We’ve been very busy!
So, as well as being really busy with loads of great bands coming through (we had the wonderful “Adore” in today) , we’ve also been hard at work improving the studio. We’re so pleased with the changes, we thought we’d share them with you in a quick blog post.
If you are a liker of our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/univibeaudio1) you may well have seen some small previews of the additions and improvements, and if you don’t frequent the page, you should!
Firstly we spent some time on tweaking the Live Room. It sounded great anyway, and we’ve always been proud of the great drum sounds we achieve. Things changed a little after gained some space from removing the little used vocal booth. This changed the room quite substantially so took the opportunity to really test the acoustics and improve them wherever we could. After measuring the room’s reverb time and other characteristics, the treatment was designed and built and, in our opinion, was a complete success.
We pride ourselves on not only sounding amazing, but creating a vibe and being a great environment in which to be creative. The new live room is an absolutely great tracking space and we’re sure that you’re going to love the huge sound. We’re keen to always make sure that our customers are getting the best bang for their buck, so we’re proud to show off these amazing improvements.
Another thing we wanted to make better was the headphone monitoring situation. We really like to give the band/artist the power to control their own headphone mix. This makes for the most comfortable experience and better performances. We had a good setup, with cables going to 4 separate mixers in the room, but this was limited in some ways.
Now, we’re supremely proud to say we’ve upgraded our setup to the Hearback Headphone Monitoring system! You can read all about this on their Website, but we can tell you that we now boast the highest quality headphone monitoring! We can now offer up to 4 separate mixes (up to 8 monitor points for players) in pristine stereo quality. The system is run digitally, so latency is less than 2ms and there is absolutely no loss of quality, no matter how long the cable run.
We strive to offer the best recording experience we can, and this system will allow unrivalled comfort and ease during the tracking stage of your recording.
Here’s an amazing track from a great band.
Bovine are a Birmingham band that champion “big drums, low SGs and fiery riffs”. They describe their sound as a “chop suey of time signatures, with a stabbing backpain of ambient fuckery” and this, we reckon, is pretty accurate. They spent an amazing 7 days with us recording, mixing and mastering their debut album “The Sun Never Sets On The British Empire” which is due for release in april on the excellent FDA Rekotz.
The first single off said album is the excellent “Military Wife” and they’ve made it available to stream right here:
Make sure you search the band on Facebook and give them a like. You’re going to be hearing a lot about them and we’re really proud to have had them in. With plenty of airplay already from Kerrang! Radio, we know this will be big.
While you’re at it, check out the video too:
We thought it would be nice to share with you a series of great recording tips.
These tips are designed to be beyond the basics and aimed at helping anybody who has some recording experience quickly improve their recordings and productions quickly and efficiently.
Tip #1 – Less is More
With audio technology ever evolving and excellent recording equipment available to everybody there is a vast range of processing and editing techniques readily available at all times.
Of course, on the whole this is a fantastic thing, it allows audio to be processed and transformed in ways un-imaginable only a few years ago, and the processing that can be achieved can be invaluable.
However, having this vast amount of choice can often be detrimental to your recordings, leaving you with too many choices, too many routes to take and too many ingredients. The results can often become unfocused and loose their natural character.
Luckily it is easy to avoid this becoming a problem, and as soon as you, as a producer/engineer, are aware of the potential problem you will automatically start to record and mix in a much more streamlined way.
Remember to always listen hard to every processor you add to a signal chain, never just add processors for the sake of it, and if you are not 100% sure that the processor is improving the sound remove it. Try to make your decisions quickly, do not dwell on things too much, trust your natural instint and beleive what your ears are really hearing.
If you can bear these simple few principles in mind your recordings will improve quickly and massively.
Thank you for reading