As part of Converse Rubber Tracks, we were invited to check out one of the studios in eight different countries in four continents, offering aspiring musicians the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record original music at 12 landmark studios, which includes The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC at no cost. Here are some highlights of our tour.
Often times we wonder with the advancement of technology, we tend to think that it makes any process of production better and easier.
Not necessarily so. Even though recording technology became inexpensive, remember like anything of quality, it really is about the whole process instead of just one aspect of technology.
Music can be made anywhere, and it can be produced anywhere like at home. Usually the challenge is more toward the motivation to finish… like I admit sometimes when I’m at home doing some paperwork, I do get distracted with other things like washing dishes.
Hand-in-hand at a fully-stocked studio, musicians are paired off with engineers and are focused to pump out what’s needed, and to help make good decisions and to understand what options there are.
Some may argue that music is an art, and it needs time for it to come to fruition. I understand and appreciate music from that angle, however I also understand that especially if one wants to make a living, there needs to be a lot of “things getting done” with professionals.
We learned some of the biggest acts and records produced in this studio were ACDC’s last two records, Muse, Shakira, and REM.
When asked, one of the audio engineers mentioned that one of his favorite times in the studio were his 8 weeks with Shakira.
The building is encompassed with 125 year-old bricks, and it’s definitely not the traditional studio with traditional sound proofing.
In this recording area with the large piano and big space, the top floor was taken away and there are many blues and jazz projects that were assembled here.
In another recording area with Modern Acoustic Layered Ceilings (I always thought about styrofoam egg cartons when it came to “soundproofing” a room…)
In one of the most digitized rooms, it supports Avid and Apple sound editing software, with a lot of voice acting and vocal work that’s produced in this room.
Throughout the studios, how many vintage and working microphones will you find as part of the Warehouse Studio collection. Some can be found in the large glass case behind the front desk or through glass cabinets in some of the rooms.
An Out-of-Control Engineer is a Bad Engineer.
Throughout Warehouse Studios there are many isolation rooms. Piano, Trumpets, Drums can be recorded in separate isolation rooms… as it’s about control of sound.
The Converse Rubber Tracks program was born out of the brand’s desire to give back to the music community and provide opportunities for artists who might not be able to afford studio time. Since the flagship studio opened in Brooklyn in July 2011, over 900 emerging artists have had the opportunity to record original music alongside the Converse Rubber Tracks team of experienced engineers at no cost. At the end of their studio time, the artists retain all of the rights to their own music. Over the past three years, the program has expanded beyond the studio in Brooklyn with Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios, which has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks experience on the road to vibrant music communities around the globe, including Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, São Paulo, Beijing, Amsterdam, London, Hamburg, Paris, and Mexico City to name a few.
To find out more about Converse Rubber Tracks, or to learn more about how to register for one of the coveted sessions, please visit: http://Converse-Music.com/worldwide.
Thanks so much to Warehouse Studios and The Converse Rubber Tracks team for showing us behind the scenes at Warehouse Studios.