Jul 3, 2011
Q: What's more odd than the sky pouring down crazy rain for hours in June?
A: Not having a roof during said unexpected rain.
That's right!! The roof on our warehouse was being replaced on Tuesday. And about 5 hours after demolition started, it rained (hard and long). The whole warehouse got drenched, and the studio soaked up a lot of water, but thankfully/hopefully, no equipment was damaged. I just lost some reels of tape and some records. I'm also pretty much shut down for a couple weeks. Bummers all around.
A big shout out to my new buddies from Servpro who swooped in like angels and saved the day. I was not aware that such a service existed before this, but man, what a crazy-good job these people do. Above you can see them ripping the floor out of my live room and removing all of the soaked insulation. Lots more insulation got tossed (the whole ceiling), and some drywall was removed. They also brought in a LOT of industrial drying and de-humidification equipment. Super cool.
Anyway, stay tuned. Along with this reconstruction there will be a re-designed control room comin' at ya real soon. Laters.
Apr 25, 2011
The band Grow (from Fresno) was here over the weekend and BAM!! They showed up with a 64 ounce handle bottle of Full Circle Brewing Co. Root Beer. Looks like I've got a new one to add to the ol' collection. Thanks guys!
Mar 21, 2011
Just added to the arsenal down here is this Universal Audio LA-2A reissue. This is an all tube compressor based very closely on the original '60's design and build. All handmade in Santa Cruz, CA. These things take 9 hours to assemble!
Visit the Universal Audio site and check it out. Lots of history here.
It sounds fantastic! Very warm and rich. Makes vocals sound like butter. I'm looking forward to getting to know it better.
More UA stuff coming to the studio soon. Stay tuned!
Feb 13, 2011
Things are getting quite civilized down here at the ol' studio. We've got couches. We've got fresh paint on the walls. We've got a functioning kitchen. Coming soon is the newly remodeled and very tidy studio restroom. Good times all around. Stay tuned:)
Feb 2, 2011
So, I was reading the Neutral Milk Hotel 33 1/3 book the other day and glanced over a sentence where this piece of equipment was mentioned. Its a lower end tube microphone preamplifier that was partially responsible for some of that fantastic fuzz that coats nearly every track on "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea." Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. And so one low-bidded ebay auction later, here we are. Stoked.
Jan 30, 2011
The other day I did one of the most live recordings I've done in here. Everybody in the same room, no attempt at separation, vocals and all (including a p.a.). We mixed it in mono and called it a day. Punk as Fuck. Also, this band showed up with TWO home made vegan pies. Chocolate peanut butter and Mexican chocolate. Good gracious!!
Whenever I get a call or email from Jerry Anderson I know I have something fun to look forward to. This time it was the Glyn Johns drum recording method. Traditionally this involves only three mics placed strategically around the drum set. We stayed pretty true to form here and only had to cheat a little with a fourth mic on the snare for some punch and thickness.
I was also really stoked to get to turn around the hard/soft acoustic panels for the first time. The drums sound awesome and will be out on a 7 inch in the not-too-distant-future.