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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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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 lent bios please 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 Africahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spaceships-over-africa/1305228256

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. Rakalam made the phone call, and they went along with it. We asked Dave Liebman if he was interested, and of course, 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!

Photo By Kritavi Jim Warshauer © 2011

Tools

Computer: 
Mac Pro - Intel X5690 Hexacore - 3.46GHz - 32 GIG's of RAM
ADK 1Q AR Laptop - Intel Core i7 Quad - 2.8 Ghz - 8 GIGs of RAM
MacBook Pro - Intel Core i7 Quad - 2.3 Ghz - 4 GIGs of RAM
5 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)
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)
Shure KSM 32

SDC microphones:
Audio Technica 4051a (x2 matched)
Earthworks CMK4 Kit (DM20 x4 matched)
Line Audio CM3 (×4 matched)
Shure Beta 181/C (x2)

Ribbon microphones:
Shure KSM 353/ED
Shure KSM 313

Dynamic microphones:
Audix I5 (x4)
Audix D6
Electro-Voice RE20
Sennheiser MD 441-U (1985)
Sennheiser MD 441-U (x2 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 El Rey
Acustica Lime
Acustica Viridian

Softube Console 1 MkII (with SSL XL 9000 K, British Class A and American Class A)
Sound Toys Little Plate
Waves Abbey Road Plates
Waves H-Reverb
Waves NLS
Kontakt 5 (with tons of libraries)
Toontrack SD2 (with tons of libraries)

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."