Why Analog Recording Matters

Analog recording allows the feeling in the music to be more completely delivered. WHY?

The recording process is completely different. In Analog recording (to tape) the whole sine wave is recorded. In digital recording there are samples taken that are then strung together creating square waves. So you’re looking at a difference in the wave form that is created… Sine wave or Square wave.

Analog recording reflects natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance because it is recording the whole wave form. Digital recordings create square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about. Even if later converted to digital, music initially recorded to tape (analog) fundamentally has more feeling to draw from for the mp3 or wave.

SO WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

Sound effects us in many ways consciously and unconsciously. It may effect the construct of reality more than we can imagine because we’re in it and can’t really get an outside view. Listen to some music that was recorded analog. Such as any album from the 70’s before DATs (digital audio tape) or look for new music out now that specifically says recorded to tape (analog) or AAA on the sleeve (which means it was A=Recorded analog, A=Mixed Analog and A= Mastered analog). See how it makes you feel? That’s the most important thing.
Human beings respond to analog recordings. Music recorded that way informs us in very specific ways. You’re human (I assume) — go listen to some music that was recorded analog and feel for yourself. You may find you access dimensions in the music that you have not felt before.

LISTENING

There are listening rooms popping up in Los Angeles and other places. They have a lot of these in Japan. These are bars/places you can go to listen to vinyl records. Some of them were probably recorded analog. Go listen and see how you feel.

DREAM ANALOG


We have a new album coming out called Dream Analog. Recorded, mixed and mastered analog. Mastered for vinyl by legend, Bernie Grundman. You can hear the first 3 Singles and Pre-Order on BandCamp or in the player above.

Long Live Analog!

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Listen for free on bandcamp

Photo: Susan Weingartner

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You can hear the first Two Singles off Dream Analog on bandcamp now! Listen to Whatcha Gonna Do and Who U R
for free there.

Bandcamp is cool way to share music and discover music you never knew existed. Now that is cool!
*Listen to the Singles for free (3x). Check them out won’t you?  For Lyrics click here.


Whatcha gonna do when you realize who you are?

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The first 2 Singles off Dream Analog on Spotify February 1!

Whatcha Gonna Do? and Who U R

Please follow our page on Spotify and help spread the word. That would really help out so more people hear the music! Thank You So Much! You Can Go here — Grace Gravity on Spotify 

Whatcha Gonna Do?
What happens when the sad part or a struggle in our life is over and sunlight starts streaming in? How do you switch gears? What are you going to do when everything o.k.? It’s easy to get used to things being bad and going wrong and in a way that feeling can become a habit and perpetuate that experience. We can get used to things going good or right too! We can get into that stream.


Who U R
This song came out of a real knowing that if we all can be our true, full Selves, then the world will be a better place. Everyone is special. Everyone is an individual. Everyone is unique. It’s a wonder we can communicate with each other at all but we do. Our diversity is our strength. Everyone is a shining star. It’s Who U R.

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Dream Analog Vinyl Test Prints!

We just received the test prints from the record manufacturing plant, RTI. They sound super fantastic! Very excited for you to hear and more importantly feel this music! I am so grateful that the feeling I put into the music is reflected back so well in these recordings. Finally!

Dream Analog
180 gram vinyl and CDs will be released April 2020 on Record Store Day!

Dream Analog was recorded analog, mixed analog and mastered analog. AAA. Anyone that has spent any time at all immersed in listening to records (that were recorded before digital recording practices) knows the difference. With Analog Recording you’ll find there is more feeling in the music!

The first 2 Singles will be released on Spotify February 1, 2020.
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Enjoy the process of getting your own gifts materialized into the world. 2020 should prove to show us all more clearly what our gifts are and how we can expand them…time is now. Never forget that you are an amazing being. You are an original.

We are all waking up to ourselves —

Love and Butterflies,
— Grace Gravity

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Dream Analog — April 2020

180 Gram Vinyl
CDs
Cassettes

 

—As luck would have it we found a time machine and over the next year created an Analog Recording Studio in our home. All my previous albums were recorded digitally.When I finally heard my voice played back on tape for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It was significantly better. I had never heard my voice recorded in a way that could reflect it back so thoroughly. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in the sound. I knew I was on the right track.

Recorded Analog + Mixed Analog + Mastered Analog for 180 Gram Vinyl

Analog recording allows the messages in the songs to be more completely and clearly delivered. It has natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance. This resonance is missing in digital recordings as the recording process is to take samples and string them together. The space in-between the samples is missing. This creates square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about.

Over the next two years we carefully recorded these beautiful songs to analog tape.

The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live on a 1″ 16 track tape machine using tube and solid state gear. As we recorded live we were able to deeply connect as we played and magic happened. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.

This album is recorded at A=432 Hz tuning instead of the “standard” A=440 Hz. 432 Hz tuning is known as Pythagorean tuning. It is based on perfect 5th ratios. This tuning is in harmony with Nature. To me it feels better.

In September 2019 we headed to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding his mystical final touches.

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Recorded, Produced and Engineered by Brian D. Hardin.
Mastered for Vinyl by Bernie Grundman.
CD and Cassette Mastered by Brian D. Hardin.

Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar
June Kato – bass
James Whelan – hammond, piano, rhodes
Brian David Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds
Rebecca Stout – background vocals
James – background vocals
+ Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute
• Matt Crocco – additional piano
** Paula Montondo – additional drums on Whatcha Gonna Do?

Side 1
1 It’s Coming On 2:23
2 Go Ahead and Shine 2:57
3 In The Center 4:12
4 Song of the Satellite+ 2:56
5 Whatcha Gonna Do?** 3:06
6 The Long Road+ 3:06

Side 2
1 Who U R 3:11
2 Nothing To Break That Fall+• 2:46
3 Something New Can Grow 3:36
4 Real Clouds 2:44
5 Sunny Side of the Road 3:50
6 Keep it Together+ 3:23
7 Mother Earth 2:39

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Brian David Hardin.
Recorded at Thunderbird Studios in Culver City. 
Mixed on a SSL console down to 1/2” tape at Laughing Tiger Studio in San Rafael, CA. 
Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Joe Bozzi in Hollywood, CA.
All songs ©2020 Teri Hitt except **©Teri Hitt, June Kato, and Paula Montondo. All Rights Reserved. Chaldea Music [ASCAP]
Made with LOVE in the USA.
Photos: Brian David Hardin | Art/Design: Teri Hitt 
Cover photo is the General Sherman Tree in Sequoias, CA.
(*Psst…She changed her name to Mother Tree)


Available on HQ-180 gram Vinyl, CD and Cassette April 2020.
Singles out now on Spotify.

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New Album,Dream Analog, Mixed at Laughing Tiger Studios

Long Live Analog!

Brian D. Hardin, Teri Hitt, Ari Rios (owner Laughing Tiger Studios)

We had a great time mixing at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA just North of San Francisco.
Producer, Brian D. Hardin, was in his element mixing on a SSL console. It was great to experience it. The resulting sound, to me, is so much more alive than anything created in the box (computer). The sonic messages come through loud and clear.

 

 

Magic happened.

On our way there we went to the Sequoias to hug some trees and feel their quiet strength. The simple beauty of nature engulfs you and gently reminds you that there is so so much more to life than striving for this or that. Reality is more than meets the eye. We must FEEL to access the higher realms.

The biggest Sequoia  there is named General Sherman but we agreed to call it Mother Tree instead. While there we shot video for one of the songs on the album, Mother Earth.

We also shot video for another song, In The Center, at a river there. The river was a powerful presence that flowed all around me as I stood on some rocks. There were tons of dragonflies about. The sound of rushing water is good for the soul. I was happy I did not fall in!  Ha ha ha 🙂

The album was recorded analog and now is mixed analog. Soon to be mastered for vinyl (and CDs and maybe cassettes. Ya I said cassettes people!…. ha ha ha). Dream Analog will be released April 2020.

My hope is that it will feed you and inspire you to connect within and grow, to create and share your special gifts with the world. We need you. Blessings to you all.

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Sequoias photos by Brian D. Hardin. Studio shot by Erin Tadena.

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Dream Analog recording almost done!

Wewh!  After 3 years of work, we are nearing the end of the recording part of creating the album, Dream Analog.

This week we record background vocals and horns and then off to Northern California to mix in a real cool studio called Laughing Tiger. Brian (producer) will be rolling up  his sleeves and mixing old school in a great studio set up specifically for mixing analog. We will be creating real vinyl records, CDs and cassettes from these recordings.

Thanks for all the support we have received and encouragement to record analog. It is a great sound. So much more organic information is accessed via the analog process!

Here’s some recent photos taken while recording the last couple songs with June Kato, Jim Whelan and Brian D. Hardin. Guest drummer, Paula Montondo, played drums on a new one just added to the album,  Whatcha Gonna Do.

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