We were really privileged to begin the main block of recording for the up and coming Hillsong United 2015 studio album release at the famed Oceanway Studios in Hollywood CA. Boasting a custom 64 input vintage Neve console, 32 original API 550a EQ’s (defaulting to be switched in or out on console channels 1-32) and a room that has seen a huge history of jaw dropping talent, we agreed that we were setting out on the journey with all the right bits to make it work. It was here that the majority of the songs framework and eventual final form were realised and recorded.
As with the other studio projects United has undertaken, we created an environment of ‘stations’ in the studio live room so that anyone, at anytime could access and play any of the instruments that were set up. It allowed the necessary time to workshop many of the still developing songs. It meant that on a technical level, every instrument needed to be able to be ‘live’ at anytime and hence we exhausted all of Studio B’s input and tie lines as well as the entirety of the consoles inputs. Even then, there was a fair bit of shuffling and re-shuffling depending on the workshop required. At full setup the studio B live room was exciting for any musician to enter.
As you can see from the picture above, we employed 2 different drum setups. A tighter sound goal under the ‘drumbrella’ and a more open vintage sound in the open space. I was really, really happy with the results we achieved in both spaces.
For the audio people looking at this post, a good indication of the full setup is attached below via a spreadsheet with comprehensive information with regards to microphone and outboard gear selection.
Many thanks to the Oceanway staff and in particular Scott Moore who assisted tirelessly and with professionalism throughout.