project info: (Electronic, Progressive House, Dance)
During DMH’s stay in Berlin (Summer 2013), he had the great fortune to work at one of his favorite facilities in Berlin: NHOW Hotel – Berlin. With his laptop and Ableton Live set of the recently Grammy-nominated project “Chamberland”, he set out to perform the 8 songs in a “live” setting, within a studio in the clouds that overlooks the River Spree, Berlin’s Music Row, Oberbaumbrucke and the East Wall Gallery.
IN THE STUDIO:
For those that know DMH, the technical process is often a really fun part of the journey … and chamberland: the berlin remixes is rather unique in this respect. Here are the steps that were/will be involved:
1. Performed live in Berlin, using Ableton Live.
2. The performance was actually “captured” into the program and then exported into Nuendo (my DAW of choice) for minor editing and remixing.
3. The tracks were remixed in Nuendo and exported to stereo tracks.
4. The final mastering was performed in Nuendo.
5. The stereo tracks were transferred to 1/2″, 1/2 track analog tape at 15ips (through a real beauty of an Ampex ATR 102).
6. The tracks were then transferred back to digital, where they will be transferred to vinyl.
On his return to the US, he exported the session tracks from Ableton Live into Steinberg’s Nuendo for mixdown (with the effects being removed and added back into the session during mixdown). One of the effects that I’ve been having fun with is the Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios acoustic space plug-in for the UAD2 … it adds such a degree of “big space” to an electronic mix, that’s it’s just too fun to pass up (even though some of the tracks in the session were actually recorded in a very large acoustic space themselves).
I’ve listened to all Berlin tracks. they are much more alive, more pulse, more straight forward and still very sensitive. the last track gave me a feeling of going shopping in my favourite ALDI in Berlin, others gave me the feeling of U-Bahn. I like the Berlin Tracks the best … Der Uli, Berlin, 2013
I purchased Chamberland and Parallax Eden because your selection of timbres on top of the compositions are really interesting and right up my alley in terms of production … Michael O
The David Miles Huber Chamberland DTS CD is incredible. Amazing, very ‘aggressive’ surround mix and very clean with very precise surround imaging and very lifelike, natural instrumental timbre. Truly a reference quality surround recording that you can use to impress your friends.
It’s got a lot of synth together with acoustic instruments, but it’s very much a studio-only album and could not be done live (actually, I perform it live regularly – DMH) , and the studio effects are startling and fun (at least to me). There’s a lot going on in the mix so you can listen many times and still not catch everything. Huber has written textbooks on recording studio technology, so he is well known and respected in the industry, which is why he keeps getting nominated for surround sound grammies. And his surround DTS CDs really are tour-de-force demonstrations of just what is possible today in a state of the art recordng studio. The music may be an acquired taste (I like it; AllMusic.com classifies it as “New Age”, but it’s not sappy and sentimental at all; it reminds me of Brian Wilson’s “Let’s Go Away” on Pet Sounds), but the recording itself is undeniably tasty.