Category Archives: recording

Skip. The sessions!

So, Skip Taylor came today.
He recorded vocals.
Bass, and brought over an mp3 to put into a track.

We worked on reworking vocals for a number called, “Breakfast Is A Sin”.
It was quite poppy!
We used the BLA 173, through the FMR audio PBC6A.
We used our ever so trusty AKGC214.
Here is the picture of Skip before the session. With our trusty microphone.

We hope you like our blog!
We hope you have a good ending to the year!
And we wish you all the best!
From our family to yours!

May it be a wonderful and blissful future!

Chris Commander Mastering. And “Stinky, Stinky Little Poo Mr. Clarkey Sings…(Featuring Lord Barnabus)”

So, Today we mastered a track for Chris, in the UK.
The song was called, “Hara Hetta”. Meaning, “I’m hungry”! In Japanese.

It was a short diddy, that has the same tune as a kids tune.

Chris has worked with kids for a while as a teacher. So, only understandable that he relates to kids as he does with his tunes.

Also very soon, “Stinky Little Poo” by none other than Mr. Clarkey Sings. Will be out on New years day!

Under our home grown label here in Japan, Kangawa Ken, Sagamihara shi- Stillbliss Records.

Stay tuned on this blog for more Blissful news!
Happy holidays! And Merry Christmas!

8 songs recording and mixing session. For Audio Stone!

So, Today Al came from Shimo-kitazawa, to Sagamihara wood.
We worked on eight songs. We are finalizing a new album: Of course in there will be our personal favorite, “Joanne”, mastered At Metropolis Studios.
We have been working on this new album for a while now.

It is still not mastered, as in, ALL the trax.
But we are getting close to finalizing the album.

After we get the master from Metropolis studios, And Al, our singer gives the yes for the mastering, we will master the rest of the tracks here at Stillbliss.

Some of the tracks you might be familiar with if you bought-The dandy Lionz- Closer Album. We refined the trax and added new songs and the name is now (Audio Stone.)

Released soon on Stillbliss Records, on all online digital distribution sites ie; itunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google play etc.

Overall, a really fun time was had here at the studios today.
Cheers! And glad tidings to you and yours from all of us here at Stillbliss.

“Joanne” & “Prayer Of Peace” studio session!

Dear reader,

Thank you for faithfully coming back to this blog!
Yesterday we worked hard on two songs, that will be coming out tandem with other songs that were released in 2019. The previous album was under the artist name of The Dandy Lionz.
We wanted to give you a more secular ride.

So, We are reworking the final product for you!

Here is Al in the studios during recording of “Joanne” And “Pray of Peace” Vocals.

Overall we believe things are sounding great!
We hope you all are enjoying your holiday season with those you love!

Much love and holiday Cheer from us here at Stillbliss!

New song in the works!

So yeah, yesterday, we had Al Arroyo over for some tracking of a song called “Joanne”.
We first layed down a rough guiding track with guitars and vocals, at the right BPM. Then we added bass, then Acoustic guitar, then used the four channels of Cinemag transformers for micing the kick snare and two overheads. then we used the BlA 173 with Edcore Transformers on the room mic. All using the same AKG C214. Which has been working like a champ!

We had our bands drummer drum for this song.
We also added some bongos and shaker.

Overall it was a fun day!
Sorry! Again, I forgot to take pictures of the session happening.

But by golly G I will try to make sure next time, and times after that to take pics.

Ok Beautiful people! Stay Blissed out. I’m going to perform a wedding in Tokyo. See you laterz!

Kenrick Sharpe studio session!

So, here comes another blog about the session that happened yesterday.

Kenrick came with his backing tracks from a Fiverr dude. He sent the one he wanted to add vocals to, to my email address.

We had three and a half hours of total bliss. Sorry for no pic of Kenrick. I kinda forgot. Was too busy working on the session, that I completely forgot.

He added backing vocals as well! I personally helped him with some ideas for his backing vocals. He was also adept with his own ideas. So, no shortage of great sounds there!

We used the Black Lion Audio BLA 173, neve 1073 clone, or close to it, with the FMR Audio PBC6A to track the vocals. We used the AKG C214. And it shined like a pro!

Anyways, Kenrick said he will be coming back to use our services in the future! Good news for us!!

Thank you dear Kenrick! We wish you best of luck with your track!

Up untill now, all you beautiful people reading this blog: Stay Blissed out!


On Wednesday!

Notes From Skip:

On Wednesday November 18, 2020, I took a train from Chiba-ken to Hashimoto and Stillbliss Studios. I had a rather ambitious agenda-to make progress on three very different projects, in one recording session. I have worked with Stillbliss on assorted projects for a number of years. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted-but less so than usual. I needed to hunt down several keyboard sounds, that can be very time-consuming. The first part of the project was a voice narration. I had written a script, the goal was to advertise myself for voice acting work. I wanted a version with just my voice, and one with musical accompaniment, more for entertainment purposes. Next was a keyboard part on one of my songs, which I started in 2018 but had stalled for various reasons. It did take some time to find the right sound but, Jesse was very helpful. The last part of the session involved recording vocals for a song that will be on the soundtrack of an independent film, in which I am also acting. The song is one that my character recorded `back in the day`. Once again Jesse was very helpful with this part and had some great input.

One of the things I really like about Stillbliss is, that in the U.S. there is usually a very set division between recording engineer and producer. There are reasons for this, especially in a big-budget production. But Jesse is totally okay about giving advice, feedback and offering solutions that may not be immediately obvious. That really helps for getting things done on time-and on budget.

I`m looking forward to my next visit and the next phase of my recordings. Thanks Jesse!

Thanks Skip!

Skip Taylor and Chris Larke studio sessions!

The other day, Skip Taylor came out to the country side, here at Stillbliss.
He recorded some piano parts, as well as some voice over demo work for possible voice over opportunities.

He also added vocals for a song called “Breakfast Is The Sin”. Which is a dance pop number from a producer in Switzerland. We layed vocals over the backing track from the producer using the AKG C214. And Skip commented that, “The mic worked like a champ!”

Thank you Skip! We always like positive reviews from our dear clients.

Best of luck dear Skip! We wish you the best!

This morning I woke up to an email from Chris Larke in the UK for some mixing work.
He sent us the STEM’s for a new number we’re working on. And we boosted the levels using the Black Lion Audio BLA 173 and FMR Audio PBC 6a. Overall the past few days were a class A typa day’s.

Thanks dear Chris And Skip!
Thank you!

…You are what keep us alive and kicking!

New Album in the works!

Today we had Ichiyo San, And dear Al, over for a studio session.
We worked on some vocals, harmonies, and Drums.

We used the Cinemag Transformers in the BLA B12aQuad.
As well as the BLA 173 with Edcore Transformers!

We have some broken condensor mic problems right now.
So we used the Shure Beta 58a as the room mic.

We mixed in Sonar 8.5, on a Win XP PC.
We have been using this setup for more than a decade now.
We wont go to mac. That’s for sure!

We also master with IK Multimedia’s T-Racks three standard.

We have been getting good reviews from Clients using this setup!
Attached to this post is the pics from Today!


“I Will Survive”

So the other day,
we spent more than half of it, recording drums and vocals, for Alika Arroyo’s new number.
Well, It’s not THAT new, being that it was one of his tracks from his previous band that won a contest with this number.

We used the Cinemag Tranformers on the B12A Quad, as well as the Edcore Transformers on the B173 pre’s.

We used the KSM 32SL as the room mic, and the last four pre’s we used for the over heads and kick and snare.

Yes! It sounded like Fu%in Rock N’ Roll Baby!
His vocals were a bit distorted. But I kind of liked that version. So I didn’t ask Alika for a retake.

Anyways, all that to say, I am just now waiting for Alika’s reaction to the mix I gave him!

And if he likes it, we’ll use it on the Album that we are working towards finishing.