Mike Tarsia Recording

Mike Tarsia Recording Here is the new home of the ORIGINAL world famous SIGMA SOUND STUDIOS 1968-2003 now called MIKE TARSIA RECORDING ...often emulated but NEVER duplicated

In 2002 Mike Tarsia left Sigma Sound Studios ..In 2003 Sigma Sound was sold to new owners. After a short hiatus from music, Michael built Mike Tarsia Recording a state of the art mixing and mastering room ...Mike set out to continue and refine the legacy of the studio that in the 20th century defined "The Sound of Philadelphia" . Soon word got out that there was still "that guy" out their doing w

In 2002 Mike Tarsia left Sigma Sound Studios ..In 2003 Sigma Sound was sold to new owners. After a short hiatus from music, Michael built Mike Tarsia Recording a state of the art mixing and mastering room ...Mike set out to continue and refine the legacy of the studio that in the 20th century defined "The Sound of Philadelphia" . Soon word got out that there was still "that guy" out their doing w

Operating as usual

05/12/2021

what a month... first Bakithi Kumalo the bass player on Graceland stops over to lay fretless for GREG SOVER ..and i just emailed tracks we recorded of 2 Hendrix songs to Billy Cox for his BASS overdubs also for Greg Sover .. busy busy!!!!

New lighting
04/19/2021

New lighting

02/20/2021

.003 micron air filtration system added to studio..99.97% of bacteria and VIRUS' removed

new addition Sigma DI with UTC A11 xformer..Radial line splitter..lays flush then can pull up and lock like a table top....
02/20/2021

new addition Sigma DI with UTC A11 xformer..Radial line splitter..lays flush then can pull up and lock like a table top.. ability to run into 3 discrete pre amp/limiter/eq chains

new addition Sigma DI with UTC A11 xformer..Radial line splitter..lays flush then can pull up and lock like a table top.. ability to run into 3 discrete pre amp/limiter/eq chains

11/22/2020

New patch bay in and gear installed in racks!! Keeping up to date with new and vintage gear

10/26/2020

on Friday , I’ll be the only studio to offer DW Fearn and U67 for vocals PLUS the exact vocal chain... electrodyne fully restored from the original console channel strips ...La4 and U87 that was used on the biggest hits out of sigma.. it took a minute to do but now you can’t cut vocals anywhere better

10/21/2020

new bk 11 and kb2a RCA's

10/21/2020

WE DID IT !!!!!!
Sigma moves onto the next step in it's preservation..was on zoom with the historical society

10/03/2020

Km 84 and a km 86 on pearl congas with doc gibbs playing ( Grover washington, musical director for Emeril)

09/20/2020

Just picked up a u67 so we have that , u87, km84, km86 with the neumann badge to utilize

09/12/2020

So Media Sound was Polident, the Village Recorders were Hormel Ham..rich people who wanted to be in music,.

09/02/2020

32 mixes in the queue ...4 different artists

09/02/2020

just imported 10 songs for a mix/master project smooth jazz gtr stuff

08/20/2020

Hello,

I’m Michael Tarsia, son of Joseph the founder of Sigma Sound Studios. I’d like to address the people involved in the determination of the fate of the edifice on 212-214 N 12th street as well as the true meaning of it and the music community it served.


Joe Tarsia started his career at AMS, a small studio in south Philadelphia, and later moved to the historic Cameo Parkway label and studios [which went under the wrecking ball recently]. Many seminal hits were recorded at Cameo… The Twist, Meet Me on South Street [the hippest street in town] Mashed Potato Time, The Butterfly etc …etc.

Well before my father staring a recording business at the 212-214 location, a visionary recording engineer, Emil Corsin owned a studio called Rec-O-Art studios on the top floor of the building. The music history of this location goes back a decade before Sigma was founded in 1968.

Joe Tarsia, whose background was in electronics, envisioned a studio that combined cutting edge technology with client services on an unprecedented level. From the day it opened in 1968, the studio created a buzz locally and nationally.

When a new generation of tape recorder came out, Sigma purchased it, when the technology wasn’t available, Sigma personnel designed it. Earliest [if not first] automation in a recording console?...Multiple tape machines locking in a quick intuitive format?...Sigma Sound employees created it or installed it .

The hit records and artists who walked thru those doors are well know to all. But more importantly, during a time of racial strife throughout big cities in our country, Sigma Sound and the clients and musicians who worked there broke racial and cultural bias to create a rainbow “family “ of music.

Musicians hailed from every neighborhood in Philadelphia. Blacks, Whites, Latinos, American Indians and Asians worked together. Gay, straight and even early transsexuals found a welcoming place behind its doors. Sigma was not just a legendary recording studio, but a place of inclusion during troubling times.

The Delaware Valley has been woeful in preserving its great musical history. Many iconic places no longer exist. Myself and my family believe a great home for the legacy of all music and music recording in our area as well as the history of music in the 20th century would be well served by saving Sigma Sound and making an interactive museum at the 212-214 location. Other cities have saved their historical musical legacy, let’s see Philadelphia follow the tradition.

Thank you for your consideration,

Michael Tarsia and the Tarsia family

my man!
07/20/2020
Audio Myths Workshop

my man!

This is a video version of my Audio Myths workshop from the October 2009 AES show in New York City. Because of a few music examples I used, this video blocke...

https://ethanwiner.com/mixerman.htm    outting people who don't follow basic science in audio
07/20/2020
Mixerman Exposed

https://ethanwiner.com/mixerman.htm outting people who don't follow basic science in audio

PerceptionThomas Barefoot"I just got done reading Ethan's article in Tape-Op No.88 titled "Perception - The Final Frontier" (pg 66). He discusses the distinctions between perceived and real differences in the audio signal chain. It's brief, beautifully written and perfectly to the point. Great job E...

07/08/2020

went off on an audio site
lol i got an electrodyne 711 channel strip [pre..eq..altec wire fader ] to a la4 to another 711 channel strip line in where i can ride the input to the limiter and output from it to the A/D ..for when people want the sound of philly ..we didn't crush sound ..its the CLA anti christ..no diss .. it's cool to nail a limiter and get a "sit in the mix rock vox" ..CLA wise ..but for other music , as my gf says "it's a shanda"..personally a hammer isn't art to me unless you are making mt rushmore..i analize on the subtle..and expect the band to give me the palate to work on when i am the "engineer" ..when i produce?, i demand it ..or tell them.. hire someone else..lol ya got me up 2 days in sessions.... i sweat this stuff like the first day i sat in the chair and hope i never don't sweat it

06/20/2020

so i've been busy mastering and mixing ..herb smith patti labelle's old gtr player mastering stems then pete rudd her old drummer ..mastering his gospel stuff..then a metal band in LA ... and mixing a rapper dude in west philly and mastering 2 projects for donald robinson... good month this month..all i got to do is finish up with the rapper then start mixing james knight ..alrighty!!!

05/06/2020

think a lot of people must be making music during this crisis....just this week i got booked to do 20 songs mastering ,10 mixing with a hold on 15 mixes mid may

2 separate projects from former patti labelle's old band members and mastering for renowned percussionist Pablo Batista

04/16/2020

Yo anyone doing band collaborations live over to fans on the internet, I'll do free mixing of the live feed to help you out just PM me

03/27/2020

okay making PTXT protools "new track" presets today .. doing reverb/efx returns ..so far.. "phasing chorus" using mondo mod>phase mistress.."explosive reverb" using limiter>valhalla reverb>eq..."gated reverb" using oxford gate ..trigger ... slate reverb..

03/27/2020

PLEASE -- if you must track vocals in your home CHECK them for noises, hums and overloads at the preamp and in the converters .. i've been getting some horrid vocal tracks lately especially dynamic lead vocals

03/27/2020

Well no sessions till monday so today is making custom ptxt [mini importable template type presets] flies for Protools

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03/27/2020

Mike Tarsia Recording's cover photo

03/20/2020

Musicians you survived streaming media..will you survive this pandemic financially? Check in

03/20/2020

Another session Herb Smith long time Patti Labelle live and studio gtr virtuouso ...screw this corona crap..it's off the hook here.. wetransfer rules

03/20/2020

I gotta close up biz with clients..other than working for free with a buddy ..I'm only available for tile transfer work.. engineer present only..sorry people

so song yesterday was for Sugar Music in italy..the client was going to go to NYC but somehow the label knew of me and b...
02/11/2020
Sugar Music

so song yesterday was for Sugar Music in italy..the client was going to go to NYC but somehow the label knew of me and booked the session and Precious and i hit it off great ... i have no clue how these people find me but i love international work

Precious in the studio cutting a new track ...  Precious did the nike "Be True" video for TV
02/11/2020

Precious in the studio cutting a new track ... Precious did the nike "Be True" video for TV

01/16/2020

listening to my old albums and mixes today i realized that today we mix like what s**t sounded like after it went through a radio stations's Optimod

Our old console lives!!!
01/15/2020
Vintage Neve 8078 52 Inputs | Scott's House of Wonders

Our old console lives!!!

52 Input Vintage Neve 807852 channels with original 4 band EQs and mic preamps.32 channel monitor section with pans, solos, mutes, aux sends and cue sends.24 busses.Fred Hill center section.GML automation (currently not in use).Two line inputs per channel to allow easy tape to Pro Tools work flow...

01/13/2020

Just got files from Turkey..music is universal...

Much Love from Istanbul/Turkey

Deniz from MMP

01/11/2020

I have a great intern..on top of everything..hard worker..quick learner.. punctual.. focused..I'm looking for other studio people to take him on so he can get a feel for how other engineers do stuff..contact me if you'd like someone to help you in your studio ..my goal is to have him do a residence in a few places to expand his knowledge..he's a live sound guy..bass player in a band and wants to get into recording and mixing..PM me..you won't regret it

Brand new slate mtr2 Raven..new in the box 850.00
01/03/2020

Brand new slate mtr2 Raven..new in the box 850.00

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At ENAK with clarence and his apprentice in pic..thats my RCA "paintbrush" KB2a no.2 after service
rewiring and additions ..now both computers can run off of 1 keyboard and mouse increasing time and efficiency.. new automated lighting..voice activated tv viewing
i have broken the pad switch on my km86 ask a few people now i don't know if pad is in or out "send it in" im like if its not in i don't need it fixed ...pads on neumanns create phase issue .. so i go online and see the km 84 has same out put as an 86 sooooo i pop up an oscillator at 1k and with the 84 and pre get a level out ..then i pop in the 86..same exact level out.. pad is not in..i don't have to ship it and pay a couple of hundred for repair ~~~!!!!!!!!!
BK 11 just arrived ..a monster of a mic
Mastering 4 disco songs today for vinyl ...NYC stuff
https://hofa-plugins.de/en/plugins/cd-burn-ddp-master/pro/ im endorsing now ..nice pic of my room and gold records
LOVE the MAUVE
latest tracking mixing mastering and co production by MTR
Great engineer with great equipment.
anyone know what he's using on the toms?
R.I.P Geoff Emerick nice choice of shoes
' MIKE' MIKE''!