SESSION INFORMATION

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Thanks for booking with velveteen!

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Welcome to the Velveteen family. We're extremely grateful to get involved in your journey as a musician, and we cannot wait to help you get to the next level in your career. Your experience at our studio is very important to us, which is why we put this information together. Our goal is to make sure that you have an incredible experience and get amazing results. So thank you again, and don't hesitate to reach out to any of us should you have any questions. 

- The Velveteen Team


 

WHERE IS THE STUDIO?

Our Address

10534 115th Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5H 3K6
Canada
 

For directions, you should be able to find the studio by searching for "Velveteen Audio" on any map software, such as Google Maps or Apple Maps.

 
 

 

WIFI NETWORK AND PASSWORDS

LOBBY

Network: Velveteen Lobby
Password: velveteen123

MAIN STUDIO

Network: Velveteen
Password: velveteen123

 
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LOAD-IN AND PARKING


LOAD-IN

All gear must be loaded in the backdoor entrance. Please park at the red pin on the map, or simply click on the map to load directions into your Google Maps app.


PARKING

General parking is available in front of the building on the east side of 115 St.

 

STUDIO AMENITIES

We have a basic kitchen with a fridge, microwave, dishwasher, and all basic kitchenware. Feel free to bring food to prepare or store in our kitchen. Alternatively, we are located just on the edge of downtown Edmonton, therefore there is an abundance of great restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores nearby.

Should there be an issue with your equipment or should we require any rentals, there is a Long and McQuade nearby (about 15 blocks away).


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SOCIAL MEDIA

We want to show you off!

As part of our commitment to add value to the services we offer, we are asking you to submit your social media handles and sign off on a media release form. We will be taking photos and/or video in studio and posting them on our social media pages and want to make sure we’re tagging you correctly. If you’d rather keep mum about the project, this form is a chance to let us know to hold off on posting any images of you.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FORM

  • Click on the button below to open the form

  • Fill in the required fields and all corresponding information

  • Click submit!

VELVETEEN ARTISTS FACEBOOK GROUP

Information, resources, and support for your music career.

At Velveteen, we know how important it is to have a comfortable environment and supportive team members to go to. So we created Velveteen Artists, a Facebook group, as a solution for you. Our goal for this group is to provide resources and support to artists and creators that have recorded at Velveteen Audio. We know sometimes it can be difficult to connect with peers because you're out on the road, self-managing, at work, or generally living life! So we wanted to create a digital space that encourages your growth and connection with other artists that may have gone through or going through the same experiences. Within this group, we will be sharing information, tips, and advice. And we highly encourage you to do the same!

Until the first the week of December 2018, the group will be Secret and then adjusted to Closed. Because the group is brand spanking new, we wanted a month to test it out with you folks before we release it to our full roster of artists. If you’re interested in the group, please click on the button below and we’ll follow up with further instructions.

We look forward to seeing a community grow here and each of you crush it out there!

 
 
 

THE TEAM

 

BRAD SIMONS

 

Brad is the founder and current owner of Velveteen.  He  produces bands and artists ranging from rock to electronic pop.  

 

RANDOR LIN

Randor is a Juno nominated producer and engineer, working with artists such as Ten Second Epic and Stereos.

 

BRAD SMITH

 

Brad an award winning engineer, who also has a Juno nomination. He attended the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts for audio engineering. 

 
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ROBBIE TOWNSEND

 

Robbie is MacEwan University recording graduate and incredible producer, working primarily in electronic pop production. 

 

VALEESHIA YOUNG

 Valeeshia is the studio’s executive assistant, handling all things administration and social media.

 
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSIONS


DRUMS

  • If drum heads are old or don't sound good, replace ahead of time, preferably a few weeks before to stretch out
  • Remove heads and wipe down shells (do this while putting on new heads)
  • Clean cymbals
  • Do not use cymbals with cracks or dents, go rent at that point
  • Make sure all moving parts are well lubed (squeaky kick pedals can ruin your drum sound!)
  • Bring lots of sticks at various sizes (different sizes get different tones)

BASS, GUITARS, AND AMPLIFIERS

  • Make sure all guitars have been properly setup with the same gauge strings within the last few weeks before your session
  • Choose the appropriate gauge of strings for your genre (light strings don't work too well for heavy music)
  • For bass, make sure you pickup's are not high enough that they hit the strings when you play 
  • Check all cables and pedals in your chain one by one for noise, pops, and clicks
  • Replace any microphonic tubes in amplifiers

VOCALS

  • Avoid excess talking on the day of your vocal session
  • Avoid over singing the night before
  • Do light vocal warmups before your session
  • Avoid drinks such as milk, orange juice, and alcohol

GENERAL PREPARATION

  • Be rested and well hydrated for your sessions
  • Be sure you can play/sing your parts without thinking. It will sound best when it's muscle memory

We look forward to making music with you!

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