5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your Music

5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your MusicWhen it comes to making your band’s new album or tracking in the recording studio, you don’t want it to feel like it’s a job that will stress you out. You want your time in front of the mics to feel normal, energetic, stress-free, and a collaboration with the rest of the band.

Here are a 5 tips to keep the energy while you put your new music to track at the recording studio:

  1. Preparation – Practice, practice, practice. Prepare yourself for the recordings by making sure you are confident with your new tunes. If you play the guitar, make sure mechanically you are sound. That way everything is second nature once you are sitting down to record the tracks.
  2. Focus on the good moments – When recording don’t worry about the how it will be perceived in the future. Focus instead on how it feels at the “then and now”. Listen to the music and play it how you imagine it should be played. Use the emotions you feel and bring it to your instrument.
  3. Allow for mistakes – Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember nothing will be “perfect”. If you are too worried about playing perfectly then your performance might take a hit when you feel it isn’t. Keep the overthinking to a minimum and keep yourself in the moment.
  4. As a band, stay a team – Compliment each others performance. Critique but do it in a constructive way. That way trust is built, and no one person in the band feels left out from the recording process.
  5. Trust in your engineer – When you choose a professional recording studio like Wavemaker Studio, your music is in the great hands of veteran engineer John “Bobcat” Pollock at the recording console. This means you can focus on the energy of the music and not have to worry about how it will sound.

Take these tips and keep you or your band educated on how to make strong, energetic music in the studio. When looking for a expert recording services, look no further than Wavemaker Studio. For more information on any of the services we offer, contact us today!

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Recording Studio

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Recording StudioYou’ve got everything is order to put your music and voice to the ears of the masses. Whether it was writing the songs, training your voice or getting the band all in one place, you want to make sure you get into the right studio to make your audio magic.

When it comes to recording your music or voice overs in a professional recording studio, you will want to be sure you have made the right choice. Educate yourself with these tips for choosing a high quality recording studio that will put you on track for your recorded works.

The Studio

Ask yourself a few questions: Is the recording studio big enough for the band? Is it comfortable for our performing? Where is it located? What’s unique about the facility?

If the studio has all that you need both in the latest recording equipment and space, then you’re one step closer to making the audio you want.

The Producers & Engineers

Get to know the owner and the staff. Find out who will be engineering your audio and make sure it’s a good fit. Talk about your ideas, and vision to make sure all are on the same page. You don’t want to be involved with someone who isn’t looking at it from your perspective fully.

Recording Rates

Spending your money wisely will make your venture the most fruitful. Just because it seems like a lot of money doesn’t mean you get the best quality, and when it looks like a cheap rate doesn’t mean you get cheap results. See what kind of discount plans there are and if you can buy pre-paid to conserve what time you need.

Recording Equipment

The recording equipment is important for choosing the studio. Having high quality professional equipment and an engineer who can operate it correctly will yield the best results.

Tour The Facility

Finally take a look around the studio. This way you get face to face with any and all questions you might have from above, and can see firsthand what goes on in the recording studios process. You can also see who else has recorded there and see if it worked for them. Research, educate and go with the recording studio you feel will work best for you.

Wavemaker Studio is a state-of-the-art recording studio featuring high-end equipment. Located in San Antonio, we are loaded with industry standard plug-in’s and microphones along with a great sounding control room. For more detailed information or to book your recording time, contact us.

What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?In more ways than one, a microphone is the most important tool a musician has at his or her disposal, both inside and outside of the studio. It can make or break a recording session or a show. Because if the microphone is garbage, what does it matter if the music you’re recording or playing is beautiful? That’s why every musician needs to know what they’re getting into. And with microphones, the key question you need to answer is this: condenser or dynamic?

You’ve seen a condenser microphone before. Invented in 1916, these slim, tube-like devices have been commonplace in the studio (and laboratories, too!) since then for a reason: because, when it comes to recording, the condenser is your best friend. Able to be moved by a particularly small mass of sound waves, the condenser microphone is sure to pick up the highest-quality notes you and your band have to offer. For this type, the Rode microphone, in particular, is the most well-known.

Now onto dynamics. Before going forward, how many times have you seen clips of Hendrix, Vedder, or Bono grabbing and screaming into that famous single-standing microphone? Raise your hand if you know what we’re talking about. The classic podium of sound is an instrument in its own right; a symbol of everything that is loud, raw, rock n’ roll. And that instrument — the one we associate with any sort of live performance — is usually a dynamic microphone.

Condenser Vs Dynamic

Of course, dynamics are the opposite of condenser microphones, because their goal is simple: be loud, if not blaring. That is why they’re found on stage and not in the studio: they’re more attuned to feedback, cheap, and can get soaked, if need be. In other words: these microphones are meant to be rocked, not rolled.What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

Knowing the differences between these two microphones is the first step in understanding their usage. And, before you enter the studio, you’ve got to know your equipment.

Wavemaker is a Recording Studio located in San Antonio Texas. We specialize in affordable recording services for Voice Over, singers, songwriters and bands. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Audio Samples For Your Voice Over Portfolio

Audio Samples For Your Voice Over PortfolioEvery person’s voice is unique and some have the fortunate ability to manipulate their voices in order to mimic like someone else or sound like a character. These lucky people can find work in the entertainment business as voice over artists. As a voice over artist, in order for you to get employment, your resume is more than words on a piece of paper. It’s paramount as someone who wants to work in the voice over industry to have audio samples that are of your voice; either performing a role for a cartoon, movie, television show or commercial.

These audio samples are what makes you stand out from other candidates, you’re biggest marketing tool. An audio sample can show your vocal range, what type of voice over jobs you can excel at and make your voice recognizable to the public.

Audio Sample Uses and Recording

There are myriad of reasons why you need audio samples for your portfolio, and with the internet a portfolio can be a website that features all of your voiceover work. Posting your samples on a website with your name on it can put the name to the voice. This will help make it easier for a potential employer in putting a name to the voice. Take advantage of this avenue to also share your works on social media, in hopes for any samples to go viral and become trending.

It’s imperative that the audio samples of your voice are of the utmost and professional sounding quality. Within the first 30 seconds, a potential employer will know whether or not they want to use your voice. If the sound quality makes your voice unrecognizable or distorts the waves, then that could hurt your chance at work. You can’t leave your livelihood to chance, unless you are also a recording savant.Audio Samples For Your Voice Over Portfolio

Trust in the experts at Wavemaker Studio. By 2009, Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services. Recording audio samples for voice over work is a specialty and you will be proud to show off your audio samples in your portfolio once they are complete. There are great deals on recording rates as well! For more information about audio samples and voice over recording, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Audio Recording – Pop Filter vs Windscreens

Audio Recording - Pop Filter vs WindscreensMicrophones are to a musician or recording artist, as a pen is to an author. The microphone is the tool and resource in which the voice over artist, singer, band or podcaster can use to record and showcase their talents to the audience. There are various types of microphones; condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and lavalier mics – each microphone having a different role in every recording project.

In the recording studio, microphones need protection. Not armed security, but close. The mics need protection from the pops and thumps that occur. You know how bad an announcer might sound when the popping or banging noises go over the speakers. That’s because of what are known as ‘plosive’ sounds.

Plosive sounds are commonly caused from words that start with the letters “B” or “P” in our speech into the microphones. That’s why there is a need for protection.

Microphone Audio Preservation

When in the studio you might see one of two types of plosive prevention, a pop filter or a windscreen. Both have their pros and cons, so let us take a look at which is better for you and your situation.

Pop Filter

  • In a studio a pop filter is a nearly transparent, lightweight mesh that is placed in front of the microphone. The pop filter will help guard against plosive sounds while recording vocal audio.
  • Great for indoor studio recording.
  • Windscreens are made from foam, and go over the head of the microphone. In most situations, a windscreen is for higher-wind events and outdoor recording.
  • If you are at a concert, this type of microphone protection works best.

WindscreensAudio Recording - Pop Filter vs Windscreens

In the end it is all situational and of preference, also the choice between the two can be dependent on the microphone itself. A reputable, professional recording studio will have either option and that’s why you need to find one you can trust.

By 2009 Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services and recording. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

For any person that is involved in the production process, they know that the art of mastering is an essential part of the post-production. A master engineer takes a final mix, then prepares and transfers the recorded audio into a copy that will be used to mass produce the mastered audio.

In older times, masters were used by record companies for major label releases. Mastering was needed because one track or song might is recorded at a time, it would result in different peak levels and EQs.

Now that we are in a newer technological age, mastering has become more digital. Mastering programs and services are the norm at most studios, and some people who record try to master audio themselves. There’s various reasons why mastering yourself is something you should avoid, unless you have many years of master engineering experience.

Why You Shouldn’t Master Yourself

Mastering requires a great deal of software tools and critical listening in order for it to be done correctly. The engineer is a specialist and the last resort for the recorded audio to be made into something the public wants. Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Just because you have created such great work and audio, does not mean you are able to hear it in a different way than what is in your head. That’s where another set of “ears” on an audio project can make your efforts come into fruition. A master engineer has a certain set of creative skills; when mix them all together, you’ll be ensured to get the best content for your dollar.

So look to the pros at Wavemaker Studio. As mastering wizards, they will consult with you, take your recorded work and give you back something that you will love. Reach out to Wavemaker today!

 

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The Anatomy of a Song: Steps in the Song Writing Process

How to Write Songs | Wavemaker

Just about everyone has a favorite song; one that follows us through our lives and becomes the soundtrack to significant moments. If you are passionate about music and lyrics, you may wonder just how a great song is born. Of course, there are multitudes of creative ways in which memorable songs are written, but there is also a formula by which many writers and musicians use for collaboration.

A great song tells a story. It takes the listener on a journey. A hit song often has a magical combination of authentic expression and musical skill. Crafting a well written song is a process. And below, we offer you a guide to follow that any lyricist and musician can use to compose their next creation.

 

Choosing an Inspiring Title

Though there are many great songs throughout history that began with a beat, a rhythm, a chorus, or a phrase; the best way to write a song is to come up with an inspiring title; one that moves you, as the writer, on the inside.

The title of a song is many times, the phrase that all listeners remember. Many songs become automatic hits simply because the title is catchy and addictive. Listeners find themselves singing it over and over again. The title is one of the most important aspects of a song, and helps the writer begin to tell the story.

 

Find the Questions Hidden Within Your Title

The title of a song asks many questions. It is the songwriter’s job to find the questions that lie within their song title. For example; there are many popular songs in the last few decades, about hotels; “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis, and Michael Jackson’s “Heartbreak Hotel”. Each of these three songs tells a completely different story, but the writers answered many of the same questions within the lyrics. “What is this hotel?” “What is the atmosphere, the energy of this place?” and “What happens there, and to whom does it happen?”

 

Connect Words and Images With Your Title

Do a brainstorming exercise by making a list of words and images that relate to your title. These words and images are what make the story of the song interesting, poetic and imaginative. Try the words out by using each of them in your verses and chorus until you hear the phrasing that sounds right to your ears.

 

The Most Common Song Structure

Once you have your title and some of your lyrics, you can begin to form your song structure. There is a popular and common song structure that has worked since people began writing songs. It is best to begin with this structure, and then you can creatively alter it as the spirit of the song moves you.

The song structure is designed in this way:

Verse – Chorus – Verse- Chorus-Bridge- Chorus

This song structure appeals to listeners because it allows for repetitiveness, which makes a song easy for the listener to learn. One of the best parts about enjoying any song is the ability to be able to sing along. This common song structure makes this aspect easy for listeners.

 

Create the Melody of Your Song

The melody of a song is often discovered by the repetition of lyrics. There is usually a melody that naturally lives within the lines of a song; a certain rhythm that matches the words, the phrasing. Try singing or simply, humming the song to yourself. The right melody comes through experimentation; and is one of the most intuitive aspects of song writing.

 

Though much of song writing is truly an intuitive process, knowing how to begin and following a tried and proven structure makes the process easier; while still leaving room for personal creativity.

Promoting Your Music & Getting Fans

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As a vocalist, you have worked extremely hard to perfect your craft. You have put in hours at the studio and have left it all on the stage during your performances. Naturally, the next logical step is to acquire a fan base and get your music to a larger audience. To do this, you are going to want to promote your music. Promoting your work you have worked so hard on is a natural step in the process but unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky but no reward comes without hard work.

Try out some of our tips below while you begin promoting your stuff:

Be Ready

Are you ready? – The first and most important step in the process is making sure you are ready to share your music. Promoting music that sounds more like a rough draft, probably won’t get the best reviews and this can make it hard to bounce back from. Promoting and reputation management go hand-in-hand. We suggest getting feedback from artists or professionals in the industry. Producers and engineers at your recording studio are a great source for feedback.

 Get Your Materials Together

Promotional materials – Start early by having promotional materials produced for distribution. We recommend having these items made professionally at a production company or hiring a freelance graphic design artist to create them for you. Send these promo materials out early and send them often.

 Establish A Social Media Presence

Social media and electronic materials – Get a viral buzz going by promoting via social media. This is a great source to help spread the word whether it’s through Twitter, Facebook, your personal website or a newsletter. The best part is, it doesn’t cost anything! Your dedicated fans will re-tweet, share and help promote for you.

 Take Advantage of Online Music Platforms

Free listening – There are many websites that offer free listening to its users. Seek out any and every one of these sites and get your music out there. Youtube, Soundcloud, Myspace… there are tons of ways to get your stuff to the masses.

 Swag

Free Swag – Consider giving away various items at your events, for signing up for a newsletter or for purchasing an LP. Fans love free stuff, even if it’s just a beer coozie!  If merchandise isn’t in your budget right away, then offer free tickets to a show or a free mp3. If you don’t want to go the route of free swag, get some t-shirts designed and sell them to fans. It’s free advertising for you, and your friends will have another valuable band tee.

Play Everywhere

Everywhere and anywhere you get the chance to get in front of a crowd, do it. Take advantage of every opportunity to be heard. With that being said, also pay attention to the potential crowd you’ll be serving. A country singer most likely wont find a lot of loyal fans while performing at the corner strip club. Be prepared for your crowd ahead of time.

 

Preparing Your Voice To Record

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If you have a recording session coming up or even a performance, it is important that your voice is primed and ready. It is important to prepare your voice, not just to ensure you give your best performance, but you will also want to make sure your vocal cords are protected from fatigue and injury. Putting forth the effort to make sure you have taken the proper precautions will make for a smooth and flawless performance. Pay attention to these points when thinking about your preparation routine:

 

Know Your Material

Whether you are performing original music, or recording scripted material, you want to know exactly how these pieces should sound in the recording. Multiple takes are possible, but you don’t want to have to spend your whole recording session on just a few lines.

 

Eliminate Polluted Air

Believe it or not, the dust particles in the air can substantially affect your voice. Sometimes the places we rehearse are filled with more dust than we realize. For this reason, it is important to keep an air filter or purifier in your bedroom and wherever you practice to ensure you breathe clean air before performing. The dust breathed in can get trapped in your throat and lungs, drastically affecting your vocals.

 

Refrain From Smoking And Drinking

If you drink or smoke, refrain from doing so as soon as possible before the performance. These substances are harsh on the esophagus, causing hefty damage to the throat.

 

Lubricate Your Vocal Cords

Drink warm water or tea. Room-temperature tea mixed with honey can sooth the vocal cords. Warm tea is great for helping the throat to relax. Be mindful not to drink ice water as it can tighten the vocal cords and don’t drink coffee the day of the performance. Due to the acidity, coffee can dehydrate your vocal cords and throat resulting in a poor performance.

 

 

Proper preparation before your recording session will ensure a quality performance that you’ll be proud of. For a list of rates and services, head on over to our website.

Don’t Cut Corners When Recording your Music

Recording Music | WavemakerWhen you arrange your music, you hear it first hand, crystal clear. When it’s time to record your music, you want your audience to have the same impression. When it’s time to drop your album, professional sound recording is your best option to truly demonstrate your musical talents.

 

A professional recording studio is designated as such because it is just that; professional. This designation encompasses not only state of the art recording equipment and rooms, but a professional staff to properly manage and oversee your recording. These sound engineers can manipulate your music to sound even better than it already does using their highly sophisticated soundboards.

 

Even those who are able to purchase top of the line recording equipment typically need a professional sound engineer to synergize the musical elements and create a masterpiece. Buying just the equipment for your home studio will not get you the results you want; it’s as simple as that. Professional sound engineers are trained for years. This extensive training and education makes musicians sound great. Sound manipulation is a much targeted practice, as it makes musicians billions of dollars annually. You can liken this reasoning to buying a professional football franchise, registering the team with NFL, building a stadium, all the professional football equipment, and then drafting directly from high school football teams.

You will want to have the absolute best team behind you while you are creating your work. Our staff has been in the recording business for many years. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with tons of great artists and we are proud to have helped them on their path to success. To learn more about how Wavemaker can help you record your music, visit our site or give us a call and talk to one of our recording specialists.