Category Archives: The studios

Mastering “O` little town” For Chris Commander/Larke/Ekral.

This morning I awoke to a beautiful cloudless sky, with the sun shining. I just love sunny days here in Sagamihara.

Today I had the opportunity to work on Chriss new version of O little town". You know. The one O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

After all, we will be having Christmas real soon coming upon us.

I bet he was planning the timing of this release, which will be released on our record label, Stillbliss Records.

I sent off the mastered 16 bit audio red book format so he can send it to all the major online retailers for your consumption.

Anyways, just for you geeks out there wondering what I am using for mastering, I used Ik Multimedia`s T-racks 3 standard, as well as the L2 by Waves. I used a Compressor, and clipper in T-Racks. then boosted a bit more in Sound forge with the L2.

Ok folks thats whats bliss rite now. Hope you`re all enjoying this grand weather. I know I am.

POP Culture Origins- Jazz, blues, Rock, & Pop music. Education- for 2018.,Or what`s left of it.

Right now, I am sitting on the floor in my Bedroom/Office, that has my Internet operated Windows vista PC. Some people think Vista is good, or bad, either way, I care not. So yes! Sitting down and listening to itunes POP music. So what is POP culture? And how do I get into it? Well, hopefully this little rant, will do the trick. Ever heard of Jesus Christ? Well, he came as our saviour, out from Heaven. The `Supreme` being. And well, humans killed him. But honestly, being on earth CAN suck. If you are not working or have a job. It doesn`t really matter WHICH job. As long as you`ve got some form of income, you`ll learn how to cope with your budget. I`ve lived all around Japan, as a missionary`s kid. Homeschooled, learned guitar at the age of 11. Been to Guam twice. Been to Okinawa. And am wishing for more travels. As for now, all I can do is just blog. And hopefully YOU, the reader, will like what comes on this blog. We publish promote and help artists/musicians/bands, on their quest to make themselves heard. Ever heard of Jazz music? Well, look it up on Youtube. Or just do a Wikipedia search. But honestly all it is, is difficult to play on an instrument Genre of music. Blues, and POP/rock probably originated from this artform. Some people might think- “Man, if I ever lose all my money, I`ll be broke and be homeless!” True. to an extent. But honestly, what`s pop? Supreme? Human? It`s Family!! It`s pop culture, it`s: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the internet, which really changed our view of the world. But honestly, what IS pop? I can`t decide that for you. As we all make our own imprint on this world. And in one word- THAT, is POP culture. Give your all to the world, friends, family and just enjoy the rest. Ok. Enough ranting. Time to take a short coffee break.

New Chris Ekral/Larke/Commander tune out soon. Mastered at Stillbliss.

These past few days, I`ve been working on a new tune by none other than the infamous Chris Larke.

Its called "The evil that men do" Its an Iron Maiden Cover song, thats well done, in an acoustic form.

The song was mixed through our boutique gear, and phattly mastered at Stillbliss, by yours truly.

The song will be available for purchase through all Major online digital formats. Through our label Stillbliss Records.

We had fun making it! We do hope you enjoy listening to it as well!

Ok! That`s about everything bliss right now.

Keep in touch and come back again for more blissful news!!

🙂 

Making a lyric video for YouTube, for Mother Slug-Tokyo.

Yes. You heard me right. We also make lyric videos, on request. Today was one of those days.

First off, the bands main singer, asked me to stick lyrics to a certain motor bike picture, which WAS pretty cool. but the lyrics were in Green, as I couldn`t get the lyrics to POP, as the bike had some darker areas.

So he sent me some extra cash for redoing the whole thing from scratch.

Using the above photo.

We will be posting the video onto YouTube soon. The song is from the band, Mother slug`s latest EP called: Mother Slug-Tokyo.

Which was released on our label, Stillbliss Records. Available on all Digital distributors, ie, Amazon, itunes, Spotify, Google play Etc.

It is a solid album, and I highly recommend it anyone into grunge/rock. Total Dope in that area.

Ok! That`s what`s bliss now.

Peace out!!

A Caffeinated post! All about the history of our studios.

Dear reader,

YOU! Yes, YOU! I am talking to you, in first person, while downing a cup-a-joe. I am not the exceptionally busy type of person since running this studio. There are times that I wonder if all the gear I own was or IS worth it.

Sometimes I wonder if selling all my gear and getting a REAL job like driving people or things or just doing something other than the studio thing. You know- Like, Wrapping cables, listening to music in the control; which is NOT a job, I know.

Also making videos for clients, mastering, mixing, and recording the folks who come to this fine place I call a home/studio.

The nice thing about running a studio, you get to meet new faces and learn alot about audio and the many facets of it. Yes sometimes clients bale out on something that took you a grueling couple of days, and then they say, they dont like it, and wont pay you a cent.

But then there are the days where the solid clients who KNOW what work actually goes into working in a studio, and running a recording studio- they pay. And then it makes everything seem right.

Right now, I am just sitting in front of my old Windows Vista PC, with yes, I know, I said it- Coffee. And listening to the latest album from James bay- Electric light.

He is a prolific writer, with “Hold back the river” being one of his famous tunes. I guess you could say that is what makes music so interesting. You get to listen to new albums that you never heard of.

For me, since I dont have any more friends referring me to albums. I listen to the grammys then I choose in my mind which ones I like, then if they come out with an album, I hand over my hard earned cash from performing as a pastor for weddings.

Music is like a drug for me. After work, or during work, or going to work, I listen to my ipod nano. Which is a joy to play with.

Its like a toy to me. Growing up with tapes And then CDs, and then MDs. And now back to CDs.

I guess CDs wont be disolving. As buying CD`S is still a thing here in Japan.

And I don`t think that will go away.

And of course there are those LP hoarders.

But I know nothing about LPs. just CDs, MD`s, and tapes. I grew up in the eighties. So During the VHS and tape era, I guess you could say I grew up in a good era.

Anyways, thanks for listening to me babel on about music. It`s in my blood. And if you follow this blog, with all the people that come to record and do whatever they do to make a noise of make history. You are taking the journey with me. Thank you!

I guess this never touched on our history; More like the history of the format of Music formats

Anyways, best wishes for the fall, then winter that will be coming down upon us soon.

Stay warm, stay happy! And don`t forget, Coffee IS cheaper than redbull or monster!

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!!