Net Working 11.1.2002
Latte Mix Studios and DigiStudio "Hook Up" with Music Producer Rick Nowles
Creative audio house, Latte Mix, utilized DigiStudio technology for an upcoming CD release with acclaimed music producer, Rick Nowles.
DigiStudio enabled Rick Nowles to produce from the Santa Monica-based studio, Latte Mix, while recording vocals from Signia Studios in Nice, France. Nowles has worked with such artists as Madonna, Dido, Jewel, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Nicks, and Celine Dion, to name a few.
"When I discovered I would be unable to go to France, I immediately thought of using Latte Mix Studios to record. The engineers are highly knowledgeable and the facility is state of the art," said Nowels. Latte's recording engineer, Steve Davis, was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Nowles. "To have a well-respected producer like Rick using DigiStudio is tremendous," said Davis. "At first he was hesitant to use the new technology, but after running a few tests, he saw DigiStudio's immense potential."
The studio's general manager, Raquel Ramirez, was the first to suggest using DigiStudio for the task. "Rick called me looking for an ISDN hookup with France. Since there are no ISDN lines in Nice, I thought of using DigiStudio instead," said Ramirez. With DigiStudio, it is not necessary to compress original source files, as one would have to do using an ISDN line. The audio can be delivered to a remote location over the Internet, without compromising its original quality.
Latte Mix's owner, Ted Lobinger, knows how important it is to stay informed of the latest audio technology. "When you work with top industry professionals, everything has to be the best quality," says Lobinger. He is heeding his own advice with the soon-to-be-completed third recording and mixing facility for his studio. The new studio will be equipped with a ProTools|HD 3 system. The third room will accommodate music recording in addition to the needs of Latte's current film, television, and radio clientele.
During the DigiStudio experience, engineer Steve Davis assisted Nowles on the West Coast and writer/producer Simon Climie was on hand at Signia Music Studio in France. Climie is also a veteran of the music industry. He has worked on albums for such artists as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin. When asked about DigiStudio, Climie said, "We could have our master vocals previewed in twenty minutes. It was fantastic. While our music was downloading to Rick in the States, we had just enough time to enjoy a delicious pizza and then we could get right back to work." The team of engineers in France included Adam Brown and Joel Evenden, as well as audio-visual consultant John Fredricks of techearth.com.
Latte Mix is located at 1548 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401; phone, 310-260-9838. For more details about Latte Mix, please check out: www.lattemix.com.