We hope to create a recording studio aimed at accessibility through affordability for the local music community surrounding Colorado Springs. The artists and musicians we wish to service are the men and women we see play every night--the artists who have visions for their album, but perhaps don't feel they have the means to present it as it deserves to be presented. These barriers may be financial, or due to a lack of resources available in the Colorado Springs and greater Colorado area.
I plan to offer recording inclusion with low, reasonable/negotiable rates, while allowing the artist to take the time necessary to produce recordings that reflect their sonic vision. Costs will not be incurred hourly or daily, but rather based on the project scope as a whole. Siting down with the artist in advance of the project, we'll discuss budget, vision, goals, and a rough time-line in order to find a cost the artist feels is appropriate.
I have recorded in studios with a large hourly price tag, and found the time crunch to be stifling and worrisome. I know many bands who have had similar experiences, and still more who have never even been able to put enough money together at once for a costly studio session. Some musicians have a rough idea for their album, but need extra time to experiment in a studio environment to let the project take on its own life. Others have a clear direction for their album, but for monetary reasons cannot complete that vision. This is a shame.
I studied audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona and have spent the last fifteen years recording in a variety of capacities and scopes. I plan to use the money pledged to purchase the basic equipment necessary to utilize my skills and experience to service the music community the best I can. I will be purchasing (used or like-new when possible to keep costs at a minimum):
- dedicated audio computer (2.9 GHz iMac)
- digital audio interface (RME Fireface 800)
- near field monitors (Adam A7's)
- preamps (Golden Age Pre73 MKII, Focusrite ISA One)
- microphones (M-Audio Sputnik, Electro Voice RE20, Shure SM57's & Beta 58's, Cascade Fathead II)
- acoustic treatments (diffusers, absorbers and bass traps)
- cables, stands and more.
For those of you who know the cost of audio gear, you see this money will go quickly. This money will seed a good baseline of equipment to build from when added to the gear that my partner and I already own.
With the help of your contribution through this Kickstarter, we aim to keep costs low for artists by maintaining little to no upfront overhead. This is not going to be a business or a job--I will continue working and playing. There will be no rent spent on studio space. This will all be in our home, on our time, so that artists can have a chance to see their musical intentions become a reality. Any money brought in will be used to add and improve gear and to expand the studio, furthering our ability to deliver a truly great experience and product.
Here are a few sample recordings:
Risks and challenges
I am relatively new to the Colorado Springs area (my family has lived here for just 9 months), so it may be difficult to procure a business demand. However, my special lady friend has a history here and has introduced me to many of the people and places we've come to love most and consider home. In our short time here, we have become ingrained in the Colorado Springs music scene. We have played many shows in the region, have met lots of new friends and bands, often host local shows, and carry a deep love for what is happening here, and a desire to remain.
I've also capped the number of albums, EPs and song recordings I am offering as incentives in order to assure that every artist who chooses to donate at a "creation" level has adequate time to work on their project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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