We finally have one of Russ’ favourite set of EQ’s and Comps from back in the day when he was engineering on SSL Boards – lots of fun new tools and toys ITB and already finding their way onto the multitude of sessions #Russ-t-Rokk is working on. The plugin allows all the different patch variations the consoles have as well as an intriging 'analog' switch which seems to soften things and add some tape hiss. The buss compressor is surprisingly close to the rack / board outboard unit and we'll be hearing that on many mixes to come without a doubt..

Nothing Beats a Great Live Room

This conversation has come up a few times with both live and studio engineers in the past month.
It's common sense really and no amount of plugins and sales pitches will change the fact that if you record in a professional tuned and treated room that simply sounds great naturally then 90% of the sonic is already done.
A drum kit, Amps and any acoustic instruments will have their own natural sound captured far easier than using modellers and crazy amounts of EQ and other treatments.
Of course the better the mics and preamps are helps as well but like a great vintage guitar and amp or Bosendorfer Piano the priority is the source.

Recent Sessions July

We are celebrating one of our fave regular bands ‘Big White’ just being signed this week to Caroline/Universal and their song You Know I love You – mixed by Russ being added to FBI on high rotation.
Most recently in July - Some notable sessions amongst the many include Andrew working on the Thunderbird double bass overdubs with Jazz bass player Brendan Clarke, Jack Wotton(Big White) cranking up his solo project with Russ. Yond Blue, Urban Guerillas, Julian Ardas also with Russ and Andrew producing and engineering the new record from Melbourne Artist James Kyle. Finally Sydney boys Eugene start a 2" Tape based EP with Russ this week.


New KRK Monitors

The importance of High Quality reliable speakers to listen to all day and make decisions with cannot be underestimated. The Control Room in Studio A now has 4 great reference monitor choices, the brand new Generation 3 KRK Rokit 8's, Classic Original Yamaha NS10's (running from a Perreaux Amp plus Sony 18" Sub, Klipsch Heresy 3 way Mid Fields with Ashley Amp and Fostex 6301's.
The Red Stairs is keeping up with its own NS10's from a Crown Amp, Event Opals, Auratones and a pair of Truth's.
Plus of course with the handy parking right outside the front door bands can still race out to their very own listening enviroments that have also stood the test of time - the trusty car stereo!!.

Vocal Recording Tips

Tech Talk - Recording Vocals
Following on from the drum articles heres some tips on the MOST important thing you will record in a normal music session-

Lead Vocal Overdubs is arguably the single most important Overdub of any song that has a lyric and vocal component Because

1-    Even in copyright terms lyrics and melody count for 50% of any musical work

2-    The vocal/lyric is what most people respond to when listening to songs – it is that which evokes an emotional response from the listener.

So in view of that I believe some thought, time and effort should be put into approaching this in the correct way, prioritizing and maximizing the vocal performance of any recording.
Here are some less technical  thoughts to be aware of when working with singers;
*Their voice is the instrument, its not something external like a guitar, so if they are tired, hungry, bored, uncomfortable in any way it will affect the performance more drastically than other players.
*The singer is often the most self conscious band member (especially if the lyricist as well) so singing under a bright  flouro light with 5 other guys and girlfriends  staring at them through the control window is probably not a good idea.

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