Every project we work on has a set of limitations and I’ve come to embrace this as a good thing. The biggest and most compromising however is of course budget. The question “how long does an album take to record” is not easily answered* and when you’re talking to a prospective client with a limited budget saying the wrong thing is usually the end of the conversation. Planning becomes a really big part of getting it right and if you know where your strengths and weaknesses are, don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you think would suit you best. Continue reading “Piece of String” »
We’ve just launched our new studio rates. They’re more comprehensive and a lot more intuitive so should answer many questions that we’ve been asked a few times now. We realise that won’t stop you from calling or emailing to ask which is fine. In addition to putting together a new rates card we’ve written up a new wish list of gear. This is very ambitious and may need a visit to http://fr.partypoker.com/ but that’s another matter. If you’re just as cash less as we are most days then you might be interested in hearing about our Tight Ass Tuesdays idea. We might live to regret this then so be it, but we’ve decided to give Sydney signer songwriters a day in the studio. A free one! Every Tuesday from now until the 15th of June, we’ll be offering a full day of our time to produce, track, mix and master a song for a solo artist.
There is no end to the amount of gear we could use. The limitations are space and money. If I had things my way I would have racks of pre-amps and compressors and EQs all set up ready to patch in off a Neve or SSL console. Alas this is not quite the case. There are however definite advantages to working out what is truly beneficial to the studio in an exponential way. There might be several things that could really make a difference. Recent advancements here are a new amp and mono speaker, re-tuning the control room with some simple furniture adjustments and hooking up the Otari’s VU”s so we can monitor ‘power’. Simple obvious stuff that really helps.
In light of some of this new found fun stay tuned for some small but very useful product development from yours truly with a little help from our friend Ivan Richards. ETA 2013 so sit tight.
Circle have been recording their album ‘The Middle’ in lots of 3-5 tracks in pre-production, demo, overdub style for the last three months. Here’s Part 2 of the making:
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In 2006 I recorded EGBDF and I thought it was a masterpiece. Not everyone agreed. I still think it was a pretty good effort. Great songs and great sounds. Some (very minor) copyright infringements and a Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer. Sadly the Neuron had a bit of a rest and decided not to wake up again so I’m selling it on eBay. Here is the link. I loved this keyboard and I’ll probably want to buy it back one day but for now, we need the space and a project synth is the last thing I have time for. We’ll always have Opanoni’s EGBDF to remind us of the Neuron’s awesome power!
Circle are recording their album The Middle here at Enmore Audio for obvious reasons. They’re documenting the process. Here is part one of the documentary. See if you can catch Michael Stavrou (Stav) carefully screwing in an omni capsule into our MK-012. We tracked the drums in the reception area of the studio.
If you asked me 10 years ago what 1176, 1073, 87, 58, 47 meant I wouldn’t have had a clue. Now, they conjure up all sorts of feelings and desires. Some based on knowledge and experience and some on myth and hearsay. Most studio folk are filled with gear lust. For now I’m content with the space being complete (well almost). We’re a new studio and so our mic collection is still pretty small at around a dozen mics. My goal is probably 100 or so and I don’t mind waiting 10 years to get there. On Sunday we’ll be recording some drums and Michael requested some 421′s for the toms. He was happy to work with everything else we have. At around $400 a pop, I wasn’t in any position to buy a pair at the moment so decided to look into hiring. Glad to say at $25 it was a relief and a bargain. They’re not as pretty as the picture I found on Google but they’ll work and we’ll have some pretty wicked sounding toms by the end of the day!
Girl is the New Boy is the most sparse work I’ve done so far. I think only 8 tracks maybe even 7. I first recorded this in the old studio in 2010 and I’m really bummed I didn’t document it because I went all out and set up some really elaborate blankets around Sarah while she was singing. I’ve also never been quite as adventurous or creative with a tape machine. But I knew at the time I’d need a slightly more critical listening space to get the mix right so when we finished the rooms here I scheduled a time to mix the songs again. I finished the re-mix a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the very minimal but rather poignant video