Our Essex based sound recording service can be broken down into 3 areas: live recording, studio and mixing & mastering.
There are times when recordings need to take place on location, be it a live video, an event or even just in a space that’s familiar and comfortable.
Just because we travel with the equipment doesn’t mean we sacrifice on quality. We deploy full digital multitrack audio recording to make sure the captured content is of the highest standard.
We’re based in Essex but happy to take our sound recording nationwide!
We have built up great partnerships with various studios across the country where we have latched onto their creative vibe and calm atmosphere. They are fully equipped with quality preamps and processors alongside top of the range microphones. We love working in them and we’re sure you will too.
Recording your unique sound the way you want it to be heard, we’ll be there to guide you through the whole process to ensure you make the most of your time in the studio, be it in Essex or further a field!
No recording just finishes once it has been recorded, it needs to be merged and balanced together to create a mix. This step is all too often skipped or guessed at on amateur recordings and it makes them sound…well, amateur! Careful consideration of each recorded instrument and how they relate to each other is paramount, taking into account factors such as frequency, dynamics, space and effects to create a well balanced representation of your project. A good mix can also help lock your track down within a genre or give it that extra feel or energy it may have lacked while tracking. While it is always best to obtain the best possible results while tracking, mixing can help to correct or enhance issues that are noticed post recording.
Once all the separate instruments have been mixed they are bounced to a single stereo file where mastering processing takes place. This is where overall changes to the song are done often smoothing out frequency and dynamics and where all songs of an album or EP are adjusted to help them fit and flow better together. The volume is increased to a commercially acceptable level while still keeping the quality and finishing touches a master offers.
Take a listen to the examples of unmixed, mixed and mastered versions of the same section of a track.
This example is completely unmixed and is exactly what was recorded but with a rough balance to help with comparison.
Here the track is now mixed. Each element is now heard with it’s own clarity and energy with the different instruments complementing each other, each bringing different strengths to the song.
Here is the mastered version. While a more subtle difference, this step is still hugely important to making the track stand out. Here you’ll notice the volume change, with the track sounding bigger, wider and generally more polished and with more energy. In this instance a tighter low end and clearer, more controlled highs compared with the mix.
Having worked with Motionsonic on quite a few recent releases I am very happy with the relationship we have with Kristan and Liam. They have mixed and mastered a number of songs and albums, one of which will be pivotal to the future of Johnny N...Read More
Having worked with Motionsonic on quite a few recent releases I am very happy with the relationship we have with Kristan and Liam. They have mixed and mastered a number of songs and albums, one of which will be pivotal to the future of Johnny Normal and to be launched on a world-wide scale during June 2016. Motionsonic just 'get' what we are about and their attention to detail, enthusiasm and technical quality of the end product are outstanding. Looking forward to a long term relationships with this brilliant team. Johnny Normal, AbNormal Productions.Read LessJohnny Normal Musician & Producer