Howling is a collaboration between Âme’s Frank Wiedemann and The Acid’s Ry X. Here, Frank shows us some highlights of the studios where they recorded their debut album, Sacred Ground.
My Studio: Howling
Here’s a picture of our studio in Berlin. One great thing about all the equipment you can see here is that fact that it is all on wheels, so it is a very flexible and creative setup for producing music. There is also no traditional recording booth for the vocals. The room has a great sound and being able to record the vocals in the same room whilst producing makes it a very smooth and organic process.
Photography by Zoë Noble.
Preamps and Converters
Here you can see the preamps and converters which played a very important role in capturing different layers of the track in natural sounding way. They are also powerful tools in adding dirt and grit to the sounds when needed. My favourite pieces of gear here are the Lynx Aurora converters and the Universal Audio UA-610 preamps; they are incomparable pieces of gear and add so much depth to the recorded sounds.
Yamaha & Farfisa Organs
Organs are my true love. You can see two in this picture: the Yamaha YC-45D on the left and the Farfisa on the right. The warmth and additional noise you can get from these always amazes me. We used them on many of the album tracks, including ‘Litmus’, ‘Forest’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘X Machina’.
Topanga Canyon Studio
These are photos from the session where we developed the tracks ‘Litmus’ and ‘Forest’ to a more finalised state. We were surrounded by a beautiful forest in the Topanga Canyon and we captured the atmosphere of the location by using various field recordings, which added subtle layers of ambience within the tracks. The bowls you can see in the picture are called singing bowls – we enjoyed using these in the sessions. Experimenting with these types of instruments in different ways allowed the overall sound of the record to naturally evolve.
‘Frank’ the Universal Audio Mixing Desk
Unfortunately this is not my desk but it is called ‘Frank’ because Frank Sinatra used to record on it. We used it whilst doing a session out in the English countryside near Bath and recorded ‘Signs’ on it. It has an amazing character and warmth – you can really feel its presence in the recording of ‘Signs’.