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.
We have received a new info pack from the BPI (British Parlophonic Industry) and the Musicians Union today regarding the new agreement between these two parties relating to the standard fees and charged for session musicians and performers.
Until now the UK record industry has legal arrangements in place, governed by three separate documents governing how session musicians are commissioned.
These documents have now been reviewed, updated to suit the digital age and consolidated into one document.
The document is quite extensive but here are the highlights:
Audio Visual or Audio Session Fees
Standard Length Session (up to 3 hours session length/20 minutes track(s) duration) – £120
Long Session (up to 4 hours session length/30 minutes track(s) duration) – £180
Short Length Session (up to 2 hours session length/10 minutes track(s) duration) – £90
Live recording session fees
Where a commissioning record label engages a musician for a live audio/audiovisual recording session the label shall pay the musician a recording session fee of £45
Doubling and Trebling
If a musician is requested to play two or three instruments in connection with a single section the fees shall be adjusted as follows:
(a) 25% of the otherwise applicable session fee for one additional instrument and;
(b) 40% of the otherwise applicable session fee for two additional instrument
There are clauses to this element, so please check the full agreement for clarification
these are the main points to the extensive new agreement, so please check out www.bpi.co.uk for full details
Thank for reading!