Tag Archive: Recording

  1. Image of the desk at SoundARC Recording Studios

    Well it’s always nice to be doing things, but this month ‘things’ have happened with such frequency that I’ve not had chance to post about any of them! The month started off with The Piano & Cello Duo recording three tracks live as part of the SoundARC Sessions, the results of which can be seen (and heard) below. Next up came news of a new exciting web development commission for a brand-new start-up, who wish to sell their goods through a couple of online channels. I’ll be able to share more info once the project kicks off proper. Mid-month I …

  2. 3.25 Days at the ‘ARC

    Image of a Revox A77 tape machine rewinding

    As the title suggests, I’ve just spent a shade over three days working on various projects in the studio. Friday evening was spent tracking vocals to The MLP’s new songs, which are really coming along nicely. Got a bit of editing to do now before we can mix, but the tracks aren’t that far off from being released. Saturday saw recording first-time nu-metallers Dialekt lay down two tracks at SoundARC. Working fast, we managed to record and mix everything within eight hours – quite an achievement considering how good the tracks sound! Sunday saw the return of Chavassea Okeke to …

  3. Image of the desk at SoundARC Recording Studios

    That’s great! Being a sound engineer is a really rewarding (and fun) job to do, but have you really got what it takes? If you think that all you’ll be doing is setting up microphones and programming beats, think again. Are you happy to work long and unsociable hours? I mean really long and unsociable hours? If so, congratulations! Your life now belongs to the recording studio. Expect to work most weekday evenings (including Friday night), and all day Saturday and Sunday too. If you prefer to work a more regular nine-to-five, get a job at Tesco. You may find …

  4. 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 …

  5. Some Mid-Week Solo Action

    Image of part of SoundARC Recording Studio's logo

    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 …

  6. 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 …