Category Archives: Mixing

Skip Taylor- Rocks again.

Or more like fusioning out our ears!!!

He is so cool. He brought me some cookies that he usually brings. I mean he doesn`t have to do it. Because he pays for his time at the studios.

But being the nice gentleman that he is, and not to say a very accomplished fusion guitar player, he is a very nice guy as well.

He lives in Japan, and asked me in about a month in advance before entering the studios.

Yes! We used the Black lion audio BLA 173 into the PBC6a, into RME converters, and Skip also brought over his own tube warming device.

I don`t remember the name right now, but it sure boosted the sound. And we also used the Damage control Womanizer. He mentioned how it sounded great.

Overall we had a blast in the studio. He just asked for water, and we gave it him.

In the winter, we give out clients warm coffee. In the summer like now, we offer ice cold water.

Anyways thats whats bliss rite now.

Cheers folks!!

Editing for Dj Ali, and mixing & mastering a new Chris Ekral/commander/Larke tune.

Recently I`ve been postponing posting. Sorry about that!

These days I have finally been feeling like life is worth living, and that I have energy now to blog.

Recently, in the studio I have been working on editing for DJ Ali, Michael Jackson`s tune “Beat it”. He edited the song himself, but working in the Professional enviroment with tools like Sound forge, you can get more surgical edits. which is what I have been up to recently for stillbliss. Also transposing the track from Eb to C.

I have also been in Contact with our good ol` client Chris Larke/Commander/Ekral.

He is asking us to mix a track of his, by sending us the Stems and telling us what to do by text.

We also mastered one of his trax as well.

Well thats everything bliss.

For the next few days I am free as a bird. Which is something I have been looking forward to for quite a while.

Ok folks! Keep it Bliss!!

Peace out!!

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.

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!!