The Network: ‘Live + Sessions’
The essence of this project is to record acoustic sessions & Live Gigs and then ‘master’ them in the studio to facilitate their use for radio broadcast but also to offer the artist the chance to utilise tracks for a EP release or even full concert album. This would be digital (download) or physical (cd/vinyl) We use Pre-Sonus ‘Studio One’ to record the live shows direct from the artists mixing desk working alongside the artist live engineer and then take it back to the production studio to be mastered.
Our engineers have worked with some of the biggest names in music, like Public Enemy, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Erasure, Coldplay, Elbow, Oasis, Rhianna, Primal Scream, Echo and the Bunnymen, Doves, The Lightning Seeds, Anathema, The Alarm, Big Country and many more. This enables ANY artist to monetise their Live show for very little output but maximum comeback as the tracks can be individually used to promote their product however they should wish! We are working with both emerging and established artists alongside independent and national promoters! The audio can be matched to visual to create a ‘you tube’ sensation to also promote the artist.
Can you really create a quality recording with just one microphone and one mic preamp? http://youtu.be/T5OYkfzwOBw
The Network Sessions!
These are acoustic / electric performances and interview recorded and filmed. They are ‘Gone Elvis’ One Vocal, One Guitar, evoking the ‘Spirit Of 56’ and Sun Studios. Basically we will be at the studio waiting, everything will be set up ready to record, they roll in, I do a brief interview, and the artist plays… Often this takes 30/45 mins, 1 hour tops… if you can strip a song back and perform it like it was written then you are Rock ‘N Roll, if you can’t then don’t darken my door! Produced by Paul and utilised via Jj’s radio show on Calon 105 fm / Fraggle Radio. They are also offered as syndication to several other Public Broadcasting Services in Wales. Artists have been Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Marika Hackman, Fearless Vampire Killers, Revoker, Jim Lockley, Itch, Radkey, The Virgin Marys, Goldheart Assembly, Beyond The State, Orient Machine and Joe Silva. Of course of you want to do a Full Band acoustic / electric session, we can make that happen too xx
In 2015 we also had ‘North Rising’ with both solo acoustic and full electric performances recorded at the former Aerial Studios Bunker (Now ROC2) in Wrexham, North Wales. The ‘visual’ aspect was an add on to the audio and not necessary if the artist does not want it. But it’s something we hope to develop. Skywatch Sonic Studios are also keen to work with local bands of every ability and developing and releasing material from artists through their label, Mast Records..
ROC2 is comprised of three professional standard recording and mixing studios on the border of North Wales and North West England. Just 1 mile from Wrexham, North Wales, and 9 miles from Chester. Easily accessible from Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands. Located in a former Royal Observer Corp nuclear bunker on the Cheshire / Wales border, The Studio enjoys the peace of a quiet rural setting, yet are just 2 minutes from the motorway, local shops, takeaways, restaurants and gastro pubs, and 5 minutes from 24 hour supermarkets. Designed in the early 1990’s by Sean Zoega and built by K-Klass, the main control room Studio One is widely regarded by industry professionals as one of the best sounding rooms in the UK having been bespoke built for optimum recording and monitoring purposes, with each wall angled to achieve the perfect monitoring and mixing environment. Live Room One has been acoustically treated to be our “dead” room. However, attached to Live Room One is the echo chamber (8 metres x 1.5 metres) which changes the tone and reverb properties of the room instantaneously! Also attached to Live Room One is Live Room Two, which can also be used as a separate drum booth, amp room or for any other audio separation purposes. There is also a ‘Screen Room’ that can be utilised for visual and photographic work.