The building was built between 1909 and 1920 and lived as a Catholic church for many decades. At some point the steeple blew off in a storm and landed on the rectory next door. In the early 1970s the building was bought by the Croatian Club of Anacortes. They occupy the banquet hall in the basement, while the upstairs main church room has been rented out to a series of tenants over the years; dance studios, pre-school, sail makers, and more. In 2010 we moved in upstairs, naming the space “the Unknown” and establishing this recording studio.

It’s an amazing place to record music. It sounds huge because it is huge. Our great collection of equipment and instruments plus the skills and familiarity with the space have made consistently great albums for people from all over the world who have traveled here to record.

The control room is in what used to be the choir loft, now walled-in with a window and treated for great sound. There are a few auxiliary rooms available for different acoustic qualities, including the former confessionals. Spooky. Entering the “crying room” and the bell tower (bell missing) is not recommended.

There are 2 active producer/engineers here: Nicholas Wilbur and Alex Heubel. We can do: tracking, mixing, mastering. We are also happy to rent the space to outside engineers. Our daily rates start at $250 for the studio. E-mail for specifics about the rates with Nich or Alex and rates for mixing and mastering.
(Phil is not taking any recording projects for now.)

Quad Eight Pacifica 36 Channel Console
Studer A80 MKIV 2” 24 Track recorder
Ampex 440B 1/4” 2 track
Lynx Aurora n 32
Lynx Hilo
Mac Studio, UAD-2 DSP Accelerator, Pro Tools 12, Logic X
Focal SM9
Yamaha NS – 10
Amphion One18
Crane Song Avocet IIA Monitor Controller

Mic Pres and EQ:
Quad Eight Pacifica x 35
Electrodyne 712L x2
Altec 1567A
Altec 1592A
Altec 1566a x2
Electrodyne LA602
API 3124
API 512b x2
API 560 x2
Avedis MA5 x4
Shure SR107 EQ x2
SKL Variable Electronic Filter
Dangerous BAX EQ

Retro Sta Level x2
Quad Eight CL22 x2
ADR Compex
API 2500
DBX 160 VU
Hairball 1176 Blue
RND 535 × 2
Electrodyne CA702 x4
SPL Transient Designer 2
Manley Variable-Mu
Audioscap LA2A

Reverb / Effects:
EMT 140 Stereo Plate Reverb
Lexicon 224
Lexicon PCM 60
Lexicon Model 91 delay unit
Roland RE-301
Watkins Copicat
Echoplex EP-3 x2
Klemt Echolette
Eventide H910 x2
Chase Bliss CXM 1978

Neumann U48 (M7 capsule and K47 capsule)
Sony C37a x2
Gefell MV692 UM70 Capsule x4
Neumann Gefell UM57
Wunder CM7 with M7 capsule x 2
Neumann Gefell M582 x2 Wunder CM7 FET
Altec 175a with 28b and 29b capsules
Sennheiser 421 ×6
Coles 4038 ×2
AEA R84 x2
Beyer M160 x4
Cascade Fatheads x2
Royer 121
Wunder Audio CM7 FET
AKG 451 ×2
Beyer M88 x3
Sennheiser 441 ×2
Shure SM7b x2
Electrovoice RE20 x2
Electrovoice RE16
Heiserman Type-19
Heil PR30 x2
Josephson e22s x 2
Unidyne 545 x5
Unidyne 546 x2
Peluso P414 x2
Shure SM98 x2

Some Instruments and Amps Available:
Fender Rhodes 73
Yamaha G2 Grand Piano
Upright Conover Piano
Farfisa Compact Deluxe
Ace Tone Phenix
Vox Continental
Mellotron M400
Hammond A-100 with Leslie 122
Hammond Model A with Leslie 122 with reverb
Wurlitzer 200A
ARP Odyssey
Roland RS-09
Roland Juno 106
Yamaha DX-7
Yamaha VSS-30
Sabathil Harpsichord
Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar
Musser Vibraphone
Simmons SDSV
Wurlitzer Sideman
Ludwig 60s Drum Kit
Ludwig Vistalite Drum Kit
Ludwig Supraphonic Snare
22” Timpani Drum
Ampeg B25B Bass Amp
Ampeg B15N Bass Amp
Ampeg SVT 70s with 610 cab
1969 Fender Bandmaster
1968 Fender Princeton Reverb
Sunn 2000s
Gibson Skylark GA5
Fender Musicmaster Amp

More is probably available. E-mail Nich for an updated list.