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Interview with Leart Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording: There's a lot more to recording than simply putting some microphones in a room and hitting record: it's a complex decision of mic choice, Pre amps, room choice, instrument, part, vibe and performance. Mixing: You've spent a long time making sure your recordings sound just right, now you need it to all come together. A good mix will bring together all the elements of your music and make them riverdance in unison. The right tools are important, but experience, training and great ears will make or break your project. Mastering: Preparing an audio track for release on a certain medium. Mastering means different things to different people, but here at Le'Art Studio it's the final process a track undergoes before release. This could include intelligent processing or EQ and dynamic control for radio, club or vinyl release. Or perhaps simply preparing the tracks in a specific order and giving them a PQ code and Meta Data. If you're looking for mastering, the best thing to do is chat to one of our team about what you're trying to achieve, and we can give you more information about the process. Full Production: Full production is a complete service we offer here. In the Practise Room : Visit you at a practise or two to make sure the songs are ready for the studio (So you make the most of your investment) Before the Studio : Project manage the process, advising you on how long you'll need and what equipment you'll want. In the Studio : Help achieve the sounds, get a great performance and tell you when you've got the takes you need. In the Mix : Work with the mix engineer to get the sound you want In the master : Confirm when the song is finished, organise the PQ codes and distribution information. Editing. Composition.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Le'Art Studio encompasses a broad range of music industry projects including production, engineering and mastering of albums, film soundtracks, live recording, sound reinforcement. We have also produced and engineered several projects at Abbey Road/EMI Studios.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Microphones: - AKG C3000B - AKG C414B XLII - AKG C451B - AKG D112 - AKG TPS D3800 - Beyerdynamic M160 - Beyerdynamic Opus-65 - Electro Voice RE 20 - RH Sound HSMC001 - RODE NTK Valve - Sennheiser e904 - Shure SM7B - Shure SM-57 - Shure SM-58 X18RPult / Controller: - Crest Audio X18R 14m+4st-channel 3 Bus 6 Aux balanced direct out analogue high-end rack mixer - Yamaha 01x 28 channel Digital Mixer, Motorized DAW Remote Controller, I/O, DSP module ISA/UADPreamp / AD Converter: - Focusrite ISA 428 4x Neve classic mic preamp 8 channel High-End AD conversion 192khz - Universal Audio M-610 vintage tube preamp - Apogee Rosetta stereo AD converter 48khz COMPRESSORS: - Teletronix - Universal Audio LA2A Classic Leveling Amplifier LA2A Tube Compressor - Joe Meek VC6 Meekbox - ART Pro VLA II Stereo Tube Compressor DAW / DSP: - RME Fireface UFX - RME Hammerfall Multiface + Digiface - Universal Audio UAD-2 Neve+Classic Studio Bundle PCI DSP Card - 2x Universal Audio UAD-1 StudioPack PCI DSP Card - ASUS P6TSE i7 8GB - ASUS P5B Deluxe Quad 3GB Software / VST: - UAD LA3A, Fairchild, Classic Limiters, Lexicon224, EMT140, EMT250, DreamVerb - UAD EP34, Studer A800, Cambridge EQ, Pultec Pro EQ, Neve Classic Console etc. - UAD Precision Mastering Plug-Ins Bundle, etc. - Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection, Virtual Tape Machines, Trigger Drum Replacer, Platinum & Deluxe Drum Expansion Packs, etc. FXExternal FX / Signal Processors: - Roland RE-201 Space Echo Vintage Analog Tape Delay - TC Electronic Finalizer mastering processor - Lexicon MPX-1 Multi-Effects Processor - FMR Audio Really Nice Compressor (RNC1773) - Behringer MDX2200 - Electro Harmonix - Memory Man with Hazarai Echo Delay Monitoring: - Genelec 1030A, Genelec 1092A sub - Genelec 8050A - Beyerdynamic D770, D990 - AKG K271, K141, K55, K44 - Behringer PowerPlay amp - Fostex PH-50 amp Amplifiers: - VOX AC30/6TB('95) - Roland Jazz Chorus 120 - Fender Sidekick Reverb 35 - Seymour Duncan 84-50 - Hughes and Kettner Bassman 150W - Universal Audio M-610 vintage tube (bass)