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Assistance on Home Recording Projects
Some people know I do this and some don't, so I thought it might be useful to briefly describe what's on offer these days:
Studio recording: You can record at Fidelitorium Recordings, a comprehensively equipped, purpose-built facility in NC. The studio is known for its excellent acoustics and big range of musical instruments. This place is like a mainstream 1990s studio, and therefore is one of a dwindling number of such facilities! And it maintains the friendly and comfortable traditions established long ago in the tiny but legendary Drive-In Studio of yore. Usually we record rock bands, more or less, but the studio can do most anything. We have all kinds of recording gear, analog and digital, old and new; really, it's pretty much all here. www.fidelitorium.com
Mixing: I also mix a lot of projects from outside producers and bands who have recorded elsewhere. There's a Neve VR console at Fidelitorium which is the perfect device for the task. It sounds great and has Flying Faders automation and Recall, so mixes are stored and may be recalled later for revision, or for when you need the re-do the vocal in Icelandic, etc. Our equipment can improve the sound of recordings done under compromised circumstances, which is an increasingly common scenario. And if you recorded at a snazzy place, it'll sound even better when you mix here!
Producing: Occasionally I act as producer or co-producer on sessions. This makes sense when you have a bit of time to try to expand on what you've been doing, and everybody feels comfortable with the extra communication and work involved. For me, there's no absolute distinction between "recording" and "producing" because it's sort of ridiculous to passively press "record" and never say anything useful about what's going on, even on the quickest session. But when you hire a producer, I think it implies that you're going to dig into things more, which means more time and a bigger budget. Plenty of people do a good job of producing themselves, just not everybody.
Instrumental additions: You can hire me to do mail-order overdubs. This could be fun and easy if you've heard me play and think I'm any good. I am not limited to whatever "jangle pop" is supposed to be, although apparently I can do that, too!
Assistance on Home Recording Projects: This could mean any number of things, including all of the above. As more and more people make records at home, they run up against the limitations of working that way. If you are unable to get happy with some aspect of your project, it may be that mixing the tracks you've done at home with some of my services will get things sounding better and closer to your sonic and musical intentions. This could mean mixing your tracks through our analog console and processors, mixing to tape, or adding some instruments at the studio. I find that as you add good-sounding elements the overall effect of the track starts tilting towards that magic "real record" sound and then you're there! It's hard to say exactly what this is but you know it when you hear it.
I generally work out of Fidelitorium Recordings simply because it's my place and I have all the stuff I like on hand but I am happy to work elsewhere if it makes sense!