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Retro City Studios

Retro City Studios Philadelphia recording, mixing and mastering. For booking inquiries or more information about the studio please Email us at: [email protected]

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More @willieholiday @brookeblair77 soundtrack setups. Ludwig/Yamaha mid 70’s tom mashup, no resonant heads. Mostly era m...
03/24/2022

More @willieholiday @brookeblair77 soundtrack setups. Ludwig/Yamaha mid 70’s tom mashup, no resonant heads. Mostly era mics, all into the Neve then through the MCI.

Rarely seen angle of the live room during setup for a recent session that  @andytylerclarke captured while doing some ma...
02/14/2022

Rarely seen angle of the live room during setup for a recent session that @andytylerclarke captured while doing some maintenance on a really tall ladder.

Warm pic of the console area from @yulia.kit shot over this past summer. Since this was taken we’ve added the new racks,...
12/01/2021

Warm pic of the console area from @yulia.kit shot over this past summer. Since this was taken we’ve added the new racks, and done some additional tuning to the room and ATCs.

We recently remodeled our Iso 2. This space gets used pretty regularly these days for recording so we thought it was tim...
10/07/2021

We recently remodeled our Iso 2. This space gets used pretty regularly these days for recording so we thought it was time to pull down the old “temporary” acoustical treatments and re-tune with custom panels. Also, it’s a through-way to our control room so we thought it would be a nice change.

We added much more connectivity to the room during our last big overhaul while we were closed for Covid restrictions. Like the other Iso rooms in the studio, it’s easy to get signal to and from this room and connect it to any other area in the studio. This type of connectivity can come in really handy for big tracking sessions with lots of inputs.

@spiritofthebeehive live performance filmed and mixed here at Retro City airs this evening on @noonchorus
09/09/2021

@spiritofthebeehive live performance filmed and mixed here at Retro City airs this evening on @noonchorus

09/09/2021

@spiritofthebeehive in studio performance filmed and mixed here at Retro City airs tonight on @noonchorus

This Neve 88R rack of 1081s came in through @matty_muir recently and is finally racked up, and in the bay. We love getti...
08/31/2021

This Neve 88R rack of 1081s came in through @matty_muir recently and is finally racked up, and in the bay. We love getting gear with history, and these certainly have plenty of that. They come from @barefoot_recording and were owned by one of our favorites @nerdentine (Eric Valentine). He often used them at the actual source, and would run line level signal back to the converter to get the least amount of signal loss as possible. They can be remote controlled but we use them locally in our control room. These pre amps have been used on a ton of great records over the past 25 years, we’re glad to keep them in service!

We recently installed new racks in the control room. After looking at other rack manufactures we realized the only way w...
07/27/2021

We recently installed new racks in the control room. After looking at other rack manufactures we realized the only way we can get the the exact size and space we needed would be to build them ourselves. We had pretty specific requirements, including the ability to roll the entire rack out at once for service as well as keeping the gear placement ergonomic and below the “close reflections” height.
With the help of the talented @boldizar_custom_woodworks we designed, cut, built, stained and finished the entire rack over the period of a few weeks. However, installing the racks along with a new patchbay and re-wiring all the gear was arguably more work. Despite the massive job it turned out to be, we’re really happy with the way it turned out. Special thanks to @daveklyman for the helping hands.

Recently had @willieholiday and @brookeblair77 in (The Blair Brothers) working on the soundtrack to a pretty classic rem...
07/19/2021

Recently had @willieholiday and @brookeblair77 in (The Blair Brothers) working on the soundtrack to a pretty classic remake that’s currently being filmed. It’s always a pleasure to utilize the full studio the way they often do. Among other tracking like guitars and keys, it’s often centered around multiple drum setups from small vintage kits to huge tom arrays!

Nice shot of @jmelodicbeats and @tierrawhack by @savenick of a rarely seen angle of the control room (from behind the co...
06/28/2021

Nice shot of @jmelodicbeats and @tierrawhack by @savenick of a rarely seen angle of the control room (from behind the console). In this view you can see the newly installed diffusion and bass traps on the rear wall between the control room and lounge area, and how they work to even out the reflections from the back of the room to mix position.

Some recent changes to our B room rig. We swapped out our Dangerous Music D-Box to the #colemanaudio TB4MKII monitor con...
06/13/2021

Some recent changes to our B room rig. We swapped out our Dangerous Music D-Box to the #colemanaudio TB4MKII monitor controller. As much as we love the D-Box it included a lot of features we didn’t have an immediate use for in that studio. The idea behind our B room is based on a plug and play setup to allow producers and engineers to be connected and making music within minutes of arriving. So we felt the clean, simple passive analogue design of the Coleman would be a great addition.
We also added a #baeaudio 1073 mic pre to the rig. The BAE pres are modeled after the original Neve build and meticulously follow the class A hand-wired transformer coupling that Rupert Neve designed over 50 years ago. So far it’s been a pleasure to use and adds a lot of life to pretty much any microphone that it’s paired with.

Tomorrow at 8pm eastern is @themenzingers last pandemic virtual performance (probably) and we’re excited to have hosted ...
06/07/2021

Tomorrow at 8pm eastern is @themenzingers last pandemic virtual performance (probably) and we’re excited to have hosted it.

Our @manleylabs ELOP is one of the most popular compressor/limiters in the racks these days, especially for tracking. It...
05/25/2021

Our @manleylabs ELOP is one of the most popular compressor/limiters in the racks these days, especially for tracking. It’s ultra transparent when used lightly and is an invaluable tool for recording vocals that need to be leveled but not sound “compressed”. It uses an electro-opto gain reduction cell but an all tube amplification stage which gives it a nice round and natural sound. But used heavy handed it gives the sought after thick compression sound similar to its forefather the Teletronix LA-2A.
However our favorite aspect of this piece of gear is its history. We bought it from Mr. @johnvanderslice where it lived at the legendary @tinytelephonerecording and was used on lots of great records over the past 25 years. We love when the opportunity arrises to pick up gear that was used by friends/peers/like-minded folks, just seems a little more like a creative tool than “equipment”. Hope this goes on to be apart of great records for another 25+ years.

*ps... 13 years ago, when I was just starting Retro, I called Tiny Telephone on a whim and surprisingly John picked up. I told him I was a fan of both his music and his studio, and that I was opening a studio myself in Philly. He kindly took time to talk to me for well over 45 mins, giving advise and great info I still use today. I was super appreciative he did that for someone all the way across the country he’s never met. That was something I’ll never forget. If you’re reading this John, thanks for being a great human.

Our 1978 MCI JH16 2” tape machine has been used on a lot of records over the years and continues to be a reliable workho...
05/05/2021

Our 1978 MCI JH16 2” tape machine has been used on a lot of records over the years and continues to be a reliable workhorse over 43 years later. As most 2” machines in service are 24 track, this machine is actually 16 tracks on 2” tape, which allows for the most amount of tape per track. That, along with the large input and output transformers help to give it the natural warm, rich “tape” sound that many plugins work to emulate. Our unit also has an Autolocate III remote control which allows for the transport controls to be right next to mix position as well as easily locating tape positions.
This machine was bought new in 1978 and has been meticulously maintained by multiple owners since its original purchase. Before becoming part of Retro @matty_muir transported it all the way to Nashville for a full headstack overhaul by renowned MCI guru Randy Blevins (Blevins Audio). Since then, Philly legend Jeff Chestak helps to keep it running smooth. And after recently finding a good source for original spare parts we, hope to keep this machine in great shape for years to come.

04/21/2021

Our new 800hz diffuser designed by @atomsonicconcepts is mounted on the redesigned rear wall of the control room. That along with the new bass traps (located in the pic on the left of the doors) are tuned to balance the whole room. Low end is notoriously hard to control so this design helps to balance low end/mid build up in the back of the room as well as control reflections at mix position.

Adding the glass doors were a large part of the renovation as well. When kept open they allow the control room and lounge to feel like one large space, but closing them allows us more isolation for critical listening and tracking situations. We wanted to keep the feel of the “open concept” control room but have more control over the acoustics and this renovation made that possible.

Our new 800hz diffuser designed by @atomsonicconcepts is mounted on the redesigned rear wall of the control room. That a...
04/20/2021

Our new 800hz diffuser designed by @atomsonicconcepts is mounted on the redesigned rear wall of the control room. That along with the new bass traps (located in the pic on the left of the doors) are tuned to balance the whole room. Low end is notoriously hard to control so this design helps to balance low end/mid build up in the back of the room as well as control reflections at mix position.

Adding the glass doors were a large part of the renovation as well. When kept open they allow the control room and lounge to feel like one large space, but closing them allows us more isolation for critical listening and tracking situations. We wanted to keep the feel of the “open concept” control room but have more control over the acoustics and this renovation made that possible.

Here’s a shot of Soupy from @thewonderyearsband in Iso 1 from @nbcphiladelphia story about the return of live music. The...
04/14/2021

Here’s a shot of Soupy from @thewonderyearsband in Iso 1 from @nbcphiladelphia story about the return of live music. The Wonder Years live stream from last June was our first session back after being closed almost 3 straight months for quarantine.
Like many others, we took that time and tried to make the best of it. We did some pretty major renovations to the control room and the equipment. It was a massive amount of work but we’re really happy with the results. We like to think of the post-quarantine era as Retro City 2.0. We consider that live stream an important day for the us, not only because TWY trusted us to handle their first live performance back, but also the return of making music in the studio.

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we did it 🖤 mega thanks to Retro City Studios for the hospitality and unparalleled access to all the goodies - and the incredible Matt Muir for helping to bring my vision to life via k***s, switches, and vintage microphones. on to the next phase. and the next. and the next. 📸: Ari Halbkram
The Captain of Crush, Mr. Scott Frassetto , inspecting his command center during recording of Resolute at Retro City Studios
We’re getting gold here at Retro City Studios.
HYPED to be back at Retro City Studios recording new stuff!
Another Friday, another Retro City Studios session video to close in the week! EVIL is now streaming everywhere [LINK IN BIO]!! This song RIPS live and we cannot wait for you guys to hear next week September 4th at Ortlieb's! Tickets are only $12 and make sure to bring proof of vaccination! SEE Y’ALL THERE!! 🍯🖤🍯🖤🍯🖤 🎥: @ty_beau
SURPRISE!! [LINK IN COMMENTS] 🖤🖤🖤 Honeyjar LIVE at Retro City Studios has started streaming RIGHT NOW on YouTube with our first single, "Love Me All You Want". Please go check it out and get hyped to see us live in person at Ortlieb's in September. We're going to be releasing these sessions over time, so please make sure you subscribe to our channel. We love y'all and we hope you enjoy the show!! 🍯🖤🍯🖤🍯🖤 Directed by Tyler Beaumont Engineered by Tom Conran Mixed by Adam Ackerman and Andrew Wilson Mastered by Dave Downham Photos by Alex Bui #honeyjar #newmusic #indierock #indie #unsignedartist #rock #pop #honeyjartheband #mystic #philadelphia #phillymusic #staytuned #youtubemusic #spotify #phillymusicscene #localmusic
Happy Friday Everyone! 🌙Some favorite BTS shots from an awesome weekend at Retro City Studios! Can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve been up to! ✨🖤🍯 📷: @filthyscans
Great to be back in the studio with Pawnshop Roses at Retro City Studios w/Matt Muir
🌟Meet The Crew🌟 In addition to our dedicated staff, the WCL Crew also includes our amazing Teaching Artists like Kristal Oliver! Our team of artists is back with students and teachers at Hill-Freedman World Academy, working on our 5th album collaboration with Hill-Freedman Records. We're excited to have Kristal as a big part of that team again! Check out a stunning performance of "Love Is" from her project TYTE - The World Is Tyte, recorded by our friends at Retro City Studios: https://youtu.be/jaLhxHTFlGA
New single jingle (Motorbike)off our upcoming LP Within Union that will be out everywhere on All Hallows’ Eve. ✨🛸 🎃 👻 https://mirrorsigns.bandcamp.com/track/motorbike Thanks to our mixing engineer Josh Lis of Magnasonic and Andy Clarke for mastering of Retro City Studios Thanks to Sean Clark for the art work.
‘Brakeless’ from The Wonder Years is out everywhere today! This is one of two songs the band recorded over the summer to celebrate the 10th anniversaries of The Upsides & Suburbia. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to a voter registration initiative with HeadCount, the band has released the song almost 2 months early to show thanks to all who registered during the campaign. Listen at: smarturl.it/TWYBrakeless Produced remotely by Steve Evetts. Engineered by Andy Clarke at Retro City Studios. Mixed by Vince Ratti. Mastered by Alan Douches. Photo by Mitchell Wojcik. Art by Paul Granese. Label is Hopeless Records.
Tonight at midnight, we’re releasing a song we hadn’t planned to release until December. If you’ll indulge us, we’d like to tell you a little about it. “Brakeless” is one of two new songs we recorded over the summer. We were thinking about ways to celebrate the ten year anniversaries of The Upsides and Suburbia. The two records were released a year apart and, maybe, from the outside, they feel like different eras of the band but internally, it was one long, sleep-deprived blur of rest stop bathrooms, walmart parking lots, airport floors and dirty green rooms. To us, the two records are forever intertwined and needed to be celebrated together. In a deep-dive through an old hard drive, I (Dan) stumbled onto a voice-note demo dated during the writing of Suburbia. It was a song I never showed the band because I didn’t feel like it had a place on the record and the idea struck me to try to go back in time and turn it into a full song. And then we thought, “If we’re going to do a new song in the style of Suburbia, then we should do one in the style of Upsides as well.” So we did. We went back and dug through old-unused ideas from the era. We reread journals and sifted through memories and we wrote two new songs that we feel would be at home on those records and we got the team back together to do it. Steve Evetts who produced and mixed Suburbia produced these songs and Vince Ratti who produced and mixed Upsides mixed them. Because of the pandemic, Steve produced remotely from California via technology that is way above my pay-grade and so our live engineer, Andy Clarke, engineered for us in person at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia. Now, like we said, this song wasn’t going to come out for another two months. We challenged y’all to register to vote, check your status and request your mail-in ballot and you showed up in numbers to do that; so we’re keeping our end of the bargain and putting it out now. All that really means is that you should keep your eyes peeled, because there’s more to come and we’re really excited to show you all of what we’ve been working on. 📸: Kelly Mason