Five world-renowned musicians and Harman Professional came together for a recording
session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. The entire session and the resulting mixes
were produced using only equipment from the Harman Professional brands, AKG, JBL
Professional, Lexicon and Soundcraft. The session delivered three terrific recordings
and a documentary video.
From mic to mix-down, the Harman equipment used on this session is affordable and readily available. The total price for the system used is less than $5,000 and the excellent, transparent sonic quality of the mixes speaks for itself.* Harman Professional recording equipment is available from Harman’s world-wide dealer network
* A .wav file of each mix is available for download below. To preserve dynamic range
of the performance, audio compression was not used prior to uploading. To hear each
mix as intended, please download the .wav file for each mix rather than streaming.
Everything New is Old Again
© 2009 Greg Mathieson, Mighty Mathieson Music, BMI
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Fly By The Light
Words and Music © 1994, Bill Champlin,
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Tamara Champlin Tabbychabby Music, ASCAP
© 1990 Greg Mathieson, Mighty Mathieson Music, BMI
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Information about the equipment can be found at:
- AKG Perception Series Mics and AKG K240, K170 Headphones for musicians.
K702 Headphones in the control room.
JBL LSR6328P and LSR2328P Speakers and the MSC1
- Lexicon FW 810S I/O and PCM Native Reverb Plug In Bundle –
We routed mics to the FW 810S and recorded its output on a Mac lap top.
- Soundcraft custom prototype mixer. We split the mics to the this mixer and recorded
its output on a second Mac lap top that also had the Lexicon PCM Native Recording
Musicians and Recording Engineer
Abraham Laboriel, Bass
Abraham was born in Mexico City. Originally a classically trained guitarist, he
switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of Music. Henry Mancini
encouraged Abraham to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career.
Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand,
Al Jarreau, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss,
Michael Jackson, and more. Guitar Player Magazine described him as "the most widely
used session bassist of our time."
Greg Mathieson, Piano
Greg Mathieson is a native of Southern California. He started piano lessons at the
age of 10 and, then, switched to the trumpet at age 14. In his playing career, he
has played with Al Jarraeu, Barbara Streisand, Toto, Christina Aguilara, Tina Turner,
Faith Hill, and many many more. In 1978, Greg made a commitment to stop traveling
and become a part of the vibrant L.A. studio scene. Not only did he become one of
the top keyboard session players, but he also became one of the top arrangers, including
string and horn arrangements.
Bill Champlin, Vocals
Champlin’s musical career began in 1961. A year later he began writing music. Champlin
has worked with many talented artists including: Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, George
Benson, and more. The two-time GRAMMY Award® winner has written and sang on probably
over 400 hit songs. His very distinctive and expressive vocals can be heard on Chicago's
hit, "Hard Habit to Break". His organ playing has him ranked on most peoples "A"
list and he plays the heck out of the guitar as well!
Justo Almario, Sax
A multi-instrumentalist of the highest caliber, Justo has mastered the soprano and
tenor saxophones, clarinet and flute. He was featured on Let’s Get Loud, a Jennifer
Lopez DVD. He also appeared on “Ahora Si," a CD by Israel Lopez “Cachao” that garnered
two GRAMMY Awards. No stranger to Hollywood, Justo was heard on the soundtrack of
the Oscar-winning film Sideways. In addition, Justo is featured on Andy Garcia's
recent movie release The Lost City and on Romance and Cigarettes, produced by John
Turturro and starring Susan Sarandon and James Gandolfini.
Bill Maxwell, Drums
Bill Maxwell started playing drums professionally at the age of twelve. One of his
first bands was with legendary blues guitarist Jesse Ed. Davis. He has produced
8 GRAMMY Award winning recordings for The Winans, Andrae Crouch and others. Bill
worked as a music producer and musician with the Coen brothers on their films The
Ladykillers and Romance and Cigarettes, and he worked as a featured musician on
the film Walk The Line. In October 2008, Bill was inducted into The Oklahoma Jazz
Hall of Fame, and he is a member of The Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Tommy Vicari, Recording Engineer
Open Hands is engineered by the iconic Tommy Vicari. His long list of projects range
from film to television to classic jazz, pop and R&B records. He has engineered
music for HBO’s Six Feet Under, and large events such as the 1999 Superbowl halftime.
Vicari is also known for mixing the live broadcast of the Academy Awards since 1996.
Vicari has worked with such talent as Billy Idol, Prince, Ray Charles, and more.
He has also been awarded a GRAMMY Award for Best Engineered Album.