Portable Vocal Tracking System.
I'm thinking about a portable tracking booth to take "wherever" I can for the purpose of recording the gifted solo artists around my area.
Just like many of us who can sing and play rhythm to their original songs, there are hundreds of people like this who want to record themselves (better than they can) and possibly have professionals like me and my group of international "collaborators" build songs for them.
I have a long time buddy who did this last year and his album turned out really good. He laid down all the vocals and acoustic guitar, the rest was all done via collaboration between the engineer and his group of musical friends from around the world.
Like so many gifted musicians (composers), my friend has no interest in learning how to operate a DAW. He has no idea about vocal gear. He is a musician that wants to record his songs and have other people finish them for him. All he wants to do is track his voice and guitar and let the pro's to do the rest. There are thousands of musical people just like him everywhere.
I am imagining how much better his music would have sounded if he used me to track or mix it all. He paid just under $50 grand by the time it was all done. Granted, the recordist/ producer (guy like me) used some really good musicians for the collaboration, however, his gear (especially vocal chain) was less than top end. I know I have better and know I have the skill to track vocals like this much better so I'm seeing this as a niche market.
Never the less, he simply tracked my buddy, sends the tracks to his musician friends (who also have equal quality tracking gear and they add their parts. It sounded really good to me and my buddy was so thrilled, he said it was all well worth it. How fun is that?
Once the vocals are tracked to a high quality, the rest follows suit. No one needs their room added to the source. Our studios are about dry tracking. That is unless you of course have a great sounding studio for collaborating. However, I believe the big problem with all this is having rooms that don't match track to track.
Great monitoring, creating the most beautiful zero latency, virtual space possible is the goal.
Everyone involved simply imports the ongoing tracks, adds (jams) their instrument and sends what they do back (to me) and we go from there. We do the room emulation later.
The engineer/ producer (like me) picks and chooses the instrumentation that works.
If my buddies engineer knew more about Bricasti room emulation, coupled with better/ excellent top end vocal tracking gear, I can only imagine how much better my buddies album would have sounded.
Now I know some would think you need a proper studio to record an album but after doing this kind of work for the last 30 years, now owning a few Bricasti's , Eventide, coupled with a few top level front end goodies and beautiful mics... , there isn't any (modern sounding) vocal I can't track that wouldn't sound glorious in comparison to half the vocals I am hearing today. This I am 100% certain of.
Without further ado... for conversation into something I'm just starting to think about, check out this little foam booth I'm looking at. I wonder if it would serve me well?
All I need is to kill the reflections and dampen the space so the Bricasti can do the rest. I've just purchased a cargo trailer to move gear around so I'm thinking this might be a pretty cool way to earn some extra money and keep me in business.
The basic concept goes like this:
- Go to their location, set up the portable tracking system,
- Track, mix and finish it as a solo project, get paid and leave.
- (option) Produce it further via corroborating
I'm thinking I would put a tent like cloud above this.