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September run-down

Stefan Sojka - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September has been an interesting and enjoyable month at Ryde Recording Studio, here in Sydney. We have made some improvements to the studio itself. We have been enjoying the release of our second song on iTunes, been digitizing some very interesting old LPs and 78s, recorded an avant-garde Japanese flute piece, a new medical podcast, cleaned up some audio for a court case and recorded a voiceover for a guided tour of a famous historical Sydney location. We recorded some more hotel in-room voiceovers. We have also begun our search for some talented students to get some real-world work experience under their belts.

Auralex and Auratone
We recently acquired a few boxes of Auralex acoustic foam to treat our walls. Auralex is famous for its attractive and effective sound absorption foam tiles. The studio now looks great and sounds even better with much more dampening of reflective sound and just the sound of the reference monitors being most prominent. We are continuing to improve our recording studio all the time.

Auratone speakers are the industry standard reference monitors for checking what recordings sound like through 'bad' speakers. Once a recording is done using the high-quality studio reference speakers, it is always good to check through the Auratones, to be sure the sound is still good without the luxury of fabulous hi-fi. We have had our Auratones for so long that they had corroded and failed. So we just had them repaired at Speaker Works North Strathfieldand we have now reinstated them in the studio.

Mind Your Back
Mind Your Back, a song we wrote and produced for ParaQuad NSW, promoting spinal cord injury prevention amongst teenagers and young adults, is now live and selling on iTunes. All the feedback so far has been great and we look forward to the ParaQuad NSW campaign getting into full swing, rolling out in schools across the state and marketing through radio, Web and perhaps even a bit of TV. You can buy the song on iTunes here

LP and 78 digitization
Everyone has old audio recordings lying around on vinyl, tape or disc of all description. Why not preserve these old recordings in digital form? Here at our recording studio in Sydney, we also offer the service to digitize these. Since it is a time-consuming task, we can do it in our down-time, thereby reducing the cost for you. Once captured, we run some digital clean-up and enhancement tools, to get the old recordings sounding as good as they can. Recently, we were handed some interesting old LPs and 78s, including a very old Japanese recording. We have been able to clean it up quiet nicely, restoring it and preserving it in digital format for the owner.

Flute solo recording
A local student came to us to record an interesting modern Japanese flute solo composition for their HSC and also as part of a scholarship application. It was a pleasure to record something so different, especially as it is helping a student to further their education and career. We recorded a very clean version, applied some simple editing and cleaned it up, so as to get it as pure as possible. Then added some very effective reverb with a ‘room simulator’ to give it a truly realistic sound of being played in a Japanese temple. The student was really pleased with the final result.

Medical Observer Podcast interview
Our continuing relationship with Medical Observer Magazinesaw us recording another podcast interview with Dr Annette Katelaris. This time it was diabetes expert, Professor Jonathan Shaw, associate director of Baker IDI, heart and diabetes institute. By doing this podcast recording, we are learning so much about medical issues these days. It is truly a rewarding part of our job as recording engineers, to be exposed to all this great material. Thank you Medical Observer for using Ryde Recording Studio for your ongoing podcast needs.

Legal Work – Audio enhancement
This month we were approached to clean up a tape recording of a threatening telephone message, to be played in court as part of a legal case. It was a challenge to take a very poor recording and clean it up as much as we could, so that it would be more effective when played in court. This kind of work is challenging and exciting and we do like to offer the audio forensic and audio enhancement service to the legal and law enforcement professions. We must be careful about the legalities of such recordings. So please be aware that we can only do such work by authorised legal and law enforcement professionals and we may seek an affidavit that the recordings were made legally, before we can accept the project.

Tank Stream voiceover
Thanks to Sydney production company Pear-Shop, we were asked to record the voiceover for a famous historical landmark, the Sydney Tank Stream. Sydney Water is setting up tours of the Tank Stream and the voiceover is part of the video installation, to give tourists the full run-down and history of the Tank Stream, Sydney’s very first freshwater supply. We look forward to Pear Shop finishing the installation and hearing the very nicely recorded and mastered voiceover informing and fascinating visitors.

Hotel voiceovers
Once again, a regular client of ours came back to do some more hotel in-room voiceovers. This time it was for the Sheraton Hotel and Holiday Inn. These informative recordings make guests aware of all the great facilities of the hotel and make them feel welcome with a warm and friendly style. Ryde Recording Studio is happy to be able to provide these voiceover recording services.

Work Experience/Internships
Ryde Recording Studio in Sydney, this month has put the call-out to audio engineering students for work experience opportunities. We love to be a part of helping young people develop their careers with hands-on real world experience. It also means that our studio is being put to good use in any down-time that we have. Initial responses to our call-out have been fantastic, with almost 20 students willing to offer their time and get their hands dirty. Over the next few weeks we will be interviewing and screening these applicants to find the right students of both engineering and music to contribute to our creative and professional output.

Stay tuned for more updates from Ryde Recording Studio, here in Sydney.

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