Defend the Fort
The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been proactive in reminding residents about the necessity of following safety protocols during this trying time – letting Hoosiers know that they should be wearing masks, limiting gatherings, and maintaining social distancing.
Sweetwater Studios recently helped this effort by recording a unique project for Fort Wayne’s “Defend the Fort” initiative. Three Fort Wayne acts – an acoustic duo named Rosalind and the Way, rapper J. Tubbs, and Casual Friday, a local band with three lead vocalists, were each asked to create a piece of music to be used in a video called, “All In”.
The project was unique because each of the three artists were essentially creating and performing only a part of the total work. The recording took place in a single day, in Sweetwater’s Studio A, with Bobby Dellarocco producing and Rachel Leonard engineering the three recording sessions.
In addition to the pressure of producing three vastly different styles of music with three very different setups in one day,– Bobby had to produce the project via Face time. Why? Because Sweetwater follows Covid protocols, including contact tracing and quarantining As each act finished their recordings, that Pro Tools session was zipped, then sent via Hightail to Bobby, who could begin working on it while Rachel, assisted by intern Jason Peets, set up for the next artist. This workflow allowed Bobby to start pre-mixing and working on the segues between each section, with key and tempo changes used to smooth the transitions – before completing his mixes upon his return to the studio. Once all of the audio was mixed, it was delivered to One Lucky Guitar, who handled all of the video tasks.
You can watch Defend the Fort: All IN at https://youtu.be/TNZDXAUKt54