well, if anyone has been following the slow and agonizing drama that is my band's excursion into the realm of self-released recordings, you may remember that we secured the services of neil kernon to mix our first cd. for those of you playing along at home, you'll find neil kernon under the "producers" heading for bands as diverse as queensryche (he mixed and produced rage for order), hall and oates (all their big, famous albums of the early 80's) and even one of cannibal corpse's more recent outings, among many others - RAM can chime in here any time, he got a chance to meet the man and hang briefly with us when we came up to chicago in july. well, things went pretty well, but not perfectly, mainly due to time constraints (we tried to do 2 weeks worth of work in 5 days), so it was an intense and draining experience that left me really shaken for a while (the mix didn't turn out the way i had forseen it should, and for a while i was pretty disappointed). anyway, the point of all this was that neil called me on monday and just shot the breeze for about twenty minutes. that was totally cool - just get a private call from someone with the kind of credentials and experience like neil's and just shoot the breeze for a while on his nickel. he's paid us some pretty high compliments in the past too - he's said to us that, while he mixes anybody who can afford him, he only is willing to produce about 5% of the acts that approach him for production. he told us that he liked us enough that he would produce us if we ever asked him to. that's pretty cool, imo. in fact, one of the purposes of his call was to fill us in on how his schedule was looking into the new year, since he knows we have another cd to mix, and he's expressed interest in doing it. all in all, he's a great guy who's taught me more just by watching him in 5 intense days about mixing than i learned the previous 8 years that i was trying to do it on my own. just thought i'd share that with you guys. btw, his website is www.auslander.net. check it out, he's a very cool guy. EDIT(JT): btw, he's mixed and produced some recordings done by our very own michael manring that were very cool.