Description - Promo Mix Studio
It's a well equipped and good sounding project studio, used to create any thing from a polished demo to a finished album for Songwriters, Tribute and other Rock bands, and Solo performers.
Arranging, Recording, Correcting, Editing, Mixing, and Mastering all carried out by a professional with over 30 years experience in production of live and recorded music.
Fender Custom Shop
Digital kit on request
BFD and other plugins
Logic Pro DAW
Drums were originally recorded in a pro studio, but had very little life. With application of eq, gating, compression, and ambience (that could all be replicated live) – and with a ton of patience – we turned that dull sound into a massive 80s kit. Bass and Guitars were recorded in front rooms in Sheffield with the performers just playing along to the original track, We then had to sync that to the tempo of our own drum track. Keyboards were added in the studio in Kent by playing along to the mix of the rest. Vocals were also recorded in the studio... and again, loads of listening to the original tracks enabled getting a performance close to the original track.
Not really a tribute, more of a “revival” of the first band to work live with Kate Bush. We had the luxury of having Kate's original guitarist, Brian Bath and drummer Vic King, on the track, ensuring the arrangement(s) remained faithful.
A live gig in London was captured on ten tracks through the front of house desk. Back in the studio, we set to work with the rather rough result that’s typical from captures :through the desk” to try and get back the sound and balance of the real gig. Drums were gated for separation. One Bass note was corrected using Melodyne, and a late Guitar chord pulled into time the same way. Keyboards were given the stereo image they couldn’t get live through the small venue PA, and all vocals were balanced, blended, and given back the venue’s ambience that the mics didn’t collect of course. The finished result was synced back to a fan video and posted on YouTube – nice!
Drums were recorded on a pro studio’s “house kit” in Brighton, playing to a guide track – but the mix wasn’t right and it was the wrong kind of kit, so we replaced each drum track digitally at the mix studio in Kent. Same performance, but a different sound that was more in keeping with the drummer’s own live kit.
Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Vocals, were recorded by the players and vocalists at home using basic equipment and the recorded drum/guide track. Vocals were recorded dry and with favourite live mics at home by the girls working to the guide track. Some judicious editing, careful EQ, lots of attention to ambience and effects, and loads of listening to the original track to match sounds led to a tight demo, exactly as they perform it live.