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STUDIO NAME: 20/20 Music LOCATION: Northern Westchester County, New York KEY CREW: Saul Zonana CONTACT: 2020music.com Consoles: Digidesign Command 8, Mackie 1402 VLZ, Sony RMX 100 digital console Computers: Mac G4 dual 800GHz, G5 dual 2.3GHz, Powerbook G4 1.25GHz Hardware: Digidesign 192 I/O, Mbox
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STUDIO NAME: 20/20 Music

LOCATION: Northern Westchester County, New York

KEY CREW: Saul Zonana

CONTACT: 2020music.com

Consoles: Digidesign Command 8, Mackie 1402 VLZ, Sony RMX 100 digital console

Computers: Mac G4 dual 800GHz, G5 dual 2.3GHz, Powerbook G4 1.25GHz

Hardware: Digidesign 192 I/O, Mbox 2I, M-Audio 410 FireWire, Pro Tools Digi 001, HD 3 Accel

Software: BIAS Peak 5.0, Final Cut Pro HD, Pro tools HD 7, Reason, SampleTank 2, Sylus RMX, plug-ins galore

Monitors: Genelec 1029A, 1031A, 7060A Sub, KRK 7000B passive, K4

Mic Pres: Amek 9098, API 3124+ (4 channels), Avalon 737 SP, U/5 Tube DI, Bellari Dual Tube Mic-Pre RP220, Langevin Dual Vocal Combo, Manley Vox Box, Universal Audio 2-610

Mics: AKG C 451 B, D112, Audio-Technica 4033, Audix D4, D6, Neumann TLM 103 Rode NTK, Sennheiser 441, Shure Beta 56A, Beta 91, KSM 32, SM 57, SM 58

Dynamics: Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition, TC Electronic Finalizer 96K, Tube-Tech Stereo Multiband SMC 2B, Universal Audio 2-1176

Effects: Line 6 Echo Farm, Korg Kaoss Pad, TC Electronic System 6000 5.1 Audio processing system, TC-Helicon Voice Live Harmonizer

EQs: Manley Massive Passive, Sony Oxford EQs

Miscellaneous: Apogee Big Ben, Behringer Power Play Pro 4-Channel Headphone Amp, BOSS Doctor Sample SP-303, Furman Headphone Distribution System, HHB Burnit Plus CD Recorder, Little Labs PCP Instrument Distro 3.0

Time Travel: Delorian with a 2006 Flux Capacitor

Studio Notes: “I’ve been an artist/musician my entire life,” says Saul Zonana, owner and operator of 20/20 Music. “I was raised in the studio.”

And in the studio he will likely stay. Having a world class facility like 20/20 (with two FLOORS of various live and isolation rooms) at your disposal would likely turn a lesser man into a total shut-in. Tracking, mastering, mixing in 5.1, general studiohound-ery . . . well . . . there are simply not enough hours in the day when you have a place this sweet.

Conveniently located just a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City, yet nestled cozily in, as Brad Roberts from the Crash Test Dummies describes it, “a rural paradise,” the studio is prided on its deliberately-constructed and well-cultivated atmosphere, something owner/operator Saul Zonana considers of paramount importance. “I learned early on that making the studio experience relaxing and fun was the key to a great session. When the artist and/or band are comfortable and enjoying themselves, that energy comes through in the music. So, when I built this studio, I had that mostly in mind.”

Obviously it takes more than just a grand sense of aesthetics and the nearby proximity of beautiful countryside to make things work — check out that Sony console and the mountain of Genelecs, for example. “Of course it was important to make sure that all of the tools I needed to make great recordings were here,” Zonana adds, “but it was just as important to create an environment where the professional musicians that I knew would be coming through here would want to come back.”

And they keep coming back. We’re talking real musicians too, from Adrian Belew to Doug Yowell. Zonana manages to make quite an impression on all who walk through his door. “The musicians that do sessions here usually lobby to make 20/20 Music the place that they record,” Zonana offers. “I’m flattered to know that they enjoy working with me, and it’s rewarding to know that I have created a studio environment that is a favorite among my peers.”

Aaron Comess from the Spin Doctors gladly attests:”Saul has created an extremely musician-friendly studio. Every gadget known to man seems to be here — even his coffeemaker is high-tech.”