What’s the process for recording music at a London recording studio?

If you are in a band and are looking to take things to the next level then it is inevitable that you will need to utilise the services of a professional recording studio to help lay down your tracks.  Not only will booking a London Recording Studio give you access to state of the art equipment you will also have an experienced producer on hand to bring out the best in your work.

If this is the first time that you have considered using a professional recording studio then you will undoubtedly have some questions.  Below is a list of some of the most commonly asked;

  1. What is the typical recording process?

Every recording is different and will depend on your band’s needs however a professional studio will work with you to ensure that you get the best from your recording time.

  1. How much time should I book?

Each project is individual so it can be difficult to quantity however a live band should be able to complete 2 tracks within an 8 hour session.  This includes recording, editing, mixing and burning the tracks to CD.

  1. What should I bring along to the session?

You will need to bring along all your own instruments and your lyric sheets to the session.  A spare copy of your lyrics for the producer is also helpful.

  1. How will my completed recordings be supplied?

Audio can be supplied in a range of different audio formats either on CD, DVD, flash disk or external hard drive.

Once you have made the decision to use a studio the next step is to decide which one to book.  With so many London Recording Studios available to choose from it can be difficult deciding which one will suit your band best.  A good starting point however is location.  You will want somewhere that either has private parking or good transportation links as you will have various pieces of equipment that you will obviously need to take along with you.

You should also ask questions regarding what the actual recording space is like.  Somewhere that is spacious, light and airy will likely be more conducive to helping you and your band mates relax and enjoy the day.  Many London Recording Studios are more than willing for you to call and arrange a viewing prior to making a firm booking should you wish to do so.

Cost is of course another major consideration.  You will find that the majority of studios charge by the hour however some studios have special introductory offers available for new clients so make sure you enquire when making a booking.  Bookings can be made either via telephone or online.  You will be required to pay a deposit upfront which is generally 50% of the full booking fee.  This will need to be paid by debit or credit card.  The balance will then be required on the day and can be paid either by cheque or in cash.

 

Texting, Talking, Checking Mail

Song Name = Texting, Talking, Checking Mail

Song Link = http://youtu.be/QPCWVzT0WNY

Band Name = BrothersP

Social Media Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrothersP2013

Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/BrothersP2

 

Texting, Talking, Checking Mail” is a funny, upbeat song and video release by the “BrothersP” that we can all relate to.  Very relevant, and it will make you laugh – check it out on YouTube at http://youtu.be/QPCWVzT0WNY

Texting, Talking, Checking Mail turned out to be a fun story with a great country feel to it.  As each track was completed we realized we were achieving what we set out to do, to create a song that could make people smile, laugh and move to a country beat. We believe we created a fun experience and we are hoping everyone who listens to it has as much fun with it as we did.  Enjoy!

Surround Yourself with Audio: Environmental Therapy

There have been many recent studies which show the effects of media on the mind and moods. Recent research points to the idea that the more you can surround yourself with positive environmental factors, the better off your mental state and mood will be.

If you want to surround yourself with soothing audio, here are a few ways to do it:

1) Purchase nature sound videos and audio CD’s and pipe them throughout your house. With surround sound technology, you can now enjoy the sounds you love everywhere you go. Purchase soothing nature CD’s and connect your computer sound card to your home audio system, receiver, or other device. There are also many portable speaker systems, including Bluetooth and other methods now so you can surround yourself with soothing sounds all over your house. Use a wireless transmitter plugged into your PC sound card, or play music from your smart phone to your Bluetooth receiver.

2) Broadcast your favorite internet or satellite radio stations through your house. You can also play music and sounds from your favorite internet radio station, or from your satellite receiver. With the right adapters and cables, you can create a virtual sound studio from your home by playing and “broadcasting” sound from your computer, mobile device, or other. Alternately, you can purchase an internet radio box which outputs the sound through RCA or composite cables into your system as well.

3) Download cool audio apps online. You can download a lot of cool audio apps with nature sounds through the Apple Store or Google Play, etc. A great one to try is Relax Melodies. This app has several different beautifully-recorded sounds you can listen to, with the capability to mix different sounds for the most soothing effect. Hear sounds like the river, thunder, piano sounds, chimes, and many more. It is available on both the Google Play and Windows platforms for mobile devices. Tip: Connect an audio cable (3.5 mm to RCA dual) from your smart phone or tablet from the earphone out and connect to your audio receiver! You now have surround sound from your phone or mobile device…all over your house!!

4) Play meditation CD’s through your system. Meditation CD’s are designed to relax your mind and body by providing soothing sounds, based on research on brain wave patterns and stress reduction. You can surround yourself with this soothing atmosphere by connecting your CD player from your computer or other device to your sound receiver to enjoy the full effect of the relaxation sounds.

5) Watch nature videos and channel the audio. There are several videos out on the market today with nature and travel scenes. Purchase a nature video from a local media store or online with ocean waves or other soothing sounds. Either watch the video on your HD TV and channel the audio out to your audio receiver for surround sound, or place the DVD in your CD player and enjoy the audio only.

Tip: Some people do not realize this but the audio specs of a DVD are exactly the same as the specs of a CD. You can play a DVD in a standard CD player or your DVD player and enjoy the audio any time.

The idea is to surround yourself with sounds that are proven to relax your mind and body. If you immerse yourself in the soothing sounds or music or nature, you will find yourself better able to cope with the stresses of the day. Try one of these techniques and see if you enjoy being surrounded with soothing audio!

Chris Neloms is a professional blogger that provides the latest information on the best home audio and home entertainment systems. He writes for CasaTunes.com, a premier home audio systems company.

 

 

 

How to Take Great Band Photos

If you’re in a band, then you’re going to have to consider marketing at some point, even if it’s just at a local level.  Good photographs are an essential part of marketing, but it can be tough trying to get them.  That’s why we worked with UK Canvas Print experts Somer Print to bring you these tips on getting those top-notch shots.

Remember where the photo is going

One of the biggest mistakes that bands make when taking photos is doing one simple shot, and then using that set for every single marketing channel.  This isn’t actually a great idea, as different marketing channels will have their own photo requirements.  A print magazine, for instance, might need space for captions, or the photos to be of a certain size.  A PR company might want shots in greyscale.  If you’re unsure, contact some of the channels, and ask them in advance what their requirements are.

Develop a theme

Almost all photo-shoots have a theme of some kind, and that’s especially the case with musicians.  Fortunately, one way to start this process off is to look at the type of band or artist you’re shooting, as this can give you a springboard to coming up with the right concepts.  If you’re shooting a death metal band, for instance, then you probably don’t want a Katy Perry-a-like California Gurlz gummy-bears shoot.  (Although that does sound like it could be hilarious).

Use the songs

If you’re really stumped for ideas, then you can use the artist’s music as a launching pad.  If, for instance, you’re filming a band who’ve got a song called ‘Whitechapel’ (a made up example, obviously), then it might be a good idea to film them in that area.  If they’ve got a mascot of some kind (ie, Iron Maiden’s famous Eddie), then include the mascot in the shot.

Capture their personality

This is especially the case with solo artists.  Almost all solo artists have a personality of some kind, with the most notorious often having the most extremes.  Take the time to think about the subject’s own personality, and their take on things, and then work from there.  If you’re working with a traditional singer-songwriter in the Dylan/Cohen mould, then shots tend to be either focused being natural, or being suited-and-booted.  Equally, if you’re working with an R’n'B singer who’s focused on sex appeal, then a sexy shoot is probably the way to go.

Basics of Effective Audio Editing

Being creative is probably the best thing that you can ever boast of. This is because with creativity, it usually becomes very easy for you to be able to try out a few things that make you happy. So, you decide to embark on audio editing so as to try and come up with a good audio, one that is clear and also is of very great quality. Before you embark on audio editing, the first consideration you should make is search for the best software application to use. This is very important in that the choice of the best software app makes the editing session easier and livelier. The best audio editing software that is on market now is Audacity, a free software download application.

Types of editing software apps

One of the basics of audio editing is that editing software apps come in two unique flavors: Stereo flavor and multi-channel flavor. It is important that you should understand the difference between these two stereos so that you are able to decide on the best flavor to use. A multi-channel flavor edges out as the better option as it has no channel limitation. On the other hand, a stereo channel is usually limited in the fact that you can only edit two channels/tracks at a time. With a multichannel flavor, you can be able to add channels such as your voice, an audio of a voiceover person, another one for sound effects and yet another one for music. As such, when working with all these channels, it becomes very easy for you to be able to edit your audio in one instance and be able to add all the desired effects. On the other hand when working with a stereo flavor, you end up using a lot of time as the editing process is procedural.

Quality sound and music

Audio editing requires you to have some basics on quality sound and music. This is so as you are able to edit your audio accordingly and be in a position to be able to add all the desired effects. You also require knowing how sound and music effects are added during editing so that you are able to get an audio that has good quality and one that has a smooth flow. When editing numerous tracks it is advisable that you edit of the tracks separately so that you are able to enhance diversity of sound in the already edited tracks.

After getting access to the right software app to use in audio editing, you are then required to feed your audio into the computer that has the software app. There are two ways through which you can be able to feed the audio tracks into the computer. You can use a microphone and directly record the program into the software program in use. In the second option, you can transfer the tracks from a removable storage device and safe them in the computer’s hard disk. After you have successfully saved the tracks in the computer, you should then open the audio tracks through the use of an “open” command that is found in the software program.

Noises Removed In Audio Editing

Basically, in audio editing the main aim is to remove the unwanted aspects of the audio that may be countering the audio’s quality. These aspects are such as coughs, background noises, pops and clicks among other noises. This is quite important in that it helps in enhancing the clarity of the audio track such that all the unwanted noises can not be heard in the track. It goes without saying that audio tracking is very important as far as music production is concerned. This is due to the reason that when recording audios, there are several noises that may be captured.

Make the best choice

The best thing about using a high quality audio editing program such as Audacity is that it comes with a user friendly interface that is usually very easy to navigate. This makes it easy for you to edit your audio tracks even if you are a fresher to audio editing. When embarking on audio editing, it is very important that you should not only focus on removing the unwanted aspects but also on improving the quality of the audio. This is through measures such as adding sound and music effects so as to adjust the audio’s quality.

5 Cost Effective Ways For Bands To Market Their Brand

Whether you are a newly formed band, or one who has been doing local gigs for a while, getting your music heard on a bigger scale to generate that greater public interest can often be a time consuming and expensive task.

“Making it big” as the saying goes relies on much more than musical talent in today’s music industry. You could be the most talented musicians, playing some of the best music around, but if you are unable to effectively market your band as a whole, you are going to find it much more difficult to achieve that initial break through.

Realistically, not everyone has thousands of pounds to spend on in-depth national marketing campaigns aimed at increasing your bands overall brand image, getting your music heard and developing your fan base. However, there are some marketing ideas that will serve as a good starting block for marketing your band, without breaking the bank.

Social Media Engagement

While the breakthrough success achieved by many artists through MySpace in years gone by is somewhat on the decline, there are still a large number of social media platforms for you to effectively promote your music and engage with your audience. Your social media pages should be looked upon as you would your own brand website. That means every single piece of important information regarding your band should be on there. This includes information regarding releases, performance dates, locations and any other information you deem vital to the band.

However, you shouldn’t look social media as a way to just give out band information. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or any other platform, your social identity should be used as a two-way medium, not only producing posts, but also responding to those made by your followers. Actively engaging with your followers gives your band a personal identity, encouraging more people to get involved. The more engaging you are with your followers, the more successful you are going to be. When engaging with followers, bear in mind that what you say and how you act reflects your bands brand image as a whole. Getting into an argument or saying something negative will damage your brand image rather than helping to promote it.

Don’t just rely on Facebook and Twitter to achieve social media popularity. Try some of the more music and imagery orientated platforms such as SoundCloud, Last FM, Flickr and Instagram.   

Promotional Products

Local gigs are the bread and butter of all upcoming bands. Whether it’s performing at a private function, a local nightclub or pubs in your area, these events are the best way for a band to publically get their music heard and attract that initial fan base that is key to a band’s long term success. However, with many people often drinking and having a good time, even if they liked the band and music they heard, they may not remember much about it the next day. To create more of a memorable experience for your audience, you could create promotional products such as printed t-shirts and CDs. Giving something for fans to take away with them not only generates funds that you can put towards new equipment and other promotional endeavours, but also increases your brand awareness as more people will become exposed to your band logo and information on a regular basis.

Gorilla Marketing

Gorilla marketing is a low-cost promotional tool which many use to market their brands. This marketing technique involves placing promotional stickers and other content that will be memorable to people who view them. Many large businesses spend a substantial amount of their marketing budgets each year creating inspirational gorilla campaigns that will put them head and shoulders above the competition. For a local band, the effective way to carry out gorilla marketing would be to place advertorial posters and other content for your local gigs. This could be in takeaways, bars, clubs and other places, essentially places where people interested in your music would go.

When carrying out gorilla marketing, if your strategy involves placing content on private or public property, be sure to first gain permission to do so from the business or organisation who owns the property. While breaking the rules and surprising people is essentially what gorilla marketing is all about, doing it without permission could be seen as criminal damage, resulting in possible police involvement or a lawsuit and being arrested probably isn’t going to help your public image all that much.   

Talent Competitions

Over the last 10 years, public competitions to find musical talent has become a popular worldwide trend, with countless TV shows looking for the next big music act from all walks of life. Going on these types of shows not only gives a band the opportunity to make it to the big time quickly, but also allows you to dramatically increase your exposure.

At the end of the day, as a band you need to decide what you are willing to do in order to get that big break as it won’t be for everyone. While the talent competition may not be suited to the genre of music you play, having the chance to perform on this larger scale will get more people aware of your music and your band as a whole, increasing not only your band’s brand image, but allowing you to generate public interest, attracting new followers in the process.

For those who don’t like the idea of going on national TV, you should look to other events such as local talent competitions. While these won’t have the same effect as a nationally televised competition, all exposure is a positive step in the right direction.

Viral Marketing

Just like the content you post on your social media accounts, videos and other viral content can work wonders in promoting your band, allowing you to potentially reach millions of people worldwide.

Out of all the marketing strategies you can carry out, this is probably one of the most difficult to achieve success in. Creating a good viral marketing campaign requires you to come up with and execute a video idea that is out of the box, memorable and compels viewers to then share with friends.  For every one video that achieves success and trends worldwide receiving millions of views, there are countless that have failed. However, don’t be discouraged, the great thing about viral marketing is that it’s relatively cheap to do and can be done as many times as you like with a variety of different ideas.

Even if your video doesn’t become one of the most popular videos on YouTube, it doesn’t mean it has been unsuccessful. No matter what number of views your video achieves, even if it’s just 50, that’s a specific number of people who have viewed your video and been exposed to your band.  Just remember to put your logo or information into the video that signifies who you are.

This article was written by John Johnston. John is part of the marketing team for Workwear Express, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of workwear and printed t-shirts.

 

Live Music in the UK

When you mention going to see live music to people in the UK, everyone immediately thinks about going to see large, well-established bands. Whilst this is undoubtedly a natural reaction it has become too dominant. Tickets for these shows are usually very expensive, and often the venues are very impersonal.

 

The alternative, going to see smaller bands, is not often thought about in the same way. Many people will plan months in advance to see a big band, whilst if they see a smaller band it will be a spur of the moment decision, or they will stumble into it without prior planning.

 

This is a shame as many of the smaller bands will put on as good a show as big bands, the tickets are cheaper, and the venues are much more personal. In terms of a night out, seeing a smaller band can be a much cheaper and more rewarding experience than seeing more established acts.

 

The best way to change this situation is to make gigs a proper destination for audiences. This is difficult. Part of the reason people will plan in advance for bigger gigs is that tickets are often scarce. But more importantly these big acts have advertising and promotion budgets that dwarf those of smaller bands: they can begin promoting earlier and reach wider audiences.

 

Smaller bands must take the initiative here and promote their gigs themselves as far in advance as they can, and keep promoting right up until the date of the show. Very often hear about a gig as soon as the band have got it, and then nothing until a few days before. The key to getting bigger audiences is to promote from the day you get the gig to the big day.

 

Audiences looking to find live music can use the gig search at unsigned gigs and find gigs everywhere in the UK. It only takes five minutes to sign up and list your gigs, and they will be viewed by thousands of people each month.

Partnering with Price of Life: How Music Makes Your Forget Your Sorrows

No one can deny that music is a truly fascinating form of art, entertainment, and communication. A three minute song or instrumental has the capacity to tell a story, portray an important message, breed inspiration, and completely alter the mood you were in. The impact is monumental.

Listening to songs and musical instruments online can be particularly beneficial for those who are feeling upset or depressed. If you have had a difficult day at work, if you have argued with a family member, if you have split up with your boyfriend, or if you have had any other unwanted news – music has the capacity to alleviate the sorrow. It can help you find your inner calm or it can ignite a small spark of happiness.

Nobody is immune to the affects of an upbeat tune

It doesn’t matter how hard you try to fight the feeling, if you put on a party song or an upbeat tune, it is infectious. A good beat instantly breeds positivity and you can’t help but bob along to the track. A lot of people find that party songs evoke images of joyfulness in their mind. The tune transports them to a beautiful tropical beach or an electric party in a VIP club. Your mind wonders to these fantastic scenarios and you begin to forget about all the troubles that were bringing you down.

Music can reduce stress

When people are feeling sad they often get worked up and stress begins to take over. Your body feels tense and your breathing is faster. It is understandable. After all, if you are feeling miserable, the reason for feeling so is going to trouble you. If you feel like this then listening tomusical instruments online is highly recommended. This can help to reduce your breathing rate and make your muscles relax. It’s a very soothing experience and will help you to tune into your inner calm.

Playing musical instruments provides a focus

It’s not only about listening to music, playing music can help too. If you play a musical instrument you have a sense of focus and this means your brain literally cannot focus on the issue that’s bringing you down. Furthermore, playing an instrument also allows you to find a way to express your emotions without literally having to state how you are feeling. This is a positive way of channelling how your sorrow.

Music evokes positive memories

Most people associate songs with memories; good and bad. But of course, you should be focusing on the good ones. There may be a certain song you and your friends used to listen to all of the time. There could be a song that reminds you of the fantastic holiday you had in Ibiza several years ago. Or, what about that stupid song you caught your mum dancing to in the kitchen? Stick on one of these tunes and you will be laughing in no time.

The lasting impact of music

As soon as you turn your music off or stop playing your instrument, the happier mood you have achieved will not deteriorate. Music alters the brain wave pattern and thus you will still feel better even when it’s time to turn off the tracks and go to bed.

When people are feeling upset they start to over-think and the problem only gets worse and worse in the individual’s mind. Instead, turn on some music or make some. This will work to counteract the depressed mood you are in. You will instantly feel better about the situation and more positive within yourself.

Author bio – Sophie Wiggins has a degree in the field of music and is currently assessing the psychological effects it has. She is carrying out his research by listening to musicalinstruments online.

Nurturing Creativity – Musical Instruments, Your Child and Staying Quiet

The days of children being seen and not heard are long gone. But sometimes, when your teenager is unleashing their inner Ginger Baker, sometimes you wish they’d return…

Rather than resorting to heavy duty earplugs and a healthy dose of ibuprofen, there are ways of turning the volume down, even on loud acoustic instruments. Better, there could actually be benefits to playing quietly – both for you and your child’s nascent musical career.

The Benefits of Quiet Playing

Persuading your child to play quieter may be something of a challenge. If we know one thing about teenagers, it’s that they like loud music. But there may be some real benefits to playing quietly.

The most obvious benefit is that they won’t disturb you or your neighbours if they can play without making more than a ‘reasonable’ amount of noise. Living harmoniously is an important thing, particularly in cramped city conditions.

However, recent studies into the nature of creativity suggest playing quietly may benefit your child directly, and actively nurture their creativity.

In his recent book Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer outlines how creative ‘eureka’ moments only happen after a period of frustration. In real terms, this means writing a song – playing nothing worth keeping, getting to the point of despair – and carrying on. In real terms, this sounds horrendous and the songwriter knows it. If everyone within a 500m radius can hear your period of frustration, chances are you’ll just give up. If no one can hear you…

A similar lack of self-consciousness helps with the more basic elements of playing an element. Practising scales is an interminable chore, more so for others listening. Players are not ignorant to this. Real practise requires real repetition which requires real patience on the part of those in earshot, and unless you have a particularly inconsiderate child, they know this.

Quiet playing removes the barrier of self-consciousness enabling your child’s musical creativity as well as encouraging the more tedious aspects of playing an instrument – the ones that teach discipline, time management and concentration.

Ways of Playing Quietly

All this is well and good, but short of sticking your child in a vacuum, how can they play quietly?

It all depends on the instrument. Acoustic instruments can be dampened with towels and cloths – violinists have practised with a cloth on their strings for centuries and drummers with towels on their toms – but although this helps with muscle memory, this removes the sound. Similarly with practice mutes for trumpets.

Electric instruments can often be played using headphones, meaning instruments like keyboards and electric guitars can be played almost silently whilst still offering the full sound to the player. However, instruments like violins, drums and trumpets still make a big noise acoustically even in their electric versions.

Silent guitars, silent drums, silent trumpets and silent violins (among others) are all now available. Technology has stepped in to create near-noiseless versions of their acoustic counterparts, that still play normally in headphones. Using these instruments, your child can get all the benefits of unrestrained practice or composing time without losing tonal quality – or bothering the neighbours.

Adam Cairn writes on several subjects including the benefits on quiet instruments and quiet household appliances.

Creating A DIY Home Recording Studio

A home recording studio is a great addition to any house; it is the kind of room that would set yours apart from the rest when you come to sell. Obviously however its primary purpose is for people who love music, play instruments, are intrigued on how music is produced, enjoy singing and want to learn. You can go in and spend the best part of a day fiddling around with different settings and not even realise. This article will outline the main features you need in your home recording studio.

Soundproofing

The first step towards creating your studio is to soundproof the room, this is the most important step and isn’t as complicated as you would imagine. You may see the professional studios on TV with black foam tiles on the walls and big cones sticking out of them all over the place, you don’t need anything that complicated/expensive at home though. You have a couple of good options, one is to simply use mattresses, mattresses are fantastic insulators, if you put your ear next to one you’ll notice your ear actually hurts because of how little noise there is. The problem with mattresses is that it would cost quite a lot to buy that many. The best option is to go to a DIY/building supplier and get some of the big square shaped chunks of insulation that would normally be used in partition walls. Then you can build it up, cover every square inch and it won’t cost anywhere near as much.

Equipment

Now comes the fun (expensive) bit, there are so many different options in terms of equipment you could get that it would be impossible to list them for all of the different budgets so I’ll simply state the essential pieces you need. The first and most important piece to buy is the soundboard or audio mixing deck. This is where you will produce your music, layer tracks, add and create various EQ settings and make your music in to the finished article. A good sound sound/speaker system is needed, don’t skimp on this, and get a top of the range set of speakers with a good amplifier. Nuvo home audio systems are excellent for the price and will do the job well for you. Buy a microphone and diffuser to improve the sound coming from it, numerous amplifiers and cables for guitars or drum kits and then get them all linked in to your soundboard. A computer with a couple of screens is useful because there is plenty of audio creation software to make your own beats now instead of needing the drum kit.

 

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