Bearsville Studios Reconfigures Operations

Dec 12, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Bearsville Sound Studios (Bearsville, N.Y.), for the first time since its founding over 30 years ago, is undergoing a radical transformation with all studio services centered around Turtle Creek. Key components that were part of the separate Studios A and B have been reallocated to Turtle Creek with some notable exceptions, including the 40-input custom Neve 8088 console, which had been built in 1977 for The Who’s Ramport Studio. The building that houses Bearsville A and B, as well as the console, is slated for eventual sale, as the transformation into Bearsville at Turtle Creek is made final.

This one-time barn was the brainchild of Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Janis Joplin; Paul Butterfield and others. Grossman also managed The Band whose Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson were involved in the creation of Turtle Creek. Muddy Waters and The Band inaugurated it as a world-class recording facility in 1975 with The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album; prior to that, The Band rehearsed for and recorded parts of their Stage Fright album there the previous year.

According to Sally Grossman, Bearsville owner and CEO, "All of our efforts are now being devoted to providing the kind of quality recording environment, brought up to date and sensitive to contemporary needs and current realities, that has always been our hallmark. Bearsville at Turtle Creek represents an innovative response to current conditions and expectations; we’re delighted to share it with the creative community."

Housed in a century-old rough-hewn barn, Bearsville at Turtle Creek has been outfitted with the latest Pro Tools 192k units as well to complement the popular API Legacy console with its rack of 16 Neve modules, all housed in an extension of the original barn. Bearsville at Turtle Creek offers a residential recording situation with three soon-to-be upgraded duplex units on-site, as well as living accommodations within Turtle Creek barn itself. The facility also hosts high-speed Internet access, gourmet meals and a helipad. Bearsville at Turtle Creek's equipment cabinet includes vintage microphones from the vacuum tube era, classic Studer A-800 Mark 3 2-inch tape machines and the latest cutting-edge gear. Bearsville at Turtle Creek is fully staffed under studio manager Chris Laidlaw, who has been with the studio for over 15 years. Other key members include full-time maintenance guru Victor Segal and resident recording engineer Bill Synan (Steely Dan, Cheap Trick, Branford Marsalis, matchbox twenty, Keith Murray, Jeff Watts).

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