David's background is in studio based composition and music production, and he has worked with artists, in many different genres, to take their music from demo stages to unique and commercially viable releases, by using his expertise in instrumental arrangement, sound design, and contemporary production techniques.
Before expanding into a multi-room recording facility in 2016, Ishikawa Studios was a control room where all of David's productions from around the world would receive their pre-production and final mixing. For years David found a niche in recording on location, in artists' places of comfort, rather than hiring expensive studios in which to record. By using a portable recording rig, most rooms could be tamed and controlled to provide suitable acoustic spaces and, by not having to keep an eye on the clock (as would be the case in a hired recording studio), the artists' performances were usually far more expressive than they would otherwise be. Some of those productions went on to attain great acclaim in the printed press, major national/international radio play, and even opened up doors for artists to perform to international audiences.
Ishikawa Studios has now grown to include two live rooms with a total of 32 analogue input channels, routed into a beautiful Toft ATB32 console (which features the legendary Trident 80B pre-amps and EQs). The studio boasts state-of-the-art Universal Audio A/D converters, Logic X, an array of plugins from UA, Waves, SoundToys, Plugin Alliance (amongst others), and many other pieces of expert audio software to balance the warmth of analogue with the flexibility and detail of digital. It is David's personal studio where he composes for commissions, creates sound design for film, and mixes for clients.
Because it is not operated like other commercial studios, when you work with David at Ishikawa, you are working with a producer in his own studio, rather than hiring a producer and a separate recording space. There is no "clock watching" because a project budget is decided in advance of the production, and project timelines can be very flexible.
A project's timing should be able to flex around creativity - not the other way around.
STAGES OF MUSIC PRODUCTION
Whether your project is a single song for digital release, or a full length concept album to be released on multiple formats - with accompanying artwork, music videos, and digital content - its best chance of succeeding is by having a strong production plan from the start. Clarifying end goals, identifying clear production paths, as well as preparing and creating as many contingency plans for as many foreseeable road-bumps as possible will ultimately save time money, and waste as little creative energy as possible...
The facilities and equipment at Ishikawa Studios are geared towards achieving high end sound quality, maintaining flexibility in different workflows, and making sure the recording process of any project remains as creative as possible...
Whether you have recorded at Ishikawa Studios or at another facility, mixing is a step of the production process that can be purely functional, or dramatically creative. At Ishikawa Studios, David takes his years of mixing experience across many genres, blending analogue circuitry with digital processing, for endless possibilities in post production…