Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Live Session Music Video Recordings

Having videos of live performances is essential for any musician to add to their electronic press kit (EPK). While we've taken videos of live performances using iPads and cameras, we thought it would be awesome to have some professional videos. We've been recording our full length album at Full Fidelity Studios. They've recorded live music in the studio before, and it sounds fantastic. The instruments are mixed, and some post-production can be applied (reverb, chorus, etc...), all benefits that you can't do with a simple iPad recording. We also decided to have Brian of Unknown Prophet Picture do the video. They've worked in tandem with Full Fidelity Studios a number of times, and they've created some great results. We recorded:

1. Rolling in the Deep - Adele
2. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
3. Don't Stop Believing - Journey
4. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns n' Roses
5. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

We were worried that the studio would be too small. While it was a tight fit, it worked out perfectly. All the extra equipment and instrument cases were cleared out of the studio. The studio was pretty much a sauna all night. We'd frequently step out into the hall in between takes to cool off. While we were confident with the songs that we chose to record, there was still a lot of pressure when trying to play a song perfectly. We did about 3 - 6 takes on each song.

Steve, the sound engineer and producer would tweak guitar sounds, tune drums, or talk to us about speeding up or slowing down the tempo. We even experimented with dropping the key of "Don't Stop Believing" a full step, and then a half step.

Brian was always giving us helpful suggestions like where we should stand, adjusting the lights. and was just a professional and fun guy to work with. He had 3 cameras at different angles, and he'd zoom in at different people throughout our songs.

We heard some of the unmixed songs that Steve recorded, and they sounded awesome! We cannot wait to get the final products!  All in all, we had a great time, and we enjoyed working with Steve and Brian and we'd recommend their services to anybody! Check out their pages!

Meet Steve the Sound Engineering Wizard

Allison replaced Mark after she wowwed Aaron with her mad bass skills.

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