“There’s a sonic space you create that transcends the music and gives people an emotional reaction. That’s the job of the sound engineer.”
Pete Caigan’s in-studio recording engineer credits include Sarah McLachlan “Afterglow” (double platinum), Billboard Reggae number one album “Livin Free” by Roots of Creation, Bedouin Soundclash’s “Street Gospels” (gold), and Axelle Red’s “Un coeur comme le mien.” Live recordings include “Live at the Barn” by The Wood Brothers, “Glory Shine Around, a Christmas Collection” by Tony Trischka, and all the acts on the Pete Seeger Stage at the Newport Folk Festival for 2017 and 2018.
As mix engineer, his credits include mixing Simone Felice’s self-titled debut solo album, Tyburn Saints’ “For the Benefit of Strangers” and Ben Vita’s “Biology.” He has gone on the road mixing front-of-house for Rachael Yamagata, Marco Benevento, and Amy Helm. Caigan has been mixing The Museum Stage for The Newport Jazz festival since 2016 and The Newport Folk Festival since 2017. He was also the house engineer at Dreamland Recording Studio from 2008-2012. Dreamland is a large residential recording studio complex near Woodstock, NY.
Pete has also engineered live recordings for:
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Kate Pierson, The Felice Brothers, Joe Purdy, Madison Ward and the Mama Bear, Zuli, James Maddock, Scars on 45, Ben Miller Band, Baskery, Casey Neill, Christopher Paul Stelling, Kitty Amaral & Cosmic String Coalition, Kim and Reggie Harris, Noam Pikelny, Olivia Chaney, Lily and the Parlor Tricks, Charlie Mars, Bishop Allen, Sharon Van Etten, Mike Doughty, Tor Miller, Sean Rowe, Ken Stringfellow, Marco Benevento, and Amy Helm.
Pete has mixed live radio broadcasts for:
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Kate Pierson, The Felice Brothers, Madison Ward and the Mama Bear, Zuli, James Maddock, Scars on 45, Lily and the Parlor Tricks, Charlie Mars, Bishop Allen, Sharon Van Etten, Mike Doughty, Tor Miller, Sean Rowe, Ken Stringfellow, Marco Benevento, and Amy Helm.
The engineering started at age 30 when Caigan got intrigued with the intricacies of the craft and learned the basics of Pro-Tools to join Jerry Marotta’s production team at Jersville. “There was so much music going on around town, and the opportunity to not be traveling as much and to work locally enticed me. I had it in my head that I was going to work at Jerry’s studio and hang out with him when I wasn’t on a drumming gig.”
When Marotta’s main sound engineer quit right before a session with Sarah McLachlan, Caigan stepped up to the controls. McLachlan’s album was Afterglow, which sold 2,000,000 records—a stroke of luck that earned Caigan a multi-platinum credit.
In 2002, he opened his own residential studio, Flymax, in Woodstock, providing his own drum tracks and music production, studio and live recording services, recording equipment rental, recording studio design consultations, and live and studio sound mixing.
From 2008 to 2012, Caigan partnered with Marotta to reopen Dreamland, the frozen-in-time studio, which had been closed for eight years. As the chief engineer at Dreamland, Caigan worked with artists like Bad Brains, Meshell Ndegeocello, Diplo, Linda Eder, and Axelle Red. Some of the other acts who have worked their magic at the iconic studio are The B-52s, Joe Jackson, Ron Sexsmith, 10,000 Maniacs, Mayday Parade, The National, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, The Band, John Hall, NRBQ, John Sebastian, and Jules Shear.
“In 2017 I reopened Flymax as a private production and recording studio in Kingston at the old IBM complex, Tech City. It’s streamlined and highly efficient—a great place to make music.”
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