Monday, March 9, 2015

Sound Kitchen Studio

Good Morning from Nashville, Tennessee! Everyone was up and ready to go at 8:00am this morning, had a quick breakfast in the hotel, and then drove 10 minutes down the road to our recording studio. The studio itself is very exclusive, so it was a little difficult to find the building without any signage outside.

We spent the first hour learning about the studio and all it's different parts. The small exterior misled us; the studio is surprisingly large. There are six separate recording studios, ranging from small to large spaces. The first studio we saw lived up to it's name; "Big Boy."

This studio (to the right and below) is one of the most mathematically perfect set ups in the world. Each piece of wood, carpet, or brick is specifically placed to benefit the sound quality. This studio is used for drums, orchestras, and choral groups. The curtains in the picture can be opened to expose more bricks for a different sound quality. The wood panels on the side can be folded against themselves as well, and the ceiling is covered with mics for added benefit. This room is 100% customizable.

The next studio we were shown was called "Studio A." That particular studio is rented for the day by the band SafetySuit (some of us are a little starstruck). They have their own producer come in to help with the recording, and he's produced the last few One Direction albums, Maroon Five, and the last Taylor Swift album. 

The final studio (to the left) is called "Studio B." A few years ago, Katy Hudson recorded her first Christian album there. However, you may know her now as Katy Perry. "Studio B" is the smallest of the studios in the Sound Kitchen, and is ideal for smaller groups. 

The studio that we are using is called "Studio E." It's the medium sized studio out of all six and has been used by Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Veggie Tales. Outside of the main room are three separate studios; one each for vocals, piano, and guitars. The main room is used for drums as well as electric guitar.

The engineer and producer that we're working with both started out as interns six years ago, and now they run the studio. In the music industry, interning is one of the most important jobs you can have. Even though you start with washing windows and getting coffee, you watch and learn from true professionals.

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