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

Friday, 15 September 2017

StarMount Dynamics Series 1 "Learn and Earn" Daniel Yap

Daniel Yap, joined the first batch of StarMount Dynamics at the age of 19. Throughout the teaching sessions and hands on training, Daniel has got the knowledge and hands on experience to take on recording projects after 2 months of StarMount Dynamics training.

He started with recording piano, vocals to stereo track, and eventually handling his own band recordings. Daniel has done mixing projects and the works got nominated in Taiwan as well.

Apart from the audio engineering jobs, Daniel is also an aspiring composer. He has worked with another promising talent, LadyAnna in producing "Gone". With the help of StarMount Records, the track is commercially available in iTunes and Spotify.

As of now, Daniel has worked on projects ranging from local to international clients.
Enquire within, or check out StarMount Dynamics FB page for more details and bookings!

Daniel (right) with Yip Sai Wing 

StarMount Dynamics, is an incubator project initiated by Alex Tan of StarMount Studio. The main objective is to share the knowledge, essential tools of know how in audio production and industry practises, empowering music makers to build their career right away.

It starts with a 4 hour per week (4 weeks) in class session, where the basics of audio terminology, signal flow and audio production essentials were taught and demonstrated. Followed by a 4 weeks hands on, where participants will be starting their song production projects, in specific field of song composition, music arrangement, recording, mixing and mastering.

All sessions will be carried out in StarMount Studio, and participants will get to experience and have access to the microphones and outboard gears available in the studio.

There will be a maximum of 6 pax per StarMount Dynamics batch.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

FUGU for Mrs K @StarMount Studio

FUGU, an improvisational music duo of theremin and violin was here to record music excerpts for "Mrs K" a film by Director Ho Yuhang.

Starting with the strings, we mic up the quartet players in a line formation from frist violin to cello. sE 3as were used for first and second violin, about 2 ft above the player's head, Akg C451B on viola and JZ V11 on cello. With a pair of sE RT1 in Blumlein for the overall ambient microphone, lush strings sounds were captured.

On the piano, we had our go to sE4400a pair on the piano. To get a wider and warmer tone, omni pattern will do the job. A little adjustments on the distance from the sound board to the microphone, we manage to get the right color for the job.

Mrs K is screening now in all major cinemas in Malaysia now.

The Gang of Strings
crispy snares

The Eyes and The Ears
The wind guys
Ethereal Piano Playing

Jalan- Jalan @StarMount Studio

Songstress Yudi Yap is back with her KopiSusu series, introducing her new original " Jalan-Jalan", a concoction of Yudi's poetic lyrics and Tay Cher Siang's musical genius. WVC Trio provided the musical backbone, and we had Fresco, an international award winning harmonica ensemble to be featured in the song. Double MS technique was used to capture the harmonica, having them surrounding the microphone sets, the recorded result were rich and real.

Yudi has put immense effort in introducing the NanYang tunes of the yesterdays, bridging and crossing over languages that many would never thought they were actually the same song, and some of its origins were from the old Malaya.

Although its a reissue of songs from previous album, the songs had undergone a complete remixing approachfrom the previous album, notably the vocals and double bass. The vocals has been tweaked to a more current sounding as compared to the previous album. The microphone used was sE RT1, a valved ribbon microphone with 16k cut off slope. So it took some effort to bring back the presence (air) on the recorded vocals.

There's also a show "Modern Grand Hotel-A Story Telling Live Concert" happening this Sept 8.9.15,16 and 17 that will feature some songs from the album.  Happening at the iconic Federal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Go check them out!

Yudi Yap (centre) with Fresco Harmonica Ensemble

Friday, 25 August 2017

Coffee at StarMount Studio!

A.M or P.M or back to A.M. there would be time that we just wanted to nose and taste a nice brewed coffee to get going.

Now, we have finally got what we wished for.. a coffee bar! For the time being, its only available to friends of StarMount Studio. Now freshly brewed coffee, and sometimes fancy latte art is available all day and night long! We have sourced our coffee carefully and they were air flown in to ensure its freshness for consumption.

Whats even better is, we have Passion.Bake.Create to support us with goodies like Scones, Salted Caramel Brownies, Fritatas, and many more creative bakes.

Ever since we had this, clients had been coming in early and hang out longer just for the yums and coffee at the "Happy Place"

A twist from the usual... Raisin Scones with Coconut Butter

Good coffee, good company 

good times, bad times, have a cake

StarMount Studio Gems (frm left) Meet Lavy, Ory, Rainy and Bluey

Happy moment

Canopus Yaiba GrooveKit@StarMount Studio (Discounts inside)

Known for their exceptional craftsmanship and passion towards sound, Canopus Drums has been on our wish list of drums to be in the studio.Thanks for Drumstore Malaysia, we finally got the Groove kit from the Yaiba series into the studio.

The toms are so musical, responsive and lush. Its a breeze to tune up the kit, and the tuning range is very versatile for various types of genre.

It was put straight into music production across genres of Pop, Jazz and Rock music. Feedback from our fellow session drummers were very positive, and all were complimenting about the musical tones, the ability to control the resonance and decay of the toms, and the kit just encourage and inspires them to hit the drums more.

It certainly doesn't sound like entry level drum kit at all. The signature Canopus tone is there, just without the die cast hops and the stock skins needed to be replace for better tone projection.

To date, the studio has "The Maple" 5.5"x 14" snare, "Yaiba Aluminium" 6.5"x14" snare (interesting sound) and the groove kit of 10"x8", 12"x8" 16"x16" toms and 22"x18" kick (Birch).

We will be more than happy to welcome all to come and experience the joy of hitting on the kit.
And to make it better, there's a 25% discount on the studio rental when you are coming in to record drums with the kit.

Get some new drum tones into your music now. Drop us a email (info@starmountstudio) to book a session today!

Falling in love with the tone as it gets seasoned more.

Fools in Deed Drummer Josh rocking on the kit 
"Sotong" among the best touring/session drummers in the region, working on pop production.

Axis VoiceBox S Loudspeaker @StarMount Studio

We are delighted to have a pair of Axis VoiceBox S in the studio, and it could never be any better to be able to meet the designer/ founder John Reilly from Australia.

The ones we've got are piano black in gloss finishing. These are passive speakers and they housed interesting vertical ribbon tweeters paired with 5 inch driver. 

Musical was the first impression when we played through our reference tracks. Having read reviews about the VoiceBox, we want to add in that the stereo imaging was very accurate. This is essential in track balance, horizontally and vertically. Its very good especially in the 800hz-3khz region. We had some fun trying to balance vocal tracks with the pair, and to our surprise the reproduction was consistent across platforms. Now we know one thing for sure, its really good in positioning, especially on the mid range frequencies. 

The highs were smooth and alive,  we love to hear kick drums through the pair. Tight and punchy. Again, this is a very musical pair of speakers. Although it was made for the Hi Fi market,  but John has done a good job in tweaking the VoiceBox to be useful for critical listening too. This pair has found its place in the studio, the more its being played, the better it gets.

Axis VoiceBox on top of Solitaire 6A speakers (not actual positioning)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Class outside Classroom@StarMount Studio

StarMount Studio hosted a series of class/education sessions for BMus and DBMI and CAP
students from International College Of Music (ICOM). We've covered the topic focused on music business and the students were getting some insights from working professionals, and having first hand experience from the "factory".
StarMount Studio believes in sharing experiences and we very much welcome and encourage music enthusiasts, music schools, institutions or colleges to conduct classes/ study trips in the studio. There's a lounge that could fit 20 pax comfortably, our main studio, or smaller groups can have it at our newly setup "Writing Room".

Drop us an email for your next visit at: 

Experiencing different made of snares

All About the Beats

Certificate in Audio Production Students 

BMus and DBMI students of ICOM