Recording & Mixing
a passionate pursuit of perfections
The best recording studios (Abbey Road, Ocean Way, and Capitol Records, to name a few) use Neve consoles. At Prescott Studios we use the Neve VR3, arguably the very best recording console ever made. The studio has several rooms used for tracking including a roomy and comfortable vocal booth, a large tracking room, a separate drum room, and several utility isolation areas. No matter what you are recording, whether it's a single, album, movie, audiobook, or even a podcast, it's of the utmost importance to capture the best sound possible. Things to keep in mind when picking a studio
1. The recording engineer and producer
2. The recording equipment - hardware/software
3. The space and facility
There are several important factors to consider when deciding where and with whom to record. If you are a solo artist, vocalist, or rapper you have a lot of options. Whereas a band, ensemble, group, it can get a lot more complicated.
A good place to start is by deciding what you want as a finished product. If you are looking for something professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered, you will need a pro studio.
Once that decision is made you can more objectively look at where. In general, when you pay more you're paying for the experience, better gear, microphones, engineers, location, acoustical treatment, etc.
In every case, pick the right tools for the job. If you are looking to be a Grammy contender, recording in your friend's closet may not be the best choice.
Achieving a great mix takes years of experience and knowledge regarding the many aspects and nuances of the craft.
Mixing properly begins with an understanding of the material and the intended audience. You also have to understand what the artist has envisioned. We encourage artists to bring reference samples of music they feel closely resembles the sound they are trying to achieve prior to tracking and mixing.
An experienced engineer will know how to make everything sound good together. They will know how the vocals and instruments work together to complement the song. They will understand which frequencies need to be cut or boosted. They will know when and where to use dynamic processors such as compression and limiting. They will also know how and where to use effects such as reverb, delay, modulation, and harmonics to get the best mix possible.
The mixing engineer needs to take all of the information given and turn it into what will eventually be a final mix. At Prescott Studios, we take all of this into account and more.