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My name is Paul Broussard. I have been Owner and Chief Engineer here at Leap Studios since 1996.
With nearly 20 years experience, I've am fluent in virtually all audio recording set-ups. Working with many different genres of music over the years, from rock to metal, funk to jazz, I have immersed myself in the technical science and art of audio. Whether it's understanding the ins-and-outs of signal structure, using recording software to its maximum potential or setting up audio gear to get the very best sound, I am in my element. My goal for each and every project is to capture the sounds my clients create and present them so they are as beautiful and full as they envisioned upon their inception. My clients tell me that my input and experience also often adds to what they've envisioned as well, bringing out the song or project's highest potential. While recording the complex nature of music is my passion, I am also well-versed in all methods of audio recording from VO's and commercial mixing to industrials and ADR for film and television. My studio is equipped with a full Pro Tools HD2 system, a beautiful 400 square foot tracking room, high-end microphones, pre-amps and a highly musical environment. It's never a surprise when musicians end up meeting in passing at Leap Studios and fostering a future partnership or friendship.
I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and come from a very musical family. My first musical experiences were in groups I formed along with my younger brother, Ben, and some school friends. For more than 20 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing in several different bands, and immersing myself in the world of music. My love for recording began with a wish to document the music created by my bands, but quickly grew into a lifelong passion. Fortunately, my interest in the technical side grew as well, and I've continued to learn and broaden my experience as the years have passed. There is never a week that goes by where I am not learning something new, learning how to do something a little bit better or fine-tuning my expertise in the recording arena. And of course all the while nurturing the musician that inhabits my soul.
Matt McElveen, assistant engineer at Leap, is versed in studio-standards, with experience in tracking, mixing, and mastering. Beyond this, Matt's engineering experience and approach is incredibly unique and invaluable to the Leap Studios. His abilities come from a background with years of experience in electronic production and arrangement and songwriting, years of classical vocal training and performance, and piano and synthesizer performance. His musical influences and genre specialties best focus in electronic/techno, pop, singer-songwriter, and indie/alternative.
Matt in the studio:
A strong background in vocal experience, providing a keen ear for vocal tracking, intuition for stronger vocal takes, an immense ear for harmony, and a unique, personal, and almost scientific approach on and understanding of vocal tracking.
A strong background in electronic production and instrumental arrangement using software synths, drum sampling, hardware synths, loops, etc.
A unique and resourceful background in songwriting and production, including melody-crafting, harmony, lyricism, and arrangement/structure.
A provided unique sonic library of essential and explorational sounds:
A Nord Electro for beautiful piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Organ sounds, as well as unique synth
A Microkorg XL for a massive range of synth sound from buzzing leads to crunchy bass to glittering, atmospheric Arps and Pads
A Roland Fantom G6 for everything else, with its massive workstation-sound bank.
Electronic Beat Crafting and instrumental track building, for artists without the resources and/or ability to craft instrument tracks
Paid per instrumental track
Vocal Tracking/Voice Lesson
Utilizing Yourself and Your Environment for the Best Vocal Performances
ProTools, Fl Studio, software synthesizers
Rehearsal Coaching and Production
Guiding the new band to a focused rehearsal process