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Slingshotmillion2 Recording session.

They are my band members, and good clients.

We recorded vocals, Tamberine, congas, And claps, and shouts.

Overall it was a fun session. We had the manager of our band sing parts too. He`s on the very left in the recording booth shots.

We recorded for about half a day. Took two breaks.

They bought me a monster energy drink for compensation.

They are a punk rock band, that had their drums, bass and guitars tracked in a commercial studio in Tokyo.

We are recording vocals at this studio, because it would take too long and the budget for the band would go way beyond their budget.

So they came out here with their main leader by car and that`s all I have to say for now.

Enjoy the picture!

A Yui Session.

Today from 11:30 am, we worked with Yui. From the band Slingshotmillion2, which I am also the lead guitarist for.

We recorded Vocals. And mixed and had some fun with filters and distortion, and flangers.

We are using the waves Power pack, as well as Auto tune, by Antares.

We are using Sonar Producer edition 8.5.

This is for the band`s mini album that had the drums, guitars, and bass recorded at a higher end studio. With Neve and SSL preamps.

But the vocals we are doing here at Stilbliss.

I guess thats what`s bliss right now.

JULY 21st!! New Mini album release. Put it on your calendar!!

Silngshotmillion2 will be releasing their mini album, that will have 7 of their original songs. Professionally mastered and recorded.

The release and live show will be held at Shimokitazawa`s Rokudemonai yoru.

So if you want Merch on this band, like T-Shirt`s, Badges, and their latest album.

Head on Over to Shimokitazawa Rokudemonaiyoru.

The Event will be from 21:00-

See you there!

 

Chris Larke. Adding strings from his pops.

This song is called “The evil that men do”. And Chris sent me some donero through Paypal for this job.

I used some C1 comp for some compression, and the Q10 for a high pass filter cutting some lows.

The track was only one sided on the right. So I changed it to mono to get the signal to come out of both speakers.

I do wish it were a stereo track, but I guess you get what you get.

Thats what weve been up to recently.

Pretty fun no?

Yui, the female singer for Slingshotmillion2 visits us.

Yesterday she came in kind of late. Right around 19:30.
We recorded vocals for the pop/punk band Slingshotmillion2.

We used the Shure KSM 32 Sl, running through our Neve based preamp, the Black Lion Audio BLA 173, into our vintagey Compressor, the FMR audio PBC 6a, into RME converters, then into Sonar.

We are still using the Waves Power pack. As that is really all we need. Of course we sometimes use the R-Verb, and L2 as well as the Trans x, like on drums etc.

But yesterday we got alot done. These trax that we recorded will be used on their new upcoming album soon to be released, where the drums, bass, and guitar all were tracked on SSL and Neve preamps.

But our good ol` Stillbliss factory has been busy.

Just because there are other studios out there aint meanin we aint gettin no jobs.

To the contrary.

We have also been getting job applications from Africa and other countries for interns to work here. But honestly, are you serious?

The music business is dead. Im barely making it by with just me as the producer/engineer.  We dont have the financial resources to pay for another engineer, even though I wouldn`t mind hiring other accomplished acts.

Anyways. Thanks for staying tuned in for what`s blissful these days!

Stay tuned for more info in the near future.

Sisa & Nari come to Stillbliss

Yesterday we recorded some Saxophone, and trumpet, from the famous Sisa & Nari.

We used Sonar.

They were real sweet.
And the session went off without a hitch.

This recording was for Slingshotmillion2s hit number "Dont worry”.

We used two Shure Sm57s, one mic going through the BLA 173 and PBC 6a. and the trumpet went through the Onyx pre`s.

It sounded sweet.

We are runnning through RME converters into Sonar`s 64 bit platform.

Stay tuned for more Blissful news.

Jazz, Waking up early, and How to live a life of bliss.

Today we cover some ground on Jazz, life and getting wealth and health. Yes. We all know the Maxim by Benjamin Franklin: Early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy & wise.

Of course do we actually do that? I mean honestly, do you sleep early? Wake up early? I know that us here in Japan are awake early. Life starts in the morning! Yes. Sometimes we might not have anything worth waking up to.

But, life itself- is really all you need to wake up to. Yesterday, I worked in the studio; mixing songs for my band, which will be touring around Japan in the next few months. And honestly, we WILL be waking up early, and maybe have a couple days worth of sleep taken away from us. They say; that sleep drains your body of bad toxins. So sleep, in itself, IS a healer. So, get yourself some sleep. Listen to good music, and be happy, wealthy, & wise! And remember; just having money ain`t meaning dat you are wealthy. Having kids, and a reason to wake up in the morning: THAT`s a form of wealthiness. So honestly, I`m here blogging on my computer, listening to Jazz on YouTube. And listening to the radio`s news- and I`m happy about it.

That`s really all you need. Good music, and happiness! The rest is all extras!

Recording vocals and mixing for a punk band.

Today we got to work with Rock star Yui from the the punk band Slingshotmillion2. We recorded vocals for a new album coming out. We recorded her voice using a Shure Beta 58a. We used the FMR audio PBC6a and BLA 173. Going into RME AD/DA.

On anoter note. We recently have been getting requests for jobs at the studios. I mean, by all means, we would love to work with other engineers and producers. But honestly, there really isn`t THAT many jobs. Just living by myself and getting money, doesn`t mainly come from the studio. Even though I would love to see that happen. Right now, I work for three wedding agencies just to make ends meet. I mean, I don`t mind the wedding industry. But honestly, I really love music, and working in the studio, IS my dream job. So, I believe that anyone wishing to live the life I live can do it. It`s not impossible. Anyways, back onto the session. I sent the Mp3`s unmixed to the bands leader- just because, he wanted to hear how things sound. I personally think that things sound great at Stillbliss. And honestly, people are using us. SO. There you are for success.

We live it!!

And thank YOU for coming to our blog just to see what`s blissful, in Japan. And I guess, what`s new. Come back again. Dear reader. Have a nice day friend!!

Lone Wolf- low society mastering.

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to master two trax for the ever talented Lone wolf Rapper Elvaughn Riley.

We used T-Racks 3 standard, the compressor and clipper. As well as the Waves L2.

We use both companies- Waves & Ik multimedia. Mainly because IK multimedia`s T-Racks adds that phatt/warm, sound to the track. Then to boost things a bit more, we run the Waves L2 Maximizer in Sound forge to get the trax up to commercial levels.

For the most part, we do not touch the EQ, when mastering. But of course if the song really cries out- PLEASE USE EQ! Then by all means we will.

But for the most part the classic compressor and clipper in T-racks standard 3, and the Waves L2 dos the trick.

Well. You are caught up with all things bliss.

Recording vocals, and mixing.

Today, I had the privilege to record vocals for Slingshotmillion2`s new single called “Westcoast”. This tune was actually a tune that I personally received, then, our band members made it to a diddly little tune.

I recorded some overlapping vocals six times, through our Shure Beta 58a, through FMR audio`s PBC6a compressor, then through the Black lion audio BLA 173.

I sent an MP3 to our leader for the band Jun. Then if I get the ok from him, then that will be the final mix.
I am using the waves POWER pack. And the L2. The drums , bass, and guitars were tracked through SSL, and Neve pre`s.

Overall a really catchy pop /punk rock track.

It is always fun working in the studio.

We are also waiting for feedback from England based artist Chris Larke/Commander/Ekral. He sent us Stems to mix and add drums to.
He said he wants to finalize some things first before we master the trax.

Anyways, that`s everything blissful for now.

Cheers!!