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Studio Pass: Kurt Ballou - Free 2-day course [Live Streaming Now!]

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by jipchen, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. GeertSamuel

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    Loved this one!
     
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    Manicompression doing it for the kids

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    I watched a couple hours of part two and quite enjoyed it. It would be awesome if they got Andy or Colin to do one. Kurts mixes are crazy, always have been. Im probably gonna buy the downloads when I have some spare funds. Does anyone know its 100 for both days/classes or per day??
     
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    He extended the copy of the bottom mic tracks only, lowpassing them and keeping the top mics hipassed to keep the attack I think? It's been just 4 days and my old mind starts to be doubtful about it haha

    I don't know, I loved the second day, everything sounded soooo pissed off but under control. He's just great for that.
     
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    Welp, I wrote "HP'ed" when I meant LP'ed when talking about the extended track. I blame being ill :loco:

    There's the better description from earlier in the thread.

    His mix sounded really nice. It's definitely given me a kick up the ass to try to process tracks to tape a lot more than I do.
     
  5. C_F_H_13

    C_F_H_13 Protools Guru

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    Kind of off topic but having only really ever listened to jane doe and a few other converge songs, what would you guys say is Kurt's best production he's done?

    Havn't listened to almost anything he does and now I'm pretty curious.
     
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    The first Kvelertak imo
    I think that album is a masterpiece:



    Haven't listened to all of his albums though, he has quite a big portfolio.
    Also he made an album with some indie band (forgot the name) from tracks he recorded at their liveshows which is an interesting listen.
     
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    Manicompression doing it for the kids

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    Young Widows is the band your thinking of, he also did one of their studio albums, very cool stuff. The Converge record Axe to Fall is probably my favorite production of his. I would add Doomriders black thunder to the list to check out, the bass is massive. Cave In untill your heart stops is a super old production of his but it stands up pretty well still.
     
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    http://weslachot.com/pub16.html

    he uses a massey l2007
     
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    Definitely the three last Converge albums and the first Kvelertak, All Pigs Must Die, last Toxic Holocaust, Lewd Acts, Trap Them, The Secret, Disfear...
     
  10. JeffTD

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    Here's where I'm confused... he has SO much money in gear and studio space, but there's no way that the bands he's in/works with have the budget that would prop that kind of environment up on their own. Is he independently wealthy? Loans/debt out the ass?
     
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    Well this might have a little to do with it:

    "In the late 1990s, Kurt Ballou was working as a biomedical engineer when his then project got cancelled. Instead of selecting a different position within the same company that he had worked with for six years, Ballou opted to receive a severance package which he used to build his own recording studio"

    Not saying that in any way funded all of it, but I'm sure it was a good jump start. I'm also going to guess that he's like everyone else and does a lot of nameless work on the side.
     
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    I seem to remember reading an article/interview with him at some point where he talked about how he got started. From what I remember, he had a swanky job as some kind of biomedical engineer before Converge got huge. His company downsized and gave him a sweet severance package. He put it into the studio and ate Ramen noodles for a long time. I seem to remember him saying that the Converge stuff pays his bills and he gets medical insurance from the musicians union or something. I might be mis-remembering some stuff though.
     
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    Oh yeah, I didn't mean to deride him or anything, was just legitimately curious. That's fucking cool and I 100% back what he did.
     
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    Been at his studio twice to have my band's records mixed and his outboard collection is indeed massive. He's not using much plugins except some fairly conventional effects here and there, or some surgical eq's.

    He's also super fast and never loses perspective even after hours of non-stop mixing. Last time I went at Godcity (back in december 2009) we booked him for seven days. I was producing the record and after two days he had perfectly nailed what I was aiming for soundwise and each time I was giving him some indications regarding the mix/production he kept telling me he was already ten steps ahead, which was absolutely true.

    He went so fast we ended with a day off and he managed to get the mix 99% close to what I envisionned.

    Truly a master at what he does and he keeps evolving and pushing his mixing boundaries further. Just compare the latest High On Fire, Nails, Kvelertak or Beastmilk albums. Completely different flavours.
     
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    About two posts above where you asked about it, Seizure had already posted a link to that interview where he explains everything.

    Pretty big leap for him. Sounds like he did take on a lot of debt and put in some serious man hours to get it off the ground. He's really good at what he does. Doomriders stuff is amazing. The last Black Breath record he did is insanely well mixed.

    He manages to get everything so huge without sounding too processed.
     
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    It's processed quite a bit, but he knows how to keep it wild and organic.
     

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