Been an insanely busy summer and fall here at the studio. We made some great records and singles with Anthems and Ashes, The Ashgrove, Horwood, KINK, A Ghost Named Joe, Howl Said The Wolves, Sadukii, Artificial Dissemination, Slouch, Cashed In Kings and Stuck Out Here – some that are still in the process of mixing!!! Met a really great band called The World Over in LA fronted by the granddaughter of legendary guitar builder Ernie Ball and we created an insane 5 song EP together that is now available everywhere, punk rock veterans Face To Face were in working on a new song with me for an upcoming tribute compilation, and I co-wrote a killer song with legendary rapper DMX featuring some beautiful vocals by the talented Morgan Lander of Kittie! Work continues on the new b.d. Gottfried album, David Wilcox album as well as the new Charrlonmane full length, along with a new Studio B room here at Beach Road to provide some awesome lower rates for clients when needing to do overdubs and vocals. A Scully 1″ 8 track machine graced the control room this fall as well and we’re busy rebuilding and wiring it in – this is pretty much the holy grail of analog recording, and each input not only features line inputs, but MIC PREAMPS as well by way of vintage UTC transformers!!! I’ll be back at NAMM this year and will be working on a new single with The World Over and KINK in LA, as well as a few top secret as-of-yet unannounced projects. Happy travels friends!!
It’s incredible…it’s now been a decade since we first poured the concrete foundation for our vibey, country getaway studio!! We’re stoked to announce Beach Road also now has its own Wikipedia page – check it out here!
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful years and music, on to the next decade!
We’ve had a busy spring here in L.A. and at Beach Road! Besides 2 incredible back to back recording workshops, preproduction and mixes/mastering at our space in Silverlake, Beach Road has been busy with a number of sessions the past month. The summer is packed with several amazing bands from all over North America – stoked for everyone to hear what we’re working on! \m/
Mini Beach Road is now rockin’ in LA!! We have a new space in sunny California that I’ll be working out of – writing, producing and mixing records! I’ll be dividing my time between the beautiful shores of Lake Huron at Beach Road and the new Silverlake Studios in LA. Our low Canadian dollar makes it very attractive for American labels and bands to head up north to make a record, and my aim is to connect with some amazing talent down here. Let’s make some music!! \m/ \m/
Attended the awesome Axes & Anchors cruise this past week! From Miami to Key West to The Bahamas and back, I got to meet and enjoy some legendary artists like Zakk Wylde, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clarke, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Joe Stump, Thousand Foot Krutch, Breaking Benjamin, Bumblefoot, Alex Skolnick, Rudy Sarzo, Kathy Rhoads and so many more!!
I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be hanging out in The City of the Angels for the unforeseeable future! I’ll be producing, engineering and mixing for a number of clients in both the L.A. area as well as back home at Beach Road on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. Lots of exciting things to come so stay tuned!
This is a project that’s been in the works for quite some time now…and I’m stoked to announce it now! I’m releasing a number of elite drum sample libraries and MIDI groove packs with a featured set of killer drummers in some of the most historic and legendary recording studios of the world. It’s going be a history lesson as much as anything else! From the outboard gear, consoles and mics used at each legendary studio, to the people each individual drummer has worked with, this is gonna be a hit with anyone that loves history and technology. I’ll have all the details posted on my website www.siegfriedmeier.com when the time is right. For now we’re hard at work on creating something really cool!!
NAMM 2016 was incredible!! So many great hangs, gear and fun! We acquired several new endorsements with Vintech Audio, Beyerdynamic, Emotiva Audio and several more to be announced soon, and can’t wait to use some of their gear on upcoming records. And now, to sleep off the leg and foot pain of walking for 4 days straight…until next year!!
It’s been a crazy summer of 2015 so far!! Finished UK’s Not Tonight and The Headaches album, the brand new Tallan M.D. record, an awesome new single with Sound Glyphics, a killer EP with Toronto’s Russian Roulette (mastered by the great Troy Glessner), a great new track with a new band called PIN and an awesome EP with a new punk rock band called 30 Helens that will be going to vinyl in the fall. We finished an EP with a new band called Static Prevails that’s just headed to mix now, and the new Painted Faces full length is nearly done. Mastered some fantastic albums including a great EP for my good friend Julian and his new project No Good Crooks, and another great single for L.A.’s The World Over that’s been doing really well with nearly 15000 views! The well known psychic medium Kelly L. Elson was in with me to produce a 2 disc album, and we did a very cool vinyl transfer project for a friend utilizing a lacquer master disc from 1952, and recording vocals along with the original recording. b.d. Gottfried’s new record Motion Fever is out and doing really well on radio in Europe, and we’ve already started work on a new album along with remixing the old catalogue. Managed to squeeze in a number of electronics projects including building a pair of our BR500 mic preamps for a client, building a few new 500 series mic preamps and a Studer 169 500 series eq (with 5 more on the way, 2 for the mastering room!) and wiring up a ton of snakes for misc gear we have sitting here at the studio. A vintage Fostex R8, a Roberts 770x, a 2nd Tascam TSR8 and MSR24 and an early 1960’s AGS stereo tube tape machine are now at the studio making sweet music again, a vintage mid 90’s Mesa Dual rec is now available here, along with a number of other misc vintage and “garbage” pieces of outboard gear. A number of old amps have been repaired and are now here for use – a Trace Elliot and a vintage 70’s Garnet are the most exciting! Kittie was back to film the studio portions of their new documentary, and we even did a “classic tracks” type segment going over the last 2 records multitracks that I produced with them. We have new records with the talented Serena Rutledge, Anthem For Today, Jailer’s Daughter and Punishment slated to start in the next few weeks, and another Beach Road Studio Workshop booked for the end of August!! Sleep…it’s for the weak!! Until next time!
I am SUPER excited to announce that myself and Beach Road Mastering are now on the Apple MFiT (Mastered For iTunes) Certified list!! We’ve been providing MFiT files for a little while now, but without certification albums cannot be badged as such on iTunes, regardless of how accurately they’re done. This is no longer the case, and anything coming through Beach Road will now be badged as an MFiT release!
For more info on MFiT, please click here!
We have returned from L.A. with the brand new b.d. Gottfried album! Mastered by Howie Weinberg, who’s done records such as Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero, U2‘s Pop, Rancid’s …And Out Come The Wolves, Def Leppard’s Hysteria, Beastie Boys License To Ill, Butch Walker’s Ghosts and many, many other seminal albums, the new 11 song record titled Motion Fever will be released on CD, iTunes and double vinyl by May 2015. We worked over 14 months making this record, and we’re all very proud of it!
We have acquired a mint condition Technics RS1500US 1/4″ tape machine for our mastering room! A hi-fi machine built in Japan in the early 80’s, the RS1500US is an incredible sounding deck that runs at 3 3/4, 7 1/2 and 15 ips. With a closed loop design that is nearly unheard of (early 3M M79’s were one of the most common in use, and we have a 1/4″ version of that machine at Beach Road as well!!), this machine has the lowest wow and flutter of pretty much any deck in existence. I’m currently in the process of building a pair of I/O balancing circuits for it and it will be rockin’ albums in our mastering room in no time!
We’re also in the process of putting together a tape baking station, so we’ll have the ability to restore vintage analog tapes for clients as well. Long live tape!!
The new b.d. Gottfried album is complete! After a fantastic final listening session today, the album is done and ready for the masterful hands and ears of mastering legend Howie Weinberg! We’ll be heading to LA in the next short while to get this monster of an album finalized – look for the double vinyl release early summer 2015!
In a lo-fi late 60’s/70’s vibey gear mood lately…acquired a mid 70’s Yamaha PM700 12 channel console that is in excellent shape and sounds super dirty and cool. Also found a number of weird old green Altec pieces that now make up a crazy cool mono 16 input rack console, complete with master graphic eq and 50 watt power amp (??) – super stoked to use these on some new productions. Bryce at Warm Audio also sent over his new WA12-500 series modules that is an absolutely unbelievable unit for the price they’re selling at – everyone needs at least 4 of these in their racks, they are just awesome!!
Even with a busy schedule, it’s important to find time for personal creativity. Drummer extraordinaire Lennie Haggerty and I have started a new 2 piece rock ‘n roll project called Stranded In Nostalgia. Last night we recorded the beds for 2 brand new songs in a makeshift studio using an Apollo Twin, Alesis AI-3 converter, a Radial lunchbox full of bad ass mic preamps (including the BR500!!) and 5 carefully placed microphones on the drums. Definitely never about gear, always about the songs and performance!
Hey everyone! We began work on a new record by The Hunt Club this past weekend. Jon, Burke and Lee from sectorseven have started a new acoustic punk/folk project that is pretty damn awesome. Over the course of 2 solid days, we laid down the drum and acoustic guitar beds here at Beach Road that will form the foundation of this incredible 12 song full length due out later this year!!
I made up a discography page a while back on Bandcamp that has a number of tracks I’ve had the fortune of working on over the years. It’s a great way to hear all the cool stuff we’ve done at Beach Road and beyond over the last 20 years – check it out here!