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Type Bee: David Archuleta’s Studio Skills

20 April 2010



Last week David Archuleta was working in recording studios in New York City. Professional orchestral musicians usually have practice time and a musical score right in front of them. The recording artist often has neither. What skills does David possess that make him a success in the sound booth? There are certainly many, but to name a few…

What’s the Score?

enlargeDavid Archuleta, studio shot, with big microphone, American Idol 2008David Archuleta is a vocal virtuoso with prodigious skill and native talent. Though we fans have rarely seen him at work in the studio, it’s easy to imagine that he brings enormous abilities to the sound booth. Producers, songwriters, other musicians, and engineers all sing his praises. He probably even makes friends with the guy or gal who brings in the lunch at break time. And while David is serious about music, he seems to have a lot of fun making music. His strong work ethic may be an inspiration to those lucky enough to work with him. Anyone who is around him longer than a minute will appreciate his creative and artistic aptitude.

David Archuleta, recording artist extraordinaire!

Here are a few skills that make David a great artist.

  • David can hear a recorded demo track of the vocal melody line and learn it by ear in record time, no pun intended.
  • He can quickly learn many parts of the songs to layer them for a fuller sound.
  • He understands time signatures and note values and can sing a major fifth above the note when asked.
  • With his good diction, he will avoid popping p’s and spitting s’s’ and f’s, saving the engineer lots of “fix it in the mix” work.
  • As a pianist, he can probably sight-read, as well as provide great improvisation to the arrangement.

What special skills do you think help David in the recording studio?

Sidebar: off on a tangent

On the liner notes of David’s debut album, David Archuleta, is a list of the recording studios that were used. While most were in Los Angeles, there were a few oddballs, including one in Stockholm, Sweden, and another in Rockville, Maryland. For me the most intriguing one is The Fly And The Bee Studio in North Hollywood. Searching Google, I find only listings associated with David Archuleta. I wonder, could it be a digital recording studio set up in David’s hotel room? haha! If so, it’s quite a nice name, don’t you think?


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  • Cathy | 1 | 20th April 2010 at 6:30 am |

    Great post! One would have to think that all the writers, producers and engineers greet David with open arms because of making their jobs so much easier. Everyone benefits from his extraordinary talent, including us!

    Lol at the name of the studio!

  • minja | 2 | 20th April 2010 at 7:27 am |

    thanks, Cathy! Everyone who gets to work with David is lucky to have that opportunity to create beautiful music…and for a bonus, be in the presence of a very sweet, compassionate, funny young man. What a joy that must be!

    Yes, it’s funny about The Fly & The Bee Studio—I didn’t even notice it until a few months ago. It is odd to me that Google doesn’t produce any results — no street address, no website — for such a studio in N. Hollywood.

  • WG (unregistered) | 20th April 2010 at 11:54 am |

    Great info!

  • kimbee | 3 | 21st April 2010 at 11:54 am |

    Great post, I liked it so I tweeted it to David. I hope he comes here to read on occasion.

  • minja | 4 | 21st April 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    Thanks so much, kimbee! From your thought to David’s ears, I hope he will visit our little buzzing website. Thumbs up!

  • Katheryn | 5 | 21st April 2010 at 9:28 pm |

    David is a master at conveying emotion, spirituality, and meaning while singing. Being a good technician is one thing, but if you don’t bring artistic expression and interpretation to a performance it will fall flat. In this respect, David distances himself from the field with his soul-stirring renditions.