This weekend workshop is an introduction to the basics of recording and mixing. With the guidance of an instructor, students will get to be part of a recording session with a live band. Students will get hands on experience with miking up, recording and mixing drums, bass, guitars and vocals.
– Signal flow
– Microphone basics (microphone types and polar patterns)
– Fundamentals of EQ and compression
– Introduction to room acoustics (treatment, monitor placement)
– Microphone placement (phase, proximity effect, stereo techniques)
– Software/DAW basics
– Mix demonstration
– Analog vs. Digital signal processing
Date – Fri Sept 16-18th 2016
Friday, September 16th – 6pm-10pm
Saturday, September 17th – 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 18th – 10am-6pm
Cost: $300 +GST
Enrolment is first come; first serve and spots are limited! Please contact us to secure your spot!
Lucas Chaisson is a super talented singer songwriter and we were lucky to have him in our studio recording a live off the floor session. Here are the videos from his session.
Hey everyone! We’re now on Instagram and YouTube. Below is a link to our Instagram page and also our first Youtube video featuring our good friend Bramwell Park. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe!
Did you know Purity Ring’s second single off Another Eternity was recorded at The Audio Department?
Humans have released their new album – Noontide. Produced by our very own Nik Kozub.
Our friends from White Lightning have just released their second single from the EP that they recorded at our studio with producer Howard Redekopp. Here it is below – All footage recorded at The Audio Department.
Merry Christmas everyone!
-From the Audio Department Crew
The Audio Department presents a 5 day recording workshop with Producer/Engineer Joe Chiccarelli. Joe has produced and recorded a ton of incredible acts such as The White Stripes, Jason Mraz, The Killers, The Shins, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Racounteurs, Morrissey, Stars, Etta James, U2, Frank Zappa and many many more.
Join us for a 5 day recording workshop from January 5-9th, 2015.
Joe will be giving lectures, critiquing mixes and recording a song for a band over the 5 days.
For more details or to apply for the workshop, please contact us.
Limited seats available.
Here’s a video that the guys from You Are An Explorer made of themselves recording at our studio.
The Audio Department is excited to welcome to Edmonton, producer, mixer & engineer, Howard Redekopp on Monday, June 23rd. Howard will be in the studio all day as part of a two-part workshop for aspiring and established producers and engineers in Alberta. Howard will spend the afternoon going through, in depth, his process in the studio:
• His philosophy and psychology behind recording
• His approach to production and some of his recording techniques
• How he uses the technology available.
There will be time for specific questions and discussion throughout the afternoon. Howard will also play some examples of his work.
Monday, June 23rd @ The Audio Department (6916-82 Ave)
1:00 – 5:30pm
Registration Fee: $100 (limited space)
(Includes admittance to the evening session)
Register at the link below
Supported by Alberta Music
An Evening with Howard Redekopp!
The Audio Departement is pleased to present an evening with internationally acclaimed producer, mixer and engineer Howard Redekopp.
Howard has a long track record of successful projects with artists including Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother, 54/40 and more.
During the 3-hour block, Howard will discuss where the recording industry is at, where he thinks it’s going, as well as what it takes to build a successful career within it. He will review how artists can better prepare themselves for the studio, from pre-production tips to efficient studio workflow.
The evening will also include a demo critique by Howard for 5 participants, where he will give invaluable insight and advice on the recording. If you would like to be considered for this, bring your demo, it will be placed in a basket and the 5 demos will be selected at random that evening.
A quick Q&A will wrap up all the evening.
Monday, June 23rd @ The Audio Department (6916 – 82 Ave)
7:00 – 10:00pm
Registration Fee: limited space OPEN MONDAY
Alberta Music Members – $20
Non Members – $30
Register at the link below
Supported by Alberta Music
We are the proud owners of a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano. Very excited about this. Contact us to come by for a studio tour and check it out.
Home Studio Acoustics
Monday April 8th & 15th, 2013
Thursday April 4th, 2013
Weekend Recording Workshop
April 19-21st, 2013
Check out the workshops page for details and contact us to register.
Thanks to all that came to our first Yoga for Musicians class. We are going to be running a class regularly every Tuesday night starting Feb 5th at 7:30pm. If you sign up for February (4 weeks) the price is $40. For drop in students it’s $13/class. Cash or cheque only please. Hope to see you there.
We’re having a by donation Yoga for Musicians class this coming Monday January 28th. Terry Tran will be instructing and Marcus Fung will be providing a live soundtrack with his drums, singing bowls, bells, flutes and didgeridoo. The class will be accessible for all levels and is open to anyone that wishes to participate (not just musicians). This is an intro class to what will become a weekly registered Yoga for Musicians class. So come practice and connect with your body, breath and other musicians. Namaste
Two classes –
5:30-7pm & 7:30-9pm Monday January 28th, 2013
Please bring a yoga mat.
Our next Song Writing Workshop w/Wilf Kozub will be on January 31st, 2013.
Limited to 5 seats in this workshop. You will need to submit a simple recording and lyric sheet for your song by Friday Jan 25th. You will not be performing your song at the workshop. Cost is $100 + GST.
Please call or email to register.
Next Monday Oct 29th 7-9pm is our Home Studio Recording night. If you record music at home, come by and learn how to improve your recordings. Free for all to attend.
Here’s a short video from our Weekend Recording Workshop with Duplekita.
We’ve added a bunch of new workshops to the lineup. Joining our successful Weekend Recoding Workshop, we now have – Workshops on how to learn the fundamentals of both Logic Pro and ProTools software, Modern Retro Electronic Music Production, Song Writing and Home Studio Acoustics Workshops. We also have a free monthly night for home recorders to come and learn a bit more about recording in your home environment. Check out details on our Workshops page or contact us for more details.
Nik Kozub was in to finished a couple mixes for Six Shooter artists Whitehorse recently.
We also had Cash Money artist Tyga in the studio for a quick session before his show at the Edmonton Event Centre.
We’re offering a new weekend recording workshop. Click on the the Workshop section above for more details.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2011
THE AUDIO DEPARTMENT – GRAND OPENING
Edmonton – The Audio Department, the newest recording studio in Edmonton, invites you to
its Grand Opening on Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7:00-11:00pm, at 6916 – 82 Avenue.
Not just any studio, The Audio Department is the current and newly renovated manifestation of the former Damon Studios; renowned as one of the best and most acoustically-sound tracking rooms in all of Alberta.
The Audio Department was formed in 2004 as a Pro Audio Rental Company specializing in boutique and vintage recording equipment. The original goal of owner Kerry McGowan was to eventually solidify the relationships garnered with the recording community, and incorporate the gear into a quality recording space. That opportunity arose as Terry Tran, Managing Partner of The Audio Department, was working at Damon Studios before it closed, and in November 2010 The Audio Department took over the lease equipping the space with their arsenal of gear, capped off with a Solid State Logic AWS900 console.
The space has been renovated and modernized in an intensive effort to bring the lounge and amenities available to the recording community, up to the amazing acoustic reputation the space has gained during its time in operation as Damon Studios.
Artists such as Kaley Bird, Wool on Wolves, Shout Out Out Out Out and Mass Choir have already recorded projects in the studio and are thrilled with the results, along with The Audio Department Engineers including: Terry Tran, Nik Kozub and Mark Stephens.
Please join us on September 15 and check it out yourself, as The Audio Department officially opens its doors for business. Cake and refreshments will be served. We are excited and look forward to seeing you there!
Oh yeah… I forgot to tell you that we have an SSL AWS900 SE+ now. It’s pretty awesome. Give us a call and come check it out!
We are on twitter everybody!
Check us out…
Got some more new toys…
We are now in 500 series mode. We got a couple API lunchboxes with these modules available…
API 527 Compressor
API 550A Vintage x3
API 550B Vintage
Brent Averill 312A Pre Amp
Brent Averill Avedis Pre Amp
Great River Harrison 32EQ
Here’s some footage of Mass Choir recording drums in our studio.
We just upgraded all our computers and software. We are running Mac OSX in both control rooms with Pro Tools 9. In control room A we are running a Pro Tools 9 HD system with Apogee AD16x, DA16x and Rosetta 800 converters. Upstairs in the B room we have Pro Tools 9 Native with Lynx Aurora converters. Sweet!
Just added a TC Electronic 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay to our roster of gear.
Just added a Vintech Dual 72 Stereo Pre Amplifier and another API 7600 Channel strip to our gear list. We now have a pair of API 7600 Channel strips.
We just updated our website with studio info. Contact us for a studio tour.
We just added some new plug ins to our A Room Protools rig. Welcome Sound Toys TDM Effects, URS Everything EQ Bundle, McDSP 6030 Compressor and Massey Plug-ins pack. Sweet!
We are opening a new recording studio here in Edmonton. Details coming soon…
We got some new gear for rent – Neve 33609JD, GML 8200, SSL X-Rack w/8 XR625 EQ modules and 2 – Telefunken M16MKII mics. These items haven’t been added to the rental list yet but should be on there soon. Cheers!