Big day for @brettkissel and @iamjocelynalice - We Were That Song and Bound To You have officially gone GOLD in Canada! Congratulations to Brett, Jocelyn, and @spencer_cheyne, who mixed both tracks.
Longtime collaborators @russellbroom and @jannarden in Studio A.
Fresh studio doors and windows, direct from Vancouver. It’s all coming together now.
A little holiday cheer with @michelleminke. Keep your eye out for something festive coming your way very soon.
If you could only use either the @telefunken_mics 251 or @neumann.berlin U47 for every vocal session for the rest of your career, which would it be? Swipe for our answers, then comment yours below. 👇
This morning we said goodbye to the Digidesign and sent it off to its new home in Vancouver! @joshrobgwilliam will be returning to Calgary with the doors for the new mixing studio, and then we’ll move in the SSL. 👊
Sunday Drum Day with @adayaswolves and @jjdrumworks.
Calgary has some damn good session players.
Wrapped up @justinevandergriftmusic’s new project with a little help from @joeylandreth. This band is 👌.
We have a few options for kit of the day. #KOTD
ABOVE THE NOISE // Prophets of Music began as one family’s vision to honour the tragic loss of their son and his band mate. Now, Alberta’s music visionaries come together to support talented young musicians on the cusp of creating exceptional music. This program underscores the power of music to teach, heal, and lift us above the noise. Straight to the heart. Link to full mini doc in the bio. ☝️
#TBT - October 2013. Studio A first opened with a Digidesign console. After testing the room and the board out we knew it wasn’t the right fit. This big tracking room deserved an analog console. So we tore everything out of the control room (including the three panes of glass between the live room and the control room) and brought in our Neve 88R console. SWIPE for the before and after shots!
Vocal session staples.
Last but not least - Meet @brenken, assistant engineer. Favourite Album: Stadium Arcadium by @chilipeppers • Likes: Harry Potter, hot chocolate, dogs • Dislikes: cell phone customer service calls.
Meet @spencer_cheyne, head mixing engineer. Favourite Album: Continuum by @johnmayer • Likes: red wine, sparkling water, travelling • Dislikes: any time he isn’t drinking red wine.
Meet @joshrobgwilliam, head tracking engineer. Favourite Album: Nebraska by @springsteen • Likes: coffee, mixing loudly, skateboarding, motorcycles. • Dislikes: decaf. • • • 📷: @old_man_fuzz
Brought in two of the best for some background vocals.
Josh and Spencer continue their conversation about Studio Monitors, discussing the different types of speakers, proper set-ups, the volume they prefer to work at, and powered amps for monitors. Click the link in the bio for the full vid. ☝️
Mix in progress.
For the forth year in a row we had this group of fantastic musicians in to rehearse before their annual show at @nmc_canada.
We’ve got a few options.
@krownsmusic recorded a live version of their new single FAKE IT in Studio A. Link to full vid in their bio.
The @neumann.berlin collection.
@joshrobgwilliam brought out a few extra toys for some mixing this week.
We wanted something new for our Studio B, so we did THIS: Our new plug & play system. Studio B now features a @uaudio Apollo so you can plug in and get to work. Studio B rental still includes access to the OCL mic locker. $100 daily lockout rate - contact us for more details.
Did you catch our conversation about studio monitors? Click the link in the bio for the full video. Spencer’s current setup: @auratoneaudio, @yamahacanmusic, and @atc_loudspeakers.
Big thanks to @chrongoblin for this rad addition to our gallery wall. 👌
JOSH AND SPENCER TALK ABOUT: STUDIO MONITORS ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Between our collection and Spencer’s we have 15 sets of different studio monitors at OCL. Why does one studio need so many monitors, and what’s the difference between them? They also discuss the importance of accurate monitors and a tuned room. Swipe for the full conversation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mentioned: @yamahacanmusic @avantonepro @atc_loudspeakers @auratoneaudio @barefootsound @proacspeakers @focalofficial @amphion_loudspeakers
Great session with @redemption_audio last week.
The new @iamjocelynalice EP is out to the world and we’re so excited. #littledevilep
Live room zeroed for a video shoot this evening.
Great evening at the @yycmusicawards! Congratulations to all winners and nominees. Glad we’re part of this rad community.
@spencer_cheyne tracking with @amphion_loudspeakers #two18 this weekend.
A little #faderfriday action with the @ams_neve 88R in Studio A. #analogconsole
The work continues with @justinevandergriftmusic. Photo by @jagerandkokemor
A conversation about producing. @joshrobgwilliam and @spencer_cheyne chat all things production: the role of a producer, how the word has different meanings, and what a producer brings to the table for artists. Full vid on our Facebook or on IGTV.
Day one of tracking a new album with @justinevandergriftmusic.
#newmusicfriday: a new album from @ourgoodwolf (recorded at OCL by @joshrobgwilliam, mixed by @spencer_cheyne) and a new single from @theroyalfoundry (mixed by @spencer_cheyne). Good day for #yeg music.
@ccmaofficial week in Hamilton was a BLAST! Congratulations to everyone who took home some hardware, especially our friend Bart McKay who took home Studio of the Year.
While @spencer_cheyne is in Hamilton for @ccmaofficial week, @joshrobgwilliam is recording an album with @gonecosmic having absolutely zero fun.
We’re only a few days away from @ccmaofficial week in Hamilton, and we can’t wait to celebrate all the incredible country music made this year, like the debut self-titled album from @leavingthomas! Not only did this album debut at no. 1 on iTunes, their single Blame It On The Neon hit Top 20 on Canadian Country radio. This duo is nominated for two CCMA awards (Rising Star and Interactive Artist of the Year) AND they’re finalists in the @siriusxmcountry Top of the Country competition. Good luck LT! 🤞 • • 📷 from their EP release show at @palacetheatreyyc.
Congratulations to @surquhartmusic who wrapped up recording her album in Studio A yesterday! Produced & Engineered by Paul Johnston. ・・・ #repost: I’m pretty wiped but also am back home from a super fun couple of days of recording my album at @oclstudios with these fine gentlemen. I’m so stoked on their performances on my music. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it 😊 . . #suqalbum #yegjazz #oclstudios #yegmusic #modernjazz #composer #abarts
So excited to share that we are officially brewing some of Calgary’s best coffee at the studio! Thanks to @monogramco for this starter sample pack. We can’t wait to try them all. 🤤
@joshrobgwilliam and @spencer_cheyne have a conversation about the relationship between tracking and mixing, and the mixing process in general. Swipe for the full video. 👉 Comment below if you have any questions for Josh and Spencer. 👇
Acoustic demo day. Vocals: @neumann.berlin vintage U87. Acoustic Guitar: @neumann.berlin TLM193 x2
The first Plank Spanker guitar workshop with @russellbroom, @coulsonsam87, and @mattymckayguitar in Studio A this weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out!
@jamesbundysound returned to the studio with his friend, Andrew. Andrew’s community rallied together to help him reach his dream and record in a studio. Glad we could be part of this one.
@ryan_daniel_langlois and @shaelamiller did some writing in the egg room yesterday to get ready for @projectwildab. Only ten days to go until boot camp! #pw2018
Year four of having @girlsrockcampcalgary wrap up their week recording with us. This is the future of the #yyc music scene. #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #yycmusic
#NEWMUSICFRIDAY - The new single from @iambradsaunders PLAY IT BY BEER is officially available wherever you get your music! The track is already moving up the country radio charts. 👌
After an incredible @calgaryfolkfest performance, @reubenandthedark is bringing their Arms of a Dream tour to the Jack Singer on October 30. OCL Studios is a presale partner, so if you head to the @yycarts website you can get exclusive pre-sale tickets to this show with the code RATD.
Happy birthday to #rupertneve! We love being part of the @ams_neve family. This console is a dream to work on.
Had some fun recording their fourth studio album with @chrongoblin and @orangeamplifiers last week. Let’s do that again real soon.
A great Sunday in the park with our friends at @suncountry997 and the Made in Alberta showcase. Thanks to @connorjmusic, @mariyastokes, @devincoopermusic, and @aaronpollockmusic for performing and thanks to @sarahonairhighriver for having us!
@chrongoblin is taking over the @orangeamplifiers instagram tomorrow. Check in for updates on their fourth studio album. 🙌 #orangeigtakeover
Day one with @chrongoblin. Lots of @orangeamplifiers around so you know this is gonna be a good one.
This time last year we were getting prepped to have Canadian legend @georgecanyon in the studio to track an album with producer @baileywayent (Southside of Heaven). This project STILL holds the record for most players we’ve ever had live off the floor. Such a cool way to record an album!
Preproduction complete. Can’t wait to start tracking with @chrongoblin on Friday. 👊
This #NewMusicFriday features tracks from two of the best female vocalists in Canada, and the first single from a new album by a local folk rock band. Check out these new tunes from @leavingthomas, @iamjocelynalice, and @thenortherncoast! 🔥
WOW! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we are so excited to have made the third ballot for recording studio of the year. Congratulations to our fellow nominees: @barrytonestudios, Bart McKay Studios, @mccrecording, and @revolutionrecording! #ccmanominee #ccmanomday