Mark Needham - Gear PR
pureMix: We asked ten pureMix mentors "What is the oldest piece of gear in your studio and what's the history behind it?"
Mark Needham: It is an early Fairchild mobile studio, one mic pre with a tone control and an output to a cutting lathe to record direct to disc. I still use it sometimes but try to save the tubes. I think I first used it on either Cake or Marc Eitzel. Pretty cool!!!
pureMix: We asked eight A-list engineers "What was the first "pro" piece of gear you bought and how did it change your life?"
Mark Needham: My first piece of pro gear is hard to nail down, but I believe it was my 24 track machine. We bought an old 2” video deck and made it into a 24 track analog machine. It was a lot of work but I recorded a lot of albums on it. My VERY first piece of recording gear was a four channel Altec mixer, A U87 and a Sony 2 track that I used to record a bunch of bluegrass records.
Mark's interview at the AES 2016 Soundtoys booth talking about products and projects.
Slate went to Red Oak Studios recently to talk to top mixer Mark Needham, and to see his awesome new custom dual RAVEN MTX console. Come see the man behind the sound of Imagine Dragons, Chris Isaak and The Killers explain why he has relied on RAVEN since the day it was released, and check out his killer studio setup.
Mark Needham is a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum mix engineer who has a track record for not only mixing hit records but also working early in the careers of artist such as Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, and Imagine Dragons. See how he uses his custom presets and a creative workflow to quickly set up an effortless mix of a massive session with layer upon layer of production. "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons is certified 3x RIAA platinum and was the band's first Billboard Top 40 single.
Engineer and producer Mark Needham recently got his hands on Manley Reference mics, using them on a project with Newsboys at his L.A. studio, The Ballroom
Solutions - Mark Needham: A mixer, like his new Slate Pro Audio Raven MTX console, covers all the bases PDF
Mark Needham figured out a long time ago that it's not just about the gear. Needham has been working as an engineer, mixer, educator, producer and studio owner for the better part of the last four decades.
Toontrack Artist: Mark Needham, Producer
What is your relation to electronic drums? I build tracks with a combination of several different drum and percussion sources.
Is there anything you would like to pass on to the Toontrack.com visitors? I love the sound and feel of this program. I have several and it is my go to drum program now.
Mark Needham knows how to make mixes that get noticed. Working out of his analog-minded Los Angeles headquarters known as The Ballroom Studios, his distinctly musical touch is in high demand as he finishes off mixing new albums for Chris Isaak and Island recording artists The 88.
Over the course of two decades as an engineer and mixer, Mark Needham has worked with a wide variety of acts, including rockers such as Chris Isaak (eight albums), Bruce Hornsby, Cake and the Red House Painters, blues legend Charles Brown, and jazz greats Pharoah Sanders, Nat Adderley and Cedar Walton. For more go to the Talkback section of the newsletter.
SPL GEAR: Mark Needham - Recording engineer, mixer, producer
Mark's most recent project is the new Fleetwood Mac double album (scheduled for release in 2003). His music credits include Elton John, Cake, Simon Says, Red House Painters and virtually every Chris Isaak project to date.
MARK NEEDHAM FINDS ONE GML IS NOT ENOUGH
Los Angles, California: Mark Needham, a recording engineer, mixer and producer with nearly 30 years experience in the studio, never goes anywhere without his GML 8200 parametric equalizers.
MARK NEEDHAM TAPS TRANSAMERICA AUDIO GROUP FOR GEAR
Getting the mix together for Fleetwood Mac's new recording are (left to right): Brad Lunde, president, Transamerica Audio Group; Mark Needham, independent engineer and mixer; and Les Camacho, in-house engineer, Cornerstone Studios, Chatsworth, California.