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From Raw to Awe…Music Recording Classes at Lucky Dog Studios



As part of our Studio Engineering/Production series of classes, on Jan 6th we recorded the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Fire”, here at Lucky Dog with a distinguished group of seasoned musicians. Heber Pampillon (guitar) is a Peggy Still School of Music (PSSM) teacher and Dylan Guarino (bass) is a PSSM student; both have credits on the Lucky Dog promo CD as well as the 2012 Holiday album.  Julie Senger (vox) and Jason Monseur (drums) are professional local musicians, both of whom have also appeared in various Lucky Dog productions.  Together we were able to recreate the song live in the studio, using 14 microphones to effectively capture the various instruments.  After only a few takes, we had our definitive performance recorded, and decided to make a few edits before re-recording the scratch vocal.  For example, we re-used the bass intro performance in the breakdown since it was the same part, but played much more smoothly in the intro.  We also decided to use the guitar solo section from the second take instead of the one in the final take.  With the backing track solidified, Julie then overdubbed (re-recorded) her lead vocal, needing only two takes to lay down an inspired track.  We used professional techniques such as time-stretching, punching in, and comping to create a final version of the vocal that represented the best of our artist.  In just 8 hours, here is what we accomplished: Fire Board Mix

JThat was the 201 class.  In the upcoming 301 class, we are going to mold this basic recording into something you might hear on the radio.  How will we do that?  Basic song recordings such as the one you just heard are subsequently “mixed” using processors that enhance and change the sounds you hear in order to present the song in the best light possible.  Common processes used to create a mix include EQ’ing, compression, panning, special effects, vocal tuning, and use of reverb.  The ability to process the raw sounds is done in a program called Pro Tools, via “apps” called plugins.  Channel Strip, AutoTune, and Massey L2007 are all examples of plugins used to mix our song.  After mix down, a song is mastered, which will be the final stage in the production of the song.  A mastered song will have the presence and loudness of a song you might buy on iTunes or hear on the radio.  Here is our basic recording turned into a final production: Fire alt Master

Check or contact us at 770-753-0322 or for information on how to get information about the 301 class or other exciting classes, studio services and lessons at Lucky Dog and Peggy Still!

Joe Kay
Lucky Dog Studios Lead Engineer

Brian Johnson
Owner, Lucky Dog Studios


Artists to Watch

Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.


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Holiday Fun

Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!



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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Music Gallery

Turkuaz at Aisle 5



Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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