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WELCOME
I offer through the Conatus Studios my musical productions services dedicated to recording, editing, mixing and mastering Metal and Rock formations.

The studios are located in Lausanne and Montreux, two towns of the French speaking part of Switzerland.

The studios are entirely equipped and offer an important backline including prestigious names such as Mesa Boogie, Krank, Peavey, Marshall, Randall, Maxon, Line6, Ampeg, Radial, DDrum, Alesis...

I am myself a musician and I know, for I lived it, what a recording means. May it be the first or the tenth, it is always a very important process. I am therefore perfectly aware of the expectations and eventual problems that such an event can represent. I also know how much you can learn from a good studio experience. This is why I usually go beyond a simple engineer role and most of the time literally coach the musicians. Two points results from this: the first one is of course a better studio performance, but also a big step forward on a personal musicianship level. I can generally notice an overall improvement of the band, that you can also hear during rehearsals or on stage.

Thus I offer a complete (or partial if you only need me to intervene on some defined steps) that should answer to all your wishes and needs. In addition to this, the rates I offer are fair and affordable. Don't hesitate to get in touch for a rate or for more information.

-- Vladimir Cochet
RECORDING
Here are a few general recommendations to make sure everyone is ready to enter the studio:

»   The first one is also the most obvious: work on your material up until every detail is perfect. Make sure every know what to play and when. Last but not least: train! Nothing can beat hours spent next to a metronome repeating the same pattern again and again. This can make the difference when you record. Sound also comes from your fingers / hands / vocal chords.

»   If you think this could be necessary, it could be also a good idea to give your instruments to a technicians to make sure you can take the best of them.

»   Guitar and bass players: change your strings and take some more with you. Take enough mediators, you need to play tight.

»   Drummers: change your drum heads, take some extra with you if you are suspicious, make sure all your cymbals are in only one piece, and bring enough sticks.
MIXING
I can also only mix your songs if you prefer to record them in another studio or by yourself. In that case, please read the following instructions carefully:

»   When you record, make sure you record the right thing the right way and at the right time. The typical problem you can notice is to have one guitarist playing palm mutes while the other doesn't. Sometimes it can be even worse. So make sure everyone knows how the song should be performed. Play on tuned instruments (the drums as well!), with new strings and heads.

»   Record on the click. This is vital.

»   Important note concerning the guitars and the bass: don't simply record the amp sound, I need a dry instrument track as well. For this, you will need a splitter (such as the Radial Tonebone JX2 Pro, just to give you an example) in wich you will plug your instrument. One of the splitter output will be sent into your usual amp. The signal of the other one will be recorded as it is, after being converted by a DI box. The aim is to have a dry guitar signal to will allow me to reamp your tone. This is often a good thing. I repeat it, recording the DI track is VERY IMPORTANT. Please get in touch if you still have doubts regarding this matter.

»   Record everything in 24bit 44.1khz, or 32bit 44.1khz.

»   Make sure your takes are both optimal and constant: avoid phasing, audio clips (saturation), keep the same level throughout the whole recording process, don't change the mic position, your playing intensity, etc...

»   If you can, put triggers on the drums (kick, snare, toms) and record the midi signal.

»   Don't apply any effect at all: no EQ, no compression, no delay, no verb, nothing!

»   Once you are done, clean up your files: remove all unnecessary takes and tracks.

»   Render each virtual instrument on a stereo track. But don't get rid of the midi track: join it as well, it could be useful.

»   Consolidate then export each track so that its length covers the whole song and all tracks must be perfectly aligned: all must start at the same time, end at the same time. In other words, every track must have the same length, even if what is played in it only lasts a few seconds at the end of the song: most of it will be blank then.

»   Preferred file format is .wav 24 bits or 32bit, depending on how you recorded.

»   Rename those tracks in a rational and brief way. Keep the same naming pattern for all songs. Make sure I understand what is on the track.

»   Export a tempo track.

»   Save all these files in one folder per track. As a security measure, also include your original DAW files (audio tracks and specific program files) in other folders.

»   Burn all this at a slow speed on DVD or copy the files on a hardrive (external or internal, whatever) in making sure it is formatted in a way a PC can recognize it.

If any of the above is unclear, please let me know. A stitch in time saves nine.
MASTERING
I usually include mastering in the recording / mixing prices.

I can also master other mixes. If you need that, please get in touch.

Conatus Sound Studios: studio d'enregistrement metal et rock en général localis√© √† Montreux / Lausanne (VD), Suisse. Conatus Studios: recording studio located in Montreux / Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. Recording studio dedicated to: Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Hard Rock, Rock.