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from concept to conclusion

 

ABOUT US

Native Pulse is a two-person music production company designed to help artists see their creative vision from concept to conclusion. Our in-house recording studio has hosted many artists from around the world as well as the Boston area. Located in Quincy, we're walking distance from Quincy Center. 

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The Creative Side


Ra Kalam Bob Moses / Composer, producer, musician

Globally renowned drummer and composer Ra Kalam Bob Moses has over 30 years experience writing, arranging and producing albums for artists of all genres. Live and in the studio, Ra Kalam has performed both as a leader and as a side man with some of the worlds most respected musicians. If you are in need creative direction, musical accompaniment or anything in between, Ra Kalam is your man.

David J. Sullivan

The Technical Side


David J. Sullivan / Audio engineer

David J. Sullivan has been recording music for more than 15 years, and has become Ra Kalam Bob Moses' chief audio, mixing, editing and programing engineer. He specializes in both studio and location recording with experience in jazz, reggae, hip hop, electronic, metal, world music and more. If you are in need of an exceptional sounding record, don't hesitate to contact him.

Location

The Quincy space, located at 11 Carruth Street in Quincy, MA, is a 15 minute walk from the Red Line and a 20 minute drive south of Boston. Here, we can facilitate small ensembles, singer/songwriters, lyricists, voiceover artists and anyone wishing to work with Ra Kalam Bob Moses. This studio houses Ra-Kalam's infamous drum set which never leaves the premises. Check it out here.

 

Clients &
Visiting Luminaries

The backbone of our studio is our clients. They keep Native Pulse alive.

During sessions our clients have been gracious enough to let me take photographs. Here are a few recent ones that I have taken, please check back often for updates.

With love and gratitude.... 



 
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peter j. adamson

The prolific pans maestro PJ Adamson came by Native Pulse to do some overdubs on the Groove Record. It was an honor to have him here! Him and Ra Kalam go way back to the Mozamba days.

www.facebook.com/musiconsteelpan


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dAVE lIEBMAN

The legendary Dave Liebman came by the house last week to record some horn for the Edgar Bateman date. We are very excited about this!

www.davidliebman.com

Highlights:

AWARDS

  • 2018Juno nomination (Canada) for Best Jazz Album: Live at U of T with Mike Murley

  • 2016: Education Update Distinguished Leader in Education

  • 2015: Jazz Ed Magazine Reader’s Poll Winner- Soprano Saxophone

  • 2013: Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz

  • 2011: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Masters of Jazz

  • 2011: First place Soprano Sax category Jazz Times and Downbeat Critics’s Poll

  • 2011: DL Group – Best Live Performance All About Jazz and NY Jazz

  • 2010: Jazz Man of the Year – All About Jazz, New York City

  • 2010: Best Record of The Year-German Jazz Critics for Turnaround – Liebman Group Plays the Music of Ornette Coleman

  • 2009: Order of Arts and Letters from the French government

  • 2007: Jazz Journalist’s Award for Best Soprano Sax

  • 2005: Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grant to individual artists

  • 2004: Grammy nomination for performance of Jim McNeely’s arrangement of “Sing, Sing, Sing”, from Beyond The Line– Dave Liebman Big Band (Omnitone)

  • 2001: Fred Waring Award from Celebration of the Arts, which organizes a yearly festival in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania where Liebman resides for outstanding contributions to the arts and community

  • 2000: Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Jazz Educators for contributions to jazz pedagogy

  • 1998: Grammy nomination in the category of Best Jazz Solo for the recording of “My Favorite Things” from Thank You, John (Arkadia Records)

  • 1997: Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland; the first ever given to a jazz artist

  • 1991: National Endowment of the Arts grant for performance

  • 1988: Record of the Year from the French Jazz Academy for Homage to Coltrane (Owl Records)

  • 1981: National Endowment of the Arts grant for composition


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ALLAN CHASE

Allan Chase came by the studio in 2016 to do a duo record with Ra Kalam. What has since become known as Shamanic Soliloquies! An outstanding, creative, forward reaching album. Very fun to work on, and more fun to listen to. Definitely check it out!

Chair of the Ear Training department at Berklee since 2008, saxophonist and composer Allan Chase has appeared as a soloist on over 40 jazz, pop, and classical recordings, in addition to several movie scores. Chase has taught a wide range of college courses in ear training, transcription and analysis, harmony, counterpoint, music theory, and music history, as well as ensembles and private lessons. He began his teaching career at Berklee in 1981, and has also taught at Tufts University and New England Conservatory, where he served as chair of jazz studies and dean of the faculty. From 1992 to 2000, he performed and recorded with John Coltrane's former drummer Rashied Ali, and he has been a member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet since 1981. 

  • CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Leader of the Allan Chase Trio and the Allan Chase Quartet

    • Member of the Bruno Råberg Nonet, Bob Nieske’s Big Wolf Band, the Steve Lantner Quartet, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, and the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra

    • Jazz performances with Lewis Nash, D. Sharpe, Matt Wilson, Andrew Cyrille, Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, Cecil McBee, William Parker, Donald Brown, Bruce Barth, Uri Caine, Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, Bill Mays, Georg Graewe, Prince Shell, Mick Goodrick, Leroy Jenkins, Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, and John Zorn

    • Chamber music performances and recordings with Marimolin, Composers in Red Sneakers, Princeton Composers Ensemble, and John Zorn

    • Recordings as a leader include Allan Chase TrioDark Clouds with Silver Linings, and Phoenix

    • Soloist on 35 jazz recordings with artists including Rashied Ali, Joe Morris, Gunther Schuller, John McNeil, John Zorn, Dominique Eade, Phillip Johnston, Bruno Råberg, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, Walter Thompson Orchestra, Steve Lantner, Ralph Rosen, Joe Mulholland, Victor Mendoza, and Chuck Marohnic

    • Soloist on pop and rock recordings with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Men and Volts, the AlphaBettys, and Michael Callen

    • Soloist on feature film scores for Faithful, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Music of Chance, and other recordings for film and television

    • Studies at the Creative Music Studio


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ASTRAL PLANE CRASH

The prolific guitarist and composer Henry Kaiser approached Ra Kalam about doing a recording here with his group Plane Crash. He brought in Vinny Golia on horns, Damon Smith on bass and Weasel Walter on drums for a quintet with Ra Kalam also on drums. The results are an astounding, dynamic full-length recording with a 12-page booklet of paintings by legendary artist Jordan Belson, titled Astral Plane Crash!

This is really an all star group. For full bio’s, see links! 

Henry Kaiser

Vinny Golia

Damon Smith

Weasel Walter


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David Eure

David Eure currently teaches jazz violin at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. Eure bridges the classical and jazz divide, and following his work with jazz pianist Yasko Kubota, Eure continues to explore African and Latin American cultural roots.

Eure has performed concerts with Yusef Lateef, Wayne Newton, Yasko Kubota, Aaron Goldberg, Burt Teague, Jimi Bell, Richard Doron Johnson, Avi Rothbard, Carlos del Pino, Jorge Najarro, Osmany Paredes, Gary Valente, Cecil McBee, George Russell Jr., Kim Trusty, Frank Wilkins, Joan Watson-Jones, and Christine Correa. He did a solo performance for President Bill Clinton. His performance history also includes masterclasses with Harry Connick Jr., performances at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Contemporary composers (as a member of the New Bohemian String Quartet), the New England Fiddle Contest and the Hartland Folk Festival. He has performed with Rick Danko, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, and has opened for Kirk Whalum and Alex Bugnon. He continues to perform and record locally.


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Jerry Bergonzi

Tenor saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi, is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. Relentless drive, inner fire, total command, awesome technique, elastic lyricism, rich resonance, world-class, a musical visionary, are among the rave reviews credited to his sound. Bergonzi's music has been applauded throughout the world at festivals, concert halls, and jazz venues and his dedication to jazz music has been well documented by an extensive discography of over 150 sides.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bergonzi became interested in music early on.... During 1972 and 1978 Bergonzi lived in New York City and experienced what he considers his real college education. There, where he had a third floor loft and friend and bass player, Rick Kilburn, lived on the first floor, was the scene of many sessions. "Often, there was one drummer, one bass player, and five saxophone players!" Bergonzi remembers. "Sometimes I was the drummer, each guy would tell a friend, everyone was hungry to play and it was great experience." Joe Lovano, Steve Slagle, Billy Drewes, Paul Moen, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, John Scofield. Mike Brecker, Bob Berg, Tom Harrell, Steve Grossman, and Victor Lewis were a few of the many players who came to play.


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Bukky Leo

Pioneering Afro-Beat and Acid-Jazz legend Bukky Leo was in town from London, England to purchase a saxophone from our good friend, musician, and horn dealer Jim Warshauer. What better way to try out the new instrument than to make a record at Native Pulse? We invited Jim and trumpeter Vivek Patel to the party and captured a three-day marathon which has just been released  as Spaceships over Africa!

We're very excited! 


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DAVE LIEBMAN

I came up with the idea to Record at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. The sound in that building is simply exquisite. Ra kalam made the phone call, and they went along with it. We asked Dave Liebman if he was interested, and he said “Yes”! 

What we got was a fantastic recording in a fantastic room. Thank you to Dave Liebman and the staff at NEC for letting us use their space! Music from a Parallel Dimension.

Photo By Kritavi Jim Warshauer © 2011


Tools

Computer: 
Slick Audio T4100 - Intel i9 9900x 9th Gen 10-Core - 4.4GHz - 64 GIG's of RAM
Mac Pro - Intel X5690 Hexacore - 3.46GHz - 32 GIG's of RAM
MacBook Pro - Intel Core i7 Quad - 2.3 Ghz - 4 GIGs of RAM
20 Terabytes of drive space

Converters & preamps (34 channels of portable i/o): 
API A2D (2 channels with A/D conversion)
Heritage Audio DTT73 (2 channels)
Metric Halo ULN-8 with 3d Cards (x3 - 24 channels with A/D-D/A conversion and ADAT + S/Pdif-AES32 bus cards)
Midas XL48 (8 channels with A/D conversion)
Yamaha MR816 with Black Lion Audio Premium Mod (8 channels with A/D-D/A conversion)

Clock:
Antelope Isochrone OCX (master clock generator)

LDC microphones:
Audio Technica 4047
M-Audio Sputnik
Microtech Gefell MT71S (x2 matched)
Microtech Gefell UM70S (x2 matched)

SDC microphones:
Audio Technica 4051a (x2 matched)
Earthworks CMK4 Kit (DM20 x4 matched)
DPA 4099 (with bass and sax attachments)
Line Audio CM3 (×8 matched)
Shure Beta 181/C (x2)

Ribbon microphones:
Shure KSM 353/ED
Shure KSM 313 (x3)

Dynamic microphones:
Audix I5 (x4)
Audix D6
Electro-Voice RE20
Sennheiser MD 441-U (1985)
Sennheiser MD 441-U (x4 2018)
Shure SM57 (x2)
Shure KSM 8 (x2)

Shockmounts:
Rycote USM (x4)
Rycote 7HG MKIII (x4)
Rycote INV6 (x4)

Live monitoring:
Furman HDS-6 (6-channel headphone distribution amplifier)
Furman HR-6 (personal mixer x4)
Mackie 402 (personal mixer x2)
AKG K240 (phones)
Shure SRH1440 (phones)
Yamaha RH2C (phones)
M Audio bx4 (studio talkback speaker x2)

Mixing monitors: 
Barefoot MM-27 (3-way nearfield, main, and mastering monitor)
Grado GS1000 (reference headphones)
Faocal Listen Professional (mixing headphones)
Waves NX Virtual Mix Room (headphone mixing software with NX Head Tracker hardware)

Multitrack recording, mixing, midi sequencing and sample editing: 
Cubase 6
Samplitude 10 Pro
Reaper 5

Software:
Acustica Audio Big Ciel
Acustica Audio Ciel
Acustica Audio Cream2
Acustica Audio Cola
Acustica Audio Coral
Acustica Audio Ebony
Acustica Audio El Rey
Acustica Audio Lemon
Acustica Audio Lime
Acustica Audio Navy2
Acustica Audio Tan
Acustica Audio Ultramarine4

Acustica Audio Viridian2
LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven
Softube Console 1 MkII
(with SSL XL 9000 K, British Class A and American Class A)
Softube American Class A (Stand alone channel strip)
Sound Toys Little Plate
Waves Abbey Road Plates
Waves H-Reverb
Waves NLS
Waves Nx
(with two headtrackers)

Samplers: 
Kontakt 4 (with a large and diverse sample library that is growing every day) 
Toon Track SD2 (with DFHTwisted Kit, and Latin Percussion, expansion packs)

Mixing room:
Our mixing facility has been treated exclusively with RealTraps® high-performance acoustic treatment for maximum room frequency balance and accurate monitoring

Music Room

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We have a wide variety of drum and percussion instruments, including Remo djembes, ocean drums, spring drums, concert bass drums, cuikas, cluster drums, snare drums, tom toms, Zildjian gongs and cymbals, rain sticks, crazy mallets, etc.

We have an asortent of string instruments including a stand up bass and our in-house piano. We also have access, through Bob Moses’ life work, to the finest musicians of any instrument in any style.

Mixing room

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Our mixing facility has been treated exclusively with realtraps® high-performance acoustic treatment for maximum room frequency balance and accurate monitoring.

We utilize Barefoot MM-27 nearfield, main and mastering monitors for all of our mixing and critical listening work. Here is a little information from their web site: www.barefootsound.com

"The MicroMain27 is a groundbreaking new monitor that is in a class all its own. It is quickly becoming the premier choice for top mixing and mastering engineers. The speaker is designed to address the demands of modern recording. It breaks down the barriers between nearfield, mastering and main monitors. No need to have multiple pairs of speakers crowding your studio; no need to guess what the mastering engineer is going to hear. The MM27 is compact and powerful, truly a "nearfield on steroids™." While exceptionally neutral and designed for critical listening, the MM27 is still very capable of rocking the house. It transforms the definition of a main monitor -- a Micro Main™ monitor. The only monitor you may ever need."