Little Spot Productions - Our Vision
A new option for Studio-Grade Audio Recording
So, you want to make a record?
In times past, if you wanted to record music or a presentation, you had to call a studio. Often, the recording had to be done at the studio's own facility. If you wanted to record something special, like a Church choir, there were usually two options: (1) bring the choir in to the studio, or (2) do-it-yourself with limited microphones and post-production abilities.
The result? Usually, a recording that didn't "do your group credit." Since one major goal in making a recording is to sell it, for fund raising or even to earn an income, you want to have the most professional, smooth, and listenable mix you can. No matter the subject matter, recordings should be enjoyable to listen to, so that your customers will like them and listen to them over and over again. Moreover, you want them to recommend your work to others to increase your customer base.
Little Spot Productions is here to help! As a mobile, on-site capable operation, we can gather the resources - or bring our own - in order to provide professional-grade recording and post-productions. We can make your subject matter shine with the best in the industry. We can do this anywhere in the USA and Canada, and we can even take our services to international locales - if you ask us nicely :)
And, we can do it at a price you can afford.
What can we do for you?
That is for you to think of, to dream of. But we can offer a brief list of our services:
- Lecture recordings
- Church Services (Live)
- On-Site Choir recordings
- Musical and Radio Audtion materials
- Session work - at any location!
How We Started
Little Spot Productions started in Northeast Pennsylvania in 2009. We produced an on-site recording for one of the local Eastern Orthodox parish Churches in The Wyoming Valley. Since then, we have served the needs of clients in New York City; Wilkes-Barre, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; Jordanville, NY; Kodiak, AK; Phoenix, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO, and Denver, CO. In fact, in September 2014 we will be working in Moscow, Russia on a project! Our venues have ranged from in-home audition recordings to medium-scale Concert Settings with Audience numbers in the 500+ person range. While most of our work has been in service to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, we are available to anyone.
The original intent behind our operations was actually driven by the needs of the Church parishes we recorded for. Most of these parish communities are quite financially challenged, and as such often do not have the personnel or facilities to do professional grade recordings at the regular market rates. This is ironic, because, if you have ever listened to the great works by Pavel Chesnokov or Sergei Rachmaninoff, you know that the a capella choir masterworks are sublime and extremely wonderful to listen to.
There have been valiant efforts by small church communities to record their choirs and singers, but many of these efforts have been hampered by a budget production ethos that includes artificial or otherwise inadequate production values. As the result., a plethora of rather unpleasant sounding recordings exist, even when the musicianship is good. We formed this venture to begin to set that right. And, as we have started that work, we of course have acquired a very fine and high-quality set of recording tools.
About our Engineer
Aaron "Seraphim" Hanisch is the recording engineer in charge of Little Spot Productions. He is a man of many talents and experiences - a Church choirmaster, a singer, a synthesist and pianist, and, of course, a producer and recording engineer. He has studied the art of recording extensively, both through personal experimentation (nothing like good ol' trial and error to learn what works and what doesn't!)
He has also studied this art through examination of other engineers' works. Most recently, he completed a session with the professionals of Sound/Mirror, from Boston, MA. Sound/Mirror is without a doubt one of the finest on-site recording studios in the world. They presently claim over 80 Grammy award nominations and wins in their history.
Mr. Hanisch studied - and assisted - with all aspects of Sound/Mirror's most recent undertaking - that of recording Sergey Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" as sung by the combined Phoenix and Kansas City Chorales, directed by the inimitable Charles Bruffy. This was literally the "best of the best, by the best" and was enormously illuminating. Mr. Hanisch has a basic agreement with Sound/Mirror to farm out mastering needs for that extra sheen. He looks forward to further learning and even collaborative efforts with Sound/Mirror in the future.
YOU DREAM UP THE POSSIBILITIES....