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Studio Updates *updated 3/23/07*

Discussion in 'Symphony X (Unofficial)' started by Jax, Feb 15, 2006.

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    Just spoke to MJR; he says they have four solid songs that are pretty much done, and they're working on arrangements for the rest of the songs. Things are really coming together, all the pieces are falling into place, and Mike says he's 'in the groove'; all very good things to hear. Mike assures me that this thing is going to kick ass when it's done; it's going to be well worth the wait, and your patience is greatly appreciated.
     
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    MJR recently shared that there are five solid tunes done, and they are currently working on two more plus an 'epic' tune. Michael LePond's hospitalization, surgery, and recovery period (click here for more info) should be complete by the time the band is ready to start recording, and a fall release and subsequent tour is currently anticipated.
     
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    Just spoke to MJR & got caught up on things. He reports that they will start recording in the beginning of July; they're currently finishing up one song and putting final touches on a couple of others. Mike said that since writing has taken this long, they've chosen to fine tune the songs before entering the studio; they've put a lot of time into pre-production on this one.

    More details next month once recording has begun!
     
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    Just spoke to MJR & here's the latest:

    It would appear that one of the early drafts of the cd cover has been leaked to at least one website; the band hasn't had a chance to okay any final artwork, so what you see floating around out there is NOT the final cd cover art.

    Jason is done recording his parts, & the rhythm tracks & other guitar parts should be done by next week. The band's aiming to have the music ready for mixing by mid September; MJR says that things are moving right along, & kept our conversation short so that he could get back to it.

    More news when there's more to share..
     
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    Time for another studio update! Just spoke to MJR & here's the latest:

    It seems that this is doomed to be the 'Murphy's law' cd, where anything that could go wrong, will/has gone wrong. Due to technical problems, first with the studio computers, and then with the failure and subsequent replacement/installation of somewhat-hard-to-find parts in MJR's amps, the band's about 2 weeks behind where they'd hoped to be progress-wise at this point. This has thrown off the projected date for getting the cd out and mixed, so they've had to push back the date for that by about a month in accordance with what dates were available to them.

    Currently MJR is getting his guitar parts finished, & after that Mike LePond will finish up his bass parts, and then Russ will enter the studio to work on recording the vocals. Mike asked me to extend the band's appreciation to the fans for their patience, & at this point, is anticipating a release date after the new year; I have no doubt that it will be well worth the wait.

    Jax :)
     
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    Spoke to MJR for a while this afternoon, and here's what he had to say:

    They had planned to start the mix on the CD this week, but were delayed a bit overall by the holiday earlier this week, so mixing has been rescheduled for January. Russ has 3 songs to finish (and was on his way to The Dungeon as Mike & I spoke) & hopes to be done with his recording by the weekend, and MJR has a couple more solos that he wants to record, as well as getting some loose ends tied up and polishing things up overall. They are still aiming for a Spring '07 release, & Mike had some pretty exciting things to say about the material, saying that it has something for old fans and new fans alike, so I'm confident more than ever in saying that the CD will be well worth the wait.

    So there IS light at the end of the tunnel, & the band appreciates your patience greatly; stay tuned for more info soon!
     
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    Spoke to both MJR and Russ for a while today, & things are moving right along! MJR is finishing up a few solos and tightening up some of the orchestral/choral parts, and the cd will be sent off to be mixed in early March. Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) will be doing the honors, and the mixing should be done by the end of March. A potential release date as well as other info like the track listing and such will be available once the cd is mixed, so stay tuned for more info on that.

    That's it for now, more info as it becomes available!
    Jax :)
     
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    MJR spent a while on the phone today teasing me mercilessly with descriptions of the songs on Paradise Lost..man, I can't wait for this cd!

    That said, on with the info: mixing is being finished up this week, & MJR is very pleased with the work that Jens Bogren has done with the mix. Next up comes mastering which should happen within the next week or two; at this point, the anticipated release date is in late June.

    The next cd report, likely in 2-3 weeks, will include the tracklist, so keep an eye out for that.

    That's all for now..

    Jax :)
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