While only a few days old, this year has already seen much improvement to the function and form of the Sonic Sietch.

To start with, I’ve completely revamped this site. The new layout in this version allows for better media integration and is generally easier to navigate than the last version. I’ve also updated the mastering examples to include some of my favourites from 2012.

Inside the physical studio I’ve done some simple yet effective Ikea hacks to create more space and a better monitoring environment. This will be put to the test in the coming weeks as I begin the final mixing sessions for the new Stayte record.

Oh – and I’ve also (finally) added a Facebook page for the studio.

Happy 2013!

As the clouds and cold move in for the inevitable rainy season(s), I am happily spending a lot of my time in the studio working on several exciting projects.

First up is music editing/mixing and some composition for an independent zombie flick called What Remains. I am collaborating with Josh on this 90 minute score that includes some really eerie and disturbing minimalistic compositions. The score is pretty much done but it may be a while before it’s released. When a trailer is available, I will post it here.

Work on the new Stayte record continues. We haven’t decided on a title yet but the lion’s share of the recording is complete. I am focusing on tweaking the details of each track before we finish up some overdubs and dive into the mixing stage.

I am stoked to announce that I will be remixing a track for Therapy?. This band has had a big influence on my music since the late 1990s and I look forward to giving a little back to the band with this remix.

And for something quite different, here is one of the most recent tracks I have mastered. The band is called Combine the Victorious and the song is called “Paros”. Enjoy!

The first two months of 2012 have been non-stop. I have been involved in a lot of live work (with Stayte) but have still managed a decent mix of mastering, remixing and recording in the Sonic Sietch.

I almost always have a few projects on the go at any given time and this month I was able to complete two of them. First up was the mastering of the new Invasives 7″. This band features some old friends who are dedicated to producing uncompromising punk rock. This EP is no exception – it features two blistering tracks from the Vancouver three piece – you can download it for free here.

Next up was a remix for Mark Lassiter. I have collaborated with Mark on several tracks over the years and decided to take this one in a slightly different direction.

While I haven’t added much new gear/software lately, I processed some of the elements through newer plug-ins by Twisted Tools, Sugar Bytes and Rob Papen. Clocking in at almost seven minutes, it is one of the lengthiest remixes I’ve ever produced.

Next up is the new Stayte record. In early February, we entered Bear Studios in Vancouver, BC for Part 1 of drum tracking for the new album. Here is a clip of Byron working his magic:

Stayte performs live in Vancouver next week (March 9) and then we return to the studio to finish bass tracking, vocals and start mixing.

Being a long-time fan of Capcom, I took a trailer from one of their recent games and created an alternative audio track with my own original sound design.

The music and rhythmic elements were composed using several different soft synths with a few select plug-ins and couple of different controllers (including an iPad). I recorded the foley on an iPhone (including the zombie sounds, which were performed masterfully by my 14-month-old daughter). I then processed, edited and mixed the different assets down to a final 2-track mix using Cubase.

This clip is for composition and sound design demonstration purposes only. All rights to the moving images (and original audio) reside with the respective creators.

Enjoy!

The original trailer can be found here – Dead Rising 2 Trailer