How to achieve better vocal recordings: room acoustics

On one hand, laying down vocals is simply a matter of hitting ‘record’, doing your thing, and relying on the power of technology to capture your voice (musical or otherwise) in all its glory. On the other, laying down vocals is an endless gauntlet of fine tuning and troubleshooting and fiddling with software and shouting profanities at your equipment and… well, you get the picture. Those with experience recording vocals will know all too well the struggle of getting recordings ‘just right’ – the process can be puzzling, and it’s certainly not as easy as ‘just hitting record’.

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Making the most of your guitar tone

Last week on the Kore Studios blog we looked at the anatomy and acoustics of the bass drum, offering our tips on achieving a more consistent and robust sound. Now, we’ll be expanding beyond this low-end sound into higher frequencies, leaving the earthy thump of the bass drum and venturing into the kaleidoscopic tones of the guitar. We’ll be sharing some of our tips for making the most out of your guitar tone and achieving a sound that does your playing justice.

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Making the most of your bass drum

Many drummers have a love-hate relationship with their bass drums. They pack a hefty punch, working to beef up the low-end of a song and define its rhythmic structure throughout. However, they can often be volatile pieces of kit, in large part due to their dominating resonance and size. You’ve probably been there: after hours spent fine-tuning your drum kit you finally start playing, only to put foot to pedal and get an overpowering ‘thud’ in return. Often a dry and muddy sound, with excessive top-end noise that gives the drum a tonal quality and unwanted overtones.

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API console install

There has been an extraordinary change at the Kore Studios in the last month and we are hugely excited to share it with you. As we approached our ten-year anniversary we decided it was time to upgrade our console.The desk we have chosen is a beautiful 32 channel Api 1608.

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