My first royalty cheque

It wasn't so long ago, it came as a very 'nice' surprise & gosh it wasn't a lot only £6.36 but it does prove that if you keep music alive and play it right you can get results.

Middle Tri-bolt Universal mount

this universal assembly is successful at removing vibrations,
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Fingerstyle or Plectrum Strumming ACG

Not entirely clear how this discussion began, however last tuesday we were recording guitar, just me and the guitarist, after what had to of been 30 goes in a moment of clarity Jim moved from 'fingers' to the 'plec' and it brought the part from only 30% 'yeah' to just past 90% IOHO , needless to say it finished on the plectrum but this is an invitation for any of you guitarists to write in and continue discussing if you so wish. Kind Regards, Matt



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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, stocks arise!

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Steve Burner session

A few weeks ago some of us met in an internet chat room to discuss collaborating on a concoction of Shirley Bassey's called, "burn the candle at both ends," the big band sound had aged poorly and steve was inclined to record a DJ version in '2-step- style. The inducement being if it ever gets to 3-step then scream ' Lewis Hamiltons not racing in Monte Carlo this year' The absolute crack on this camp idea being just lunatic enough that most of us in the chat room thought it could be a total waste of time, but forced with the truth that if we don't record anything then when the next months gig comes along we'll just have to play our familiar pop tunes we thought lets do it.
Initially a 'Lilo Schiffrin' Bass part was created semi tones 1-2 1-2 1-2 creating the aggression whilst the kick remained on 1+3 leaving 2+4 for claps etc.
Then a Moby 'go' twin peaks pad was added on 'classical gas' violin settings. Hose didn't like this one cause it clashed with the fender guitar he'd set up what seemed like 25 years ago, and maintained if we keep the speakers clear of those dodgy classical gas string parts the guitar will fall in our laps.

no fire without smoke

pictorial pun(et)

not seen after

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probably needs a gym ;)

there is not lots of space, but there is a kettle and there is universally accepted painters hanging on the wall ;)


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Brief note on fee's

Our receptionist informs me the number of calls inquiring about 2018 fee's has increased, we understand with the Tory governments endless austerity and cheapening the sterling value our target is to keep fee's in suspension for 2018, thats 'no' more increases on per CD cost, 'no' more increase on studio rates, 'no' more increase on equipment hire, and 'no' hidden charges, we hope you have a great year ahead, look forward to seeing you in the studio & do keep me informed of your success's , past, present & future.

We'll do it my way or no way sessions

What happens when you record small groups in close space & your faced with dilemmas in recording the band 'the guitarists' way detriment to 'flow' and fidelity. Firstly in 2017 the fidelity part should be of concern only to the 'anoraks' or those who feel the 'music' part is not worth discussing.
Gear lines are of such high quality now that recording multiple sound sources in a close space , separation will be minimal & your best is just that,
three separate booths with wooden beams and acoustics free of sine wave resonances or unwanted ambience aren't for project or small group studios.

For me I try and polish any artists work as best i can, I once took objection to being told i couldn't play a James Taylor reference track to compare tape levels to mastered CD levels, in recording though these small quibbles are forgotten instantly and never though of again.

As far as surmising atmospheres 'after the flare up has calmed' sitting either side of the table doesn't always work, now and again you need to do whats right, pull a 180 go back and start healing old wounds, its not easy to do that when your pen can't find the words that are rite.

Perry - Ghosts June 2012

Perry Hood - Ghosts - Recorded June 2012

Orla Olanre - Teezy beat (FME mix) May 2013

Recorded in May 2013


Best thing about my compressors...

Asked last week to briefly explain why i use compressors on every channel, " If the band are in and helping with the mix, i know if one of the fellas goes to push a fader out of the hot spot or sweet zone, taking the essence of the music & highlighting a single element to much, a compressor at a ratio of 4:1 will prevent the pass from being wasted "

Last throw back for .....

Here's Julie's lead vocal on the ABBA 'Waterloo' covered again by Nick Jackson Project X band circa 2000, we have a Free song but the middle bass part is missing (the Andy Fraser riff) from the files, going to scrub that for now, if lucky it will come to hand with a little aid of the back up discs else where.

https://youtu.be/dj2IQvxky4g

20th Century Boy Nick Jackson circa 2000 (Project X)

Recorded with Nicks live band here at FT.


https://youtu.be/GPx5plIQsaw

Rebel Rebel - Project X 2000 ( Nick Jackson )

A new mix for one of the big steps in David Bowie's canon, recorded by Nick Jackson & his band in 2000