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STUDIO NAME: Groove Tunes Studios LOCATION: Alpharetta, Georgia CONTACT: groovetunesstudios.com KEY CREW: Eric Tunison CONSOLE: Digidesign Control 24 RECORDERS: Apple Mac G5 Dual Processor with 1.5 Gig of RAM, Pro Tools HD Accel 3, 96i MIDI I/O HD Interface with 16-input channels, Sony 501ES, Tandberg TCD
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STUDIO NAME: Groove Tunes Studios
LOCATION: Alpharetta, Georgia
CONTACT: groovetunesstudios.com
KEY CREW: Eric Tunison
CONSOLE: Digidesign Control 24
RECORDERS: Apple Mac G5 Dual Processor with 1.5 Gig of RAM, Pro Tools HD Accel 3, 96i MIDI I/O HD Interface with 16-input channels, Sony 501ES, Tandberg TCD 340A, TASCAM 80-8 with DX-8 dbx noise reduction TEAC V-6030S, Technics 1500, Tiger OSX operating system
MONITORS: JBL LSR 6328P; Vandersteen Model 4a, VCC, Velodyne ULD-18
PLUG-INS & EFFECTS:
Antares Auto-Tune, Aphex Aural Exciter, Master Room XL-305, Symmetrix CL-100, SG-200, Waves Diamond bundle (Amp Farm, Echo Farm, Morphoder, PS22 Spread, X-Noise HTDM, Sans Amp PSA-1, True Verb HTDM, L2 Ultramaximizer, Smack!)
MICS:
AKG 451, D12E, Beyer Dynamics M-400, M-500, Neumann U-87, Sennheiser 421, Shure Beta 52, SM57, Soundelux U99B tube, Studio Project C3
PRE-AMPS & DI:
Focusrite Control 24 preamps, ISA 220s preamp/compressor/limiter, Liquid Channel preamp/compressor/limiter, PreSonus MP 88s
KEYBOARDS:
Yamaha Motif ES8, DX7, Melville Clark dual-voiced console piano, Sequential Circuits Prophet 10
STORAGE:
Glyph GT 300, 160, and 120GB hard drives.
ACOUSTIC TREATMENTS:
Acoustical Fabric Solutions cloth-covered acoustical fiberglass wall panels and ceiling clouds, ASC tube traps, Kinetics and Auralex wall panels and corner traps, “golden ratio” room dimensions, plush carpeting

STUDIO NOTES: “Atlanta has numerous recording studios, but few are north of the Chattahoochee River,” says Groove Tunes figurehead Eric Tunison. “North Atlanta musicians had to drive great distances, sometimes into not-so-great parts of town, to record in a professional studio. We saw the need for a top-of-the-line studio in the north end. As a result, we created what we feel is the finest and safest recording environment in North Atlanta.”

Tunison reflects on his formative years and on his appreciation for constructing a studio based around his Pro Tools rig, “I grew up on analog, but I love what you can do with digital recording these days — speed and efficiency along with great sound. With the Pro Tools HD3 system, I can deliver on all accounts.”

“I had studios in Seattle that were built inside of existing structures, with whatever walls, low ceilings, and electrical systems were already there. Those situations resulted in compromised designs with mixed results. When I moved to the Southeast, I had the luxury of designing and building my studio from the ground up. That allowed me to specify the room dimensions, high ceilings, wiring plans, sound isolation designs, and acoustical treatments prior to construction. The end result is extremely satisfying.”

More than a musician and engineer, Tunison is an audiophile who has studied the physics of sound and studio design. With the assistance of Acoustical Fabric Solutions of Atlanta, Tunison believes Groove Tunes has achieved a special studio sound. “Having top-notch equipment is always an important consideration for a studio, but all too often I see studios with great gear but with acoustical plans that seem like an after-thought.” Tunison explained, “The microphone hears not only the performance but also the room. Even if you have a so-called “great sounding room,” whatever that sonic signature consists of (usually reverberant), it will be on your recording, too. So now, what if you want to change or eliminate the reflections on that track during the mix? You can’t. Conversely, if you have a well-designed, acoustically treated room, you get a good, clean recording first, and then you can add whatever effects you want to the mix without having to fuss with non-compatible room reflections on the track. That, to me, makes perfect sense.”