Recording

At Solitaire we have been recording all types of audio for over 31 years.

Everything at the studio has been specifically chosen or designed to give the highest quality recordings.

Starting with each recording room, these have been designed to have a specific balanced acoustic characteristic, complementary to the tonal quality which we are trying to achieve with each instrument. We have 4 main areas with different acoustic signatures to cover all types of recording environments.

Our recording chain starts with our industry proven microphones. The signal from each microphone goes directly into our valve or solid state preamps which is then fed to our outboard dynamics processors if required and then directly into our high quality AD/DA converters which converts analogue to digital signal feeding our recording software – Digital Performer. This ensures a clean, pristine signal all the way from mic to recording without any unwanted noise or colouration.

All of our microphones are selected from professional manufacturers with years of design and manufacturing experience which has been proven time and again in the professional recording industry over the last 60 years. Brands such as Neumann, Earthworks, Sennheiser, AKG, AudioTechnica, Shure, Beyer Dynamic, all with a proven pedigree. We are constantly adding to our microphone collection and are also happy to try and source specific mics if requested for your recording project.

To give the performers the most comfortable listening experience while recording, we use an X32 console to feed our recording room foldback. Up to 32 separate audio channels can be fed back from the Mac Pro into the console via Dante. This enables us to mix 8 individual stereo headphone mixes or 16 individual mono headphone mixes back to our artists. The console is only used for studio monitoring purposes so it does not effect the recorded audio in any way.