Ottawa Recording Studio
Have a look at a few of the services we offer below.
It might not always be the first step, since someone has to write and compose the music, but it definetly is an important task that we do not take lightly. We make sure that there is no problem at the source, so we don’t have to fix it in the mix! Although we do have a variety of microphones to choose from at Ottawa Recording Studio a lot of our artist tend to lean towards the classic sound of the Neumann U87. And we rarely disagree. But before we start looking at the microphone, the vocal booth itself is what is most important.
The vocal booth was designed with a few things in mind; quiet, accurate, relaxing and dead. (not dead as in, call the reaper, but dead as in, no reverb) We add all required effects in the mix after the vocals have been tracked. We are currently using the pre amps on the Avid Omni for the preampfification part of our signal chain, and no complaints yet.
Our vocal booth was custom built as to the “Sound Studio Constructions Handbook” by experts in live sound and recording from the Trebas Instute in Montreal. It is incredibly accurate and free from annoying frequencies that can give small booths a “boxy” sound. Our vocal booth has no parallel walls and it is treated with a mixture of diffusors, Auralex wall treatments, RPG celling clouds and a floating floor. Furthermore, we are extremely happy with the results we have been able to achieve out of this booth and i am sure you will be too! and of course, it has a window 🙂
At Ottawa Recording Studio, we take pride in the art of mixing. Once your vocals and instruments have been recorded (in our studio or in yours ) we load up the session on Pro Tools HD. If the vocals and instruments were recorded with us, then you will be taking advantage of mixing at 32bit, 176.4 kHz. This is the highest quality currently available with Pro Tools HD systems and it has become a standard in the industry.
The mixing is done in our Ottawa Recording Studio control room.The control room was purpose built for accurate monitoring and mixing. It features Broadband diffusors along the rear wall as well as cloud absorbers above the mixing position. All walls have been acoustically treated to the “Sound Studio Constructions Handbook” standards. It is a real joy to mix in this environment and we guarantee that your mixes will translate perfectly in all other environments. We currently mix using mostly “in the box” tools such as UAD and Waves plugins. The monitoring system revolves around a Avid Omni pre amps with the signal then sent to Yamaha HS8 studio monitors.
At Ottawa Recording Studio we take a lot of pride when it comes to music creation and that goes all the way to mastering. We have a variety of tools that can help make your song stand out from the crowd and we don’t simply believe that louder is better. We have the tools to widen your mix, add dynamic processing such as limiting and compression over targeted frequency ranges instead of simply crushing your entire mix. We can add and remove frequencies that distort or muffle the speakers.
As per common practise it is never recommended to master the music in the same environment as you recorded and mixed it since it will make it harder to find the flaws of the room in which you were mixing. Although we like to think that in this recording studio Ottawa, we built one of the best mixing and mastering environment a mix engineer can ask for, it can sometimes be beneficial to get the mastering done out of the recording and mixing environment if the budget permits. As a result, we work closely with many studios in Canada that would be glad to help out if need be.