As I've said before, I'm far from an authority on what's what in the music scene here in town; the below could all be bullshit, for all I know. So if you've got any info that's not on here, please just drop me a line at "gaijin" at "spacecityrock.com", and I'll attempt to add it as soon as I can.
ADVANCED AUDIO SOLUTIONS:
"greatsound" at "earthlink dot net"
Contact: Gerry G
I don't really know what this place is like, but it sounds pretty decent... Gerry, the studio's owner, says he does projects "as a whole" and prices them accordingly; he's got a 24-track analog with dolbyS and 24 digital (DA88), Pro Tools, and a bunch of other stuff. He's recorded stuff for lots of folks in town, including Secret Agent 8, Latch Key Kids, Los Skarnales (and pretty much everything else on Pinche Flojo), 13th Hour, Flies in Paradise, and elsewhere... [11/26/98]
ALIEN BEANS STUDIO:
P.O. Box 968
Katy, TX. 77492
"alienbeans" at "gmail dot com"
Contact: Ty Tabor
AMBIENT DIGITAL MASTERING:
"mastering" at "ambientdigital" dot "com"
Alternate URL: http://www.myspace.com/ambientdigital
Contact: Bob Boyd
P.O. Box 1008
League City, TX. 77574-1008
Analgesic is actually a home-studio sort of deal, run by Ruel Russell and Bob Wall, ex-of St. Vitus Dance & Bone Simple (and currently of the Grangers, in Bob's case)... Despite the fact that they're not a "big" studio, though, they can still get a damn cool sound, as evidenced by the last Bone Simple CD. They don't do a whole lot of recording, preferring to work with people they know and like -- I'm honestly not sure how much recording they're doing at all, these days.... [9/23/2007]
1410 Brittmoore Suite 76
Houston, TX. 77043
AZTLAN RECORDING & PRODUCTION:
6118 Corporate Drive
"aztlan" at "texas dot net"
One of the few on here I've actually had opportunity to try, so I can actually say something concrete about it... This studio's been around a couple of years now, having moved here from Corpus Christi, but moved not too long ago into a new space out near Bellaire and the beltway that's got way more space and a lot of nice stuff built in. Marco Saenz, the guy who owns and runs the place, does some really cool stuff. He's got a fair bit of cool gear and, more importantly, knows his setup inside-out; he can get a real good sound real easily - oh yeah, and he's a really nice guy, too. He records a lot of local rock bands in town, but also does a lot of hip-hop and Tejano stuff, too, with some impressive credentials... Overall, he's a great guy and a darn good engineer (not that I'm an expert, but hey). I'm told he's even doing "clinics" for people these days, mostly aimed at people who use 4-tracks, DAWs, mini disk recorders, etc., who want to learn how to get a good sound out of their equipment - sounds like it might be worth checking into.
Also, he started up his own little record label, Norbac Records, a while back, in order to release a really-cool comp, entitled Songs From the Icehouse (the idea is that it also serves as a showcase of sorts of what Marco can do -- check it out; keep in mind, though, that it was somewhat limited by the old studio). Unfortunately, it seems that good as the CD is, he didn't sell too many, so at this point a 2nd comp is looking unlikely...sigh. [9/8/99]
100 Jackson Street
Houston, TX. 77002
"barron" at "recordwithbarron dot com"
Contact: Todd Macek, General Manager
From GM Todd: "Our approach is pretty simple: always maintain an artist friendly, service oriented studio. We use the best gear available, but never let the gear get in the way of the performance. We have worked with various local bands, hiphop’ers, done commercials, books on tape, and even recorded voiceovers for a new warcraft-esqe video game. Check out our website, www.RecordWithBarron.com, listen to our media player, call me if you have any questions or just want to get a better feel of what we do." [9/24/2007]
BIG DOOR STUDIOS:
"BDS" at "BIGDOORSTUDIOS dot COM"
BOB GREEN PRODUCTIONS:
5034 Tangle Lane
Houston, TX. 77056
Fax: (713) 355-1305
"heard" at "bobgreenproductions dot com"
BUZZ SMITH MUSIC:
"inquiry" at "buzzsmithmusic dot com"
C & T RECORDING:
"cashstudios" at "yahoo dot com"
DEAD CITY SOUND:
"deadcitysound" at "gmail dot com"
Contact: Chris Ryan
Dead City Sound is the new studio run by ex-Johnny Killed Rock n Roll co-owner Chris Ryan, who started the place up when partner Eric left for cooler/wetter climes in the Pacific NW (and who I think also rocks/rocked the house himself as part of God's Temple of Family Deliverance). I don't know Chris myself, unfortunately, but I've heard good stuff about folks he's recorded, and if there's a cool band in town, odds are that he's recorded 'em at one time or another (Bring Back the Guns, The Jonx, Something Fierce, Sharks and Sailors, Fatal Flying Guilloteens, While You Were Gone, etc., etc.). Plus, it's apparently cheapety-cheap -- $25 an hour -- because Ryan feels that even po' local folks deserve to be able to afford decent recording services. Gotta admire the guy for that... [9/23/2007]
DIAMOND GEM STUDIOS:
Contact: Jimm Davis
Dunno much about this place, except that they're pretty small, supposedly cool, and have some good equipment. [10/18/98]
DIAMOND RECORDING & PRODUCTION:
Houston, TX. 77040
Fax: (713) 934-0155
"bobby" at" diamondrecordingstudio dot com"
"gregg" at" diamondrecordingstudio dot com"
Contact: Bobby Blotzer/Gregg Gill
DIGITAL SERVICES RECORDING STUDIOS:
1601 South Cherry Street
Tomball, TX. 77375
"studio" at "dsrecordings dot com"
Haven't ever been to this place, but I talked a bit with the owner, John Moran, a looong while back, and he seemed to know his stuff pretty damn well. They're a 48-track studio, and while not cheap, they've got some pretty heavy credits under their belt (Rolling Stones, Destiny's Child, Depeche Mode, etc.). Oh, and they used to be on Chimney Rock, but apparently moved out to Tomball sometime since I last spoke to 'em. (It's been a while.) [9/23/2007]
DIGITAL WAREHAUS PRODUCTIONS:
"stephendfinley" at "yahoo dot com"
Don't know much about Digital Warehaus, but Stephen Finley, the guy who runs the place, e-mailed me and gave some info -- apparently he's worked with a lot of folks here in town, from The Linus Pauling Quartet to Incisor and Transmaniacon MC, he's an appointment-only deal, and he's got 32 Pro Tools tracks and a DA7 digital mixer and is set up for MIDI sequencing and live recording. There you go... [4/24/2004]
DOWN FO WHATEVER PRODUCTIONS:
10503 Wyn Run Ct.
Houston, TX. 77038
Fax: (713) 694-2558
Contact: Andre Foster
"duotonestudios" at "aol dot com"
"lesgreene" at "hotmail dot com"
Contact: Les Greene
Dunno much about this place; the studio's apparently just off I-10, and the owner, Les Greene, has some kinda connection with Scarface's Interface Records and Torture Tech. [12/6/98]
2601 Cartwright Road #D
Missouri City, TX. 77459
Contact: C.R. Phillips
Contact: Les Greene
H & S RECORDINGS AND SOUNDS:
Contact: Chris Herlevic/Daniel Salazar
HAPPY RAT STUDIOS:
"scott" at "happyrat dot com"
Dunno a whole lot about this one, really, but it's 32-track recording deal, with "top quality preamps, mircophones, and compressors," and it's over on the east side. [12/11/97]
HEIGHTS SOUND STUDIO:
Houston, TX. 77005-3641
Fax: (713) 664-1393
"hss" at "mchdev dot com"
Well, as usual, I haven't been to this place myself, but these folks seem cool, at least. They've apparently been around for 17 years, and are located right next to the Anderson Fair folk club up in Montrose. They've reportedly got a "well designed control room" and a "large 15' high ceilinged recording room", and their site has a cool little deal called the On-line Musician's Database
, a sort of music referral service that some folks out there might find pretty useful... Their rates sound reasonable to my recording-novice ears: $35 an hour plus tape for DA-88 format, pay as you go. Give 'em a call...
THE HIDDEN ART:
P.O. Box 1146
Manvel, TX. 77578
"info" at "thehiddenart dot com"
Another I don't know much about -- it's apparently an audio and video production facility, and they do post-production stuff, too. The folks who run the place say they focus on commercial and artistic projects, and in really special cases they've been known to film shows and such. [5/19/2004]
HOUND DAWG STUDIO:
"Dan" at "hounddawgstudio dot com"
HOUSTON AUDIO LABS:
8208 Westpark, Ste. 110
Houston, TX. 77063
"dgyeaney" at "flash dot net"
Contact: Daniel Yeaney
Just goes to show how little I know about some of this stuff...apparently Third Stone Studios has been out of business for quite a while now, but there's a new studio there now, Houston Audio Labs, and I'm told it's way beyond the old place (haven't been there, myself). So there you go... [8/29/99]
HYDE PARK RECORDING STUDIO:
2115 Taft Street
Houston, TX. 77006
"hydeparkstudio" at "yahoo dot com"
IVORY TOWER REALIZATIONS:
"information" at "ivory-tower-realizations dot com"
JOE DANGER RECORDS:
"joedangerrecords" at "yahoo dot com"
Well, I got some more info on this place from the owner himself (Joe, that is), so I figured I'd summarize it up here. The studio's a small place out near Hobby, and they do most of their recording on analog formats (1 and 2 inch tape). The owner says he Logic Audio for digital editing, and uses a 32-channel Mackie console, as well as "about 25 years' worth of outboard stuff and good mics." They've apparently worked with all different styles and specialize in recording bands "live," rather than overdubbing track after track. There you go... [8/25/2003]
KICKDOOR RECORDING STUDIO:
716 Mitchell Rd.
Houston, TX. 77037
LIGHT IN SOUND RECORDING STUDIO:
LIL RED STUDIOS:
LIQUID MOON PRODUCTIONS:
"mromeo" at "texas dot net"
Haven't ever used this one, but Mike sent me a bit of info about the place - it's a 24-track digital studio, down in Baytown (which is a little ways, but hey); he says their prices can't be beat, and that block discounts are available, too... Oh yeah, and they've got a full MIDI setup w/CakeWalk Pro Audio 6.0; might be worth checking out. [6/11/98]
MAGELLAN SOUND STUDIO:
Sugar Land, TX.
"info" at "magellansoundstudio dot com"
Contact: W.C. Hamberg
Contact: Brandon Black
NEXUS SOUND STUDIO:
Fax: (281) 240-4334
"lmsteele" at "hypercon dot com"
These kind folks e-mailed me and asked me to list 'em, so here they be. They're a 24-track studio, with a "slick new console," and they do mastering, too. The manager/engineer's name is Bill Sukhun. Can't say for certain if they're any good or not, but they seem like nice people, so hey, try 'em and see. (Used to be Digital Duck, by the way...)
NO DOUBT MUSIC:
"lamusician" at "ev1 dot net"
Contact: Michael Calderon
NO RAINCOATS STUDIOS:
"alexadamitis" at "gmail dot com"
Contact: Alex Adamitis
"originsound1" at "mac dot com"
PIGEON EATER STUDIOS:
Fax: (936) 273-5657 (include cover sheet w/"Re: Pigeon Eater Studios"; shared fax line)
"pigeoneater" at "gmail dot com"
Contact: Terry Nunn
Heard from one of the two owners of the place, Jeff Johnson, so I figured I'd put a little note up here about 'em. Johnson co-owns/runs Pigeon Eater with Terry Nunn, who also does the sound over at Walter's on Washington (which, I should note, is surprisingly good for a place that looks like it was built from the remains of a quonset hut with a storefront tacked onto it). They do some good stuff, it sounds like, and have recorded everybody from By the End of Tonight to The Monocles to Arthur Yoria. Plus, they're apparently doing cheapo-cheap rates for live, on-the-fly recording. [9/25/2007]
I don't think these guys are actually a studio, but they do mastering-type stuff, as well as CD & cassette duplication. I'm told it's run by Nick Cooper, formerly of Sprawl...
"rbirecording" at "aim dot com"
Contact: Joe Omelchuck
Yep, this is the recording studio run by longtime Rudyard's soundman Joe Omelchuck. I never had the chance to record there myself, but I've heard very good things about it, and if Joe's as good at (and meticulous about) recording bands as he is doing the sound at Rudz, I'd bet his work's excellent. [9/23/2007]
RCS RECORDING STUDIO:
320 E. Main
League City, TX. 77573
Fax: (281) 338-7299
"rcs" at "suffixrecords dot com"
REHASH IT STUDIOS:
Contact: Joel Garza
ROLLING REELS MOBILE RECORDING SERVICE:
Houston, TX. 77017
"pman721" at "aol dot com"
Contact: Paul Franklin
"hook" at "skullsessions dot com"
SOUND ARTS RECORDING STUDIOS:
8377 Westview Drive
Houston, TX. 77055
Fax: (713) 464-2622
"jeffwells" at "soundartsrecording dot com"
Contact: Jeff Wells
THE SOUND LAB RECORDING STUDIO:
SOUND MASTERS RECORDING:
Contact: A.V. Mittlestedt
4801 Woodway Dr. Suite 355W
Houston, TX. 77056
1-800-HOTSOUND / (713) 960-8222
Fax: (713) 960-0122
"sworks" at "soundworks dot com"
SOUTH COAST RECORDERS:
403 Laurel Drive
Friendswood, TX. 77546
SOUTHERN VIBE RECORDINGS:
6633 Hillcroft, Ste. 234
Houston, TX. 77081
"southernvibe" at "cs dot com"
Contact: Tony Pat
SPACE CITY SOUNDS:
"spacecitysounds" at "spacecitysounds dot com"
Contact: Jamie Sralla
A fairly new studio in town, Static House is slowly making a name for itself - their prices are good, they pride themselves on using all analog stuff (I think?), and Jamie, the guy who pretty much runs the place, is a really cool guy. I haven't been up there yet myself, but I've heard good things from folks who have... Like Aztlan
, above, Static House released it's own "showcase compilation" a while back, entitled Full Frequency Package
, so check that out - they've also done a couple of videos, as well as stuff by The Lost Episodes, Rooster Cockburn, The Grimple Twins, and Dissociation. [6/11/98]
SUGAR HILL RECORDING STUDIOS:
5626 Brock St.
Houston, TX. 77023
Fax: (713) 926-2253
Well, I've never used these guys myself, but they're the big studio in town for local bands (and plenty of others). I'm told they do have a tremendous amount of cool gear, both new & vintage, so that's a definite plus. Again, I can't say really what the place is like, but Dan Workman, who runs the place, has a pretty good reputation about town and a lot of experience - I've heard lots of good things about 'em, even from other studio folks (I have heard a few folks bitch about it, but y'know). Oh yeah, and their rates aren't the lowest in town, but they're definitely not too bad, and I'm told that they offer bands 50%-off rates during off-peak times. Pretty cool of 'em... [4/28/2004]
SUNRISE SOUND RECORDING STUDIOS:
3330 Walnut Bend Lane
Houston, TX. 77042
Fax: (713) 977-4242
"sunrisemanager" at "sunrisesound dot com"
SUPER ACTION GIRL STUDIOS:
"superactiongirlstudios" at "yahoo dot com"
TEXAS MUSIC STUDIOS:
7311 Hwy. 3, Suite 160
Houston, TX. 77034
"kala" at "texasmusicstudios dot com"
TINTERN ABBEY STUDIO:
Houston, TX. 77081
"info" at "tinternabbeystudio dot com"
Never been here, either, but here's what they sent: "We have an 1800 sq.ft. space with a huge main room, 2 guitar iso booths, vocal and drum iso booths with windows, large control room, reception/kitchen area, very comfortable. We're running 24 channels of Mackie SDR digital with a 32 channel Mackie console." If that sounds good to you, hey, there you go... [6/16/03]
"dave" at "2000projects dot net"
Contact: Dave Hartung
UPTOWN RECORDING STUDIO:
7334 Rampart, Suite 102
Houston, TX. 77081
Fax: (713) 271-2022
Contact: Earl Rice (manager)
THE URBAN RECORDING SUITE:
3115 W. Loop S. St.63
Houston, TX. 77027
Fax: (713) 622-8850
WHITE CAT PRODUCTIONS:
"jack" at "whitecatproductions dot com"
Contact: Jack Saunders