May 1, 2011
Immediately following his showcase at SXSW in Austin, Ty Hall headed North to finish mapping out his new record. We then spent 2 weeks recording at Signal Path.
Since Austin is also where Ty calls home, we did most of the pre-production and arranging together via Skype. It was my first time working with Juno winning engineer, Ken Friesen, and I surely hope it won’t be the last. His studio is filled with vintage goodies, many of which were used on the record. Ken is a great pleasure to work with.
Some of the retro gear we used for vocals included an old General Electric 4 channel mixer from the 30’s (apparently one of the first portable mixers ever.) It sounded great! And to achieve an old Orbison-type sound, we sent backing vocals through an old tape machine’s speaker, then re-miked it.
On one of the tunes, “All Night,” Ty invited Tynan Tragic of the Hip-Hop group Philly Moves to rap a verse. Also featured on the record are Jeff Asselin on drums and Andrew Burns on bass.
The tracks turned out great, I can’t wait to be sharing them!
Following the sessions, Ty got into his van and headed on some tour dates before making his way back South.
Stay tuned for Ty’s page on the site.