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Fandango Recording Toronto provides multi-track recording up to 18 simultaneous tracks using two tracking rooms for recording. The studio can properly accommodate a set of drums, provides only high-end recording equipment, a multi-cue monitoring system with personal mixers for each musician, and offers various instruments if needed, like piano, guitars, and synths. 

There are two approaches when recording a band. The first is to have everybody playing together, to try to get a great performance- which is the most important thing you have to keep in mind when recording. This is a typical way of recording jazz, which is very interactive and where capturing the feel is very important. 

Recording each instrument separately is the second approach; the recording will be done in stages, starting with the beds, recording only drums and bass (with all people playing together if that's what they want). The groove has to be nailed properly. Once the beds are all done, the other instruments and vocals are to be recorded. This approach is quite used in rock, alternative, and pop. No matter what the approach is, the players will be in separate rooms and they will hear and see each other all the time; each musician will have a small personal mixer so he can do his own mixing in the headphones the way he feels comfortable.

Many folks are producing the instrumentals themselves, and then they want the vocals recorded, be it hip hop, R&B, opera or any other type of music. Fandango offers a plethora of high end microphones, preamps and compressors, to accomodate every type of voice, from chains like the famous Martech MSS10 / Tube -Tech CL-1B for very dynamic voices, to the warm preamps like Focusrite Red or the tubes Pendulum Audio to Neve 1073, to the extremely clean Millenia or the AEA TRP ribbon mic preamp.

As far as getting the sound right, once you have your instrument set up and ready for recording, the engineer will determine the best microphone position. While there are some general rules for capturing the sound, every instrument, voice, microphone and preamp have their own characteristics and the engineer ensures he captures the sound the best possible way.

Always listen to what you have recorded; you don’t want to discover there are problems when the engineer does the mixing and have to come back for more recording. While this takes additional time, the sound will also be different; it is almost impossible to match the previous set up. So, listen to everything at the end of the recording session. Sometimes people are tired, but this is an effort that always pays off!

For in depth info about recording and how to get properly prepared for recording check “The Musician Guide To Recording” available for free download. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us, or call 416 579 5569.

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