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Updates!

I guess I’m using this space as a news update for now, it’s been a while I know. Most notably is the potential of moving the operation out of my home. ToneGood has been in the basement of my family’s home for about 2 years now. Recording audio with a baby in the house is not easy. I’m unable to work late with clients who are potentially more comfortable at odd hours. There are a ton of small distractions that continue to pull me away from the work I should be doing. So with all that in mind sooner rather than later I’ll be moving to a studio space. A recording studio that’s not my basement. Now I just need to figure out what to do with my basement. Hmmph.

Recording is in full swing so far this Spring. BANDS!!! I love the amount of production and hip hop work I’ve had come through, it’s been the lifeblood of this studio. But recording ROCK BANDS is why I cannot quit doing this. And I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dead End Lights over at Earth Analog. They knocked out 9 songs in 2 days. I LOVE THAT SH*T. We have a few overdubs we’ll do here at ToneGood, then we’ll mix and master and release!!!! Love it!!

I have a couple more sessions coming up at Earth this spring and early summer. It is by far and away the most affordable full scale recording studio- analog or digital- in the state if not the midwest. It delivers a great experience. Contact me if you have interest in getting in there.

That’s a lot of info on what I’ve been up to recording-wise lately IMO. We shall commence again.

So, You Think You’re Ready to Record?

I record a lot of folks. I am ever-grateful for them to come to me to help them create. I want to record the very best product I can for them- but that takes some effort on their part too. Here is a list of things you may want to think about before you record.

  1. What can I do to prepare?

PRACTICE. Come prepared. Even if you are entering completely prepared, there will be hiccups. It’s going to happen. If you have demos, send them to me. I can help find trouble spots (tempo, signature changes, harmonies, etc) that way.

2. What am I doing with the songs I’m recording?

Are you putting together an album? A mixtape? A single? Recording for a music video? These things sometimes can affect the way I record your project. You need to think of your recordings as a cohesive idea- and that needs to be easily translated by your audience. The clearer picture you have of what you want the better I work toward the common goal with you.

3. What is my roll?

Am I just setting up mics, hitting record, and keeping my mouth shut otherwise? Am I taking on any production roll? Am I tracking/mixing/and mastering? These are things I need to know.

4. How long with it take to record my project?

There are some general rules of thumb out there. You can usually count on it taking longer than what you expected, at some point in the recording process. Your bass player broke a string, and we have to send a runner to go get more. There’s a half hour gone. Drummer breaks a head, same thing. Vocalist loses their voice. Something will happen, and it will take up some of your time.
If you want copies of your songs every time you finish that takes time.
You want to eat food? That takes time. The best you can do is expect delays, and be ok with them when the occur. This will help morale to stay up, or at least even.

5. Does time=money?

Eh, kind of. If it is a bigger project I like to figure out an “all-in” budget before we even start. That way, we aren’t watching the clock and we can concentrate on the important stuff.
If you just book a 2 hour block, then we need to be a little more wary of time. I may have a session booked right after yours, and we need to be respectful of other people’s time.

Hey! That was fun. There are probably longer lists out there that will help you prepare for studio recording- I advise you look at those as well.

 

 

Here’s a first…

Never done a blog post, here it goes- I’ve done a lot of recording at the studio this year. Keeping a  recording studio in Champaign is super exciting- it feels like there are a ton of musicians in the population. So far this year I’ve recorded some really interesting instruments- a harmonium, a piano I learned my grandpa may have built, ukulele…the list goes on. I’ve had the pleasure of recording sound for a few video projects. What surprises me the most I think is the amount of hip hop and r&b I’ve tracked. There are so many talented folks in the region, and they’ve helped keep me super busy!

Just kind of testing the waters on the Blog segment of the webpage. Hopefully I can stay motivated toward this and keep the posts coming!