When I decided to record, mix and master a record to tape I had no idea how long it would take or really what it would take to make it happen. But I did have an idea of how good it could sound and the feeling it could have and that kept me going and to the finish line 4 years later in 2020.
From 2017-2019 we recorded the songs for Dream Analog to tape on a Tascam 16-Track tape machine. The first time I heard a song played back off the tape I got tears in my eyes. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in my previous albums, all recorded digitally and released as CDs. I felt the difference in the feeling coming off the tape immediately and knew I was on the right track.
The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live to 1″ tape on a Tascam MS-16 using tube and solid state gear.
Because we recorded live we made a deep connection playing the songs.
If you’ve ever recorded live you know it’s like being on a tightrope over a windy canyon… ha ha ha and when you make it and it’s good — it’s very fun and exciting. It’s really quite mystical. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.
In September 2019 we went to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. Along the way visiting the biggest Sequoia Tree. It was named General Sherman but it wanted me to call it Mother Earth Tree so I did. The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding the final touches. Stoughton Printing did a great job on the jackets and sleeves and RTI (Record Technology, Inc.) made the records into a reality.