Making great recordings is a lifetime passion of Dale Price. Complete recordings start to finish or assistance with any part of the recording process described below are in his scop of expertise. Each recording project is unique in scope and outcome and helping artist/creators achieve great results.
Dale Price has a passionate understanding of all styles of music and welcomes artists of any musical style. In addition to music recording, he also works extensively with audio for video and film, archiving and restoration, sound effects and ambient recording, Podcast audio optimization, consulting or anything related to audio recording.
A fantastic aspect of working with a seasoned audio engineer in a recording facility if that the artist can leave the complications of the technology behind and focus on the creative process. In these times of abundant recording tools at everybody’s disposal, many feel a sense of relief having a professional engineer by their side for the endless technological challenges of recording.
Multitrack recording is the process of recording each instrument and vocal’s microphone to separate audio tracks allowing for precise shaping and blending of these audio tracks into the final stereo (2 channel) mixdown (or 5.1 surround mix). This has been most popular recording technique since the 1960’s.
Overdubbing is recording of additional tracks on top of existing tracks, such as vocals, lead guitar or any additional instrument to be added to (over) previously recorded audio tracks. Once all overdubs are completed, it is time to mixdown all the audio tracks to a final stereo (L,R) mix.
Audio editing is the manipulation of length or specific timing of single or multiple audio tracks within a song. Originally done as tape splicing, the physical cutting and splicing of audio tape to improve a song or performance, goes back to the 1940’s and the invention of the tape recorder itself. All music has been spliced together since then (if not the manipulate a song, then to sequence a set of songs for the recording master). Current technologies allow for much more intricate editing which can be tested in the computer environment with the ability to ‘undo’ and retry limitless options. Understanding music composition, traditional tape splicing techniques, along with in depth knowledge of computer audio software are important in great seamless musical editing.
Mixing or the mixdown process involves combining the final individual audio tracks (multitrack) into a final stereo (left and right) mix surround mix(5.1) or mono mix. Individual tracks are carefully blended using tools such as equalization to shape tone, compression to dynamically balance where tracks sit in the balance, reverb and delay to add overall ambiance to the songs , mix. The engineer skillfully blends these tracks to the artist’s/band’s and or producer’s taste. Getting the ‘perfect’ balance requires trial and error, careful listening, and sometimes remixing until the mix is energetic and reflects the musical passion of the performance. The completed mixes are the put in an order for the final album, before going to the final stage …mastering.