From Raw to Awe…Music Recording Classes at Lucky Dog Studios

Studio music recording students learn to set up for musicians, record their song(s), and then mix and master them on state-of-the-art equipment at Lucky Dog Studios in Alpharetta, GA.

Alpharetta, GA, January 18, 2013 --( As part of a Studio Engineering/Production series of classes, on Jan 6th students recorded the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Fire”, at Lucky Dog Studios in Alpharetta, GA, with a distinguished group of seasoned musicians. Heber Pampillon (guitar) is a Peggy Still School of Music (PSSM) teacher and Dylan Guarino (bass) is a PSSM student; both have credits on a Lucky Dog Studios promo CD, as well as its 2012 Holiday album. Julie Senger (vox) and Jason Monseur (drums) are professional, local musicians, both of whom have also appeared in various Lucky Dog Studios productions. The students, instructor, and musicians were able to recreate a cover of "Fire" live in the studio, using 14 microphones to effectively capture the various instruments. "After only a few takes, we had our definitive performance recorded, and decided to make a few edits before re-recording the scratch vocal", said Joe Kay, Lucky Dog Studio's Lead Engineer and class instructor, adding that "for example, we re-used the bass intro performance in the breakdown since it was the same part, but played much more smoothly in the intro. We also decided to use the guitar solo section from the second take instead of the one in the final take. With the backing track solidified, Julie then overdubbed (re-recorded) her lead vocal, needing only two takes to lay down an inspired track. We used professional techniques such as time-stretching, punching in, and comping to create a final version of the vocal that represented the best of our artist." This is what was accomplished in only 8 hours:

That was the 201 class. The upcoming 301 class, will mold this basic recording into something one might hear on the radio. When asked how they would do that, Joe Kay responded, "Basic song recordings such as the one you just heard are subsequently “mixed” using processors that enhance and change the sounds you hear in order to present the song in the best light possible. Common processes used to create a mix include EQ’ing, compression, panning, special effects, vocal tuning, and use of reverb. The ability to process the raw sounds is done in a program called Pro Tools, via “apps” called plugins. Channel Strip, AutoTune, and Massey L2007 are all examples of plugins used to mix our song. After mix down, a song is mastered, which will be the final stage in the production of the song. A mastered song will have the presence and loudness of a song you might buy on iTunes or hear on the radio. For example, the mastered version of the song that is referenced in the board mix above can be heard here:

Check or call 770-753-0322 or to obtain information about the upcoming 301 class or other exciting classes, studio services and lessons at Lucky Dog and Peggy Still School of Music.
The Peggy Still School of Music
Brian Johnson