In the past couple of years CHS has spent some time updating our studio. A few of the recent hardware purchases include the Sytek MPX - 4A (with Burr Brown op amps) and Neve 5024 mic preamps. And the WA-412 4 channel mic preamps by Warm Audio. We have also added the world class Burl B2 A/D & D/A converters to our signal path. New microphones include the Lauten LT-386 (seen above), Royer R 121, a stereo pair of Neumann KM 184's, and a stereo pair of AKG C414 XLS mics. Also included is the Shure 7B which is a great workhorse microphone. CHS has recently added the very powerful CS450 PC and the Universal Audio Apollo 16 MKll interface for high end remote recording. Monitoring is done on our new Focal 65's.
Some of the new software includes Universal Audio which gives us a number of powerful plugins to work with on your next project. Izotope Ozone Mastering version 8 Advanced software, along with the Rx7 Ozone repair software, is also available. Celemony's Melodyne version 4 software is available to fix a number of issues if needed. We also have a large collection of Waves and Soundtoy plugins.
For mastering, we have added Steinberg’s Wavelab Pro 9.5.
Feel free to call (309-253-8532) and make an appointment to check out what we have done for others and what we can do for you.
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CHS is also working through a very busy recording schedule. We had the pleasure of recording Tom Marko's first release as a bandleader - Inner Light - a record everyone should have in their collection. This cd was released on Summit Records. For more information about Tom and his group check out their website - Tom Marko & Inner Light
CHS has also finished recording projects with Snake Oil Salesman - a fine local blues band - Bill Hill, Greg Harris, IC Jazz Train, and we finished a project with Scott Dahms entitled Tales of a Rusted Compass. Scott lives in Denver, CO so CHS got to spend a week in that great state working on an amazing project. We worked with some wonderful musicians on this record including Wade Krause, Jeff Graves, and Leftover Salmon's original keyboardist Joe Jorgerst. Much fun was had during the recording and CHS delivered the final mix in time for a pre Christmas release. Check out samples on our Listen page.
We also had the great opportunity to work on Elizabeth Geyer's newest release - The Bridge. Produced by Elizabeth and Paul Adams with some great guest musicians including David Hoffman and Pravin Godkhindi. The Bridge is a beautiful collection of songs from the heart. Please go to www.elizabethgeyer.com for more information about this and all of Elizabeth's music.
Sarah & the Underground released their first recording last year. This self titled live recording also features Brandon Mooberry on bass & Nick Fairley on drums/percussion. Bob Lyndsey recorded this event at the WTVP studios. CHS was proud to mix this live concert from their television debut on State & Water St.
The Derel Monteith Trio is scheduled to release their recording- "Quantity of Life" - on Oct. 18, 2019. This cd is the trio’s first recording and features all original music from Derel. Along with Derel on piano, the recording features Andy Crawford on bass and Jason Brannon on drums. This trio is as good as it gets.
Also being released on the same date will be Derel’s first solo piano outing entitled “Connemara”. This is a collection of improvised piano pieces. Created while determining what gear would be used for the trio sessions, Connemara is a beautiful piece of work. Derels’ solo improvisational piano recordings were a very unique and exciting series of recordings that CHS was truly thrilled to be able to capture as they happened.
CHS was very proud to have (along with Derel) produced, recorded, and mixed both of these CD’s. The cd versions of this music will be available on Derel’s website - derel.net - or you can stream them on most streaming services starting on Oct. 18, 2019.
This amazing new duet album by Chip Stevens and Glenn Wilson will be released on Oct 18, 2019 by Capri Records. CHS recorded this at Tom Becker’s studio in Bloomington, IL last year and we could not be any more excited to already have a copy in our hands. Be looking for this on all your favorite streaming sites or order your cd at Glenn’s website. Glenn Wilson
Cedar Hills Sound has also had a very busy year producing live concerts. Once again we provided production for Kelleher’s St. Patrick’s Day event featuring the amazing Celtic band Turas. This is our sixth year working this celebration and it is becoming one of our favorites. Over twelve thousand people show up throughout the day to have a great time at one of the best restaurant / venues in the Peoria area.
On April 6, 2019 CHS came back to the Orpheum theater to work with Mark Guiliana. The 39th Rootabaga Jazz Festival is one of the highlights on CHS’ very busy schedule and hopefully you didn’t miss this world class drummer and his band Space Heroes.
April 19th CHS recorded Doug Stone’s new cd. Joining Doug was Bob Sneider on guitar, Dan Vitale on bass, and Mike Melito on drums. Released by OutsideIn music, this cd will be for sale on Jan. 17, 2020.
The winter jazz series concert was postponed because of bad weather so you still had an opportunity to come to Kresge Hall at Knox College and hear Luciano Antonio on April 27th.
On May 4th, CHS recorded Joe Stamm live at the Apollo Theater. Along with Dave Glover for parts of the night, this concert sold out in less than eight hours after the tickets went on sale! As a result, another show was added that afternoon. CHS had plenty of live tracks to work with and a recording will be available of those concerts in early 2020.
CHS also provides production for Kelleher's annual 4th of July celebration. Every year this event brings 4 to 6 thousand people downtown to take part in our nations birthday. This is an event that raises money for the Boys & Girls Club. Pat Sullivan and staff provide an amazing space and atmosphere for a very worthwhile cause on a very important day. Please plan on being there next year.
The Knox College Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency this year (Nov 8, 2019 at the Orphium Theater in Galesburg, IL.) presents New York based alto saxophonist Caroline Davis & Paris based pianist Rob Clearfield. Their jointly led quartet - Persona - will be performing at 7pm.
Knox College continues to bring world class musicians to central Illinois.
If you are interested in using Cedar Hills Sound for any of your audio production needs, then please contact us by phone - 309.253.8532 - or you can email us at email@example.com
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From all of us at Cedar Hills Sound, thanks for listening & thanks for all the support.