5223 E Simpson Ferry Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

From The Owner - Robert Scott Richardson

Hello everyone. Now that you have made your way to this page I would like to tell you a little about After 7 Studios. After 7 Studios originally started out as Scott Wray Studios in 2000. We had some great success with the design of the rooms but it was only an experiment. We had to build with the walls already up and it limited us to what we could do towards sound design. We were fortunate enough to sell the building in 2004 and start fresh with a new block building that had been gutted by a fire. This allowed us to float the floors and erect double walls that are not parallel with each other. We have a decent drum room and 2 isolation booths. One major thing we wanted to do was to make the control room spacious. The previous studio had a small control room and we learned how cramped a band could be as this is where most of the time was spent during sessions. All in all, everyone who has tracked here has been pleased with the results.

So why would you want to record here when there are so many other studios in the area that charge the same price? It all comes down to our gear. A good engineer will not be able to achieve professional results with cheap equipment. We encourage you to do some research of studios in New York City, Nashville and LA. What systems do the majority of professional studios use? You will find Pro Tools HD, Neve, API, Lexicon, Eventide and Urei mentioned all of the time. Hopefully you have already checked our our gear list. Look familiar?

Are You Ready?

Please allow me give you some advice. If you are in a band just to pick up chicks and get free booze then there is no better job you can have. Eventually you will grow up and be unemployable unless you are lucky enough to get locked up or thrown into a rehab. For those who want to make a true career in the music industry you have to pay your dues.

Who is your favorite artist? Is the music you are writing similar to the style of your favorite artist? I am a big fan of prog rock. Many of the musicians who play prog rock have been studying their instrument since they were 6 or 7 years old. Some of these artist rehearse 8 to 10 hours a day, everyday. They have logged in over 50,000 hours of study and if you think about this they would have to play 8 hours everyday for 20 years straight!

The point is to try to find what you are good at and study other artists who influence you. Always remain teachable. Finding the right members for your band is difficult and you may have to make changes if someone is not carrying their weight. You can have a great singer and guitar player but if the bass player or drummer is not producing a solid groove, it may suck. It might be a simple case of not enough experience. I was a late starter on keyboards and when I joined my band I sucked. I wanted to do this so bad that I did practice 8 hours a day, everyday for 2 years. The band members could have replaced me for a more experienced player but they witnessed my drive and stuck with me. Eventually I graduated out of the suck category.

My band toured extensively for 5 years before we recorded our first album. We had started by playing locally at college fraternity parties and smaller bars. We signed with an agency from Atlanta, Georgia and they filled our schedule to play 6 nights a week up and down the east coast. I remember our first time out, the agency booked us for 48 nights in a row and they were all one nighters at clubs from Pennsylvania to Florida and back. When we returned to Pennsylvania we were really good and I mean really good. We had played so much that playing was as easy as breathing. Our fans noticed it to.

Playing in a recording studio is much different than playing at a club. It is much more than a sound check. Engineers are very concerned with the quality of the drums, amplifiers and guitars. We have a first rate drum set you can use but if you choose to use your own make sure that it is in the best condition it can be and replace all drum heads. Check for those squeaky pedals. It is also very important to make sure the intonation of all the guitars and bass guitars are adjusted.

Practice the songs you are going to record as much as you can and then practice a little more. The more prepared you are the more money you will save in studio time. Decide if you are going to play to a click track and get used to doing this as you rehearse. I personally always recommend using a click track.

We look forward to helping you reach your goal. Call 717-439-0710 to set up an appointment.


Robert Scott Richardson
After 7 Studios, Inc.