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Rocking Horse Studio
- Pittsfield, N.H.
Over the past two years, Rocking Horse Studio has become an integral part of the burgeoning New Hampshire music scene, promoting concerts and working with radio to raise the profile of local artists.
Producer/engineer/studio owner Brian Coombes contributes
weekly to the Cail and Company show on WTPL-FM in Concord,
N.H. Host Ken Cail and Coombes select local artists as a Pick of
the Week. The artists are played on-air and invited to the station to
perform and discuss their careers. The Pick of the Week feature began in early March 2013 and has become one of the most successful
segments on the station.
Aaron Russell (left) shows off the facility's new Fairlight Xynergi
DAW while Jon Russell is seen with one of the company's three
Fairlight MFX3+ DAWs in Control Room A.
Now in its 35th year, Presence Studios keeps moving forward with nextgeneration technology and personnel.
Owner Jon Russell recently brought on his son Aaron to work in the
company's artist development division as video project coordinator. "We
were in Edinburgh, Scotland, this past summer filming a new music video," recounts Jon, "and Aaron captured the song's most dramatic segment
by literally hanging with a harness out of a twin engine Eurocopter traveling 150 miles an hour, 300 feet over Tantallon Castle. His visual sense and
intense dedication to the shots are really quite special."
Besides being behind the camera, Aaron has been involved in the operation of the latest technology installed at Presence: Fairlight's latest generation Xynergi DAW.
"The major sports and sports entertainment networks set the standard
in the broadcast world, which is why the NBA, MLB, NFL and WWE all
use Fairlight systems for everything from live broadcast, post-production
and ADR to music recording and in our case, even our Forensic Audio division," he says. "We opened in 1980, and we've been running Fairlight systems since 1982."
Also pictured is the facility's Neve VRL 60 Console along with ATCSCM 300 monitors, SCM 20 near-fields and both Lexicon 480L and 224XL
Studio B, equipped with a Fairlight Prodigy digital workstation, offers
audio recording/editing along with Final Cut Pro video editing services,
video and audio archiving, and analog-to-digital transfers. Studio B also
keeps busy with the company's successful Legal Forensic Audio group,
providing law firms across the U.S. with expert analysis and testimony of
all media-related evidence.
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Artists recording "Do They Know It's Christmas" at Rocking Horse.
The studio is also working with ABC-TV's Manchester affiliate,
WMUR, on a one-hour Christmas special to air in December. The
show, which features the best of the New Hampshire music scene
performing traditional and modern holiday favorites, was recorded
and filmed at Rocking Horse Studio in November. The music was
recorded by Rocking Horse house engineer Josh Kimball and produced by Coombes. Artists include the Dusty Gray Band, Pat Gochez & the Hats, Will Kindler, Rachel Vogelzang, Karen Grenier,
Chris Peters, the Four Legged Faithful, MB Padfield, and Tristan
Omand, among others. Rocking Horse session musicians Eric
Wagley (drums), Joey Pierog (bass), Myron Kibbee (guitar), Matt Jensen (guitar), Rick Black (piano), Coombes (Hammond/Mellotron),
Richard Gardzina (woodwinds), Tim Gray (percussion), and Jordan
Tirrell-Wysocki (fiddle) acted as the house band for the show.
In other studio news, former Tower of Power lead singer William Edward McGee is currently in the studio working on a new
solo album with Coombes, featuring appearances by Rocking Horse
Studio session men Wagley, Pierog and Kibbee on drums, bass and
Additionally, Rocking Horse Studio's Control Room B went online in July 2013. The new control room/editing suite features Pro
Tools HD Native, a Soundcraft Ghost console, and outboard gear
from Focusrite, Retro and Chandler.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mix - December 2013
Mix - December 2013
From the Editor
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records
News & Notes
All Access: Nine Inch Nails
News and Notes: Michelle Sabolchick, Jessie Ware, Thunder Audio
On the Cover: DTS Headphone:X
Mastering on the Cutting Edge
Capitol Engineer Ron McMaster Cuts His Own (40-Year-Old) Tracks to Vinyl
Sound for ‘Ender’s Game’
Heavyocity for Heavy Melodies
29th Annual TEC Awards Nominees
News & Notes
Session & Studio News
Professional Audio Design, Boston
The Robair Report
Review: KRK Rokit G3 Series Monitors
Review: Sample Magic Magic AB Plug-in
Review: Sonic Farm Creamer Plus Preamp
TechTalk: Top Gear of the Year
Mix - December 2013