We cover the gamut from songwriting to pre-production, booking session musicians and arrangers, to the actual recording, mixing and mastering of your record. We also offer basic audio services such as voice actor and audio book recording, vocal tuning, drum editing, sound design, audio restoration and cleanup.
At Hot Milk Studio, we come from a rich background of performing and songwriting. We would love to help you develop your musical ideas in advance, so that your time spent recording is time spent well (hint: you spend less money!). In our experience, this results in music that is satisfying, deep and spirited.
For us, this is the crucial moment where we attempt to capture the sonic essence of human interaction. Naturally, we always utilize outstanding signal chains (microphones, preamps, converters), but we prioritize recording unique musical expression over pure gear fetishm. One of our specialities is recording rhythm sections of 2-4 musicians simultaneously, this generates enormous synergies (it grooves better!) and eliminates many time-consuming overdubs.
We have a hybrid setup with various choice pieces of analog outboard connected to a state-of-the-art digital audio workstation. If a track call for reamping and gritty layering through hardware, we’ll gladly do it. But if in-the-box sounds great, it is great. We’re not snobs or purists, we’ll do whatever sounds best!
HOT MILK CREW
We offer a unique opportunity to work with some of Germany’s finest session musicians/producers. Hot Milk Crew is Robinson Sartorius (guitars), Leon Schurz (bass), Benedikt Stehle (drums) and Fred Sauer (keys)—a group of highly talented musicians/producers/songwriters with many decades of dedicated experience under their belts. They deliver unique performances with the tight organic feel that can only come from a rhythm section that has been together for years.
Many of the jobs in audio processing are unspectacular but they have to be done. These include tasks such as vocal tuning and editing, drum editing, recording voice artists, creating commercials, eliminating noise and disturbances from recordings, restoring archive material and so on. We have many years of experience in these fields, so do not hesitate to ask us for help!
MASTERING & FINALIZING
Once everybody agrees that the mix is great, it’s time to master and finalize the recording and/or project. In recent years, much has changed in the mastering world, you may have heard about the so-called “loudness wars”. The good news is that audio no longer has to be excessively limited and compressed to compete, since all major streaming and online services (Spotify, Apple, YouTube, Tidal etc.) now offer normalized loudness. We are familiar with the rules set out in EBU R 128, and have experience mastering for these new requirements.