DARRELL THORP (RADIOHEAD, BECK, FOO FIGHTERS, PAUL MCCARTNEY)
“I had a blast working at Rarefied for the first time. The listening environment of the control room and sound of the Neve console made everything effortless to capture and record. Too many great toys to use in one day. The session kept going without a hiccup. I’m excited for the next round of recording at Rarefied.”
DANNY KALB (BECK, BEN HARPER)
“It was a pleasure working at Rarefied. It has one of the truest control rooms I’ve worked in. The gear (both recording and instrumental) is inspiring. I look forward to coming back!”
JAMES WISNER (SLIGHTLY STOOPID)
“We had a wonderful experience at Rarefied Recording. This is as professional of a facility as it gets. From the design, to the gear, to the sound, everything is top quality, but most importantly Rarefied has an amazing vibe and you will feel right at home!”
CYRUS GHAHREMANI (HOT KARATE, ADULT SWIM, SHANNON AND THE CLAMS)
“On previous recordings we had spent weeks mixing and adjusting the drum recordings to get them to sound perfect. Our starting point with the sounds we got at Rarefied far exceeded what we’d had to work towards before.
We were consistently amazed by the sounds we were getting – Rarefied is packed with unbeatable equipment, and Roy’s expertise and ear had us working so efficiently and sounding better than we could have expected.
Despite using our same amps and drums as always, the tracks we did at Rarefied were so polished and warm, our previous records now seem like demos by comparison. The facility itself is wonderful – you won’t want to leave the main studio rooms, but when you do, it’s great to be able to walk to local restaurants or enjoy coffee & Atari in the artist lounge.
Well worth the trip from LA – an outrageously positive experience!”
JOEL P. WEST (FILM COMPOSER, THE TREE RING, FLOOD COATS)
“Rarefied has quickly become one of my favorite places to work in San Diego. The space feels very comfortable and creative, and it’s extremely reliable and versatile in terms of gear and possible configurations. Having access to such a dependable studio right in North Park has made both my process and final product noticeably better.”
DAVE MATTHIES (THE GIFT MACHINE)
“There is something about Rarefied Recording that just feels comfortable. It has the esoteric hard to define “vibe” that makes setting up with the band and playing the songs feel the same as the practice room at home. The control room gave me visions of a thick glassed Brian Wilson running the band for the Pet Sounds sessions, but also felt completely modern at the same time. The microphone collection and Roy’s knowledge of when to use them is top notch, and of course it just sounds fantastic!”
“Working with Roy to mix my record was a great experience. I live in the heart of San Diego, and there were many nights where I took a ten minute drive over to Rarefied to listen to a mix in the evening. Rarefied Recording is a special place with a lot of good vibes… not just good acoustics. The studio’s central location made it very easy for me to mix my record. All my songs were mixed to my specifications in a timely fashion. I ended up with a record that I was very proud of, all because of Roy’s work. I look forward to recording in the studio and working with Roy again.”
ELIJAH JENSEN (WITH CHILD)
“With its wide array of beautiful instruments, high end microphones, and astounding room acoustics, Rarefied Recording provides the perfect atmosphere for creating an album. Rarefied’s thoughtfully curated recording environment is highly professional and extremely inspiring. I plowed my way through a grueling 17 hour drive just to record at Rarefied, and based on my extremely enjoyable and enlightening experience I had there I would do it again in a heartbeat.”