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This awesome video teasers a future album release by Apollo Static called “Flowers of Despair” (so this will be the title track then) via his label Ketzerpop from Leipzig / Germany. You can preorder the album via the artist’s homepage. We mastered the video edit version using plug-ins from independent developers like Klanghelm, TDR, Fielding DSP and Sknote. There is really no reason to go for dongle-secured big package software which used to dominate the professional market for so long. We even consider to leave Cubase behind and go Reaper because it’s so streamlined and fast.

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Austrian bike manufacturer Simplon released some promotional video clips lately. We were doing audio post-production and sound design for it while using and remixing pre produced music in the process. The next step would be to fit in our own music as well. So the work continues. And with the help of a recently acquired Tascam DM-3200 we are doing recordings in more than one room simultaneously now.

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Maybe our earliest approach on serious music production whatsoever – my colaboration with beat mate Oliver Wicke and lovely voice Viola Manigk. The fundamental elements (samples, guitars and synths) came together already 10 years ago and were complemented time after time by additional recordings namely drums, strings and keys. And of course – the voice – being the point where it all started to make sense. Also Oliver created fine video clips for some of the songs (see track information). Because we never knew how to take up the thread again we decided to just put it on Bandcamp in the realm of the blockstudio. So here you have it, please enjoy!

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Welcome Goodbye

We happily announce the premiere of “Welcome Goodbye” a film directed by Nana A. T. Rebhan. Mainly a documentary this film includes fictional passages to trigger certain facettes of Berlin’s touristic life. Our studio was responsible for OFF-text editing and the main mix. And it was our first full-length film project so far. So the opening night will take place at the 28th of May at the Moviemento in Berlin. We hope for massive attendings!

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For a short film called “Fidèle et sincère” (German title “Ehrlich und treu”) by Mathieu Alexandre Charrière his team took a shot at our recording facility back in 2012. More information (including the film itself) will be revealed any time soon. Thanks a lot to Mathieu and his team! As you can see the Nevaton MC-416 instead of Neumann’s usual suspects is right in its place. Headphones on the other hand definitely are the usual supects – Beyerdynamic’s trusty DT 100.

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As the studio is ready to mix again we updated our SoundCloud playlist and references. We’d like to mention particularly the guys above (to be watched in an older live video), a music project called “Aktion X”. Coming all the way from Leipzig they visited our studio to record vocals and some additional takes. The instrumental mixes were already done elsewhere so Christian just had to fit in the new stuff. The results you can listen to when you get to the Cloud and via the player on this website’s right side.

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Trains are leaving, Korn is coming

What I wanted to say is: Don’t go any further … but listen to a Remix first I mixed on our trusty analog console. It’s a song from a Dresden-based project called Trains on Fire and I’m glad I could help them out. Another hit from Dresden will be this: You & Me, Jacob Korn’s first full-length album for Uncanny Valley, and blockstudio added its spice to the mix! Release date: The Third of September, this year.

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Tracks uploaded, mastering for ortloff, mixing BIL002, Making-Of Probezeit

More than once we promised to show some work we’ve done in the studio and here it is (on the right side of our site or directly at SoundCloud). Among the chosen tracks you’ll find the Probezeit demo songs, and some electronic moody wave industrial ambient made by Christian himself (highly recommended as a soundtrack for video and video games). You’ll also have some sessions where we recorded the musicians alltogether, mixed just a little, and put it together for private listening.

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