Sound Check

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It’s not everyday we get to visit a recording studio. On Monday John and I stopped by the Downtown Music Studios in SoHo to check on a project we are invested in.

It was fun getting a behind the scenes view of the music recording industry. Although to us, the control room looked more like the bridge on the Starship Enterprise.

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When John spotted a Wurlitzer electronic piano I imagined ourselves at a recording session in an earlier era. I was transported back in time to ‘The British Invasion’ of the ‘60s.

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But we had not come for rock and roll. We had come to support our friend Matt who was recording baroque concertos for two oboes…

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and playing both oboe parts.

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Matt successfully funded a Kickstarter project to fulfill his dream of recording Tomaso Albinoni’s concertos. To learn more about the project, check out his Kickstarter page: Me, Myself and Albinoni.

We helped Matt set up the project and made a contribution, so we stopped in during the recording to make sure our investment was playing out well.

From the sound engineer’s room we had a great view through a soundproof glass window into the recording studio…

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where the string musicians were seated.

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Matt was the farthest from view in a separate sound isolation booth…

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where he played his Tom-ASS-o Albinoni off.

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In the sound engineer’s room, we could hear all the musicians playing beautifully together. The project seemed to be going very well — we just wished we could do something to help. I suggested John try his hand at sound engineering,

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but instead he pushed the button to beam up Scotty.

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We thought it best to leave the recording session in the hands of the professionals.

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Satisfied that our investment is indeed a sound one, we soon found ourselves back on the streets of SoHo (where it looked like John had not left the ‘60s).

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To see and hear a snippet of our sound check click on the ‘play’ arrow below:

 

 

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