Members of WAR came by TRI for the day. Our good friend Pancho who also plays for PHILM got the group to stop by and create some new songs on the spot. It was a great experience to record them and hear similar sounds of WAR. Watch a clip of one of the tunes! On drums I used a C24 on overheads. A D112 and C12 for Kick. M81 and 441 on Snare and M81 and 421 for Toms. Shure and Royer for guitars and 414 for Bass. Mike Mcginn mixed the web streams so enjoy!

Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real live at TRI Studios

Another great TRI show for Yahoo! Lukas Nelson performed his new record along with his band “The Promise of the Real”.

Check out the show Engineered by myself and Brad Dollar on Yahoo.com music page.

The National with Bob Weir

Possibly our best show to date. The very talented band “The National” and Bob Weir rehearsed for two days prior to the show to learn each others material. Both video and audio teams worked very hard to bring a solid production to the audience of Yahoo.com. Over 2.5 million views and counting have seen the performance. Myself and Brad Dollar engineered the show. Being this was a larger set-up we used more dynamic vocals microphones and stayed away from large caps to prevent excessive bleed. Bob will in almost every scenario be using a Telefunken C12 for vocals. We love this on his vocals and being a studio environment we can get away with it. 409 and royer 121 on Weir’s guitar. Tele 251 on piano. Tele 260 on overheads on drums. Most traditional choices on rest of instrumentation. Shure and senheiser for drums and guitar amps. The broadcast was mixed from Ratdogs very own Mike Mcginn. Mixed with our API vision console, 2500 and Aurora lynx converter before reaching the viewers. A outstanding mix and performance from the staff at TRI.





What is Popworks?

All Engineering and Mixing done at Laughing Tiger Studios

Comprised of myself and Eleven30.  Production, Engineering, Mixing and Mastering at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA.


New album by “Canibus” to be released soon with tracks by “TheAre” and “Premier”.

New Album by “Moe Green” – “Rocky Maivia” (3tracks)


Distant Relatives:

“Celebrate” featuring TheGrouch and Eligh –  produced by Rick V. & Eleven30 Celebrate Feat. Grouch & Eligh (Snippet) by rolemodelrick

DilemMachine presents “Designer Jeans”

DilemMachine (pronounced dih-le-muh-sheen) is the collaborative effort of northern California natives Jason Hornig and Nick Monaco. The duo stem from two broadly different musical schools.

Hornig is the man behind the progressive rock/electronica band Facing:Binary. Monaco, only 19 years old, began his career as a scratch DJ and avid-party rocker.

The two producers shared a common vision and eventually joined forces to create their own brand of dance music.

DilemMachine quickly caught the attention of San Francisco house label, Vibrance Recordings. The Designer Jeans/ Stand Up ep  is available now on Beatport.
Designer Jeans by rolemodelrick

The Contribution presents “Which Way World”

New Album "Which Way World"Which Way World – the new release recorded by supergroup collective The Contribution – is the kind of debut album that only seasoned musicians can produce. Featuring the stellar contributions of Tim Carbone – violin, vocals (Railroad Earth), Jeff Miller – guitar, mandolin, vocals (New Monsoon), Phil Ferlino – keyboards (New Monsoon), Keith Moseley – bassist (The String Cheese Incident) and Jason Hann – percussion (The String Cheese Incident), the Americana-tinged music on Which Way World is full and free-wheeling, offering exceptional chops that never overshadow the stand-out songwriting.