Here at the Fish Tank studios we take our recording equipment choices and acoustics very seriously. Actually, the physical properties of our studio were well thought out and designed by award winning designer Jeff Hedback (formerly of Auralex), who specified that we use recycled bluejeans within our walls! We have been painstaking about our attention to accuracy in our listening environment, and choice of studio equipment. Avid HD Native, Universal Audio Octo Ultimate plugin suite, every plugin known to man, fantastic microphones and vintage outboard gear are not what make the Fish Tank Recording studios great. It is it’s engineers that make it great! Chief engineer Josh Lewis has worked with a who’s who list of current recording artists like Lil Wayne, Madonna, Shakira, Ricky Martin, and many others. Our engineers have been through countless arduous major label recording sessions, and have paid there dues with years of apprenticeship, and a boat load of very expensive education (Full Sail)! Their ears and abilities, their mastery of their craft are 90% of the value you get at the Fish Tank. Without them our $100k in equipment would be useless! Come book a [intlink id=”7″ type=”page”]recording session in miami, fl[/intlink] today!!!
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 […]
When looking for a recording studio, I have seen prospective clients discern between studios on equipment lists alone. I am asked what DAW (digital audio workstation) we use, what type of outboard equipment we have available (microphone preamps, compressors, equalizers), which microphones we have to choose from, and for a plugin processor list. These are all important and valid questions. Aside from the actual talent and ability of the recording engineer, the tools that we use to get great sound are critical. Fortunately our recording studio has equipment and software in spades. Our parent company is an online retailer for studio equipment, and gets great manufacturer demo model deals that are not available to other studios. We can afford to have great equipment, even if we do not book our room. This is a HUGE benefit of using our studio. Big budget studio equipment at project/home studio pricing. However, this is not our most valuable attribute! Our room is acoustically sound, treated for accuracy, and yields a clear representation of what your music will sound like elsewhere! Being able to offer an accurate soundscape in the control room is paramount. How is it possible to make mix decisions that translate to all listening systems? The answer is having an accurate listening environment that is treated properly! What is proper treatment, and how is it achieved? The answer quite simply is the use of the scientific method to achieve accuracy. We measure, the acoustic response of the listening position with measurement […]
What would you recommend that people look for in a recording studio? Aside from the engineer, I think, believe it or not the acoustics of the environment are perhaps more important than the actual equipment, although the equipment is important. Basically, you want to be creating in a room that is accurate, so that what you’re recording and what you hear actually translates everywhere else. You're recording something, for example, at your homeboys' studio and it sounds great and you throw it in the car and it’s like, it didn’t sound like this at all. There are usually reasons why the acoustics of the room can throw things off completely, where you'll have standing waves and reflections and things that that make your mix and your recording sound good, when in fact those are phantom sort of sounds and they’re not really there. The accuracy of the room is critical. After that would be the equipment. Now more than at any other point in time you can do a lot with a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment you can great sounds. Back 10, 15 years ago there were quarter of a million dollar consoles, really super expensive digital recorders that were sometimes up to half a million dollars. Now you can get awesome conversion great pre-amps at reasonable prices. The gear is important, it certainly is, but obviously the engineer needs to know how to get the most out of the equipment. I would say […]