Under The Prairie Sun
(historical Information - studio moved july 2022)
away in scenic Sonoma County, Prairie Sun Recording is a full-service,
three-studio professional facility for tracking, mixing, mastering,
and a host of peripheral audio services.
View of the drum chamber
fifty miles north of San Francisco, the 12-acre ranch known as the
Farm houses two classic Neve tracking rooms, a state-of-the-art
mix studio, Eugene Productions mastering department, and available
renowned for unique acoustic chambers and an enviable collection
of vintage analog equipment and instruments, Prairie Sun has embraced
the latest and greatest digital technology and developed the perfect
balance of analog and digital recording. This balance is evident
in the presence of both a Studer 2 analog tape machine and
a Pro Tools HD system in all three studios, and in the recent acquisition
of the astounding RADAR 24 digital multitrack.
full complement of studios and living spaces, Prairie Sun has traditionally
been well-suited to housing an artist and his/her project from pre-production
all the way to mastering, all at an unprecedented value. However,
the boom in digital recording and project studios has brought in
a new type of client. Independent artists on a budget can now track
basics in one of our live chambers with excellent mics through a
Neve console perhaps to 2 tape and then take their
Pro Tools sessions home on a firewire drive for overdubs and vocals.
Other artists will bring in Pro Tools or other DAW sessions from
a project studio to mix on the SSL in Studio A with our collection
of vintage outboard gear and an engineer who knows who to make mixes
sing. Whatever the situation, Prairie Sun is finding new ways bring
world-class recordings to the independent musician on a budget.
SD10 Circa 1960s 9 ft Concert Grand Piano
most unique acoustic spaces at Prairie Sun are the two live chambers
that make up Studio C. These include the large, high-ceilinged Prairie
Room, which can feature a decay time of up to 5 seconds, and the
inimitable Waits Room, which has been featured on countless records
(including two Grammy-winning Tom Waits albums) both as a tracking
space and a reverb chamber. Studio C is rounded out by a custom
24x8x24 Neve console with a full complement of 1073 modules, a Studer
A80 2 tape machine with 16 or 24-track headstack, a 24in/24out
Pro Tools HD system, and Furman headphone mixing and distribution
Studio B control room
SSL console in studio A
Studio B serves
both as an excellent tracking room and a wildly different mix room
from Prairie Suns Studio A. Studio Bs mixing character
is derived from a beautiful vintage 26x8x24 Neve console originally
commissioned for Pete Townshend and now featuring Flying Faders
automation. Studio B also features its own 24in/24out Pro Tools
HD and the impeccable Studer A827 2 24-track. The tracking
room features a tight, warm, woody sound and two iso booths, as
well as Furman headphone mixing and distribution. Thanks to audio
tie lines between all three studios, endless combinations of tracking
spaces and reverb chambers can be developed.
Studio A was built from the ground up as a high-performance mix
environment around a massive 80-input SSL 4080E/G console. Now recognized
as some of the best SSLs ever built, the E/G series features
the well known E and G series EQs and Dynamics sections, as
well as incredible flexibility, Total Recall, and VCA automation.
With either a Studer A820 2 24-track or a 24in/48out Pro Tools
HD as the multitrack, the final mix can be printed to half-inch
or quarter-inch tape, or straight to digital through the Lavry Blue
A/D converters. With a mountain of vintage outboard, state-of-the
art digital gear, and two EMT plate reverbs, the possibilities are
The Prairie Sun microphone collection includes both a healthy dose
of the well-known vintage classis and some of best modern microphones
in production. Present are such staples as the Neumann U47, U47FET,
U67, U87, M49, KM54, KM84, AKG C12A, C61, C451, and of course plenty
of 57s, 58s, and 421s.
Prairie Room in Studio C
With such modern
classics as the Royer ribbons and a large sampling of the Tracy
Korby line of hand-built mics an additional set of colors is available.
The unique infrastructure in each studio is complemented by a roaming
collection of vintage and modern outboard EQs, compressors,
mic pres, and more that include the most respected names and models:
UREI, Neve, Sontec, Pultec, Requisite, Avalon, Manley, dbx, Lexicon,
Eventide, Publison, and AMS. And of course Prairie Sun is famous
for the incredible collection of vintage acoustic, electric, and
bass guitars and amplifiers available to all in-session artists.
A Hammond B3 with Leslie, a 7ft Kimball Grand, and a 1960 Baldwin
9ft Concert Grand round out the selection.
On-site lodging, live acoustic chambers, vintage Neve consoles,
rare tube microphones, seamless integration of analog and digital
recording, vintage instruments, rural atmosphere.
Booking Or Info, Contact:
Mark Mooka Rennick, Co-Owner/Founder