STUDIO NAME: Lava Room Recording Studios
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio
KEY CREW: Mike Brown, Billy Morris, John Walsh
CONSOLE: Digidesign Control 24 (2)
RECORDERS: Pro Tools HD3 accel systems (2), Pro Tools 192 A/D and 96 I/O
MONITORS: Dynaudio BM6A-nearfield, KRK V8 with Tannoy sub Yamaha NS10M
OUTBOARD: Cranesong HEDD 192kHz master clock, A/D converter, Apogee Rosetta 96kHz master clock, A/D converter, Summit DCL-200 Compressor Limiter, Furman HDS-6 headphone system with five HR-6 mix stations
MIC PREAMPS: Avalon VT 737 sp mic pre Vintech 473 (2), Neve 1073 4-channel pre/eq Vintech Dual 72, Neve 1272 2-channel pre Focusrite 8-channel class A OctaPre
MICROPHONES: Neumann M149, Neumann TLM 103, AKG C418 (3), Audio Technica AE2500, Audio Technica 4050 (2), Audio Technica 4053A (2), Audio Technica 4047 (2), Sennheiser 441(3), AKG 414 B/XLS (2), AKG D112, AKG 451 B (2), AKG C1000, SM 57 (5), Sennheiser E609, Beta 57 AKG C419 (2), Beta 58 (3), SM58, Groove Tube GT-2 (2)
COMPUTERS: G5 Dual 1.8GHz Mac (2), G4 Dual 867GHz
BAND ACTION: Saliva, Garbage, Social Distortion, The Used, Hot Hot Heat, Unwritten Law, Marky Ramone and Kasabian
STUDIO NOTES: Cleveland, Ohio: home of the 1980’s NBA comeback kid Cavaliers, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and . . . Lava Room Recording Studios. Spread out across four studios and two isolation rooms, Lava is all business, and business is good. Having recently worked with super band Velvet Revolver, Papa Roach et al, studio engineer Mike Brown says, “We’re going to be installing a 48-channel SSL 4000 G+ console with total recall. This console’s outfitted with all black EQs and the latest mic pres and line amps. I believe it’ll be the only SSL of its kind not just in Cleveland, but in all of Ohio. And having a console of this caliber should help others recognize that Cleveland finally has a facility comparable to other major cities like New York, L.A., and Nashville.”
But why Cleveland?
“Well, people come to work here for a few specific reasons:
1) Our live room is great to track drums in, as well as any live instruments. We have the most elaborate Pro Tools HD4 systems and plug-in lists in the area. And one of the big sells in studio A is having Cranesong’s HEDD A/D converters and its harmonic enhancement putting an analog warmth into a digital tracking domain with Pro Tools and
2) The vibe.”
What? Like the patchouli oil, inevitably placed lava lamps, and love beads?!? What is this vibe of which you speak?
“Well, we’ve developed, in great detail, an ambience in each of the rooms,” says studio manager Ryan Pennington. “I mean when I designed each room I made them look and feel exciting, as well as relaxing, just what I needed to be creative while working. Something that seems to have rubbed off on the clientele as well.”
Must have, Lava Man, must have.