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ABR Christmas album / Affiance full-length

Posted by Carson Slovak on Aug.31, 2012

It’s been busier than ever over the last few months here at the studio. First order of business: The new holiday album by our good pals August Burns Red, completely recorded, produced and mixed at Atrium by Grant and me. “ABR Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album” is an incredibly dynamic album full of eclectic instrumentation and song arrangements. The 13 tracks include all four of ABR’s past Christmas singles (remixed / enhanced) as well as two new original songs alongside the band’s versions of other holiday classics like Oh Holy Night, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride. This album was a very exciting and challenging project for us. A 50-person vocal choir, cello, violin, tuba, trombone, piano, ukelele, banjo, acoustic and a variety of percussive elements were just a few of the supplemental instruments we tracked completely for real and live. This album was a pretty massive undertaking and we couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out. The first original single from the album was just released today and can be streamed below. The effort will be in stores on October 9th via Solid State Records and you can order it by clicking here.

Another project we’re super excited about is the upcoming full-length for Ohio’s Affiance, due out in November on Bullet Tooth Records. After producing two singles for the band back in March, Grant and I were given the opportunity to work with them on their new album. These dudes are some of the best musicians we’ve recorded and the new album is incredible, start to finish. They’ve also instantly become great friends and Grant and I had an absolute blast throughout the recording process. We already miss them sleeping in the studio, breaking our sink and providing a healthy dose of full-frontal male nudity everyday. The album is currently in the mixing stage and an official announcement with details for the release will be made soon. For now, you can check out one of the singles we did back in March titled “You Will Be Replaced,” which recently ranked in the top 5 on the iTunes Metal Charts.

That’s all for now. Check back soon and have a great Labor Day! – Carson

LAUNCH 2012 / New DW Kit / Current Projects

Posted by Carson Slovak on Apr.25, 2012

This year’s Launch Music Conference is right around the corner and, as usual, Atrium is an official sponsor. We’ll be hanging out at the trade show in the Lancaster Convention Center all day Friday and Saturday so come by our booth and say hello. We also just got some cool new diagonal-cut brochures to hand out (pictured below), as well as some nifty bumper stickers and Dropcards with new music, which will be available for free at our trade show booth. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, do so here and check out the official Event Guide while you’re at it. You can also check out an online schedule of almost 20 bands that have all recorded at Atrium and are all playing Launch this weekend on the righthand sidebar or click here for the schedule page. Lastly, both Grant McFarland and I will be guest speakers on two of the industry panel discussions: “How To Prepare For Your Release” (Grant), Friday, April 27 @ 11am and “How Do I Get Signed” (Carson), Saturday, April 28 @ 1pm.

In other news, our brand new DW Collector’s Series custom-built drum kit just arrived yesterday and we’re beyond excited about it. We have a few kits at the studio but this one is the “tits” so-to-speak. Maple shells with African ChenChen veneer, 22″x18″ kick, 10″x8″ rack tom, 12″x9″ rack tom and 16″x14″ floor tom. It will be available for studio use by any of our clients at no additional charge. Check it out:

We’ve been hitting it non-stop since January, completing a number of full-lengths, EPs and singles for (in no particular order) Sacred Serenity, Divine Air, I Surround, Ex-Votos, Delorian Conquest, Secret Eyes, The May Season, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Benchpress, The Road To Milestone, Ace Augustine, James Wolpert, Conspiracy, Fisthammer, Samsara, Scout’s Honor, From These Wounds, YGATM, Lies of a Murderer, Forgive Yesterday and My Soul For Glory. We just wrapped up Atlantic Avenue’s new full-length (and Eulogy Records debut), two new singles for Ohio’s Affiance (Bullet Tooth Records), mastering for Throw The Fight’s John Feldmann-produced full-length (also Bullet Tooth) and a new recording for the mighty August Burns Red (details forthcoming). We’re currently in the studio with The Teeth (Rock Paper Records) recording their new full-length, which is turning out awesome so far. Forthcoming over the next few months we’ll be working with our friends in Paper Castle, Goodbye Neveah, The Riot, Eye Fur & Tooth, A Million Drones, A Scent Like Wolves, Cyperna and more.

- Carson

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2011 Wrap-up

Posted by Carson Slovak on Dec.28, 2011

It’s been a great year for the studio. Lots of big changes and awesome projects. We hit the ground running in the new facility and the past six months have been our busiest ever. Grant is home permanently after leaving his band, This or the Apocalypse, and is now an official co-owner of the studio. We’ve had the good fortune to work on a more stylistically diverse collection of projects than we have in the past, providing a great opportunity for us to learn new methods and develop our skill-sets. We’ve also significantly expanded our gear collection and continue to refine and improve our production standards. So in short, we couldn’t be happier with how Atrium has grown over the past year and we’d like to thank every artist that has given us the chance to work with them in 2011.

Grant and I just put the finishing touches on several full-length albums that we produced together: Carousel Kings, One Year Later, Sandraudiga and Ten Throne. A lot of work went into these recordings and we’re super excited about them. We’ll be posting tracks from each soon, along with new tracks from some other recent projects as well. Current stuff we’re working on include EPs from melodic post-rock band Secret Eyes and local technical metal band Between The Lions. We also have a lot of cool projects coming up over the next several months, including A Scent Like Wolves, Texas In July, Ex-Votos, Divider, Termina, Fall of Heroes, Last Scene In Reno, Free The Empire, Delorian Conquest, Benchpress, Sacred Serenity and our old buddies, August Burns Red. Stay tuned as we’ll be posting new music and making more updates to the website in the new year.

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New Location, Up and Running

Posted by Carson Slovak on Jul.19, 2011

June was a pretty hectic month for Atrium. Between finishing several projects at the same time, tearing apart / organizing / packing up the old studio, accruing some good old debt on some brand new gear, settling on a building, moving in / organizing / setting up the new studio and jumping right into an overbooked recording schedule, I’m somewhat surprised I haven’t suffered a brain aneurysm or at least a quick murder-suicide. But now that the dust is finally settled, I’m proud to announce that Atrium Audio 3.0 is up and running.

Moving out of the old studio was a bittersweet process. So many things I couldn’t stand about that stupid place but I can’t deny the last five years being some of the best in my life. I’ve learned so much about recording and producing, made life-long friends, built my business and had some incredibly fun experiences in that old warehouse. But at the end of the day, I suppose the allure of high-class amenities such as internet and hot water was just too much to bear.

Onwards and upwards. In classic form, my estimated timeframe for the move was about half as much time as was actually needed. As a result, the first scheduled recording sessions for the new studio had to be pushed back a full week, in turn condensing the next six weeks of sessions into a highly-concentrated workaholic’s wet dream. Our new Argosy desk didn’t even arrive until three days into the first band’s progress. Grant’s tour with TOTA was cancelled unexpectedly and he managed to book a week’s worth of sessions for Studio B before they even arrived back in Lancaster. Surprisingly though, very few bugs had to be worked out and we managed to get acclimated to the new studio pretty quickly. 13 bands later and we finally have a few days off, allowing us to clean the studio spotless and get our buddy Eric Forberger to come in and take some slick new interior photos (and subsequently enabling me to update this website).

So there you have it. Poke around and check out the new digs. Needless to say, everyone involved with the studio is extremely excited about the new place. Thanks to all of the bands who helped me build something from nothing over the last few years. – c

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Launch 2011 Wrap-up

Posted by Carson Slovak on Apr.25, 2011

Thanks so much to everyone who checked out our trade show booth at the Launch Music Conference this past weekend. It was great seeing so many friends and meeting some new ones as well. The Atrium / Aurora booth seemed to be a hit with everyone who stopped by. So thanks again for making this year a success.

As part of the trade show, we raffled off some free studio time. Believe it or not, the winner of the raffle is York, PA’s Hold Your Breath!, the same band that recently won studio time in the Champ High School Battle of the Bands at the end of 2010. Congrats to HYB. I’m stoked to have you guys back in! – c

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