Tell us about the history of the Fishtank. The Fishtank studios began out of my home when I was working out of my home. I built out a really great room there that was designed by Jeff Headback. It was fantastic and we had great artists, great mixers, come in a do work. Now we've set up a retail store and the front of the store is a showroom/studio so basically we have a ton of the equipment that we sell through our retail shop we have. A lot of it is really high end. Over time we've collected all this stuff and been able to take our time to build out something that really works well. The other thing with the Fishtank is that we've had incredibly engineers come through and I have just so many friends here in the industry who could use the work and are amazing and they're comfortable working here.
Choosing a recording studio to get your recording project done can be a daunting task. There are many factors that should be weighed out when making this choice. What type of music are you recording? What will the instrumentation be? Will you need guidance in the production and arrangement of the music or has this already been worked out? Will you need vocal coaching? What technologies do you need? What is your budget? To make best use of your time there is one factor which cannot save you more money: practice, practice, practice. Make sure that your song is charted out and that each part has been incredibly well rehearsed. You and your bandmates should be well prepared to deliver a flawless performance. Once you are indeed fully prepared, it is time to record. Choosing a recording studio is more than choosing a place with the right equipment. As the saying goes, “it is the Indian and not the Arrow!” There is no more critical element for a successful recording process than having a well trained, talented recording engineers. All recording engineers are not created equal. Although a 2 year or 4 year degree is helpful, these qualifications hold very little credence in the music industry. Pro tools certification in and of itself means very little. The truth is that there are hundreds of people claiming to be bona fide recording engineers without a proven track record of success in the recording industry. The only true measure of quality that […]
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 […]
What would you say makes Little Fish Audio special? I think Little Fish Audio is special because we are a small company that is trying to do big things. We deal with a lot of high-end recording equipment that a lot of people locally don't even know about and could really benefit from. This is a place where you can come try these things out so you don't have to take the expense or the risk of ordering it and then maybe trying to return it. You can just come here and take your time and also talk to people who have used the gear before and see if it's really the best bang for you book. A lot of times someone will come in with an idea of what they think they need and we end up recommending something that is much more cost effective and may give them a lot more.