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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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Belated 2011 Update

Posted by Carson Slovak on Mar.25, 2011

As usual, the lack of updates is due to us being ridiculously busy with a ton of cool stuff. Hopefully I can get myself into the habit of keeping this site fresh with more frequent blog posts about what’s happening. Where to start…

Since December, we’ve had a ton of cool bands come through, including artists new to the studio and some returning friends as well. Some of the projects include new music from Jerod Eckenrode, Adam Taylor, Young Historians, Atlantic Avenue, May Bright Sunday, Morgan’s Accident, Schema, Macter The Martyr, Cyperna, My Heart To Fear, Carousel Kings, Amateur Theory, One Year Later, Now The City, Black Friday, Ryan Wickersham, Free The Fallen, Flight Case Syndrome, Anoka and Ex-Creations, to name a few. As you can imagine, we’ve had our hands full but it’s been a fantastic start to 2011 and a great kick-off to what’s shaping up to be an awesome year.

Atrium recently sponsored the High School Battle of the Bands at The Champ in Lemoyne, PA. The event took place once a month over the end of 2010. As part of the final prize, the winning band came into Atrium to track a song for free. Congrats to Hold Your Breath from York, PA for winning. We had a blast tracking their song “The Weak Are Left For Dead” at the studio.

One project I’m personally extremely excited about is the new music from my friends in The Gracious Few, the “super-group” comprised entirely of members of two of my all-time favorite bands, Live and Candlebox. I co-produced and engineered two new singles for the band this past month and they’re both fantastic. As many of you know, Chad Taylor (guitarist in TGF / Live) was a fundamental motivator for me when I became interested in the production end of music. Since his work on my first band’s EP back in 2002, we’ve had the opportunity to work together on a number of projects and it’s always a blast. The new TGF tracks are heavy, thick and dynamic. Very excited to play them for everyone when they’re released. Stay tuned.

Atrium, along with Aurora Creative Group, will again be an official sponsor of this year’s upcoming Launch Music Conference. This will be the third year for the annual conference, which seems to be getting exponentially bigger with each incarnation. Atrium will have a booth at the conference trade show and we’ll be there for the entire weekend to hand out free music, information and talk to everyone who comes by. The event takes place April 21-24 at the Convention Center in downtown Lancaster, PA. If you’re thinking of attending, remember to register ahead of time to receive discounted pricing. And of course, please stop by our booth and say hello!

Last but certainly not least, the big news: Atrium is now officially moving! We’ve endeavored to purchase a stand-alone building down the street from our current location. I’m extremely excited about this as it’s a move I’ve been wanting to make happen for over a year. While I’ve personally put a ton of “love labor” into our current space (sanding drywall at 3am, building a wooden subfloor with a group of friends, very slowly painting things, etc.) it’s time to say goodbye and move on up. The new space is a small, three-floor building on Prince St. in (a much nicer area of) Lancaster, close-by to The Brickyard sports bar and restaurant, Senorita Burrita, CI Records and The Chameleon, among other cool businesses. The new facility will have two studios, a main “A” tracking room, control room and iso, along with a “B” control room and iso. The vibe is great and I’m beyond excited to move, which is tentatively scheduled for mid-May.

So that’s about as concise of an update as I can make right now without my head imploding. Some cool upcoming projects we have booked over the next few months include Fisthammer, Twelve After, Black Friday, Paper Castle, Bells, Face For Radio, Barriers, Until Days End, Ahimsa Sunrise, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Daylight Falls, Headstrong, Things Behind The Sun, Dionaea and Set Sail. At some point in there, I’m also going to attempt to finish up the recording process for my own band, Century, which Ricky, Grant and I have about 13 solid songs for, sans vocals. Hopefully it will come out sometime before the 2012 apocalypse.

– Carson

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Current Projects, Champ Battle of the Bands

Posted by Carson Slovak on Oct.29, 2010

Things are rolling along nicely as 2010 nears its end. We’ve had a handful of really cool and diverse bands come through over the last month or so. I did a full-length for the awesome dudes in Dream Device, who play a great mixture of 90’s-style alternative and modern radio rock. My great friend Adam Taylor also tracked his new folk/rock album at Atrium with his big brother (and current guitarist of The Gracious Few), Chad Taylor, producing.

I’m currently finishing up the final mix on an awesome band from the Philly area called Trophy Wife. We recorded the entire 12-song full-length in under four days, tracking live with minimal overdubs and getting almost everything in one take. Their music has a ton of depth and raw energy that I think we were able to capture by tracking everything together. Some other cool projects include Morgan’s Accident, Vision and Color, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Now The City, Von Brossman and Tokens of Home.

In other news, Atrium Audio is currently a main sponsor for the Championship Battle of the Bands, which is running until the end of the year at The Champ in Lemoyne, PA. The contest is organized by our close friends at CI Records. The winner will receive a prize package that includes free studio time at Atrium, among other cool shit. Our studio dropcard sampler is available at all of the dates. If you’re in the area, check out the Champ’s website for the schedule and come out to one of the shows.

Atrium producer Grant McFarland recently made a drum video at the studio with our pal Jandy from Never Settle Films. The video is Grant playing drums to his band This or the Apocalypse‘s song “Charmer” off their recent Good Fight Entertainment release Haunt What’s Left. Our pal Max from Carousel Kings also made a similar video for the song “League of Small Heroes” from their upcoming full-length, which Grant and I co-produced at Atrium. Check out both videos below and hit up the videos page for a few new clips of different artists recording at Atrium.

That’s it for now. Namaste. – c

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Carousel Kings, An Early Ending

Posted by Carson Slovak on May.20, 2010

We’ve been busy with some cool projects for the past month. Grant and I teamed up on producing a new full length for Lancaster’s Carousel Kings for a few weeks. It was a really fun project to work on considering that the band gave us free reign to really dig into their songs, develop them and make them better. We set up a temporary b-room in our current iso room so Grant could focus solely on vocal production while I tracked guitar in the main room. We established a good work flow and got the project done right. Mixing will take place in the coming weeks.

We’re also really excited about another band from Harrisburg, PA called An Early Ending. We spent five days on two songs. All the guys in the band are super talented and made our jobs easy. Hopefully we’ll have new tracks from both bands posted soon.

Coming up in June I’ll be working on a new full length for CI Records’ With Life In Mind. Garrett will be making the commute from Maryland to team up on this session with me as well. Good times. – c

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