Q: 'What's the difference between an engineer and a producer?'
A: In strict terms, an engineers role is predominantly a technical one - setting up and running equipment, monitoring levels, and listening to the sounds to ensure things are recorded as intended by the band.
The role of producer in todays recording world is usually someone who will be involved at a more creative level with the band - potentially assisting with all aspects of album production from the choice of studio, musicians and instruments, right through to song arrangement and, of course, assessment of a band's performance on the day of recording.
Naturally, there is a lot of room for crossing over between the two roles. An engineer, in addition to his or her role in the technical realm, may also perform some of the tasks of a producer, and the opposite may also occur.
We believe there is no 'right way' for every band to approach this, and would be happy to discuss the merits of the varying approaches with you.
A: Audio software on a computer (a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW) has become an integral part of almost any recording studio. At Head Gap, we believe that the precise, complex and repeatable functions that a DAW provides are a wonderful adjunct to the way we mix, but we also believe that a sound quality trade-off is made when people choose to mix entirely "in the box". The quality of DAW-based recording and playback has come a long way over the past decade, but as a tool in the audio world, DAW systems are still playing catch-up with analogue circuitry when comparing simple sonics, as a separate issue to functionality. This is why we continue to utilise a high calibre analogue console as part of the recording and mixing process, in conjunction with a DAW system. Besides, there is no where to put your feet up on a laptop.
Q: 'Can my band record at Head Gap if we are not working with Neil or Simon?'
A: When scheduling permits, we are happy to make the studio available for other folks to use. Please email or call us to check on rates and availability .
A: We thank you for your interest, but we do not offer work experience or training opportunities at Head Gap. We occasionally offer intern positions to volunteers, but we do not have any intern positions available at this point.
Q: ‘What's better, analogue or digital?'
A: Who's better, the Stones or the Beatles?