Aberdeen Recording Offers Wide-Open Spaces Inside and Out

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 PM, By Heather Johnson


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Aberdeen Recording’s chief engineer/co-owner Tim Andersen at the Neve 88R

Aberdeen Recording (http://aberdeenrecording.com) is centrally located — right in the middle of the U.S. of A. Situated in northeast South Dakota, just 300 miles west of Minneapolis and about a three-hour drive from Fargo, N.D., Aberdeen ensures privacy and convenience with its location inside the recently restored Alonzo Ward Hotel in downtown Aberdeen. Aside from its historic location and charming, small-town setting, the studio's impressive equipment list sets it apart from other studios found in the most central part of the U.S.

Aberdeen's control room reportedly houses the only 60-input AMS Neve 88R console in the middle states. Studer A827 and A820 tape machines, a Pro Tools|HD workstation, two iso booths and a solid roundup of outboard gear complement the 5.1-ready studio, which features a speaker system designed by Allen Sides with Genelec 1032 monitors and JBL subs.

Artists can also take advantage of the massive ballroom two floors up, which is tie-lined to the control room and features a 63×28-foot space with wood floor and a 48×90-foot carpeted area. Additional amenities include onsite hotel accommodations, coffee house, deli, bar and a full-service restaurant, Alonzo's, above the studio. “Clients can just go upstairs and grab an iced tea or a beer and walk back down,” says chief engineer/co-owner Tim Andersen, who opened Aberdeen with partner Mark Remily after working as an L.A. engineer for several years.

The ballroom recently got a workout when the Pops Blue Rhythm Band gave a live performance to a crowd of 300 recorded by the 88R. In addition to their current mix of local and regional talent, Andersen plans to attract national acts that want to record “without the label hanging over their shoulder.”

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