Friday, December 28, 2018

New Single from Missing Suns "Girl"

The new Missing Suns single.
Recorded at LSRR, mastered at Storybook Sound.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rob Europe / Foster Europe Band @ Greenhill Kitchen (Greenport NY) FRI DEC 21st

Rob Europe has done a lot of recorded work right here at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig - see him in full band format at THE bona-fide real deal music venue on the North Fork, Greenport NY's Greenhill Kitchen, Friday December 21st at 8pm.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Crushing Violets @ Green Hill Kitchen (Greenport NY) SAT DEC 22nd

The Crushing Violets did a lot of work on their latest, titled "Ghost Fields", right here at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, and we are looking forward to their return to work here in early 2019.

See them at THE bona-fide real deal music venue on the North Fork, Greenport NY's Greenhill Kitchen, Saturday December 22nd at 8pm. A profile of the band can be seen here, or just click on the image below.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Ampex 602 Mic Preamplifiers & "The Basement Tapes" at "Big Pink"

above: Ludlow Ejacula getting amp sounds 
just before overdubbing a mic'd guitar amplifier.

Our modified Ampex 602 tube mic preamplifiers have been here at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig for several years now; since these mic pre's are based around the 12AX7 vacuum tube, we love to use them for mic'd / DI'd electric guitar and bass.

Ours are loaded with original "new old stock" RCA 12AX7 tubes.  Sometimes we'll even use them on a vocal, especially if it's through an old ribbon mic.

(above): Chuck Ware getting tone through the 602's.
His Fender guitar amplifier is a floor below, down in the basement chamber.

The Ampex model 602-2, right.
The 600 series Ampex tape recorders were portable pro-quality audio recording machines mounted in a Samsonite suitcase. Introduced May 1954, they were old to professional users such as large radio and TV stations for portable recording of news and entertainment. The top half had the tape reel mechanism, the bottom half  the mic preamplifier and output sections.

The Ampex 602 Mic Pre's in the racks at Lantern Sound Recording Rig.

Bing Crosby with Ampex.
Bing Crosby, at various times, tested for, developed products with, funded, and represented Ampex Tape Corporation; his friend Bob Hope endorsed Ampex, and Les Paul, a friend of Crosby and a regular guest on his radio shows, received an early portable Ampex Model 200A from Crosby.

Alan Lomax with a 601-2 unit.
Alan Lomax made field recordings of 20th century folk music of with Ampex 600 series recorders. That's a lot of historical music going through those 12AX7 vacuum tubes. The extensive Alan Lomax Online Archive features many of these recordings, and comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s.

An Ampex 601-2 made house parties fun!
One thing everyone agrees on: The Basement Tapes were not recorded on the machine in this photo.

The Mystery of Bob Dylan & The Band at Big Pink:

Did Garth Hudson record "The Basement Tapes" on an Ampex 602-2?

I kept coming across accounts that had the two-track 602-2 recorder being the reel to reel tape recorder model that was used in Woodstock, NY by Bob Dylan and the Band to record the some of the sessions for the infamous "Basement Tapes", in and around "Big Pink", the house two members of The Band rented. But accounts differ wildly. Some say the 602-2 was not the model used. Garth Hudson's original tape machine gear from Big Pink got lost in a fire, apparently, and Hudson isn't on record as indicating what model was used.

I first noticed a mention in the Steve Hoffman (mastering engineer) chatroom:

"Using a 2-channel portable Ampex 602 tape recorder, tracks were recorded at either 3-3/4 or 7-1/2 ips (15 ips not being available) - which would have allowed 20-40 minutes of recording time per tape depending on speed utilized"
Other chat room discussions disagree with this account, and cite other tape machines.

(Jawbone Press, 2014)
Subsequently, in print, I found these accounts: 

- Sid Griffin writes in his book Million Dollar Bash that record producer Joel Bernstein asserted it was "probably an Ampex 602" but that filmaker Sam Jones in 2014 concluded it was an Ampex 2100.  He also includes a quote from Rob Fraboni that "they were done on an old Ampex, a beige colored machine". 

(The 602's were beige; the 2100's were grey).

- Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track (by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon) states that Garth Hudson "probably used a portable Ampex 602 tape recorder".

- Tape Op Magazine states that things were "
all tracked live into a 2-track portable ("suitcase") Ampex 602 quarter-track".

The "blacklisted journalist" Al Aronowitz told the tale of when the Bengali Bauls came to record at Big Pink in December of 1967
"Garth Hudson, The Band's organist and technician, turns on the tape recorder, a simple stereo Ampex that pianist Richard Manuel had picked up somewhere for $140.  Garth twists and turns the dials to get the right levels. Meanwhile, the Bauls warm up in steps of talent.  While the recording gets better, so do the Bauls."

So, depending upon who you ask, the Ampex 602-2 tape recorder either was, or was not used to make portions of the infamous "Basement Tapes" by Bob Dylan and The Band... but a majority of those in the know say it was.

It certainly existed then, and lots of people had them. In the end, it really doesn't matter, because we love what we use them for here; most often electric guitars and basses, and sometimes even a vocal. There's an inherent compression quality these things have that makes them extra juicy. In and out of those realms, we sometimes put the Radial "Stage Bug" +48V phantom power supply in line when we want to put condenser mics through the 602's.  They also go great with ribbon mics.

In 2014, The Basement Tapes were officially re-released, re-mastered, as The Basement Tapes Complete, a lavish six-CD set issued by Sony’s Legacy.

Garth Hudson recently revisted the house known as "Big Pink". No mention of what tape machines he used.

The mystery continues...

"You know, that's really the way to do a recording — in a peaceful, relaxed setting in somebody's basement, with the widows open and a dog lying on the floor." 

- Bob Dylan -

Thursday, October 25, 2018

"Music For These Troubled Times" Fri Nov 2nd @sidewalkNY

Music For These Troubled Times
An Evening of Resistance & Hope

Friday November 2 2018
8 PM – 11 PM

The Sidewalk Cafe
94 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009
Facebook Event Page.

Join us for an evening of resistance and hope through music. Donations will be taken for Democratic Candidates in need in the last days before the Nov 6 election. The acts will cover folk, anti-folk, classic rock, punk, electronica, and jazz.

Performers include:

Gary Lucas, Terre Roche, Colin Dempsey, Mary Lee Kortes, Jim Testa, Matt Keating, Cornelius Dufallo, Mick Hargreaves, Will Epstein, David Humphrey, Jennifer Coates, Kendall Wind, and Joseph LeDoux

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Independent Newspaper profiles Mick Hargreaves & Lantern Sound Recording Rig

The Independent Newspaper's Bridget LeRoy sat Mick Hargreaves down and he dished on music, the vibe of things, and The Lantern Sound Recording Rig. It's a nice candid overview of what we do here at the LSRR.

Article Here.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Photo: LSRR Main Room & Adjoining Front Parlor

The main drum room (early 1960's Rogers Dayton era-Holiday house drum kit shown) and the front parlor (1920's Hazelton Brothers NYC baby grand piano) can be linked together simply by opening the French pocket doors between the two. Various vintage, new, tube, and solid state guitar/bass amplifiers are distributed throughout the house. By isolating amplifiers elsewhere (closets, rooms, stairwell, basement chamber), all performers can be together in one space for basic tracking "first-pass" recording dates.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1971 Kustom 200 Bass Head

We recently got one of these Kustom 200 bass heads (in the no-sparkle black) at the LSRR. We're running it through tests at rehearsal sessions before we attempt recording with it. It's pretty darn loud. Top image is a panel from a catalog, approx 1970-71.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Genelec Near Field Reference Monitors Added

Genelec HT205's now compliment the existing Equator D5's, and go into use tonight, as a mix for the band Earthreal is completed.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Crushing Violets New Release On The Way

Several songs on this upcoming release by the Crushing Violets recorded and mixed at LSRR. Stay tuned to these webpages for release & show announcements:

New Rob Europe Release

Basic tracks recorded at LSRR.

Guitars, Vocal - Rob Europe
Drums - Matt Swain
Bass - Mick Hargreaves

Engineered by Mick Hargreaves.

Rob Europe websites:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Live On The Farm" #HouseConcert SAT MAY 5 8pm George Mann, Mick Hargreaves

George Mann, Mick Hargreaves (photo: Gambino)

Miller Place HS Alumni Music Night returns, as GEORGE MANN and MICK HARGREAVES perform at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig "Live On The Farm" House Concert Series SAT MAY 5 2018, 8pm.

To reserve a seat and get directions, RSVP directly to Mick Hargreaves on Facebook, or call The Lantern Sound Recording Rig directly at 631-909-3432. 

We are located near exit 70 on the LIE, in Manorville, NY

GEORGE MANN hails from New York and has been producing labor and protest music for more than 20 years. 
 He has worked with and produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers (2013) and Joe Hill (2015). George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts-- stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life. He has just released "For the Road and the Sky," his newest CD, and "Until You Come Home: Songs to Heal the Wounds of War," a compilation CD of songs about the effects of war on those who serve.

MICK HARGREAVES has a new music video out for the song "Crystal Ball", written with Joe Delia, video shot and edited by Jody Gambino.

Since the end of 2014, Mick's Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) has operated in a sprawling early 1900's farmhouse in the pine barrens of Long Island NY, where he records, rehearses, and holds house concerts. Mick has hosted "The Lantern Sound Rig Stage" at the Montauk Music and Cabin Fever Music Festivals, along with Dorene Rose's Arts Stage at Alive After Five (Patchogue NY), and Alive on 25 (Riverhead) street festivals. 2016 saw the appearance of the song "Rinse and Repeat", a co-write with Rich Arfin and Klyph Black, in the Netflix Judd Apatow series "Love".

THE LANTERN SOUND RECORDING RIG is in a bucolic, historical, three-story, eleven-room farmhouse, where artists can live, eat, and breathe their recording to completion. We are located less than five minutes from the Hampton Jitney, the Long Island Railroad, and the Long Island Expressway in the Eastern Pine Barrens of LI, NY.

We feature a full variety of microphones and mic preamps, Apple Logic® recording software, simple & clean signal paths, a full compliment of drums/amps/instruments. Quick setups, nice comforts, pleasant people, and fantastic vibes are our trademarks.

Monday, February 12, 2018

LSRR at Cabin Fever Music Fest 2018

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig will have two stages at the Cabin Fever Music Fest 2018. Mick Hargreaves will host. On Friday Feb 16, Grand Theft Aloha bring back their vibe from their "OMG at the QEP" run, and that's paired with the Rock Doctor. Thursday Feb 22 things move over to Southampton's Publik House for an acoustic night with Andrew Cooper, Mick Hargreaves, and Bryan Gallo.

Grand Theft Aloha / Rock Doctor
JOHN DORAN'S/ Hampton Bays

2 West Montauk Highway 11946 / (631) 728-9560

Mick Hargreaves / Bryan Gallo / Andrew Cooper
Southampton PUBLIK HOUSE

62 Jobs Lane 11968 / (631) 283-2800

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Crystal Ball" Recorded with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig

Written by Joe Delia & Mick Hargreaves (Slymoon Publishing BMI / Crazy World Ain't It Music BMI) Words & Music © 2011 All Rights Reserved

Directed by Mick Hargreaves Camera & Editing: Jody Gambino for JTiL Productions

SPECIAL GUEST: Joe Delia - Organ
Mick Hargreaves - Vocals, acoustic guitar, 6 & 12 string electric guitars, 6 string bass, harmonicas. Jennifer Hargreaves-Pawliczak - Vocals / Michael Bifulco - Tremolo Telecaster Guitar (L) / Gary Dawson - Gibson Electric Guitar (R) / Don Mangels - Electric Bass /Chris Mehos - Drums

Produced by Mick Hargreaves @ the Lantern Sound Recording Rig. Recorded at The Groove Shack & "The Farm". Additional Engineering: Sophia Aley, Austin Ferreira, Richard Anthony Nardo / Mastering: Gene Paul at G&J Audio Sound

Recording © 2017 All rights reserved.

Thanks to: Joe Delia, Buddy Woodward, Kel Microphones, Bryan Gallo, Matty Liot, Chris Mehos, Joel Kerr & Gene Paul at G&J Audio, everyone at WPPB, WEHM, WUSB, WHPB, LI Pulse, the Hargreaves & Schmitz families, all at NYRMA, Stephen Talkhouse, The Hangdogs, Greenlawn Moose Lodge, Rodeo Bar, Ken Guistino/Montauk Sun, Courtney Williams, George Howard, Jody Gambino, Crossroads Music, The Grey Horse Tavern, Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks, The Beat Farmers.

Monday, January 22, 2018

LSRR Control Room

This week, we're in the process of migrating hard drive farm and power distribution to the shelf area, left rear.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Three Stooges in recording studio with Hazelton Brothers 1920's baby grand piano!

Our Hazelton Brothers Baby Grand Piano shows up in a Three Stooges short film!

The same exact model!

The Stooges are employed as handymen in a recording studio at fictional radio station KGBY.

Of course, they wind up hitting each other with pipes. Their boss intervenes and boys flee into an adjoining recording room, boss on their heels.

The room is occupied by a bad-tempered Italian baritone singer/violinist (Gino Corrado) and a piano player playing an NYC-built Hazelton Brothers baby grand piano, the same model and color as we've got here at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig. It appears beginning at the 1:36 mark.