The recording process always differs for each project. We produce and engineer recordings in our studio, larger commercial studios and we also able to offer very high quality 32 track mobile location recording for album productions, concerts, TV and more.
Mixing is the process of taking the individual parts of a recorded song and adjusting, blending, editing, processing all the various elements as required. The source tracks levels, dynamics, frequency content and stereo positioning are modified, as well as ambient and modulation effects added if necessary. Timing and tuning problems are fixed, and once all blended together, a clear, cohesive, "radio friendly" finished track is produced.
We generally mix using Pro Tools 10, with high quality third party plugins, however, the approach I take will vary on the project. I will use additional high end outboard gear if a particular sound is required, or even use a different studio. For example, we recently produced some songs for a new musical at Strongroom Studio 1, Shoreditch. The whole process was intentionally completely analog... 2 inch tape, Neve desk, boutique outboard, plate reverbs, etc.
Mastering is the final process applied to mixed tracks before manufacture. Generally mastering is separate 2 processes. Firstly, the premastering involves compression, equalisation, improving the stereo image, volume adjustments, limiting, adding fades, edits and noise reduction to make the recordings sound as full, clear and polished as possible. Secondly the mastering stage is the assembly of the finished master CD. We are able to produce DDP images for CD manufacture, complete with PQ sheet, CD text, Gracenote/CDDB entry and even hidden and data tracks if required.
We can work from emailed files, CDs, or even minidisc, cassettes, vinyl or DAT tapes, either in stems or complete mixes.
Other output available formats are SACD, MP3 (all range or sample and bit rates), M4A, MP3Pro, DVD Audio, DAT, WAV and AIFF, up to 192khz/24bit.
Here’s a video of an Olly Murs appearance for Fabulous Magazine/The Sun which we provided all the live sound equipment, recording, mix and master for recently. These projects can run to a tight deadline - from equipment set up on location to the finished audio delivered for video editing was completed in 9 hours!
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