It's been a few weeks since the last posting, so we wanted to let folks know that progress continues in earnest on the new SHOES record (as-yet untitled)! While final overdubs are being completed on the last 2 songs, the other 13 songs received basic mixdown. With digital recording (as opposed to tape-based recording) these basic mixes can be returned to, after being reviewed and tweaked, without having to start from scratch. This makes life alot easier and final mixes can be altered at anytime, without sacrificing previous tone or volume settings. If John wants more cowbell on a song, the mix can be retrieved and the cowbell can be turned up, without hours of advance set-up. No fuss, no muss. But, to get the best of both worlds (analog and digital) the mixing is being done through a process called "stemming" where the digital tracks are sub-grouped and fed through outboard analog gear, to capitalize on the "warmth" that comes from using analog gear. It's a bit more work to set-up, but Shoes has never skimped on working to get things to sound the best they can. You gotta love technology!