Again, we will have a closer look at outstanding music studios from around the globe. Volume 2 of the blog article series “Outstanding Music Studios” highlights another four music studios – this time – located in the United States, Australia, Belgium and Italy. If you missed the series’ first article, you could find it here. Enjoy exploring the following stunning music studios.Continue reading →
Doing international business by having customers or business partners from all over the world is always exciting, but also can be tricky sometimes. Different time zones, currencies, languages and connectivity can complicate the daily work. By using the right professional tools, you can control those constraints, and you can handle your international business without further headaches. In the music industry and the associated creative industries, we usually do not know borders and frequently collaborate with people from everywhere on the globe. Let me show you five handy tools that facilitate your international business!Continue reading →
After we talked about virtual amp simulators in the past, the next logical step is to have a look at guitar cabinet impulse responses (in short: IR). Those so-called impulse responses are sound measurements that contain information about the guitar cabinet speaker, the room where everything is recorded as well as about the used microphone and microphone preamp in the particular situation. That set of information is stored in one single .wav file with that you can recreate the recording situation by loading it into a convolution plug-in – or in an easier term – IR loader. Once you have an IR created, it always recreates the same sound you initially captured, and you do not need to set up a bunch of equipment anymore every time you want to get this unique sound. Important to keep in mind is that an impulse response can recreate the signal chain elements coming AFTER the guitar amp head, but does not include sound characteristics of a guitar amp. Therefore, the combination with a virtual amp simulator or a real guitar amp head and a load box is required to get the guitar sound you want (explained more in detail by Pete Thorn here in one of his great Youtube videos). Impulse responses can also be used to recreate room sounds to be used later as reverb in your mix. However, we will focus on the guitar cabinet IRs in the following and where to get those if you do not want to create your own.Continue reading →
In the near past, I started documenting the progress of AP’s new modern rock project “Come Back” began with explaining how the idea for the song arose and how we started the songwriting and recording process by tracking the drums, guitars and keys. After the editing of the guitar recording was done, a demo mix was sent to Torsten Kolb, who I got to know as the bassist of the alternative rock band Blizzard back in 2014/2015. It only took a couple of days after I received a bass concept for the song that just needed a few small adjustments later during the final recording in late January to be exactly what I was initially looking for.Continue reading →
Two weeks ago, I published the first production documentation article after almost a year. That type of article should help novices in the songwriting and production business to understand how to get specific results and should act as a source of inspiration for your future productions. For all others reading the article, it can be a small diary entry to be sure that we are continually working on our upcoming projects and get some behind-the-scenes insights of those as well as final release announcements. This time, I will briefly talk about the keys and sound effects (SFX) recording for “Come Back”.Continue reading →
One day in November 2018, I spent some hours of my weekend in my project studio and wrote and recorded drums for an entire song of which its rhythm existed in my mind after taking a shower – ready to be recorded. Just Pro Tools’s metronome and the idea in my head provided the basis for my new song. Later, I sent the finished drum recording to Philipp Lykostratis, a brilliant guitar player, motion designer and former colleague at the media agency. Soon after, I received already recorded demo guitar tracks that made me decide to schedule a recording session to finalise the parts and to do the recording at my place in mid of January. The following article will explain to you how we did it and what equipment we used.Continue reading →
There are thousands of music studios out there in the world. It is hard to oversee them all, especially if you are searching for unique places that shall support your creative journey and make the production time with your team an unforgettable experience. To facilitate your search of the perfect location, I present you four outstanding music studios from around the world that could be your next recording studio to go.Continue reading →
After showing you my favourite plugin brands & products and my virtual amp simulator collection in the past, it is time to talk about my go-to virtual drums and drum replacement tools that are used in my production’s daily life. The article will present you tools and virtual instruments that can be used for various genres and are all in an affordable price range even for beginners in the production environment. Enjoy!