October was a great month for us out at the studio. We started by having Brett Kissel and his band use to hall to get ready for the Airwaves tour, and record a few demos with Spencer in Studio A. We had Lindsay Ell come in for a visit over the Thanksgiving Weekend, and then had up-and-coming country artists Maddison Krebs in with her producer, Scott Henderson. In addition to a lot of other great sessions, we had some kids from the Beltline Youth Centre come in and record a few tracks with Brennan. It's definitely a treat to have these talented young people come through the Studio. We ended the month with our greatly anticipated Maintence Week. Our studio designer and our board tech from Vancouver flew in to fix up the Neve, and she's sounding better than ever. We're in for another great November, and we can't wait to see what projects we get involved in this month.
1. How do you choose where to place players for an off the floor session? Usually it's based on isolation and sight lines. You normally want everyone to be close to each other so they can feel connected (or at least have good sight lines with each other) but with the best possible isolation that you can achieve (ie Grand piano and drums almost never go in the same room. An electric guitar amp can be mic'd up in an ISO room so it doesn't matter if the guitar player is beside the drums).
It's always a trade off, and sometimes you throw isolation out the window and just accept there will be some bleed from the different sound sources and roll with it.
2. Who would be your dream take five session? John Mayer trio with Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on bass.
3. What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Walter White from Breaking Bad
1. How do you choose where to place players for an off the floor session? I think I look for good line of sight for all musicians. Nothing works better than when everyone can read each other off the floor.
2. Who would be your dream take five session? K.D. Lang
Can we please make that happen?!
3. What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? I think I nailed it this year
Family costume of King, Queen and Princess.
Myself as Elvis, my wife as Queen Marie Antoinette and out daughter as Princess Aurora (sleeping beauty)
1. How do you choose where to place players for an off the floor session? Sometimes you are deciding simply by what the instrumentation of the band is, whether because of physical dimensions or volume, sometimes you're looking to isolate completely, and sometimes you want no isolation and want to work with the bleed and create one cohesive sound. One rule of thumb is often that the bigger the room, the bigger and more open the sound is, and the smaller the room, the smaller and tighter the sound is. This applies to everything from drums to vocals - the sound of the room and the desired acoustic "size" is my usual number 1 go to factor for deciding, followed closely by how much isolation I want.
2. Who would be your dream take five session? Patrick Watson, for sure!
3. What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? I don't think I've ever had a good one. Maybe if I dress up as Brennan, I'll at least get some laughs.
1. How do you choose where to place players for an off the floor session? Depends on the instrumentation and what you want isolated. You wouldn't want to put a soft instrument in with the drums, so you would separate them.
2. Who would be your dream take five session? The Foo Fighters.
3. What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? I think the best costume I ever wore was a Dalmatian. My whole family dressed up as Dalmatian dogs.