March 28, 2016

Recording Brass – Technique, theory and practice.

Recording brass can be a bit of an undertaking if one isn’t familiar with the process. Brass instruments (Trumpet, Sax, Tuba, Trombone)  can have a massive large dynamic range, and can be very nuanced if the music at hand is jazz. When recording any of the instruments, there are a couple of things to take into account. Here’s a list of how to approach the session:   What Genre is the Music being Recorded?: Will you be recording a slow jazz with a horn as a lead? A funk track with a brass section performing stabs? Its very important to take a second, and have the instrumentalist(s) play through the tune at hand to get a feel for the dynamic range, bursts (in the case of a funk stab), as well as, whether the player(s) have a tendency to move around. The distance, and direction of the mic will play a big part in how the sound is picked up.   Each one of these factors will come into play when moving on to the next section:   Microphone Choice: Condenser or Dynamic or Ribbon?: For me this question really depends on the answer to the first question. If the session is with experienced jazz musicians, more often than not, I will reach for a condenser, as it allows the expressivity of the player to come across much better. If this is the case, I will place the microphone at least 3 feet from the end of the player’s horn. […]
April 3, 2015

Ivan “Ill Factor” Corraliza and Novation Visit the Fish Tank Studios

We were more than happy to have Novation use our facilities for the filming of their promotional video. The Launch XL looks like a great product with a lot of potential for both Live and Studio use. Ivan has produced  hit songs for artists like Justin Timberlake, Ginuwine, Matiyahu, Kevin Rudolf, Cobra Starship, Cody Simpson, Jason Derulo, Macy Gray, and Groove Armada. We are happy to have Ivan in the studio whenever he chooses to put together the next bi Check out Ivan’s work in our studio below:   Ivan chooses Fish Tank recording studios when he wants to work in a well equipped, acoustically sound [intlink id=”7″ type=”page”]Miami recording studio[/intlink].