Woodland feel, right in the heart of Portland
Studio of the Woodland Realm is a Recording Studio located in Portland, OR. With its well treated ISO booths and Large Live room, the studio is ideal for all kinds of projects. From Singer/Songwriter, Voice overs, Overdubs, to Full band tracking, the Woodland Realm is a versatile and creative work space with a very laid back and cozy vibe.
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Interview with Studio of the Woodland Realm
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask questions. Be prepared, Be realistic. We work with musicians everyday, we understand you can be quirky or eccentric. Our job is to help you "bottle the lighting" that is your art. When we ask for deposits, or set schedules, you should keep up with your end of the bargain. Be punctual. We do these things because we are professionals and we want you to feel like you are working with someone reliable that will help you see your project through.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music comes first, but the people that make the music are equally as inspiring.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: This is a very cozy, and comfortable place to create. We do a lot of work with songwriters and producers, typically working a lot on vocals and guitar, piano, and brass overdubs. Although we do still record full bands live, our intention was to create an inspiring place to work on the more meticulous aspects of recording, mainly the overdubs and mixing stages, and to have well treated, acoustically sound rooms to work in.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pretty much anything in your parents vinyl collection interests us. We like what Bob Ezrin, Steve Lilywhite, Dangermouse do, to name very few of many. Listening to many different styles of music is always inspiring.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: With technology making recording so affordable and accessible these days, people sometimes do not see the value of hiring professionals. The truth is, we have the added benefit of having worked with numerous artists, typically work each day to significantly improve our trade, and have a facility that was literally built specifically for recording and mixing. The amount of time and money you can save, and the knowledge you can gain from being around other professionals is priceless.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital because we can. Analog because we are not robots.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It varies based on the client. We are very well set up to do overdubs, and often do a lot of voice recording and horn arrangements, although we have live tracked a good amount of band here as well.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: adaptive. every project is its own unique thing, we treat them accordingly.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Scott Stanley is an incredibly skilled engineer. He has had a hand in so many projects over the years and has so much experience with a number of different genres. Clients love working with him, studios love working with him, would definitely recommend him to anyone serious about recording.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Studio of the Woodland Realm not only has all the bells and whistles of any major recording studio, but what truly makes it special is the feeling the artist leave with. Leaning heavily on a relaxed, refreshing environment, many artists leave feeling excited to create more music, not burnt out from the stresses of recording. With top notch engineers and equipment, the music is always incredible, but the feeling like you just came out of a music therapy session is what truly sets them apart from the rest.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience and a Fresh Feeling. The Engineers have been doing this a long time, getting great sounds isnt difficult, but making magic, thats something that this group does better than anyone.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dont be afraid to swing for the fences, and then dial it back. Risk sometimes provides the best rewards.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sean Lennon, that guy makes some of the most interesting music
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your Budget? What do you hope to accomplish? What music should we listen to that you listen to?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you cut me a deal?" Typically, that question means you are not the right client for us. We work quickly, and efficiently, thats the deal we are cutting, Your album will be done weeks earlier than if you were going with a less skilled Engineer. And will sound better. Our rates are our rates, we do this for a living, we know what we are worth.