A Look at Spokane Recording Studios
(509) 389-4031 | www.fusionstudio.biz
This nearly brand-new studio is the brainchild of musician Mark Klock and his wife Angel. Located about an hour and a half north of Spokane (just north of Chewelah), the studio is far removed from the noise and frantic distractions of the city. According to Klock, “When we first started building the studio two years ago we had the option of moving to Spokane but instead we chose to set up shop way out here and make it a sort of getaway for musicians. There is nothing up here to distract you – you have to concentrate on your music.”
Klock, a graduate of the UCLA audio engineering program, officially started Fusion Studios in 2003 for his own private use in recording his own musical projects. A lifelong musician, he was frustrated with expensive studios that didn’t deliver the quality he desired. Fusion Studios was his solution and he eventually opened it up to the public.
Two years ago Klock moved to Washington to begin the yearlong process of constructing a brand new studio next to his ranch. The custom building was designed by Klock and was created to meet his needs as both an engineer and a musician.
“The goal was to build a creative atmosphere with a relaxing vibe that takes your mind off the world and focuses it on the music,” explains Klock. “From everything I’ve heard from bands that come to the studio, we have succeeded in that goal. And they all love it so much they’ve all come back for their next project.”
Fusion Studios is a building separate from the living spaces and features a control suite, a massive live room, and one isolation booth. The live room features 20-foot high ceilings and delivers an enormous sound. Under the hood of the studio is a 32 track British Soundtracs analog-mixing board modified to provide more headroom and a punchier sound.
“The analog board provides a more warm, natural sound that can’t be achieved through digital means,” explain Klock. “Metal guitarists really love the punchiness we are able to create with this board.”
Recordings done at Fusion Studio may be mixed through an analog mixer but they are recorded on the studio’s Mackie hard disc recorder system with industry leading Apogee digital/analog converters. The studio also features two full racks of pre-amps, more off-board gear than a non-engineer can understand, nine custom modified mics, two studio drums sets, Mesa Boogie Stilletto tube heads, and more (a full list is available online at www.fusionstudio.biz).
When Klock relocated to Spokane he had a goal to build a studio that was as much a creative sanctuary as it is place to record. When band’s come into the studio they stay for a few days in the Klock’s guest rooms until the project is done. The distance from the city serves at a buffer against anything that might be a distraction during the recording process.
“Coming to record at Fusion Studio is kind of like going on vacation,” jokes Klock.
Fusion Studios can be reach by phone at (509) 389-4031 or online at www.fusionstudio.biz.
Audio Jerk Records
232-6794 | www.audiojerkrecords.com
13127 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley
Audio Jerk Records is the newest official studio of the bunch. While Audio Jerk has existed for many years, it was just last month that they moved out of the basement and into their newly built studio on Sprague in the Valley.
Operated by Aaron Birdsall (of local band Black & Tann) the studio works in a fully digital based environment powered by ProTools and a Apple Mac G5. The studio features a control room, live room, drum room and vocal isolation chamber.
The SiDEKiCK has teamed-up with Audio Jerk Records to bring you The SiDESHOW, Spokane’s first video podcast. For more information on this feature look on page 10 of this issue.
College Rd Recording
465-9146 | www.collegeroadrecording.com
2916 N Monroe Street, Spokane
College Road Recording has been in the business of recording music for roughly 10 years and are one of the most well known names in Spokane. Their studio features one large live room, four isolation chambers, two control/mastering suites and is powered by a Mackie HDR recording system. The studio will be converting to a state of the art ProTools system in September of this year.
Block rates for the studio’s recording services cost $75 per hour with options for larger projects. They also offer graphic, distribution, and duplication help.
Former clients include Cary Fly, Aaron Richner, Atomic Clock, and 7 Years Absence.
535-8494 | www.sacklunch.org
3353 E. Trent Ave, Spokane
Sacklunch has been recording Spokane’s best band’s and solo artists for the past ten years. Former clients include Flyreal, 10 Minutes Down, and 5 Foot Thick. Rates start at $50 per hour with packages available for full albums or larger projects. For more information look online at www.sacklunch.org.
280-1648 | www.amplifiedwax.com
Home Studio (call for directions)
Amplified Wax is the home studio of audio engineer Jim Hill (Blvd). The all digital studio is run on ProTools and features a control room, live room and separate drum isolation chamber.
Former clients of Amplified Wax include Big Dirty Guns, Falsaint and My Fatal Mistake.
Rates start at $25 per hour with full album packages going for $1000.