Joe Mecozzi
Engineer for Hire: Recording, Live Sound Mixing.

Private recording space available. I have not listed a detailed account of equipment available, because I am offering my engineering services for hire. My private recording space and equipment are included in my services. "Engine House Production Services" is not a commercial studio for hire.

Equipment:
Console: DDA (AMR24 - 36X24)
Processing: Eventide, Yamaha, SPL
Dynamics: Universal Audio, DBX, Waves, Allen Smart
Microphones: Neumann, AKG, Shure, Audio Technica, Coles, Sennheiser

Typical Project Scenarios:
  1. Solo Instrument/Vocal/Classical
  2. Ensemble Recording/Classical
  3. Group Recording (Demo, Club CD, Single, Short Release, 12 Song CD)
  4. Dialogue/Narration
  5. Mixing Pre-Recorded Tracks
  6. Tracking Drums or other overdubs for personal studio projects
  7. Live Studio Recording
Please, feel free to call with any questions you may have regarding a project.

Instruments
I have some instruments available such as a Yamaha drum kit, a handful of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, guitar pedals and amplifiers. Some instruments, like the drum kit, require advance notice for use.

Pre-Production
I highly suggest investing some of your time in pre-production. In a nutshell, this involves a group discussion about what you are attempting to accomplish with your material, a candid review of your songs, possibly a visit during a rehearsal, a review of your overall readiness for recording, and suggestions you can consider.

Pre-production can be more elaborate, involving several rehearsal visits with on-site recording, which brings producing or co-producing into the picture. In any event, I highly recommend inviting any trusted music-minded friend who can avoid telling you what you like to hear, and provide some constructive criticism to your benefit.

If pre-production is carried out in advance of our meeting, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Work out the best tempo for each tune and note it on your chart
  2. Record your rehearsals and determine your readiness to record in the time you expect
  3. Closely inspect the condition of your instruments and amplifiers
  4. Determine if everyone is well-rehearsed and prepared
  5. Consider what method of tracking might best suit you
  6. If appropriate, consider rehearsing to a click track
Two basic recording scenarios for consideration
  1. Live studio recording: Least expensive session, everyone plays together like a live gig with a few exceptions. Some isolation is afforded, overdubs for vocals are typical and re-mixing your live tracks after recording provides a lot of advantages. This is best suited for extremely tight budgets, simple demos or audition recordings.
  2. Basics followed by overdubs: Typically recording drums first while recording others as guide tracks. Tracks that require re-recording are performed as overdubs followed by mixing.
Your music and a variety of personal considerations ultimately determine the recording method for each song.

Session Tips
Here are a few typical session tips and suggestions you have probably heard a hundred times that often get overlooked with the best intentions.
  1. If you are using your own drum set for example, it's best to allow time in advance of tracking to iron-out any drum/hardware issues, mic properly and get a suitable sound together. This could require anywhere between 2 ½ to 8 hours. Your best results will come from a drum set with new skins (at least top heads), meticulously tuned, and free of squeaks and ringing. Great sounding symbols really make a huge difference. Borrow some if you need to. I have snare drums and symbols available for a quick change, but replacing the entire kit is time consuming for the artist. Bring plenty of spare drum sticks and parts you may need. Unless your music specifically requires it, you're advised to limit your kit size down to only the essentials in an effort to concentrate on getting a great sound (For example, working with only a few rack toms versus the six rack toms you may use during live gigs).
  2. Come to your session well rested and avoid alcohol before and during your recording session.
  3. Guitars and basses need to be in proper intonation and have the ability to remain in tune without strings getting hung up on bridges and nuts. Tuning issues will render a track useless. Instruments should have new broken-in strings. No amount of EQ can compensate for dead strings which also lead to additional tuning problems. Be prepared with plenty of spare strings, picks, and any other items that could unnecessarily interrupt your session.
  4. Classical musicians please don't forget your rosin, spare reeds or foot rests.
  5. Material accompanied with a simple arrangement chart and lyrics is beneficial. Nothing elaborate is required. A simple intro, verse, chorus, bridge outline with lyrics will do.
  6. Bring your patience and please be prepared to hang quietly while others are being creative. Leave the entourage behind.
  7. Bring in reference tracks of songs you like with notes on exactly what you like about them. This is very important if you have a specific sound in mind for your band.