Week four - Dan Swanö takes command
Studio diary 2006
The report this week isn't that exciting since there hasn't been much going on for Coldworker. On the other side of town, though, there has been very much going on, since Dan Swanö has spent most of the week mixing like a maniac.
I finished the last pieces of editing on Monday night and went to Swanö's new home studio (Unisound version 3 or 4) with the harddrive. Swanö plugged it in and we got a sound, he then copied everything to his system and was so excited that he spent the night mixing our album. Obviously I wasn't present at this time, but sometime during Tuesday evening we got the first mix from Swanö.
What then happened was that we listened to his mix and came with suggestions which he then incorporated in the next mix and so on, and by the end of the week we were at mix 8 or 9 and very close to the final result.
The mix has gone through a lot of phases and what we have right now is something that sounds very raw but also fat and crunchy. The overall sound could be described as more grind than death, which might get you a hint of what's going on.
I went to Unisound on Sunday morning to correct a few drum things (which was easier to do IRL than via mail) and Swanö and I also did some detail changes which actually is the next phase once the basic sound is set.
The mixing process will continue a few more days next week with some more of that detailed mixing and in the middle of the week the mix should be finished as we need to send the tracks to Peter In de Betou in Spånga, Stockholm. The mastering will be done July 10.
After that we can share something from the album. Until then, enjoy these photos from Unisound.
Dan Swanö's monitor.
Dan Swanö's mighty setup.
Schnappi - das kleine Krokodil guarding Unisound. If the mix isn't metal enough, you know who to blame.
The "ökologish" penguin keeping Unisound kühl or superkühl.