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New Indigenous CD will have live-performance quality

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RAPID CITY, S.D. ? Fans of Indigenous, the hot blues rock group from South Dakota, will be thrilled with their latest adventure in recording.

The group went high tech for this one with the assistance of England's Davey Brothers who are producing the CD. The mixing of the album is done in the studio here using broadband technology and special editing software available to Black Hills FiberCom's Digital Media Services.

The technology has allowed Indigenous to put the CD together without excessive travel and separate recording locations. The band was in one studio, together, to make a present, live-performance sound.

"Before, we were each in separate rooms recording," Mato said. "The style of the Davey Brothers' mixing and tones is what we wanted. This gives us better results and different results."

He said the new CD has more energy and is more straightforward.

A frequent comment from fans was that earlier CDs did not do justice to the group's live-performance quality. However, the Indigenous CD "Circle" won a 2001 Nammy as "Best Blues and Jazz" recording.

Mato said he has no real concept of the computer technology used for this CD, which has yet to be titled. He said the Davey Brothers were able to add recording and mixing techniques to the album that will please the fans. The ability to set a piece down on the computer and instantly replay it over the Internet with full quality reproduction makes the process of recording an album much less costly and more convenient.

Mato said the group took risks in recording the album with different sounds that could either be downloaded from the Internet or by using different rooms, such as a bathroom, in the recording studio.

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Indigenous does not have a promoter for the CD yet. Mato said when it comes out in the spring, the band may self promote the product and sell it on their own at concerts.

Mato said he had been a fan of the Davey Brothers' music for years. His wife got hold of them through the Internet and invited them to come to a jam in Omaha. That's where the idea for the CD came together, Mato said.

"We recorded three songs in three days, and they wanted to produce our next record. I like the way their records turned out," Mato said.

And with the recording studio in Rapid City, it was everything Mato and the band wanted. Mato now makes his home here.

"It was an honor to work with the band like this. Every member has a high standard, it was a pleasure," Jesse Davey said.

The concept is to put the recording on computer using the ProTools MixPlus 24 edit suite attached to a dedicated, paired 90 Mpbs DS-3 connection to the Internet.

"The combination of instant access to these tools and a quiet work atmosphere affords the latitude to really develop their recording," said Jay Roman, director of Digital Media Services.

"Along with our in-house production services, we give the artist the power to collaborate without boundaries by setting up global recording and can review and approve sessions directly over the Internet," Roman said.