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How I Got That Sound: Tom Syrowski

Incubus ‘In The Company Of Wolves’ By Joe Matera
Published January 2022

How I Got That Sound

LA‑based producer and mixing engineer Tom Syrowski began his career as engineer for producer Brendan O’Brien, and has worked with Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Bruce Springsteen and many other artists. Asked to recall his favourite sound, he identifies the vocal on Incubus’ 2011 track, ‘In The Company Of Wolves’.

“This is an epic two‑part song that explodes in the middle, but it’s the vocal sound on this track that I am most excited about. We recorded this album at Blackbird Studio A in Nashville, which has an amazing and highly customised Neve 8078, originally built for Motown Studios in Los Angeles and later owned by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. But one of the coolest things about Studio A is the unique airlock known as The Chamber, a small corridor that leads from the parking lot into the main tracking room where bands typically load in gear. When you stand in the space between these doors, about a 7x7 square, it creates an echo chamber. They went as far as building a motorised ceiling that allows you...

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