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MasterScratch- The PsyTek Project *** updates***

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Psy Tek has put alot of hard work into cleaning up the 28 year old MasterScratch tapes from Nottinghams Rock City days. Anyone who has tried to convert old tapes from the 80s or 90s to mp3 knows what quality to expect, with a lot of hard work and effort , its possible to get them sounding as new.
Here are his latest volumes of the cleaned up versions.
Both sides of the tapes are in one zip file.

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The All New Flourish Records Rehearsal Studio & Studio Upgrade

Flourish Records have now got their new rehearsal studio finished and fully kitted out above the Flourish recording studio:

The Flourish Record recording studio has also got an upgrade, we now have a nice new 32 channel Mackie analogue Mixing desk plus an extra 8 ins and outs on the computer making a total of 16 in s and outs with another 8 more to come:

For more Information: here


New tracks for licensing from

Well I know I’ve not been writing much here in recent weeks but that’s because I’ve been busy writing and producing at the “hands on recordings” studio here in Nottingham, and now I have two new tracks for licensing.

The first track is called “Hope” written by me John Davies (PsyTek) and it’s mainly an instrumental soundtrack or soundscape that has a haunting piano running through the track with string sections that build up to create an emotional crescendo, while modern beats bring it bang up to date. I think it would be perfect for film, TV or indeed any corporate situation.

The second track is called “Save The World” Written and sung by 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). It’s produced by me John Davies (PsyTek) founder of hands on recordings and the session keys were done by Will Joss. The track is a pop track for either a male or female, young or old that wants to take advantage of this emotional love song. It starts with a plucked string section that is repeated through each verse then POW! a big trance like anthem synth takes you through the chorus emphasizing the emotion sung by the singer. Del pitched it to me as a track he’s always wanted to write.

Well I hope you enjoy the tracks and if anyone is interested please don’t hesitate to get in contact.


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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

Computer

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.

Hardware

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:

Mortality by Tribal Infinity PsyTek Remix

Hypnotized by Kat Starr PsyTek Dance Remix

Watch this space for more on what’s happening at the Hands On Recordings studio


Kat Starr – Flourish Records

Kat Starr is Flourish Records hottest singer/song writer to date. This girl has true talent and believe me she is going places. Listen out for her on BBC Radio Nottingham on the run up to Christmas. However, if you simply can’t wait that long to get a taste of her truly talented music you can listen to some of her examples here and a remix done by me “PsyTek” can be found here.

Kat Starr was born and raised in Warrington and began to learn classical piano at the age of eight. She later went on to study Music at the British Academy of New Music in London.

Since then Kat’s musical journey has seen her play in front of Prince Edward as part of her extensive range of live performances.

Strongly influenced by Joni Mitchell, Kat had developed a personal style of writing, which draws together striking melodies and fantastically crafted piano movements.

Blended with the soulful rhythms of her band, Tincture, her songs and performances stir audiences with an intoxicating musical cocktail.

Please watch this space for release dates of the first releases of Kat Starr. We love her music and we hope you will too! Peace


Some Engineering & Producing History…

My Sound Engineering and Producing came about when I started doing my  Music Production courses at NCN Clarendon College and the Square Centre  recording Studio in Nottingham up to HND level. After finishing the  courses I started 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.” At Soundtracks 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.
Also through Soundtracks, 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.

In 2007 I worked on “Control” a biopic B/W film about Ian Curtis lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division.

Currently, I’m doing remixes, engineering and Co-Producing for Flourish Records. Below are a few photos of the Flourish Records Recording Studio that I helped to build and still maintain: