August was another crazy month, and it's pretty hard to believe that summer is over already. We had so many great people spend some time with us. Reuben and the Dark returned after a crazy festival season for a little bit of downtime and rehearsal in our hall. Mocking Shadows came in with The Prophets of Music for a few days, and they were joined by Global News, who did a feature on The Prophets of Music. The Steadies came in to rehearse before reggaefest, and threw a pool party the day they left. We also had Nicola Lefevre in with Girls Rock Camp Calgary, and the three groups of young women recorded fantastic original songs. Studio A stayed busy for most of the month, seeing projects from across all the different genres and keeping our engineers busy (the way we like it). We also got the exciting news that Jocelyn Alice's song 'Jackpot' went gold, making it the first gold track for the studio. Spencer co-produced the song and recorded the vocals here.
The month ends a little slower, with Josh out at the Peak Performance Project camp, and Spencer away, but as soon as they're back Dan, Josh, and Spencer are heading to the Canadian Country Music Awards in Halifax where we are nominated for Recording Studio of the Year!
This has been an absolutely incredible summer. The studio saw so many amazing people come through our doors, and it was a fantastic summer for live music in Calgary as well. Thank you to everyone who visited the studio these last few months: to those who came in to record, came to see a hall show, or even came out for a pool party. This is such a great city, and we love being here.
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1. If you weren't in the music business, what would you be doing? Day Trading or Scuba Diving around the world. Or Day Trading to fund my Scuba Diving habit more likely...
2. How do you choose what microphone to use for vocals? Whatever suits their voice and style best. If you have a very bright singer you probably don't want a super bright mic etc... If you have a very loud aggressive singer you probably don't want a sensitive mic and vice versa.
I mean... SM7 always wins, who are we kidding :)
3. What was the first record/CD you purchased? Smash Mouth - Astro Lounge (yes, that's right, and I'm proud of it!!). Which, funny little fact - that album was recorded by the original owner of OCL's Neve 88R console - Eric Valentine. Small world...
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1. If you weren't in the music business, what would you be doing? Either a electrician or physiologist. I've always been interested in how people work. I have a odd dream about opening a antique store when I retire... If I retire.
2. How do you choose what microphone to use for vocals? I listen to the singer talk. I find you can learn a lot about the proper mic, just by how they speak in a room.
3. What was the first record/CD you purchased? Suicidal Tendencies - Join the Army.
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1. If you weren't in the music business, what would you be doing? I would definitely be in the photography business or a pilot. Or an astronaut.
2. How do you choose what microphone to use for vocals? In the studio it totally depends on what you're trying to account for on the singer's voice, what you're trying to correct or accentuate, or capture correctly. Sometimes a mic can sound terrible, but for a reason - it totally depends on the vibe you're going for and the type of song! Producer's choice.
But really just use an SM7.
Live, it's tough. If you have the budget to choose, it depends on the singer's voice, but almost as importantly how big the room is, what else is on stage, what monitors you're using, where they're placed... I have my absolute preferences, but sometimes an artist has their own mic or they are endorsed by a certain brand and you are forced to work with it.
3. What was the first record/CD you purchased? I honestly don't remember, but I'm sure my brother probably downloaded or torrented it for me, just because he could. We should probably all beat him up.
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1. If you weren't in the music business, what would you be doing? If I wasn't in the music business I would be more involved in sports, like playing hockey.
2. How do you choose what microphone to use for vocals? It usually depends on the style and sound the band and singer want. Then I put one up in front of them, and if it isn't what they are going for I try my second choice.
3. What was the first record/CD you purchased? I honestly can't remember. At my cabin we have a flea market every weekend and I would go and buy various things there all I remember is that it was a cassette tape; can't remember what artist it was.