Recording Studio

Did you wonder how the first Steve James Masterclass went?

When someone of Steve James’ reputation says he’d like to spend 3 days showing those who want to record, how to “make a record”, as he calls it; all I could think was great! I’ve worked with Steve several times now, and his approach to recording and session management is inspiring, which only goes to prove why he has the credits he has and why his career has lasted 40 years. Steve feels its time to share his extensive experience with those who really want to learn how to produce. Honestly, he makes it look all so easy and says: “It’s not rocket science.”

Initially Steve suggested inviting The Rumjacks to perform and record their next single … so, when he called and told me that the management, label and The Rumjacks themselves thought it was also a great idea, you can imagine my reaction. “On the back of their recent successful album “Sober and Godless” The Rumjacks wanted to record a new single at the Masterclass – Crazy”. I knew that the 3 days would be brilliant and I wasn’t wrong. In fact it was absolutely amazing.

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Interview with Nathan Sheehy – The newest audio engineer at A Sharp Recording Studio

Nathan Sheehy is the newest Music Producer/Audio Engineer to join A Sharp. Nathan has had quite a bit of success already with several Triple J top 100 songs to his name. We’d like to introduce him to you so we caught up with Nathan in the studio and asked him to tell us a little more about his work ethic and techniques that have made him a name in the industry already. 

Interview with the legendary music producer Steve James!

Steve James joined A Sharp Recording Studio in Sydney some months ago and has worked on a number of fantastic projects at A Sharp including recording new material for Metal As Anything, Gail Page and 5 Way Addiction. We thought that we would sit this Iconic Grammy Nominee and Aria Producer and Engineer of the year down for 2 minutes and ask the Beautiful August to ask him a couple of questions about his career to date and his next plans. 

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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Audio Technology Magazine’s article about A SHARP STUDIOS

If you get the new printed edition of Audio Technology Magazine (http://www.audiotechnology.com.au/), you will find the article below, about A Sharp Recording Studios.

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