Tag Archive: Recording Session

  1. Image of a dulcimer in the live room at SoundARC Recording Studios.

    Weekends off and public holidays are a rarity for a sound engineer. We’re always required to work when everyone else isn’t, and this Easter was no exception! The first was with Joe Dunne and friends. Joe has written a number of songs that he intends to get a whole host of musicians down into the studio to help realise. Saturday saw two of the ‘folkier’ tracks get laid down, with the help of folk trio Ragged Staff. We tracked acoustic guitar, mandola, hammered dulcimer, and vocals, which all went nice and easy. I’ve just got a bit of editing to …

  2. Image of Gévaudan's band logo

    This weekend saw two contrasting recording sessions with Ben Drake and doom metalists Gévaudan. Ben got the wonderfully talented Liz Townsend down to record cello on three tracks of his upcoming second album. The session was a smooth one, and as a result we managed to cover an awful lot of ground in a short space of time. Just got to crack on with editing now before mixing begins! Saturday’s session saw Gévaudan track ‘Message For The Damned’, an epic-sounding doom metal track. Clocking in at over nine minutes, we had to work jolly fast (and then some!), but we …

  3. A Recording Surprise

    Image of a dulcimer in the live room at SoundARC Recording Studios.

    The last two days have been spent knee-deep in edits (metaphorically speaking of course; I was working purely in the digital domain!). Now a good way into recording his second album with us, Ben Drake has spent a great deal of time tracking recently, so I’ve currently got a massive backlog of editing work, some of which I managed to get through. Yesterday afternoon however, I took an hour out to record Caroline Riches (from ‘Ragged Staff’) a fiddle, and – to my surprise – a dulcimer, for a folk track, titled ‘I Lay Stretched On Your Grave’. Dulcimers are …

  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 …

  6. Image of part of SoundARC Recording Studio's logo

    Today saw something a little bit different at SoundARC, with the recording of ‘Strictly Swing’ – a new swing and big band outfit looking to break into the corporate market. The day was spent tracking drums, upright bass, and guitar to seven swing tracks, including ‘L.O.V.E.’, ‘Let There Be Love’, and even a swing version of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, by Stevie Wonder! I was particularly pleased with how the drums turned out, as we made good use of the studio’s vintage Premier kit. All in all, a cracking day!