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Please Give us your Advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Soundscaper, Mar 2, 2002.

  1. Soundscaper

    Soundscaper Guest

    I am 22 and my friend is 19 we have just created a web site of our studio. We would appeciate it if you would check it out and give us some input. Also please listen to the MP3 on the MP3 page and tell us what you think.

    Here is the web Site: http://www.mindspring.com/~martyv

    Thanks in Advance
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Hey, I moved this thread to this forum as it is a better place for it as the Projects forum is for projects and not site promotion or advice!

    I quickly scanned your site which is very nice looking and straight forward..Would've liked to see more pictures to see the live room and any other pictures of equipment and so forth.
    I'm not too into the religious scene but that's not too inportant or relative at this point..
    I'll try and listen to the MP3's but I find it tought to do that these days with my concentration level being all askew from building my new system!!
    Good luck!
  3. Solfatio

    Solfatio Guest

    Not one to usually balk at giving an opinion (or lack of one) when asked...I think I can safely assume from your post that you're asking us both for opinions/advice on the webpage as well as the MP3s? OK...this may get into a bith of lengthy detail, so bear with me.

    Home page - Nice so far. A couple of editing/proofreading points, however. MRV Recording Studio's -- drop the apostrophe, it just needs to say "Studios". Also, I would vote against putting "A professional recording studio" in quotation marks. In this scenario, it's just a little distracting, and unecessary. I would also consider using your image editor to whip up a graphic logo (It can be as simple as "MRV Studios" typed out in Arial or Times New Roman), as it will lend your site a more 'finished' look. Certainly, don't go overbored with the photoshopping. <grin> Secondly, and this is certainly not a slight to your desire to target christian clients only, but I would drop the 'only' out of your slogan. To say simply "Recording the Christian Community" implies the "only" bit, and is much less affronting. Otherwise, nice layout.

    Navbar - Again, this could benefit from using a graphic for the MRV Studios text, instead of just plain HTML text. Ideally the same graphic text you use on your homepage, but only smaller. Next this I noticed is that the image of the accoustic guitar looks stretched. Oops! Is there a way you can un-stretch it, and keep it in proportion? (I know, I misspelt proportion.) Thirdly, I would advise either a) extending the frame width do that you don't get a horizontal scrollbar, or b) shrinking the guitar graphic so that it does not exceed the frame width (therefore eliminating the horzontal scroll). Nothing looks ickier than a horizontal scrollbar where you don't want nor intend it. Otherwise, it looks pretty sleek.

    "About" - Pretty nicely done, I might add some anchor points so that one could easily go to the equipment list, or the list of services. Also, the graphics seem a little superfluous. Mostly, I think they could be a little more tasteful--ie, the first screenshot is really blurry and unless you know what you're looking at, you really wouldn't be able to tell. Also, the graphics with the Wavesplug-insact like they use CSS layering/positioning, or something similar, which is just a little too bulky and unecessary. It acts a little funny when you scroll. Basically, there's no need for it to be coded that way. It might be nicer to do your own screen-captures and use those to illustrate.

    The other sections are actually tasteful and pretty nicely done. And there's always a "but". In this case, I don't see why there are so many different backgrounds. A website looks better when it follows a fairly set pattern. Having your home page with the parchmenteqsue background is good, and makes a nice contrast to the gradient background throughout the other parts, but I think having multiple background (ie, the CD, guitar, clouds, and multiple parchment textures) is a little overboard and distracting. I would pick 2 backgrounds that you're happy with, and use 1 for the homepage and 1 for the rest of the site. Like, the gradient for the page backgrounds and the parchment for the homepage.

    If you have any specific questions about websites/design/coding, feel free to drop me an e-mail (gabriel@desanges.net).

    Now, for the MP3... <whistle>

    I think the lead fiddle could be lowered a little bit. I like the sound of the strings, and I like the sound of the violin (is the violin a sample or the real thing? I apologise for asking...)..but I think they clash a little bit. It's also a little weird that the 'lead' changes from violin in the verse to trumpet in the chorus. The sound quality is really nice.

    All in all, pretty impressive work. The music is very polished, and FWIW equals anything I've heard on Christian radio recently, and certainly excels a fair bit of it (both in songwriting and sound quality). The site needs a little bit of spit, polish, and glue to come to par, but there's a reason why graphic and web design is a whole 'nother field.. Hope that helps you a bit!

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