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Control Room

Control Room

Valve Studios could be defined as musician-centric…if that was a word. The studio was built up by producer/musician Casey DiIorio to be a place where bands/musicians would be inspired and relaxed in the recording process while having access to a gear list that features some of the best vintage and modern instruments, mics, mic pres and compressors. At the heart of the studio is a modified Neve 8128 console with Uptown automation along with Barefoot MicroMain27s for accurate monitoring. Record through the acclaimed Burl Mothership converters to ProTools HDX rig or into the Studer A80 MkIV 24 track 2? tape machine. And with Endless Analog’s CLASP system, you can now record to the Studer tape machine directly into the Burl and ProTools, instantly (see below for more details). Valve’s live room is a large 900 square feet with 15 foot ceilings, easily accommodating a whole band set up and getting big drum sounds if so desired. The large theater curtains are on a sliding system to allow adjustment to the room’s acoustics. And with the addition of 15 custom built Abbey Road style gobos in 2013, the room can further be controlled into tighter, dryer sounds with the ability for full bands to set up in the room with almost complete isolation. The studio offers a great collection of new and vintage amps and instruments included in the studio rate. Our Studio B now contains a second Pro Tools rig to allow for editing and cleanups on larger projects or a more economical way for overdubs for smaller projects. We believe with better gear choices, you can make a more interesting and better sounding recording.

Neve Console History

This 32 channel Neve 8128 was originally bought new from Neve by Michael Jackson in 1984. Michael used the console to do overdubs for the Bad album which he produced along with Quincy Jones. That album has the most number one singles of all time from one record. After its completion, he then sold the console back to Neve and it was then purchased by PBS Chicago. They had the console for a few years and then in 1994 Jason Orris bought it from PBS Chicago and had it until 2007 in his Minneapolis studio The Terrarium.

Control Room

Jason kept the console in great condition and he used it making records for artists like the Jayhawks (Sound of Lies), Beck, Soul Asylum, Roger McGuinn, Fastball and many others. The console was globally recapped in 2001. Around the same time, 32 channels of Uptown 990 moving fader automation were also added. On a technical note, the console has had all 4741 opamps in the audio path replaced with quicker slew rate opamps. Jason believed this sounded better…and so do we. The bussing system is in perfect working order and this console also has the optional direct outs which sound even better for tracking. We continue to keep this console well maintained and in great working order.

CLASP

The CLASP box basically has allowed us to save lots of time when recording to tape. Your sounds hit the tape machine and instantly go into your protools sessions. So you can edit and do everything you normally do in the digital domain. But you have the sound of the Studer tape machine…and ours is completely recapped, well maintained and sounds fantastic. So no transferring times involved. Then you can continue to overdub hitting the tape machine through CLASP throughout your session. You can choose any tape speed (30,15,7.5) for any track for even more sound choices. If you tracked at home or another studio digitally, you can take those tracks and run them through the Studer and back into your session. Then even overdub using the tape machine or not. In a nut shell, it opens up the door to use tape or digital anytime you want. And we like that.

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