Recording Studio of the Canadian troubadour

Bob's Music Westworld Studios

Recording studio in Pembroke, Ontario

Music Gear, Guitars, Amps, Digital Pianos, and much more!

Music Lessons from Beginner to Advanced

On Staff Luthier for Repairs & Setups

Multi-Track Recording for Small Projects to Full Production

PA Systems and Lighting for Small to Medium Venues

 

Address: 105 Pembroke St W, Pembroke, ON K8A 5M9

Phone: (613) 732-3454

Professional Equipment

Amateur or Professional

There are many studios with limited funds and exclusively use Band in The Box in lieu of more professional gear and not having to hire studio musicians. Band in The Box has been out for 30 years and is a great tool for musicians to get their ideas out. For many musicians on limited budgets, this is a great tool to use in home based studios.

Every recording artist needs to be honest in their goals and abilities as a singer or musician. You do not want to empty your bank account and credit cards to create an album for your family. If you require Auto Tune to change your vocals on every word and not able to perform the song on stage, your limited vocals will never match what was created for your album. You need to believe in your skills before you start spending money. What your friends and family tell you might not be the hard truth. Many studios will tell you that you will be a rock star and happy to take your money. Get honest answers from the residents of a seniors home. Seniors tend to have no filter and will tell you how good or bad you are. LOL

Producer & Engineer

Brian Hebert & Richard Allen

Doug searched for several months for the right recording studio for himself. He talked with many other recording artists and asked them about their recording studios and experience. He also did his homework with online research and reviews of different studios within Canada. Doug also wanted a recording studio with a long history of experience and a group of talented studio musicians available and willing to work with him.

He believed that finding a great Producer and experienced Engineer was vital for his goals. Doug believed in what he was doing and wanted to surround himself with musicians far more experienced. Doug's producer Brian Hebert and engineer Richard Allen are both accomplished musicians with decades of experience.

In the end, the producer and engineer you work with are more important to your final product than the studio you end up in.

Sound Proof Booths

Professional Studios

Professional studios will spend a great deal of time and money to create noise reduction surfaces, sound proof booths and a great working environment.

The quality of microphones, cables, computers, speakers, etc. will almost always be top of the line. Not every studio has the financial backing to provide the space or equipment to create the best product. Having the best equipment does not guarantee the best end product.

Many restaurants have the best kitchens with all the best equipment with a terrible chef. Professional studios are no different than a professional kitchen. Without a great producer and engineer, the end product might just be OK and not outstanding.

 

Prepared Studios

Setup In Minutes

Most professional studios will require minimal setup time as most equipment is ready to use and not in storage. Studio time costs money and if you need to use your gear or the studio needs to empty a room to bring in additional gear will always add time to your projects.

Doug likes to compare it to a professional kitchen that is all setup to cook any type of meal on a moments notice. If the chef has to pull out the stove to bring in the dishwasher every day, it is not very efficient and this costs time and money. Not to mention a very unhappy chef. LOL

Doug loves the feel of a large professional studio that is ready for any type of music on a moments notice. It makes a great environment to be the most creative in his opinion. Happy studio musicians also.

Teamwork & Communication

Personalities Are Very Important

When any team works well together, you can feel it in the air. Your producer is the manager and conductor on your project. Getting everyone working together is a critical skill and not everyone does this very well.

You need to be well prepared to know what you want as an artist and convey your vision to your producer. The better prepared you are will save you time and money.

Your producer should be pushing you to your limits to get the best they can from you. They want to give you the best for your money. If you really put forward a strong effort, your team will almost always provide the same level of effort back to you. If you put in little or no effort to give your best, you can only assume you will get little effort back. If you do not care, neither will your team.

Studio Musicians

Tom Martel & Willy Rivet

Doug feels great in hiring local studio musicians from the Ottawa Valley to work on his projects. Each project is different and he relies on his producer to select the best available studio musicians to work with him on his projects. Experienced studio musicians can be vital to the success of your projects. Inviting your buddies from your jam sessions with little or no studio experience might cost you more studio time and delays you had not expected.

Not only does Doug want to create a great product but he wants the entire team to work well together and have fun in the process. Letting each person on the team have fun and make suggestions, truly creates a superior product in the end.

Tom Martel on drums and Willy Rivet on bass are two of the many musicians that have been part of Doug's team.