Category Archives: News

Visit with Scott Hull at Masterdisk

hull_lathewWe had a great visit with Scott Hull at Masterdisk in NYC last week. We picked up some very cool gear and he treated us to a brief lesson at the Neumann Lathe. Scott knows so much about making vinyl records – check out the Masterdisk blog for his articles on the whole vinyl mastering process, and while you’re there, take a quick look at Scotts’ discography.

Busy Spring in the Shop

Here’s a gallery of some of our recent projects. It’s been a busy Spring starting with an SSL K install for Metallica on the west coast and a G+ refurb and install in CT. Currently we’re busy with ongoing custom mods on a Neve VR, an API, a special RND 5088 with Flying Faders, and another SSL restoration.

ATR’s Mike Spitz Passes Away at 59

aboutpicWe were sad to hear that ATR Services and Magnetic’s owner Mike Spitz passed on October 12th. He was respected worldwide as the premier expert on Analog tape and tape machines. When 3M, BASF/EMTEC, and Quantegy left the marketplace, Mike and ATR Magnetics picked up the torch for tape and tape machines. His knowledge and expertise with tape machine electronics and mechanics was invaluable and he will be missed. R.I.P. Mike Spitz.

Rock Garden Studio’s New Location

image-2Take a look at the new digs of The Rock Garden Studio in Appleton WI. Mark Golde and his crew have set up one of the finest studios in the Fox Valley of central WI. The highlight of the control room is the fully restored Deane Jensen API Aengus console. If you want to see more of the console, check out this video of the move from the old studio space to the new one.

And enjoy the photos of the new space.

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Made Up Mind – New CD from Tedeschi Trucks Band

Congrats to our friends in the Tedeschi Trucks Band on today’s release of their new CDTTBBand_0_0 – MADE UP MIND -  straight outta Swamp Raga Studio.Here’s what they have to say about it-

The second studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band is now available in stores and online everywhere. Recorded once again at Derek and Susan’s own Swamp Raga Studio, produced by Derek Trucks and Jim Scott and engineered by Bobby Tis, Made Up Mind is a statement from a band in its prime.CDcover

Read more about Swamp Raga Studio here.



A Well-travelled Neve 8048

8048-orig_ownerHere’s a great ad we just got from our bud Dom at Santa Barbara Sound Design. Sir George Martin and the crew gathered around the (not yet ‘vintage’) Neve 8048. Years later, after a life in the UK, it lived and worked in Santa Barbera, then visited us here in VT for a thorough refurb & restoration, and moved on to a new home in Omaha, Nebraska at Saddle Creek Records.

ListenUp Audiobooks Studio Upgrade

listenup-logoListenUp Audiobooks in Atlanta GA recently upgraded their studios with gear provided by Sonic Circus. ListenUp is a leader in the spoken word recording world, which is a growing segment of the recording business with over 7000 audiobook titles released in 2012.

The ListenUp facility houses a total of 13 voice recording studios and two audio post rooms where founder Chris Fogg and his crew turn out high quality audiobooks for some of the major audio publishers in the industry, including Hachette Audio, Harper Audio and

Studio upgrades include a high quality vocal chain featuring a Neumann TLM103, a Rupert Neve Portico 5015 mic pre/compressor and Pro Tools. ListenUp’s Post Studio A was upgraded with an SSL Matrix SuperAnalogue™ Console, a loaded SSL X-Rack, Pro Tools HD2, and a full complement of WAVES software.

In addition to audiobooks, ListenUp provides music cues and sound design to a broad variety of clients, through it’s sister company, ListenUp Production.

Harper Hug did the studio layout.

Harper Hug did the studio layout.

Visit – where you can hear and download recordings produced at ListenUp. ListenUp Audiobooks is an affiliate partner of Amazon’s and a proud member of the Audio Publishers Association.

R.I.P. Mike Shipley

Shipley_5x7_63webLike everyone in the pro audio world, we were sad to hear about the passing of Mike Shipley. We had the extreme privilege of working with Mike, who was one of the nicest guys in the music business. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.

Vintage Neve 8038 and Fairchild 660s to Revolution Recording

Check out the photos of the Neve 8038 32 x 16 x 24 that is cooking in Revolution Recording in Neve8068closeToronto.  Joe Dunphy and his partners Joao Carvalho, Kim Cooke and John MacDonald have built a world class studio which is rapidly becoming one of the most popular recording locations in Toronto.

The studio is not lacking in kudos – the A room graced the cover of the MIX Studio Design – Class of 2012, and Rush drummer Neil Peart has called Revolution Recording the best-sounding studio he’s ever recorded in. In addition to the 8038, Sonic Circus also sourced two consecutively numbered Fairchild 660s for the studio. We know some folks who’d go to Toronto just for that – how about you?