“Get it right at the source”
We believe that statement whole heartedly. Making sure that everything sounds as its supposed to from the source during recording. We pay very close attention to the quality and performance of the musicians and the way their instruments are performing. The performance of the musician and the tone of the instrument are the two most critical aspects of the recording process. Our job is then to make sure we’re bringing your vision to life.
Drum recording :
In order to capture the energy and feel of the drummer, we spend at least one full day together to get all of the tones in order. We not only tune the drums, but we audition different microphones, preamps and other variables such as the placement of the microphones to capture the best performance.
We strive to achieve perfection from the drummer when it comes to timing and consistency. The better the drummer is able to perform during recording, the more natural and smooth the end drum sound will be. With that being said, we will do what we need in the mix to achieve the end result desired. The goal being to preserve as much of the natural dynamics of the performance as possible while still being big and competitive using the natural drum sounds.
We have several drum sets in the studio if you are not able to bring your own.
GUITARS AND BASS RECORDING :
We are able to separate the final sound from the performance we’re working on.
Our process is unique in that we record guitars and bass DI (Direct Input), meaning we are able to focus strictly on the performance of the players without the sound of the amps.
The better we can get the musicians to play in terms of pick attack and timing, the easier it will be to get the exact result we’re looking for in the mix.
Once we have the recorded DI performances, we are able to move on to auditioning amps!
The re-amping process allows for us to audition a number of variables (microphones, cabs, amps, mic placement etc) in real time with the musician. We are able to focus strictly on the tone of the amp in this stage, without worrying about playing.
This process allows for us to be able to make changes that previously wouldn’t have been possible, for example changing the guitar tone if needed to fit the mix.
Additionally, we are able to create profiles of the sound we created using the Kemper Profiler. If your band uses a Kemper Profiler, you’re welcome to use the sounds in the studio live!
We love our modded Peavey 5150 – one of the greatest sounding amps in the history of metal, but we also can access a variety of amps upon request. (Engl, Marshall, Orange etc..)
VOX RECORDING :
Recording metal vocals is a meticulous process. It’s important to understand the balance between what the singer needs (isolation, holding the microphone etc..) but also making sure we aren’t sacrificing quality.
We strive to put the vocalist in the most comfortable position to achieve the best performance possible.
Based on the style of the band or song, we may audition several microphones.
If the vocalist is recording the vocals themselves (either at home or in another studio) we are available to offer advice and guidance to make certain the tracks we receive will work within our mix.
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