Friday, 9 February 2018

"Dancing Shoes" Ryot Jones@StarMount Studio

Bright vibes follows wherever this band goes. Its precious that everyone is dedicated to make time, and get together to make music. These guys have hectic schedules and we manage to get them into one space for their debut single "Dancing Shoes"

Time was limited and we had only half a day to track the whole band. Got the rhythm section up through our trusted Audient Zen and bass direct into our go to Tree Audio Branch with little compression.

Guitars through the Vox AC30CCX, picked up with sE4400. Vocals were tracked with our latest addition of the Calrec Soundfield MKV. The voice captured was spacious and it sits very well in the mix even without any processing. Truly one of the best addition to the studio. 

The band was looking at a retro-ish vibe thus we sculpted the sound to be back at the 90's, especially with the synths and keyboard patches. 

JZ11 was called upon for capturing the saxophone solo at the last chorus of the song, Its our go to microphone for horns as it can handle high SPL and the top end was really smooth yet having good presence in the mix.

We've got Izzy as our guest barista at the "Happy Place"
Tracks were then mixed and summed through another newly acquired Fat Bustard Valve Summing Mixer from Thermionic Culture. The way it able to add textures to the mix was amazing and finally routed through another our favourite stereo buss compressor of the Audient Zen for that glue to the mix. (aka magic button)

Its been a great experience to be able to contribute to the band's first studio recorded single. We wish Ryot Jones all the best with "Dancing Shoes" and many more songs and success in the near future! 

Listening Party-Ryot Jones

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

NewSound "BEARING WITNESS" @ StarMount Studio

John Dip Silas brought NewSound over to track originals from his new band "NewSound". Talented band mates like Hor Chee Seng on the guitars, Icco Noel and Terence Ling on bass and drums, Hiroyuki Yagi and Scott Murphy on the  horns, and of course John Dip Silas on the piano and keys.

The sessions were all recorded live/simultaneously. Its challenging and exciting the same time especially when we're trying to achieve full sound recordings with minimum spills into each microphones. 

Both saxophones, tenor  (Scott) and alto, sometimes soprano (Yagi) were placed in the control room, and the rest of the band in the main tracking room where the grand piano and drums were at. 

Bass was tracked directly into Avalon U5, Guitars went into Radial JDI, tracking the direct signal and tie line into the amps (Mostly Fender Hot Rod)  in the booth, So we've got both DI(direct for re-amping) and amp sound captured in the room.

Again we're glad to have our Canopus drum kit with its diverse tuning range to accommodate to different styles and genre. Apart from the tone, I personally like how the drum kit breathes within the confined space where its loud but not overpowering others in the same room.

Glowing valves for the horns
Kick was covered with sennheiser e902 for the solid low mids, complemented with Audio Technica AE2500 utilising the condenser capsule for the attack and extra air. Snare was done with the workhorse SM57 top and SM 58 on the bottom, AKG C451B on the hats, Sennheiser MD421 taking care of the toms and sE 3a stereo pairs looking over the drum kits. 

The grand piano was comfortably wrapped up with heavy duvets and had a pair of our new found favourite JZ V11 spaced pair, approx 5 inches on top the sound board. 

Horns were done with sE4400, sE 3a with reflexion  and the supercardiod and pads saves the day. We had the horns side by side for tracking and the leak/ spill was unbelievable low. sE Gemini was used to capture the room sound of soprano sax and another side was covered by sE3300.

Wonderful IRF on Tenor Saxophone.
As for the guitars, Chee Seng's Fender Strat was plugged into JDI RADIAL, thru to Fender HotRod Deville. Icco's bass was directly into Avalon DI mic out to Tree Audio Branch for extra harmonics. We had to track 2 guitarists for one song and we had only one booth to store the amps.
Both the guitar amps, Fender HotRod and Vox AC30CCX were placed 2 inches against the wall in 90 degree. Both were captured with MD421, and we were amazed by how much rejection/ separation we got having both amps playing simultaneously in such tight spot.

All mic/lines were connected directly into the mic pres of Horus interface (except for piano, that went through Chandler TGII- Portico 5043) and the tracks were managed in Pyramix DAW at 96khz 24 bit.

The physical CD is available to be purchased from the band, and do follow the band's Facebook Page for updates on digital downloads and upcoming performances.

Guest guitarist Naz 
Chee Seng's color box

The band with Ian Tee of pH Music in the session

NewSound with Alex Tan(blue on the right)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

StarMount Live Sessions- A community service by StarMount Dynamics

Our StarMount Dynamics 2.0 is organising their first "StarMount Live Sessions" workshop, covering the topic of Music Publishing, Artiste and Event Management, Stage Crew Managements and Basic Recording Techniques. Its a community service where entrance is free. Just have to RSVP with our StarMount Dynamics staffs and you're in!

This is a great opportunity to see our StarMount Dynamics 2.0 perform. As their interests are into live sound and events, the studio supports them by providing the venue and equipments to make it happen. They've came from our StarMount Dynamics program and now its their time to shine.

It was great on the first day, where we've receive a full house attendance for our music publishing sharing session with Alex Tan from StarMount Records, who is also currently teaching music publishing at International College of Music.

There are still 2 sharing sessions and 1 open mic on the final day, Saturday. By the way, bands/ singer songwriter or anyone can sign up for our open mic session. You'll get to play your songs on Saturday and get it professionally recorded by our certified engineer for free (community service).

Head over to StarMount Dynamics Facebook page and get in touch for the workshops!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Lets go Live! @StarMount Studio

When there's new toy or new space, we love to share it with our friends. Bell and gang came over to our new live recording venue for an impromptu jam. Well, it looks pretty good and undeniably fun!

The new space is to encourage bands to have more live performance recordings in both audio and more importantly video. Getting own content out could be costly at times, so we have come out with this idea of a produced live performance. Bands, artistes, singer songwriters, even stand up comedies can have their performance and get recorded professionally by our certified StarMount Dynamic engineers.

Back to Bell's story, we hanged out at our little cafe corner after session, she saw the space and felt like having a go with it and there you go, a new music video is born! Its that easy.

We've got to try out BeyerDynamic microphones, courtesy of Barnabas Goh from Tecxel Global. M69 was on the guitar (highly recommended) TG D70 on the kick drum (highly malleable with eq and comp), TG D50 on snare top (interesting texture, try it). Then its sE4400 on single overheads, Vocals captured with Beta 57a and Bass went in direct into JDI 48.
All the signals were handled with our trusted Audient Zen console, into our RME and Lavry converters and process and mixed real time in Pro Tools HD.

Video is captured with Samsung S7 edge, handheld, single continuous cam. Tracking was done by Alex Tan and Mixed by Daniel Yap.

Create your own content today! enquiries: 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

It's the season of piano recording

In support of our problem previous post of StarMount Dynamics series 1, the studio is giving huge discounts for Piano Recording with the StarMount Dynamics Crew.

It's the best time to get your piano tracks recorded at StarMount Studio!
We have been recording piano for close to a decade. With a plethora of microphone selections from small to large diaphragm microphones and outboard gears to match the sound required for your projects.

The tracks will be recorded in 96khz 24 bit, wav format by default. Feel free to let us know of your preferred sample rate prior to your session.

Best times for the ones preparing their audition tapes, getting some real piano into your songs or just wants to record your own musical journal.

JZ 11 and sE4400 microphones on the sound board of our Yamaha Concert Series C1 Grand Piano