Voice Reel Recording

It was fantastic to welcome Katherine McDermott into Red Wall Studios today. A voice reel and a couple of scripts for her portfolio were recorded.

Microphone used for the vocal recording was an SE2200a through a DBX 376 preamp. I later edited and mixed to backing tracks.

Here is the finished voice reel:

Local Music Live

It’s been fantastic to be involved with Local Music Live over the past few months. Big congratulations to Feliicia Eliza on being chosen as winner. Also, big thank you to everyone who entered and submitted some great new music. Hopefully there will be many more competitions and events in the future.

Today myself and my colleague Carl Brewer of Pointy Halo Productions, and fellow in-house engineer at Red Wall Studios, began our part of the prize winning package being a fully recorded, mixed and mastered single, undertaken here at Red Wall Studios.  Two days have been allocated for completion and all instrumentation was tracked today. Carl led the session and tomorrow he will complete vocal recordings, editing, mixing and mastering for the imminent release.

The instruments recorded and microphones used were as follows: Drum kit (Kick – AKG D112, Snare Top – Audix i5, Snare Bottom – Shure SM57, Floor Tom – Audix D4, Rack Tom – Audix D2, Hi-Hats – AT2020, Overhead Left – SE1A, Overhead Right – SE1A, Overhead Centre – Shure PG81, Kit Mic – Rode NT2 and Room Mic – SE2200a), Bass – DI, Electric Guitar – DI and Acoustic Guitar (Body – AT2020, Neck – SE1A and DI).

Below are photos of the drum kit with microphone placement and tracking in the control room.

It was a pleasure to work with Feliicia and her band, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Lancashire Belle


This afternoon I welcomed Jane Francis, also known as Lancashire Belle into Red Wall Studios to record a couple of songs. The classic White Cliffs Of Dover was recorded to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn.  Also recorded a number by Gracie Fields – The Thing-Ummy-Bob.

Geoff Proctor of Kaleidoscope Imagery also came along to record a short video of the occasion.

Microphone used was SE Electronics 2200a.

Listen to White Cliffs of Dover here: