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 […]
How is the Fishtank related to Little Fish Audio, the pro audio retailer? Little Fish Audio, being that it's an online company is based out of the Fishtank. Fishtank is where we demo and cast out gear, shoot videos and stuff like that. When the store closes it becomes a studio at night for recording and production. The cool thing about Little Fish Audio is that it allows us to constantly be talking about gear, answering questions about gear, sometimes fixing gear, and really consulting people on what is the best gear for them. Then when it comes to the Fishtank, a fresh project comes in, we may have already talked to two or three other people this month that have similar needs for gear, so we're ready to explain to you why this certain piece of hardware is going to be the best for your vocal, for example.
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!!!
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 […]