An Introduction From Mix One Studios

The whole point and rationale behind our founding this studio was that we were getting darn sick and tired of working for other folks who just didn’t get it – it might be the ultimate in vanity and ego to say that we could do this all better and stay in better touch with our humanity than they while doing it, but so be it. Mix One Studios was founded as a multiple partnership for that one reason - we feel that we can do it better and keep it human at the same time. This is seemingly a simple concept, but it’s too often the exception in the real world of business. At least that was our experience . . .

At Mix One, we pride ourselves on providing a top-end, professional product in a comfortable, creative atmosphere - one where our clients can relax and be secure in the belief that they are in the best possible hands. Everything we do here we do with the client in mind – from the layout and d├ęcor of the facility to the demeanor of the people they meet and, ultimately, to the delivery of their media.

Our goal is to easily accommodate any audio client who finds us. It is our hope that Mix One can cater to your every audio need, including all types of music production, sound design, music composition, audio production and post-production, and duplication.

So, while we do have some great-sounding, state-of-the art facilities, that will not be the only thing that our clients will remember after working with us – rather, it is the ideal of flexibility, accommodation and resource of knowledge (collectively known as just part of the concept known as “service”) that will get them back in the door later on.

The partners of Mix One Studios, Inc.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Busy Doing the Audio Production Thing

Val Kilmer came to Mix One Studios last week for not one, but two, ADR sessions with David Porter. One was for "The Irishman", directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. "The Irishman" stars Kilmer and Christopher Walken and tells the true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. Kilmer's other project, "Provinces of Night", directed by Shane Dax Taylor, has him as the lead in a romantic drama set in Tennessee. Both films come out in 2010.

Ted Paduck also had a busy week. He helped local band, Big Party Orchestra record a short demo, continued to mix the new Loomers album, “Reeling Down a Road,” and recorded some new tracks for the Joe Birmingham Experiment.

Look out for out next blog entry because there is a lot of excitement going at Mix One—Ben Affleck will be here, along with Chris Cooper and maybe even a surprise guest!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It’s Tough to Be a Girl

Chris Anderson engineered and mixed a session for the upcoming PBS documentary, “A Girls Life.” Hosted by researcher and author Rachel Simmons, “A Girls Life” explores the challenges facing young women as they surf the waves of 21st century adolescence. Rachel, along with producer Elizabeth Arledge and co-producer/director Jackie Mow, came into Mix One for sound design and mix for the one-hour long program, which airs December 30th.

“A Girls Life” focuses on the opportunities and hardships of girls coming into adulthood. Rachel interviews parents, psychologists, teachers, and social workers who are helping nurture girls into capable, resilient adults. She also talks with four very special girls who tell their own deeply personal tales of dealing with issues like cyber bullying, body image, and violence. “We’re proud to have been a part of such an in-depth exploration” says Chris. “I see this show as a guide to anyone with daughters—a required viewing for sure!”

Mix One Makes a Lasting Impression

Just a few weeks ago I was reading Shred News and stumbled on an interview with up-and-coming indie/folk singer Will Knox. I wondered why this name looked so familiar. Then it hit me; Will Knox came into the studio summer of 2007 to record his Buckled Knees EP.

Will approached Ted after doing some overdubs with Sydney Wayser a few years back. He liked that Ted was doing some un-orthodox tracking for her CD, such as recording with no headphones and tracking her duet on a bi-directional mic as a single performance rather than overdubbing each person. Will wanted Ted to record his EP in a similar fashion.

Ted set Will up in Studio A for the initial tracking session. He didn’t use headphones and got as close to the band as he could so that they felt like they were in their rehearsal space or at a gig. Tracking was very organic and natural, with minimal overdubs. Ted led will through some great vocal takes, which no one had ever done before. The album turned out to be a success, landing Will gigs all across the US and Europe. Shred News called his set a “sublime blend of intriguing new music, and relaxing atmosphere to combine for one of the most enjoyably unexpected pre-show acts I’ve ever seen.” Good job Will! We knew you had it in you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Catching up with Ted

Ted has been so busy these past couple of months that I usually just get glimpses of him through the glass door of the machine room. But today I had the rare opportunity to actually chat with him (rather than text or email) so I took advantage and had him bring me up to speed on some of his recent work.

  • Ted recorded two songs with Kris Allen (American Idol season 8 winner) for his new album, produced by Steve Kipner and Andrew Frampton. After recording vocals for one of the songs, Kris was inspired to whip out an entire new song while at Mix One.
  • Debbie Cavalier recorded a few tracks with Ted for her new children’s album.
  • Ted tracked/mixed an album for Matt Jackson for Never Web Records.
  • Currently Ted is working on the Loomers new album, which is expected to come out before the end of 09.

I’m glad I caught Ted when I did because his workload is definitely not getting any lighter!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mix One Makes's List of Top Spots

Maybe we're dating ourselves a bit here, but recently, posted an article about the best TV spots out there with Boston ties, so maybe it's fair game to bring up our past. Mix One's Dave Porter and Chris Anderson occupy two of those top ten slots - 6 and 9, respectively. Click here to see the full list - it puts us in some pretty nice company.

Not bad for an upstart company, huh?

Monday, June 1, 2009

I Know I Can't Dance

So You Think You Can Dance was in town last week doing their Boston-area auditions for the upcoming season, and they needed a place to park host Cat Deeley for the day so she could record voice over for a show in the current season.

Yeah, I didn't get it at first, either - seems while they're out there auditioning and taping for the new season, the current season's dramas are still being played out. It makes for a lot of travel and, I would guess, some continuity issues for the hosts - as in, if this is Boston, it must be Friday and season 6. Until I have to do that voice session for season 5.


Anyway - it's good to know that some stars are genuinely nice people, it is too often just the opposite. Cat was sweet, friendly, warm, professional, and has a great sense of humor about the whole thing - and yes, she really is that tall! About 6 feet, I'd say - but she was wearing heels, too. But I'm nearly 6'4", look at the pic and you do the math.

The session was done via ISDN with Levels in Hollywood - Mix One alum Sean Cunningham handled the engineering chores on that end.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Update

Wondering what been going down at Mix One Studios? Well, in the past few months...

  • Paul Simon and Phil Ramone stopped by to record a new piece featuring marimba and acoustic guitar in studio A.

  • John Mayer was in coaching/co-producing and playing on Berklee songwriters' projects.

  • Carrie Underwood was in here for radio interviews.

  • Former American Idol John Stevens has been recording original songs.

  • Ted tracked and mixed the latest Jazz Revelation disk for Berklee College of Music.
  • The Big Heavy recorded 3 songs for possible video game placement.
  • Colin Cannon, Manami Morita, Tomoko Omura all did full length CD's.