About Me

Kevin Pandele, metalhead & metal producer.

In a nutshell...

I've been working in music for almost 10 years, as a composer, but mostly as a producer. I've worked with dozens and dozens of bands on countless releases. I am passionate about what I do and can help you bring your music to the next level. If you have doubts, ask around about me.

Read More...

  • How I work

    The way I work is not formulaic. I like to tailor each production to each band I work with… However, there is a certain general sound that I try to go for, or that my ears find pleasant let's say. I do tend to like clean productions with a very massive weight to them, not in terms of loudness necessarilly, but I do like a tightly packed low-end!
  • My Influences

    Bands: Soilwork, Opeth, Katatonia, Tool, Meshuggah, Freak Kitchen, Gojira, The Interbeing, Textures, A Perfect Circle, etc… (There's really too many to list)
    Producers: David Castillo, Jens Bogren, Jacob Hansen, Andy Sneap, Tue Madsen, Randy Staub, Andy Wallace, etc… (Again, too many to list)
  • Endorsements

    I have the pleasure to be endorsed by Mayones & Warwick.

The Studio

the damage room is my personal studio
you can use it at no extra cost, or if you want, you can have me come to your studio

LAUNCH THE PLAYER
Hear samples from what gets done at the damage room!


This is, after all, the best way to decide if you want to work with me.

Equipment

  • DW Collectors Series Maple Drumkit w/ 22" Kick, 14"x6" Snare, 10"/12"/16" toms
  • Zildjian 14" Z3 Hi Hat, 17" & 18" A custom Projection Crash, 20" Oriental Trash China & 21" Z3 Mega Bell Ride Cymbal
  • Sabian 10" XS Splash
  • Mayones Custom Regius Baritone Guitar
  • Mesa Boogie 4x12 Rectifier Cabinet
  • Engl Savage 120 Head
  • Peavey 6505 Head
  • ISP Technologies Decimator ProRack G
  • Ibanez sr1205e Bass
  • Taylor Acoustic Guitar 214ce
  • M-Audio Keystation 88es
  • Maxon Overdrive OD-808
  • ApulSoft apEQ & apTrigga
  • AudiofileTriumph
  • Celemony Melodyne
  • East West Orchestra Platinum, Pianos & StormDrum 2
  • Flux BitterSweet II, Epure v3, Solera v3, Pure Limiter v3 & Stereo Tools
  • IK Multimedia T-Racks 3 & CSR Reverb
  • Knufinke SIR 2 Convolution Reverb
  • Line6 PodFarm
  • Ohmforce Ohmboyz Delay
  • Slate Digital FG-X, VCC, VBC, VTM & Trigger2
  • Steinberg Cubase 7.5
  • Synchro Arts VocAlign
  • Toontrack Superior Drummer
  • Two Notes Torpedo PI-101
  • Universal Audio 1176 Classic Limiter, 4K Channel Strip, 4K Buss Compressor, API® 500 Series EQ Collection, BOSS® CE-1 Chorus Ensemble Plug-In, Cambridge EQ, dbx® 160 Compressor, DreamVerb, EMT® 140, ENGL® E646 VS Limited Edition, ENGL® E765 Retro Tube, Fairchild® 670 Compressor, FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor Plug-In, Helios™ Type 69 EQ, LA-2A Leveler, LA-3A Leveler, Little Labs® IBP Phase Alignment Tool, Little Labs® Voice Of God Bass Resonance, Manley® Massive Passive EQ, MXR® Flanger/Doubler, Neve® 1073 EQ, Neve® 1081 EQ, Neve® 33609 Compressor, Neve® 88RS Channel Strip, Ocean Way Studios Reverb, Precision Buss Compressor, Precision De-Esser, Precision Enhancer Hz, Precision Equalizer, Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery, Precision Limiter, Precision Maximizer, Precision Multiband, Pultec Passive Collection, Pultec Pro & Legacy EQ, Roland® Dimension D Plug-In, Roland® RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay, SPL® Transient Designer, Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection, Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler.
  • Waves L3-MultiMaximizer & SSL 4000 Bundle

Policies

Payment

Depending on the project, payments are usually split in several installments.

Cancellations

Once we agree on a schedule, please try and adhere to it. Unless it's an accident or an emergency, please try to give me 24 hour notice of any change/cancellation

Housing

Housing is possible. Please get in touch with me to discuss the details.

Alcohol/Cigarettes

Uh… duh!?? But while I agree that you should do whatever is needed to keep the sessions as stress-free as possible, you can only smoke outside of the studio and try not to drink yourself into a belligerent state!

Food/Drinks

You will need some, but you'll have to keep it away from the gear, obviously… There is also plenty of fast-food places & delivery services around.

Last Words

Being in the studio is grueling, mind-numbing, and repetitive… It is also hard work! So please, leave your ego, annoying friends and/or attention seeking girlfriend outside…

Services

Pre-Production

You should always use a few days for pre-production, if you record an LP, it'll help avoid mistakes during the recording process.

Recording

If you want me to, I can bring new ideas to the table, help you harmonize certain parts or create a new arrangement of a part or song.

Mixing

This is my favorite part of the process; download this recording guide if you intend to have me mix the material you recorded yourselves.

Reamping

Record your guitars at home and have me reamp them here at the damage room. Get in touch with me for details.

Mastering

I can take care of mastering whether you want something loud and modern or something musical and dynamic.

Stem Mastering

This method allows me to have more control over the mastering… I, therefore, highly recommend it!

Advice

Know your songs perfectly!
That seems quite obvious, but you wouldn't believe how many times the guitar players and the bass player play notes 1/2 a step apart… Needless to say, that shouldn't really happen. An exceptional song/album does NOT start with an exceptional mix! It starts with exceptional performances!

Tune & have your instruments set up!
Again, pretty obvious, you don't want to have buzzing frets or your intonation all over the place. Drums also require tuning! If you don't know how to do it, look into getting a drum dial.

Practice slowly, to a click!
If you can't play it slow, you can't play it fast, there's NO EXCEPTIONS. The click is just common sense.

Don't be scared to simplify!
Something simple and well played will always sound better than something complicated and poorly executed.

Have extra strings, pick, sticks, etc…
Do you really want recording to stop because you broke a string, or can't find your pick?

Oh look, you're done with your take!
Now would you stop playing so I can hear the playback?


Hey I can't hear the playback!
Because, for some unknown reason, you don't seem to be able to stop playing!


Stop playing!
Seriously, it's not all about you!

Notes
The bass has them… So know them.


Consult your guitar players (they're the ones still playing).
And make sure you're playing in key with them.

Fast Picking
Bass strings are thick and the faster you pick the less the note comes out... and the more pick noises come out! Please understand that!


Count!
You are the foundation of the band, you need to understand the rhythm. Triplets and gallops are fundamentally different!


Record to a click
If you don't, there's no way to ensure the band is tight.

Take care of your instrument
That means don't smoke & don't drink.


Have your lyrics ready
Writing lyrics in the studio is a great waste of money.

What are your rates?
Please scroll a few hundred pixels down.


How long does it take to record x songs?
This is totally up to you. Some bands take an unusually short amount of time to do their thing... some, a very long time. Generally speaking, the more complex, intricate and precise your music is, the longer it'll take.


Do you do track the entire band at the same time?
No, I do not.


Can we attend mixing sessions?
While you're more than welcome to come to the studio to check out the mixes, or to give me very meticulous notes, you can't attend the mixing sessions.


Do you record drums to a click?
Yes, please? I won't force you (though I'll explain the risks in detail), but please record to a click track!


What should we bring to the studio?
You're free to bring whatever piece of equipment you want. I have everything that most bands would need to record here, but if you want to record with your amp, your drumkit, etc… You're more than welcome to do so. Typically, most bands will only bring guitars and basses.


How much of a deposit do you need?
This will depend on the project length, but in most cases, a small ($100-$200) deposit is enough.


Rates

HOURLY RATE

$ 35
  • Perfect for touch ups, overdubs, etc...

  • anytime between 8am & 8pm

DAILY RATE

$ 180
  • Save over 50% on
    the hourly rate!

  • 8am-8pm (12 hour block)
    You can't split a day.

WEEKLY RATE

$ 1000
  • Book 7 days for your EP
    they don't have to be consecutive

  • 15% off the daily rate!

  • Almost 60% off the hourly rate!!

  • 8am-8pm (12 hour block)

  • Pay in several installments

MONTHLY RATE

$ 3400
  • Book 30 days for your LP
    they don't have to be consecutive

  • 30% off the daily rate!

  • 70% off the hourly rate!!

  • Take the time to get everything
    the way you want

  • 8am-8pm (12 hour block)

  • Pay in several installments

References

Here are some of the recent CDs I've had the pleasure to work on
[e]=engineering, [mx]=mixing, [ma]=mastering, [w]=writing, [p]=production

Defiant
Under No Control
[e,mx,ma]
And more…

Get in touch!

Use this spam proof contact form to email me,
give me a call or text me!

CONTACT FORM

Are you human?*



Copyright © 2013 • thedamageroom.com • All rights reserved.