Three Budgets|In preparing for a studio session, some engineers advise their clients to make up three different budgets - low, medium and high and write down the pros and cons of each option. If one thinks through all the choices and implications of choosing one
over the other with both eyes open, at least there won't be too big a
surprise, i.e. budget overruns. Because of financial limitations, there are tradeoffs and it is important to understand what the consequences are.
New Writing Room Opened|Avatar Studios opened a new 160 square foot writing room (see photo in banner above) equipped with Pro Tools and Apple Logic. There is an adjacent vocal booth making the room ideal for writing, pre-production and vocal overdubs. Take advantage of all the vintage analog gear here and enjoy the full service you'll receive. This room is another option to get what you need done in a professional environment.
Lessons from Old School Mixing|Recently, we participated in an experiment with engineer, Roy
Hendrickson, who wanted to deliberately mix a song he is producing, the
"old-fashioned way" - on an analog console using two Studer A800
24-track tape machines with the Pro Tools rig turned off. Roy wanted to
see how the mix would come out given the limitations of a non-DAW mix
situation, the way he used to work prior to the year 2000.
Raising the Recording Literacy of Musicians|
It was important for Ian Terry to raise the knowledge level of musicians so
they take the responsibility for how their art is produced. The aim of
their program is NOT to train musicians to become engineers and learn
another craft, but to be able to make informed decisions on where and
how to record and the right "who to hire" to get their projects done.
Understanding the limitations of what one can do and knowing how to ask
for the right kind of help are two important ideas Ian wanted to