Happy 19th birthday to us

On 1st of May 1999 we officially opened our doors to music and you.
19 years down the line we are still going strong.30729272_2120693827957732_790290999124426752_nTrust our 19 years of #audio #recording experience to bring your #music& #sound to the next level. Our professionals are well versed in our #recording programs and tools and use the best #recording techniques to provide the best sound & performance.
hope to see you soon!
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: OUR WINNER OF THE YEAR 2018 Margaret McDonald

International Women’s Day (8th of March) is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

BonaFideStudio traditionally celebrate it by giving The Women of the Year Tribute and this 2018 we chose Margaret McDonald of Greig City Academy.

19905252_10154791875553106_744298963346095031_nMargaret has worked in a secondary school environment for over 15 years, mentor to students and (St!) patron of music and musicians. We want to publicly acknowledge and thank Margaret for all her hard work, her creativity and dedication.

Congratulations on winning our The International Women’s Day Award. We are honoured to call you our studio friend. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours you have spent looking after students, securing them relevant placements within music industry professionals, volunteering with us on the community projects… and always going about it with the smile.

On behalf of our studio and the Music Industry as a whole, we wish you unlimited success in the future. May your students also have this kind of success in the future because of the wonderful example you have set for them.

Congratulations dear Margaret. 

Verba volant, scripta manent!

Viktor Lazic writer, lawyer, journalist and seasoned traveller without air miles is in love with written words.  His and many others.
With more than one million bibliographic units, of which many thousands are considered rarities all safely tucked away in his Society for Culture, Art and International Cooperation ADLIGAT.

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‘Our ‘Society for Culture, Art and International Cooperation (ADLIGAT)’ revolves around the Lazic Library, which was officially founded in 1882, and has survived nine generations to date.’ Says Mr Lazic.

‘In addition to the Library, the society has also established the Book and Travel Museum and the Museum of Serbian Literature.’

The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page.
Mr Lazic has visited 85 countries over 5 continents spending nine years travelling the world with a minimum of financial resources. He became known for driving around the globe in an old Russian Lada Niva. His greatest journey lasted 421 days during 2009/2010, which is described in the book “The Great Adventure.” During the trip, he regularly wrote for the daily newspapers Press from Belgrade. Without an accurate plan of travel, he visited thousands of cities, towns and villages. In October 2009. Mr Lazic even reached the border of North Korea! Well, not many stood on its borders….

In July 2011 he started five-month journey around the shores of the Black Sea. He visited rarely visited regions of Southeast Turkey and Iraq, continuing to Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. At the border of South Ossetia he was arrested by local authorities and held in solitary confinement under unclear charges. Thanks to the International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Serbian Association of Writers and many other organizations Lazic was freed. And no, he didn’t stop travelling or “off the beaten track’ writing.

And yes he always brings books and interesting objects from his travels hence his must see museum.

Mr Lazic is always after unloved and redundant books. If you have any make sure they retire in ADLIGAT.
“Please contact us if you have any surplus books or literature that you no longer need or that you wish to make available to the public via our institution. Any help, no matter how small, is valuable and appreciated” says Lazic.
“Our ambition is to send every book to where it is most needed and most appreciated. So far, we have distributed books to more than 200 libraries throughout Serbia and Eastern Europe. Together with the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts and the Association of Serbian Writers, we have donated more than half a million books to more than 200 institutions in the region over the last few years. These libraries have often been unable to renew their collections for several decades.”

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ADLIGAT Society for Culture, Art and International Cooperation
Museum of Serbian Literature
Book and Travel Museum
Josipa Slavenskog 19a, 11.040 Belgrade – Banjica, Republic of Serbia 
+381 11 36 72 807,
+381 63 360 218,
+381 63 88 54 927

http://www.adligat-serbia.com

muzejknjige@gmail.com

Recording Tips for a Successful Voice Over Session

When you are recording speech, especially if that is the only thing that is going to be the recording it’s important to eliminate as much outside noise as possible. Dedicated voice over booths, found in TV stations for instance, are treated to be completely dead. No reflections, outside noise or room sound. That way only the sound of your voice is being picked up by the microphone, nothing else.
1-IMG_1379Of course, it’s harder to deaden a complete room if you are recording at home but you can certainly set up a space that is deader than anywhere else in the room. You can achieve this with dedicated acoustic absorption, or with blankets and duvets if you are on a budget. Additionally, a dedicated vocal recording solution such as the sE Reflection Filter can help reduce the room sound that tends to creep into home recordings.

A good, large diaphragm condenser is good bet for capturing a full and balanced sound of the voice. There are many different brands of condensers out there but most of them get the job done.You don’t need a £2,000 condenser to get a nice recording of your voice. You can usually get by with a condenser that’s under £500,  like the super silent Rode NT1A or the cheap Audio Technica AT2020.

When you have a nice quiet area to record in with your large condenser microphone then there are a few more things to worry about before hitting record. Some home recordings have a low hum to them due to background noise and such. You can reduce a lot of this low end noise if your microphone has a low cut filter that cuts out most of the low end you don’t need. You will end up with a cleaner recording that’s free of annoying low end noises.

If your microphone does not have a low-cut filter then you need to do some post production mixing after recording. Using a high-pass filter in your audio program you can filter out most of that pesky low end you don’t need.  Additionally, when you have your vocal tracks inside your audio program you can EQ them for more presence and character.

When you are recording voice over, or just vocals in general make sure you take these suggestions into consideration. Treating the wall behind the singer, reducing the room sound that can enter your microphone and filtering out unwanted low end will improve your vocal recording substantially.

I hope these suggestions helped.

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Video Production

We teamed up with Claudio Ravanelli Film to offer you not just great audio but video to match, too.

This is what he did for us:

Claudio: “I’m an award winning film director based in London where I work as Film director and acting teacher in a performing arts academy and as freelancer for films and music videos. As director, my style is dynamic with an obsessive work on the body language of the actors. My filming attitude is raw, realistic and influenced by the noir style, especially in terms of lighting, locations and characters.”

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Happy Holidays

The very warmest of Christmas wishes to all our artists and friends and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year from us all at BonaFideStudio.
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It’s been a great 2017! We’ve worked with so many amazing new and our regulars but all talented Acts.
We were gonna list our top albums, singles, films and moments but theres been too many to think about so thought we would just say, have an amazing Xmas and New Year and hope 2018 brings us all another huge and bright year.
We’d like to say huge thank you to all our lovely clients who we’ve worked with this year, and all of you we’re gonna be woking with in 2018 and beyond.

Deanna, Brian, David, 
Luke, Hugo, 
Sebek, Tom and Ibnu

How to Record a Saxophone

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When considering how to record brass and reed instruments – and when recording saxophone in particular – the player and the tone he’s able to get from the instrument are vitally important. If you’re recording a professional with a lot of studio experience who knows how to get certain tones out of the instrument, you’re going to have a very different approach than if you’re in a home studio recording someone who’s new to the instrument and playing stacked notes.

In a recording situation, if you have the quality mics and pre-amps to do it, you should probably put more than one mic on the sax. With sax players, there’s typically a lot of movement and activity going on. A more professional player who is used to working in a studio setting might be able to stay still and work the mic, but in general, sax players tend to move around. So a good approach to get consistent dynamics and a full tone is to use multiple mics to balance the sound as the player moves around.

The most common approach is to start with a large diaphragm condenser (LDC) mic about 10-15″ in front of the bell. If that sounds a little too harsh, or you want a softer tone, pull it out a little farther. Don’t point the mic directly into the bell, as you might get some wind noise or odd reflectivity back into the mic. Positioning the mic at different angles, start at about 45 degrees, can help remove the unwanted artifacts.

If your LDC mic has switchable pickup patterns, set it to a cardioid pattern to begin. You wouldn’t want a hyper-cardioid pattern due to the aforementioned movement and activity. Set it somewhere between cardioid and omni if your mic has a variable pattern selector. In some cases, if the room sounds great, you might even want to put the mic in omni. You’re going to get a less focused sound in omni, you’ll get more of the room sound, which may be what you’re after. The tighter the pickup pattern, the more directional the mic’s going to be, and the more focused the sound.

A great approach for a second mic is to put a ribbon microphone above the player, a good 3-4 feet above the instrument. A ribbon mic has a way of taking the harshness out of brass and reed instruments.

If you’re in a studio situation where you only have one mic, move the mic around the room. Put headphones on and be in the room with the sax. Move the mic around the sax until you find the sweet spot where you’re getting the tone you’re looking for.

In some cases, you’re not looking for that perfect tone. You already have your mix, you’re recording a sax solo, and you need it to rip through the mix, so you already know what instruments you need this to sit on top of. Move the mic around the horn to find that sound you need to get the right presence from the sax. In some instances you’re stacking tracks to get harmonies and a full horn section type of sound, and in those cases you don’t want something squeaky and midrange present. If you want something softer, move further away from the bell.

There are situations where you’re going to want a real natural sound. Like in jazz, you’re going to want a little more room noise from that ribbon mic overhead, so you get a little of the key noise. In a really poppy record, you just want to hear that screaming sax, so you might focus more on your primary mic in the front and less on the room mic.

If the sax is a big part of the song, you can play with the mic placement and put one over to the side and get a wider sound. Talk to the sax player and get tips from him. Find out how he’s liked his sax mic’d in the past.

If you’re in a room that’s small or doesn’t have great acoustic control, you’ll probably get a lot of resonant frequencies from a sax. Certain notes you hit are going to scream in the room. Using some type of baffle around the mic is highly recommended, to keep the energy concentrated and dampened around the mic. An sE Electronics Reflexion Filter will work great for cutting sax or vocals in a small studio. For anything that’s loud and in a very small room, it focuses the energy right into the mic and removes a lot of the reflections and resonant frequencies.

Another tool to aid in recording sax is to use an audio compressor. Sax tends to be very dynamic, so the same approach you might use on vocals also works great for smoothing out the dynamics of sax.

All in all, these techniques are just suggestions on how to approach recording a sax. Don’t get too tied up in the technical aspects. Use your ears, and if you like what you hear, go with it.

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