After a 17-year hiatus, Faith No More is nearing completion of a new album, slated for release in 2015, with bassist and songwriter Billy Gould also producing the album, utilizing his Solid State Logic (SSL) Matrix to streamline the recording process.
For this new album, the band members wanted the creative freedom of working in their own private rehearsal space, Estudios Koolarrow. “Matrix was a great way to get a lot of recording done within the small footprint needed to fit this space,” says Gould.
The Matrix is Gould’s personal console, which he’s been using for other production projects, some of which can be found at the Koolarrow Records web site.
“Previously, I had been working in the box and having a real master control section and analog channels have been a major step forward,” he notes. “The last album we (FNM) recorded, in 1997 (“Album of the Year”), was done in a full-service studio, on two-inch analogue tape, although we did utilize an early Pro Tools system at the time, which was a first for us.
“Back then the state of the business was totally different; as a musician, recording was a process that was usually overseen by producers and engineers in commercial facilities. Something like the Matrix allows us to be creative in our choice of recording environment. It sounds good and is manageable enough for an easy install and to get up and running.”
“The Matrix has been a great box for tracking,” Gould concludes. “Simply doing things like setting up monitor levels happens very quickly. It’s great having real input channels, being able to use our own selection of outboard mic pre’s, blending mic channels using real faders and setting record channels with the touch of a button. Everything is done within the same console. I like this thing!”