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Studio Name: BlingLand Studios Location: Buffalo, NY
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Studio Name: BlingLand Studios

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Contact: Mikebrylinski@mac.com, www.theblingland.com, www.protoolsdavinci.com

Key Crew: Mike Brylinski (owner, producer, engineer), Dave Melillo (producer)

Latest Projects: Cute Is What We Aim For, Goo Goo Dolls, Spyro Gyra, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Computers/DAW: Apple Dual Quad-Core (8-Core) 3.0 GHz Mac Pro with 16GB RAM, Magma 6-slot Expansion Chasis

DAW: Apple Logic 9 Pro, Avid/Digidesign Pro Tools|HD4 Version 8.01

Recording Hardware: Digidesign 192 I/O (16 in/24 out) (2) and Sync I/O, Bryston 4B power amplifier, SPL MixDream XP Drive analog summing mixers (5)

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Storage: G-Tech G-Drive 750GB External Firewire (5); Seagate 1.5TB Internal drive

Sound Treatment: Auralex Diffusors, RPG Systems ProFoam

Mics: Royer R-121 Ribbon; Sennheiser MD 421; Shure SM7, SM57 (2), SM58 (2); Telefunken AR-51

Preamps/EQ: AMS Neve 1073 Class A preamp/EQ (2), Bubba Ho Tech EQP1A Program Equalizer (2), dbx 120XP Subharmonic Synthesizer

Dynamics/Compressors: Alan Smart C2 Stereo Compressor, Empirical Labs EL8X Distressor, Funk Logic Custom Palindrometer, Universal Audio 1176AE “Bluestripe”

Plug-Ins: Antares Auto-Tune 5.0; Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom; Audio Ease Altiverb 6; Celemony Melodyne; Chandler Limited TG12413; Crane Song Phoenix; Digidesign Amp Farm, Echo Farm HD, Hybrid 2.0, Fairchild 660/670, Impact, Reverb One, SansAmp, Smack! TDM, Xpand! 2.0, and TL Space; FXpansion BFD 2.0; Focusrite d2/d3; IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.0; iZotope Ozone 3; MOTU MachFive; Purple Audio MC77; Roger Nichols Signature Bundle TDM; Sony/Sonnox Oxford Dynamics 2.0, EQ 2.0; SoundToys Bundle TDM; Spectrasonics Stylus RMX; TC Electronic Harmony 4, Master X3; WaveMachine Labs Drumagog; Waves GTR, Mercury and Studio Classics TDM bundles

Instruments: Fender P Bass, American Standard Telecaster; Gibson Les Paul Standard, Memphis ES-335 Guitar Amp: Marshall 1959SLP

Monitors: JBL LSR4328 (2), Sony Boombox, Yamaha NS10m monitors

Notes: Mike Brylinski moved his office at Inner Machine Studios—Goo Goo Dolls’ former private studio in Buffalo, New York—to his new commuter-friendly office at home. For BlingLand Studios, Mike has formed his new haven around one word: budget. “There’s no need to buy all this crazy gear in order to make a great-sounding recording,” he says. “In this day and age, there’s just no reason to have a large format analog console, 48 channels of mic pre-amplification, and a crazy mic collection. This lack of overhead will trickle down, making budgets way smaller and may even help the industry in its current state.”

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But downsizing from the commercial studio to his home did not mean sacrificing his equipment. “I was really acclimated to working in a large facility, so I wanted to make sure I had the best of everything,” Brylinski says. I’ve got a lot of powerful gear most home studios would kill for. I have a Pro Tools|HD4 rig packed with every plug-in imaginable. That’s the most used piece of gear in any studio, and in my opinion the most powerful. A wellequipped Pro Tools rig has endless tools for creating a great recording.”

All of Brylinski’s prized gear is housed in the vibe of old-Victorian quarters. “All the studio treatments are done in tapestries that resemble an old French palace,” he says. “For me, it’s really inspiring to mix really modern recording technology in an old-world feel. I wanted it to be a comfortable space because as every studio cat knows, you don’t ever get to leave!”

Aside from just recently working on a few EPs with singer/songwriter Leslie Mosier and rock boy-band Nocturnal Me, Brylinski has been using his extra time to launch his brainchild “Pro Tools DaVinci.” “Pro Tools DaVinci came about as I was constantly getting calls from a ‘friend of a friend’ who had just gotten a Pro Tools setup and hit some brick wall setting it up,” he says. “It’s no secret that every musician wants into the recording world, so I wanted to set up a service where people could call and get live help by having an expert remote control their screen and resolve their issue quickly.”

His DaVinci project makes Brylinski a pretty dedicated DAW fan, and for very just reasons, he claims. “In order to stay in the game you have to be able to do your job well and do it better than everyone else,” he says. “For me, not only is tape expensive but you’re missing out on the advantages that the digital domain has to offer. At the end of the day, no band wants to spend a big piece of their budget on tape that seems to get more expensive every day.”

As for advice to other home studio owners and recorders, Brylinski says, “The only thing I would be wary of is to be careful while recording. It seems like a lot of people set up a mic and start recording without spending the time to get a good sound. Don’t get too excited about hearing yourself coming out of the speakers.”