Posts by tze019

That box of Crayons

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Intrductions | 0 comments

It’s finally time to make it official.  We have a new partner at the studio, and I really did bring out that old box of crayons. We have been working with Zena Conlin over at Wax Crayon Design Studio now for almost 4 months (or has it been more?) in an attempt to have her and her company take over our design initiatives.  Well, three projects in, we couldn’t be happier so we’ve decided to make it official. Wax Crayon Design Studio Wax Crayon Design Studio is the natural development of Zena Conlin, who has over ten years combined experience in graphic communication,...

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New Studio Gear… Today is a Good Day

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Intrductions, Recording | 0 comments

When we opened our doors in October of 2010, the studio was pretty bear when it came to equipment.  Over the last 2 years, we’ve continuously upgraded almost everything…  Here’s what this new year has already brought us… Guitar Amps… Recently acquired a Marshall 1960a Guitar Cabinet and a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier “Solo” Head. Microphone Pre-Amps…  Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5024 and API A2D.  Both make sources sound, well, better. Microphones… Most recently we’ve replaced our Sennheiser e604 drum mics with the more versatile...

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Why the gear doesn’t matter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Recording, Stories, Studio Advice | 15 comments

Every once in a while I am reminded why I do what I do. Sometimes there’s a lesson in the reminder, and sometimes it is just a re-inspiration to smile. Tonight I had one of those moments. To sum up the long boring story, I slipped on the ice and spent the afternoon lying on my back in pain.  Not uncommon.  In an effort to still remain productive this evening despite no desire to sit at the mixing desk all night, I decided to pace while I ran the studio computer through a series of maintenance routines and stumbled on a couple of recordings I did over the summer.   One in particular was...

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Advice for Recording at Home

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in How To's, Recording, Studio Advice | 2 comments

With widespread and easily affordable technology, more and more bands are trying to record at home.  Heck, if it weren’t for digital technology I wonldn’t be able to do what I do.  However, just because technology is cheap doesn’t mean the end user is going to make a great product.  Patience and knowledge still play the most important role in recording.  I mean, you could give Daniel Lanois a Shure 57, a Behringer preamp, and a dungeon and he’d still give you a great record. So, for those of you who’d rather tackle the processes of recording yourself, here is...

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Do Dynamics Still Matter?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Recording, Studio Advice | 0 comments

Someone asked me via email recently, “How much do dynamics matter nowadays? I’ve noticed that with most songs on the radio you have to actually look for volume changes in order to notice them.” The following was my response, and I’d like to share it here for those. =============================== Dynamics is a tricky beast to conquer.. It is more than just volume levels, although radio intentionally kills volume by squashing music even more than it already is. My advice when listening for dynamics is DO NOT listen to the radio. Instead, listen to your favorite CDs or...

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