Developing Dream Asylum’s Duality
By Strother Bullins. Prolific pop and hip-hop craftspeople Nate ‘Danja’ Hills and Marcella Araica had long dreamed of a unique production space in the Miami music community. Now, working with studio design team Walter-Storyk Design Group, they’ve created it...
DaCapo Music Studios Get Artist-Friendly
By Strother Bullins. Since 2006, Jonell Polansky has owned and operated DaCapo Music Studios. The California transplant’s bustling, west-Nashville music production facility is balanced on her experience as a musician and her background as both an EE and an...
Bridging Creativity And Control
by Strother Bullins. In 2009, audio engineer and educator Owen Curtin gathered a team of former students and colleagues to relaunch Cambridge MA’s Fort Apache South— a classic recording facility in the greater Boston area—as the Bridge Sound &...
Berklee’s Massive Mass. Ave Project
by Kelleigh Welch. When it comes to designing a new building in the heart of Boston, fitting everything you need into a small footprint can be a challenge. That was the case for Berklee College of Music and Walters-Storyk...
From Missouri to Ohio, via California
The talents of Jim Wirt give him perspective on nearly every angle of the music recording business—musician, artist, writer, performer, engineer, producer and record company owner—and his career path translates his unique vibe of rock and roll authenticity with...
Producer/Engineer Jim Wirt: A Video Discography
Below are just three examples of the many successful records produced and engineered by Wirt to date. “Crawling in the Dark” by Hoobastank, their 2001 alternative rock radio staple: “Heaven” by Live, the band’s 2003 hit single “Space” by...
Mix This! Upgrades Solar, Adds Atomic
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA—Renowned for producing, engineering and mixing a who’s who of music clients, Bob Clearmountain is perhaps less well-known for his advocacy of environmental sustainability.
Spicing The Mix In Philly
PHILADELPHIA, PA—At age 13, he started building computers; at 16, he began designing speakers and established a business custom-configuring PCs; and by age 20, he was restoring vintage analog mixing consoles and other studio equipment.
CLA Goes Barefoot
Chris Lord-Alge has installed Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 monitors for critical listening at his Mix LA! recording studios. "I need monitors that are non-complimentary," says the music producer and recording/mix engineer. "I need monitors that don't make it sound better,...
SAE Grad Works Up Sweatshop Studios
SAE Institute has followed the careers of its graduates since it started in 1976, most recently with 2009 graduate Shaul Dover, the owner of Sweatshop Studios in Katonah, NY. Originally launched as a music production studio, Sweatshop has recently...
Royer Captures the Choral
Jack Vad, producer/engineer for the San Francisco Symphony, used seven Royer Labs SF-2 mono ribbon microphones during the recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for release on the SFS Media label.
Big Blue Meenie Takes On The World
JERSEY CITY, NJ—With the economy crashing around your ears and studios across the country retrenching, what is a facility owner to do? In the case of Tim Gilles, owner of Big Blue Meenie, the answer may appear counter-intuitive: Expand.
GC Pro Outfits Monterrey Tech
Mexico's Monterrey Institute of Technology sourced key equipment for audio production programs at the school's headquarters and new Mexico City campus from GC Pro.
Weinberg Masters with Antelope
Mastering engineer Howie Weinberg's new facility in Los Angeles features Antelope Audio's Isochrone 10M|Trinity combination, Zodiac+ and Eclipse 384 digital audio converters.
Gough Goes Mobile with Merging
Freelance sound supervisor Julian Gough assembled a compact remote recording package of Merging Technologies and Smart AV equipment just in time for a BBC project at the end of November.
Pyramid Sound Studios Fights City Hall
By Kelleigh Welch. The future of Ithaca, NY-based Pyramid Sound Studios is uncertain after the city condemned the building in June—a decision owner Alex Perialas said could have been avoided during the planning stages of an adjacent bridge reconstruction...
Pyramind Goes to 11.2
Pyramind's Studio A, reportedly San Francisco's largest surround mix room and dubbing stage, was recently renovated and upgraded to an 11.2 Meyer Sound Cinema Surround speaker system.
Berklee Doubles Up With WSDG
In January, the Berklee College of Music opened an entirely new campus in Valencia, Spain, just a month after breaking ground on a 16-story, $100 million structure in Boston to be completed in late 2013. Both learning complexes will...
From Urban to Beyond:Patchwerk Recording
Patchwerk Recording Studios began in 1995, conceived by Atlanta Falcons’ offensive tackle Bob Whitfield. Whitfield’s first professional gig was financing a demo for his high school chum, rapper Ras Kass.
Comin’ In from The Cold
Joe Mabbott, owner of Minneapolis, Minnesotabased The Hideaway Studio, which opened back in 2004, says that during the mid- 1990s, Minneapolis had more recording studios per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.
Village Studios Opens In China
Walters-Storyk Design Group recently designed Village Studios; located one hour by train from Hong Kong, the facility is said to be China’s first destination-style recording studio.
Always Look on the Bright Side
Bright Street Recorders occupies a spot just off Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California, in a charming area of the San Fernando Valley—a location that founder and co-owner Kenny Woods describes as a “classic, back-lot kind of feel.”
A Gem In SoHo
Two years ago, in the middle of one of the worst economic environments in recent history, Louis Benedetti began searching for the ideal location for a new recording studio.