Professional Sound - Indepth

Choosing Studios by John Punter

“When choosing studios for my projects I try to select the one that has a natural acoustic sound about it. This can range from a vast, acoustically untreated warehouse situation as in The Metalworks Studio Two in Toronto, to a large, acoustically treated orchestral studio as in Air Studio One in London, England, to a smaller, harder and brighter studio as in Venture Studios in Vancouver.

I really like to capture the natural acoustic ambience of a studio in my recordings, not only for the drums but also for guitars, vocals and keyboards. For keyboards I send the dry signal into the soundroom via speaker(s) and using a Neumann 87 or AKG 414, mic the speaker(s) and bring the signal back into the control room. It’s very important in my productions to make the natural ambience of the room work for me, to create more of a three-dimensional effect in my recordings. This gives me a strong sound identity and character to my work.”

John Punter – producer/engineer, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, Japan, Nazareth, Slade, The Spoons, Boulevard.

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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