tools. I should have known that years ago, but didn’t.
I use it all the time now.
showed up with the bass player, Jim "Jimi Jazz" Prescott.
First thing was to get G Love on line to keep him busy while Chris
was getting the song together. The topic of legal brothels in Nevada
came up and I told him what to search for in Google. As so many
people do, they find legalized prostitution just unbelievable and
terribly interesting. Also to kill time, G Love brought in a bitchin’
1930’s Gibson acoustic guitar he was tinkering with that sounded
amazing. For his polariod, he posed with it in front of our vintage
microphones. Sadly, we didn’t get to record the guitar.
Chris was ready, he had G Love jump in and start singing. Immediately,
I was amazed that G. Love was cutting vocals and harmonica at
the same time!!!! G Love was quick and getting good stuff right
off the bat. But he and Chris just worked it over and over again
they finished vocals, Chris pieced together the final mix while
experimenting with muting stuff all the way to the very end. That
was surprising to me. They spent so long printing the mix and the
stems that they missed the sound check for their gig that night
at the Reno Hilton. Whoops!
very much an assistant engineer on this one. I sat and watched and
took pictures. I really enjoyed it and was really impressed with
Chris D. most of all. The album came out within weeks. I didn’t
know about it until the following October!
only rub with the gig was that we didn’t get copies of the
CD. I had to buy them and we didn’t get credit. But they didn’t
give credit to their own studio where they started the songs, either.
Only Production credits. Wankers. But Chris did get my friend backstage
for the show that night, so I guess it wasn’t all bad.