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Recording is not "perfection" but rather "capturing a moment"

posted Apr 20, 2013, 9:27 AM by Brent Chamberlin

I always like to compare music when I'm working on it to "what's big".  I recently had to listen closely to Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and heard "UN-perfection."  This brought me to write this post that looks at something I love to do, which is find "mistakes" in commercial music.  I use the word "mistake" loosely since recordings are not meant to be perfect, but rather "capturing a moment."  This is the included with the debate of digital vs. analogue.  I digress and bring us back to Adele.

Here is a quick list of some examples that I picked out imperfections in the recordings.  Take a listen to them yourselves and you decide.

-Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
   -First measure, guitar is sharp
   -Second measure, they unmute the vocal mic and you hear the "click track."

-Weezer "El Scorcho"
   -Right before Rivers comes in with the first words "God Damn," you hear his scratch vocal come in a split second early from when they were all in the same room while tracking the drums.  Confirmed with their video DVD which shows them doing this. 

-John Lennon "Oh Yoko"
  -As the drums begin on beat 4 of a pickup measure, you hear John saying "4" from them counting down in the same room. 

There is countless more but these are the first three that come to mind.  Find some yourself. 

FBC Studio

posted Mar 27, 2012, 4:42 AM by Brent Chamberlin   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 4:48 AM ]

Would you like to record in this space? 

First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland is installing an Audio Recording Studio and Video Editing Studio.  This is a project that Jae Williams, Youth Director and I have worked on since the beginning of the year.  The studio will be setup to record 16 tracks from the sanctuary (pictured) or from various spaces throughout the church.  The purpose of the room is to allow us to capture services, concerts, or recording sessions in the beautiful sounding spaces in the church.  This system will allow us to do post production and better mix the audio. 

The sanctuary is obviously designed for a gorgeous "classical" sound but this space also provides a unique sound to "contemporary" music ranging from jazz, rock, and pop.  (Do you want a huge drum sound like Queen records?  Some were recorded in large churches.)  The studio will also allow us to record from smaller, controlled rooms. 

To accompany the audio aspects of this project, we also have allowed the room to be a great space to edit videos.  Our custom built PC and audio systems will allow us to create an entire video project and give us a high quality product from beginning to end. 

More information to come when the project becomes public.  We are very close though and already running test projects in the room that has already allowed us to distribute products. 

New Audio Forensics Service (Coming Soon!)

posted Aug 23, 2011, 5:21 AM by Brent Chamberlin   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 6:32 AM ]

The award winning audio restoration and audio forensics software, Diamond Cut Live, is now being tested and implemented into our audio mastering and edited services.  I am currently testing this new software, which is an industry standard, and comparing the results with our current services.  DC Live will offer many more options in precise audio editing and restoration.  An update will be posted once this new service will become public.

Bose MA12 Line Array

posted Aug 20, 2011, 12:08 PM by Brent Chamberlin   [ updated Aug 20, 2011, 12:21 PM ]

At First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, where I am currently the audio engineer, we are testing out a line array from Bose in the sanctuary.  While the sanctuary is specifically designed for a reverberated sound to maximise the sound for music (specifically classical), an important part to a church service is the sermon.  Clarity in speech is something these rooms are not made for. 

We are specifically testing out the Bose MA12 array.  A 3 array stack per side in the front of the sanctuary the can evenly disperse throughout the congregation.  This will allow for direct focus on the speakers to the seated audience and eliminate them hearing reverberated sound off of the walls, ceiling, etc. 

In just one sitting so far with the Bose, I am pleased with the product.  In the coming weeks, we should be able to address the situations with audio being heard on the chancel (namely the choir).  This past year, we had to pump major volumes into the choir's monitors for them to hear, but then that created more reverb bouncing off the back walls, and making the speech unclear to the congregation.  With the new line arrays, that problem should be eliminated. 

See specs on the Bose MA12 here.

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