Ready to Record?
Hans Christian: One of the first questions an artist is facing is whether he/she is actually ready to record at STUDIO 330. It can be an agonizing question to decide when you want to begin your recording project. Are my musical ideas good enough? Do I have enough money? Should I do a whole CD or just a few songs? How do I decide?
If you have never been in a recording studio before you may want to "practice" recording at home by investing in an inexpensive device to experience what it is like to record and hear what you sound like. Even your cell phone can serve as a recorder! You can check your musical ideas, your ability to play and/or sing, your rhythmic accuracy, etc. A click track is a great tool to record with, if you are working on music that requires steady timing. When you can record yourself at home you can try things out, let your ideas mature, and eventually come to STUDIO 330 feeling confident that you have prepared yourself. Rest assured, once you decide to record at STUDIO 330 I will give you my full support to create a great recording of your idea! And of course, you can send me questions anytime that you may have while preparing. Once you have started your recording project in our studio you'll say "it's not scary at all- I actually love it!"
Feel free to contact me by sending your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I record a lot of cello. Almost every day, or at least several times a week. Today was one of those days where I had an idea for a new piece with lots of cello tracks. I started out by laying down some chord changes with Omnisphere, the virtual instrument synth, and the GForce M-Tron (Mellotron) software synth. A click track gave me a sense of timing. That was enough of a foundation to record 16 tracks of cello.
I figured that there would be four part harmonies and that each part would be played four times, but through four different mics, so as to not augment the characteristics of only one mic. I chose two Cascade ribbon mics (Vinjet and Fathead, through a Cloudlifter), a Neumann TLM103 condensor, and an Avantone CV28 tube mic. All mics were recorded through a Soundcraft 400B and dbx 166 and 163 compressors (my current favorite signal path). The combination of these mics gave me such a realistic string section sound! Silky and present, but with lots of warmth.
It was fun work to compose and play 16 tracks on a six minute piece (4 hrs of focused composing and playing) and this is just delicious sonic bathing....
The piece is far from finished but a new baby is born and it will, at some point, see the light of day. STUDIO 330 is always cooking up some music- either my own or an artist's who is currently recording here, or for whom I lay down some string parts. I love it!
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