"Life can sometimes come full circle. But for a moment, let's forget trying to define how many sides a circle contains. Let's think of a triangle instead.
2. Room Acoustics
3. Engineering Experience
I believe these 3 "sides" as equally important and supportive to capture quality audio. We are not even talking about performance or how to define art at this point. For example, people have made millions recording hit songs with M-Boxes and ripping off other people's art. People have also spent millions of dollars recording unheard of music in the most expensive studios. God allowing, the no nonsense business model and umbrella of Gear Exchange's retail sales opened the door for us experiment in the (perhaps) vain attempt to balance vanity and artistry. Nobody here is going to try to flatter you or lead you to believe that recording your art is going to make you a star. Nor will we over inflate egos in order to profit from studio time. Our studio exists by faith alone that we will come along side and support those who wish to capture a true authentic representation of the artistry and emotion inside their hearts."
Please check out the audio examples below....
Track #1 Zachary produced, engineered, and even composed/tracked the electric guitar and synth parts on this song. We are proud to say most everything was 100% tracked on-site in Gear Exchange Studio "F". This song was written and performed by, Хааны Оршихуй (A Mongolian International Band). Zachary is currently still in the process of producing a full-length album for them, but we are very excited about the album and we wanted to prematurely showcase this first track. During a much needed break from the repetitive studio environment, we decided one evening to challenge our Mongolian friends to a game of basketball. In an intense, defining statement, Zachary broke his tibia bone attempting to soar 4 feet in the air and snag a rebound Russel Westbrook style. The next day, Zachary's crutches and a pain level of 5 prompted us to travel to Studio A at Castle Row Studios. (We will also admit we weren't sure how the drums would sound in our brand new studio just yet). Secondly, we wanted our Mongolian friend, Misheel, (an engineer, musician, producer, & student) to see and experience some diversity while in our great state. (Castle Row is a multi-million dollar studio with lots of space and some amazing designs). So, it all worked out great and we were able to record the drums to this song there and Zachary was happy giving out orders to the drum tech and engineer while lounging in a comfortable producer chair. Everything can have a purpose and things happen, so we all realize the drums sound the way they do on this song for a reason. The drums sound good because the song is killer and Misheel is a beast. Lastly, a special thanks to Canadian Hills Church of the Nazarene for making the travel arrangements and accommodations for the band.
Track #2 This track was 100% produced & engineered by Zachary Smith @ Gear Exchange Studio F. This drum sample was performed by Dylan Brooks (of Cicadia, Seasonal, & Michael Murphy's Dueling Piano Bar). This track was not chosen for it's simplicity but rather the space to hear the nuances and sound-scapes that can be generated in Studio F. (Another studio that was hand built and designed using Zachary's experience and determination of; "What was wrong with the last studio I had?" or "You can't run 20 miles today" or even "Why am I doing this again?") Purposely and intentionally were the walls designed using raw earth based materials and believing cost was neither an obstacle traveling north or south. Definitely a special shout out to engineer - Jaron Nix during the construction phase for his opinions, ideas, and constructive criticism. Thank you also to Nasankhuu Aduuch, Chad Penner, Chad Heatherly, Gene Sloat, T&T Heat & Air, & all the Gear Exchange staff for their manual labor.
Track #3 has the same drums as Track #2 but now mixed with music performed by Zachary Smith Music and Kendall Combes. There are a lot of people that would be tempted to judge drum sounds outside the context of the song, so take a moment to kick back and appreciate the aroma of the hickory, oak, with hints of hazelnut and peppermint spice.
We've all got to start somewhere, so if you would like to talk about recording something, Zachary (the owner) would be the person to try to catch. We also have other engineers and producers available that may be assigned to your project. We will start at $60/hour with a 3 hour minimum.
Please send your audio examples/links to firstname.lastname@example.org
We would prefer to do everything in house because we have a certain level of confidence in our abilities, but we can still go to that one place in Nashville if you want....