At the heart of the space is a 1930s Knabe Parlor Grand piano restored and tuned by Jeff Potter, who has prepared instruments and performed concert tunings for Dave Brubeck, Burt Bacharach, George Winston, Todd Rundgren, and many more.
It’s perfect for everything from indie-rock to bringing out your inner Vince Guaraldi. Vintage 1960s Ampeg tube guitar and bass amps are on hand for dialing in attitude. Yamaha, Crumar, Korg, and Nord synthesizers are available for more spacey, electronic arrangements.
Our condenser, dynamic, and ribbon microphones (Lawson, EV, Shure, Sontronics, Oktava) are pre-amplified through tube or solid-state hand-built boutique audio designs from Manley, Focusrite, Chandler LTD, and Ridge Farm Industries. Compression and EQ from Lawson, DBX, Ridge Farm, Electro Harmonix, FMR, JoeMeek, and CBS Laboratories round out the analog signal chain.
Playback comes in two distinct flavors: Equator d8 or Altec “Hollywood” 604b studio monitors with custom, hand-built crossovers and cabinets. Both are co-axial designs (meaning the tweeter fires out of the center of the woofer) for pin-point spatial imaging and minimal phase cancellation. The Equators are a modern design—DSP-tweaked and self-powered—while the Altecs are classic designs from the mid-century that were used in just about every studio in existence (including Abbey Road) from about 1947 through 1975.
Recordings are captured in industry-standard Avid Pro Tools on high-speed SSD disks, and backed up to a Drobo networked file server. Our RME and Allen & Heath AD and DA converters also give us the ability to digitize just about any analog media you may have in your library: cassette or reel-to-reel tapes, 33, 45 or 78 rpm vinyl — we can deliver files on CD-R, hard drive, or thumb drive ready to import into your digital media collection.