Matthew Helton Archive
Continued from Part Three… Good Takes Take Time Coming in to a studio session with unrealistic expectations is a recipe for dissatisfaction. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew,” says Harrington. “Be realistic about how many songs you can record within the time you have booked, and always think about quality over quantity.” Bruce
Continued from Part Two… Even though there’s an impressively high standard of facilities, engineering staff and gear at the recording studios in western North Carolina, some studios are better suited for specific types of music. Robert George says that at Sound Temple, he tends to “record and mix music that is either acoustic or rootsy.”
Continued from Part One… Recording in Western N.C. The industry has a long (if relatively modest and not widely-known) history in the region. In the earliest days of audio recording, a little-known recording device was transported all across the country—including Western North Carolina—and used to make scores of field recordings of folk and roots artists.
An edited version of this feature was published previously as the cover story in the November 2018 issue of Capital at Play. “Music discovery and delivery have changed drastically in the past ten years, and they’ll keep changing,” says Jeff Collins of Crossroads Recording Studios in Arden. “It’s hard for an artist to keep up