Studio News June 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

This month saw an unusual run of ‘behind the scenes’ rather than out at my usual FOH position.
Firstly by running the monitors and live sound for the DG’s live in the studio sessions we hosted with a nice and simple AHB Mixwizard and some very sweet sounding Turbosound self powered boxes.Secondly (see pics) a corporate show with the Hoodoo Gurus where it was just much simpler to line up the FOH, Monitors and LX control all from Behind the band!! The Reliable Avid Showfle and trusty ATHM50 cans were invaluable and it was nice hanging back with all the crew seeing the mighty Mark Kingsmill’s power drumming from close quarters.

Marshall Cullen ~ Director

June Special
We love to help out with specials so here's our Winter Warmer special EXTENDED for sessions in AUGUST,
only limited dates are available so just email the below or give us a call on 0416 143030 for fast response.

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Session Highlights

The Live in the Studios already mentioned featured Christina Crofts blues band,Spike Vincent for the Dinosaur City Records Party and Lily Duval. Big thanks to Andrew Beck, Russell Pilling , Peter and Caleb  Montgomery and Peter Holz for crewing. Other sessions included Russell Tracking ‘The Kids’ produced by Steve Balbi. Sunscreen starting their new EP follow-up to the successful tune Voices which has been airing on Double J. Daxtonending his long hiatus tracking drums for a new blues album. In true blues fashionHollering Sluggers came in for just one day and were able to complete an instrumental tune tracked and mixed.

 
 

Live at DG's

The first few of these have all gone off really well as mentioned above, check out some behind the scenes here

We are planning another run in Septemberso if you are interested just email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we’ll send you all the info.

 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

Peter Holz has been enjoying his newly refurbished Red Stairs Room Producing artists including Joel Leffler, Aaron Beri, Lance Judd, and many others.
 
Andrew Beck has been mastering recordings for CountryPolitan, Blaand, Love Drunk Hearts(2MMM Airplay), Vinyl EQ’s for New Lovers, as well as mixing a new Hip Hop Release for Alex Williams and engineering on some of the live in studios(pic)

William Bowden has been on an extended break in the UK, enjoying tours of Abbey Road and Real World studios as well as having a well earned break.
 

New Backline and Instruments

As well as the new in house kit theres a bunch of NEW amps, synths and guitars available for sessions as well.
Checkout 
the list here

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www.damiengerard.com.au

Behind The Scenes Recording The Christina Crofts Band LIVE

A Behind The Scenes video of The Christina Crofts Band recording LIVE at Damien Gerard Recording Studios Sydney. Saturday 10-6-17. Shot and Edited by Caleb Montgomery

Crew On The Night:

Recording Engineer ..... Andrew Beck
Live Sound .................. Marshall Cullen
Video and Lighting …... Peter & Caleb Montgomery

Christina Crofts on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christina-Crofts-Band-23180951438/

If you have an enquiry or would like to book some time at Damien Gerard Recording Studios Sydney
click >>> http://www.damiengerard.com.au/contact.html

Miking Up A Drum Kit

Ever wondered exactly where to place your mics when recording a drum kit?

Over the years people have developed plenty of techniques from using only 2 to 3 mics for the whole kit right up to multiple mics on each drum. We've found that for a traditional band set up - indie, rock, country etc - where you want maximum control and minimum spill between each piece as well as room ambience, then the tried and true live/close mic’d setup works every time using dynamics on the drums and condensers for the cymbals.

As far as placement is concerned, this depends on the type of mic being used. At DG’s, workflow, vibe and performance is paramount so by using what we know works we waste no time getting a 'great drum sound fast' early in the day which inspires everyone and gets the session moving along.

Check out the photos below for mic choices and placement that you can try in your own setup. Give it a shot and when you need some help from the Pros contact us and you might be surprised at our very affordable rates.

Studio News May 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

May Live shows included FOH for Neil Finn at the Nordoff Robbins Benefit at The Sydney Opera House using a Midas Pro X.Big thanks to the great SOH Audio Team. I'm looking forward to the Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I regional tour next month which then moves into cities for August and iconic venues such as The Forum and Enmore.

Marshall Cullen ~ Director

Indie Label Deals
We are running s new indie label deal from July with special rates for 3 days or more as well as offering spec mixes and masters for single songs leading to Ep or Album mix n master deals. We are hapy to exend the same deal to subscribers of this newsletter.

Contact asap so you don't miss out. email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Session Highlights

May has seen both new and old clients come through the door
Producer Jordan Ellery worked up a new single with both Russ and Pete...
Flowertruck finished yet another new song and after the last single getting some rage play we hope this one will too.
Love Drunk Hearts finished vocals on a new track w russ .
Enticer came back to continue work of their enw project
Blaand also continued work with rusty, this time finishing the mixes for their next release.
Finally Adam Jones started his new album produced by DG;s regular Mark Cashin.
 

Tip of The Week-Where do you put those drum mics for maximum joy?

Ever wondered where exactly to place mics around a drum kit.Theres certainly been plenty of versions over the years from 2 to 3 mins only up to more than 1 on each drum.
Placement depends of course on the type of mic and we have found that for a indie/rock/country traditional band set up where you want maximum control and minimum spill between each piece as well as room ambience then
more...
 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

In case you didnt know our MFIT Rating for Itunes also means our Hi Rez Masters are ideal for sending to Spotify as well-
and speaking of Spotify We have put together some playlists of everyone's recent work

 

Stay tune for Willy's playlist on his return from current UK Break.
 

Radio and Media Plugging

A shameless plug for our service that ALWAYS offers great discounts for ALL studio clients to get their work out to a wider audience and have some advice and planning for that content..
Recent 'Wins' include
Hobart's Mama K and The Big Love featured live in studio spots on ABC, Album reviewed in theMusicSMH and Rhythms.
Hollerin Sluggers
 Album Gypsy Mojo Reviewed Rhythms and 100% Rock.
Luke Escombe Skeleton Blues interviewed Christine Anu ABC, Feature in Brag, Sold Out Launch.

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www.damiengerard.com.au

Studio News April 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

I took a rest over April/Easter, just one big Gurus show at Hope Estate so i wanted to share this excerpt from a cracking review of a tour i did earlier this year by Hobart Writer Malachi Doyle
"I can think of no better living songwriter, Australian or otherwise, than Kev Carmody, as witnessed by my first Carmody gig at MONA FOMA back in January 2017. I was completely knocked out  and the audience was given a masterclass in audience captivation by a solo performer (true Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie sat in on some songs, but he operated more as a prop than an accompanist). Kev sang, fingerpicked an instrumental piece and even blew a healing incantations on his didgeridoo. Equally as important, he introduced his songs via personal stories, which were equal parts salt of the Earth and lyrically virtuosic."

Marshall Cullen ~ Director

June Special
We love to help out with specials so heres one as a Winter Warmer for all of June subject to bookings already in of course! This is just for newsletter subscribers so please get in touch if you need to record or mix next month.

Let us know asap so you don't miss out. email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or simply reply to this email.

 

Session Highlights

Some of the fun and varied sessions have included Flight to Dubai taking advantage of last months Easter Special to record a mini album, Cody Munro Moore who has now finished his debut solo record, Big White also finished mixing their 2nd album, New Sydney Rockers Web City created a single with Rusty and Andrew Beck and Folk Rock solo artist Tim Walker also used the guys for his newest single ‘Back to the Beach’.
Finally an interesting note for recent Bluesy sessions, Christina Crofts, Luke Escombe and The Hollerin Sluggers all made the top 20 on the ABRAC charts with their albums recorded, mixed & mastered at DG’s
 
 

Live at DG's

For a week this June we will be changing the studio over to it’s ‘Live in the Studio’ format, (last seen in 2012) where we run a small live PA rig and some of our favourite regular bands come in each night along with their 20 key fans and we film and record a live show to create content for online etailers and youtube.
Its been great in the past – checkout-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LzGHn7sFGk
A few spots are already taken but we can always make room for more so if you are interested just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we’ll send you the info.

 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

Andrew Beck has been mastering recordings for Sunscreen and many more from the Dinosaur City Label -checkout their new mixtape here 
Other recent mastering jobs include Tim Walker, Lily Duval, Web City and Country Politan(Vinyl) at his new suite on Sydney’s Central Coast-see pic.

William Bowden is off to the UK for a well earned few weeks off after many mastering sessions, some highlights being-
Haiku Hands prod by Angus from Hermitude
Amazing Disgrace prod Ash Rothschild(Caligua)
Split Cities
The Basics (Live Album)
Tired Lion
Abbey May
Ups and Downs

Peter Holz has been enjoying his newly refurbished Red Stairs Room with artists including
Joel Leffler, Aaron Beri, 'Lover' and Fallen City Hero.

 

New Backline and Instruments

As well as the new in house kit theres a bunch of amps, synths and guitars available for sessions as well.
Checkout 
the list here

For ALL Studio and Mastering bookings and Enquiries  contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.damiengerard.com.au

 

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