Need a demo? Need a fully mastered CD ready for duplication? Want to record your cat and dog singing? Got you covered! We can provide the desired mix and quality that you would expect to get from a recording studio of much larger and complex size with a cost that will surprise you. The "Hollow Studio" is located 12 miles outside Rogers, Arkansas on Beaver Lake. With two isolation rooms and a 20 x 28 main room we can handle a variety of projects in a friendly, family environment that makes you feel at home. With the soon to be famous "Dog House", a separate lounging area, band members have a place to kick back while other takes are being done. Need more details, Send us a note or give us a call. Or better yet, make an appointment and take a tour!

 

How it all works, the equipment....

         

 

We get a lot of "first timers" in the studio that are not sure what to expect. We first get it all recorded using a Mackie d8b 24 channel digital console and a Fostex D2424 hard disk recorder. The d8b is a great console because it features motorized faders, compressors and equalizers on all channels.  It also has on-board effects processors from Mackie as well as TCE. If you are looking to create a great sounding demo or a disk that's ready for the mastering process, this setup makes it quick and easy. We also use the Fruman HDR/HRM16 headphone system.  This system has four separate control units each with eight mono and two stereo feeds.  You set the monitor how you want it. It's like having your own personal mixer right at your fingertips. 

 

How it all works, the recording....

          

 

Recording can be done many different ways. There is an isolation room setup for vocals as well as one for drums. If larger areas are needed, there is a 20 x 28 main room that has great acoustics. 

 

If needed we can provide the drums which are a set off Yamaha Stage Custom that are studio tuned. Drums are fitted with Remo Emperor coated heads on top and Emperor clear on bottom. With an AKG-D112 on kick, Shure SM57's on snare and toms, SM58 on hi-hat and three overhead large diaphragm condenser mics, we capture a full sound on 9 tracks.  

 

How it all works, the mixing...

         

Once we get all the tracks laid down the next step is mixing the tracks together to create the CD. If the project contains some complicated arrangements, fader automation is used to ease the process. Each channel gets sampled both separate as well as how it sits with the total mix many times.  If any effects such as reverb or EQ changes are needed, this is when it gets done. 

 

How it all works, auditioning...

         

 

 

Once we have the basis mix ready to commit to CD, it gets one last pass using different speaker arrangements as well as a Behringer 8024 Ultra-Curve analyzer. We also use an additional Ultra-Curve 8024's to do final EQ adjustments. The goal is to try and get a mix that will sound good on as many systems as it can. This is one of the last critical steps in the process. If there will be no mastering done, the final mix is processed through a TCE Finalizer multi-band compressor and dumped to an Alesis Masterlink. From there we can set track gaps, adjust volume levels and balance the overall project out before burning the master CD..  

 

How it all works, mastering...

          

 

   

 

 

Nothing is more confusing than the subject of mastering and what it actually is. Mastering is the process where the audio is harmonically balanced, maximum levels are set for each song and each song is adjusted to fit the overall project. A good mastering studio requires special equipment that most recording studios don't have so don't be fooled. A good mastering house gets hundreds of dollars per song as it requires many hours to build the total project. 

At the Hollow we can provide some level of mastering. We don't claim to compete with the big guns nor is this our expertise however; If a client wants to take it to the next level we can take the basic mix and provide noticeable improvements. To do this we load the project to a p.c. and use Cakewalk Sonar 4 and Voxengo Mastering plug-ins. 

                          

We also compare the overall mix to other commercially created CD's for tonal balance, volume level and frequency curve.

 

How it all works, the package...

          

   

Once we have the final CD complete now it's time to design the tray card and insert. Most clients will provide pictures for us to add to the cover. Once we have the tray card and insert designed it gets sent to a local print shop to have printed on commercial machines. This adds a nice touch. Once we get the printing back we assemble the complete package and shrink wrap the final product. Normal time is about two days from start to finish.  

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