Monday, March 30, 2015

High-Definition Audio: What do you think?

Image courtesy of Gizmodo.
In this article, Mario Aguilar of the tech blog Gizmodo lays out some interesting reasons why he thinks master-rocker Neil Young's high-definition Pono player isn't worth the time and money. As an audio engineer, I can verify that most of the science he points to is accurate.

That said, I also know that--especially in a controlled studio environment--you CAN tell the difference between something recorded at, say, 24-bit, 44.1kHz and 24-bit, 192kHz. Is that enough to warrant spending hundreds of dollars on a portable music player? Not for me, personally. In fact, my ears tend to prefer sample rates closer to 48kHz for listening. For some reason, I feel like 192 fatigues me quicker over long hours of tracking and especially mixing. (And I won't even get into the richness of analog tape vs. digital here! :-) )

What do you think? 
Is there a place for high-def audio in the age of the MP3? 
Can you even hear a difference? 
Is it worth paying for? 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We have Pro Tools 11 -- the world standard in recording and mixing!

Perfect Mix is proud to offer our clients a new, cutting-edge recording platform--Avid's Pro Tools 11, the worldwide standard in professional recording.  

You've heard it on nearly every major album and single released in the last several years and now you can use it yourself when you come to Perfect Mix. 

And because Pro Tools is the industry standard, that also means your projects can easily travel with you to almost any major recording studio in the world. 

Lay down your drum tracks at Abbey Road in London, record your piano part on Bill Evans' personal 9' Yamaha grand at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, track your guitars at Blackbird in Nashville, then bring your project files over here for final vocals and mix-down.  

Wherever you live and wherever you work, we're right there with you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Live and acoustic with McHaLo

Tonight marked the second night of tracking for acoustic trio McHaLo, which takes their multi-cased name from its three members: Grant McClintock, Brian Haan, and Regan Long. While the last session saw them laying down a hip, smooth cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya," tonight they dove into one of their originals, a jangly, mandolin-flecked tune in 3/4 time called "Saint". (To this engineer's ears, it recalled a bit of The Band, The Rolling Stones, and/or Counting Crows.)

Below are a few shots from the session, taken by Mr. McClintock.

Regan and Brian listen to a playback.

Producer/engineer Gabriel Harley making some fine adjustments.

Grant's view for most of the evening, from the vocal booth.
(The honey was for his not-pictured cuppa.)

Screen shot of the tune (tracked live except for one extra percussion
track and one backing vocal.)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Doors reopening soon. Meanwhile, friend us on Facebook!

In just a couple more weeks, we'll be reopening the doors here at the studio with new gear, new faces, and even better sound and service.  We're very excited about "Perfect Mix 2.0" (as we're calling it).

Meanwhile, please head on over to our new Facebook profile and "friend" us on there, won't you?