Chart topping US alternative rockers The Killers resolved transatlantic recordings issues with the aid of Apple Logic Studio, with the band recording in Las Vegas while their producer work on tracks in London.
With The Killers, Brandon Flowers, vocals and keyboards; Dave Keuning on guitar; Mark Stoermer on bass; and Ronnie Vannucci on drums, in Las Vegas and producer Stuart Price in London the latest album ‘Day & Age’ had to be put together from afar.
Using a remote Logic-based songwriting workflow, band members recorded their ideas in Logic then shared them via email and Apple iDisk with each other and Price, who, a continent away, added drum loops, keyboard lines, and other effects to the songs before sending them back to Vegas.
The Apple Logic Studio Website offers an in-depth two page report outlining the recording process which was further hampered by The Killers manic travel schedule.
“Every time I’d speak to them, they’d either be in Panama or Hawaii or South America,” says Price who had previously worked on Killers remixes.
Apple Logic was common platform
Logic became the logical choice says Price to solve any logistical issues. “There’s a mixture of people in the band, some really technically minded, others really musically minded. So what we needed was a common platform that was as easy to use as it was capable. For the past seven years I’ve been a Logic user, so I just said, ‘Let’s use Logic.’”
Work proved spontaneous with files being sent back and forth which Price describes as being close to being in the same room.
After six weeks they’d recorded 19 of the 40 song ideas and selected 10 as featured songs for the album, as well as some B-side single tracks.
The band spent another three weeks in London putting finishing touches on the album, which Price produced completely in Logic. “Logic was definitely the production tool that was used on every single song on the album from the beginning to the end,” he says.
The album ‘Day & Age’ was released in the UK last month, and entered the Top 40 charts at number one last Sunday. The single ‘Human’ is currently number 4 in the Top 40 charts.