Frank Lockwood - Lockwood ARS
Recording, Mixing & Mastering
Location and Studio Recording, Restoration, Editing, Mixing and Mastering for Classical and Acoustic Music, Soundtracks and Broadcast.
Initially specializing in classical and acoustic music, Lockwood ARS offers a range of services including location and studio recording, audio editing, repair/restoration, mixing and mastering for CD and online distributed productions, film and video soundtracks and live events.
Lockwood ARS is owned and operated by Frank Lockwood, who brings over twenty-five years professional audio and forty-five years of musical experience to his clients in Southern Ontario and beyond. HIs professional training includes a Master's Degree in Music Recording from the prestigious program at McGill University, with two years post-graduate Residency in the Banff Centre's Music and Sound division. Frank has also taught Audio and Music Technology at the University level in Canada and the United States.
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Interview with Frank Lockwood - Lockwood ARS
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a music recording can only be, at best, a third-rate substitution for a live concert. Live performance and music recording are really two different things - both equally valid artistically, but otherwise quite distinct.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your artistic aim for this project? What is your business or monetary aim for this project? Have you considered your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It is a great gift to work with musicians who are sensitive to the quality of Sound, not just the notes. Coupling that with a clear, sonic ideal for the project results in something that is more, and different than, a live performance - able to make an intimate connection with a listener, at any time, anywhere in the world.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a musician while a teenager, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Performance. At the same time I was expanding my interest with music technology, which led through various recording studios, and then to a Master's Degree in Music Recording, followed by a post-grad residency and then two and a half decades of professional music recording, mixing and mastering.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sweet, clear, organic sounding, lush...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic music - instrumental ensembles, choirs, and soloists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To stand at the intersection of art and technology, allowing the one to make the best use of the other, resulting in a music recording that stands on its own as a creative work of art.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I keen ear for technical and sonic perfection honed by decades of experience as both recording engineer and performing musician.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Record as many takes of the music as necessary, on location 2. Edit final assembly from recorded takes 3. Make any repairs, noise removals, etc. to the finished assembly 3. Mix and Master 4. Generate suitable files for CD, Internet Distribution, YouTube soundtracks, etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I provide location recording services, usually to performance spaces such as churches and concert halls, which provide suitable acoustic reverberation to support the music. I have a good selection of microphones and other recording equipment that is well suited to this style of recording (as opposed to what is typically found in recording studios).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jan-Erik Kongshaug, Jean-Marie Geijsen, Tony Faulkner, Gary Paczosa, Teo Macero, Rudy van Gelder... Joanna Newsom, the Maldelring Quartet, Stephanie Martin, Irina Voro...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Location Recording, Studio post-production including Editing, Mixing and Mastering. Audio Restoration and Repair services are available as well.