Music Production Services

Music Production Services

Yes, even you can benefit from a producer...

Why do most major artists use an outside producer?  A producer has the ability to see the song (and album) from an outside perspective, aware of what is translating as a whole from the speakers to the listener.  A good producer also has the musical skills and the ability to know how to arrange instruments and vocals so they create a good feel and don't step on each other - a good mix starts with the arrangement!  Artists and songwriters, who have usually been with their music since the beginning, often hear it only one way.  This can put them too 'inside' their music, preventing them from seeing the full potential of their songs and their ability to musically reach people.  If there are lyrics, without a stellar musical vehicle, they won't reach anyone either.  A set of fresh ears can hear improvements in things such as tempo, time feel, key, instrumentation, or song form for example.  If the bass player is playing the same rhythm as the guitar & keys, perhaps a contrasting rhythm or line can bring out the funk, getting more people to dance or tap their feet.  Maybe the song's beautifully cruising along, but there's suddenly a weak chord change that brings the song down, or there's a chord that needs to be held longer going into the chorus in order to give the band time to build into it.  Or maybe the vocalist is singing with the wrong attitude, detracting from the meaning of the lyric.  Maybe there's an instrument or a background vocal arrangement that would bring the chorus to life.  The goal of the producer is to breathe new life into the song by bringing out the best in the band or artist, or if there is no band, hiring the best studio musicians and hearing the best arrangement for the song.  Also, a good producer is not a dictator - he will keep the artist's vision in tact, and will listen to ideas from the artist or the band as well.

A bit about producer Scott Apicelli...

Scott Apicelli, in-house producer and owner of Blue Sky Recording / Music Studios, graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production & Engineering.  For decades he's played drums in top area bands based in both Boston and currently in the Capital Region, also taking on the role of sound technician and vocal arranger for several of these bands.  He's been recording solo acts and bands of many genres for over 30 years, and has produced many acts as well, including 2 albums for top Albany based band 'Hair of the Dog', and 3 albums for 'Get Up Jack', the latter earning the awards "2015 Album of the Year" and "2015 Song of the Year" by Celtic  While still an active drummer both live and in the studio, he also has a love for harmony and arranging, whether it's arranging  5 part vocal harmonies, a string part or arranging a rhythm section so that it's groove best serves the song.  Scott's biggest asset as a producer is that he's a musician first, with both the experience and the ear to bring out the emotion in the music. Contact us for a free consultation to see how Scott can help you with your next project.

"Blue Sky's Scott Apicelli is someone I love having at the controls in the recording studio.  He has ears you can absolutely count on for the finest nuances of pitch, musical line, and rhythm.

Judy Wyle
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"Scott, I am thrilled.  What a professional job.  Thank you."
(For production of Town of Malta theme song)

Paul Sausville, Supervisor, Town of Malta

"I have worked with Blue Sky Studios on numerous occasions and can recommend their services without hesitation.  The studio is professional; the staff is knowledgeable and extremely easy to deal with.

Robert Beaulieu
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"My music is a big part of me. When I decided that I was ready to record it, I took my search for a studio very seriously.  I interviewed four different producers, and finally happened upon Blue Sky Recording Studios.  It felt like I'd found a home. 

Kami Patrizio
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