The studio has recently expanded by taking on a second room in which to turn in to a newly dedicated live room, rehearsal and chill out space. Personnel have altered slightly with the addition of our in house photographer, videographer and video tutor, Rynette Hartmann from rynette.com. Jon perry has also added himself to the fray by bringing his expertise on the drumming, percussion and backline knowledge, as well as providing lessons, he will also be engineering projects.

The website will be updated very soon to fully reflect the changes that have recently been happening at cause2create and you will be able to find out more information about everyone on their own page.

The live room itself is in the corner of the building only sharing a wall with the control room meaning we have taken over an entire corner of the floor in the building. The whole corridor is great to be involved in with several other studios working on similar projects day in and day out. The most musical corridor in the music industry!

Vocal recording at cause 2 create audio in Salford, Manchester UK

We have recently be working on a three track ep with an amazing two piece metal band called Skulldozer. The guys, Jon and Jake, were great to work with, full of energy and very talented! Perfect combination 🙂

The tracks are all quite different but it reflects, if anything the musical ability and also the influences of the guys involved. There is no way that you would think at the outset that this is a two piece band, the sound they created is huge and we tried to capture this as best as possible in the short time we spent tracking.

The tracks are currently being mastered but you will be able to hear one in the portfolio, and no doubt the complete ep on the bands page.

Skulldozer

Ben has recently put the cause 2 create studio through its paces with his alternative metal solo project titled – Jacob Messianic.

Ben has been producing a seven track ep called “The World to Come”. Original material written in the studio had stemmed from years of musical appreciation of all types of music from metal bands like Pantera, God Forbid, Meshuggah and Machine Head to name but a few, through contemporary composers like Ludovico Einaudi and electronic producers such as Bonobo. These form the loose guidelines for inspiration with all genres, bands and artists in between having an impact on the music that has been born.

The guitars were mostly recorded through a Marshall AVT special edition head running directly through the outboard of the studio, including the Bellari RP583. As the bass, but using the ever solid Trace Eliot head unit, specifically running through the tlaudio Fatman. The guitars used were 90% Jackson with a dash of Epiphone Les Paul, and even a little Fender Strat found its way in to the mix. The bass was a mixture of again mostly Jackson with appearances from an Ernie Ball Music Man and a Westone through neck, beautiful to play.

Andrew Hunter made a couple of guest appearances on guitar, playing extra rhythm, dualed patterns and generally having a great input. After years of playing guitar together in bands, nobody else could step in to an already fast paced project and be able to deliver the complimentary guitar needed.

Drums were a mixtures if triggered and sampled drums in this ever moving age of drum production. Through a mixture of several acoustic kits, miced and triggered, and an electronic drum kit kindly lent by building resident, producer Tom from 2 Billion Beats, the drum patterns were sculpted and rewritten multiple times, good job I like editing drums 🙂 Again Hunter made an appearance on several tracks laying down drum parts that gave a solid back bone to the growing ideas when things got a bit too hectic all coming from one mind.

Vocals were captured simply with an Akg C2000b condenser microphone, with assistance from studio partner Alasdair Taylor at the desk. Every line double tracked, an hour a day for five days was all the time we had so we just had to nail it first time.

A little orchestration was dotted around afterwards for dramatic effect and then it was down to the mix.

At this point it is important to note that an early blog post indicated that there could be more of a collaborative project on the cards but due to time commitments the project grew quicker than all originally interested members could get to the studio, all because of the vision of original project starter, Ben, and his desire to continually work on the tracks in all available spare time in order to be able to move on with his favourite part of the music technology works – mixing, and onwards to complete the project.

Ben, again with limited time, has spent several sessions tidying up and arranging and mixing the tracks to a degree where 7 were selected from a collection of tracks at various stages. Those seven became the basis for the ep now named ‘The World to Come’. Using his favoured elements of the studio outboard he finally reached a mix if the tracks he was happy with to say, time for mastering.

Next up was Christophe Bride and Oxygene Studios for mastering. As always, still wondering if the mix was right, we sat while Chris worked his magic and produced the finished product.

At present the finished tracks are being prepared for release so keep your eyes on the Jacob Messianic website

Once again an opportunity came up that was tooooooo good to turn down. An opportunity to literally move up in the world …. Two floors up in the building giving us natural light, plants, the best possible neighbours in Christope, Dingo and Dave … Result.

The new studio setup was a very quick change over breaking down one studio and transporting it all up the two flights of stairs in the correct order to reassemble in the new room. The only moment of panic occurred when Ben got trapped under the shelving unit trapped in the door frame with Alasdair laughing so much, he had no strength to lift the unit to release the prisoner.

Studio moved, wired the next day, we then made our own acoustic treatment and redesigned the layout slightly wiring the guitar amps into the patchbay allowing instant access to guitar tracking. Score!

After many weeks of wiring, re-wiring, changing layouts and toying with different ways of setting up the studio space, we are finally happy with the work flow. Cause 2 Create Audio is back up and running.

There is still plenty of room in the design layout for expansion should there be a need too, but we are pretty set on this rig now.

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So the Cause2Create team have been busy designing and building the new setup in the brand new development at Bexley Square. Its been a long process but the equipment is moved in and wired in, the rest of the furniture still needs to go in place but then the acoustic treatment will continue.

This is the fun part though, starting with a blank canvas and lots of ideas mixed with a few experiences of the last studio and others along the way.

A significant change in gear with a new core of the studio, the mixer, audio interface and the monitors have all been upgraded, excellent.

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The C2CA team are gearing up to move into their new studio premesis. A new purpose built underground facility has been put in place on Bexley Square in Manchester and the location has been snapped up.

All the gear will be going into place during the next couple of weeks, the design is complete and everything should slide perfectly into place!

Awesome.

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