Engineer/Producer Wes Leyshon Tracks Analog for Acoustic Project
Memphis recording engineer and producer Wes Leyshon has teamed up a second time with Indie roots star Colin Elmore for his forthcoming “This Side of the Sun.” Tracking to analog tape in Ardent Studios’ newly rebuilt Studio C, the project takes full advantage of the SSL hybrid analog/digital Duality console.
Wes Leyshon previously worked with Elmore and his band Berch for 2010′s critically-acclaimed “Before and After the Fall.” For his new album, Elmore says he was looking for the “warm and slightly dirty” sound that called for analog tape and a studio renowned for work with legacy artists ranging from James Taylor to Led Zeppelin.
Leyshon tracked with Ardent assistant engineer Mike Wilson to record Elmore and his band, consisting of Emmet Franz and his family playing a wealth of acoustic instruments, including guitars, dobro, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and banjo. Additional instrumentation called for Hammond organ, cello, French horn, flugelhorn, trumpet, piano and accordion.
Leyshon remarked, “Mike Wilson was everything I could’ve hoped for in an assistant. I love the new SSL board in C and the great assortment of compressors and outboard gear I had to mix with. The mic choice I had was a dream. The live room is amazing and we made good use of it. All of the Ardent staff seemed excited and encouraging about the whole project. I really hope to be back here in the near future.”
For a sneak peek video of Colin Elmore and Emmett Franz performing an acoustic version of one of the album cuts in Ardent’s Studio C visit:http://youtu.be/9QmceAlchFI