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.
What should I do before I go to the studio? What would you suggest? The majority of the work on your project is going to be done before you go to the recording studio to do the final recordings. What you should do is make sure that you have all your Ts crossed and your Is dotted, starting with the song. Make sure that you have all of your lyrics written, and rehearsed, and practiced, and you know exactly what you’re going to sing and how you’re going to sing it. Make sure that all of the instrumentation is planned, and that the band has rehearsed those parts and knows exactly what they need to play so you can get it down on the first take. Then, have some embellishments on the second take and see if some magic happens. Make sure that the band rehearses together. If you’re going to record all these things together, make sure that you have rehearsals together with a click coming through the PA. Record these rehearsals, and you provide feedback, and you make things perfect from when you get to the studio. You should also be recording your own tracks at home in Ableton, or in Pro Tools, or whatever program that you can get your hands on just to number one, get the arrangements set, and also to get yourself more comfortable with recording and with engineering, which will give you more knowledge when you get to the studio. […]
What are some of the services that you offer? We have a bunch of really talented staff that can record, mix music incredibly well. We have people who can compose and help you write. We have staff that are also really great teachers, so if you’d like to learn how to record, and how to mix, one on one with somebody, we’re able to do that. We also do voiceover work and some jingle work as well. We have grads from Berkeley, who are just like phenomenal programmers and songwriters, that have done commercial stuff all over the place. Let’s see, we’ve done some Foley work, sound creation, over-dubbing. I guess I said over-dubbing? Voiceover. Yeah, voiceover, over-dubbing. Generally, I like recording music, and I think most of the engineers here are into music with instruments. I would say that’s our specialty.
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 really only 20, 30% […]