Recording can be a daunting task. It’s expensive. It’s time consuming. A lot of things have to line up for the result to be a record everyone is happy with upon listening.
Instead of forcing you to read, I have made some videos that describe my process — both ideal and realistic scenarios —
WHO ARE YOU? WHY SHOULD WE WORK WITH YOU AND NOT OTHER STUDIOS IN TOWN?
I am Alex. You can read more about me HERE. I have the best core-equipment in the region and that is not a subjective statement. I objectively have the best equipment. I don’t have the MOST equipment. I don’t have a console. I don’t have walls of gear. I don’t have analog EQs and compressors. But what I have is the objectively best front end of any studio around. 14 Channels of BAE 1073 and a DW Fearn VT-2 into 16 channels of JCF Audio AD8 conversion. If you don’t know what any of that means, let me google that for you.
The BAE 1073 is the most authentic replication of the Neve 1073 preamp that has been used to most records throughout the existence of music. BAE Audio uses the same transformers, cable, switches, buttons… everything. It’s the same, except you can buy them new and not have to wonder what has been replaced since the 70s and what might be about to die and differences between channels.
The DW Fearn VT-2 is arguably one of the best preamps in the history of preamplifiers. It is big, bold, clear, 3 dimensional, bass that goes down to 5Hz, highs that are smooth, mids that are clear… it takes harsh sources and makes them smooth… it is magic.
The JCF Audio AD8 is the pinnacle of Analog to Digital Conversion. The only thing that could possibly be “better” than it is the JCF Audio Latte conversion… which is more for Mastering than Tracking/Mixing.
Pro Tools HDX in a Mac Pro 12 Core. More processing power than any session could ever need. Near zero latency… but that doesn’t really matter — because I provide ZERO LATENCY ANALOG MONITORING. Yes, it’s true. I have the outputs of my preamps split 3 ways. 1) Conversion 2) Summing Mixer 3) Monitor Mixer. When you are tracking, you are listening to the 100% analog signal. There isn’t the possibility of digital distortion/breakup because only I am hearing the digital conversion.
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED?
What do you want to accomplish? Demo? Single? “Major Label Sounding”? EP? LP? Double Full Length?
You could record live to 2 track and put down a few songs in 4 hours. You could record 1 song in 16 hours or 4 songs in 24 hours. You could track basics live in studio keep everything and overdub vocals and solos. We could set up one ribbon mike and record it to one track. The possibilities are truly endless. If you are new to this, then it'd be best to BOOK A SESSION CONSULTATION. These are 1 hour sessions that cost $50. If you choose to work together, it will be put toward your recording. If you choose to go elsewhere, best of luck.
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
My studio is half of my house where I live with my wife Sara and our child Felix. We are in the vicinity of Ellis Hollow.
15 Minutes to the Ithaca Commons. 25 Minutes to Cortland. 1 Hour to Syracuse. 1 Hour to Binghamton. 2 Hours to Rochester. 4 hours to NYC. 5 1/2 Hours to Burlington.
I will tell you our address when a) I know who you are and b) have received money from you.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
A recording studio is a tool. Much like a hammer, which can be used to create and destroy — a recording studio can be used to build up your band and create something everyone is proud of, strengthening the relationships you have with your bandmates, family and investing into the future of your music — or you can use it to destroy the relationships in your band, family and finances — all in one fell swoop. The choice is yours.
WHAT IS THE AIR VELOCITY OF AN UNLADEN SWALLOW?
What do you mean? An African or European swallow?