Launched in late 2008, Off The Deep End Studios (OTDES), is the production hub of everything coming from the creative mind of P.C. Haring.
Consisting of an AKG Perception 100 connected to an Alesis Multimix 8 Channel Firewire mixer, connected to an Apple Mac Mini, OTDES produced the Cybrosis Novel podcast. Recording and mixing this podcast novel included mixing a full cast of voices, with narrator and background music in up to twelve independent tracks in Garage Band.
In May of 2010, Off The Deep End received a significant upgrade/reconfiguration and OTDES 2.0 was born. Pictured here, OTDES 2.0 is the product of P.C. Haring’s move to his Naperville Illinois Condominium. This Studio environment is twice to three times as large as it’s predecessor.
While the hardware configuration has changed only slightly in the upgrade, the added room now allowed for the conversion of a standard clothes closet into a dedicated recording booth, setting the microphone and mixer (literally) on the other side of the studio from the computer and thus reducing the risk of recording contamination from fan noise or equipment vibration, which proved to be a noticeable issue in OTDE 1.0.
The additional space in OTDE 2.0 also permits enough room to set up both Minerva, the studio’s recording computer, and a laptop, Athena, for writing composition and other day to day tasks.
OTDE 2.0 makes use of several software options and related tools including Garage Band and Logic Express for primary recording and mixing. Audacity and Levelator provide secondary support with mixing, balancing, and file conversion. Skype, and Audio Hijack Pro provide needed support for recording VOIP based discussions and interviews while co
ntent from Digital juice provides musical background for all studio productions.
When the studio is not being used in it’s recording capacity, OTDE 2.0 serves as a home office and work area dedicated to the writing, editing, marketing, and publishing process.