City Recording (previously Angel Mountain Productions) Offers Superb
Music Production Services and Office Space For Music/Film Community
Under New Management
photos on this page by: Rick Schoustal
Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series console in the
Tracking and Mixing room at Angel Mountain
studio Complex is located in Bethlehem, PA and
features multi-room studios to include three world-class 5.1 audio
control rooms, soffitted Quested monitors, and the new SSL XL 9000K
mixing console. Add to this, complete
Scoring Stage, THX-Certified Mix Theatre, Foley Studio & Corporate
Media Development Suites, and you might as well be in a one-stop
shop studio paradise!
(l-r) Lily Salinas, Chick Corea, Tom Emmi
The facility, built from the ground up with the most painstaking
attention to both technical and architectural detail, has already
taken its place as one of the largest and most encompassing audio
post-production facilities in the country.
were designed to house a full-service music and audio post facility
with a high degree of flexibility. Particular attention is paid
to synergies between adjacent spaces that could encourage efficient
workflow and offer new opportunities for audio production to emerge.
The facility under new management (Jeff
Glixman Executive Vice President and Carl Cadden-James VP of Production/
Engineer), covering 18,000 sq. ft., is fully encompassing with respect
to audio post-production services
being intertwined within a unique architectural design and superior
quality construction. This creative and noteworthy design concept
is being directed by Martin Pilchner of Pilchner-Schoustal
be one of the premier studios in the country, Star City's main mixing
and tracking room features a Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series
console and a scoring stage capable of accommodating a 50-piece
audio post room, geared for film and television work, is attached
to a 21' x 17' Foley studio, which can also be utilized as a smaller
tracking studio. Another one of the 5.1 control rooms is primarily
a Pro Tools HD-based audio editing suite with a Control 24
surface. All three of these control rooms, which are capable of
SACD and DVD remixes in 5.1, feature soffitted
Quested monitors and automatic drop-down screens with built-in rear
projectors to accommodate lock-to-picture requirements.
attraction at Star City Recording is the well-appointed 30' x 40'
THX Certified Mix Theatre, 6.1 Dolby Digital EX multi-channel
format. Possessing a 13' x 24' projection screen, this theatre seats
over 30 people and features a Harrison Series 12 mixing console
with 48 faders and 96 inputs.
Also found on
site at Star City are composition and sound design suites. These
are dedicated suites for the creation of musical scores, orchestration
and sound effects to accompany film, television, video and commercial
advertisement presentations. Angel Mountain also has qualified composers
on staff to contribute to projects as needed.
Creating media suites was another aspect that was pertinent in the
construction of Star City. With a full range of capabilities from
script to screen, the video edit suites are equipped with Cinewave
RT Pro and Avid systems, which allow for uncompressed
video editing. Adobe After Effects, Lightwave 3D and many other
essential programs are also utilized at Angel Mountain for the creation
of promotional, instructional and training videos, digital media
presentations (CD-ROM, DVD), and commercial television advertisements.
Nathan Lee Jackson
(above), a young, aspiring country singer with a flair for songwriting,
recently signed with StarCity Productions, led by music industry
veteran Jeff Glixman and partner Jim Gentile. Jackson is currently
working with Glixman on his first album for StarCity Productions
"Aside from the cutting edge array of technical attributes
tat StarCity Recording Company, a state-of-the-art, world-class
recording studio located in Bethlehem, PA.
o our facility, the next key factor was to create an environment
that would foster creativity as well as empower us to facilitate
and manage larger workloads at one time," says..."We wanted
to build a facility that would allow us to broaden our client base,
while playing on our close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia,
which is another attractive aspect- we are only a one-hour drive
from both of these major cities. We are situated in a beautifully
landscaped environment where our clients can reap the benefits of
greater economic efficiencies and be awarded a world-class facility.
Simply put, Angel Mountain is a very appealing alternative to the
exorbitant costs and fast-paced nature of the big cities."
stage capable of accommodating a 50-piece orchestra
was also manifested in their storage solutions. The facility is
utilizing Studio Network Solutions® fibre channel technology,
allowing multiple users to have concurrent access to centralized
storage. This means that a client won't have to move an entire hard
drive system if they want to work in a different studio. And because
Studio Network Solutions'® A/V SAN PRO eliminates almost
all DAE and I/O-related PCI bus errors, system crashes are minimized,
which ultimately saves the client time and money.
jazz trombonist Bill
Watrous is among artists who recorded at this facility.
Described by jazz writers as "one of the finest bop-oriented
trombonists of the past 30 years," Watrous' innovative work
spans almost 4 decades and includes recordings for Columbia, Famous
Door, Soundwings, GNP Crescendo as well as placements in the top
ten Billboard Jazz albums.
was joined at the session by the Rob Stoneback Band, a highly acclaimed
jazz big band that has performed and toured extensively throughout
the northeastern parts of the U.S. Rob's 18-piece band can be likened
to the sounds of some of the most renowned jazz orchestras from
the big band era such as Count Basie or the Glen Miller Orchestra.
The purpose of the exhaustive and productive session was to record
14 new tracks for the Rob Stoneback Band's upcoming CD, upon which
Watrous will serve as the featured soloist. Watrous came away highly
impressed with the all-new facility. Although he has performed and
recorded in some of the finest studios in the country, Watrous commented
that Star City was "above and beyond anything I have ever seen
as far as studios are concerned."
For more information,
Glixman or Lily Salinas, Director of Studio Operations
3935 Rabold Circle
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Reception area features a 20'