Welcome to Tesco Productions

Welcome to the Tesco Productions recording studio website – and thanks for dropping by. We hope you will stop in regularly so you can stay up to date with news of clients and advances here (and a possible “latest catch” picture – more details in “Meet the Engineer“).

Tesco Productions is the second oldest continuous running sound recording service and production studio in Omaha. However, we’ve often been referred to over the years as one of Omaha’s “best kept secrets” – and so here’s the grand tour. Along the way you’ll meet some very special people – our clients, who often become friends, and hear and see some of their experiences with Tesco Productions. Hopefully you will find as well the heart, motivation, skill and experience we try to bring to each project and event. So welcome back, or come on in if it’s your first visit.

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Tesco Productions Owner Providing Recording Seminar

Every year the National Traditional Country Music Association hosts a music festival which is currently held in Le Mars, IA. Bob and Sheila Everhart head up both the NTCMA and this Old-Time Music Festival the full week prior to Labor Day. This year I have the opportunity to present an hour long presentation entitled “So You Want To Record”. Topics covered will be in two primary categories – preparing as a musician, and what to look for in a recording studio. Having recorded for over 30 years now I’ve seen a wide range of readiness for a recording session or project, and also observed and heard about the outcome from various recording situations. A story I never like to hear is a “negative” experience a musician or other client has at any recording facility – as it taints the industry overall. Certainly a major part of having an enjoyable and beneficial time recording is to be well prepared beforehand. A recording setting is quite different from a live presentation and can catch some clients off guard. Knowing in advance how to prepare and what to expect is quite helpful. So hopefully we can address a number of these topics during this time. Down the road I may incorporate this information into this site as a resource for new clients and a refresher for returning ones. It’s important to have a good match between the engineer/facility and the artist/speaker.
So this presentation is set for Friday, September 1 at 3pm, so if you’re able to attend that’d be great – or come up, enjoy and participate in the week long event that starts August 28 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. More info on the festival and the NTCMA is available here.

Two of the Tesco Productions’ Past Team Meet Up On Road Trip

Jon Guggenheim and Tom Sharman back in Omaha
Jon and Tom back in Omaha

On Father’s Day I found myself on an airline headed to Utah to meet up with longtime friend and fellow audio engineer, Jon.  We were embarking on the conclusion of a journey Jon had been on for nearly a month by that point.  The purpose?  Well Jon and I were going to enjoy a week of travel in some of God’s most beautiful pallets and spend a week as friends and past co-workers listening to a lot of tunes (many of which Jon has recorded in Cleveland) and catching up.  Jon’s primary focus was the conclusion of several interviews he had been conducting concerning moves by the current administration and other state officials to change the designation of and divest certain public lands to private or alternate use.  This is of great concern to him and many others who don’t want to see this heritage destroyed or altered.  You can get an overview of the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1005089432/this-land-is-our-land?ref=nav_search and additional details here: https://www.facebook.com/thislandisourlanddoc/?notif_t=page_admin¬if_id=1490635405248312.  The funds were raised and so the work was in process.  I provided some secondary video recording, held the reflective light panel as needed, and hosted a collie on my lap while his younger brother nipped and played around me as I finally started to soak in what the open country was offering my heart.

View while camping at Hells Canyon, Idaho
Hells Canyon, Idaho
The Grand Tetons Mountains Lake Relfection
Grand Tetons

And so it was that we headed north out of Utah into Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.  Along the way we saw very brief glimpses of Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons and Mount Rushmore National Memorial Park.  Five of the six nights were tent camping and so we were quite close to our environment and definitely feeling it – like frost on our tents in Yellowstone.  But it was a very refreshing time and I’m still trying to soak in what we saw and experienced.  These parks and monuments (and many others like them) in this great country are a microcosm of the vast riches we are blessed with, but until you actually get out there and surround yourself with them you either don’t know (as in my case) or quickly forget.  I highly recommend stepping out of the routine and away from the urgency of life now and then to find and remember what else is out there; and having personally rolled another decade this month, life’s too short to miss it. Thanks Jon!

Waterfall in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Park
Mount Rushmore at dusk

Mister Malachi Brings Fresh Take To Music Genre

Mister Malachi lays acoustic guitar on Hip Hop, R&B tune
Mister Malachi
Mister Malachi opened the horizons of Hip Hop and R&B by laying down an acoustic guitar track over his beats this week at Tesco Productions. We’ve recorded many acoustic guitar lines, but never to this style of music. It made for an intriguing blend and matched his song “Old Time Sakes” very well. After extending the beat track a bit Mister Malachi recorded both vocal and guitar. With the addition of a second vocal pass we found a nice blend of the two in the chorus sections and mixed the acoustic and beats together as needed. There will be additional molding of the tune done by Mister Malachi’s associate, but the initial work is done. Hope it does well for you.