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. Most recordings here are totally analog on the very serious 2 inch 24 track Studer, although there is also a computer if that’s your thing.
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 producer/engineers here: Nicholas Wilbur and Phil Elverum. Nich is definitely more active and he is the one to get in touch with to get more information and schedule your project. He can do whatever: tracking, mixing, mastering. E-mail Nich for details.
(Phil is not taking any recording projects for now.)
Here are some photos, followed by a gear list:
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Trident 65 Recording Console
Studer A80 2” 24 Track recorder
Scully 280b 1/4” 2 Track recorder
Apogee Ensemble x2
Focal Twin6 be
Yamaha NS – 20s
Avantone Mix Cubes
Mic Pres and EQ:
Neotek Series 1 – 8 channel sidecar
API 512 × 4
API 560 × 4
Hairball Audio Lola
Retro Sta Level
DBX 160 VU
FET / 500 Revision A compressor
Reverb / Effects:
Lexicon PCM 70
Lexicon PCM 60
Lexicon Model 91 delay unit
Tapco Spring Reverb
Neumann Gefell MV692 UM70 Capsule
Neumann Gefell CMV563 M7s Capsule
Sennheiser 421 ×6
Coles 4038 ×3
Cascade Fatheads x5
Wunder Audio CM7 FET
Beyer M88 ×3
Sennheiser 441 ×2
Some Instruments Available:
Fender Rhodes scholastic version
Upright Conover Piano
Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar
More is probably available. E-mail Nich for an updated list.