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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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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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With Life In Mind, Young Turks, TOTA

Posted by Carson Slovak on Jun.24, 2010

First things first: Atrium producer Grant McFarland’s band and close friends This Or The Apocalypse just released their sophomore full-length album via GoodFight Entertainment on Tuesday. The album was produced by Josh Wilbur (Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu) and Chris Adler (Lamb Of God). Additionally, a bonus track for overseas release was tracked and produced right here at Atrium and mixed by Josh Wilbur. TOTA has a long history with me and the studio. They played their first show ever with my band, Century (which some of them even ended up joining haha), I produced all of their past records and they’ve grown rapidly right alongside the studio. I’m super proud of these guys for creating such an incredible album and becoming the band they are today. Go out and purchase this album immediately as it’s by far the best release of 2011.

In other news, Garrett and I have been hard at work with the new full-length for CI Records’ With Life In Mind. We’ve been having a blast with these guys and it’s great to do a real project with Garrett. He’s been tracking vocals and editing drums in the B-Room while I meticulously tune and track guitars and bass. This album is obnoxiously heavy and well-written. Think Shai Hulud / Misery Signals guitar work with the most pissed-sounding vocals ever. We’re finishing up tracking by mid-next week and should have everything mixed and mastered by 4th of July weekend. Super-stoked for this to be completed.

Lastly, best friends Young Turks will be in the studio tracking their full-length over the next week as well. This will be a different kind of session for me as we’ll be tracking (mostly) live. The band wants to capture the raw energy of their music that precise editing and meticulous tracking isn’t suited for. I love to try new things and keep the process fresh, so this will be an awesome project for me as well. Stay tuned!

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