Studio General Information

Back in 1988, Bob’s first ‘voice recording studio’ consisted of a 2 track reel-to-reel recorder and a microphone, where the ‘announcer booth’ was his wife’s walk-in closet in the master bedroom of their rented duplex (all the clothes created excellent isolation and noise reduction!) and there was a tremendous amount of running back and forth to operate the tape machine’s transport controls in the adjacent room.

Through the years, Bob’s recording environment and equipment have changed dramatically! Now, his studio offers ultra high resolution digital recording, computer-based recording, editing, and mixing, an array of exquisite upgraded solid state and vacuum tube microphones, ultra clean solid state and classic tube microphone preamps, and a 24 bit 96 kHz digital processing chain. Like many other voice performers and musicians, Bob’s studio is a converted room in his home, but with a high enough level of sophistication to make it perfectly suitable for the needs of most of his clients.

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Major Equipment

Microphones – Microtech Gefell 92.1S (Oliver Archut – TAB Funkenwerk Mods*), AKG C-414 B-ULS (Jim Williams – Audio Upgrades Mods*), Neumann TLM-170R, (2) CAD E-350 (op amp mods*), (2) CAD Original E-300 (op amp mods*), CAD M-179, CAD M-177, CAD Equitek II, Shure, Crown PZM (capsule and electronic mods*), Audio Technica 4047-SV
Preamps – Altec 438A (Eddie Ciletti – Manhattan Sound Technicians Mods*), RCA BA-1A (2), RCA BA-21A (1) (Fred Walker Restoration and Mods*), (2) Studio Technologies MicPreEminence Second Edition (Jim Williams – Audio Upgrades Mods*), Symetrix SX-202 (Jim Williams – Audio Upgrades Mods*), Symetrix 302 (op amp mods*)
Mixer – Edirol M-16DX 24 bit 96kHz Digital
Recorders – Tascam DA-88, Tascam CDRW-5000, Sony, JVC, Studer-Revox
Processing – (2) dbx Quantum Mastering Processor, SPL Model 9629 De-Esser (op amp mods*), Symetrix 602, (2) dbx 902 de-essers, Valley International 415, Aphex, Roland, BBE, Burwen
Phone Patch – Symetrix
Computer/DAW – Adobe Audition 3.1 and 6, SAW Pro on PC running Win8.1

*Hey Bob, What’s up with these “mods?”

“Mods” or modifications to manufacturer designs have been implemented in every piece of my front end equipment.  From simple component level upgrades to the re-working of circuitry, these changes seek to improve on the design and component choices made by the original manufacturer.  In practically every piece of equipment (with the possible exception of some “no compromise” high end boutique equipment), certain compromises are made in circuitry and components…it’s pure economics that dictate these decisions on the part of equipment makers.  Every modification I have ordered in my equipment is meant to eliminate these compromises and dramatically improve the performance of the equipment, which results in much lower noise, cleaner sound, and more detail in the final recordings.  Engineers such as Jim Williams of Audio Upgrades (www.audioupgrades.com), Oliver Archut of AMI/Tab Funkenwerk (www.tab-funkenwerk.com), Eddie Ciletti of Manhattan Sound Technicians (www.tangible-technology.com), and others have extensive ability to refine the performance of gear for those of us who crave audio perfection.

Also, if you find yourself in need of service on your AKG Microphones or Headphones, Richard Land of Land Audio Services in Hendersonville, TN is the man.  (www.akgmicrepair.com)

Available Disc, Tape, and Soundfile Formats

Media – CD, DAT, reel to reel, cassette
Soundfiles – .wav, .aif, .mp3, and many others.

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Phone Patch, Skype, and IP-based Communications

During the past few years, the “phone patch” has become the most common way for people to visit the studio.

Why? Convenience! Here’s how it works. If you have a phone or a speakerphone on your desk, you already own all the equipment you need to do your part. While sitting comfortably in that big chair behind your desk, call the studio at the previously agreed time for your phone patch.

At the studio, the same technology used by radio talk shows allows the phone line to be connected directly into the mixer board at the studio. Understand, however, that the phone line audio is never a part of the actual recording, the phone is simply your ‘intercom’ to and from the studio. Everyone in the studio is able to hear you, and you can hear everything going on in the studio. Even as the recording takes place, you may interact normally with the performer, giving any direction that you desire.

At the end of the session, all you have to do is hang up the phone. At the studio, the audio is edited and mastered, then sent to you via e-mail attachment or FTP transfer, or burned to disc and sent via FedEx.

It’s easy to see why so many producers and directors are choosing phone patch recording as a convenient way to ‘visit the studio’ using considerably less time and energy.

Further, there are now IP-based technologies (Skype being the most well known) that allow monitoring of the recording.  Other varieties of emerging IP communications tools allow for high fidelity transmission of voice through the internet which allow the voice talent to, quite literally, patch their studio signal to any remote location on the planet.  In this scenario, the receiver of the audio records at the remote location in real time, and the talent simply follows direction and voices the audio with no need to record on the local level.  Pretty amazing!

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Other Dallas Recording Studios for Voiceover

Sonic Media Inc. in Parker, Texas is a full-service recording studio specializing in the creation of high quality soundfiles for use in the multimedia/CD-ROM world. If you’ve ever been forced to work with noisy, grainy, inaudible soundfiles, you will deeply appreciate Sonic Media’s ability to create extremely high quality soundfiles in practically every file format that you can imagine. In addition, Randy and Pam Copus (the owners) are two of the most helpful, friendly, easy to work with and EXPEDIENT studio professionals you will ever encounter.

Gordon Nicol owns Scotch Productions, a very popular full-service studio for voiceover recording, audio for video, and other sound projects. Gordon is widely considered to be the preeminent creator of voice demos on earth.

Jeff Abbey owns JNA Productions in Dallas, and is a multi-talented recording engineer and musician. In addition to his talents in voiceover recording and editing, Jeff creates stunning soundtracks, song parodies, and custom music productions.

Byron Parks owns Audio By Byron. Byron is a stellar audio producer, musician, editor, writer and arranger, and he creates fabulous voice demo tapes.

Dallas Audio Post is one of the premier locations for voice recordings and demo production in the DFW area.  Ask for Roy Machado.

CakeMix Recording – Bruce Faulconer has a beautiful full-service studio that is well suited to recording either spoken word or music productions.

AMS Productions – AMS is a showplace, and definitely one of the most sophisticated production facilities in D/FW.

No matter what your audio recording needs, there is a studio in the area staffed and equipped to handle the job.

Studio: 972-243-6086 E-Mail: bob_michaels@sbcglobal.net Skype ID: bob_michaels
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