NEW INTERVIEW BLOG:
FLOOD!!! I recently heard about a producer friend of mine, Phil Dunget
who had a flood in his studio! Interestingly enough, Phil has decided to turn this tragedy (that has left him with little work until it is all restored), into an opportunity to help other musicians and producers of music.
Linda: Can you tell me how you plan to do this Phil?
Phil: I’ve decided to put together a series of blogs and video blogs one at a time and in order of all the steps it takes to set up a professional project studio in your home (or where ever). Since I had to tear it down entirely, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take would be producers, professionals, or musicians through the process with me. I will be offering a series of step by step instructions and advice!
Linda: What will Your Series be Called? Where can we find it?
Phil: I’m calling it Ten Easy Steps to Setting Up Your Project Studio. You can find it by going to my website, searching youtube, but the easiest way will be to Sign up for my Newsletter. This way you will always know when the next blog step is posted here or on youtube with a direct link from your mailbox!
Linda: That sounds great! I know I’ll be signing up… all that information for free and you get to see a visual on it!~Can you tell me what kinds of things you will be teaching on?
Phil: Some of the categories I will be talking about in the coming weeks include:
Ten Easy Steps to Setting Up Your Project Studio – from Dr.Phil
1) Sound Designing! How to foam the walls and set up any control room for the best and truest sound: - Answers the questions: ( How do I sound proof or acoustically treat my control room in my recording studio for the best sound?) I will talk about how much, how and where to place the foam for ultimate sound design, and suggest types of foam.
2) Placement of the Mixing Console: Digital or Analog? – Answers the Questions: (What is better, an analog or a digital mixing board for my studio?) ( Do I need a mixing board / console for my studio? ) ( What are the pros and cons of a digital mixing console vrs a analog console? ) I will show you the mixing board that I use and where I set it up, and then discuss different options with analog and digital boards, how important mixing boards are or if you can get by without one.
3) Placement of Studio Speakers / Monitors: – Answers the Questions: ( How do I set up my speakers for my recording studio?) (Where is the best place to position my studio monitors? ) ( How do I achieve an equilateral triangle for my studio speakers? ) I will walk you through the setup of studio monitors; placement of speaker stands, mounting speakers and aligning them in the equilateral triangle.
4) Placement of Your Rack and Outboard Gear – Compressors, Equalizers and Effects Units. – Answers the Questions: (What kind of outboard gear do I need in my studio?) (Can you tell me about compressors, equalizers and effects units?) I will show you how I set up my outboard gear to my rack.
5) Patching (Routing) in your Outboard Gear and Interfaces to Your Mixing Console. Answers the Question: (How do I patch in my outboard gear to my mixing console?) In this blog and video blog I will be patching the outboard gear to the mixing console, and the snakes from the live room to the mixing board.
6)Testing Your Recording Rig – Is Everything Up and Running? Are we good to Go? In this video blog we will test out the studio to make sure everything is working. We will set up a microphone and record an initial vocal track.
7) Creating Your Sessions in Protools – Answers the Questions: (What is the Initial setup of Protools?) and (How do I open up a Protools session?)
Micing a Guitar: – Answers the Questions: (Where should I put the microphone when recording an acoustic? ) and (What is the best type of microphone to use to record an acoustic guitar).
9) Vocal Microphone Setup and Recording Vocals – Answers the Questions: ( What kind of mic do I use to record my vocals? ) and ( What is the best microphones for studio recording?) In this blog we will talk about how, where and what microphones to use.
10) Recording Drums – Answers the Question: (What is the best way to record drums for optimum sound?) From what mics to use to where to place them and other great tips for recording drums.
I hope you will follow along with me though my Ten Easy Steps to Setting Up Your Project Studio. Look for a blog / video blog every week in my series. Or better yet, just Sign Up to My Newsletter HERE so you will know exactly when I am posting my blogs. (Your info is kept private I promise).
Should be a blast!
Linda: Hey Phil can you leave us with at least one picture of the damage in your control room?
Linda: Oh No!!!
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