Pittsburgh, PA (May 17, 2006)–Mr. Smalls, the Millvale, PA-based Church complex turned music venue, recording studios and skate park, opened a new recording studio in Pittsburgh’s North Side back in late March, located in the former Audiomation. Meanwhile, the Millvale complex will re-open as the Creative.Life.Support Center, encompassing developmental and educational resources for musicians, and the newly re-named Real.Life Studio located in the Rectory House recording studio.
With the talents of head engineer and owner, Larry Luther, Dave Bjornson (AAM’s former head engineer and owner), and the other Mr. Smalls engineers, the new North side studio will offer a diversity of recording styles, techniques and tools. The new facility features Pro Tools HD, 5.1 mixing capabilities, and an introductory rate of $50 per hour with engineer and access to an extensive list of equipment and instruments. Having seen the likes of artists such as Anti-Flag, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent/G-Unit, Keller Williams and Ryan Adams, Mr. Smalls brings its history to a new room who’s own history includes the likes of The Darkness, Peter Gabriel, John Hicks & Dwayne Dolphin, Rusted Root’s legendary first album Cruel Sun (Mr. Smalls co-owner, Liz Berlin’s band) and Out Of The Blue (co-owner, Mike Speranzo’s band).
So far, according to Luther, the new studio’s hosted sessions with local bands, most notably The Mandrake Project, which was mixed at Mr. Smalls. Luther reports that two punk bands-Caustic Christ and Behind Enemy Lines-will be coming in for sessions in June, and in July, professional skateboarder Mike Valleli’s band, Revolution Mother, will be doing some recording in the new facility.
Mr. Smalls will run its non-profit record label–Creative.Life.Support Records–from the Creative.Life.Support Center, offering interest-free financing for recording studio projects to artists who qualify. Artists of all levels and genres will have the opportunity to record at Mr. Smalls Studios and Real.Life Studio, which will function primarily as a demo EP studio offering a reduced introductory studio rate of $25 per hour. Also, it will continue to offer the live-show multitrack recording packages, dropping the price to only $150.
Also, Mr. Smalls’ educational facilities are expanding to offer private instrument and vocal lessons as well as group recording and production classes. And a newly refurbished rehearsal room is available for local musicians seeking top-of-the-line acoustics, a full sound system, bass and guitar amps, drums and comfortable surroundings to practice their craft. Sessions can be booked by the hour or through a monthly membership.