October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: Should songs be recorded and mixed by same person?

    Should I have the album or songs recorded and mixed by the same person?   I would say probably not. You do want a fresh perspective when you get to the mixing process, a fresh set of ears providing feedback and maybe giving you ideas for production at the mixing stage. The only reason why I would go with a mixing engineer who has already been involved with project is if maybe one of the writers is a mixing engineer and wants to be the mixing engineer on the project or somebody that just has a clear vision for the project and has already planned out aspects of the recording process to be addressed in the mix and is already thinking of how they're going to mix and that relates to how they recorded it.      
October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: Preamps at the Fishtank Recording Studio Miami

    What preamps and output gear are available for use and what sources would you use the most?   We have a whole pallet of preamps. SSL VHD Preamps, we have a rack of those, some Neve Clones, APIs, we have some Earthworks Preamps, which are really super, super clean and clear. Let's see, Rupert Neve designs, 517, we have a bunch of 500 Series Preamps as well. We also have 500 Series EQs and compresses, API EQs, Purple EQs, a bunch of stuff. We have a Bettermaker EQ as well, which is a pultec model, which sounds fantastic. We also have SSL EQs and compressors, we have racks of these X-Rack compressors, so the actual compressors and EQs from the consoles we have racked. The choice of outboard stuff is pretty much limitless.   What about the preamps models of [inaudible 00:01:11]?   Oh, that's right. Okay. Also, on our actual interface we have modeling of preamps. The actual preamps is really clean but they've also introduced a way of imparting the sound of API, Neve, and a bunch of other brands so you get that vintage sound, as well. We have a huge pallet.   Okay, great.    
March 31, 2016

Our techniques for recording electric guitar

Without question, the electric guitar is at the heart of todays musical arrangements across all genres. Polished pop, indie rock, nu-metal, singer songwriter, country, jazz, and even hip hop employ electric guitars to bolster their arrangements. There is such a breadth of tone and style that can be produced with the electric guitar that it seems like their would be an infinite number of methods to record it. First and foremost it is helpful to think of the electric guitar as an electric instrument, generating current at the pickups, and amplified in several different ways. Most often, the signal is amplified by a big honking amplifier! Guitar amplifiers and cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, and offer the ability to take the signal and tone generated at the pickups, and mold them with more tonality, distortion, and warmth. Further, the speaker in an amplifier colors the sound through the natural compression of the cone as it creates compressions and rarefactions that transmit sound through the air. Proper choice and placement of a microphone dictate the tonality of what is captured. Microphone Choice and Placement   Due to high SPL (how loud an amplifier can get) many condenser microphones tend to be too sensitive for very close proximity recording of the speaker. For this reason, dynamic microphones like the famed Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD421 are used in this up close and personal capture of the amp. Tonality (think EQ) can be garnered from choosing how the microphone is directed at […]
October 26, 2016

Recording studio Miami: Why is the live room special?

    Tell me a little bit about the live room. What is …   The live room is actually something that I hold close to my heart because Josh and I treated it together. I think that it is pretty special. Mainly because I knew what it sounded like before. Now what it's turned into is this very welcoming and clear atmosphere that when recorded is extremely transparent. I would attribute most of that to the ceiling treatment, which is a stretched piece of fabric. After that was done you could really feel the vibe had changed in there.