A simple performance video of Xoe Wise. Shot right here in the RydMedia, Inc. studios. Quick, easy, cheap for Xoe, and she now has a YouTube video that looks significantly better than just sitting in front of a web camera, and instantly rises above so many others on YouTube.
Audio recording/editing/engineering/mixing/mastering by RydMedia, Inc. Film directed/edited by Ben Winter (a good friend of mine, and one of the most talented filmmakers and bassists that I’ve ever met).
Laura’s EPs provided an interesting challenge. 90% of the time I record keyboards on a song (whether I’m playing, or the artist is playing for him/herself), it’s on a very nice Yamaha fully-weighted 88-key keyboard that I have here in the studio. I have a few dozen piano plugins—everything from 9-foot grands recorded in concert halls, to honky-tonk uprights that are ever-so-slightly out of tune.
Laura has an upright piano that has been passed down through several generations, and she very much wanted to record all of the keys on her EPs on that piano. Obviously, we couldn’t up and bring it to the studio, so that required several on-location sessions. Now, Laura’s apartment isn’t exactly acoustically treated for recording, and after going back and forth with a bunch of portable baffles, we decided that the piano sounded best when it was able to ring out throughout the living room.
This only became an issue because we recorded her vocals in-studio, as dry as can possibly be. This meant matching the post-production reverb to the natural reverb that we captured on piano, so that the listener wasn’t jarred by hearing a voice that was clearly in a different space than the instrument.
In the end, I think everything matched up perfectly, and I’m super-pleased with all of the songs that she put out (and I produced) over the course of this past year.
This song is on her brand-new EP, “Jezebel: Spring”. You can pick it and her other EPs up at http://ladylauramusic.bandcamp.com/ and I highly recommend them all. Catchy songs, pretty songs—they run the gambit. And Laura is such a talented singer that we were really able to create a series of EPs that tell a series of stories. Each song will take you on a journey, and you’ll feel like you’re just sitting in her living room, listening to her tell you about an incredible year of personal trial and growth. Give the songs a listen, and if you like them, go support her so that we can start working on her full-length, full-band LP as soon as possible. ;-)
Simpleton & Cityfolk wanted a great video from their CD release show, but didn’t want to have to hire an entire camera crew to film it.
Luckily, they came to RydMedia, Inc., where some strategically placed tripods, one live cameraman, and some high-quality editing were able to come together to give the band a fantastic music video from a once-in-a-lifetime show.
Another video for which I did the audio mix. This one was interesting — it was direct board audio, which meant that I didn’t have separate sources to mix. The bass was originally too low, and Morgan asked if I could make it more prominent. Now, if I had bass and vocals on separate tracks, this would have been an absolute no-brainer. But since everything was all on one track, it required a little bit of finagling. I made duplicate copies of the track—one with a high-pass filter (that allowed the vocals and the harmonics of the bass to get through), and one with a low-pass filter (that filtered out everything except the low bass notes). I applied compression to each of those duplicate tracks and used them as a “poor man’s multitrack”. Add a little bit of automation to the volume levels, apply some mastering effects across the entire thing, and you wind up with a recording that captured both the subtle nuance of Justin’s bass playing and Morgan’s incredible vocals. It was an interesting challenge, but both Morgan and I were very happy with the final result. :-) Enjoy!
Coming very soon, examples of some of the graphic design work that RydMedia, Inc. has created. Need an album cover to go along with your new song? We’re a one-stop shop for everything from posters to business cards to album art. Combine it with our photography department, and you can get high-quality, professional results at a fraction of the price!