Studio News November/December 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

Well another year is almost over and this one has flown by. I'm feeling blessed to have worked with such great artists this year. From Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody, Neil Finn, Ball Park Music to even The Divinyls feat Izzi and Jack from the Preatures(never saw that one coming). A huge thanks to all the amazing crew and techs across the country who make it all happen. I'm also feeling doubly blessed to have such an experienced and solid studio and office team. Massive thanks to Russell Piling, Paul Nearhos, Elia Green, Andrew Beck, Peter Holz, Peter Montgomery and William Bowden. 
Warm Wishes for a restful, peaceful and happy holiday season to all.

Marshall Cullen ~ Director

Christmas Gift Voucher Deals-
Still looking for Christmas Gifts?

New for 2017 we have gift vouchers available over a range of deals as well as
Vouchers for any $ amount that can be used towards a session, all valid for 2018/2019.
The Vouchers come on a nice PDF for easy printing and can be made out to a name.
Heres some ideas-
-Half a day - $350+gst - to put down a song with a backing track or acoustic backing, includes mix down.
-Full day $650+gst - 10 hrs recording, ideal for a young band to put down 3-4 tunes live with some overdubs, includes a mix down at a later date.
-3 day deal $1500+gst - ideal for a more established band to create a full ep or mini album.
 

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Session Highlights

Some notable sessions through November and into December include  - Victims-Dave Faulkner (Tracking and Mixing), Hollerin' Sluggers(pic) (Tracking and Mixing), Jim Dickson and Dennis Tek(Radio Birdman) (new tunes with French Rocker Dominique), Medusas Wake(Mixing),Cody Munro Moore(Mixing), Ariane Campbell (Mixing),  Mezcaltones Mixing),T.H.U.G.G (New EP starting this week),Team Utopia(Brisbane)(Mixing), Love Drunk Hearts(Vocals), Lucy De Soto(Starting a new project),  Mark Cashin(tracking and mixing the heart wrenching tribute to his son Coen tragically lost in a car accident earlier this year).
 

Most Recent Interview

"We plugged a Gibson 335 into a little purple box the studio had called the sub machine. It made the guitar growl like heavy industrial bass. Sexy. I immediately fell in love with it!"
Last Month also saw an Interview fromTheMusic.com.au with Ariane Campbellabout her recent time at DG's -
see the full article here

 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

Peter Holz(pic) had well deserved justification of his great work on bothPeking Duk and Gang of Youths at the Aria's last week - top stuff Pete.

Andrew Beck has been busy with final mastering for - Villette, Throwing Shapes, Big White(Vinyl eq's),
Toadvine, Love Drunk Hearts, Ariane Campbell & Mezcaltones, 

 
King Willy Bowden - down in the deep south - Tasmania to be precise and turning out the usual fine work for
Salmonella Dub (Anniversary box set), Abbie May, Eskimo Joe(Vinyl eq's), Declan Kelly, Steve Kilbey(Solo Album)

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New Backline and Instruments, even Pedals

Even more new items added, some available Free of Charge on your session and some $POA

Checkout the list here

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www.damiengerard.com.au

Studio News October 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

Live Tour Management/Front of House shows for October saw some shows for the mighty Hoodoo Gurus in Burnie Tasmania with a rocking L Acoustics system followed up by A Day on The Green out at Mudgee with the new JPJ JBL Vertec and my oh my has that Line Array improved drastically. No more gnarly 2.5 k and 630hz, the crossover points have had a radical re work as have the horns and its Flat as a tack outdoors, loved it. Everyone else on the bill The Baby Animals, Models, Jebediah and Alex Lloyd all sounded fantastic as well, live Pa Boxes are just getting better and better to be sure.

Marshall Cullen ~ Director

Summer Specials

Well theres a whole range of specials for the summer break, from intro deals for new bands to mixing mastering deals, 2 for 1 deals, album deals and so on ...the best thing is to contact Marshall and ask about them - 0416 143030 or the email below.

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Session Highlights

There was no let up on sessions through October and Russ has been loving having weekdays to get some detailed mixing done for folks that may have to do their 'real job' (haha) and he sends the mixes across at the end of each day- Highlights have included - Medusas Wake(Tracking),Enticer(Drum Edits). Murray Darling(Tracking and Mixing,), Cody Munro Moore (tracking), Ariane Campbell (Tracking), Rick Grossman(Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus)producing a new Sydney Female Singer),Mezcaltones (new album tracking), andToadvine (tracking and mixing.)
 

Rusty's Tip Of The Week - Plugins

Now don't get me wrong , i love plugins and use them extensively when mixing, even though i run back through an analog board as well. But it's important to understand the nature of them as well. The first most important thing is that they are obviously in the digital realm so unlike their analog originals they DO NOT like to be overloaded. The second and very important tip for is that just inserting them on a 'track' will not affect your input path into PT at all. So don't think you are running 'through' a compressor before the signal hits PT - if you have inserted on the recording track its only on the output. To record 'through' a plugin you need to run an AUX which the input hits first and put the plug across that. Of course having some REAL outboard as well really helps....
My Current Favourites are Abbey Road TG Channel, J37 Tape Simulator,SSL4000, Reel ADT, API550EQ, Neve Sheps73 , LoAir, plus Slate Trigger, Autotune, the funky soundtoys stuff and the Bomb Factory bundle. See
http://damiengerard.com.au/news-media/dgs-blog/95-rusty-tip-of-the-week-11-plugins.html
 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

Andrew Beck has been busy with final mastering for - Throwing Shapes(WA- 2 x EP's)), Love Drunk Hearts(single), Yhan Leal(Album), Murray Darling(single), New Lovers(single), Toadvine(single), Vilette (single)and Big White(album, vinyl eq's).
 
King Willy Bowden is head down for the end of year lead up with his Hi End Masters for Ball Park Music, Donny Benet, Tina Harrod, Haiku Hands, John Williamson, Graham Connors,  Verge Collection(WA), Zefereli and more

Peter Holz has been hosting all manner of sessions for the likes of Samantha Jade (pic) featuring  a rare well lit glimpse of his famous mustard coloured theatre curtain(ex Festival Studios-ed) in his vocal booth, along with others such as Jordan Ellery, Aaron Beri and Joel Leffler.

For any Mastering Bookings just reply to this email or use  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Studio News September 2017

CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF RECORDING

Message From The Boss

Live Tour Management/Front of House shows in September saw a couple of great one off's. Firstly with The Divinyls 3 original members Rick Grossman, Mark Mcentee and Richard Harveyjoined onstage by Izzi and Jack from The Preatures to pay homage to the tunes at the closing night of the Perth Fashion Festival. Izzi did the vocals proud and it was so good hearing the tunes live once again.The following biggy was the mighty Ball Park Music(pic) playing to their home crowd headlining the Beer N Cider Fest at Brisbane Showgrounds.Naturally the punters sang every song and at times i was having trouble working out exactly where all the vocal level was coming from!! Finally as i am sure you know one of the great inspirations has gone- so i just gotta say -  RIP Tom Petty - and i can highly recommend the Doco on Netflix - well worth the 3 hours.
Marshall Cullen ~ Director

Two for One Deals are back
After a very busy time of constant lock outs we have some gaps coming up so we can help out newsletter subscribers only with the ever popular 2 for 1 deals.
There's only a few spots here and there in October/November so be quick.

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Session Highlights

The Mighty Rusty(pic) has been mixing like a demon most of the month with artists such as
Yhan Leal (Album), Hoodoo Gurus(live materiel), Shayana Band(Tas-Album), Adam Jones(Album)

Other sessions have included Rose Carleo Band(Tracking and mixing), Love Drunk Hearts (Tracking), Medusas Wake(Transfers), Enticer(Drum Edits), The Kids(vocal edits). Larry Leach(Transfers)

Tip Of The Week - Documentation

This one just came up recently and the band shall remain nameless but it highlights a very important point - proper documentation .Now this was a key job in the days of tape based recording and it was often the "Tape Op' or Studio assistant's job to Log Everything on track sheets and most importantly the artist and session on the tape reel and box itself. We were booked for a bake and transfer of some 2", the band brought in a Reel and Box which was completely unmarked! Russ "Are you guys sure this is your tape?' Band "Absolutely, we've been carrying this around from house to house since 1980, its our 9 song album which we never had time to mix, but now we do."
1 week later after baking Russ pops it on the MCI - "hmm - its 30ips - and theres only 2 songs!!" (it would need to be 15ips to fit 9 songs)- He calls them"ah guys....?" Band"OH, well er um...can you play us these 2 songs over speaker phone so we know which ones they are-must be the singles....?Russ"Sure ..here you go..."
Band"long silence ....Oh, Oh F###%%% - THATS NOT US!!!"

Now days even in the digital world proper file management, labelling of HD's, naming files and folders correctly is crucial so go to it!
 

Mastering and Red Stairs HIghlights

Andrew Beck's recent master of Yhan Leal's 'Up On The Mountain' single was premiered on Triple J earlier this week

 Triple j radio premiere: 

King Willy Bowden is busy as ever with the end of year lead up and has been tweaking his dials for John Williamson, The Sheyana Band(album), Perth Legends The Stems (Remaster), Fanny Lumsden(topping the Country Charts) and Winston Surfshirt 

Peter Holz has been busy recording a fabulous session with Living Guitar Legend Tommy Emmanuel(pic), as well as People Watching People and with more work forAaron Beri and Joel Leffler(with his new single Auburn Hair recently added to Mood Media),

For any Mastering Bookings just reply to this email or use  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Behind The Scenes Recording Christina Crofts Band LIVE at Damien Gerard Studios Sydney

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

Rusty Tip of The Week #11 -Plugins

Rusty's Tip of the Week - The Truth About Plugins

Now don't get me wrong , i love plugins and use them extensively when mixing, even though i run back through an analog board as well. But it's important to understand the nature of them as well. The first most important thing is that they are obviously in the digital realm so unlike their analog originals they DO NOT like to be overloaded. The second and very important tip for is that just inserting them on a 'track' will not affect your input path into PT at all. So don't think you are running 'through' a compressor before the signal hits PT - if you have inserted on the recording track its only on the output. To record 'through' a plugin you need to run an AUX which the input hits first and put the plug across that.
My Current Favourites are Waves  SSL4000, Reel ADT, API550EQ, Neve Sheps73 , LoAir, plus Slate Trigger, Autotune and the usual Bomb Factory bundle.

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