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BLACK FRIDAY WEEK!!!

November 20th, 2014

It’s Black Friday Week at StudioPros!

We are offering some HUGE production credits when you order our full productions!

$2000 Credit, when you order 10 Full Productions ($200/song in credit)

$750 Credit when you order 5 Full Productions ($150/song in credit)

$100 Credit when you order 1 Full Production

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- OFFER VALID 11/20 – 11/30
- OFFER available for Full Productions placed @$1099/song
- No limit to the amount of orders you place!
- Order now, upload files later!

To read more about our music productions and place an order online:
http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

Contact one of our producers today to get started: 1-310-928-7776 or email us at: info@studiopros.com

 

Featured Artist: Kati O’Toole

November 12th, 2014

gravelroad2For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Kati O’Toole. I’ve been the Head of Production at StudioPros for 7 years and counting. Like you, I love the process of writing lyrics, melodies, songs, recording music and releasing it. I’m an independent artist, singer/songwriter as well as a producer for StudioPros.

When I first started working at StudioPros, I wasn’t aware of online recording and how easy it was to collaborate online. Like you, I was skeptical of the process. Being someone that is always wanting to be 100% involved in the production of my own projects, I wasn’t even sure if I would like the process of recording online. After years of writing/recording/releasing material- I can say, I thoroughly enjoy the process!

7 years ago, Elad Fish, the owner of StudioPros made a bet with me. He said that I would one day stop recording albums at physical studios, and would one day convert to online recording. I didn’t believe him at the time, but now I hate to admit- he was right. Don’t you hate when your boss is right?

Life is busy. I’m a wife, a mother of a soon-to-be 11 month old and have a full time job (here of course, which I love). Getting into a studio to devote time to recording my projects is hard. I can say through personal experience, that collaborating online with StudioPros is a great outlet for recording your material.

I wanted to share with you my latest single, Gravel Road, produced by myself in collaboration with the StudioPros production team.

Check out Gravel Road:

The step by step recording process.

Going through the step by step production process was exciting for me. I started by recording myself playing piano and singing scratch vocals at a local studio. I had an engineer help me professionally track grand piano so I could get a good sound.  It was important to me to be playing the piano, since that’s my instrument. I was sure to record my piano using a click track so that the future musicians would be able to layer their instruments to my recording. We were able to build off of my “sketch” foundation of grand piano and scratch vocals. If you aren’t used to recording to a click track, I highly recommend you let us take care of the sketch step for you as part of the production process.

Once my piano was tracked, the production team built off that foundation with: drum programming, live electric bass and a beautiful string arrangement with live layers of custom cello. After the production of the instruments, I was able to re-track my final vocals and add experimental layers of backing vocals and lead vocal doubles to fill up the recording and especially build up the chorus. After that was complete, we moved it to the final mixing/mastering where we put the finishing touches on the recording.

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Featured Artist: Tim Tye

November 5th, 2014

TimTyeI first met this month’s featured artist, Tim Tye, in early September of this year. Tim is a lawyer from Dayton, Ohio, in his day to day life, and a songwriter in his free time. He called inquiring about StudioPros and exactly what it is we’re all about. Tim was very skeptical from the start because he had been working on this particular song, Dark Stretch of Road, for several years, but I was eventually able to ease his mind.

Having produced several versions of the song at his local studio, using a diverse mix of very talented musicians, he was frustrated that he wasn’t able to achieve the sound, atmosphere, and feel he was after. After a few conversations and trying to understand EXACTLY what it was he was looking for, I was able to help him develop and produce the song in the style he had intended. At long last, his song was finally realized. That makes me very happy.

We used Johnny Cash’s cover version of “Hurt” as a reference and went for the quiet and stripped down intensity that the song deserved, while still keeping the classic country elements to it. Being a Johnny Cash fan myself, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing each step of the production process unfold. We chose an instrumentation of acoustic guitars, upright bass, beautifully laid out dobro lead, dark and simply stated grand piano, mellotron and classic country vocals by Chris. I’m very proud of how the song turned out in the end.

Check out Dark Stretch of Road:

How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

I’ve been working on a CD for about two years. I’ve used a local studio and local musicians. But there was one song that I wasn’t satisfied with. So I looked for another approach and I found StudioPros.

How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online? 

Working online couldn’t have been easier. Within hours of submitting my scratch demo, Kati O’Toole called me and got the process started. She spent a lot of time getting to understand the mood and feel that I was trying to achieve. Obviously it worked, because the end result was exactly what I heard in my head.

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional? 

You took the time to understand what I wanted. The musicians clearly had the experience and talent to listen to my demo and read the notes Kati had made and bring my song to life.

How many songs have you produced with StudioPros? 

One, but there will be more.

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences? 

I’m a product of the Dylan—Byrds—Tom Petty school. I love early rock n’ roll. I love genuine country music—Hank, Sr., Johnny Cash, George Jones.

When did you begin songwriting? What instruments do you write with? 

I began in high school. I write exclusively on the guitar.

What was the inspiration and writing process like for “Dark Stretch of Road”?

I had been working on a song for about ten years, which I have since finished. It’s about a truck driver who is killed in a wreck and is destined to drive across the United States for eternity. It’s actually an upbeat, rockabilly song. While I was messing with that, I got the idea to write about a lost trucker as a metaphor for hopelessness. I came up with the title first, which is unusual. Then I came up with the first line: It wasn’t raining when I left St. Paul. I substituted “snow” for “rain,” because it sounded even more dismal. After that, the song wrote itself.

Besides music, what else do you enjoy?

I like riding a bicycle. I constantly get song ideas when I’m out in the country.

*(ironically enough, our last Featured Artist Bill Simon wrote “Where The Wild Horses Go” on his bicycle. I guess we should all get to riding…)

What’s next for your recording?

The song is the title track from the album “Dark Stretch of Road,” by Tim’s band, Midnight Sky, to be released soon on Salinas Records.

Get Your Songs Produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

MONSTROUS Halloween Discounts!!!

October 23rd, 2014

To go along with this year’s Halloween, we wanted to offer MONSTROUS DISCOUNTS for you to take advantage of.

Monstrous Discounts

 

To place an order online: http://studiopros.com/services.php

- Offer Expires November 1st
- No limit on the amount of orders you purchase with this promotion.
- Order now, upload files later

If you’d like help setting up an order, contact our available producer’s Robb Hutzal or Kati O’Toole at: 1-310-928-7776.

Featured Video: Where The Wild Horses Go

October 14th, 2014

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Bill Simon, a prolific songwriter that I have been working with for over 2 years and counting, has just finished up a video with our new video editors here at StudioPros!

Having produced over 40 songs with our music production team, Bill gave our video services a shot on his recent song “Where The Wild Horses Go”. This song ranks as one of the top 3 out of the songs we’ve worked on together as I love the acoustic instrumentation in the production. Our video team chose an array of after effects and animation to support the music along with the lyrics for his video.

Check out “Where The Wild Horses Go”:

“I got the idea for this song when I was riding my bike on Hwy 131 in Colorado and passed a place called Horse Mountain Ranch. It’s about people who are afraid to let someone get too close to them even when they realize that it is what they probably want but find it is just easier to retreat to a place that is safe and doesn’t have the risk of opening yourself up. The song is about a guy who tries to change a girls mind and convince her that being alone may not be what she is looking for.”

Get Your Songs and Videos Produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs or music videos produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

Read more about StudioPros Video Services here: http://studiopros.com/video-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!


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