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Audio Post Production

Here at 3 Leaf Recording we have just wrapped up a week of Post Production on a film getting ready for Sundance.

Produced by Michelle Ilene and Directed by Michael Notrica, “The Choices We Make” runs 28 minutes but with a good run at Sundance, it will hopefully become a feature soon.

A little ADR, a little foley and alot of final Mixes.

Thanks to the production team for a great week.


Preparing Tracks to Mix

  It seems that every recording software company is making it increasingly easy for anyone to track their songs at home.    It also seems that many who record at home feel that no matter how poorly the tracks turn out, whether because of lack of technique, lack of quality gear or lack of preparation, it can be “fixed in the mix.”

 Here at 3 Leaf Recording we are getting more calls every day from home recordists who want to bring in their tracks to mix in a professional studio.  This can definitely take your songs to a level that otherwise would be out of reach for so many.  Rarely, though, are the tracks prepared the correct way.

  Here are some pointers to correct mistakes we commonly see.  Keeping in mind that each DAW has its proprietary functions, we’ll keep it generic.

* Label all tracks clearly, (Audio 1, Audio 2, etc.) does not cut it. Take the time to rename if need be. Be as detailed as possible. Identify snare top from snare bottom, for example. If your program does not have a NOTES section, you can also send along a separate list for your track comments.

* Make sure all tracks have the same start markers.

* Check that all your tracks are one continuous file.  In Pro Tools, you would consolidate regions, in      Nuendo/Cubase, you can use the glue tool, and so on.

* Keep a handle on your levels, we cannot undo digitally clipped files.

* Avoid sending stereo files that are actually mono.

* Disable all plugins, especially dynamics. If it is really important, export a rendered version separately.  This also goes for any auto-tuning plugs.

* If you concerns, ask your mix engineer before you send tracks and keep the lines of communication open.

This is only a generalized list of suggestions but it will help you save some time and money when getting a professional mix of your songs.

 Happy tracking,

Sean Cooney




Recording acoustic guitar

3 Leaf Post Recording had an opportunity to record finger-style guitarist John Calvert recently.

For this session we decided to try some newer mics as well as a couple of  older classics provided by Bob Pachman.

On and around John’s guitar are an AEA R-92,  a stereo pair of Neumann M-582s w/ m93 capsules,  a Rode NTK,  a Microtech -Gefell UM70 and a Soundelux ifet7 (not in picture). The ifet7 was used as a room mic, about 10 feet away.

For our gear-geek friends, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, the preamps we used were  combinations of a Avalon 737, a Universal Audio 2108 and a Focusrite ISA.

We had great results with the clear articulate sound of the stereo Neumanns along with the smoothness of the AEA ribbon.  Another nice combo was the Gefell about 12 inches of the neck with some of the Soundelux added in for some room.

So many choices is a nice problem to have.

It was a great day of tracking and made even easier by John’s talent.


MIX Magazine visits 3 Leaf Post Recording

We were thrilled to have MIX Magazines’ Kevin Becka visit us at 3 Leaf Post Recording. Kevin is a busy guy ( Technical Editor at Mix and Director of Education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) but we spent the afternoon swapping stories and talking about gear and software. Thanks for stopping by Kevin.


Film, TV, Commercials, Video Production, Mixing And Editing

Post-Production and editing of Movies, Videos and Music: Video Mixing, Voice-Over and Editing
Good movie always comes with a movie music background. A lot of effort goes into making of the video. A video should be directed and presented well. The sound of the video is as important as the visual aspect. Generally the videos used for online advertising are of short duration and audio plays a very important role in grabbing the attention of the viewers instantly. Good visuals should go hand in hand with good quality sound. Many times videos have gained popularity because of the music, jingles or interesting dialogues used.

We offer sound recording, editing, and sound mixing/audio mastering for movies, television programs, every types of commercials, social events and general home videos. Noise identification and reduction is performed. Sounds, audio effects and music synchronize with scenes onscreen. We offer complete video/short films production services. We deliver entire production solutions that translate your concept into an effective onscreen rendering, editing, scripting, audio & video special effects. We offers a range of audio production services for music including production, mixing and Voice work and Audio Drama including production and sound design for audio drama and spoken word, and voice-over for promotional material.

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We do stereo mixing for television and films. Normally the engineer will mix 4 main elements:

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We offers visual, sound, lighting and other special effects for motion pictures, TV series, commercials, videos, commercial presentations, and other creative productions.

Color Grading

Color Grading, an essential post-production process in film making or video production, involves digital adjustment and manipulation of the color palette to create specific looks that enhance the movie story and atmosphere.
The overall color system of the movie is studied, and color corrections that are congenial to the overall look and enhance visual appeal of the movie are made.

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We combine creative and technology expertise to deliver rich 2D/3D Flash animations for motion pictures, TV commercials, product, services sales presentations and corporate presentations.

We also offer following services:

  • Music Editing
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