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October 2017: The new studio in Edmonton is ready! Much the same equipment but a new, dead quiet space downstairs which will be fun. I am looking forward to the coming year.

Christmas 2013 - I am so excited!  I got an Advanced Audio CM87se microphone for Christmas! This awesome mic will be a great addition that I plan to use on all the acoustic stuff, from vocals to acoustic instruments. Yay!

Due to requests from fellow musicians, I have decided to open up my private studio (originally the Back Yard Studio, now called the Underground Recording Studio) to recording, anything from demos to full albums. I can record to the depth you desire - from simple demos to fully mastered albums ready to be pressed to CD or for digital distribution. Talk to me to figure out how we can make your project work.

Are you tired of spending $15,000 or more to record your independent album? I hear that story a lot. We can do better.

Contact me directly if you are interested - in Edmonton Alberta at (250) 891-3804 or by email at ricgarvin@gmail.com  .

You can hear what my recordings sound like - by playing the music on this website. Both my albums were recorded all or partly at prior iterations of my studio.

I have more than 25 years experience recording sound, sound for video, TV and movies, live sound, and computerized editing of both video and sound. I was the location recordist for the TV children's series "Take Off" which won a Juno award for sound in the 1990s (but the studio got the award, not me). I have the tools and the experience to get a great sound for your project at a price you can afford. Call me.

Besides performing, I also have done live sound for a wide range of bands for many years including John Lee Hooker, Leo Kottke, James Cotton, the Dead Kennedys and Ian Tyson, west coast world-beat bands such as Alpha Yaya Diallo and Ngoma, and numerous outdoor and indoor music festivals. I also worked in the film and video production industry for several years using one of the first broadcast-quality digital video production stations on the west coast. 

I have a comfortable 300 square-foot studio (including a separate recording room) carpeted on the floor and walls that has a really nice sound to it. We are located near the MIllwoods golf course in Edmonton.

    

  Style of music - I like acoustic based music: country/swing/bluegrass, folk, blues and roots, jazz, African and Latin, that sort of thing.

  I am not interested in recording hard rock, heavy electric blues or rock-country bands, the latest pop fad or anything really loud. For those kinds of music you should go to a studio that digs it, not me.

Rate - Generally, $25 per hour (don't worry, I won't charge you for time spent gabbing like some studios do). Talk to me first, we can work something out.

Basic system - Mackie analog mixer, Pro Tools (or Sonar if you prefer) computer system, Delta 1010 multitrack D/A converter, SAE and TOA monitor amps with Mackie and Yorkville dedicated monitor speakers and subwoofer, FMR compressor, 2 - ART tube preamps, distributed headphone monitoring.

microphones

   Microphones - bring your own if you wish. I have one each of Advanced Audio's CM87se and CM47fet custom-made large diaphragm condensers (both excellent vocal mics), a Studio Projects C1 large diaphragm condenser (another workhorse vocal mic), an MXL-V67G large diaphragm condenser,  2 * Apex 435 large diaphragm condensers , 2 * Rode M3 small diaphragm condensers, 2 * CAD small diaphragm condensers, a generic small diaphragm condenser, a Shure Beta 58, a Shure Beta 57, a Shure SM58, an Audio Technica ATM 63, and several other mics of questionable parentage. 

URCrecroom

 

October 2017 - Hey, I have a large (180 square foot) recording room for recording vocals or instruments! Here is a partial picture of the room in the new studio:    

 

 

spring/summer/fall 2013 - Jamie Price is coming in to do some tunes for a new CD. Update November 2013 - The CD is released under the stage name "Must Be Tuesday" and I have listened to it. Very nice tunes!

spring/fall/winter 2013 - 2014 the Big Sky Gliders are recording their next album, starting in April 2013 for release in fall 2014.

March 2013 - Rebecca Lappa recorded a few tunes with her piano and voice.

spring 2013 - Brian Parsons is back to record his next song for his latest  grandchild.

January 2013 - ? - Jesse Harlton is in the studio recording some of his original tunes, just for fun to see what they sound like ...

December 2011 to May 2012- The Big Sky Gliders are in my studio now recording an album, (update: the album was released in November 2012) - check out their material at their Bandcamp site here:

spring 2012 - Brian Parsons recorded 2 songs that he wrote for his grandchildren. Another grandchild is coming soon and we will do a song for that one in spring 2013.

 

February 2014: The Winterfest sound was again a lovely experience, again with Brian Parsons and a veteran stage crew. This year we had terrific performers and I didn't have any surgery scheduled!

February 15 - 16, 2013 - Once again I did the main stage live sound for the Edmonton Winterfest, again with Brian Parsons. This was especially satisfying because the first day of the festival was also the day of my long-awaited surgery to repair my broken ankle. Fortunately my surgery went well and I was able to participate in the Saturday fun, as well as play a couple of songs on stage. The sound was again lovely to hear and our stage crew was terrific, since I could only do the mixing since I was hobbling around on crutches the whole time. Lots of fun and I am looking forward to next year already!

February 17 - 19, 2012 - I did the Edmonton Uptown Winterfest sound again this year, again with Brian Parsons. We had some lovely performers, including Cindy Church, Wendell Ferguson, Roger James, Elena Yeung, Shane Chisolm, the Command Sisters, and many others (and I got to play a feature set as well. We again received many compliments on the sound quality, and yet again had a lot of fun.

February 18 - 20, 2011 - I did the Edmonton Uptown Winterfest sound again this year, again with Brian Parsons. We had some lovely performers, including Colleen Rae, Brett Kissel, Back Porch Swing, Paul Hann, and many others. We received many compliments on the sound quality again this year, and once again had a lot of fun.

February 12 - 14, 2010 - I did the sound mixing for the main stage at this year's Winterfest. It went well and we were able to give all the performers the best sound to showcase their talents. It was a lot of fun for me, as I used to do sound at festivals and clubs back in the 80's and 90's but haven't had much chance to do live sound since I moved to Edmonton in 1999.