Category Archives: Mixing

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?

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!!

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!!

Working with Yui in the studio.

Yesterday we worked with Yui. The singer from Slingshotmillion2. Our Shure ksm 32 is now officially broken. And as Shure is so kindly, NOT, will not fix it for us, we will need to buy another one soon.

I am looking on ebay and different sites for another KSM 32. They dont come cheap. So, being in a band and running a studio, and supporting my family, and paying for being in a band, all these things drain my wallet. So finding a good deal for a mic is hard right now.

Anyways. Hopefully using our beta 58a for vocals will be enough for folks who come here for now.

New songs coming out soon. From Chris/Larke/Ekral/Commander!

Today we worked in the studio mixing elements from another studio.

We were asked by none other than the infamous Chris larke.

We have been on good terms as his host studio for more than five or more years.

He now lives in England but still uses our services, ie- Mastering, Mixing and session playing. We stay connected via internet.

He sends us STEMS of his work from another studio, and then asks us to mix, master and add elements ie- Strings, bass, drums, electric/acoustic guitar etc.

We played drums and mixed today in the studio.

We are awaiting his approval of the mixes, then most likely he will be using our mastering services, and then he will use our Stillbliss Records label for uploading to all digital online distributors, ie-itunes, google play, Amazon, Cdbaby etc.

The titles of today`s session were called- “Happy now” & “As Nothing”.

Both VERY POPPY trax!

All mixed and mastered at yours truly, Stillblissstudios.

Stay tuned for more news on everything Bliss!! 😉

Yui Comes again. To record vocals!!

Yesterday, we layed trax of vocals down with Slingshotmillion2`s main female singer.

We added harmonies with my help. And we layered vocals for a song called “Don`t worry.” We recorded the drums and guitars at another studio. But we are recording the female vocalist at Stillbliss. As she seems to feel at home here at our studios.

And gets better recording takes with us.

We will be recording more in the future.

We are running through a KSM 32SL, into A Black Lion BLA173 and FMR Professional Balanaced Compressor, or PBC for short. Then that goes into the RME converters, into Sonar.

As for now thats whats been happening and what is blissful.

Stay tuned for more news from us!!

Total knew breed! Lone wolf, or aka Vaughnmiles studio session.

Today we worked with Elvaughn Riley from Milwaukee.

He is currently serving the navy here in Japan.

We were able to record some vocals with his friend who is also a rapper.

He also introduced me to another person who will be a client in the future for mixing of a song.

The BLA 173 is dope.

Elvaughn Riley`s rapping is dope too!

If you don`t believe me go to his soundcloud link

He will be uploading a new track entitled “Undisputed.”

At some parts, he sounds like Jay-Z.

He said he will be using our label as well.

Thanks Elvaughn You rock!

Stay tuned for more blissful pop news!!

Another Elvaughn Riley/Lone Wolf, Session at the studios.

Yesterday we packed a good two hour session with Lone wolf productions Elvaughn Riley. this kid knows how to drop dem beatz.

He is actually part of a group that is creating a brand called, Low society, or Lone wolf. I am not exactly sure, but here, I will let his words speak for himself;

“Great studio session you are amazing thank you”

-Elvaughn Riley

We had lots of fun in the studio, recorded some vocals, through our boutique BLA 173, ad the FMR audio Vintagey compressor, the PBC6a. As well as some Phat mastering for one song!

Overall we are getting a pretty big sounding sound with this combo, going through RME converters into Cakewalk`s Sonar, Producer edition.

So keep an eye out on Soundcloud and soon to be released Stickers, and T-shirts from Low Society, and new beatz all rapped by none other than the infamous Elvaughn Riley!

Anways that`s all things blissful for today!

Come back again to check out for all things Bliss & new in the pop world!

Peace! I`m out!

Chris Larke/Ekral/Commander, new tune and Editing for DJ Ali.

Yes! These guys have been good clients of mine for a while now.
They have come to the studios in the past. But now we pretty much work online. DJ Ali sent me Stems to edit into a song. That was challenging, since I had to sync the tempo to the original track that was the standard. But it wasn`t possible to sync it, so I had to just use my intuition.

Chris Larke, sent me four stems. Vocals, and guitars. I then mixed them and added electric guitar, as well as bass, and a loop.
He sent me the BPM, which made it easier for me to work on the project.

Anyways thats whats been happening at stillbliss.

Enjoy the rest of our Sunday!!