Tag: Local Music

Recording 101 – Drum Mics

Posted on June 25th, by Matt Seay in Recording. Comments Off on Recording 101 – Drum Mics

We use a variety of mics when recording drums in our studio. There are plenty of different styles and brands used to capture the sounds of each individual piece of a kit. Here are the most commonly used mics for drums within the industry. Typically for a snare you will find studios using the SM57 on the top. For toms, the Sennheiser 421 is the staple. The kick drum can be captured using a AKG D112, Shure Beta 52, Audix D6, Shure Beta 91, Electro Voice RE20, and the Yamaha SubKick. A common choice is to use a pair of AKG 414’S, Neuman KM184’s, or Shure Sm 81’s for micing the overheads. Whenever possible, 2 large diaphragm condenser stereo mics should be used at room mics for drums.

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Working with up and coming artists

Posted on June 4th, by Matt Seay in Recording. Comments Off on Working with up and coming artists


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We have been active over here at Full Circle working with all types of new artists and genres. From CNU’s 20 person a cappella group, USounds, to the solo hip-hop mastery of Deadrong, we get an eclectic mix through our doors! One of our recent favorites is a progressive art rock band called “One Truth” hailing from Richmond, VA. One Truth are finishing up their full-length album in our studio and it’s very colorful and diverse in sound! Here’s the video for the single “Inferno” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RAY8iMy7Kg) , creatively filmed by RVA based Altimira Film Co. (http://altamirafilm.co/)

We are happy to be working alongside some very talented female artists lately. Rosie Soul and the Rock & Roll Cowboys, voted Richmond’s Best Rock Band 3 years in a row , have started recording tracks for their new record at Full Circle. We recently linked up with the award winning, Nashville recording artist Katelyn McCarter and have been working on live music production for her upcoming summer and fall shows.

March Recording News!

Posted on March 28th, by Matt Seay in Recording. 1,581 comments


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There’s a ton of great music coming out of Full Circle right now and we couldn’t be happier! RVA recording and musicians has stepped up the game over the past few months!For some local news, check out this video cover of Lorde’s “Royals” by local RVA rock band DNA. This song is featured on their new record “Stranded”, and the album was tracked, mixed and mastered here at Full Circle Recording. If you are into good quality covers you need to hear local RVA band Silver Bullets. They finished recording 12 songs with us and you can hear their awesome renditions of TOP 40 HITS HERE!

This past month we were fortunate to get our hands on a very large collection of sound FX for movies, games and music. Our studio is fully equipped to provide you with any sound you can think of! We offer a broad spectrum of sound effects – including Animals & Birds, Construction, Crowds, Fire, Household, Industry, Military, Office, Sports, Transportation, Weather, and also include long ambience tracks from around the world! If you have a sound idea or are in need of some foley for any project, contact us and let’s create something together!

The local Chesterfield YMCA’s are conducting an instrument and donation drive for public schools called “Strike A Chord”. The drive is accepting any instrument that you are no longer using and will be donated to the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation. The instrument drive starts March 28th and goes through April 14th . Simply bring your instruments or money donations to any of the Chesterfield Y locations to help share music in our school system. Our public schools can use woodwinds, brass, strings, guitars, recorders, and drums (no electronic instruments). For more info go www.cpefound.org or call 379-1551.

We are now offering drum and guitar lessons at our spacious studio. Half-hour and hour long lessons are available with expert drummer Dan Uphoff and professional guitarist Matthew Seay… drum sets are provided so contact us for details if you are interested! (804)425-5317 or email FullCircleRecordingVA@gmail.com

2013 – A Quick Review Of Our Year

Posted on January 30th, by Matt Seay in Recording. 1,546 comments

** 2013 was a busy year for Full Circle Recording. We met some really amazing artists and recorded a large variety of styles throughout the year with a 100% customer satisfaction rate. The studio added an engineer, purchased new equipment like the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, and recorded more than 50 different vocalists and groups. We can’t thank our clients enough, we are looking forward to hearing many more of you this year!

It’s hard to pick the top track to come out of our studio last year but one of our favorite tracks was a song called “So Sweet” by upcoming R&B artist Hakeem Romance.. check the song out right here!
“So Sweet” (http://goo.gl/2VHFZS)

We had a good amount of clients come through our doors with specific production jobs they wanted done. We always offer professional standard services such as recording, mixing, and mastering. If you record at home or another studio like many of our clients, we can hook you up with a professional mix and master no matter what software you recorded on. If you just want to take advantage of our pristine studio for something specific, like drum tracking or vocal tracking and record the rest yourself, we can do that as well. We pride ourselves in top quality audio production at Full Circle and we can offer drum quantizing, drum sample replacement, guitar/bass re-amping, vocal tuning etc… for those who have recorded elsewhere and need to take their music to that next level.

Our official Full Circle Recording gift cards were popular this past holiday season and were a great way to round the year out… they are available year round so please give the gift of professional recording!
We are now offering drum lessons with our very own engineer and drum expert Dan Uphoff. Half-hour and hour long lessons are available in the comfort of our spacious tracking room… drum sets are provided so contact us for details! (804)425-5317 or email FullCircleRecordingVA@gmail.com