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 Audible.com.

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. TheHugCo.com

Harper Hug did the studio layout. TheHugCo.com

Visit www.listenupaudiobooks.com – where you can hear and download recordings produced at ListenUp. ListenUp Audiobooks is an affiliate partner of Amazon’s Audible.com 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?

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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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