Sound Production

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The studio is my creative space. I'm a songwriter, soundmaker, and the kind of human who needs a dedicated space to create. It's my office, but since it's right behind my house, it's all the more important because I'm spared the seemingly unavoidable distractions that come along with working "from home" where you're in your home office or dining room having your attention drawn from you by laundry, dishes, and a pile of other domestic time-sucks. I have the luxury of both: a space that's completely dedicated to my music and working with other musicians, but one that's literally 5 feet from my house. I'm where I need to be all the time.

It's my intention to give other people the same kind of inspiring, warm & fuzzy creative environment that I've given myself. I was first inspired by Mark Rubel, owner of Pogo Studio (formerly here in Champaign, but now in Nashville) and instructor/co-director at Blackbird Academy, when I walked into his wonderful space for the first time. I immediately understood the importance of a studio's vibe, that it's everything. And every record Elsinore & I have made has put us in a new creative space and in the hands of a new producer, all of which has definitely left an important imprint on me. Musicians want to create their best work when they pay someone else for studio time, and helping other people find the right headspace to create has to be a studio's mantra. Yes, you need some cool instruments, good mics & pres, and maybe a vibrating recliner. But, in addition you have to give musicians the best possible headstart: some leverage, momentum, fire to invent something beautiful. I've needed it as a musician myself, and always will. So, Perennial is meant to do just that.

People I love who inspire me & the studio:

— Ryan Groff, Owner

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Gear

 

INSTRUMENTS:

  • 1974 Telecaster (modded to Esquire)

  • Gibson J-45 Rosewood

  • Yamaha U3 Upright

  • 1974 Wurlitzer 200a

  • 1973 Fender Rhodes Mark I

  • Korg Minilogue

  • Mellotron M4000D Mini

  • Moog Grandmother

  • Moog The Source (1980)

  • Moog Minitaur

  • Rickenbacker 360 Guitar

  • Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

  • Fender '57 Reissue Precision Bass

  • Martin Dreadnought Junior

  • 70s Yamaha 12-string Acoustic

  • Danelectro 12-string Electric

  • 50s Stella Kids Parlour Acoustic

  • Sigma Classical Guitar

  • Kala Ukulele

  • Washburn Nashville Tuning Acoustic

  • Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz Kit w/ quality cymbals

  • Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2

  • Maestro Rhythm 'n Sound G2

  • 1979 Fender Deluxe Reverb

  • Fender Pro Junior

  • 70s Leslie 122

  • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 + DB212 Cabinet

  • Radial Stereo Active & Passive DIs + Re-amp Box

  • a small army of effects pedals

  • a healthy shelf of auxiliary percussion

MONITORING:

  • Focal Solo6 Be (pair)

  • Focal Alpha 50 (pair)

  • Yamaha NS10-M Studio (pair)

  • Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphones

INTERFACE/PRES/
CONVERSION/PROCESSING:

  • Universal Audio 8p (black) + a variety of UA Plug-ins

  • Universal Audio 4-710d

  • Neve 511 Mic Pre (pair)

  • API 512v Mic Pre (pair)

  • Roland Boutique JU-06

  • Apple iMac 27"

  • Pro Tools

MICROPHONES:

  • Shannon Rhoades/Mic Rehab Telefunken 251 Clone - large capsule tube condenser

  • Pair of Gefell UM70 large capsule condensers (vintage and restored by Andreas Grosser)

  • Pair of Josephson C42 small capsule condensers

  • AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon

  • Shure SM7A

  • Shure SM57 (2)

  • Shure SM58

  • Shure SM81

  • Shure SM87A

  • Beyerdynamic M 88 (vintage)

  • Beyerdynamic M 201

  • Sennheiser 421

  • Electro-Voice RE20

  • Cascade Fathead Ribbon

  • AKG D112

Around The Studio

 
 

Rates

$50 an hour

$450 for a 10-hour day (Saturdays only)

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