Bellingham, WA (June 10, 2005)–The brainchild of multifaceted musician/producer and Clickpop Records president Paul Turpin, Bayside Recording is equipped with a Sony DMX-R100 56-channel digital mixer and a Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 system and a Yamaha O2R 96 and Pro Tools HD3-equipped B room.
The groundwork for what would become Bayside Recording was laid when Turpin assembled a recording studio in his home to make recordings for his own band, Jumbalassy, formed during college. By 2000, the studio had grown to the point where it was no longer feasible to operate out of Turpin’s home. So he found a suitable building in downtown Bellingham and engaged studio architect George D. Hallowell (A.I.A.) of Studio Pacifica in Seattle to design a full-on digital facility that could accommodate the many projects that Turpin and his associate studio partner, engineer/producer Chip Westerfield, work on each year, while also bringing new clients into the fold.
Hallowell responded by creating a large, 40′ x 30′ tracking room, which is shared by two control rooms, each with its own overdub booth and a fully configured Pro Tools HD3 system. “The two Pro Tools systems matched, so you can take your project back and forth between the two rooms,” said Turpin.
Bayside’s Studio A
With a full selection of great microphones, outboard gear, plug-ins and instruments (including guitars, amps, synths and a 7′ 6″ Yamaha C7 grand piano), Bayside quickly attracted a diverse array of music projects. Among the clients drawn to the facility was Dave Richards, head of indie record label Rebel Alliance, proprietor of Bellingham’s Sonic Index record shop as well as a talented DJ and violinist. Turpin worked with Richards on recording and mixing for a number of Rebel Alliance releases while also pursuing his own projects.
One of these was the innovative “laptop rock” duo Idiot Pilot. When Richards got wind of what Turpin was doing with the group, he promptly offered his services to help get the recording out to the listening public. So Turpin and Richards launched their own label, Clickpop Records, with Idiot Pilot’s CD Strange We Should Meet Here as its debut release. The album was quickly picked up by Warner Brothers/Reprise, which re-released the CD with new artwork but no changes to the mixing or mastering, also signing Idiot Pilot to a multi-CD recording artist development deal. Since then, Bayside has been the site of recording, mixing or mastering for a number of subsequent Clickpop releases, including CDs by singer songwriter Kristin Allen-Zito, all-girl synth punk band the Trucks and space rockers Delay.
Other Bayside clients include local artists Korby Lenker, Minnie Murphy, the Elvi’s, Tom Whitlock and the Pale. In addition to Turpin, the engineering staff currently includes Chip Westerfield, Cameron Nicklaus and Christian Danielson.
“My philosophy for the studio is that the engineers must be musicians first,” said Turpin. “At this level, an engineer should be able to make production calls that are musically related, if required. Whatever it takes to get the job done, we have the expertise and the equipment here at Bayside.”