Contrary to what most people think,recording a 5 minute song does not take 7minutes, it’s a process that requires attention, concentration & time.here is a summarized series of steps taken to record an album.
STEP ONE-backing tracks
The artist and the producer will do a basic recording of all the songs,this could be just the main drum pattern,bass,keyboards and rough vocal guide.
• This will help the producer to have a deeper understanding of the direction the artist wants his/her music to take.
• This step also involves production discussions where the artist explains the sound he/she wants on the music,we believe in giving each artist an individual sound of their choice.
After this step the artist is given the CD of this recording to use for vocal practice sessions
This is when all the lead and backvocal parts are recorded.at this stage session singers are called in if they are needed(we have a directory of the good experienced professional singers we trust).
STEP THREE-overdubbing & editing
This is when we do instruments overdubs, this means adding all the other remaining instrumental parts, this mainly involves polishing the instrumentation and arrangements.
This is the step when session musicians are called in if they are needed(we have a directory of the good experienced professional instrumentalists we trust). This step also involves editing the music, removing the small glitches and errors, the beginnings and the endings of the songs.
The mixing stage will not correct mistakes made at this stage or before.
This is the final stage when the music is mixed & mastered
Mixing demands concentration and should not be rushed, the mastering process will not correct errors made at the mixing process. So to make sure the engineer concentrates, the engineer will do this process alone, in the absence of the artist and his crew, after this process, when the engineer is content with the sound, the artist will be given the cd, if the artist feels there is need for adjustments, the studio will give him/her 2hours for free to do the adjustments, if the artist requires more time he/she will have to book more studio time at the normal rates.
Monolio studio will reject in sole opinion, any suggestion by the artist that we feel will discredit the music production and the studio reputation.
DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
If the artist has no drummer or percussionist,we have a very original and unique way of programming using live loops and samples in a way that makes it sounds live.
However in most cases it is faster to use a live drum when recording than programming depending on the type of music.
But if we are recording with a live drummer we prefer a drummer who can play in sync with a metrone in fixed time,this makes it possible to combine live and programmed material which will make the music richer and so much easier to edit.
There is 2types of drum programming that we do(a)programming it to make it sound live,and (b)programming it to make it sound digital,so this depends on the type of music or the feel that we will be trying to acheive.