Zone Recording and Auto-Tune

We have a saying at Zone Recording in Sonoma County, that “we can make you sound better than you do” This tongue-in-cheek statement does have a basis in fact.  Since the beginning of sound recording, engineers have strived to make the best possible recordings and then to enhance the sound with the tools at hand.  […]

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Jim Boggio Memory

Jim Boggio was a frequent visitor to Zone Recording in Cotati.  Besides being hired for his accordion playing, he was the voice of numerous radio and TV commercials. This is his obituary from The San Francisco Chronicle, 1996: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/OBITUARY-Jim-Boggio-2958216.php Take a trip down memory lane with this accounting of the … History of the First […]

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The World’s Most Recorded Musician at Zone Recording in Cotati

Hal Blaine the drummer and session musician is best known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in Southern California, playing on thousands of pieces of music over four decades, including numerous hits by popular groups, including Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, the Grass […]

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Guy Fieri: Zone Recording Studio Hall of Fame

Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri is one of our favorite members of the Zone Recording Studio Hall of Fame, here in Cotati CA.  His gonzo attitude towards life and his passion for everything he does made all our recording sessions fun and exciting.  Plus, the Food Network, not to mention NBC, has budgets that exceeds some […]

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Zone Recording Studio is giving voice to the North Bay

Stephanie Derammelaere of North Bay Biz Magazine released an article back in 2008 about our very own Blair Hardman of Zone Recording Studio. Read about it here. How many businesses can claim an aspiring rock band, a government agency and a major corporation as clients? Zone Recording Studio in Cotati (otherwise known as Blair Hardman Productions) […]

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Everything You Need To Do Voiceovers, and One Thing You Don’t.

Well you need a mouth.  That’s how the sound gets out.  You should have good control of it and it shouldn’t make any unnecessary noises like lip flaps, pops and whistles. You need an ear.  And the ear should enjoy listening to other voices.  A musical ear helps because all sentences have a melody and […]

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Voiceovers in Sonoma County done at Zone Recording Studio

Speak Like An Adult

Many young people are hampered in business, academia, and social situations by something they may not be aware of . . . a speech pattern that is often seen as a marker of immaturity, subservience and even stupidity. For girls this is sometimes referred to as “the little girl voice,” and is comprised of a high […]

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What You Need to Know For the 57th Grammys

The Grammys are airing this Sunday Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS. If you have not been paying attention, it’s okay because we have all of the insider information you need for this upcoming ceremony. The Grammys are one of the biggest nights for music, and features the year’s biggest artists and top songs. […]

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Sam Smith, Tom Petty and Copyright Infringement

Perhaps one of the most common controversies in the music industry is copyright, sampling and re-using of other people’s material, and the use of soundbites in radio commercials. Among those, however, is blatant similarities between two songs. This debate brings up the question of whether or not some songs are total coincidences or complete ripoffs. […]

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Practical Tips for Working With EQ

When it comes to recording audio, perhaps one of the fundamental elements is properly mixing and setting EQ levels for vocal tracks. For mixing voices, it is important remember one key idea: every voice is different, and every song is different. For mixing audio with vocals, this is the most critical element to keep in […]

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