Bart Rose

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

Bart Rose is a man of many talents he is a Engineer, a Producer, a Husband and a Daddy. Which is one of the most important job that there is. Bart is from the big city of Fort Worth, Texas Who Doesn't love cowtown?  He loves his job as record producer/Audio Engineer at Fort Worth Sound. He absolutely loves a good beer, good food, and family.

How did you get started in the music and entertainment industry? 

It was 1984 when I got started in music theory and choir classes in the 9th grade. The next year I got my first guitar and got hooked on rock music.  4 years later my stepfather made a bet with me. I could pick an awesome song to learn on the guitar. If I pulled it off well, he would buy me the new Guitar Amp I had my eyes on.  I chose "Black Star" by Yngwie Malmsteen, an amazing shredder rock guitarist.  The song was too dang hard so he let me try another song.  I chose "Eruption" by Van Halen and pulled it off pretty well.  Before I could get the amp I wanted, he asked what I thought about a drum machine and a 4 track cassette recorder to record my ideas. I agreed that was a great idea so that Christmas he bought me a Roland drum machine and a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder. I was immediately bitten by the recording bug and have been honing my craft ever since. 

What are some of the biggest differences you've seen in this business?  

With home recording and the affordability of getting started with a basic setup, everyone and their dog seems to be trying their hand at home recording.  Unfortunately for the home recording enthusiast, only a select few ever grasp true quality recording skills. And fortunately for commercial recording studio's like mine there is still a need for qualified engineers and producers with quality gear, rooms, and good ears.
What would be the major reasons to go into a professional studio over a home-recording set-up? 

 The ability to record loud sources without bothering the neighbors,  the ability to capture amazing sounds with expensive, state of the art equipment,  the well tuned ears of a seasoned audio professional,  well kept instruments, etc.

What about the room, what kind of difference does that make? 

A great sounding room is imperative for recording great drum sounds. Because not only do the drums get mics up close, there are usually mics placed throughout the room as well, to capture the ambience.  Sometimes a small, dead room can be the key too.  A proper recording studio will have dead spaces as well as live spaces, for whatever sound the project requires.

What could great-sounding recording do for an artist’s career? 

Radio airplay, more CD and mp3 sales, management, booking, etc.

Do artists benefit from networking? 

You bet. We all benefit from networking.  Being a self proclaimed rock star who doesn't need anyone's help is the best way to ruin a career. 

What do you feel are the other elements an artist needs to have as part of their product to go out there and pitch it?  Nice merchandise, a great personality for networking, a operable vehicle to get to shows, etc. 

How many of the artists you work with are able to match live what they've done in the studio? Is this the norm?  

With modern recording techniques, the productions can sometimes get big fast, leaving a band with the daunting task of wondering how they will pull it off live. Most local bands with 4 or 5 members can find ways to get a full sound live, and mimic the album pretty decently.  Bigger touring budgets mean more musicians can be afforded, which  can help in achieving the goal of matching what's on the album. 

How do you value studio time? 

I charge by the hour/day usually. Sometimes by the song.  If I know the artist is going to take 40 hours per song then it would usually be in my best interest to charge by the day. If the artist takes a normal amount of time to record good product, I can sometimes charge a "per song" rate. 

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Thank you Bart!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

1 comment:

  1. Great interview. It's nice to read something that's a little more in depth than the usual promo stuff.

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