Thursday, 1 October 2015

Get That Piano Recorded in October!

Up to 50% off  from our studio hour rate(terms and conditions apply) for piano recording done by the talented and certified team of engineers from StarMount Dynamics for the month of October!

Best time to record your piano materials with this introductory price, to try out (if you haven't heard of) the awesome Horus converters and latest Pyramix Masscore 9.1 by Merging Technologies. Of course, with the goodness of other outboards available from Neve Portico Designs, Tree Audio, Chandler Limited, Audient and more....

Contact us now at for this fantastic offer in October!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Toro Cheng Trio "Pianistic Wolverine" @ StarMount Studio

"Pianistic Wolverine"was being captured in StarMount Studio. A jazz trio project headed by Toro Cheng (piano), Ken Chung (bass) and Terence Ling (Drums).

Exciting time as it was a debut album and we were having the trio in the studio for the first time as well.

We had this on Pyramix 9, everything routed through Audient Zen 16 channels mic pre and into Horus interface. The tone was unified and the instruments were easily blending together while maintaining separation.

Dixon Artisan, with Audio Technica AE 2500 dual element microphone pairing was interesting as this was a rather huge kit for a jazz trio. The AE2500 has a very mid body tone, and we like the options to blend the condenser microphone with the dynamic according to different intensity of the song.

We enjoyed the songs, especially the originals from Toro very much and definitely looking forward to more to come from the trio.

Check them out on iTunes!

Toro Cheng

Ken Chung

Terence Ling 

The Moment we have done recording.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Bihzhu "Bright Veins" @ StarMount Studio

Body percussions, indian ethnic percussions, gamelan and gongs, electric guitars, 2 choir groups, ringtones, double bass, coins, synths and more were being featured in Bihzhu's latest single "Bright Veins". 

With the same production team, Bihzhu as content creator and lead singer and Savy as music arranger and producer, once again we are able to have a dynamic and creative outcome that offers more compared to the "Nightingale Tales".

We used blumleins on the body percussions, most of the sound sources were captured with our favorite stereo ribbon tube microphones RT1. They work best on body percussions and claps, producing an un hyped and very natural sound reproduction, especially for finger snaps and claps.

Session was all the way 192khz 32bit and the track count went past 60 tracks. And we are still able to go further without slowing down the DAW at all, which was quite impressive for an i5 intel processor with just 4gb of RAM.

The objective of the music is to be as open as possible and it open its arms to participation to the music. Percussions and percussive sounds were mostly present in the song, everything was lead by Bihzhu's powerful vocals and backing harmonies.

We went mobile with the system, as we traveled out to capture the gamelan and gongs. Set up was simple and quick. Horus made connections easy with their DB25 to XLRs, and with Ravenna network, we got the shortest signal path as the Horus was placed right around the gamelan set, and all being connected to the DAW via network cable.

The track was mixed by Alex Tan of StarMount Studio and mastered by Woody at Westside Mastering. Such fun collaboration with so many talented and passionate personnels.

Watch "Bright Veins" Music Video, produced by Chris and his dynamic team, and get yourself a copy fromiTunes too!

Bihzhu, Zal and Savy discussing on the body percussion

Santosh providing the ethnic percussion touches.

Fly on the bass

Strings in StarMount Studio

Ken Hor, one of the talented composer/ music arranger has brought his project in again. Which means more fun and more experiments in the studio!

We utilize the other studio downstairs ( very near to the coffee and baked goods), its more reflecting surfaces for the music.

We tracked the guitars with extra reflection boards ( like the reflectors in photography), amping the electric guitar signals at the hallway (so that the aroma from kitchen can get into the room) and trying different microphones on the violin and viola.

Looking forward to the next one...

Lo on the guitars

The creative team

Yu Heng and Lo

Angela on violin and viola
Freshly brewed cappuccino during session!(scones too) 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

WVC+1 Waiting For That Day @ StarMount Studio

Finally after 6 years of waiting, we have got the chance to record the latest album for WVC TRIO+1 "Waiting For That Day". Its such a special occasion as this is one of the must do list set 6 years ago. We were recording Tokyo Blue "Naked Soul" and WVC was also releasing their debut album at the same time frame. The band was so good that we set out a goal to be able to record them one day.

The band, lead by Tay Cher Siang on the piano and keys are one of the hardest working jazz band that we know of. Constantly reaching out to the audience for the passion they have on jazz music, having performances in large to small scales. Most importantly they also held several music workshops to share their passion and spread the awareness towards jazz music to the local communities.

We were delighted to have the band in the studio. As this was also special to StarMount as we were in a transition to change our system entirely, from Pro Tools HD environment into a total alien system- Pyramix Masscore.

It was also a bold decision as we were considering system upgrades to improve our workflow and output quality. And we got a demo unit courtesy of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup Asia to try out the system. It was in Pyramix 8 Masscore with Horus interface and we were loving the sound already.

We did not want to put the session at risk and decided to go on with our current Pro Tools system for a smoother workflow. As we proceed to recording the 2nd song from the band, we just couldn't hold it longer than to halt the session, requested 30 minutes break, reroute everything into Horus and Pyramix and resume recording.

We were then able to record at 192khz 24 bit, and we were impressed by the powerful DAW to handle high track counts without breaking sweat. The Horus mic pre were solid and had ample headroom for us to track the entire album without the need of any compressors. We did have the stereo piano through Neve Portico 5043 for the color and also the drums through the buss compressor from the Audient Zen Console (we called it the magic box)

The AD/DA conversion was superb. We had a larger stereo spread, higher headroom, and a better representation of separation as compared to our previous Lavry Blue. Though we love the punch and tightness  from the Lavry Blue AD/DA, Horus seems to have an upper hand for recording natural acoustic instruments.

We had maximum of three passes for each songs, sometimes one. It was thrilling to work with such efficiency and it challenge us to capture the chemistry whenever music is being played. Cutting down direct mics and focusing more on the overall was our objective. We would want to preserve the performance at its most organic form, which was in line with the band's idea of recording.

We love our tube ribbons, and it was placed on the acoustic double bass and as additional mono overhead for the drums. The bottom end was lush yet having a cushioned texture, and surprisingly we could get enough separation from the drumkit, which was just less than 1 metre away from the double bass.

sE 4400a pair was our favorite on the grand piano. We were able to play with different tones by switching polar patterns and its flat shape provides sufficient flexibility and reach for a semi covered lid. For a touch of color, Neve Portico 5043 were called up for the job, applying some sweet transformer characters towards a powerful and composed piano tone.

3 different microphones were used for saxophones, sE Gemini MK2, JZ 11 and AK47 by Telefunken. All of them contributed to the detail and tone, fitting the mood of the songs. No EQ were applied and what you heard from the record were just from the microphones.

"Waiting For That Day" is out in CD album and also available on iTunes. If you are in Malaysia, and better, in KL, Catch them live (WVC Trio +1 Concert) on the coming 24th and 25th of June 2015 at KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) for two nights of musical journey with the band.

Can you tell which tracks are of Pro Tools and Which are from Pyramix?

WVC Trio+1 with special guest visiting

+1 Julian


Wednesday, 4 February 2015


R.P.T  Kimberlite Power Cord from Rabpit Audio is currently in StarMount Studio. Courtesy of Ganz Lim of SoundBuz we are able to experience and find out how much difference does a well done power cord compared to stock/ the common ones that came with the equipments.

The unit came with a nicely packed black box, and it was heavy and shouting luxury on every inch of the package. The Kimberlite power cord was nicely coiled and placed in the centre and the sight was  We first got it into Audient Zen Mixing Console. While playing back, the first thing that everyone in the room felt was the extra headroom and depth from our usual listening experience. Its slightly softer when we had the normal power cord but the reproduction of sound was more refine and less noise. 

As for the inputs from the Audient Zen mic pres, we noticed less noise as we approach maximum gain, and the sound texture had more definition. The difference was more significant when we had that on Tree Audio Branch channel strip, where much lower noise floor was achieved and the tone and texture were much more velvety and smoother in a very pleasant way. We were quite excited to this finding as the difference was the most significant.

We were told that it works best on the AD/DA converters, so it was then powering the premium AD/DA converters of Horus. We could hardly hear any significant differences as when it was on the other equipments. 

Electricity is definitely the most crucial and overlooked element in most of the studio environment. Clean electricity is like clean blood to maintain a healthy body. And yes, this cable does help us to hear and work better. The truth is, one unit would not be enough and it will cost a lot of money for this 'invisible investment'.

Moment of Truth.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Joi Noir Debut Album@StarMount Studio

Joi Noir came at the right time to be the first rock band recorded with our new Pyramix system. We were all excited to see how much of a difference, given the huge amount of headroom would benefit in the genre of rock music. 

The whole tracking process had been a fruitful journey for both the band and the studio. Both were pushing to get the best performance from the session. Often scaling on the edge and sometimes over the edge to be a little bit more interesting and experimental, the sessions had been all about challenging the dynamic range of the converters, getting the most organic sound from the drums, electric guitars and bass.  

We kept the signal flow as short as possible, from the mics to the mic pres of Audient Zen mixing console, into Horus premium converters. Microphone placements and pairings were the variables we used.

And now the band has almost done mixing the album and is about to get the tracks mastered. This is a true international project as the band traveled around the globe to pick their flavors. Tracking was done in Big A Productions and StarMount Studio (Malaysia), Mixed by Gareth Jones (UK) and  will be mastered by Marc Antonio Spaventi in Amsterdam. 

The band has started a campaign at Indiegogo to fund for this debut album. We are definitely looking forward to the completion of Joi Noir's debut album

Olga on  the lead with authority

Legendary Pairing

The Band Rocking out Live

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Thank You 2014, Cheers to 2015!

Its been an exciting year to StarMount Studio. We made new friends, expanded into new territories, major changes in the studio, new addition of facilities and all other special little moments that enriched our year.

Just a quick recap, we now have 2 working studios - Studio HD and The Upstairs.

Studio HD

Housing ProTools HD 8 and packed with the color palette from Lavry, RME, Tree Audio, Chandler Limited, Rupert Neve Designs and Audient, we have wide selection of tone colors for vocals and acoustic instruments recording.

Monitoring options are Yamaha MSP7, Adam F7 and Solitaire 5a.

The room was made rather reflective, as we were looking at a more natural and lively recordings as oppose to a damped room. Dampening options are available with reflexion filter, drapes and pads if necessary.

The highlight of Studio HD is, the price. We intend to make the rates affordable for everyone. Do hit us up to check on the studio rates and packages for your project needs.

The Upstairs

We are delighted to introduce Pyramix 9 Mass core with Horus interface (DSD) in The Upstairs.
The never ending crave for good sound has led us into this system and although the learning curve is really a painful one but all is worthwhile for its quality. We are now capable of going up to 384khz in PCM format, and DSD256.

Come and experience the joy and pleasure together with us as It never stops to impress after months of having the new system!

Cheers to 2015!

New addition: Fender TwinReverb @The Upstairs