Update on BSL services

Posted October 26, 2009 @ 10:47 am | Filed under: Reflections

[Edit: Shortly after writing this post, I removed the “services” page altogether, as well as the “contact” page. I’ve now shifted my direction completely away from commercial recording, and back towards music. This doesn’t mean I’m done recording or I’ll sell off my gear, though — it just means that the Sound Lab is officially a “community project studio”. I’m no longer seeking any sort of commercial gain from the place. Though if you’ve previously booked time to record here, those arrangements are still on.]

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I’ve updated our “services” page with some new info. I’ll copy it here though, so you don’t have to go there, and expound on it a bit:

I have noted on occasion that we humans typically have enough time in life to concentrate on a total of three vocations, before something gets neglected — and two of those are typically gainful employment and sleep. With that in mind, I regret to say that Blacktown Sound Labs will have to scale back our services somewhat, and focus our offerings on what are often-termed “Saturday Sessions” — i.e., you would set up your gear some Saturday, track everything (minus vocals) live, do any necessary overdubs (e.g. vocals), and leave that night with mix in-hand. The resulting recording will not have the same qualities as an individually-tracked session, but often works well for certiain styles of music… and more importantly, it’s all we’ve got time for right now (and for the foreseeable future). Suffice it to say: if you’re looking for an “everything perfect” album-cut, you might want to seek a more established, full-time studio.

This is essentially the direction I’d like to go with the studio… less production, more engineering (and making fun sounds)… more focusing on creating a “community project studio”. I may even at some point shift my emphasis back toward live sound and/or live recordings, as there is less production involved there. It’s a step away from being a commercial studio: turns out I’m not a businessman, despite my apparent endless perseverance and financial savvy (sarcasm).

–s