|| Ross Hogarth “Delivering that Analog Sound in a Digital World” ||

May 31, 2009

I’ve seen Ross Hogarth at work many times and he is not only smart, he’s got a lot of heart.  He creates a roomful of comfort, with special considerations for each of the musicians.  It’s a pleasure you can feel in the music he’s recorded with artists such as REM, Ziggy Marley, Keb Mo, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, and Motley Crüe.

Ross Hogarth in his Boogie Motel

Ross Hogarth in his BoogieMotel. Photo by Mr. Bonzai

Hogarth continues to work at the finest studios around, but as a result of the massive changes in our recording industry, he has created a personal workspace in his LA rancho which he calls BoogieMotel.  He has a wealth of vintage outboard gear, mic-pre’s and microphones, plus a powerful computer supplied with an impressive arsenal of plug-ins.  He selects the gear depending on the project.
Hogarth is a master of old school analog recording and he has utilized that knowledge in creating digital product that has an uncanny analog touch.  Let’s talk recording with him and delve into the technology and philosophy.

BONZAI: What is your philosophy of mixing?
HOGARTH: I have always believed in the song and the muse. My philosophy of mixing is found in the same place of certainty as in recording, but even more so. Honor the song. The mix is the last stop before mastering. I have complete control by then on the direction of the song. Sonically the picture I paint has to be aligned with the intention of the song. This is where I can’t let any technology or misuse or abuse of it get in the way.

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