“There are three key aspects in capturing good sound — the quality of the instrument, the quality of the player and acoustic room treatment,’’ Martin Morrisette told VocalBoothToGo.com during a video interview about his music business and best practices in creating a home recording studio space.
Marty, an accomplished musician and former band member of Remember When, is also a writer, blogger and singer. With his business partner and friend, Pierre-Antoine Rivard Paquet he started 4Chords Production, which focuses on producing and recording bands and artists as well as writing and producing sound tracks for short films, corporate and promotional videos. He told VocalBoothToGo during an interview that he has learned from his experience in the music industry that there are three key aspects in capturing a good sound.
Three Aspects in Capturing Good Sound
“The quality of the instrument. If you have a crappy instrument, you will capture crappy sound. You also need good players – musicians,’’ Marty said. “And, acoustical treatment.’’
“When you do the mixing in a room, you never want people to tell you that it sounded like you recorded in a basement,” said Martin. He especially needed to have acoustical treatment when he moved into an apartment because it was very reverberant.
‘’When I moved, I found out that acoustic room treatment was a key to solving problems. However, I was using the living room as work space and needed treatment that was moveable,’’ he added. He heard about packing blankets, but then he researched online and found that Producer’s Choice Sound Blankets are much better due to the fact that they were specifically designed for that purpose: absorbing sound and cutting out reverberations.
Uses Blankets in Multiple Ways
Martin uses the sound blankets in multiple ways. “For the vocals, I like to create a small, enclosed space so the blanket surrounds me from all sides. And for drums, I hang the blankets on the ceiling and around. For guitar use, I fold the blankets over chairs or in a “U” shape, then I play right into the blankets.”
He added, “I know some people are using the acoustic blankets for soundproofing, my goal is different. I want to simply ‘kill’ the room. I want only the instrument to sound, nothing else . . . and blankets work great for this purpose.’’
Take Them On The Road
Marty also mentioned that he liked the portability of the blankets and that he can easily take them down and travel to his clients’ locations, like a portable recording studio on-the-road. “If there is a drop ceiling, it is the best – it is very easy to hang the blankets off a drop ceiling. There is ALWAYS a way to hang these blankets. I actually like to use the short side of the blanket,’’ Marty said. He added that he knows people use the Producer’s Choice sound blankets for soundproofing but his goal for the blankets is acoustics.
“I like the fact that these Producer’s Choice sound blankets cut out reverberation, and that I get a clear sound,’’ he told VocalBoothToGo. “I really believe in your products and will keep supporting them even if I move into a million dollar facility!’’
Marty publishes a weekly blog on musical production which can be found at http://4chordsproduction.com/ And, check out his blog about the Producer’s Choice Sound Blankets on his site at http://4chordsproduction.com/producers-choice-sound-blanket-product-review/