STUDIO NAME: Electrokitty Recording
LOCATION: Seattle, WA
KEY CREW: Gary Reynolds, Nick Holman, Justin Friesen
CONSOLE: Neve 8128 (56 channels) with Flying Fader automation
RECORDERS: Studer A-827 2" 24-track, Ampex ATR-102 1/2" 2-track, TASCAM CD A-500, Panasonic SV-3800
MONITORS: Genelec 1032a, Yamaha NS-10s, Bryston 4b, Auratone, Event 20/20
EFFECTS: Lexicon 480L, PCM 70, PCM 42, Prime Time II; Ursa Major Stargate 626, Klark Tech 780, Yamaha SPX 90 , Eventide H-3000
OUTBOARD: Alan Smart C2, Neve 33609/C, UREI 1176 , LA-4 ; ADL 1500, Demeter VTCL-2, dbx 160 vu , 120x, 160x ; API 550b , 560 ; Aphex EQF-2 , Pultec MEQ5, Neve 81 Series console EQs, TLA Dual Valve, Symetrix 544, SPL De-Esser, Korg DT1000 tuner
MICROPHONE PREAMPS: API 3124 , Telefunken V72 PR, Neve 81 Series console mic pres
MICROPHONES: Neumann M149, U 87 , U 47 FET, UM 57, KM 184 ; AKG C 61 , C 28 , 451 E , 414 B-ULS, D 112e; BlUE C 12 capsules , Soundelux U95s, Royer 121, EV RE-20, Sennheiser MD421 , MD441; Sony C37T, Shure SM7, SM57 , SM58
COMPUTERS: Apple PoweMac G4/dual 1.25GHz
DAW: Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 Accel
SOFTWARE: Digidesign Pro Tools 6.4, BIAS Peak, Roxio Toast, Jam; Propellerhead Reason 2.5
ACOUSTIC DESIGN: Ric Vaughan, Gary Reynolds
STUDIO NOTES: There’s this Snoopy doghouse moment on entering Electrokitty when the words of the immortal sage Willie Dixon find their way back to you, more true than ever: You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover. The cover, in this instance, a modest 2-story house in Seattle’s Wallingford district, about a jog and a jump from downtown, sporting sort of typical suburban detritus, from baby strollers to, well, more baby strollers. And cushioned below the front porch is a Hobbit door, and ducking our heads as we enter it feels like studio owner Gary Reynolds should say something like Voila in the face of a highly unlikely studio spread.
“People will walk up to it,” says the laughing Reynolds, “and be, like, ‘What is this?’ I mean it’s kind of like a speakeasy but, despite what people think when I say that we’re right next to a clinic, it’s clearly not your average basement studio.” Clearly. Boasting a clientele that includes everyone from Joe Chiccarelli (Rufus Wainwright, Beck) to Bob Power (Erykah Badu, De La Soul) to indie monsters Mastodon with Matt Bayles, Electrokitty almost just happens to be beneath a house. And that’s just about where the basement comparisons end.
“We recorded this band that just wanted our room for drums. Now our live room is only about 20' x 20',” Reynolds says, warming into the story. “So they do their drums here and take them off to a very big, well-known studio. Well, we get this email from the guys there and they wanted to know what the hell we did to the drums.”
“Nooo. They kicked ass on their drum sound he said and they’re recording in a 50' x 40' room. But our live room is great. It sounds like a castle.”
And the very big, well-known studio?
“I ain’t telling,” says Reynolds.
Well we are: Electrokitty’s live room is killer. Check it out.