Notable Productions, Inc

Valley Luthiery - Gary Long brings his awesome boutique guitar pedals and amps to Notable for a demo and workshop featuring Berklee Guitar Expert/players Mark Simos and Thaddeus Hogarth
Kevin Killen (one of the my favorite engineers and a lovely individual) and Daniel Cantor
I got to spend the day with Kevin! Interviewing him, learning from him and attending his NYU classes. Thank You Kevin :)
Avid video team sets up for their lovely piece about Aliya Cycon and her album production and Our recording at Notable.
Control shot back when the Tannoy dmt12 rained supreme. Now its dynaudios with custom crossovers to stereo jbl subs Or genelec 8060a
Neve 5316 Console from 1979. Before I got it, the board was in service doing ESPN/ABC Sports broadcasts from 79-93
Jesse Flack and Daniel Cantor from Jim's Big Ego during BOSE video shoot at WGBH. JBE songs used for Bose Promo material
Dan and Leanne Ungar - Amazing Audio engineer - Friend and Super Audio teacher
Daniel Cantor and Talib Kweli at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival. Wow... a brilliant performer and writer.
After recording his show that night we got to talking and I recorded his next show in Boston at the Middle East.
Berklee Students and Dan at 2018 AES Student Competition. We have finalists in 4 out of 5 categories!
Berklee Students and proud professor with a pack of AES Awards at the International Student Recording Competition
Daniel Cantor and Ben Herson discuss cheeses and Nomadic Wax mixes
A beautiful Berklee moment with two of my favorite engineers: Fellow MP&E Professor Mark Wessel and George Massenburg
George was teaching and Influencing my engineering long before I got to know him and have him visit my classes. He had me at Earth Wind and Fire, Flim and the B.B's and Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus"
Don Puluse, Daniel Cantor and Narada Michael Walden at the Boston AES Dinner
Between two giants of my industry.
Beyond the Borders choir session for Susan Cohen's beautiful lament for Syrian Refugees at Futura
Dan interviews Chili's Political Songwriter Nano Stern on the BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network). We had so much fun.
Nano is a Brilliant Rooted Performer. His music is infused with Chilean politics and the rich South American musical heritages. His guitar playing is rhythmic and melodic. He is a powerful and lovely story teller.
Poor Remy visits Notable and records "ghost"
Keurgui and Dan at The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival
Keurgui are one Senegal's most outspoken political hip-hop crews. With the onstage energy of a train, these guys slay me every time.
Steven Barnett session for "Silence Makes a Sound" video. Amazing director Travis Beauchamp on my left.
Daniel Cantor and Hired Gun at Trinity International's Hip-Hop festival
Dan ( in moses mode ) and Hired Gun
Hired Gun is amazing. Performer, Educator, Hip-Hop Evangelist, Activist and all around sweet man. Proud to have worked with him in so many ways.
Lena knows her Dad is happy to get the Sony/MCI JH24 working in the Notable Productions tape room. All LEDs working :)
Daniel Cantor
Mamie wants me to stay clean shaven like this :) So I did for her Birthday.
AES President John Krivit ( Friend, Educator, Audio Evangelist, Network Master and Runs "Hey Audio Student" and BADASS)
Anthony Grant, Lance Martin and Daniel Cantor. Best Musicians and Best Friends. We miss you lance.
Mohamed and Sarina from Native Sun are joined by a crack band of fun studio musicians to explore live afro beat arrangements and grooves for their songs
Jimmy Douglass "The Senator" and Dan at AES. Hoping to visit/interview him at his place in Florida when Covid is behind us.
Brilliant, funny and extremely musical engineer with a discography so deep it looks like a survey course on American music.
Valley Luthiery - Custom Amps and Pedals by Gary Long
You can try and buy his pedals at Notable call us for a demo
David Hill and Dan at AES after David generously donated plugins to the winners of the Student Recording Competition
David is the genius behind all the Crane song audio hardware and software. Also Avid Pro Tools "Heat". Thank You David!
Which Snare is the right one for this song?
BDS fundraiser. All Journey and Mark Simos plays my Strat. He can rock. :)
One of my favorite drummers in the World, Steve Jordan. So music.
Cornell West and Daniel Cantor
Best Session Ever. Cornell West speaking about the power of music on a Sly and the Family Stone record.
I Proudly stand with my Friends Poetic Pilgrimage during writing/ recording session and Aljazeera Bio Pic.
Daniel and Sean Host AES/ PTUG Intern workshop panel at Berklee Media Center
Some of the best Recording Studio's in Boston bring their managers to our workshop to give Interning advice to Students. Dan Cantor -, Jesse Vengrove - Record Company, John Weston - Futura, Jon Lukason - Q division, Benny Grotto - Mad Oak
Nomadic Massive works on new versions of their songs with Dan. A brilliant team of outspoken multi-lingual MC’s and Singers. I hope they come back for a longer stay, they are an amazing musical confederation.
Paul Shaffer (MD/Keyboardist for SNL, David Letterman, The World's Most Dangerous Band) and Daniel Cantor at Power Station NYC Berklee

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science  "Waiting Game" Gets nominated for 2021 Grammy

We were so proud to have contributed to Terri Lyne's amazing record.

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science nbspquotWaiting Gamequot Gets nominated for 2021 Grammy

"This is a Brilliant record for its amazing Jazz, Hip-hop, and its voice. There is nothing I like better than helping make records that speak truth to power and this one is a shining star on all accounts." Daniel Cantor

Here is what Downbeat said besides giving it 5 stars." *****

Terri Lyne Carrington never has shied away from discussions of social justice. And in addition to featuring voices like civil rights activist and author Angela Davis on several projects, Carrington initiated Berklee College of Music’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice in 2018. But hardly anything she’s done previously can prepare listeners for Waiting Game, a two-disc masterstroke on par with Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 hip-hop classic, To Pimp A ButterÙy, or better yet, Carrie Mae Weems’ 2016 multimedia production, Grace Notes: ReÙections for Now.

Waiting Game ( absorbs a lot of the Black Lives Matter movement’s simmering fury—as well as the #MeToo movement—and converts it into artistic fuel, as she also addresses homophobia and the genocide of Native Americans. Similar to Weems, Carrington excels at articulating piled-up, conÙicting emotions and the mental fatigue induced by the insistent bombardment of social ills. Her keen focus on songbased compositions during the album’s Ørst half helps shape thematic clarity, as does the scintillating rapport she’s struck with her band, Social Science.

A foreboding heaviness permeates the album’s Ørst disc, as if to convey an unending series of social injustices and the stress of being caught in that cycle. The somber “Trapped In The American Dream” sets the tone as Carrington’s martial beats, pianist Aaron Parks’ repetitive riff, and guitarist Matthew Stevens and vocalist Debo Ray’s howling chorus provide a dirge over which Kassa Overall raps about a canopy of horrors. Inside the interrelated obstacles discussed here is police brutality, particularly against people of color. Carrington, though, puts that into sharper focus during “Bells (Ring Loudly)” on which Ray sings from the perspective of a grieving mother after her child’s been killed by the police. The tempo quickens to a Crescent City bounce on the biting “Pray The Gay Away,” a mocking rebuke of gospel singer Kim Burrell’s 2016 homophobic rant. Underneath the Middle Eastern-Ùavored melody and Nicholas Payton’s lacerating trumpet solo, one hears the antidote—“pray the hate away.”

Carrington dedicates Waiting Game’s second disc to “Dreams And Desperate Measures,” a wondrous four-part orchestral suite that begins with a gossamer arrangement of haunting woodwinds, melancholy strings, a pensive guitar, piano and bass, all in dialogue. The extended improvisation gradually evolves into an undulating groove, propelled by Esperanza Spalding’s elastic bass ostinato.

DownBeat Reviews

After receiving a Doris Duke Artist Award, Carrington concludes another triumphant year by releasing an utterly ambitious project, a recording that could be the best jazz album of the year.

updated: 1 month ago

Omar Offendum at Notable and at Berklee College of Music

Syrian-American Rapper - A man of deep wisdom, humor and integrity. Listen to his poetry

Omar Offendum at Notable and at Berklee College of Music

In 2012 and 2015 Dan hosted Omar Offendum's visits to the Berklee campus for classes on Lyric Writing, Production for Songwriters, A class on Middle-East relations, and my production and recording classes. His visit sparked a number of students to think about their own Artist Identities as Songwriters and Performers. Omar and I took a break at a local persian restaurant and shared Baba Ganoush and Hummus with the Arabic Student Union. We worked on his music at Notable Productions and in the Berklee studios. He appeared at Cafe 939, and in the Steve Heck room for an intimate look at some of his writing and Poetry. I got to interview him for the BIRN and talk about his influences and life.

Omar is truly a great man and a unique artist. Check him out on this one take live "Crying Shame" during my Advanced Production for the Songwriter class. He is tearing it up and leaving no student and listener dry-eyed. Check out his improv at the end of this crazy good performance of his song where he lists the tragic Syrian refugee numbers... Years after, this still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention. It provoked my work on another Syrian Refugee song for relief. That's another story. We were all so lucky to have the cameraman from WGBH and PRI right there to capture the footage to take the class recording and sync it for broadcast. We later went to the WGBH/PRI Studios where my friend Marco Werman interviewed him for "The World". See picture

Syrian-American MC/Beatmaker - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC, and now a Californian resident.

updated: 3 months ago

Walid Zairi, Ken Hiatt & Fabio Pirozzolo release their album Talween and a new website! Recorded at Notable!

I could listen to these guys all day long.

Walid Zairi Ken Hiatt amp Fabio Pirozzolo release their album Talween and a new website Recorded at Notable

Walid Zairi, Ken Hiatt and Fabio Pirozzolo release their album Talween. With it came a beautiful new website!

Recorded at Notable Productions this past year. It was a very organic session. The Oud and Accordion were recorded in the same room with older microphones and stereo room mics to get there vibe and image. After espresso, the gentlemen sat down in front of on the right side an RCA77 in front -and C414eb in the back of the accordion. Facing him was Walid on Oud mic'ed with a KM84-Tabfunkenwerk47 and a stereo Royer for the room. No headphones and No overdubs except some percussion.

They were on fire.... lovely way to spend your Sunday morning.

Congrats Guys!

Walid's New Website

updated: 1 year ago

Notable Productions - the perfect place to record.

Here we are doing a mic shoot out for the Dingo Babies.

vocal recording image
The mic you choose is a conduit for your emotional performance.
It changes the sound and tone of your vocal. Choosing just the right one can make your music leap out of the speakers and seduce your listeners.
We pride ourselves on helping you find just the right microphone from our deep... deep mic closet. :)

updated: 3 months ago