2010 – A recap of a productive year and forecasts for the future

What a wonderful year we’ve had here at Reyniers Audio – on all fronts. First of all, on a more personal note, Olga and I got married on November 13 and we were blessed with the most beautiful wedding any couple could ask for. For our honeymoon we are traveling to our home countries of Belgium (my home) and Poland (her home) to visit family and friends. We are leaving on December 22nd and will be back on January 7th.  This means I might be a bit slower in getting back to clients, but rest assured, the rest of our team will be at the office ready to answer calls and respond to technical emergencies.

Some of our studio projects:

Business has been steady despite the economy and our Crooked Tree Studio has been bustling with many great artists, recording everything from demo tracks to complete albums.

Middle Rhythm Session – Les Beat (Leit Motif):

This album was the first effort to put something down on CD since I joined the band as their engineer and, boy, did it take forever to finish. I admit I was to blame for the delay – halfway through the mixing process I decided to start over. I was mixing the album on a pair of Rokit RP8′s and although the results were fairly decent I found some issues: my mixes were coming out too bright and listening to the album at higher volumes caused ear fatigue. As a solution, we invested in some Adam A7X monitors paired with the Adam Sub 8. It was truly astonishing how quickly the harshness in the mixes became apparent and my desire to redo the album was confirmed.  Six months later, we were finally ready to send our work to Disk Makers. Here are two tracks from the album. If you listen closely you’ll hear some references to a few famous tunes by a well known British quartet (hence the title of this album).

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10th Concession – EP:

The guys from 10th Concession were introduced to us via Joe Cosas, the Middle Rhythm Session keyboardist.  Comprising of brothers Ian and Evan Koteles (vocals and guitars), Matt Brady on bass, and David Daniels on the drums, 10th Concession was recently voted Best Local Indie Rock/Pop Act by Tampa’s Creative Loafing, a weekly cultural events newspaper. It was obvious from the first run-through why the band is so popular: with contagious guitar riffs and buttery smooth vocals these guys aim to please, and have they succeeded?  I think so.  Here’s a taste:

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Kelli Debbs – Dreamers and Insomniacs:

The debut album of another Florida native, Kelly Debbs, brought together top notch musicians from the Tampa scene – members of Swamp Logic and the Bird Street Players helped her fill out the sound of the folk/rock/pop album.  It was a pleasure recording this talented group of musicians and Kelly’s powerful voice left us stunned behind our mixing desk.  Kelli has since taken her career to Los Angeles and we trust the city is helping her find the big audiences we all feel she deserves. Tell us, do you think she can make it in LA?

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Wolf in the Fold – EP:

It’s not often a band comes into studio and states – “let’s keep it simple” right from the get go.  But that’s exactly what happened when Andy Faza and his brother Zack showed up at Crooked Tree.  With the help of Brad Jones and Maria Carter, we were able to record something truly special and the critics seemed to agree.  Wolf in the Fold’s “Death” won the best song award in the  Folk/Singer-Songwriter category at the Independent Music Awards.  Take a listen: 

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What to expect from Reyniers Audio in 2011

Shipping to Canada (and other countries outside of the USA)

We get requests almost daily from people all over the world asking us to build customized recording computers. We are flattered by this interest in our products and we will be exploring going international. Canada will be the first step in our international shipping expansion and we will likely reach that market in the first quarter of 2011.

Recording Laptops

The second most common request is for laptops tweaked and tailored for audio production. We know many of you want to start using a computer for live shows, and although a rack-mount solution works well for many, we can definitely see the benefit of having a fast and reliable laptop to do the task. Unfortunately, laptops are quite a bit different since you can’t piece them together like you can a regular desktop or rack-mount computer.  We are researching various laptop manufacturers with the means to provide the customizability, reliability and speed you have come to expect from a Reyniers Audio Workstation. Our target is to have Reyniers Audio laptops available by late spring of 2011.

Season’s Greeting

All of us at Reyniers Audio would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2011 be prosperous for all of you and may your music move souls.
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One Response to 2010 – A recap of a productive year and forecasts for the future

  1. Marc Reyniers says:

    Nice blog: personal, reflective, and informative. Good idea to show off your work and talk about future planning and professional prospects. It shows that Reyniers Audio has a vision and is there to stay. Keep up the great work.

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