In The Studio...
has a lot of fine recording equipment.
Gear is very important. We always make a game plan for
what equipment will be needed long before we start
tracking your project and in the event there's anything
we need, we order it in or rent anything exotic the
project will require. Our goal is not to impress
you with some massive gear list which you would be lucky
to use 1% of. Our goal is to use the best of tried
and true tested gear that you will actually make an
incredible sound impact in your project! Let the
quality speak for itself and ... just listen to what we
have to offer. Of course, if you need to know our
complete list, call us and we'll be happy to "run it
Protools Digital Audio Workstation (DAW):
The standard of almost all major studios. Track & mix your project right the first time while keeping your options open.
Able to integrate, import or use other DAWs such as Cubase,
Sonar etc. Previous tracked sessions or guide
tracks in Cubase, Logic, Adat, Tape and other session
formats are importable into Protools.
Quality, efficiency & flexibility:
Once captured using the highest quality pre-amps & D/A converters
available your audio never leaves the digital domain. 96 Tracks.
All 24-bit tracking. 36 recording inputs
simultaneously, plenty and then some to record a band
directly off the floor or at a live event!
Safe non-destructive editing:
with song and mix variations on-the-fly, safely punch,
edit & perfect all performances. All sessions backed up on regular basis.
Time compression. Pitch & beat correction.
It's not just that our systems can
do this, this is our second nature, we are the editing
Complete mix, FX & instrument automation. Re-activate sessions months later with all settings instantly recalled and if desired, you're sessions can be completely transferred to major studios world-wide
(including our own associates) for further enhancing (i.e. re-mixes, overdubs & producing.)
The heart of any quality mixing session these days is
comprised of two components- talent (above) and gear.
Aside from the incredible set of features Protools
offers for mixing, plugins and plugin DSP are almost
everything. We have slaved 1000s of hours
over the years learning the best plugins in the world.
And of course we have Tons of DSP to boot.
books have been written on this subject and we've read
them all twice. It is the last critical step in
production that like many other aspects of producing,
can make or break your project. We go through a
very refined analysis carefully deciding every shape and
color we add to your final product.
Mastering is done using industry standard hardware such
as Apogee Digital Audio Converters, Apogee Clock,
Optimizer & the one and the only - Apogee Dither
process. There are several other tools such as
Waves, Bomb factory Platinum Pro, Ozone, and several
other guarded processes. We often use a hardware radio simulation
test as well as listen on over 10 pairs of speakers!.
All of the virtual and hands on toys you can
imagine: POWERFUL audio
& Virtual instrument plug-ins, sequencing, sampling library & looping tools,
Dedicated in house FTP/ Web / Audio & Video Server:
Broadcast audio & video feed live of your recording
session live to anyone around the world and let them
collaborate on your project. We use this
indispensable service daily to communicate with clients,
producers, etc. How often is it that a band member
or team member can't physically at the studio for
whatever reason, now they sit by any computer and listen
in, watch and verbally communicate just like being
there. We also use the server to transfer back
large audio sessions back and forth to other studios
around the world.
The ultimate in full-kit drum sound engineering
Eddie Fisher has
recorded drum tracks, used beat & timing correction,
sample replacement and looping
for more than 10 years
with artists and studios
around the world. One of the best live kit sounds available in the
Maritimes, 15 years drum recording experience! Great house Kits
- our Maple Custom Master series, was made custom for and played by
Oracio El Negro's.
We use 18 individually tracked high-end mics on drums.
5 different snare drums to choose from. We have also teamed
up with Sabian Cymbals to bring you a variety of
cymbals. We also offer "RC Drums" (Remote
Controlled Drums) if you are not able to
physically be in Halifax for your drum session, you can
direct it from your PC.
See more here regarding Eddie as a
drummer & recording artist.
Some EFX, IO, Mics, Instruments & Tools used at CA.
Nice and quiet ISO box
Some of our mics....
We don't bother with cheap mics. Mics include:
Large Diaphragms all high end: SEs (The bombs),
Audio Technical 4050, AKG Vintage & matched 414s,
Neumann TLM 103, U87, Shure, 2 Rode NTs, Audio Technica
4033, 1 Audio Technica handheld condenser,
Dynamics include: 11 Shure 57s, 1 B52, 1 D112e, 1
Shure 91, Bayer 203, 2 Senhesier 421s, 1 Senhesier 903.
5 Shure 58s, 1 Shure Beta 58. 1 Audio Technica 25
Small Diaphragms all high end: Please see photo
old Mackie retired in the old location...
2 awesome 88 weighted key
controllers. Maudio Keystation Pro, Yamaha Clavinova, 1
76 key Roland.
The OLD BEAST - great for fat, dirty drums.
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We have some smoking mic pres & digital audio
Monitors Alesis Monitor Ones,
Yamaha NS-10Ms, Event, Aura tones, Acoustic Research Bombs,
Standard Sony Speakers, Events, Several
"everyday" LoFi stereo speakers.
3 Xs 21" View monitors. View Monitor in the ISO
Over $2,500 worth of Mogami cables used at input stage.
Decent size, comfortable, treated room for mixing.
Treated ISO room, Massive drum & guitar sound.
One of the best for vocals.
Our Large Control room is often used for hosting
performers while tracking bass, guitar, keys and other
"lined" instruments. Of course we always keep
amps, drums & vocals in an ISO room. This is a
much more realistic, interactive way to be while
tracking where the musician can really be "intune" with
the track he/ she is recording with regards to the big
picture, not to mention that it's also much more
comfy. Due to our large library or Virtual
instruments and Samples, we have two controllers always
connected and ready to go.
Compact Audio isn't by any means the largest, most
elegant looking one out there. But it's certainly more attractive and roomy than many of the studios
we've seen in Halifax, NS for this price range.
Compact Audio is quite comfy and non-intimidating which,
aside from sonic quality, are some of our biggest
compliments. Air conditioned & Air exchanger.
We are currently looking at finishing another Control
room which will be "Studio B" which will share the ISO
room. We currently use our upstairs office for
working on editing when the main control room is busy.
Our Live Protools Rig.
Hang out or take a nap at the back wall on the
sofa while listening to your tracks. Surf around,
play games or do some work on the "Client" computer.
Frustrated with some tracks? Need to find some
energy or spend it? Meet the boxing bag. Watch the
tube. Play Air hockey in the back room.
Have a refreshment or beer or "Bring Your Own Bottles".
Have a coffee, tea, etc. Lots
of good gear reading material. Have a foot
massage. Have a shower.
Hang out on the Patio or Hammock in the back during the
Summer seasons. Smoking is not permitted inside
but is available outside on the patio or in "the