What to Expect

When you first call to schedule your appointment, I will need to find out what you want to achieve during your time spent in the Blue Room.  I want to know what genre your playing, what instruments you’ll be bringing to record with, or if you need to use some of our studio gear.  I also need to know how many people I will be recording.  Also, if you need one of our studio musicians we can arrange for him to be here as well.  When you arrive remember: you are paying by the hour, so make the most of your time and money by practicing and rehearsing your song.  Bring anything that you want to use for your recordings; instruments, amps, speakers etc.  We have a studio drum set available for use if required. We will make sure before your appointment that our gear is also set up and ready for you to use.   Once you’re all set up, recording will begin.  There are two ways that we record bands: 
    
    #1: Solo recording: Depending on skill level recording usually begins with the drummer being recorded first. While the rest of the band plays the song live, unrecorded, the drummer will hear it through the headphones.  He then will begin to lay down the drum track.  Then after that track is acceptable we will move on to guitars and bass.  The guitarist and bassist will record their tracks separately while listening to the drum track.  The guitarist will have multiple takes which will be layered into the song later.  Then vocals will follow.  The vocalist will be setup with some reverb in his headphones in the vocal section of the studio.  He will record his track while listening to all the tracks that have been recorded up to that point.  After all have been recorded, you will be able to hear a very rough version of your song. From there you can tell us how you want certain parts to sound and how the overall feel of the song should be as well as effects you may want.
 
    #2: Group recording:  This is where everyone is being recorded at the same time in the same room.  The amplifiers will be separated by GOBO’s so that the drums won’t bleed into the recording of the other instruments.  This is quicker, but less precise and can be more difficult to execute for a full band.