Bob’s professional recording studio in Nelson, features the finest collection of recording microphones and esoteric recording equipment in Nelson, available in our warm acoustically treated studio or on location around the Nelson region and beyond.
Bob has 30 years of production experience with a wide variety of music genres including folk, jazz, classical and contemporary music. As a recording musician, sound engineer and concert producer he has been involved in projects ranging from orchestras to bands, soloists and choirs. As well as considerable engineering experience, Bob has developed cutting edge recording facilities to provide outstanding sonic quality which has been critically accliamed in the media.
Bob’s positive, supportive approach along with a relaxed studio environment means the process of recording can be enjoyable as well as successful!
Either in the recording studio or on location, Bob uses state-of-the-art equipment including:
Microphones: Neumann TLM 193 (x4), TLM103, KM183 (x2) and KMS105, AKG C414, Microtech Gefell M300 (x2), Crowley and Tripp Naked Eye ribbon, Sennheiser e602, e935, e840 (x4), e845 (x2), e614 (x6), e906, MKE2 (x2) and B604, Electrovoice RE510 (x4), RE410, N/D967, N/D468 (x2), Rode NTG-1 (x2), NT5 (x2) and NT1 (x2), Samson VR88 ribbon, CAD M9 Valve, Audix D2 (x2), D4 and D6, Shure SM7B, SM58 (x4) and SM57 (x2).
Preamps: Focusrite ISA428 (x4) including digital converter card, DAV Broadhurst Gardens No2 (x4).
Outboard: Drawmer MX30 compressor/limiter, Lexicon MPX100 effects, TC Electronic M350.
Onboard: MOTU 8pre, 828 audio interfaces (using the Focusrite converters) and Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 into Apple MacPro or MacBook.
Monitors: PMC TB2a, Avantone Mixcubes
Backline: Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Combo, Standard HF102 extension cabinet
Software: Logic Studio 9 including Space Designer convolution reverb, Autotune and and Melodyne, Universal Audio UAD-2 card including Manley Massive EQ, Pultec Pro, Precision EQ and Cambridge EQ plus Fairchild 670, Urei 1176LN, Precision Buss Compressor, Neve 88R, Precision Limiter and Tectronix LA-2A compressor vintage analogue emulations.
Recording Studio, Nelson
Bob’s acoustically treated recording studio is situated in Todd’s Valley, a ten minute drive out of Nelson. It can easily accommodate up to trios, but for larger groups Bob records on location in venues selected to suit the music genre being recorded.
Bob’s recording equipment is fully portable and can be used for location recording of concerts or in larger venues more suited to a music genre. In recent years he has recorded the Adam Chamber Music Festival, the Adam Chamber Music Summer School, Fiona Pears and her band, Te Tau Ihu Kapahaka Groups and Mosaic Choir on location in a wide variety of venues.
In addition to sound engineering and CD mastering, Bob can assist with the production of your CD including artwork, advice on copyright and information on manufacturing the CDs. Bob uses Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, In Design) for CD artwork and can take digital photographs for use in artwork.
You can read more about CD Production in Bob’s useful CD Guide
Here’s what the media have said about CDs that have been recorded by Bob:
“A stand-out recording amongst New Zealand produced Celtic music…….”
“The technical production is big and generous-sounding with a lot of warmth…….”
“The result of the recording, with its careful mix, is a full and rich sound with crisp definition…….”
Bob offers special discounts to students who wish to create demo CDs.
A Musical Community
During the last ten years Bob has recorded, mastered and/or produced CDs for a wide variety of Nelson, New Zealand and International artists including:
The New Zealand String Quartet, the Michelangelo Quartet, the New Zealand Trio, Dierdre Irons, Peter Nagy, James Campbell, Cairde, Mosaic, Richard Nunns, Duo Jackson, Jane Pujji, Paul Bond, Alex and Duncan Davidson, Te Tau Ihu Kapahaka Groups, Brian Flintoff, Ian McDonald, the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, Gaelynne Pound, plus a variety of students from the Nelson School Of Music.
You can read up about some of Bob’s Past Projects