In an Instagram video from The Raconteurs posted Friday, Jack White shows off a unique mixing method to help out with the mastering of the band’s as-of-yet-unreleased new album, previewing a snippet of forthcoming single “Shine The Light On Me.”
The single is sure to appear on their first new album in 10 years, due out sometime in 2019, which has been largely kept under wraps until now.
“So this is one of the recording techniques I love to use,” White says in the video, pulling out an FM transmitter gifted to him by Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence. White proceeds to explain how he programs the transmitter to blast the in-progress master mix to an unused FM station so that he can then go listen to the mix over his car radio while giving the engineer notes over a walkie talkie.
The video cuts to show White and Lawrence sitting windows down in White’s Tesla, with Brendan Benson chilling out in the back. A snippet of “Shine The Light On Me” can be heard as the trio give mastering notes over walkie talkie.
Jack White shows us a technique he developed for doing master mixes. The Raconteurs are mixing their new album with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound. One of their new songs “Shine The Light On Me” is broadcast with an FM transmitter from inside the studio. Outside in the car park, the band listens to the broadcast on an unused FM frequency. ( the broadcaster only sends a small powered signal about a distance of a hundred feet or so ) The band uses a walkie talkie to give notes on the mix to the engineer ( Vance ) back in the control room. This way the artist can mix in real time, and hear exactly what the song sounds like on the radio as well, this time through the amazing sound system of a Tesla Model S. This speeds up the process of mixing greatly and reduces the amount of remixes that occur after artists feel they’ve “got it” in the studio, only to listen in the car on the ride home realizing that the kick drum is too loud! . . . #brendanbenson #jacklawrence #jackwhite #patrickkeeler #theraconteurs #newalbum #mixing @vancalot
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