Mow the Dog - About the Facility
"...Hey Sue, here's a great idea. Let's build a recording studio in our
basement...in the off-time, we'll use it as an exercise room"
B. Bridge, Co-owner and Business Manager, 1999 - still out of shape
|Welcome to the recording facility. This is our main recording
area - a relatively small space, but one built under the direction of the industry's top
acoustic design experts (yes, the Internet is a beautiful thing). Specially designed
to limit the bouncing of sound waves, the room was constructed with thick, double
insulated walls and ceiling, sheet rock wallboard covered by a layer of pourous plywood
and extra thick carpeting and padding.
Numerous sound-soaking acoustic panels cover the walls, providing a nice padded
environment for some of our less-stable performers. Actually, what this all means is
that we've created a nearly silent, reverberation-free area to capture high quality
The space is designed to handle your normal 4-5 piece band, though we can expand to
accomodate larger groups. KC Cary holds our current record with 9 band members at
once (guitar, bass, drums, 3-man horn section and 3 backup vocalists), all scattered
around various parts of the building.
Dog's mission control center - new for 2001! OK, so it's not the Power Station, but
that's the beauty of digital recording - in a very limited space with compact equipment,
you've got everything you need to produce high-quality cd recordings. This is the
'guts' of the operation. Alesis 16-track studio console, Alesis ADAT digital tape
recorders (not pictured), Event studio monitors and the purple stuffed goose head (every
studio's got one), torn off it's lifeless body by our mascot and CEO, Moe. Bad boy, Moe.
Oh, of course there's also the compressors, and effects unit and all the other technical
hooha that I leave to our producer while I focus my attention elsewhere on much more
important things...like beer.