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The Road to Record is a documentary film and book that digs into the world of recording studios, and the people who own and run them. It’s a story that dives into the past, present and looks to the future as the industry has seen so many changes, turmoil and upheaval in the last 20 to 40 years. 

Recording studios have long been the life of the music business since the 1950s. In this film and book you’ll see the lifeblood and backbone of the these facilities, large and small. You’ll experience the stories of the engineers, producers, owners, musicians and industry experts; as these people share their hearts and minds about life in the studio and what it’s like in the ever changing world of recording music.

Covering the time period of the early 1980s to present, this 40 year journey shows the shift from analog to digital and back to analog during some of the greatest periods of music creation. Plus it views the transition from big commercial studios to the home basement revolution and the effects it has had on commercial facilities and the people who support them.

Many of these commercial facilities have gone out of business, never to open their doors again. Some have simply changed hands, while others are still holding on, surviving, and rolling with the changes.

These stories have to be told as many of the veteran engineers and producers who started out in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s are getting up there in years and will some day no longer be with us. Add to this the fact that some of the facilities could be in the future considered on the endangered list, as economic uncertainty and home recording continue to spread across the world.

Some of the studios and people to be featured in the documentary film include Electrokitty Recording Studio (Seattle WA), John Van Houdt – Sound Logic Audio(Colbert, WA), Robert Lang Studios (Seattle, WA), Paradise Sound (Index, WA ), Larry Anschell – Turtle Recording (Vancouver BC),  Tom Hall – veteran producer/engineer (Kirkland, WA), Michael Lewis (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Larry Crane (Portland, Oregon), and Jared Crab at Crabwalk Studios (SpokaneValley, WA).  In addition to these studios and people, the producer has filmed at one college level recording program with instructors, and hopefully one console manufacturer.

The music industry needs these people and the professional recording facilities that they have dedicated their lives too. We hope you’ll help us preserve these stories. Help us to open the eyes and ears of so many musicians who could be taking their music to the next level, recording and mixing their songs on world class equipment with great engineers and producers. Donate to the Road to Record film and book here on Go Fund Me.


Road to Record Crowdfund is Live

Road to Record Crowdfund is Live

We launched the GoFundMe crowdfund in March to be able to finish the Road to Record film and book. The bottom line is that we need help financially in order to do this, otherwise neither may never be completed or could be at least a year or two to publish. These stories have to be told and shared. Time is of the essence and so we have been diligently working on and staying focused to gather all the content needed to complete the project. Production and writing are currently under way and we've...

Paradise Sound Studio

Paradise Sound Studio

Many moons ago back when tape machines were the mainstay in all studios throughout the land, I was a young, ambitious kid in my late teens attending Shoreline Community College’s recording arts program. During this time I was also interning at a local rehearsal studio and live production company where I was thrown into the Seattle area studio scene at company that eventually acquired Triad Studios. Keeping my ear to the ground and researching local studios and the competition, I remember...

Vintage Recording Consoles – Part 1

Vintage Recording Consoles – Part 1

Next to the people in The Road to Record documentary film and book, the recording consoles come next. These vintage recording consoles always have been and are my favorite subject to talk about when it comes to recording studios. Thus when the names Solid State Logic, Neve, Trident, API, Neotek and Sphere come up, I just get plain excited. Almost to the point where it’s hard for me to think about anything else, let alone focus on writing or current projects. Maybe it’s just me but these older...

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