Home stu­dio makes record­ing a re­al­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HATTAN

Talk of a record­ing stu­dio in the Tap­pin house­hold had been go­ing on for years.

‘‘It’s al­ways been a bit of a joke re­ally,’’ Kevin Tap­pin said.

‘‘Let’s start a record­ing stu­dio ha­haha. What­ever, like that’ll ever hap­pen.’’

How­ever, over time it dawned on Kevin and step­son Michael Tip­ping they prob­a­bly, ac­tu­ally, re­ally could do it.

Top qual­ity gear was col­lected and be­fore they knew it, the base­ment in the Tap­pin house­hold was a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

Just a few short weeks ago Mill Cor­ner Stu­dio was born, a home-built record­ing stu­dio with com­mer­cial qual­ity gear.

Mak­ing the booth for the stu­dio was the ma­jor job of the pro­ject.

Kevin and Michael had cre­ated an al­bum a month or so back with­out a booth for a woman who had been look­ing to make a record­ing for a long time.

Record­ing a mu­sic al­bum used to be out of a lot of peo­ple’s price range and to­day it of­ten still is, es­pe­cially with artists need­ing to travel to main cen­tres like Auck­land or Hamil­ton.

Which makes the home stu­dio, which still de­liv­ers on pro­fes­sional qual­ity, here in Mata­mata so unique.

Re­al­is­ing peo­ple’s dreams is where Kevin and Michael wanted to go with their record­ing stu­dio.

The pair wanted to make record­ing an al­bum an achiev­able dream for the ev­ery­day per­son.

Although Kevin and Michael have a strong con­nec­tion to coun­try mu­sic, this genre isn’t the only type that can be cre­ated in the stu­dio.

‘‘It could be rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, jazz, opera, what­ever they like,’’ Kevin said.

What­ever the genre, the record­ing process is the same.

‘‘We re­alised af­ter we recorded that first al­bum the booth was ac­tu­ally some­thing that re­ally needed to hap­pen.’’

Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity and a bit of trial and er­ror led the keen mu­si­cians to com­plete their dream.

The booth has now been built with help from a num­ber of peo­ple, in­clud­ing Kevin’s wife Kay.

‘‘It’s been a long process and there’s been a lot of help­ing hands,’’ Michael said.

The stu­dio has now recorded two al­bums af­ter in­ter­na­tional coun­try mu­sic star Joy Adams paid the pair a visit a few weeks back.

‘‘She put a lot of trust in us to come to a new stu­dio, which was quite hum­bling.

‘‘ I’ve been in a lot of stu­dios and recorded in a lot of stu­dios but I haven’t been the one push­ing the but­tons,’’ Michael said.

Cooper’s Run, a coun­try mu­sic duo fea­tur­ing Michael and his wife Ash­ley, has al­ready pro­duced three al­bums.

They too will be get­ting into the Mill Cor­ner booth be­fore long.

Kay Tap­pin is also record­ing her own al­bum and there have been a num­ber of other en­quiries.

Michael said there will now be a lot of pride when lis­ten­ing to CDs he and Kevin have worked on.

Kevin be­lieves record­ing an al­bum should be a fun ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­body. ‘‘I want peo­ple to re­alise their dreams of be­ing able to record them­selves.

‘‘It’s the ful­fill­ment of a life­time dream for so many peo­ple, to record them­selves and leave a part of them­selves for their fam­ily.’’

Michael agrees. He shouldn’t be ex­pen­sive.

‘‘ It shouldn’t be un­achiev­able. Es­pe­cially these days with the tech­nol­ogy that’s avail­able,’’ Kevin added.

‘‘There are so many amaz­ing singers around that haven’t got a hope of be­ing able to achieve record­ing at the prices that they are,’’ Michael said.

The pair said an artist should also have the chance to be in­volved in the craft­ing of their own al­bum should they wish to.

‘‘To ac­tu­ally be in­volved in that fi­nal part of the al­bum for an artist is huge,’’ Michael said.

Kevin said he and Michael com­ple­ment each other when work­ing in their record­ing stu­dio.

Kevin brings the tech­ni­cal skills to the job, while Michael has the mu­si­cian­ship.

‘‘That’s why it works so well, be­cause we’ve both got our own in­di­vid­ual strengths,’’ Michael said.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence has also pro­vided a great bond­ing op­por­tu­nity for the fam­ily, while also pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for tal­ented singers and mu­si­cians in the com­mu­nity.



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