FM v 2.0
12 July 2015
Fader Master v2.0 Has Landed Book your studio sessions effective immediately to celebrate! From now until further notice, full 12hr day sessions are only $250 + taxes including an engineer. No restrictions on booking quantity, no hidden fees. Let's celebrate the new setup! Email or call us today.
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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HARMONIC

In music, an adjective referring to HARMONY and its principles. In ACOUSTICS, when a vibrating object, such as a string, is set in motion, it vibrates both as a whole, with a FREQUENCY called the FUNDAMENTAL, and, with lesser intensity, in sections as well. If these smaller lengths are integer fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4, ...) of the total length of the string, their frequencies of OSCILLATION are called harmonics, and are integer multiples of the fundamental.

SOUNDWALK

A form of active participation in the SOUNDSCAPE. Though the variations are many, the essential purpose of the soundwalk is to encourage the participant to listen discriminatively, and moreover, to make critical judgments about the sounds heard and their contribution to the balance or imbalance of the sonic environment.

TUNING

The adjustment of the FREQUENCY of strings or pipes of musical instruments to conform to a given SCALE, or the adjustment of other instruments to such a tuned instrument.

PITCH

The subjective impression of FREQUENCY, in the same sense that LOUDNESS is the subjective sense of the INTENSITY or AMPLITUDE of a sound. As such, pitch is a psychoacoustic variable, and the degree of sensitivity shown to it varies widely with people. Some individuals have a sense of remembered pitch, that is, a pitch once heard can be remembered and compared to others for some length of time; others have a sense of absolute pitch called PERFECT PITCH.

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