Cave Studio

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CONTROL SURFACE: Digidesign Digi 002

COMPUTER: Apple MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo w/ 4GB RAM

DAW: Apple Logic Pro 8; Digidesign Pro Tools LE 7.4.2

CONVERTERS: Apogee Rosetta 800

MONITORING: Extreme Isolation Headphones; JBL LSR4328P

PRES/DIS: API 3124+; Apogee Mini-Me; Vintech 473

MICS: Audio-Technica AE 3000(3), A-T 4050 (2), A-T 4041, ATM 250, ATM 450, ATM 650; Audix D6 (3), i5; Heil PR40; Mojave MA-200 (2); Royer R-121 (2); Sennheiser 421; Shure SM57, SM98; Yamaha Subkick

ROOM TREATMENT: GIK Acoustics Acoustic Treatment and Diffusers

POWER CONDITIONING: Monster Pro 3500 PowerCenter

KITS: 1940s Leedy Mahogany w/ 26" kick, 11", 13", and 16" toms; 1960s Ludwig 3-ply Hollywood w/ 22" and 26" kicks, 13" and 16" toms; Ludwig Classic Birch w/ 24" kick, 12", 13", and 16" toms; Ludwig Classic Maple Jazz w/ 16" and 22" kicks, 12", and 14" toms; Sonor Force Maple w/ 22" kick, 10", 12", 13", and 16" toms; Vintage ’70s Roto Tom Kit w/ 22" kick, 12", 14", and 16 roto toms

SNARES: Ludwig 3"x13" Maple Classic, 6"x12" Maple Classic, 6"x13" Maple Classic, 1960s 5"x14" Supra-Phonic, 6.5"x14" Supra-Phonic, 1920s 4"x14" Universal Brass; Pearl 13"x13" Brass Piccolo, 6.5"x14" Brass Free-Floating; 1940s Slingerland 8"x14" Radio King; Tama 3"x12" Steel Piccolo; Yamaha 6"x14" Anton Fig Signature

NOTES: Drummer Ryan Hoyle has spent a fair amount of time packing venues and touring with alt-rockers Collective Soul, but he says that his focus is now on his newly-built home studio, Cave Studios. Hoyle tells us that the inspiration for constructing his new facility came from his numerous brothers-in-arms—the illustrious session drummers of the L.A. and Nashville recording scenes. “Tracking drums on projects at home becomes a huge question mark,” says Hoyle. “Most can’t get a good sound, and those who can— but can’t get a good performance—sit there chopping up beats. I’m offering them an alternative.”

Hoyle’s alternative begins with a small studio dedicated entirely to drum tracking. “Here we have everything one would need to record and export drum tracks for other musicians,” the drummer tells us. “It’s a new way for drummers to market themselves. They can accept a session, lay down the tracks here, and send them off.”

Why no compressors, EQs, reverbs, and other signal processors? “Why would you mix before it’s been tracked?” Hoyle replies. “I’m about producing the highest quality in the front end, leaving all mixing and editing to the customer.”

Still in its freshman year, the Cave already has a waiting list of projects. Hoyle, an industry veteran whose first recording studio flopped, says that he feels vindicated by his early success with the Cave. “If you are trying to open your own place, set a goal and then work backward,” he says. “You can easily get distracted and end up buying all this gear before you’ve even recorded a song. There’s no need to get knee-deep in tech support. Keep it simple. You can save a lot of time and money by just rehearsing instead of editing.”