The Orions – Lightning Stroke Twice LP

First full length record to be ever released by this instrumental surf-rock bombshell. I’ve got to say that I can never be neutral when it comes to the Orions. Besides being good friends, hey are the first band I’ve recorded and the first band that took me on tour as their FOH engineer.

The making of this record wasn’t a usual one. Despite having zero budget, the band insisted we should record this the analogue way. So after speaking with analogue master Assaf Tager (from band Katamine), we found out a way of making this possible. Assaf had a Tascam 1/2″ 8-track reel-to-reel recorder (owned by late Israeli musician Charlie Megira), and we opted we could make the record inside the Zimmer, a DIY space that used to exist in the south of Tel Aviv. So,after bringing all the gear in (a Mackie 32-8 mixer, a bunch of dynamic processors, reverb units and one Space Echo) Assaf and me recorded 7 tracks on tape (drums summed in 2 tracks, bass, 2 guitars and stereo room).
The process was slow and difficult since we had no way of truly monitoring the recording or actually knowing what we were doing. Since we were sitting in the same room with the band, the only way of shaping the sound was to to record, stop, roll back, press play, listen, draw conclusions, make changes.
Few months later, we met up all at the Koro, to mix the seven tracks into a 2-track reel-to-reel tape. No DAW (or proper recording methods) were used for making this record.
And this is just how it sounds.



Sweatshop Boys – Demo

Not many engineers would go proud about such lo-fi recording. But I truly believe the dirt compliments those great poppy tunes.
I can’t really call this recording my own. What happened is that I left the microphones on during the band’s rehearsal and came back to pick up the gear few hours later. After a quick listen, I had no doubt it is worth giving it a mix, and taking in consideration the recording wuality , that it was going to be a dirty one. So the 13 recorded songs were kept as a demo as only 2 were released. Hopefully the Sweatshop  Boys are soon to hit the studio and give these songs a cleaner and finer touch. But for time being – Enjoy the basement vibes!

MooM – Second EP

Second recording for my very own  hardcore punk beast. This is one of the last recordings ever done at the Koro. Same drill as the first EP: multi-channel miking on a live recording, live mixed on a Mackie 32-8 desk right into a stereo input to the computer. So again, no post-recording mix, what you record is what you get. Only thing we added later were vocal. And dirt, lots of dirt.