The “hands on recordings” Recording Studio (more than the sum of it’s parts…)
This is my humble recording studio it’s been going strong for about 10 years now and it’s seen lots of action for recording, production, post production and mastering. As you can see it’s mainly software based but don’t be fooled into thinking that this limits me from producing professional work. Lots of people make the mistake of thinking that you need lots of expensive hardware to do a professional job but this is far from the truth. It’s not so much what kit you have, it’s more knowing how to get the best out of what kit you have. Due to my Music Production courses at NCN Clarendon College and the Square Centre recording Studio in Nottingham up to HND level, plus the work experience I did working for a voluntary project based at the, Square Centre recording studio called, “Soundtracks,” which had other voluntary projects such as, “Fallen Angels,” and, “Include,” where I ran numerous recording and production sessions for young people to whom normally would not be able to afford studio time in a commercial recording studio which in all gave me a good solid foundation. Then after that in this very studio I worked with producer/songwriter/vocalist, Del St Joseph who has had a long successful history in the music industry with several hits under his belt. One of which being, “Please Don’t Go,” by K.W.S, (UK number 1 for 6 weeks, number 4 US Billboard Chart 1990/1), as his Chief Engineer helping him start up his Production Company “Fourjayz”. Over the years we collaborated with producer Mike Pela from London who has a long production history in the music industry with artists like, Sade, Savage Garden, Erasure, Boy George, Ace of Base, Maxwell and Everything but the Girl. All of this education and experience enables me to get the most out of what I have.
A Bit About My Kit
I’m running a Quad Core PC with a M-Audio Delta 44 audio interface (M-Audio are owned by Avid who also own Pro Tools) using Logic Platinum 5.5 on Windows XP with lots of VST/DirectX instruments and plugins.
My mixer is a Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro which I love. It’s so clean and has an enormous amount of headroom which lots of mixers at this price range don’t seem to have.
My monitors are the wonderful industry standard Mackie HR824’s which match perfectly with the Mackie mixer, and due to them being active there’s no power amplifier getting in the way colouring the sound.
My midi interface is a MOTU midi express which enables me to interface almost any midi kit I throw at it whilst keeping everything in time.
Then there’s the latest addition to the studio the amazing Blue Bluebird condenser microphone this is a truly great mic with a dynamic range that most condenser microphones don’t have at this price range.
Here are some examples of some of the more recent work done here:
Watch this space for more on what’s happening at the Hands On Recordings studio