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Working at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam as Assistant Audio Engineer

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Working at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam as Assistant Audio Engineer

Proud to announce that I am now interning as Assistant Audio Engineer at Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam! (Although in this photo pretending to be the Head Engineer... oh how I wish I could brag that it was me who patched that spaghetti mess of patch cables on the SSL analog console in the background of the photo!). 

So far I have worked on an audio recording for Paa Kofi, livestream for Arp Frique, and "uncut" videos for Full Crate and Yung Nnelg. Stay tuned for my blog posts of each session, where I will give insights to which microphones we used and microphone recording techniques. 

And as a side story, how cool is this: after I posted about my internship on Instagram, @the_wimn (The Women's International Music Network) Instagram account reposted my picture on their Instagram story to congratulate me! I thought that was pretty encouraging. They are a network who promote females in the music industry because women are a minority in the business. I would be happy to inspire more younger girls to follow a career in music!

 

 

 

More about Red Bull Studios Amsterdam:
Website: http://www.redbullstudios.com/amsterdam/studio
Address: Q-Factory Atlantisplein 1, 1093 NE Amsterdam

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Recording Full Crate for Red Bull Music uncut

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Recording Full Crate for Red Bull Music uncut

Life is full of such weird coincidences! For my latest recording session at Red Bull Studios, we recorded producer/DJ Full Crate, who coincidentally I had been in contact with in 2011 to collaborate, but eventually never met up. 7 years later, (a social media marketing career behind me and on my way to becoming a music producer) I was to be the assistant recording engineer at his session! 

He brought his band, with whom he performed for the first time live with, and two soloists Gaidaa on latest single 'A Storm On A Summers Day' and Luke Burr from the UK on currently unreleased track 'A Fool Getting Older'. Such a vibe, and the video shows it. Everything was done to perfection, from getting the piano tuned during rehearsal, to the smoke machine, to recording as many (one-take) takes until everyone was satisfied! And the result is amazing. Crate cited Disclosure as inspiration for his live set and the addition of the live instruments and sample pads were definitely a key to the epic performance. 

See the photo gallery below for a close up of the beautiful microphones I set up ;-) Here's a quick rundown of which ones we used:

Lead vocal: Peluso P-12 tube
Full Crate vocal: Shure SM58
Backing vocals: Shure SM7B
Room choir: AKG 414 Gold
Piano back: Neumann U-87 (not shown in the photos)
Piano stereo pair: Coles 4028 ribbon
Overhead L: AKG 414
Overhead R: AKG 414
Kick in: Shure Beta 52
Kick out: AGK 414
Snare top: AKG C 451 B
Snare bottom: Sennheiser 421
High-hat: AKG C 451 B
Tom: Sennheiser 421
Floor tom: Electro-Voice RE-20
Drum room: Neumann TLM 103

Luke was filming some footage for his fans and I found myself in his YouTube video checking the headphones before the recording session! Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQEgSSTVEkw

Full Crate's band:
Full Crate: vocals, electric bass, SPD sample pad
Piano & synths (Juno 60 & Prophet) - Alexander Klement
Drums - BangBang Sharona
Backing vocals: Aïcha Gill, Kaydee, Saïda en Ella Alexander

For the full article on Red Bull Studios and photos (by Arenda de Hoop) see: https://www.redbull.com/nl-nl/full-crate-live-sessie-red-bull-music

Recording & mix engineer: Thomas van Opstal
Video production: Keanu Haumahu  
Studio manager: Jasper Djosa

Red Bull Studios Amsterdam
Official website: http://www.redbullstudios.com/amsterdam/studio
Address: Atlantisplein 1, 1093 NE Amsterdam

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Visiting Jesse Smit's Godan Handpan workshop

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Visiting Jesse Smit's Godan Handpan workshop

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After visiting Gadung handpan maker in Hilversum, next on my list was to visit Godan handpans, made by Dutchman Jesse Smits in Den Haag. 

One evening, before rehearsal with band Left Alive, I went with Sjoerd (bassist) to visit Jesse and the Godan workshop. Located in the old headquarters of the airforce military defence, the building is home to many creatives, start-ups, music groups, builders, anything goes!

First we went up to his music studio, and wow, what a musician's playground it was! Full of instruments and recording gear. There we were accompanied by his girl and we met Marcel from Di-Rect who shares the studio with Jesse. 

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Then we went to the Godan workshop, where Jesse makes his handpans. He has his oven and tools there (and toy remote control car that he plays with when he's waiting for the handpans in the oven). He said that he is part of a European group of handpan makers who have a cooperative and he uses Shellopan shells from France. 

I got to play some of his exotic scale handpans and in his workshop he even had one with I think 13(?) tones. Jesse loves to experiment and told us he loves to work with musicians who want something different from a handpan, because he gets bored of making the standard ones. He has a "happy" sounding (major scale) handpan for playing between making all the minor scale handpans. 

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Thanks Jesse for a fun tour of where the magic happens! 

More about the Godan handpan: http://www.godan.nl/

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Visiting Jorik de Beer's Gadung handpan workshop

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Visiting Jorik de Beer's Gadung handpan workshop

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One day I searched the Internet of all the handpan makers based in The Netherlands and started to make a list of who to visit. I reached out to Jorik de Beer, maker of Gadung handpands, and he invited me to his workshop in Hilversum. I was happy! 

He had a very humble workshop amongst a row of other builders in a suburban street in Hilversum. It was really amazing that he hand-built his equipment and you could see his dedicated to his art. He makes handpans as a side-job, and by day he is a sound engineer at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. 

If you're looking for a C# Amara handpan, contact Jorik. I was very impressed by the sustain and clarity of the tones on these. 

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The best surprise of the day was that I got to play an original PanArt Hang! I don't remember which generation it was, but I think it is was an 'Integral' model. It was pretty old and was rusting a bit. Jorik said that the previous owner had played it outdoors (maybe at the beach?) and its condition deteriorated, so that's a bit sad. 

More about Gadung handpans: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/gadunginstruments/

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Visiting Red Bull Studios Amsterdam

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Visiting Red Bull Studios Amsterdam

Yay, on my first day of school at the Abbey Road Institute, we had a tour of the Q factory and we got to see the Red Bull Studios! I have so much respect for Red Bull as a brand. I think it's incredible that they have their main product and sponsorships with action sport events, but have a totally credible and culturally relevant music department as well. Can't wait to find out more about what they do and one day get to work with them! 

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Recording on Liloe Rix's single Breathe

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Recording on Liloe Rix's single Breathe

One night of jamming at my good friend Liloe Rix's place, led to me recording on her latest single 'Breathe', released today. Check it out below! 

 Above: me on the recording day, at Liloe's home studio!

Above: me on the recording day, at Liloe's home studio!

Music and Lyrics by: Liloe Rix
Production: Renan Bakker, Sofia Dragt & Liloe Rix
Recordings: Renan Bakker
Mixing: Renan Bakker
Mastering: Statinski Mastering
Cello and Bass: Janice Wong
Guitar: Liloe Rix

More about Liloe Rix:
http://www.liloerix.com
https://www.facebook.com/liloerix 
https://twitter.com/liloerix 
http://instagram.com/liloerix 
https://soundcloud.com/liloerix

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Recording THE FOX's Through Your Eyes

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Recording THE FOX's Through Your Eyes

My girls in THE FOX recorded a new version of Through Your Eyes in an Amsterdam boat! By day it is a boat for private cruises and catered events (see: Rederij 't Smidtje), and by night you will find a little secret. In the basement is the recording studio of Tijn de Smidt - who by day is a carpenter! 

From left-right: Mischa Koch (drummer), Mirjam von Bannisseht (bass), Janice Wong (me on guitar), Celine Prins (keys, singing). 

Stay tuned for the final track!

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Recording on The Caterpillar Wish Soundtrack

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Recording on The Caterpillar Wish Soundtrack

Recording on an Australian Feature Film, The Caterpillar Wish! I was pretty honoured, because the cello would play the theme to the movie.

When I arrived at the Supersonic Recordings studio in Melbourne, award winning and renowned composer Burkhard Dallwitz played me how the song went with the sampled instruments. I told him "but the cello sounds perfect, why would you want me?" He replied: "it's almost too perfect, a real cello sounds more real." Oh ok. So you're saying I play badly which is good???

 Recording in the studio with Burkhard Dallwitz

Recording in the studio with Burkhard Dallwitz

Watch the trailer (and listen out for the cello theme) below or here:

Read more about the making of The Caterpillar Wish soundtrack on Burkhard's website here.

To read Margaret & David's review and watch the trailer again, click here.

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