Charles Eller Studios

Charles Eller Studios Charles Eller Studios Charles Eller Studios, as a business entity, has manifested itself in many forms over the years. From the original studio in an old Victorian house in the hill section of Burlington, that I began in 1985, to the state of the art studio I built in Charlotte in 1990 which was home to the business until 2008, and is now being run by Lane Gibson.
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Then there was the partnership with Trey Anastasio, in his infamous Barn studio in 2001, and now my best effort yet; the construction of a state of the art studio in one of the most beautiful parts of the world; the Pacific Coast of Mexico. With things being so much less expensive than they are in the States, and because we are able to offer lovely accommodations, this option is far more affordable than you would think! I hope that you will all get a chance to come experience this amazingly inspiring environment!

Operating as usual

I am absolutely elated that our sweet friend Tanya Tucker finally got the recognition that she deserved at last night’s ...
01/27/2020

I am absolutely elated that our sweet friend Tanya Tucker finally got the recognition that she deserved at last night’s Recording Academy Grammy Awards!! After 14 nominations, the first of which was 47 years ago, when she recorded Delta Dawn at the age of 13, she brought home not one, but TWO Grammys last night! During our almost 10 years of friendship, since meeting in Mexico, it has been rewarding to watch the progression of events these past few years that led up to last nights momentous occasion. Tanya, you are one of the most talented, generous, genuine, and feistiest gals I’ve ever met, and we are so proud of you! xoxo, Chas & Ava

12/05/2019
Coffee Music

When you just need a 10 second break from all of the “serious stuff”!

Yyyyyyyrrrá!😂🤠

A great couple of nights using my new portable recording rig tracking Brian McCarthy's latest "Nonet" project at FlynnSp...
11/10/2019

A great couple of nights using my new portable recording rig tracking Brian McCarthy's latest "Nonet" project at FlynnSpace. What a treat getting to hear this music rendered by nine truly remarkable players!

It's always a great day when I am able to catch up with my uber talented friend, Grace Potter, and her wonderful family!...
09/25/2018

It's always a great day when I am able to catch up with my uber talented friend, Grace Potter, and her wonderful family! What a great show that was last weekend! Kudos for continuing to raise the bar on an already exceptional and unique festival!!

Great time working in the studio with the multi-talented Panta Rei, on their new CD project to be released later this ye...
01/24/2018

Great time working in the studio with the multi-talented Panta Rei, on their new CD project to be released later this year.

Such a pleasure working with this talented group in the studio these past few weeks, and to see them killin' it up north...
01/24/2018

Such a pleasure working with this talented group in the studio these past few weeks, and to see them killin' it up north at the prestigious Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado!

11/23/2017

A heartfelt thanks to everyone that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Here’s to many more!

A great session at the studio with Maria Elena Cuevas, of Maria the Mexican, and legendary musician, Julio Cabrera!
02/11/2017

A great session at the studio with Maria Elena Cuevas, of Maria the Mexican, and legendary musician, Julio Cabrera!

Wow!  What a find!  After a year or so of hearing about this great band from friends in La Cruz, and then subsequently t...
02/05/2016

Wow! What a find! After a year or so of hearing about this great band from friends in La Cruz, and then subsequently trying to connect with them to book a CD project together, I am delighted to announce that we just had an amazing week in the studio! AND, here's the good news for us San Panchons.....we went down with them to an impromptu audition on Monday night at Ola Rica, and Trini and Gloria totally got the magic of their act, and has booked them for every Saturday night, including Valentine's Day!! So excited for you to hear them. Trust me......Marisa is one of the best traditional Mexican singers you will ever hear! Truly deserving of their band name, La Patrona!! Magnifico!

Maria Elena Cuevas, of the Kansas City based band, Maria the Mexican, in between vocal takes, earlier this week at the s...
01/31/2015

Maria Elena Cuevas, of the Kansas City based band, Maria the Mexican, in between vocal takes, earlier this week at the studio in San Pancho. This great band is one of the more eclectic groups that I've heard in a while, and after you read their bio, you'll understand why. Check them out! http://mariathemexican.com/bio/

I'm proud of this great band, and this great CD that we recorded together!  It truly deserves the recognition by the IMA...
09/28/2014

I'm proud of this great band, and this great CD that we recorded together! It truly deserves the recognition by the IMA as "Best Latin Album, 2013."
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Thank you so much to all our FANS!!!!!

Thanks to you, Luna Rumba received enough votes to win the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop (fan voted) award for BEST LATIN ALBUM for 2013!

This win means so much to us! It is our first 1st Place win, and the IMAs will be promoting Luna Rumba's music to record companies, radio stations, music bloggers, music magazines and talent buyers all around the world!

BEST INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED LATIN CD IN THE WORLD! WHOOHOO!

More good news from a fun project for Atlantic Records, recorded at the studio in San Pancho this past winter, and produ...
09/22/2014

More good news from a fun project for Atlantic Records, recorded at the studio in San Pancho this past winter, and produced by Ryan Hadlock of Bear Creek Studios in Seattle. Thanks for posting this, Manny!!

Thank you everyone who got my album - I'm so happy to be sharing it around the world 🌏

Enjoying my return to Vermont a couple of weeks ago!  I stayed behind in Mexico for an extra month this year to work on ...
06/28/2014

Enjoying my return to Vermont a couple of weeks ago! I stayed behind in Mexico for an extra month this year to work on a project with the amazingly talented Fausto Robles. Fausto is not only a fabulous singer, but he is also a great interpreter of Latin American folk music. Here are a few pics from the session, with Fausto, Coral Cadman, who co-produced the project with me, and Zamora Edmundo, whose musical contributions on Veracruz harp, pan flutes, charango, percussion, and vocals, were the icing on the cake. The combination of Coral's Spanish skills, not to mention her musicality, were invaluable in making this an amazing album!

My makeshift "control room."  Due to the dust in the barn, and the need to be out of view, (see post and additional pics...
06/26/2014

My makeshift "control room." Due to the dust in the barn, and the need to be out of view, (see post and additional pics below), I constructed a control room in the back of a Ryder box van. Shown here parked behind the stage are my two Yamaha O1v96s. The one on the left is the new O1v96i, recording at 96k/24bit to Cubase, and on the left is an O1v96 running back up to digital tape. I split and transformer isolated the outputs which consisted of the (8) channels of Grace mic pres, and the (8) channels of Millenia HV-3 mic pres into each board, using the consoles updated convertors, and the results were stunning!

So pleased to have had the opportunity to host producer Ryan Hadlock, of Bear Creek Studios, and "Lumineers" fame, and A...
01/07/2014

So pleased to have had the opportunity to host producer Ryan Hadlock, of Bear Creek Studios, and "Lumineers" fame, and Australian recording artist, Vance Joy, for their debut CD on Atlantic Records.

The band is seen here arriving at the studio gate for another day of recording in paradise.

Thanks to Ryan, James, and Senior Director of A&R for Atlantic, Stefan Max, who of course is "driving the cart."

Best of luck with the new CD!!

Just finishing a recording project for my friend, and composer, Sam Guarnaccia, and his inspiring "Emergent Universe Ora...
10/30/2013

Just finishing a recording project for my friend, and composer, Sam Guarnaccia, and his inspiring "Emergent Universe Oratorio" at Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn, in Shelburne, Vermont. This "barn," built by the Vanderbilts at the turn of the century, was a breathtaking, but challenging place to record in!

Just finishing a recording project for my friend, and composer, Sam Guarnaccia, and his inspiring "Emergent Universe Oratorio" at Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn, in Shelburne, Vermont. This "barn," built by the Vanderbilts at the turn of the century, was a breathtaking, but challenging place to record in!

San Pancho Studio Photos
10/22/2013

San Pancho Studio Photos

Fun gig yesterday, playing with my band, The Unknown Blues Band!! It was a reunion for the folks that worked on the Howa...
06/24/2013

Fun gig yesterday, playing with my band, The Unknown Blues Band!! It was a reunion for the folks that worked on the Howard Dean campaign, 10 years ago. We played that media event a decade ago, in the middle of Church Street with our beloved friend, Big Joe Burrell. Howard, an enthusiastic blues fan, gave a compelling speech, and showed his sense of humor by donning this shirt for a photo op with the band.

03/02/2013

Congratulations to the band, Luna Rumba!! Their song "Vamoa Rumbear, from the recording that we made this winter at the studio in San Pancho, was picked as the finalist in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Check them out on Facebook!

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .
12/17/2012

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .

12/17/2012

The studio has been receiving rave reviews from those that have worked there already. Read what people are saying about their experience......

"Working at Chas Eller's studio in San Pancho was a rare and beautiful experience. Chas has created a perfect little jewel; just the stuff you need, and none of what you don't. Everything we recorded in his space sounds glorious. But more than that, we were able to work our butts off and still feel like we were on vacation. Don't think about it - just come on down, and Chas will take care of you."

Musician, music producer, and film composer:
- Jamshied Sharifi

"Recording in Chas Eller's studio is a magical and complete experience.
The studio is located in San Pancho, Mexico, within walking distance of the ocean, in a romantic, colorful, and lively Mexican setting.
Chas' long years of professional experience, and his top range recording gear, provide a perfect space for musicians to completely relax into the creative process.
After recording sessions you can go watch the sunset by the ocean, or have an amazing dinner at 'Cielo Rojo'.
Additionally, Chas and his wife Ava are wonderful, open-hearted people with whom you really feel welcome and taken care of. Honestly, it can't be better!

- Markus and Angelika from Mirabai Ceiba

"I can't wait to get back to San Pancho! What an incredibly relaxing and beautiful spot! The accommodations in the casita directly across from the studio were fantastic. A ten minute walk to the beach with cheap and excellent food…you can't beat it! Not to mention an excellent recording facility and an engineer with ears and great production skills. You really helped me with details I would have surely missed.You had many suggestions that really improved my piece. Your keyboard work was just stunning! Thanks so much!"

Greg Nolan: drummer and composer from Citizen's Band

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .
12/17/2012

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .

Just a few of the many great folks that have visited us here in Mexico .

AUDIO ENGINEERING SEMINARS AND CLASSES THIS FALL!!Several years in the making, I am excited to announce that I will be o...
07/27/2012

AUDIO ENGINEERING SEMINARS AND CLASSES THIS FALL!!

Several years in the making, I am excited to announce that I will be offering audio engineering seminars and instruction in collaboration with Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering at the studio in Charlotte. Before you spend thousands at one of the many schools that are now offering Audio Engineering courses, speak to us first! Lane and I have a combined experience of almost 70 years in professional recording, and have 35 years experience in navigating the changing tides of the music business.

For more info contact me at: [email protected]

or call 802-238-6150

ON LOCATION RECORDINGMake a live CD this summer or fall for a fraction of the cost of a studio project, and with no comp...
07/26/2012

ON LOCATION RECORDING

Make a live CD this summer or fall for a fraction of the cost of a studio project, and with no compromise in quality! Here's an inexpensive way to make a quick, great sounding recording, using high end modern and vintage equipment, not even found in most area studios.

With over 35 years experience doing remote recording, I've had the pleasure of working with artists such as Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Shawn Colvin, Doc Watson, Richard Thompson, The Newport Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Emerson String Quartet, as well as local favorites, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Big Joe Burrell, and many more.

For info on how affordable this type of project can be, please email me at:

[email protected]

or call me at 802-238-6150.

I look forward to discussing your project!

These are some pics of the new studio in Mexico located in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
07/09/2012

These are some pics of the new studio in Mexico located in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

These are some pics of the new studio in Mexico located in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Charles Eller Studios's cover photo
07/09/2012

Charles Eller Studios's cover photo

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Chas Eller has been in the recording industry for over 40 years. During that time he has recorded or produced hundreds of LP's and CD's for numerous independent and major record labels, and in the process has received three INDIE Awards for his recording production work, and engineered two GRAMMY nominated projects.

As a studio and location recording engineer, Chas has worked with artists such as Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Doc Watson, Odetta, Phish, Joe Lovano, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, Richard Thompson, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Douglas, The Concord String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet, and many more. In 1988 he recorded all three stages, and co-produced a two hour radio special of the Newport Folk Festival, for National Public Radio.

His live concert engineering work with artists such as Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Oregon, Prairie Home Companion, and more, has taken him to some of the top venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, to name a few.

In addition to his engineering expertise, Chas plays keyboards with the internationally known pop-jazz group Kilimanjaro. Chas recorded and produced the first two Kilimanjaro records, which each made it into the "Top Five" on the National Jazz Radio Airplay Charts in the early 80's. That led to three U.S. tours, as well as prestigious concert dates throughout Europe.

With Kilimanjaro, Chas has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and The Soviet Union. He has performed at some of the top festivals in the world, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, The Newport Jazz Festival (twice), The Roskilde Festival, in Copenhagen, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Antonio Jazz Festival, The Utrecht Blues Festival, Holland, The Yuroslav Jazz Festival, Soviet Union, and in 2010 at the prestigious Java Jazz Festival, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Chas has also toured extensively as keyboardist for legendary blues great, Paul Butterfield, along with the other members of Kilimanjaro. He has also toured with singer-songwriter Elisabeth von Trapp, who he co-produced six CDs with. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria von Trapp, and together they have performed at well known venues such as The National Cathedral, in Washington D.C. (twice), St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, The Greenbrier, and The Chautauqua Institute.

Today, Chas continues to spend half the year working out of the studio in Charlotte, Vermont, which he built in 1992, and which is now being run by former chief engineer, Lane Gibson, as Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering. Chas spends the other half of the year (winters) working at his studio on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

http://charlesellerstudios.com

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