Children and Kids in the Recording Studio

Apr25

It’s interesting – most articles, blog posts, and recording forums seem to rarely touch on the topic of recording children in the studio. It’s easy to understand why. It’s not a topic as glamorous as discussing the next best compressor, or console, or microphone, or whatever studio equipment trend is being fed to us by the ads on our favorite recording website or in magazines. However, at the end of the day, we will be judged by our techniques and workflow and not by what gear we used.

So let’s talk about children in the recording studio in regards to Pop or Rock music production. Sounds scary, yea? There’s all these little people with little hands ready, willing, and desperately wanting to grab at every piece of expensive gear in the room. Yikes! That scared me a little. Truth is recording kids, or even young adults, in the studio can be a blast.

In my experience, to be successful at recording children in the recording studio you need to be efficient, fast, and… realistic.

Being efficient means having the mics setup and ready to go when they walk in the door. You have to trust your gut and make a judgment call on the mic selection and placement. Have the mics on stands, with cables, plugged into mic preamps, and routed into your recorder. If you try and test every microphone in your locker along with all sorts of placement options, more times than not, you’re going to end up with a group of restless kids pretty quick.

If you’re fast then you’re well versed in the digital audio workstation (DAW) of your choice. You need to be able to setup and duplicate tracks easily, comp. takes quickly, and handle any additional editing as if it were second nature. Have the tracks created and ready to go. Make sure you have the headphone cues setup and ready as well. You need to be able to operate your DAW without really thinking about it.

Now comes the easy part – be realistic. What do I mean by this? Let’s face it, kids have fun, quirky, and cute voices. It’s pretty rare that a group of kids comes through the door sounding like an award winning children’s choir. You need to realize that while it will sound good it may not ever be perfect. Just think about that for a minute because it’s important. Not every take is going to be the take. Every takes is going to have, at least, one of the kids slightly outta time or outta pitch. If you are recording a small group of kids multiple times to create a choir effect then you want the variation anyway. I recommend just going through takes, fairly quick, and then editing the best you can after the fact. Yes this may be fixing it in the mix, which we should never do, but we have to be… what? Realistic. Good job!

So when it comes down to it, having children in the recording studio can be a stressful yet insanely fun learning experience for them and it can also be rewarding for you. Just use your gut and work quickly and you’ll be fine. Besides, fingerprints wash off but the experience will last a lifetime for you and them.

Just to show an example of how to make this happen, take a look at this video of the Colorado Children’s Choir (Evergreen, CO) singing the ever popular We Are the World

 

And here is a photo of children from the local elementary school singing backing vocals to the Big Green Carpet tune, Common Ground.

Colorado Recording Studio Gets a Facelift

Feb06

Presenting Evergroove Studio Web 2.0

It’s been a long time coming but Evergroove Studio has a new website and we’re excited to share it with you!

When we started building Evergroove Studio we looked at many other Denver recording studio websites as well as recording studio sites all over the World. We made notes on what we liked and what we didn’t like and then Jenny rolled up her sleeves and got hard to work on Evergroove’s first website.

That site was launched back in 2006 when Evergroove first opened. We would often hear that, out of all the recording studios in the Denver area, our site was the best because of ease of use, fast loading times, photos, and a clear layout that made information easy to find. When people gave us constructive criticism we responded by changing the site to accommodate those requests (like sound samples – duh!). However Evergroove Web 1.0 was a static, CSS based, site and updating it on a regular basis took more effort than we had time.

After some years of unintentional neglect, and as our business started to grow substantially, we realized that we needed a new web site. One that was based on a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. We finally settled on WordPress and then, once again, got to work.

And here we are…

We love the new site. It’s fast, it’s informational, and we have tons of photos of actual sessions (instead of just recording equipment like many recording studio websites) and we feel it gives you a good idea of what it’s like to be in a recording session at Evergroove Studio. We’ve incorporated a long list of sound samples and we finally have a blog which we intend to update once a week with various topics about the life of a recording studio owner as well as recording studio tips and tricks.

So check out the new site and let us know what you think – Evergroove Studio.

The Media Fires Reviewed in Marquee Magazine

Feb04

We recently completed a 5 song EP, titled Lit, with Denver based Alternative Rock band The Media Fires. We loved working on this album and had a great time getting to know the guys and their music!

The guys worked very hard on this album and their hard work has paid off with a very positive review in the Marquee Magazine. You can read the review here – Marquee Magazine Reviews The Media Fires.

At the moment they are offering a free download of the album via a SoundCloud account, The Media Fires on SoundCloud

So congrats guys! We’re proud of ya.

The Media Fires Live at the Hi-Dive

The Media Fires on stage at the Hi-Dive celebrating the release of their debut EP titled “Lit.”

The 10:39s Pick Evergroove for Their Next Album

Jan10

The 10:39s are a kind of Indy/Pop band that have a sound you cannot help but love. They recently did a demo session here at Evergroove to see how we work and what the space is like and they loved it! They’ve started a Kickstarted campaign to help raise a modest amount of funds to help them record, mix, master, and produce a limited rum of CDs. Please check out their Kickstarter campaign and consider donating.

The 10:39s Kickstarter Campaign

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