Full service session work (drums, vintage keys, guitars/bass, horns, synths etc) and mixing.
Twin Lakes Sound offers full service remote (or on-site) session work for clients all over the world. We are also a fully functional "live-in" large studio located in the backwoods of Minnesota.
We have several drumsets suited for all kinds of music, various snares and 30+ cymbals for just about any kind of drum sound desired. About our house drummer: Pete James Johnson has toured 4 continents of the world touring and recording with Grammy-winning bands and artists including the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Alan Pasqua, Bob Shephard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Russ Ferrante, Maple + Beech and more. In addition to touring Pete has recorded for Capitol Records with 23-time Grammy-winning engineer, Al Schmit and at several studios around the world. Pete's teachers include Peter Erskine, Ndugu Chancler, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Platt and more.
We also provide session work on keys (In our studio we have a Hammond B3 + Leslie, Wurlitzer 200A, Fender Rhodes, Moog Synths, 9 ft. Steinway grand piano, upright piano, 100's of softsynths, etc.
Loads of guitars, basses, amps and session guitarists/bassists are available at Twin Lakes.
HORNS: We also do writing/arranging/session work for horns! We know some of the most accomplished horn players throughout the twin cities who we regularly bring in for sessions.
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Interview with Twin Lakes Sound Studio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: All kinds of stuff!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know Michael Shynes, he is a great singer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: We can record to both digital or reel to reel tape, but we mostly do digital unless it's a special request. Both have their pros and cons.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We promise whatever we give you will sound great!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you also a regular studio where bands can come and record? Yes, we are a fully functional "live-in" studio on a lake in the middle of nowhere. A lot of bands actually move in for a few days a time and we record all day! Find out more at twinlakesstudio.com
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: How much work goes into making recorded music. Music listeners just press play on their iPod and get music instantly. But what most people don't realize is that song or album they're listening to on their iPod might have taken months or years to make and lots and lots of money.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you hoping to accomplish? Do you have a vision for the sound of your project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let us know if you want our musical opinion on your stuff. We may not give it to you unless you explicitly ask for it. Also let us know if you want us to lay down some production ideas for your stuff because we can do that too.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: piano, drumset, bass, guitar, tape recorder.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording for 15 years. I am also musically trained and have a Masters degree in Jazz Studies and have toured the world playing music - in fact I still perform a lot!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is probably a two-fold: 1) I generally take a less-is-more approach to engineering and production. And 2) I am adaptive - I never have a "formulaic" way of producing or mixing. I like to try stuff sometimes, weird or unconventional stuff both while recording and mixing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: That's a tough question. There are a lot of good answers to that but if anything there are a lot of artists whom I would like to see how they work in the studio - Paul McCartney, Chris Stapleton, Bruno Mars. I would have love to see how Prince worked in the studio. There are so many...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Microphone choice and placement will make a much more dramatic difference in sound than preamp choice. We probably spend more time than other studios setting up mics and sound checking at the beginning of a session. We do that because we take care in the quality of sound right off the bat. That makes for easier mixing and a much better sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the music we have done is Indie-rock/pop, but we have also done jazz, alt-country, rock, acoustic pop, folk, bluegrass, electronic, pop, hip hop, and more.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The enormous talent pool of musicians we have to work with. We know some of the best, highly trained musicians in the Twin Cities area whom we work with regularly in the studio. We call in musicians regularly for session work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It entirely depends on the project. We like to figure out the best plan of attack for each and every project before we do it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Our studio is a 1350 Sq ft studio that houses many instruments including several drumsets, vintage keyboards (Hammond B3, Leslie, Wurlitzer 200A, Rhodes, grand piano, etc), synths, percussion instruments, guitars, amps, basses and other doodads. As far as recording equipment, Our main studio centerpiece is our British-made, custom modified 28 ch Malcom Hill Analog Console with custom modded preamps, line amps and EQ opamps. Beyond that we are using amplification from Neve, API, Vintech, AU, and microphones from Neumann, AKG, Royer, Audio Technica, Shure, and custom made ribbon microphones. In the software realm we have hundreds of plugins from Waves, Brainworks, Native Instruments, Izotope, and more. 5 rooms: One large live tracking room, two medium size tracking rooms, one booth, and our control room.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: We are inspired by all music, but especially music that feels authentic. We are inspired by people like Prince, Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Al Schmit, Bon Iver, Stevie Wonder, Dan Wilson, and a million more people that I could list here.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At our studio the most common type of work we do is large recording sessions with full bands. We record, mix, produce and master music in house.