Studio

 

BMI affiliated published songwriter since 1979
Producer/engineer and A&R for Captain Blue Records since 1980

Instructor at DeMelfi School of Music since 2005


 

 

Project Recording

Small studio designed for songwriters, producers, arrangers, film scorers, karaoke singers and much more when you don't want to pay for a huge studio complex with features that you don't need.  Everything is done in one room using Cubase 7 and 7.5. Mastering with Wavelab 7.

Many albums were produced in this studio, including Grammy nominated "Get Branded".

Maximum Inputs

Up to 7 simultaneous inputs

  1 MIDI input
  4 standard XLR.1/4" audio inputs
  2 1/4" line inputs

Microphones

  3 small diaphragm solid state condenser microphones: CAD and Marshall
  4 large diaphragm solid state condenser microphones: Pacific Pro Audio, Marshall
  1 Large diaphragm tube condenser microphone: Marshall

Virtual instruments

  Growing massive sound library of virtual instruments with high resolution sampled sounds.
  Halion Sonic SE
  A high quality sampling instrument with a current library of thousands of high quality sampled instrument sounds with note expression and sound effects.
  Groove agent
  A high quality sampling instrument with a current library of hundreds of drum sounds and sound effects.
  The Grand 3
  A virtual instrument containing 3 top-of-the line grand pianos (see latest sounds below), 1 upright and 1 electric piano.
  LoopMash
  LoopMash is one of a kind: a powerful tool for the slicing and instant re-assembling of any kind of rhythmic audio material. With LoopMash, you can preserve the rhythmic pattern of one audio loop, but you can replace all sounds of this loop with the sounds from up to seven other loops.
  Mystic
  The synthesis method used by Mystic is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. A comb filter is a filter with a number of notches in its frequency response, with the notch frequencies harmonically related to the frequency of the fundamental (lowest) notch.
  Pad Shop
  Padshop is a sophisticated granular synthesizer. This VST Instrument allows you to create complex sounds that can drastically evolve over time. It features two completely independent layers that each use a set of preconfigured samples as grain oscillator sources. This way, you can combine slowly moving pads with rhythmic parts, for example, to create interesting pad sounds. The Filter section provides 12 different filter types, including low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-reject filters. The integrated filter distortion can produce analog tube distortions or hard clipping effects, or reduce the bit depth or sample frequency. Two envelopes, two LFOs, and the step modulator in Padshop can be used to modulate a large number of modulation destinations, which are accessible in the modulation matrix. The matrix features 10 freely assignable modulation rows. This allows you to create Note Expression modulation assignments that can be directly addressed from within Cubase, for example. To give the sounds the final polish, Padshop provides a two-stage effect section including chorus, flanger, and different delay effects.
  Prologue
  Prologue is modelled on subtractive synthesis, the method used in classic analog synthesizers.
  Retrologue
  The VST instrument Retrologue provides you with a highly flexible virtual analog synthesizer. It features all essential classical synthesis features that you need to create your synthesizer sounds. It comes with two multi-mode oscillators, a dedicated sub oscillator and a noise generator. The oscillators feature several modes that allow anything from basic synthesis waveforms, to sync and cross modulation, to multi waveforms. One oscillator can be a combination of up to eight detunable oscillator signals, which allows for very rich sounds. The Filter section provides 12 different filter types, including lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and band rejection filters. The integrated filter distortion can either produce analog tube distortions or hard clipping effects. In addition, you can add the ring modulated signal from oscillator 1 and 2. The two envelopes and two LFOs in Retrologue can be used to modulate a large number of modulation destinations which are accessible in the modulation matrix. The matrix features 10 freely assignable modulations. This allows you, for example, to create Note Expression modulation assignments that can be directly addressed from within Cubase. To give the sounds the final polish, Retrologue provides a two-stage effect section including chorus, flanger, and different delay effects.
  Spector
  The synthesis in this synthesizer is based around a spectrum filter, which allows you to specify the frequency response by drawing a filter contour in the spectrum display.

 

  Latest sounds:
  Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
  Steinway D Grand Piano
  Bossendorfer Imperial 97 key expressive piano
  Halion symphonic orchestra

Audio Interface

  Steinberg UR44 for In-studio and when needed for mobile projects
  Steinberg UR22 for mobile projects

Resolution up to 192k 32 bit floating point recording. However, because Cubase plug-ins use 32 bit processing, 32 bit recording is recommended for projects using processing at the input.

Note:  Although Cubase has the capability of recording sampling rates up to 192K, most trained ears cannot hear a difference after 48k.  Because of this, we record all projects at 48k 32 bit unless otherwise requested by client.

Plug-in effects

All the effect plug-ins you will ever need for a broadcast quality finished product.  Each effect comes with it's own massive set of presets or you can shape your own from scratch.

  Delay
  Mod machine
  Mono Delay
  Ping pong delay
  Stereo delay
  Distortion
  Vintage amp simulator
  Tube simulation
  Bit crusher
  Fuzz
  Grungelizer
  Soft clipper
  Amp rack (amp & cabinet simulator)
  Dynamics
  Limiter
  Brickwall limiter
  Compressor
  DeEsser
  Envelope shaper
  Expander
  Gate
  Maximizer
  MIDI Gate
  EQ
  Curve EQ
  DJ EQ
  10 Band graphic
  30 band graphic
  Studio 4 band parametric
  Built-in 4 band parametric on each channel
  Filter
  High pass
  Low pass
  Dual
  Morph
  Step
  Tone boost
  Wah Wah
  Mastering
  UV22HR
  8, 16, 20, 24 bit dithering
  Modulation
  Auto pan
  Chopper
  Chorus
  Cloner
  Flanger
  Metalizer
  Phaser
  Ring modulator
  Rotary
  Transformer
  Tremelo
  Vibrato
  Pitch shift
  Octaver
  Auto correct
  Undetectable manual pitch correct
  Reverb
  Reverence
  Roomworks
  Roomworks SE
  Revelation
  Spatial/panning
  Mono to stereo
  Stereo enhancer (widener)
 

Surround

Although Cubase has surround sound capabilities, we do not yet have sufficient monitoring for surround sound mixing. To date, there hasn't been any demand for this service.  If you have a need for surround sound mixing, let me know and I will install the appropriate monitoring system for it.

Loops

Both audio and MIDI loops available for use within Cubase 7 or bring your own.

  Drums
  Guitars
  Piano
  Synth
  Musical FX
  Sound FX
  Organ
  Strings
  Bass
  Chromatic percussion
  Vocal

Engineer

Experience since 1971. Trained on both analog and digital equipment. Knows how to keep that analog warmth when recording in digital format. Worked on many commercial releases, including the grammy nominated country album "Get Branded". Please read my bio for full details.

Remote recording

I can record you from your location without leaving my studio.

Equipment you will need for this:

  An audio interface
  A high quality microphone for vocals or communication
  Headphones
  A web cam

Email me with any questions or to set up an appointment to come into our studio or record from your location.

Taylor Sappe Music Production & Instruction