Ralston and Sink’s Virtual Podcast welcomes River City Studios owner/engineer Roy Wallace to talk about how bands can better prepare for recording an album or EP, and what they often get wrong.
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River City Studios is quite literally a Michigan institution – the longest continuously operating recording studio in the state.
And the owner of that Grand Rapids studio the past six years, Roy Wallace, has extensive experience in putting an artist’s best foot forward when it comes to preserving music for posterity – and for making sure the songs that get into the ears of fans, venues and radio programmers is the best it can be.
Bands entering a recording studio for the first time often make mistakes: not putting new strings on their guitars, not being rehearsed and prepared for the project, drinking too much, or bringing too many friends and hangers-on into the studio, aka, flies in the ointment.
“I’ve felt the tension in the room,” Wallace says of some recording sessions he’s supervised over the years. (Not only has Wallace seen and recorded it all, but he also teaches classes in recording.)
For those entering the world of recording — whether digital or analog — it can be a daunting and mistake-filled process … and a long one, extending from the first note of rehearsal before a track is even laid down to mastering the final product.
All of that and more was part of an enlightening discussion during the latest RSVP Music Chat hosted by singer-songwriter Ralston Bowles and Local Spins publisher John Sinkevics – serving as a guide for musicians heading into a recording session.
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PODCAST: RSVP Music Chat No. 11
River City is partnering on a new studio project with Local Spins. You can live-stream the next HopCat presents Local Spins Live at River City Studios session starring teenage blue-rock guitar sensation Jake Kershaw at 7 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 31 via Local Spins’ Facebook page or River City Studios’ Facebook page. It’s the first in a 2018 series of live-streamed concerts which also encourage viewers to post real-time comments that will be addressed at the end of each performance.
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