Professional Sound Magazine
25 October 2012
The kind folks over at Professional Sound Magazine decided to do a featured article on our new studio venture, Fader Mountain Sound. You can download the article as a PDF here. There's been lots of action in our new place, so check out the article to find out more about what it's all become this year!
Kevin Kowal

Studio Partner | Mastering | Engineering | Music Production | Music Transcription 

I offer you music production services through the eye of a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, historian, educator, engineer and producer. All with versatility and communicative skills to match!

How did this come about?

Twelve years of private, Royal Conservatory piano instruction commencing at the age of five, followed by additional lessons for harmony, history, form and counterpoint in my early teens.  Right after high school I received a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory.  I've played the entire musical score of Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story myself in high school and won an award for it.

At the University of Manitoba, I studied with the eminent Canadian pianist, Marek Jablonski.  He handed down the most important aspects of performance and musical understanding that go back to his time of studying with Rosina Lhevinne at New York’s Julliard School of Music. She was considered one of the greatest music teachers of the 20th century. I also went to Toronto and studied with the head of the Paris Conservatoire piano department: Pierre Souverain.  He was the last pupil to study with the legendary French pianist; Alfred Corte. Pierre grew up listening to the sounds of Igor Stravinsky improvising on the piano when he came to visit his parents.

Modern Orchestration, advanced structural analysis, traditional and 20th century compositional techniques are just as much a part of who I am in addition to my classical training.

Later on, I became fascinated with audio engineering and production, and thought that with my extensive musical background, I could become a force to be reckoned with!

I graduated from a recording school Summa Com Laude and have never looked back.

I am proud to be listed in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

All along the way, I have been learning new instruments, so I am a multi-instrumentalist. I perform in recording sessions with piano, keyboards, synthesizers, mandolin, electric bass, classical acoustic and electric guitar. I have recently mastered Flamenco guitar and am moving on to East Indian instruments. Because of my immense training and experience, I am able to quickly learn different styles of music and communicate effectively with my clients.

I also pride myself on being ahead of the game, not only musically, but with cutting-edge technology also. I was one of the first to use many of the software programs that we use in the studio now, as I foresaw they would become the industry standards that they are today.

What it comes down to is this: Whether you want something to be performed, composed, recorded, produced, mixed or mastered, and no matter the style of music it is, I will approach it and bring the best out of you and your music with a profoundly deep understanding, focused skill and musical appreciation that you will only find at FaderMaster Studios!


Educational Highlights:
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Music Production Program (Summa Cum Laude)
Trebas Institute - 1994

Bachelor of Music
University of Manitoba - 1979
(Studied with the eminent Canadian pianist Marek Jablonski)

Artist Diploma, Piano (1st year)
University of Toronto - 1978
(Studied with the head of the piano department of the Conservatoire de France Pierre Souverain)

A.R.T.C. Diploma, Piano
Royal Conservatory of Music - 1976

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I currently teach at:

Langara College
Stylus College of Music and Sound Technology

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A pre-recorded or simulated sound produced for a radio, television, film or theatrical program in order to suggest an actual sonic environment. The design of such sounds (often abbreviated as SFX), particularly when a complex acoustic environment is to be simulated, involves a thorough understanding of the structure of such a SOUNDSCAPE; that is, what sounds are representative and most significant, as well as which are necessary to create a given AMBIENCE and sense of ACOUSTIC SPACE.

STEREOPHONIC

(Greek: stereos = solid; phone = sound) Generally, a term used to refer to the spatial distribution of sound, normally using AUDIO technology. More specifically, a form of reproduction which records, transmits and reproduces the original sound with two CHANNELs, regardless of the number of loudspeakers used. Also abbreviated to stereo.

PAN

A term used in broadcasting and recording to indicate a spatial movement of a SIGNAL. A sound is panned when it is moved smoothly from one location (e.g. LOUDSPEAKER or CHANNEL) to another. This is accomplished by using various ATTENUATORs or POTENTIOMETERs, sometimes combined into a single unit called a pan-pot or panoramic divider in order to control the AMPLITUDE of the signal in each channel.

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