If you’ve just discovered Landen Park Recording Studio on Google or wherever and you’re thinking of coming here to do music, please have a read of this article before getting in touch…
Difficult phone conversations
Here’s a readout from a recent telephone enquiry. It’s as close to word-for-word as I can remember it:
“Landen Park Studio, good afternoon…”
“You a recording studio?”
“That’s right. How can I help you”
“So… recording studio then, right?”
“Yes… we’re a recording studio.”
“So what would you take for an hour?”
“We don’t generally book for less than half a day. Can you tell me something about the project?”
“I wanna do music.”
“OK… do you want to record a vocal, an instrument…? Do you have a backing track? Can you tell me anything about the genre?”
“Do you have a backing track to sing to for example?”
“I wanna to make a track, yeah?”
“I’m afraid that’s not really what we do here.”
“Thought you said you were a recording studio.” [ends call]
Seriously, that’s not an unusual call. I get three or four of these a week. Here’s the thing: we’re set up to record spoken word – that’s audiobooks, voiceover, dubbing and so forth but…
Yes we do record music
We have a small studio – somewhere between what people call a booth and what people call a live room. We do record vocal and instrumental overdubs here occasionally. At a push, we could accommodate up to three singers in one go but it would be tight.
These sessions consist of musicians recording an overdub to an existing backing track supplied to us.
- write music, arrange music, produce beats, etc.
- do ‘artist development’.
- have a mass of keyboards, samplers or drum machines.
- record, punch-in, edit and ‘comp’
- produce ‘monitor mixes’ for checking
- pre-mix and balance – especially jazz and pop
So, now you have a better idea about music recording at Landen Park Studio, we can have a sensible conversation on the phone. Please don’t think I’m being rude or that I’m not interested in your project. (But let’s face it, you do need to at least have a project…)