Rad weekend with @hutlett recording an album, @brenken producing and drumming, and @joshrobgwilliam engineering.
Different set up for @mitchbelotmusic yesterday. All strings on the floor, and drums in the isolation room. With some room mics out on the main floor, we can close the doors for a tighter sound or leave them open and have the room mics to pick up a bigger sound. #liveoffthefloor
Today is a GREAT day! First, we receive a second ballot nomination for @ccmaofficial Recording Studio of the Year. Then, we find out that @spencer_cheyne (along with @brettkissel, @kuddstagram, Bart McKay, @mattymckayguitar, and @lukewooten) is nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on WE WERE THAT SONG! Congratulations to everyone who made the second ballot and thank you to everyone who voted for us. What a day for Canadian County Music. 🔥🙌 • #ccmaawards #ccma2018 #ccmanomday
Piano day mic selection. Thanks to @chrisandrewpianoguy for coming down to play, and #MusselwhitePianoServices for keeping our @yamahacanmusic C7 in top shape.
@thewashboardunion spent the weekend rehearsing in the hall before their busy festival season, and took a quick break to record some vocals in Studio A.
@reedshimo in the producer chair this weekend with @openairrockrevival on the floor.
@ilovembf has a very special show happening tonight. A look back on a decade’s worth of music with almost 20 different musicians who were part of the journey. More tickets just released. ilovembf.com for details. • • Song: I Wanna Make It With You Video: @ddg_yyc Series: OCL Studios Take Five
We take pride in being a place where emerging artists can work with some of the best players in the business. Killer session with @cr_sings_ today.
No shortage of groove on this one. Engineer: @joshrobgwilliam Assistant: @brenken Bass: @kuddstagram Drums: @flaviocirillo7 Keys: @crunkadile Artist: @gerrintology
Heavy players + great tunes + tracking live off the floor = 🙏🙌👌
Thanks to the @hhhsrdpsd Rock Band group for stopping by the studio on their Alberta tour! They recorded three songs and spent the day by the pool. ☀️ AND a huge thanks to @leavingthomas who did a private show/q&a for the students. They performed a few LT songs in their show this year, so getting to ask the original performers some questions was an AMAZING experience for them!
Tracked four great tunes with producer @mattymckayguitar today for @brad.sims and @thebenchase.
Happy release day to @georgecanyon! Southside of Heaven went right up to no. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart (next to fellow Canadian @lindsayell)! This album still holds the record for most players we’ve ever had live off the floor!
Congratulations to the 2018 @theprophetsofmusic recipient, @joshsahunta! Josh will go through the program this year, and then record a project at OCL with producer @russellbroom.
🚨 Did you hear that @spencer_cheyne was nominated for the 2018 @breakoutwest Audio Engineering Award? 🙌 #breakoutwest
@spencer_cheyne is back in the studio making beats with @jadamckenziemoore. Jada is the 2017 @stampedetalentsearch winner!
Last week’s vid made it seem like we know what we’re doing... here’s a behind the scenes clip that says otherwise. Click the link in our bio to check out our video on Recording Live Off The Floor. ☝️
Our facility was designed and built for recording Live Off The Floor. @joshrobgwilliam and @brenken chat about what that means, how it affects your session, and why it’s a great way to record your music. Full vid on our Facebook.
Wrapped up recording with @thenortherncoast for album no. 2 this week! Thanks to these guys for some really fun sessions.
Guitar days. #marshallamps #traynoramps #ampegamps
Huge congratulations to our mixing engineer, @spencer_cheyne, who married the love of his life yesterday! We wish him and @annikaliv a lifetime of happiness.
It’s another great #NewMusicFriday! Congratulations to @reubenandthedark on their new album “Arms of a Dream”, and @krissyfeniak on her brand new single, “Mess With Me”. Big congratulations to @georgecanyon who released his new single “Better Off in Love” and shared that his upcoming album, Southside of Heaven, is now available for preorder.
#throwbackthursday to December 2015 when we invited a few friends over, pulled out every mic, and recorded every single drum in the building.
Congratulations to all the 2018 #BreakoutWest nominees, including our very own @spencer_cheyne for Engineer of the Year! We are so excited to see so many of the artists and producers we’ve worked with nominated in categories spanning across the genres. There is so much GREAT MUSIC being made! 🙌
Congratulations to our assistant engineer, @brenken, who married the love of his life yesterday! Brennan surprised his new wife Leah with “All I See Is You”, a song he wrote for her for their first dance. Thank you to everyone who made this song happen! Writers: Brennan, @aaronpollockmusic, @annikaliv, @spencer_cheyne. Players: @russellbroom, @chrisbyrneonbass, @brendanwaterskeys. Engineers: @joshrobgwilliam, @spencer_cheyne.
It’s #newmusicfriday with releases from @devincoopermusic (Nothin’ On You - produced by @spencer_cheyne and @kuddstagram), and @jeremylamontmusic (Mess Me Up - produced by @mattymckayguitar). Available wherever you get your music. Congratulations, guys!
Drum overdubs to end the day off right. Great session with @kuddstagram, @brendanwaterskeys, #benbradley, and a quick visit from @russellbroom. 👌
Form + Function - what we needed was a place to store gear. What we built was a multi-purpose room used for writes, rehearsals, meetings, photoshoots, interviews, demo recordings, and pretty much anything else you can dream up. This is the Egg Room.
Thanks to @sarahonairhighriver and Kevin from @suncountry997 for swinging by today! We love chatting music and community with people who serve theirs as much as these guys do! 🙌 #Repost @sarahonairhighriver (@get_repost) ・・・ @oclstudios are incredible! Thanks to @joshrobgwilliam and Megan for having Kevin and I in today! We can't wait to see what happens this summer! We were brainstorming all the way home!!
Our friends @blackmountainwhiskeyrebellion just released the first single from their new project. We cut the beds for this one live off the floor with @mitchmerrett and @robotlemon leading the way. Click the link in their bio and give this one a listen. #newmusicfriday
Vocal day with the incredible @katestevensmusic. Had her singing through a @neumann.berlin U87 and a #RCA44. New music coming soon, but if you haven’t checked out Kate’s latest single “It’s Real”, you’re missing out.
Congratulations to all the @edmontonmusicawards nominees! We’re excited to see projects we were involved with on this list. Edmonton has so much good stuff going on, and we’re lucky to be a part of it all. #goodneighbors 🙌
@strykmilne came by last week with this rad custom kit for us to try out. So far we’re loving how it sounds, and we’re looking forward to @adamdowlingdrums taking it for a spin tonight. #milnedrums #milnecustomdrums
Looking forward to this one! On Friday @justinevandergriftmusic drops a live music video for her new song, “Stay”. Band: @bradyenslen, @fraszamanaz, @brendanwaterskeys, @russellbroom, @chrisbyrneonbass. 🎥:@kenstead_productions
@joshrobgwilliam was in Vancouver yesterday, so he went to visit our friend Brock at @cpsmastering. Brock has mastered so many projects that have come through OCL, and we love working with him.
Unreal session this weekend. All live off the floor, including vocals. @mirandajoellemusic was in the studio for the first time, and she sounded like a pro.
THE HISTORY OF OCL STUDIOS: The studio was dreamed up by our owner, Dan Owen, when he wanted a place to record the album that never was with his band from the 80s. What was supposed to be a small home studio for this one project grew into the commercial facility it is today. After many years, the album that was the inspiration behind our studio is officially released. The debut self-titled album over THIRTY years in the making... Avenue Rd. Available wherever you get your music. Link in the bio.
Friday be like. #fridayvibes
INSIDE OUR MIC LOCKER: The @royerlabs #R121 is one of those mics every studio loves because it can be used on pretty much anything. This ribbon mic has even been described as “destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century” by @recordingmagazine. The sound it captures is true to what you’re recording. This mic hears sound the way your ear hears it. We love it for B3, piano rooms, drum rooms, and will often pair it with an #SM57 on a guitar amp so the sound isn’t as harsh.
Studio A dark day on this holiday Monday. Today we sleep off the tryptophan, tomorrow we get back to it.
Congratulations to @katestevensmusic, who released her latest single It’s Real yesterday! We’re loving the way this one turned out. Thanks to her stellar session players (@kentmcrae, @chrisbyrneonbass, @russellbroom, @chrisandrewpianoguy) and the team behind the scenes (producer/engineer: @joshrobgwilliam, mixer: @spencer_cheyne, mastering: @cpsmastering).
Attention @projectwildab hopefuls! We are offering a reduced hall rental rate to anyone applying for the program. All applications must include a live video, and our hall is the perfect location. We will provide the vibe and the backline, you bring the energy and someone to film. Shoot us a message to book!
A great weekend with a great band from #YEG. Always a pleasure to work with these guys. @ourgoodwolf
We’re in to versatility. We can record a single piano track, or nine players live off the floor. We’ve had forty people on headphones for live recordings. We’ve done music videos. We’ve even built a small set in here. We’ve done rehearsals. We’ve had videographers and photographers create so many interesting visuals. That’s the nice thing about space. You can use it however best suits your project. 📸: @allisonseto
Drum day with @thenortherncoast. Three different kits for three very different sounds.
Nice to have our friend Michael Bernard Fitzgerald in the studio. Michael recorded his last album, I Wanna Make It With You, with us way back in 2015 and it was great having him back.
INSIDE OUR MIC LOCKER: Our @neumann.berlin vintage U87. We already featured our four reimagined U87s, and this is the mic those were inspired by. The vintage U87 is the original classic. By the 70s this mic was the studio must-have and was loved by engineers, producers, and artists alike. So what’s the difference between the vintage mic and the modern re-creation? The vintage U87 has a smoother top end and a more rounded, warmer sound than the clone.
Thanks to our friend Brian Farrell for coming in with Jay! Recorded some great tracks with @brendanwaterskeys, @chrisbyrneonbass, and @adamdowlingdrums.
Last week our good friend @reubenandthedark released a new single AND announced a new album to be released on May 4th called Arms of a Dream. Since it’s release, All or Nothing has been added to the iTunes Best of the Week playlist, was the second most downloaded track on DMDS, and the most active indie. It is always a pleasure to work with Reuben and his band, and we’re honoured to have been a part of this one.
Today is International Women’s Day. We celebrate all the women we have worked with in all capacities of the Canadian music scene. We want to encourage this community, and help it grow. Today, and every day, we commit ourselves to saying that there is no such thing as a stupid question and no such thing as too many questions. If we can help you grow as an artist, a producer, an engineer, as ANYTHING - reach out to us and let us know. If we can help you, we will. #womeninmusic
Celebrating International Women’s Day | Amaara - Black Moon | @amaaraofficial is the solo project of musician @kaelenohm. A project that began while Kaelen was a member of @reubenandthedark, it soon grew into the Ethereal Dream Pop album it is now. A multi-talented creative, Amaara is a multi-media project that embraces music, visuals, and videos to tell stories.
Celebrating International Women’s Day with some of the incredible women we’ve worked with. | Bebe Buckskin - Muddy Tracks | @bebe_buckskin came into the studio with her band for a @digitaldrum_ca session. For this track, she embraces her inner Zeppelin and captures a raw and dirty recording of her newest single, Muddy Tracks.
Today was a pretty special day around here. Our assistant engineer, @brenken, is getting married in April and he co-wrote a song with @spencer_cheyne, @annikaliv, and @aaronpollockmusic for his first dance. Today, thanks to @joshrobgwilliam, @chrisbyrneonbass, @russellbroom, and @brendanwaterskeys we recorded the bed tracks. This track will be a surprise for his fiancée Leah, and we can’t wait to see her face when she hears it.
In honour of the upcoming International Women’s Day we will be highlighting some of the incredible female artists we’ve recorded with throughout the years. | SASS JORDAN - RACINE REVISITED | Having the opportunity to record Canadian legend @sass.jordan was a dream. Racine Revisited was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her album, Racine. When recording the album, they wanted to remain true to the original recording while doing something they had never done before. Instead of trying to polish the album up, they wanted to see what would happen if they recorded as if they were still in the 70s, but with the modern gear we have in the studio. The album came together without an inch of polishing - no auto tune, no click track. Just a carefully made record with some of the finest players in the country.
In honour of the upcoming International Women’s Day we will be highlighting some of the incredible female artists we’ve recorded with throughout the years. | LAUREN MANN - DEARESTLY | @laurenmannmusic released Dearestly in June 2016. It was co-produced by @joshrobgwilliam and @howardredekopp and recorded at OCL. The album explores dynamic and organic soundscapes and textured creating a song that hints at influences from Kate Bush to the Beatles, but at the same time is completely unique. The songs are an honest insight into Lauren’s personal journey and experiences. The album is available on laurenmannmusic.com, or wherever you get your music.
Great couple of days with @ghill53, and Charlie the dog joined us for our board photo.
Pretty rad rhythm section cutting some tunes last week. Bass: @chrisbyrneonbass & Drums: @lylemolzan
We’re a residential recording studio, which means not only can you live at the studio while you record, it actually doesn’t cost anything extra. Our tracking engineer, @joshrobgwilliam, and our assistant engineer, @brenken, chat about what staying here means for artists who record with us. Full video on our Facebook page!
Perks of a big space: We can have two different kits set up before the session and mix up the sounds. Big room with a boomy feel or a tighter sound in the iso booth.