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Studio Recording & Production
When approaching your studio-based project with us, we do more than just record your music. Our process starts with a complimentary consultation, giving us all the opportunity to sit down and talk about your project, your goals, and what sort of timeline you can expect. This also gives you the chance to check out our facility and get a feel for it before jumping in.
Throughout your recording sessions we strive to provide constructive feedback and suggestions to make your project both musically and sonically as great as it can be. We have a great compliment of microphones to draw from - including dynamic, large and small diaphragm condenser, tube and ribbon mics - as well as preamps with various levels of transparency or color.
Once initial recordings are complete, we provide a rough mix to work from to make decisions on re-tracking, overdubbing, reamping, etc. If needed, we are able to provide additional instrumentation via both in-house and outside musicians. The studio provides many opportunities at this step that live performance does not, and we work with you to take advantage of this opportunity to build your song out in ways you may or may not have thought about initially.
Live recordings of your music are a great opportunity to provide your fans with an insight into what they can expect at your shows. Many bands use low quality iPhone recordings on their websites, giving their audiences a bad first impression of how they really sound.
Instead, we provide professional audio and video recordings that truly represent what you are about, and consequently draw more listeners to your concerts. As live recording typically requires a higher quality setup than your location's sound, we work your venue to determine what is best for your particular scenario. This can be anything from replacing a few of their mics and tapping their sound board, to using completely separate microphones, preamps and effects.
Once your show has been recorded, we provide a rough mix so we can work together to determine what song(s) you like the best and want to work with. If you've chosen to have us record video as well, we discuss what you want that to look like and begin that editing process. Audio then goes through the mixing process, is mastered, then matched up to the final video cut. Publication can be via your web site, social media outlets and/or any of the usual physical formats or online stores and streaming services.
Mixing, Mastering & Publishing
Whether you recorded with us or at a different facility, we can mix, master and publish your music to all of the major purchase and streaming sites. Our mix process begins with the rough mix to verify that you've got everything recorded the way you like it before proceeding.
After that, we start to move beyond the performance aspect and start thinking more about the "sound" of your vocals, instruments and recording in general. We encourage choosing some reference songs - music you know and love that you are interested in having your recording sound somewhat like. We then proceed with a number of mixes, with plenty of back-and-forth between you and us, as we hone in on your ideas and get everything sounding as professional as possible.
Once we settle on a final mix, we master it for distribution. This involves final analog summing, compression, EQ, limiting and proper loudness compensation.
After mastering, it's off to publication. This can be via traditional physical formats (CD, vinyl, even cassette) and/or online stores and streaming services. We use DistroKid and CD Baby for online distribution, which are very affordable and provide great statistics to track who is listening to your music.