Music News

Published on February 23rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

0

Tool producer Sylvia Massey records a snare drum in a nuclear cooling tower

Sylvia Massey, one of the few high-profile female record producers (you can thank her for the work she did on Tool’s Undertow), is a lovely person. I spent some time in a studio one night talking about production techniques and philosophies.

As a producer, engineer and mixer, she’s always looking for ways to create new and unusual sounds for her clients. That includes finding a cool snare drum sound, one of the trickiest things any producer/engineer can attempt to do.

Natural reverb can do wonders for a drum sound. But how to achieve it? You could record drums in a stairwell of a big mansion…

…record the drummer playing out on the loading dock…

…get a hotshot producer like Mutt Lange to invent new sounds in the studio…

…or go all electronic with a technique using gated reverb.

Sylvia knows all about those techniques but thought “There must be something that hasn’t been done before.”

What about recording a snare inside a giant cooling tower of a nuclear power plant? After all, her client Thunderpussy was filming a video at the base of such a tower. So…




Tags: , , , , ,


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


Related Posts


Let us know what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to Top ↑