Where is the studio located? We are located basically in Central Miami right off of Bird Road and 74th Avenue which is very close to Palmetto. It's really dead center. We have everything close by, hotels. The airport is a 10 minute drive or less. Hotels all over the place, restaurants, all types of shops. It's a great location.
Tell me about why you started working in the music industry. Oh, wow. That's a great question. Sometimes I think I'm paying the price for making that decision, but I think it was a good one. I was studying economics at Colgate University. In my senior year, I dropped out and decided that I wanted to get into engineering and recording albums. I was doing it with a laptop out of my dorm room, and I had taken a couple course in recording, and I was a keyboard player in a band that would tour the frat circuit all over the north east. I had always been fascinated by the recorded art form, the recording arts; that medium just seemed incredible to me because it was like you could really capture … It was like lightening in a bottle. You were really able to put together something that just kept on giving. I was always amazed by the fact that I could play a song over, and over, and over and still get that feeling. I love what does. I think it really connects people. I think, more than anything else, that's why I've stayed in the business. It's just I like being connected to people in that way. I'm a musician also. Let's see. I got out of school. I graduated, pretty close to the top of my class at full sale, and won a couple competitions there. They had these mix competitions where they'd get […]
So as the owner of the Fish Tank recording studios here in Miami, I am very particular about the quality of sound being captured in our live room. I am also aware that the look and feel of the live room needs to be such that we can set the right vibe for our clients. Great looking, bleeding edge acoustic treatment, that is affordable, is incredibly hard to come by. The entry level home studio gets egg crate auralex foam. Nothing wrong with that, but it does not treat anything other than some high frequency reflections. No bass management or diffusion. The next step up would be the serious home or project studio that uses panels and bass traps from the likes of GIK acoustics, Realtraps, RPG, and a hand full of ready made products. When looking to take things to the next level, the studio owner must look for custom solutions, which uniquely suit the room. Treatment that is custom made for the room, is not inexpensive. Framing and stretching fabric using the track systems found in large commercial studios can can cost upwards of $10,000 for a modest control room. I had my last control room treated professionally, and it is very hard to accept anything less for the new rooms. I have been curious about stretching fabric, and have decided to start with the most difficult area to treat: the ceiling! We will begin treating the ceiling with the assistance of Victor Rakovich from Mainstay Materials, our supplier for […]
When listening in a room with multiple monitors such as these, there are many options and techniques that can be used depending on the needs of the recording engineer. The ADAM S2X monitors are very transparent and provide a realistic perspective of your mix. In the Fishtank recording studio, we pair those with our KRK 10" Sub to simulate the "wall of sound" and when switching to the other monitors the sub is removed. This makes them ideal for working with panning and depth in your mix as opposed to the other monitors in our studio. In comparison, the Genelec monitors have a more rounded frequency range and are used without the sub to provide a mix quality sound for referencing. These work great for mixing bass because you can check the presence of your mid range frequencies in a monitor where all the frequencies are combined and then switch back to your main speakers. We use the Yamaha NS-10 monitors to reference our mid and high range frequencies without the sub. These vintage monitors provide an ultra clear and present sound that is a bit harsh at first but very useful in hearing the subtle details of your source. I like to use these for referencing guitars, vocals, and overheads without the sub because they allow me to hear the full timbre of the instrument and determine which frequencies I want to adjust in my EQ. If I had to pick one of these pairs as my favorite, it would be the ADAM […]