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Sonic Circus Projects: Rumble, Radio Bushwick, & The Kills

Sonic Circus News
Lots of activity here at Sonic Circus. Here are some highlights:
In Brooklyn NY, Ryan Billia’s audio post studio, Rumble recently opened for business. Outfitted rumblewebwith a Digidesign Icon D-Control ES 32 Recording Console and a custom tuned Meyer Acheron surround system, Rumble looks forward to bringing mixing, recording, and sound design to Williamsburg Brooklyn’s audio landscape.
http://rumbleaudio.com/

Not far away, Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood is anticipating the upcoming opening of Radio Bushwick, a venture that combines a 2500 square-foot concert hall, an internet radio station radiobushwickand a bar in one unique venue. It takes a lot of gear to do all of that in one place so we supplied them with stage and radio microphones, a Midas/QSC concert audio system, DJ equipment, and audio snakes and cables to tie it all together. Radio Bushwick will be open before the end of the year.

Indie band The Kills features American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Well known as fans of vintage gear and recording techniques, they have recorded on the kills_bloodpressuresvintage Sly Stone Flickinger desk with producer Bill Skibbe at Keyclub Recording Studio, and released a live, direct-to-acetate album recorded for Jack White’s Third Man Records – live mixed by Vance Powell and cut simultaneously by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe. The Kills now have vintage console of their own, a 1968 Neve console, fitted with1058 modules which have a reputation for a serious ‘rock and roll’ sound. Reportedly, The Who’s Quadrophenia was recorded on a console loaded with 1058s.
http://www.thekills.tv/
http://www.keyclubrecording.com/
http://thirdmanstore.com/the-kills-live-at-third-man-records

Boogie Tracks Studio, the Panama City, Florida studio owned by recording engineer JJ Crews is now the home of an SSL 4064E/G+ with Total Recall. Crews splits his time between Florida and Nashville, but engineer and session musician Chaz Butler keeps Boogie Tracks busy with sessions with local and national musicians, making music from gospel to metal.

Sonic Circus co-founder Brian Charles, producer and owner of Boston recording studio Zippah, has created The Tuesday Night Recording Club. Charles and songwriter Aaron Perrino of The Sheila Divine, assemble local musicians to create a new song based on recording techniques of a seminal moment in music history. It’s an ongoing project that has covered The Memphis Soul sound, Elvis Presley circa 1965, Neil Young’s Harvest, Nirvana’s In Utero and many more. Charles posts the results which include audio, video, and an in-depth article to the Zippah website at zippah.com/blog. They’ve been written up in the Boston Globe, and have just been nominated for best blog in the Boston Music Awards 2013.

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Sonic Circus Opens Studio

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Sonic Circus Opens Studio
Harmonyville, VT (June 6, 2013) It seems like a no-brainer. With access to a warehouse full of new and pre-owned recording gear, and an active vintage audio business, you’d expect to find a dream recording studio in the Sonic Circus warehouse in Southern Vermont. Right? In the past few months that dream has begun to be a reality. As David Lyons, president of Sonic Circus, puts it, “After all, we’re all musicians here, it seems crazy to have all of this gear and not be making music.”

The initial studio setup centers around a 48 channel Neve VR console and a Pro Tools HD recording system. The desk is set up in a large open space between the shop and the warehouse floor, the drum space is in a corner of the warehouse and the guitar room is off of the shop space. The gobos and diffusers that tame the control room and the recording spaces were all built in-house for the Sonic Circus Harmonyville Concepts furniture line. Sonic_Circus_Studio_w

“The gear is always changing,” says Lyons, “so we work with what we have and the guys who work here get direct experience with some cool vintage equipment.” The custom outboard racks house a revolving selection of EQs, dynamics and mic preamps from the Sonic Circus inventory. The studio also serves as a real world space to audition and evaluate all the great new technology and boutique gear that rolls through Sonic Circus.

A studio has been in the works since the beginning of Sonic Circus. As a guitarist and composer, Lyons’ original intention was to build his own recording studio in Boston, but when he started gathering gear, the difficulty of trying to source vintage, new, and custom audio equipment led directly to the creation of Sonic Circus.

The studio is a non-commercial venture, and will be available during business hours and by appointment, for clients to bring in a session and really experiment with sounds. “After hours we can just close the doors, shut off the phones, and get creative.” says Lyons, “We will be putting together a schedule that concentrates on putting unique musical talent together with producers and engineers, as well as attracting some equipment sponsors for the facility.”

Some rare pieces from the Sonic Circus private collection are being put to good use in the recording sessions, including a Tama drum kit from Motown, The Bearsvillle Studio Wurlitzer, some Neumann mics from Decca, and the entire Indigo Ranch Amp and Pedal collection.Sonic_Circus_Tama_w

In-house engineer Julian McBrowne tracked the first sessions in the room with the Sonic Circus rhythm section and Afro-Cuban percussionist William Rodriguez. “I’m thrilled that the studio is finally happening,” says McBrowne, “It’s a great opportunity to record with some classic gear.”

About Sonic Circus
Since 1996, Sonic Circus has worked with recording studios, broadcast studios, live sound companies, and independent engineer/producers, providing equipment, technical design, and support for all aspects of audio production.

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Sonic Circus Upgrades The Bunker Studio with SSL4040/E

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Sonic Circus Upgrades The Bunker Studio with SSL4040/E
Harmonyville, VT (April 17, 2013) The Bunker Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has taken delivery of a vintage  SSL 4040/E recording console, refurbished and installed by Sonic Circus. The desk, which originally served in Sony’s Toronto studio, replaces The Bunker’s Auditronics console which has been relocated to their Studio B.

The console was refurbished in Sonic Circus’ Harmonyville Vermont shop by technical director Steve Laisi and was trucked to Brooklyn for installation by Laisi and local Williamsburg tech John Charette.

Shortly before the installation, Bunker Studio owners, musician/engineers John Davis and Aaron Nevezie travelled to the Sonic Cirus Vermont shop to see the refurb in progress.
The console is now in service, sessions have begun, and John and Aaron are pleased with the upgrade. Sonic Circus President, David Lyons is pleased too. “It feels great for us to be a part of the exciting recording world that’s developing in Brooklyn, there’s so much music happening there.”
Sonic Circus refurbished and installed the Neve 5316 for Joel Hamilton’s Studio G, and also supplied the original API 1608 that Marc Alan Goodman recently expanded to 48 channels for his new Strange Weather studio.

About Sonic Circus
Since 1996, Sonic Circus has worked with recording studios, broadcast studios, live sound companies, and independent engineer/producers, providing equipment, technical design, and support for all aspects of audio production.

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