I built my own studio because it was always a lifelong dream to have a place where I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, without restraint—the freedom to be creative. I also wanted the thrill of bringing other people’s songs to life and working with them on their creative vision.
In the process, I learned a lot about studio construction, e.g. the difference between acoustic treatment and soundproofing, the value of dead-air space, etc. I also reminded myself how much fun it is to buy gear!
I’m currently working on a fascinating album project of world music that’s a hybrid of Egyptian, Israeli, and Eastern belly-dance music blended with a hip-hop influence. I’m also working on an old-school country song for a client who sounds eerily like Johnny Cash. The ongoing project I produce here is my podcast: ProjectStudioNetwork.com.
Big Al Wagner, BigToeStudio.com
Big Toe Studio key gear: Avid/Digidesign Pro Tools, Roland A-70 master controller keyboard, Yamaha NS-10M monitors, PreSonus Central Station monitor controller, acoustic room treatment