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Spice House Sound

Spice House Sound Spice House Sound is an accessible, world-class recording, mixing, and mastering studio located in t Spice House Sound was established in August of 2014 with the help of WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group, the premiere acoustical architecture design firm.

Our goal in designing Spice House Sound was to create a superior sonic space that is also fun, creative, and comfortable, where artists could feel at home realizing their musical visions. Reclaimed barn wood and old wooden beams forge the rustic and homey aesthetic that defines the feel of the space. This aesthetic combined with innovative acoustic architecture birthed a truly unique space with a

Our goal in designing Spice House Sound was to create a superior sonic space that is also fun, creative, and comfortable, where artists could feel at home realizing their musical visions. Reclaimed barn wood and old wooden beams forge the rustic and homey aesthetic that defines the feel of the space. This aesthetic combined with innovative acoustic architecture birthed a truly unique space with a

This is THE fastest limiter of all time! πŸ₯‡πŸ”₯ It was designed by rocket scientists. Literally. It operates fully in 180 na...
02/23/2022

This is THE fastest limiter of all time! πŸ₯‡πŸ”₯ It was designed by rocket scientists. Literally. It operates fully in 180 nanoseconds - that's over 100 times faster than a single sample tick at 48k. WTF. Oh also it can work above 20k? Why!? And it has another separately configurable compressor. That also auto adjusts to be a limiter. Oh but also it's designed to be a preamp. And it's also made with special pots for mastering? Wild.

I originally got these because a 610 absolutely nailed the mix on a @jbrekkie vocal when nothing else worked. I thought a pair of them would be cool to catch intersample peaks during mastering - but I quickly discovered they were actually magic mystery voodoo boxes that do so much more. I now know why you can find 610s in the racks of legendary ears such as @nigel_godrich

They're team players. They are designed to transparently optimize transient information to make the pieces of equipment that follow it sound better. Want big upfront punch and clarity from a drum without any compression artifacts? Yup. That's what it's made to do.

It can also slam a vocal or a guitar like an 1176 can because - yes - it's even faster than an 1176. It has awesome distortion if you want it to, or it can be clean enough for transparent mastering. @spectra1964 told me I'd probably find new uses for these mystery boxes that no one has even discovered yet. I think they might be right.

Thanks to @jacobaschneider at @vintagekingaudio for getting these magic boxes built for us https://instagr.am/p/CaUz_y5r3tV/

This is the GOAT! 🐐 I know I've been posting a lot of cool gear, but this HAS to be coolest piece we own. This star has ...
02/11/2022

This is the GOAT! 🐐 I know I've been posting a lot of cool gear, but this HAS to be coolest piece we own. This star has been with us from the very beginning. It's in our magazine glamour shots 8 years ago, and it's still with us today. I think I might never sell it, it's irreplaceable

This is the secret sauce to the sound so many records by @johnrbyrne @realraylong @foxtrotandthegetdown and so many more. Words cannot describe the sound of this incredible piece. It's like nothing else. Forwards and backwards it's the best around. Where else can you find a single knob that turn up all the solos??? The dumb mud setting alone makes this unit worth it's weight in gold.

If you want to make the very best, you have to use the very best https://instagr.am/p/CZ18tOSLUqF/

Photos from Lotus's post
02/01/2022

Photos from Lotus's post

Not your average U87, this is THE U87!!! πŸ† The legendary Klaus Heyne sonically polished this ideal model of the studio w...
02/01/2022

Not your average U87, this is THE U87!!! πŸ† The legendary Klaus Heyne sonically polished this ideal model of the studio workhorse well beyond it's vintage Neumann glory. It's the biggest and most open sounding 87 you'll ever hear!

I've been waiting years for this. The biggest engineer nerds know that you can't just get any 'ole Neumann, especially a U87. It's all about that capsule. Newer 87s don't have at all the charm and thickness of their vintage counterparts, and vintage ones can range in quality from fair to heavily beaten. Not to mention all the hugely varying qualities of all the different vintage circuitry revisions.

Klaus has pioneered a technique to restore modern Neumann capsules to vintage specs that bring back that thickness. He also gets rid of the janky new circuitry they added and rebuilds the internals to the most ideal vintage revision using the best possible parts available. The result what we have here: a uniquely pristine, idealized model of the U87. https://instagr.am/p/CZcTIxiJiku/

176? I think I'm in love! 😍 Retrohas created an absolute monster bringing the OG 1176 back to life bigger and better tha...
01/18/2022

176? I think I'm in love! 😍 Retro
has created an absolute monster bringing the OG 1176 back to life bigger and better than ever. These things are THE MOJO box. I've only had them a short time but they're quickly becoming my desert island comps.

I mean it makes sense, who wouldn't love a tube 1176 with all the vibe in the world? In only a few months these things have been the special sauce on records for @jbrekkie @foxtrotandthegetdown @sonymusicsoundtracks and much, much more.

They're easy to slam and get a record sound, but they also have so much flexibility and depth thanks to Retro's addition of bypassable transformers, stereo linking, full auto timings, sidechain filtering, and more.
I'm sure I'll be learning more tricks and ways to use them for years to come as they continue to be one of our not-so-secret magical sonic weapons!

Thanks to Jacob as @vintagekingaudio for the hookup and to @retroinstrumentsinc for revolutionizing these classics πŸ™πŸ™ https://instagr.am/p/CY4Oyp5LxLf/

Build complete!! Computers count as music gear right?? πŸ˜‚Most of your probably don't know this but I've been building com...
12/21/2021

Build complete!! Computers count as music gear right?? πŸ˜‚

Most of your probably don't know this but I've been building computers for 20 years now. So thought I'd a do little fun little white on black no lights hackintosh build for the studio.

We went custom because we need expandability, modularity, and above all, SILENCE! This music station moves a lot of air, stays cool, and doesn't make a sound. Oh and of course it's fast af and has Thunderbolt 4, air drop, and all those other Mac goodies. Excited to record your projects on it! πŸ€—

#spicehousesound #fishtown #music #computer #recordingstudio #recording #musicstudio #studioporn #wsdg #philly #battlestations #audio #mixing #mastering #audiogear #audioporn #gearporn https://instagr.am/p/CXwLmgmLr_b/

Well guys we did it! We finally caught our white whale. The Knif Vari Mu II - the ultimate mastering compressor in the w...
12/08/2021

Well guys we did it! We finally caught our white whale. The Knif Vari Mu II - the ultimate mastering compressor in the world. The knobs go to 11!! πŸ˜‚

Haven't heard of it? That because it's usually the secret tool in top mastering engineer's racks. Way, way overbuilt - whale size, and gets hot as hell. It's a top grade technical tool designed with no compromises specifically for the top level of mastering ears. And the sound? Absolutely magical.

There aren't many of these in the world. I never thought I'd ever be able to find one, but after years of searching one landed in my lap. I feel incredibly lucky, I will cherish it for my entire career πŸ™

#spicehousesound #music #recordingstudio #musicstudio #studioporn #vintage #audio #mixing #mastering #audiogear #knif #audioporn #philly #gearporn https://instagr.am/p/CXO0mFvpO6n/

A rare sight! Our vintage @yamahamusicusa kit set up in our large iso room for @mtjoyband to get that THUD.We can get an...
11/24/2021

A rare sight! Our vintage @yamahamusicusa kit set up in our large iso room for @mtjoyband to get that THUD.

We can get an incredibly tight sound in here. And when you need that room sound just open the door ☺️

#spicehousesound #phillyart #music #rock #recordingstudio #recording #musicstudio #studioporn #wsdg #philly #vintage #audio #drums #yamaha #audiogear #royer https://instagr.am/p/CWq1gHZpkgR/

Is that a G-G-Ghost?? After Halloween?? No silly! It's just @mtjoyband setting up a vocal, acoustic, and drum station. @...
11/17/2021

Is that a G-G-Ghost?? After Halloween?? No silly! It's just @mtjoyband setting up a vocal, acoustic, and drum station. @calebjosiahnelson is producing some fantastic and unique tones over here. Big fan.

This setup just happens to feature some of my favorite mics ever. We're so lucky that Coles is still making the exact same perfect 4038 that they have for 50-odd years. And @soyuzmicrophones is (dare I say) filling in the gap that Nuemann left. So excited to see what they come up with next.

#soyuzmicrophones #yamaha #spicehousesound #phillyart #music #rock #recordingstudio #recording #musicstudio #studioporn #wsdg #philly #vintage #audio #mixing #mastering #audiogear https://instagr.am/p/CWYl3XTJQcl/

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09/29/2021

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3 pieces - lots of inputs! Set up for @octave_cat today. They're effortlessly killin' it on the jams today.

I'm in keyboard heaven with the retro linear wurli, modular synths, the Moog, and more. Can't wait for y'all to hear it!

#spicehousesound #phillyart #jam #recordingstudio #recording #musicstudio #studioporn #wsdg #philly #vintage #audio #audiogear #moog #wurlitzer #ludwig #bongos https://instagr.am/p/CUaQSqQrtD9/

3 pieces - lots of inputs! Set up for @octave_cat today. They're effortlessly killin' it on the jams today.I'm in keyboa...
09/29/2021

3 pieces - lots of inputs! Set up for @octave_cat today. They're effortlessly killin' it on the jams today.

I'm in keyboard heaven with the retro linear wurli, modular synths, the Moog, and more. Can't wait for y'all to hear it!

#spicehousesound #phillyart #jam #recordingstudio #recording #musicstudio #studioporn #wsdg #philly #vintage #audio #audiogear #moog #wurlitzer #ludwig #bongos https://instagr.am/p/CUaQSqQrtD9/

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08/27/2021

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ANOTHER record from Japanese Breakfast this year!!! So honored to be a part of it πŸ™ check it out:

Reposted from @jbrekkie

Sable drops 9.23.21. Pre orders for the double LP featuring a beautiful gatefold design by @shedworksgreg are up in my bio and you can now stream Glider in full for the first time on all DSPs. The game will be avail on GamePass on XBOX.

Gregorios Kythreotis and Daniel Fineberg reached out to me about composing the soundtrack for Sable in 2017 and even in its initial stages I was completely mesmerized. The game has since developed into something so profoundly special, I just can’t wait for you all to get lost in it. It’s been such a delight to be a part of this incredible team and especially to work alongside @kvartinmartin as team audio.

I never planned on releasing three massive projects I’ve spent the last 4-5 years of my life obsessing over and tinkering away on within just a few short months of each other but here we areβ€”the finale to my 2021 trilogy of creative output.

Mixed by Jorge Elbrecht
Mastered by Alex Santilli Spice House Sound Additional engineering by @sophicplease on tracks 1&3
Additional engineering and percussion by @c.hundreds on track 2
Violin performed by @mollygerms, viola @veronicamj7737, cello by @linacello
All music written, arranged & produced by Michelle Zauner https://instagr.am/p/CTFHe-dLYc1/

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Beautiful studio!