Recording & Mixing
Recording in Studio:
Singer-Songwriters and small groups, (not drum kits).
Recording in studio with its permanent installations allows more flexibility. Headphone monitoring (the 'cuemix') is important and I will take a great deal of care to provide the musician(s) with a headphone sound they are comfortable with.
The monitoring on headphones allows overdubs to be recorded. For example you can add backing vocals after laying down the main vocal track. If loudspeakers were used for this, then the main track would be re-recorded through the microphone being used for the backing vocal, and that's usually problematic.
Typically singer-songwriters play acoustic guitar and external microphones are always used for this although I will also record the line-out socket (DI) if present. Deciding the position and type of microphones takes time, and it's time very well spent. The musician can play and sing at the same time, or record the instrumental and sing to that afterwards. Whatever you are most comfortable with is best.
Even if you are very well rehearsed, at least 3 takes per song will be recorded. Recording the whole song all through is the usual route to best result, although sections can be taken in turn. Click tracks are used entirely at the musician's preference.
I do all the mixing in the studio after the recording sessions, and you are not present for that. Depending on song complexity, each takes 6-10 hours to mix. For this purpose I have an excellent true-hybrid system, i.e. a combination of computer processing (iMac and Logic Pro) interfaced with a Toft ATB32 analogue console (pic) and various lovely hardware processors. To my ears the result is warm, clear and musical and I love that way of working.
Discussion with musicians (mix notes)
Each song will be deposited as a wav file in a Dropbox folder set up for your access. After feedback I can make wanted changes.
It is very important to me that you are happy with the result . Musicians are welcome to come to the studio listen under professional acoustic conditions, and discuss any issues of the mix.
Each song signed off can be delivered as wav, mp3, AAC or on audio CD as desired.
Additionally I can author your songs as a commercial-standard Red-Book audio CD file suitable for replication houses.