No frills, just great sound
Dude Ranch offers extremely competitive rates and even more competitive results. I know what it's like to want to get the best result you can, maybe without the backing of a wealthy major label behind you. I can keep prices down because I only keep the equipment the studio really needs. There's no vanity 10.000$ compressors or from-here-to-eternity consoles here. Just what I need to get the job done in the best, most efficient way.
A little background:
Dude Ranch Studio is located a little south of Oslo, Norway, on an idyllic island off the eastern coast. The clients come from all over the world. Jacob Holm-Lupo is my name and I run the studio. I'm a musician myself, with a special fondness for progressive rock, artsy pop and folk rock. The jobs I take include album mixes, whole album productions, mastering, overdubs and TV/film work.
These are quotes from reviews of albums I've worked on:
"stunning production", "glittering production values", "a warm, dynamic production", "one of the best productions I’ve heard so far this year", "rich and warm production", "you can hear the audiophile sound quality bursting out of the speakers", "easily one of the better sounding albums I’ve ever heard", "The first thing that caught my attention and which continues to blow my mind listen after listen is the production".
Labels we do work for include The Laser's Edge, Termo Records, Musea, Karisma, Apollon, Mellow Records, AltRock, firstlastlovemusic, Exergy, feral delight, ellingsongs, meteoritt, seacrest oy.
I record digitally. I'm not ashamed of it. Tape recorders break down, are badly aligned, noisy and expensive. I can emulate any tape sound if needed, but I keep the sound on harddisks, not on strips of ageing, magnetic tape.
I have an amek console with neve pre-amps as a front end and analog mixer. I record into, edit and fine-tune the mix in Logic. One DAW is as good as another these days, I just happen to like Logic. Compatibility is never an issue, the studio can work with files from any other DAW.
Among my recording tools are vintage, German tube microphones and modern, super neutral condensers. From Neumann to Shure, they're all great.
The bare essentials. Most of the studio's processing needs are covered by the very best Waves plugins. But I have analog preamp/compression/EQ options as well, like Warm Audio's tube-tastic versions of the Pultec EQ and the 1176 compressor. Cinemag transformers and all.
we have what are probably the best near-field monitors in the world, the neumann kh310 A. German quality again.
I've got Fender and Gibson guitars, Fender, Roland and LabSeries amps, some interesting synths from Ensoniq, ROland and yamaha, a piano and other odds and ends. But mostly I count on you bringing the instrument you love.