STUDIO NAME: StarCity Recording
LOCATION: Bethlehem, PA
KEY CREW: Jeff Glixman, Lily Salinas, Carl Cadden-James
CONSOLES: Digidesign Control 24, ProControl 32 Fader with Surround Expansion Pack; SSL 9000K, Axiom MT Plus
PLATFORMS: Alesis HD24; Avid AV Option; Pro Tools HD3 (4); Sony PCM-800 (3); Studer A827 Gold 2" Analog 24-track recorder (2)
MONITORS: DynAudio BM 6, BM 15A (2); EAW Theatrical monitoring deployed as Dolby EX 6.1; Genelec 1029 (3); KEF C20 (3); Quested 4x12 in 5.1 array (3), 2108 (3), F5 (3)
MICS: AEA R84 (2); AKG C391 (2), C414 (6), C568, CK97, CK98; Audix D6 (2), SCX25A (2); Audio-Technica AT4033; Blue Bottle, Dragonfly (2), Kiwi; Coles 4038 (2); Neumann KM183 (2), KM184 (3), M149 (2), U87 (4); Royer SF24; Sennheiser MD421 (6); Shure SM57 (6); Sony C800; Telefunken 251, U47
OUTBOARD: Aardvark Aardsync II; Aphex 1100; Amek9098 EQ (4), 9098 Stereo Compressor; API 512 (2), 525, 550B (4), 560; Avalon 2022; Aviom Cue System (2); Aurora GT-2; Brainstorm SR-15 + Time Code Distripalyzer; Crane Song STC 8; dbx 160 SL, 363x; Digidesign MIDI Interface; Dolby Digital Encoder DP569, Multi Channel Audio Decoder DP564, Multi Channel Audio Tool DP570 (2); D.W. Fearn VT-2 (3), VT-4 (2); Empirical Labs Distressor (5); Equi=Tech Balanced Power (2); Eventide Eclipse; Focusrite ISA 110 (3); Lexicon 480, 960, LXP-15; Manley Massive Passive (2); Millennia HV3D, TCL-2; Neve 33609JD; Pioneer DV45A; Prism Sound Dream ADA-8; Shep SN8 (Neve 1081) Modules (10); Sony CDP-D11, CDP-D500; Symetrix 501 Peak-RMS; TASCAM CD-450, CD-A700, DA-40, DV-RA1000; TC Electronic TC 2290, TC M6000; Thermionic Culture Phoenix; True Precision 8 (2); Tube Tech EQ 1-A (4); Universal Audio 1176 (4), 2108, 2-610, LA-2A (4); Yamaha REV500
NOTES: Nestled away in the Lehigh Valley, not far from the monolithic, rusted remnants of the Bethlehem Steel empire, sits StarCity Recording Company — a world-class studio known in circles of audile connoisseurship as one of the premier recording locales of Pennsylvania, if not the East Coast as a whole. Formed less than 16 months ago by veteran industry players Jeff Glixman, Carl Cadden-James, and Lily Salinas, StarCity exists in the shell of the now defunct Angel Mountain Studios, retaining the state-of-the-art gear and immaculately designed facilities yet interjecting a less corporate, more musician-friendly general ethos for the benefit of all and sundry who decide to drag their songs across the PA countryside and through StarCity’s doors.
Bringing a collective 50+ years of experience from all corners of the music business, the forged partnership stands poised to give their clientele some of the best sonic service imaginable. Having worked with artists from Black Sabbath to Bob Marley and Kansas to Ludacris, Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Glixman serves his time in StarCity as the go-to SSL jockey, while Cadden-James, a surround specialist, can oftentimes be found tucked away in the StarCity’s 6.1 mix theater — each practicing their respective trades while Salinas, Director of Studio Operations, holds it all together.
The 18,000 sq. ft. facility is comprised of four rooms: Studio A, Plus, Studio C, and a Theater, all of which have been optimized to handle 5.1 surround mixes. Boasting a variety of live rooms designed specifically to run the gamut from huge spaces conducive to recording full ensembles at a time and getting enormous sounds to smaller, more intimate areas renowned for their ability to achieve tighter tracks, StarCity prides itself on being guardians of acoustic diversity, and wholly untreatable gear junkies to boot.
Though large studios are becoming more rare as time passes, all is looking good for StarCity as they continue onward in facilitating the production of great albums by offering wallet-friendly packages without skimping on the quality of their in-house engineers, or the tools employed. So swing on by if you are passing though, and tell the boys and girls of StarCity that EQ told you the first cut is on us. See if they’ll fall for it.