WE’RE OPEN: Studio Update regarding COVID-19

Hello all!

Rarefied is now open again for tracking sessions. To be safe I do require masking and 6 ft distancing. Only one session is being accepted per day so there is always ample time to clean between bookings. Due to this, the minimum number of booked hours has increased from two to four. Also there is a limit of 4 people that can be in any one room at a time.

Mixing and mastering can still be done remotely. And there are a host of other types of things I can do remotely too.

  • -reamp a guitar or bass
  • -run signals through outboard gear
  • -run signals through the tape machine
  • -run signals through the plate reverb
  • -do an analog sum of your mix through the Neve Genesys
  • -edit audio tracks
  • -clean up noisy audio tracks
  • -tune vocals and instruments
  • Convert cassette and vinyl to digital.

Find more information on all of the above by clicking here.

I was renting a whole host of equipment while the studio was closed. That can continue to some degree. It just depends on if the item is needed in a session that day.

Finally, I am still making myself available for online instruction on any audio topic you’d like.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a need for any of the above.

All the best to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Roy


Black Friday Deal

If Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, etc. is your thing then have we got a deal for you.

For a limited time you can grab a Gift Card via Rarefied’s Instagram profile. If you don’t already follow us on Instagram just look for the user @rarefiedrecording. In the profile there is a button for Gift Cards and you’ll see a special Black Friday 2020 option. This deal gets you two 8 hour blocks of recording time with Roy Silverstein, owner/chief engineer. The cost is equivalent to buying one day and getting the second half off.

 

 


Recording On Sunbeams

A year ago, I quietly did something kind of big over here, but I haven’t ever mentioned it until now. Rarefied has gone solar! And not only solar, but also battery!

That means if you’re here during the day you are almost certainly recording off the power of the sun. Kind of cool if you think about it. As the sun goes down the Tesla battery kicks in and extends the off grid power to the studio. The battery is actually charged by the sun during the day with any excess power generated by the panels.

It was a significant investment, but well worth it in my opinion. You can feel even better about working here knowing that the carbon footprint of the studio has been significantly reduced. The company that monitors the solar output of the system estimates that 48,107 lbs of CO2 have been saved. This is the equivalent of planting 363.5 trees! And that’s just in year one!

As time goes on the impact from this switch to solar/battery will grow and grow. And eventually the investment made in the system will pay for itself in lower electric bills. In fact, the first year left us with a credit with SDG&E. Now, that may be an anomaly since the studio hasn’t been quite as busy due to the pandemic. But still, not bad!