UpRock Take Diary #2 - Chelsea Hughes

Posted Sept. 25, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

When UpRock Audio started using Take with their artists, Chelsea Hughes recorded a demo of her song 'Skin & Bones' that simply took our breath away. Chelsea sings her heart out, accompanied by guitar, and with her unique voice it's hard not get drawn in.

Take is perfect to record a song like this and quickly get it online. Share the song with your friends or fans, use it as a demo for the studio or just record for your own sake. Chelsea went on to record 'Skin & Bones' in the UpRock studio too - and to be honest we're still not quite sure which version we prefer...

Take a listen below!

 

 

Posted Sept. 25, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

UpRock Take Diary #1 - Zanko

Posted Sept. 24, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

zanko profile 2 edit Singer/songwriter Zanko is both a skilled guitarist and vocalist. This combination always seems to result in beautiful, heartfelt music and Zanko's no exception. When we asked our friends at UpRock Audio to try out the free Take Creative Vocal Recorder app with the artists at their studio for a week, Zanko seemed like the perfect match!

In the song 'Eileen' off Zanko's EP 'The Story & The Change', there is a healthy dose of dexterous guitar plucking and beautiful singing. However, there are also vocal harmonies. As a solo artist, it's not the easiest task to sing harmonies with yourself for practice, but it's something you need to do before a recording session or a gig. With Take it's much easier. Zanko recorded his vocals on one track, guitar on a second track and then worked on the harmonies in the chorus. Perfect for practice when you're on the go!

Take a listen to the result below!

 

Posted Sept. 24, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Daniel Snow

Posted Sept. 4, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

When Daniel Snow sets out to record he starts out by clearing the dinner table first, not because his mom raised him that way but because that's where he makes his home studio. Daniel Snow is in many ways the epitome of the modern musician. He records at home in a room that lacks five-figure acoustic installations and six-figure consoles. In fact, he has little else than a collection of instruments to play, Balance and Reason. Yet Daniel's music sounds fantastic. He has passion, character, talent, and everything else you can't buy off the shelf.

We visited Daniel Snow in Albuquerque, New Mexico while he was recording a track on his upcoming album to see his process first hand. The song he put together that afternoon is stunning, sounds great, and is a testament to how much you can achieve at home when quality tools meet great ideas.

Posted Sept. 4, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

Cyra Morgan

Posted Feb. 4, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Acoustic singer/songwriter Cyra Morgan is about as new as a debut artist can be. How new? She's using the same pick she started learning guitar with on day one. She hasn't changed her strings yet because she doesn't know how.

But these things don't concern Cyra because she's soley focused on one thing: Getting out the music she's heard in her head for 20 years. And in that regard, recording at home with Balance and Reason Essentials has been nothing short of liberating for her. We visited Cyra at her cozy New England house where she's put together a modest studio to capture her ideas and to hear one of her latest songs, Beautiful Madness.

Posted Feb. 4, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Olivia Broadfield

Posted Nov. 4, 2011, 12:47 p.m.

Olivia Broadfield would be the first to admit that a common question when people see her name is "Who is she?" But she also realizes that their common follow up is "Why is she outselling everyone but Owl City on the iTunes chart?" Olivia is a self-producing artist who is more than just a gifted songwriter. She's has a gift for music publishing as well.

Where most bands finish their album, pile into a van, and start touring it around the country, Olivia takes to the modern online social networks to reach music supervisors and publishing companies. She has secured some of the most coveted film, tv, and commercial placements around, reaching audiences of millions with her music in the process. Most recently, Olivia was featured on Grey's Anatomy. It's a music placement which has made household names of artists like Imogen Heap.

We sat down with Olivia to hear about her early songwriting, what inspires her, and see how she's using Reason to create synth hooks from her vocals.

Posted Nov. 4, 2011, 12:47 p.m.