Welcome to the section of the website that deals with recording.
What’s on offer?
– Simply hiring Matt to record pre-written bowed string parts for your production. This is an easy and popular choice for many people working in the recording industry due to it’s conventionality and ease of use. Thanks to the modern technology of secure online file transfers, you can send Matt your scored string parts and have them recorded and ready to insert back into your project all in the same day and from anywhere in the world.
A short excerpt from I track that I worked on for producer Aimee Newsome-Stone. She sent me the scored string parts and I sent her back a full and balanced 8 part string ensemble, about 4 hours later that day, ready to drop into the mix so that she could finish it in time for a tight deadline the following day.
NB. This track was never actually released but gives a basic but very pleasing example of the quality of my string ensemble work and the speed that it can be created at.
– Hire Matt to apply his skills as an experienced strings arranger and/or improviser to your production. Matt will undertake the task of listening to each of your tracks closely and will quickly come up with original, innovative and musical ideas that he feels that ‘work’ with what you already have in mind. He then sends it back for your approval and/or tweaking so that you are happy with the final product.
This track only required a viola section, as Robin wasn’t happy with the sound quality of the viola samples that he was using. He posted in a Facebook group for Propellerhead Reason Users, looking for better quality samples and I offered to demonstrate how a real viola should sound. Once he heard the real thing, that was it and he had his viola parts within a day or so!
There was no score for this work, it was done purely by ear. The viola section comes in at about 26 seconds into this excerpt.
Maybe you’d like your first track with solo classical style violin in the middle eight but you’d also like to hear it towards the end as an ‘outro’? Anything is possible when it comes to arrangements, the only barrier is your own creativity!
Track 2 has quartet style string parts on it that you’d love to hear on track 3 too? Absolutely! Why settle for bowed parts? Matt can also create poignant pizzicato (plucked violin) parts too.
Want Matt to write a quick tune with a Celtic or Gypsy feel for track 3? Not a problem, Matt can advise how this can best be achieved, even with that quartet style string part that you loved in track 2…
You can choose.
– Finally work in ‘collaboration’ on a special project. This is slightly different than the first two choices and far more wide ranging in it’s possibilities and outcomes.
It could be anything from hiring Matt to write, arrange and mix the string parts on a project through to engaging Matt to record voiceovers or even writing and recording an audio track for a short film that you are making.
A track that I created for an eminent local artist, Sarah Hough for her exhibition in 2013, called ‘Interrogating Landscapes’.
She had recorded about 6 hours of material based on her early morning walks, where she would sketch various parts of her local surrounding landscapes.
We condensed it into a short 5 minute storyline, to give the public an ‘immersive experience’ of what she was doing.
The hardware used for recording strings is: Sontronics Sigma ribbon condenser microphone coupled with a Rode NT2000 large diaphragm Condenser microphone to capture all nuances of the different tonal characters of each instrument, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP audio interface, Adam Audio A3X nearfield monitors and Beyerdynamic DT770 Headphones (80 Ohm), Nektar Panorama P4 Controller keyboard and AKG K99 Headphones.
Matt uses 3 violins, all unique and different in their tonal characters to maintain the integrity of his ensemble recordings, a full size high quality viola and an octave violin. He also has access to both cello and double bass both played by professional musicians.
All of Matt’s work is normally recorded at 24 bit depth and 48KHz bitrate unless otherwise specified, these parameters can currently be increased to 96KHz. The main software used is: A constantly updated version of Presonus Studio One v3.3.3 Professional, Melodyne Studio, Steven Slate Audio plugins, Waves and other high quality plugins. He also uses Propellerhead Reason 9.2 when appropriate.
This is all run on a specifically designed audio computer running: Windows 7 Professional x64 bit edition, Asus P8Z77 motherboard, Intel quad core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge processor, Samsung SSD C drive, 2x Seagate 7200rpm 1 Terabyte hardrives, 16 GB 1333MHz ram, AMD Radeon R7 200 series graphics card running at 0dB and a Gaia 0dB water cooled system and 2x Dell HD 23.5″ screens . This system was designed with and built by Inta Audio.
Matt uses 3 main back ups; 2 separate external drives and also an online secure back up (Backblaze) to be triply safe.
Disclaimer: Unless involved in the final mix process of production, Matt cannot be held responsible for the overall quality of the end product. On creation of a contract between parties, Matt undertakes to create the best quality recordings possible to ensure that all aspects of the final mix can be achieved for the finished product.