Category Archives: recording

Youtuber`s come to the studios!

Day before yesterday, we had Yui and Jun from Slingshotmillion, come over, and we recorded vocals & videos for YouTube.

We used a pitch shifter that was a stock plugin already in Cakewalk.

They hadn`t come over since the soundtoys version of a Pitch shifter just up and quit on us.

But now that we had something of value to them they had a session with me.

They setup their iphone to capture the visuals. while I recorded the audio.

We used the Shure KSM 32sl, in the recording booth, where the iphone was capturing the visuals. And me and Jun were in the control room with another mic, using the pitch shifter.

I sent them the audio that we used a gate on one of the channels to make sure the bleed from the headphones wouldn`t come into the other channel.

I`m guessing that everything went well. Due to them not asking me anything.

As usual, this was all done with the waves Power Pack, and the DAW used was Sonar 8.5.

Yes! I am still using the XP version. And yes! I still use XP.

Bliss out peeps. Bliss out!

And early Happy new year! From all of us here in Stillbliss land.

One hour of Skip Taylor!

Today we had the pleasure of having Skip Taylor come over and recorded bass guitar, and some organs using Sonar`s Dimension pro.

He said he is working with other musicians on this project.

So. You want the magic word for the title of the song?

“Melting”

Once I get more info on this song I will let you all know.

Here is Skip`s own view on this song:

“Anyway about the song. It was written with a female singer in mind. The Wicked With from `The Wizard of Oz` would be perfect, but I don`t think she`s available haha. The song has guitar in the arrangement, but it`s not guitar-centric. There`s a little soloing at the end, that`s all. I want the song to breathe, throwing in a bunch of `chops` would just muck it up. Many of my more recent songs have guitar and keys carrying the structure together. The song is about how, when you see someone and you really fall for them, it can have physical effects, like making your body feel like butter.”

Chris Larke mixing, and, mastering.

Today we mastered a track called “Fart Short”. Which is a English version of the Japanese Fart song which Chris asked us to elongate. So that Youtube will pickup the song, so he can profit from the ads.

Chris visited us a couple weeks ago, while he visited Japan. We worked on some mixing of a few of his tunes (as well as recording vocals) that we had on the back burner.

We are still in coherts with Chris Commander/Ekral/Larke. Who has been using us for more than five years ago. He has been using us for mixing, recording, & Mastering.

Today was one of those days. Mastering. He wired us money through Paypal.

We wish you all the success you can get Chris!

We are also looking forward to working more with you in the near future.

We will soon have Alika Arroyo over for recording sometime soon. We are just waiting for his schedule to open up and let us know when he wants to schedule a session with us.

Wishing you both the best for all your musical endeavors.

 

Today`s session with Chris Larke! And mixing for Slingshotmillion2, as well as Editing and splicing for DJ Ali!

Dear reader,

YOU! Yes you! I dont know who I`m reaching or who I`m talking to, but here goes with another blissful post.

Today I awoke to many jobs in the studio. First off, it is damn hot right now in Japan, even though things ARE starting to get cooler. Today was hot, so I was able to sit in an air conditioned control room.

We had Chris Larke over for a recording session.  Edited some parts for his song`s in the works.

We recorded vocals, edited, with Cakewalk`s Sonar 8.5 Producer edition. Using Waves plugins.

And we also worked on a job given us from DJ Ali, from Nagoya. He sent me Stems to a song, I changed the pitch as well as fixed things that were not in the right key, as well, as changing speed on files.

We are also working on a punk rock tune called “My left foot big toenail is dead”. It`s about how the left toenail on your foot gets saved by the toenail on your foot. Kind of a comical tune.

We are waiting for the band leader to call us and tell us that it is a good mix.

Many times we like to mix without having others mention anything about it. But recently, weve been getting lots of petitions, about the mixes we have been sending off. I guess I`m basically tied to this studio.

That`s all things blissful for now.

Tommorrow I head off to an ice-cream company`s tour for free ice-cream with my little family. Should be fun!

New song in the works

Recently, weve been working with Slingshotmillions singer Jun and Yui.

We have been recording guitars, and vocals in the studio.
Its a humorous tune, and we are having fun putting it together. Its called “My left foot big toenail is dead”.

WE are using Sonar 8.5, with RME converters, Shure ksm 32, into a BLA 173, and also into a FMR audio PBC6a.

We have been using this setup for quite sometime now.

It`s a Neve 1073 sound-alike preamp.

We will be working with Chris Larke tommorow.

Will keep you posted about that session too!

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!!

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!

 

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.