If you record your own music, allow me to mix it! After the initial tracking/edit stages, mixing is when I use volume, EQ, compression, delay, reverb, etc., to create a smooth, powerful and emotionally exciting mix of your song.
Online mixing from anywhere! Sharing sessions via Protools or Cubase session files, or sending WAVs via Dropbox or Google Drive.
One of the final stages, this is taking all of your songs and making sure there is a consistent “sound” among them. That includes volume adjustments, compression and EQ. It is important for me to say here that you should NEVER EVER skip this step. Sometimes budgetary reasons are cited to skip out on mastering, however it will lead to a less polished, professional sound if you forgo this process.
This refers to the actual recording of audio tracks (drums, vocals, violin, piano, etc). Engine Room, like almost all studios, is a multi-track facility. The usual system here at ERR is to lay down instruments individually starting with drums at The Audio Kitchen in Akron. Overdubs and further work can then take place at The Audio Kitchen or at the overdub room in Kent. This enables us to focus on one thing at a time and strive for the best takes of that specific instrument.
After tracking there is a brief amount of time needed for editing/comping. This can be as simple as connecting one part of a vocal take with the part of another, or as complex as editing every drum hit of every song! Obviously the more editing that needs to be done the longer it will take. Computers have made editing easy, and it is important to have a tight and acceptable performance.
Graphic Design and CD layout:
My partner David Wilson of Downpour Creative specializes in merchandise and CD layouts for bands and musicians. There is a discounted rate if you use Engine Room Recording and Downpour Creative for your entire album needs! Contact for details.