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Rokas Balsys
Manchester
Last Update: 31.03.15
Exploring the dead room
SSR Manchester - Rokas Balsys,

POSTED ON – 31.03.15

Exploring the dead room


Working on the project for my Studio Engineering Techniques assignment I have done several recording sessions in Ghost Studio 1. This studio grabbed my eye on the very first day in SSR during the tour around the campus. I have recorded double bass, trumpet, vocal, backing vocals, viola and percussion in the booth which is also called by colleagues as a 'dead room'. It is so incredible how that space doesn't have any reflections at all. You could almost hear your own hart beating due to quality isolation.

The only problem I've had with it so far was recording cajon. Apparently the dead room itself sounds low enough and cajon requires some more reflections and space to sound more natural. I have challenged myself to move it out to the control room despite the noise behind the wall in the reception (note that I've used condenser mics for this). And it worked surprisingly very well! It was hard to believe that sometimes changing a space is much more effective rather than changing the microphone or it's placement. Also I have experienced that Shure 52A beta is not suitable for recording cajon back of shell at all, thus I've simply placed AKG C451 and it was marvellous.



I came to the UK literally just for live sound, but I get more and more in love with studio engineering. Some warm and simple bossa nova rhythms are on the way now. Thanks to my good friend Ryan for co-operation :)


Rokas Balsys
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POSTED ON – 31.03.15

Exploring the dead room

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Rokas has graduated Public Institution Franciscan Gymnasium in Lithuania in 2014, majoring in live events engineering, organization, and production, also radio shows running. He is currently studying on SSR's BSc (Hons) Studio & Live Music Production course and he is already a self-employed live sound engineer, producer, and events organizer. Rokas already works with an acoustic/contemporary Christian music band from Lithuania - "Kalvos", and he used to play bass as well in a gospel/contemporary music band Crowing Terra for 3 years.

In addition to his passion for live sound engineering, Rokas is also in love with documentary photography, jazz, blogs, philanthropy and hiking.