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By Music Studio 13
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About

Music Studio 13 is my small business in Hollywood, CA, that services independent artists at affordable rates.  I also host a podcast that features (mainly) musicians, giving them a free and open forum to speak their mind and promote their art.  In an attempt to better serve the community at large, I've decided to take the "show on the road" and create a mobile recording studio that would not only be able to tackle a wide variety of recording scenarios, but would also utilize state-of-the-art technology to be ultra energy efficient and ecologically responsible.

The more I researched the latest off-grid photovoltaic solar systems, the more I realized that this wasn't only feasible, but that the era of photovoltaic has arrived!  Using off the shelf technology, it's 100% possible to build an efficient, robust, and mobile recording system that would be powered by sunlight.  I wondered, why aren't there more mobile recording engineers doing this?

Upon further research, I realize that the technological barrier (and reason why more people aren't doing this) is the same as it's always been; battery capacity.  Along with cumbersome lead-acid battery banks come very real physical hazards.  Surely, there must be a more elegant solution!

...and there is.  After further research, I discovered  large capacity, commercially available LITHIUM-ION batteries.  These things are not only are considerably lighter, but also offer denser energy storage and a deeper discharge cycle over standard battery designs.  They are just like the batteries that power your laptop, but are the size and shape of a car battery.  These ARE the elegant solution the world has been waiting for!  Although they're the only piece of this electrical system that are not initially affordable, I feel that LI-Ion's higher efficiency, longer life expectancy, and improved safety make them cheaper in the long run.

Risks and challenges

There are risks here, because we're using technology that is largely untested at the scale we're going for. Lithium-Ion deep cycle batteries are extremely new. If we do have problems with the batteries themselves, they are under warranty for 5 years. Other than that, I'm not expecting many snags, since I'm employing a professional auto-electrician to install everything and overlook the final design.

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    A digital copy of Studio13's infamous and rarely distributed "L.A. Industrial" Sample pack, over 300MB of original and royalty free sounds, hits, and loops that you can use in your own compositions.

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    Sample Pack *Double Down*
    A copy of "L.A. Industrial" along with the soon to be released "Sounds of the Southland vol.1 - The City", which will also be over 300 MB of royalty free audio and music produced by Studio13, and will utilize the mobile rig.

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    Studio 13's Ultimate Digital Music Pack + CD:

    Digital copies of the following;
    L.A. Industrial (sample pack)
    SoS Vol.1 - The City (sample pack)
    "Hard Electro Holiday Classics" (studio release frm. K. Laigo)
    ...and last but not least, a CD copy of "That's Dark", the soon to be EP release from Kai's original band. Limited to 60 copies, all CDs will be numbered and mailed in a sleeve with one-of-a-kind artwork.

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    Mobile recording of your live show, rehearsal space, etc. One session with a four (4) hour maximum, Los Angeles metro area only.

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    Full day of recording- mobile recording of your rehearsal space, garage, etc. One session with an eight (8) hour maximum, Los Angeles metro area only.

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    Weekend Recording Party! Mobile recording of your rehearsal space, garage, house, warehouse, ranch, etc. Weekend or two-day session with two (2) consecutive days, eight (8) hour maximum each day, Los Angeles metro area only. Get some real work done!

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- (30 days)