High Lake Hill Studio

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RECORDING PROCES


We start with the soundcheck and tuning of the drums, this may take some time.
Afterwards we record the drum parts guided by a guitar- and/or bass-pilot (or even a vocal-pilot).
I prefer to record with click track (metronome) but not every drummer can pull this off. Try rehearsing your songs to click track to get used to the feeling. We can save some studio time when you figure out the songs' structure and tempo at home.

When the drum parts are finished (recorded and time-aligned), I usually start with the bass parts but we can record the guitar parts first if you prefer. We follow the same procedure for each instrument: sound-checking the instrument, choosing and placing the microphones, testing and eventually recording. After every recording it's important to listen carefully for any mistakes.

The final instruments to record are vocals. As before, choice and placement of the microphone are very important.

After approving all the recordings, we can start the mix-down. In my opinion it's best to start mixing with "fresh" ears, e.g. the next day, but it all depends on the available studio time. Mixing is a time consuming process. It's a good idea to add a mixing-day for every recording-day. During mix-down the tracks are edited (cleaned up) and, if necessary, treated with eq, dynamics processor, reverb, delay, effects, etc. Finally with the use of volume and panning the tracks are mixed together into a stereo pair.

The last step is to master the stereo tracks. Mastering is difficult to explain but it will give your mixed songs more power, volume, brilliance, wider stereo image, etc. It's an extremely important step in the whole process. It's the icing on the cake!
You can take the mixed songs to a dedicated mastering studio and a new set of trained ears (If your budget allows it) or you can let me do the job. It's up to you.


HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED?


A lot depends on the quality and the amount of songs (read minutes) you want to record.
Are you recording a demo, EP or full length album?

If you prefer really good quality, my advise is to record every instrument separately.
But if you need to speed things up, we can record some instruments together. We can put a guitar amp in the iso-booth, record the bass directly (with bass-amp simulation) and put the drum-set in the live room. Vocals and extra instruments get recorded afterwards.
To speed things up even more we can record all the instruments together but then we don't end up with perfectly isolated tracks.

There's no harm in a little studio stress but constantly working against the clock rarely leads to a good result. One week for a full length record ain't by far excessive.
A good starting point is to count 2 to 3 days for a (very good sounding) demo and 10 to 15 days for a full length. (1 day = 8 to 9h)
BUT everything is debatable! Feel free to get in touch and we'll try to work something out.


REHEARSE


Make sure that you control your songs perfectly. My goal is to guide you through the recording process as smooth as possible, nevertheless there's always an amount of stress involved when you've got to perform a perfect take. Therefore it's very important to be able to perform your parts in "automatic pilot". You loose (expensive) studio time fast when you're not able to play your parts easily. A good idea is to do a rehearsal with only 2 musicians (e.g. drums & bass).


GEAR


Make sure that your instruments are in perfect condition. Use (nearly) new strings on guitars, check the condition of the drum skins, give your voice enough rest before entering the studio, check your amps/effects for hums, use good quality instrument cables,... Good gear is the first step to a good end-result!


LYRICS


Please bring a few prints of your lyrics. It helps me to follow the songs and the backing vocalists know what to sing and where to sing it.


FACILITIES


Kitchen: coffee machine, fridge (empty), microwave, dishwasher, dinner table,...

Control-room: air-conditioning, relax corner, lots of reading matter,...

Large parking in front of the door!

At walking distance you'll find a small supermarket (Prima), within 2 to 3 km there's a pizzeria, pitta/kebab, supermarket, pubs, french fries (frituur),...


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