Tag Archive: Mixing

  1. A Mixing Extravaganza

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    I’m writing this post in a kind of post-shock state, as after 25 days of continuous work, many cups of coffee and energy drink, and a monumental 14 hour final day, Ben Drake’s album has finally been mixed and sent off to be mastered. Over the last month, I seem to have spent more time at SoundARC than anywhere else, but it’s time that’s paid off; I’m extremely pleased with what we’ve managed to come up with, and is a recording that will hopefully do Ben proud.

  2. Some Mid-Week Solo Action

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    I love working with solo musicians. It’s always a real pleasure collaborating with someone one-to-one, as I feel that through getting to know them as a person, I can do a better job in helping them fully realise their music. This week saw three familiar faces return to SoundARC, eaching bringing their own (very different) brands of music with them. Wednesday saw the return of Richard Ward (A.K.A. ‘Haw Haw’), to complete a track he started with us last week. ‘Undercut’ is an electronica/rock crossover that manages to blend a load of seemingly unrelated sounds and textures, to create something …

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    Wow! What just happened?! The last four days have all been a bit of a blur to be honest! Thursday saw the return of Ben Drake to SoundARC, laying down the remaining lead vocals and guitar to his second album. It’s all coming together very nicely; I’ve just got a small mountain of editing to do now before we start mixing! Friday and Sunday saw ‘Standard’ recording sessions, with indie rockers ‘Relights’, and rock covers band ‘Los Cajones’ respectively. Both bands managed to lay down an impressive four tracks in the six hours allocated – pretty good going by anyone’s …

  4. A Weekender With Ryan Lownds

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    Just completed a ‘Weekender’ session at SoundARC with singer/songwriter Ryan Lownds. We worked fast, and managed to get three full-band tracks and two acoustic tracks recorded and mixed, and then mastered his entire album’s worth of material, all in twenty hours! The challenge came from having to slip in two tracks which were recorded elsewhere, and had a very different sonic footprint. However, with a little lot of equalisation and a touch bucketload of compression, we got everything sitting nicely in the end.

  5. A Fine Start To The Week

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    Well it’s been a busy old few days! Sunday saw the beginning of a brand-new project at SoundARC, with singer/songwriter Chavassea Okeke in the studio. We had a very productive day, scratching out the structure to the first track of the project, ‘Still Walking’, then adding layers and sounds as we saw fit. Monday evening saw the return of FS1E, with some final mix tweaks before we master next month. Everything is sounding very nice indeed! Finally, today saw seven-piece function band ‘Kate’s Band’ lay down some feel-good standards with us. We moved fast, and managed to track three tunes …

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    Hot out of the studio are two tracks from February of Strangers, recorded, mixed and mastered by yours truly! ‘Black Heart’ and ‘Out of Reach’ are the products of three days at SoundARC Recording Studios, and show that you don’t need a huge band lineup to create an epic sound!