We’re pretty chuffed to be part of the albums of some pretty fantastic artists. Mark Martyre recently released his 4th studio album, “Bluebird”, which was largely recorded and mixed at Typewriter Studio. Similar to Dylan’s partnership with The Band, Mark decided to have The Bad Apples as his backing band, plus Darren Baldwin on keys on this recording. It was a fun process, recording as much live-off-the-floor as we could in order to give the album that old-school feel of a band playing together. Give a listen (and buy it!) on Bandcamp.
We also had a chance, recently, to hear the first master of Lara Martin’s upcoming album, “When We Were Light”. This album was fully recorded and mixed at Typewriter Studio, and features the many talents of Lara’s band, Larimar, as well as a great group of vocalists who came in to lay down the many-layered, lush harmony sections on the album. It hasn’t been formally released yet, but it will be coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Recording a song, or an album, should be a fun process. So make it easier on yourself and plan out your schedule for recording well in advance. That sounds like obvious advice, but there are too many artists who under-budget for time and wind up either having to cut songs, reduce quality, or delay on promised recordings. Not to mention that you may be under deadlines for grants, contests, or festival applications.
Part of this responsibility is also on the studio you choose, which is the main point of this post: because my schedule can be crazy too! If you’d like to come into Typewriter Studio before the end of the year, you should know that I’ll be on tour with my band (The Young Novelists) from September 10th to 29th in the States, and October 2nd to 15th in Europe. Let’s talk soon about getting your new album scheduled, otherwise you might be releasing the greatest holiday album of all time in the middle of May!
There is another part to this post: touring! The bulk of my band’s touring is booked by me, so if you are an artist who hasn’t done much touring, or hasn’t yet toured outside of Canada, feel free to get in touch and we can sit down and talk about the details and what you need to know before you begin. Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve had some fantastic activity in the studio over the past while! There have been two full-length albums released that were largely tracked and mixed at Typewriter Studio. We also have two pianos now — the Steinway grand and a Heintzman upright. This summer we are finalizing tracking and mixes for a new album by Lara Martin, and have been talking to our good friend Joel Battle about recording an album here before autumn arrives. It’s a busy time, which is always great, and it’s been highly enjoyable helping the artists we’ve had here in bringing their vision to fruition.
Just today I was working on editing a new song by Lara, recorded here, that is all cello and violin parts. We sifted through dozens of takes of various parts and arranged something that sounds very lush and fantastic! One of the terrible things about editing is that sometimes you have to cut out great performances and/or great parts because they just don’t fit with what you think the song should sound like. We left a lot of great moments on the cutting room floor, so to speak, but that’s not to speak against the track but rather to the high calibre of musicianship brought by the string players in the first place! I wish we could have kept every genius thing they did.
editing a new song: “Pulse of Poetry” by Lara Martin.
Sifting through the many items of note on the internet today, I found an article about the best headphones, and discovered that Shure is considered the best headphone maker of them all. You can read the article yourself — Best Headphones: 18 Brands Ranked. Considering that I have three Shure SRH440 headphones here at the studio, I’m glad to hear it!
all the music, all the time
It’s been a while since I updated the website, but we have been working diligently here at Typewriter Studio! We have two clients working on albums right now, and we hope to be able to show you the results in the next few months or so. Lara Martin is working on her second album and her piano-based folk-pop songs are receiving a very orchestral arrangement here that is sounding exquisite. Bryan Gauer is tracking his first album, although he has a huge back catalogue of songs to choose from, so it is exciting to be working with him to craft the best arrangements of his best tracks.
Making a solid album takes time, and we aim to be flexible and work with everyone’s schedule to make a solid and beautiful piece of art without rushing the process, but still using the time efficiently. These albums are already coming together and sounding great, and I can’t wait to get all the parts down and begin working on the mixes!
The holidays are always busy, but we have a few early gifts here at Typewriter Studio!
Our first full-length recording that was entirely mixed here at the studio by Mark Martyre and Myke Mazzei has been released: “London” is available now and sounds great! A few overdubs were recorded here as well, and you can listen to a sample from the album, just click play below. We’re very excited to have our inaugural album released so soon after opening our doors. Keep your eyes peeled for more great albums in the new year!
We’ve also acquired a new instrument (a Fender Jazz Squier bass!) from Currie’s Music & Collectibles in Gravenhurst. If you’re near Gravenhurst at any time, you should definitely check out Currie’s — they have tonnes of vinyl, great prices on instruments and equipment, and a cornucopia of intriguing antiques. They also have live music on a regular basis (!!) and are just all-around nice folks.
new fender jazz squier bass, ensconced in velvet!