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Author: Will_R
• Thursday, October 02nd, 2008
Yesterday at Wilburland I had the supreme pleasure of spending the day with Ron Andrico and Donna Stewart of the duo Mignarda. They are wonderful folks and fine musicians, and we recorded a song with lute and voice. For those of you who don’t know what a lute is, it is a guitarish looking stringed instrument with a deep round back and a sharply angled headstock. It is often associated with music from the early renaissance to late baroque periods. These folks have got an amazing thing going on. Ron plays with great dynamics and finesse and Donna’s voice sounds, well, perfect!
We recorded the lute and voice together in one room hoping to record not only a natural sound but also to capture the natural dynamics of 2 people playing together, the connection that happens with two people in the same space. The challenge of course was to get the right balance of blend and separation between the two. I had Ron and Donna sit facing each other about 15 feet apart so they could see each other, but also so that the mics were facing away from the undesired sound, ie lute mics facing the lute and 180 degrees away from the voice. Of course in a reverberant space like Wilburland, which I made even more live by rolling up the rugs, there is both lute and voice reverberating in the room and a bit of this leaked into each mic helping to blend the 2 sounds on the recording. I initially had a tad more of Donna’s voice in the lute mics than I wanted so I created a non reflecting wall behind Ron to stop her voice from bouncing off the wall behind and into the lute mic. Perfect!

For the lute I chose 2 old Neumann KM86 mics in a stereo configuration about 5 feet away from the instrument, and I miked Donna with a Klaus Heyne modified Neumann U87 about 18″ away and slightly above her. All the mics went through Pendulum Audio MDP-1 tube mic preamps which I chose for their balance of articulation and richness. All this went into a ProTools HD rig running at 96k. The resultant recording was just what we hoped for. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

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Author: Will_R
• Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Hi all,

Mike asked me to contribute to his blog here so here we go!

First off, in case y’all don’t know me, I’m Will Russell and I own a cool studio called Electric Wilburland. I’ve had Wilburland for almost 20 years now and the list of clients I’ve had reads like a who’s who of Ithaca Music. Some of the folks who you might have heard of here in these acoustic circles are:

The HorseFlies

Donna The Buffalo

The Hix

Mac Benford and The Woodshed Allstars

Martin Simpson

Hank Roberts

The Burns Sisters

Jennie Stearns


Kitchen Chair

Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand


oh jeez, why am I even trying to name them all? Go here to see a somewhat complete list:

Recently I recorded the basic tracks for “Until The Ocean” for The HorseFlies, recorded and mixed “Able Baker Charlie and Dog” for Joe Crookston.  I’m currently working with Pamela Goddard on her second CD which has also included Glass Of Water and Kitchen Chair! I also recorded and mixed the most recent Sim Redmond Band CD “Room In These Skies”

I’ve been recording a lot of acoustic music over the years and my studio is in a wonderful old church by the covered bridge in Newfield. If you want a really great recording you should call 607-564-1832 or email I can work with all kinds of budgets and you will love the result!

That’s all for now. I’ll be back from time to time with recording session notes and stuff so stay tuned!

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• Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

“Thursday night I went to the Rochester Armory to mix a favorite band of mine Big Leg Emma. I’ve been mixing these Jamestown roots rockers off and on now for several years and I had the pleasure of recording and producing a wonderful CD for them called The Color Of Wind several years back. They opened to another band of old friends Rusted Root who I worked with for several years in the mid 90s. It was really sweet to see Patrick, Michael and Liz after many years and of course Big Leg Emma rocked the house with their usual positive driving style.” MORE

From the Electric Wilburland Studio BLOG in Ithaca NY

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• Saturday, September 27th, 2008

One of the “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks” challenges was to learn to embed videos in our blogs. The truth of the matter is, I had an easier time figuring out the mechanics of that process than I did coming up with a reason for embedding a video in my blog. I finally decided that the best I could do was use this as an opportunity to explore regional variations and stylistic interpretations on fiddle tunes, and I randomly selected the Celtic tune Red-Haired Boy.


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• Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Here is a nice one published by Steve Burke lot’s of news about Ithaca old time music. Richie Stearns, Long John and the Tights, Evil City and other local talent …


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• Thursday, September 25th, 2008

NEW MUSIC BLOG and RSS feed for MIKES MUSIC — I have had requests for an RSS feed and this seems like the easiest way to handle it. Guest authors and FEEDBACK welcome and needed!

What is RSS? From Wikipedia - “RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video – in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”,[3] or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content quickly and automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an “RSS reader”, “feed reader”, or “aggregator“, which can be web-based or desktop-based. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed’s link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds.” [ source ]

How do I subscribe to an RSS feed? You can use your web browser; just click the little orange icon that shows up in the browser’s address window when you are on a page that has RSS. More about RSS readers [ here ]


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