Studio Recording

We really enjoy having the studio here for lessons, demo work, and professional production work. I still do recordings on occasion for computer games, churches and schools, small album projects, and even the occasional theater company tracks. My studio is small and is probably not the best choice for a live band. However, if you'd like to do some recording as a soloist, a composer, or even a small album project, I be happy to talk to you about doing it here. What I can provide:

    • Quality recording and equipment
    • Over 30 years of experience in live and studio sound
    • Over 20 years of experience as a professional composer and recording artist
    • Reasonable rates
If you're in the Baltimore area and would like to talk about recording here, feel free to give me a call (410) 665-3143, or e-mail.
 

Here are some clips from recordings at the Studio:

This recording is a clip from the Worship team at Trinity Assembly. Everything was recorded at my studio except for the drums. We tracked those in a MIDI drum session and then brought them back to my studio and assigned them to my drums modules. The Piano was recorded and stored as MIDI triggering the Roland samplers. The horns are a mix of MIDI trumpet, trombone, and sax, mixed with a live recording of a real trumpet and sax player tracked here. The Guitars, Bass, Percussion, and Vocals were all recorded here using multiple tracks of 24-bit digital audio.

Full Band Clip

This is an example of a "Music Minus One" type song. Everything except the lead vocal came from a Track. When recording these, I like to fly the track into the sequencer and line up and measures for easy editing purposes. I usually will record 3 or 4 passes of the person singing the song, and then we'll mix that down choosing the best parts of each take. This is a Japanese song my daughter liked from a game called Final Fantasy:

Music Minus One Vocal

Since I am a classical guitar player, I thought it would be fun to work on recording some solo guitar pieces that I played years ago on my senior recital. I found mic placement to be very important for this recording, and I experimented with numerous placements and EQ settings before I was happy. Since it's so exposed, every little noise in the environment or from my fumbling fingers was put under a microscope. I finally settled on a placement that was about 12 inches away from my right ear, slightly above and in front of the guitar and aimed at about a 45 degree angle to the plane of the soundboard. I attempted to not solve problems through EQ, as that tends to color the sound. However, I did ultimately set a high-pass filter on as well as rolled off some of the extreme low end. I found this to produce a sound that is very close to what I am used to hearing as the player.

Solo Classical Guitar

This song was used in a school play at RCCS in the Spring of 2004. We could not find a track for it at the time, so I used the opening and ending from the actual recording, and then in the middle replaced the piano with my Roland samplers. Getting my sampled piano to sound the same as the recording was a trick as it had to switch mid-stream in the middle of the song seamlessly. I found getting the EQ and the Reverb audio space a bit tricky, but I think we finally got something pretty close. If you listen at the end of the song the last bits of the piano switch from what I recorded to what was in the original track. The vocal was all recorded here.

Vocal Track

TRANSFERRING RECORDS - If you need to have an old LP transferred to CD or MP3 I can do that for you. I start with the nitty-gritty dirt machine. It's basically a vacuum for records, and was quite popular with audiophiles back in the early 1980's. I'll clean your record and then play it on a very nice Harman/Kardon T-60 turntable with a Grado 1 cartridge. The recording goes straight to 24-bit digital audio. I then split all the tracks up into individual files and try to remove any egregious scratches using a number of plugin's for both "clicks and pops," and "Surface Noise." . When I get done with all the files, I convert them to 16-bit, normalize them, and burn them to a CD in the same order they were found on the album. For MP3 transfers, I take the time to tag the files before burning them to a PC data disk.

I'll do this for $10 per album, and will supply a backup copy for you for an additional $5. However, this is not a money saver. If you can find it on CD...buy it! If not, contact me. If you are not in the local area, you can ship your LP's to me for this process as long as you pay the shipping charges to and from. If you are interested give me a call (410) 665-3143, or send me an e-mail !