180 Gram Vinyl
—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?
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
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.
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