Soundworks' New Studio Incorporates SSL Board

Aug 27, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Studio owner Tony Espinoza (pictured, left, with producer Jerry Harrison) recently built a major facility in San Francisco that incorporates a Solid State Logic SL 9000 J Series SuperAnalogue Console.

“I have an extensive background in music technology and, through involvement with the Internet business models for the music industry, I decided to build San Francisco Soundworks, a studio with a different viewpoint,” said Espinoza. “The main room is designed around the 9000 J Series because of the legendary sound the board produces.”

San Francisco Soundworks offers four control rooms that offer the Pro Tools|HD system. The main room has Pro Tools|HD and the 9072 J Series for tracking and mixing, while the other three will be used for project development.

“Three of the control rooms will be very inexpensive to rent, so we expect them to be busy all the time,” Espinoza said. “The vision here is to experiment with various artists and music styles to help define a new sound, using the 9000 J room to finish internal projects and to service established acts. For the established acts, they no longer need to migrate out of the area to mix their projects. For new acts, our goal is to work with artist management and bring talented artists to the Bay area.”

The building was an existing post-production facility and home to the Gumby cartoons. Espinoza purchased the building, renovated the workspace and added three stories to the building for living space and a large lounge for studio clients. “The idea is that we are going to try and build a community center around the studio, with producers and artists and acts going through all the time,” said Espinoza. “Some people say that you can’t compete with home studios, and I think that is all wrong. We aren’t competing, we’re enhancing. To do great records, you still need great acoustics to capture sounds, an acoustically controlled room to mix the sound and a great-sounding board.”

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