This Is How We Record Drums!

Jerome Flood came through to play some drums on one of our sessions and we put together this updated video explaining how we record drums at Spotlight Sound Studio. Jason explains how to mic up the drums, what preamps, EQs and compressors are used. You will hear samples of the different mics around the kit as well as a drum solo at the end by Jerome. Check it out and enjoy Jerome's incredible chops!

Gerard B. Releases 3rd Album "Prolific"

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Gerard B. is an Atlanta-based music producer and rapper. On December 4th, he released his third full-length album, "Prolific." Gerard says it was his aim to make this new project more thought-provoking than his previous work. The most revealing song on his album is titled, "Empathy," where he discusses how he struggled with overcoming the death of his daughter. Some of his musical influences are: George Benson, Quincy Jones & Dr. Dre. He says that listening to rappers such as Rakim, Nas, & will.i.am have influenced him lyrically. 

Gerard is a great example of the modern musician and music producer; he uses programs like FL Studio and Studio One when creating. Like many other musicians and songwriters, Gerard has a home recording studio where he can create and record music whenever he feels inspired. He produced his first song at age 14 and has no problem getting his vision "on tape," but post-production is a different story. He always counts on Spotlight Sound Studio to finish the job by creating cutting edge mixes and masters. Gerard distributes his own music through Baptiste Media, LLC. All 3 albums are available HERE. It's truly a pleasure to help make Gerard's vision a reality and we have already started work on album #4!

 Gerard B. and Jason Andrews at Spotlight Sound Studio

Gerard B. and Jason Andrews at Spotlight Sound Studio

Chantae Cann Releases New Album "Sol Empowered"

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We are excited to announce that the amazing jazz/soul singer, Chantae Cann will be releasing her sophomore album Sol Empowered on Atlanta/Ropeadope Records. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Spotlight Sound Studio by Jason Andrews and it's out now! Sol Empowered is full of uplifting sounds and messages it also includes some incredible features by Tank Ball, PJ Morton, and Snarky Puppy.

Check out this video of Chantae and producer, Justin C. Gilbert, performing "U Gotta Love Ya" live in the studio:

To celebrate, there will be an album release concert on 10/14/17 at Vinyl in Atlanta. We hope to see you all there!

Zaib Khan Releases New EP "31"

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We are excited to announce that Zaib Khan will be releasing his new EP "31." Zaib has an incredible voice and has been recording at Spotlight for the last 3 years; Jason Andrews produced his first, self-titled EP.

Zaib started the recording process for "31" with a song called "Is," which was produced by Eren & Richie Cannata at Cove City Sound Studios in New York. Then he finished the EP at Spotlight Sound Studio with Jason Andrews. This new EP showcases Zaib's songwriting diversity with feel-good tunes like "California" to heart-wrenching songs like "Bombs Overhead," which is commentary on some of our tragic global current events.

There will be a CD release party with a performance by Zaib at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia on Friday, September 22, 2017. See you there!

2017 Brings in Chipper Jones

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Happy New Year! There are some great projects in the works at Spotlight in 2017. My first session of the year was with none other than the amazing Braves legend, Chipper Jones! Chipper came into the studio to tell his story for his upcoming book/audiobook. He was a pleasure to record.

Over the past few months I've been working on some great albums with The Icky Seeds, BiRDPERSON, ConSio, and my man Yogi Barrett. Currently, I'm in the studio with a young talent named Liam Pawlak, and Jerome Flood's new group Flood Geight. I start recording with local jamgrass group, Honeywood, later this month.

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On the gear front: I've recently acquired a fabulous piece of equipment - the BAE 1073d preamp - which means we finally have the famous Neve sound! I love this pre and have been so pleased with it on my latest recordings. I also updated the acoustic treatment in the live room by adding more absorber clouds. Needless to say, 2017 is sounding really great at Spotlight Sound Studio, and we're looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store.