Interview with Martin Cilia at A Sharp Recording Studio

Martin Cilia is no stranger to A Sharp. Best know as Australia’s best Surf Rock Guitarist and member of legendary Surf Band, The Atlantics.  Martin’s been in the studio several times already this year, both for Mental As Anything, and for his own material having recorded drums at A Sharp for his latest album Electric Christmas.

The North Shore Synagogue recording at A Sharp Recording Studio

Zvi Teichtahl, Cantor of The North Shore Synagogue contacted A Sharp Recording studios earlier this year in order to record a commemorative CD of music. The idea was for the CD to accompany a book celebrating the 75-year anniversary of the founding of the Synagogue and its community.
“The Book came about to be able to provide current and past members with a trip down memory lane. It has a pictorial and written history of the synagogue, including milestone events and key figures that helped build and create the community that it is. The CD, which will be attached to the back of the book, will reflect the rich musical heritage for which the synagogue has been renowned. It seemed to be a neat way to provide members with an audio presentation whilst reading through the book.”

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Lennox Lust recording with Jye Hannan at A Sharp Studio

Recently, Producer Engineer, Jye Hannan booked out A Sharp Recording Studio to record a great due called Lennox Lust. After the session we caught up with the band and asked a couple of questions.

Describe Lennox Lust in a tweet?
– Quirky, happy and in love.

Why did you decide to have Jye engineer this project?
– We came across Jyes skills at university where we were assembled together to create radio advertisements for the UNI. We were searching for an engineer at the time for a while and found we really liked the way he worked. He seemed highly capable but most importantly he seemed to respect what we wanted and didn’t try to influence us in an unnatural direction.

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Milko Foucault-Larché recording at A Sharp Recording Studios

Famous Mauritian French artist Milko Foucault-Larche recently recorded a charitable album at A Sharp for the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Ceremony this month. We caught up with Milko during the recording session and asked him a few questions about his musical career that has spread from Mauritius to NY and Sydney for a man dubbed as the leading ambassador of French Popular music in Australia.

“I started performing at 18 and landed my first gig with a French Theater Company touring Mauritius singing small parts in French Operettas, 7 shows a week for 3 months. It was fun, but hard work as we would rehearse a show in the afternoon and perform another one in the evening.” This love of Operetta grew Milko explained that lead him to producing his own, which in turn resulted in him working for Mauritian television. “Two years later I produced my first big show, I was only 21 and in charge of a two hour French operetta extravaganza with a chorus of 30, 6 singers. 6 dancers and a 32 piece orchestra and I performed in it.” The road was set and for the next 10 years Milko produced a number of shows, concerts and events and even worked for National Radio.

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So why do you need a music producer?

THE QUOTE: Mate, I’m tellin’ you, I wrote the song, I sing the song, the Band’s been playing the song for a year, not only do we not need a producer, we’ll go into the studio and get it first take – I GUARANTEE IT..!!!!

THE FACT: the only “dud” album The Beatles recorded was the one without a Producer! “Let It Be” – they got it so wrong, they remixed it and re-released it 34 years later.

When Alannis Morisset recorded her “Jagged Little Pill” album that went on to sell 10 million copies or more, she basically lived with her producer for 3 months. Was it because she liked him? No, they had a job to do.

When the Bee Gees recorded an album they had a producer. This is the Band that Barry Gibb was in, the guy who has written and produced more hit songs than anyone EVER. That’s EVER. Not this year or since Kylie was in Neighbours but EVER.

Here’s a guy who produced an album for Barbra Streisand successfully. Think Barack Obama has a hard job? Forget it, try Producing a Barbra Streisand album!

When The Bee Gees do a record, they get a Producer, the man who is a Producers’ Producer gets a Producer.

Why is that do you say? Well I’m glad you asked.

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Jimi Wyatt – The man behind Ginger Recording Studios

How many of us can say that we’ve visited and talked with the likes of Dave Pensado or Tom Lord-Alge in the USA? Or, maybe even walked around and seen many of the Worlds most famous studios such as Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio in Wiltshire, England. Many of you may have heard of Jimi Wyatt and his excellent studio Ginger Studios in Melbourne, but do they know the man behind the desk?

Jimi and Ginger Studios in Melbourne joined forces last month and created an open studio network with A Sharp Recording Studios in Sydney; all in the interests of the musician. As such, we thought that we would catch up with Jimi, find out a little more about this very young and talented studio owner – he has an interesting history.

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Basic Instrument Miking Techniques

A lot of people when they come to A Sharp Recording Studio ask us about our recording techniques and how we get the sound we do. We love drums and are well known for the sound we can achieve but also get outstanding results on all audio sources. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot technical things to think about in order to get that “sound” you an hear in your head, and having an acoustically treated room, great converters and an SSL desk and a couple of Neve 1073’s and other great mic-pres goes a long way.

When recording multiple sources with multiple microphones you’re sure to have phasing issues and frequency cancellation and before we start to record we test phasing by going through the desk and selecting the phase flips to check signal sources.

Anyway we thought that we would publish this little resource about how we mic-up some of the regular instruments we record at A Sharp and the microphones we use.

Enjoy the read…

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Hot News – Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Recording Night at A Sharp

You asked and we make it happen. In the past period we got many request from all of you, asking for special price for reversal at A Sharp Recording Studios. We came up with Tuesday Night – Rehearsal/Recording Night at A Sharp!

From now on, every Tuesdays, 5 hours will be reserved for all of you, who wants to rehearse at A Sharp Studios. We will mic up an record your songs and at the end of your rehearsal session you can take with you .wav files and a guide mix. For a special price of $250!

Promo - Rehearsal and recording night at the studio!

Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Night At A Sharp Recording Studio!

Types and differences between the various EQ’s

We get a lot of people in the studio that ask questions about what are the differences between the various EQ’s that we have and how does one differ from another. We thought that we would quickly explain here the different types of EQ that we use here at A Sharp Recording Studios; EQ’s that are not in the computer, actual outboard that we use on a day to day basis at the studio.

The simplest types of EQ are those that are passive, with no active circuits that boost frequencies, but rather have components that subtract from the frequency audio source. The EQP-1A is one of the earliest types of EQ, being originally designed by Western Electric in the 1930’s, and were initially designed to allow music to pass through telephone systems. The wide EQ curves associated with an EQP-1A explain this as one can boost low frequencies and high frequencies and filter out noise. Whilst not perfect for all audio sources this wide EQ curves have been described as “very musical”. Eugene Shenk of Pulse Technologies re-discovered the EQ in the 1950’s and added a vacuum tube make-up gain amplifier. EQP-1A’s tend to be simplistic in design and have no headroom problems and little distortion, as they are passive, subtracting from the source. In terms of operation the EQP-1A’s are useful on most sources such as kick, bass and we use them to warm up a voice in the DAW. The EQP-1A allows you to boost the low frequencies and attenuating the lower mid frequencies at the same time, just above the low frequency part you have boosted.

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A Sharp’s Newsletter Issue #003

The man behind the desk this month: Richard LAKE

Richard LAKE in his recording studio“You never have all the gear you want, and never use all the gear you have”. I can’t remember where I first heard this, but it’s one of my favorite quotes dating back to my days at BB Recording Studios in London during the late 90’s. In one session recently a client requested that I place a Neumann 147 tube microphone through a rather interesting signal chain; an AMS Neve 8801 mic-pre, 1176 compressor and finally an EQP-1A to add warmth. It’s on occasions like this I think that we should experiment more with our signal chain and really use the equipment we have to the full!

 

Anyway, this month seems to have been full of quotes – so just for you, here are a few of them that I have heard…Drummer, Adam Weston (Birds of Tokyo) came out with a great quote one morning when starting his ritual 3 hours practice – “Practice is good, but good practice is better” – a famous quote and very true for those wanting to earn a living out of music.

 

Producer Steve James (Sex Pistols, Cold Chisel) was down from Byron Bay this month recording 5 Way Addiction at A Sharp. Another great quote – “Sing it as if it’s the last thing you’ll sing”. – That’s for all you singers out there.

 

Our very own Jeff Cripps – in his classical style came out with another timeless quote:  “Better to have a fence at the top of a cliff than an ambulance at the bottom”

 

On that note (excuse the pun) I think we’ll leave this month’s expressions…

 

Back to the newsletter…

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