While it is true, most of my time the last 25 years has been spent driving around from gig to gig, I had always also been very involved with recording/production/arrangment/etc for other bands. I guess they liked what I did. Cool! From my old Tascam 3340 (1/4" 4 track reel to reel), to the slew of early digital interfaces to my current setup, I liked to find time to record other artists (and myself, though that's not as easy as people think), and had an eye on setting up a recording situation some day.

Well, the last couple years has seen me get more invovled with recording, and less with performing. And I am kinda digging it. As time has gone on, I have become as - or more - involved with that than performing, which is great, I love doing this. So I started considering renting studio space. I spent a few months looking, but frankly, none of the rooms (warehouses, office space, etc) sounded nearly as good as my top floor at home, at least not without a major rebuild. Which, btw, is my beef with many project studios. Uninspiring tracking rooms. Folks, it is the 3rd most important thing on the list. Player, instrument, then room. Gear is important no doubt; but it don't mean squat unless those 3 things are taken care of first.

The space here is 25 by 12 feet with sloped 15 foot ceilings, wood floors, with another 10 x 10 x 8 space attached (which amazingly looks exactly like a kitchen - but don't be fooled, it's just marketing hype), forming an L shape. Lisa (my wife) said "why don't you just convert the upstairs to a studio? It's about 3/4 of the way there anyways". She is not only lovely and amazing, but brilliant. So we did that. The studio is basically the top floor of my house. The space is comfortable, quiet, and sounds great. There are three isolation rooms for amps if we need them, as well as a little tracking control room. Mixing is done in the main tracking room with a bit of moving stuff around.

The area is very quiet, a dead end up in the south hills. Between that and the treatment, ambient noise is not a problem.

If you are interested in recording here, contact me. Or visit Shanahan Audio

Setting up