STARLAND

Starland is a recording studio located in the centre of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. It is comprised of three rooms, equipped to handle all your overdubbing and/or live-off-the-floor recording needs. It also happens to be filled with some great vintage instruments, amplifiers and microphones, which are at your disposal when you come to make a record here.

If you’re interested in working together, or want to drop by and have a look at the space, shoot me an email and it can be easily arranged.

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This is the control room & general hangout area. It’s where the computer is, so it’s where I am the majority of the time, and where everyone can listen to the music being made. There is a very beautiful and very comfortable sofa along the wall to the left with a table placed strategically in front of it. Ideal for the consumption of liquids. It’s a great sounding room, and can also be used to record in.

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Here you can see the bridge between the control room and the main recording room. The window is made of double-sided glass, so we can see you but you can’t see us. That’s actually not true. It’s an ordinary window.

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This is the main recording room. It may look like a Nordic sauna, but it’s more like an acoustically-treated wood shed. It’s not huge, but it’s not tiny, either. It can comfortably house a full drum kit, with lots of room to spare. It seals shut using multiple doors, with microphone and instrument cables fed through the wall, back to the control room. This means that when you aren’t recording vocals or other acoustic instruments, you can leave an amplifier inside and comfortably play whatever it is you want to play from somewhere else. The sofa is a popular choice.

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Here is a better and more detailed look at the sofa. If you come here to record you’re likely to end up getting pretty familiar with it, so you may as well make your introductions.

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This is the piano and organ room. It’s got beautiful, heavy, floor-to-ceiling curtains at both ends, helping to control the sound and making this another great, multi-purpose recording room. For bands wanting to record live, we’ll definitely be putting one of your amps in here. From left to right: 1967 Philips Philicorda, 1959 Hammond S6, 1971 Hammond T-200, 1920s Neufeld upright.

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Here’s a closer look at the Neufeld upright. I rescued her from a neglectful family near Berlin with a promise to never leave her. She’s been through a lot and is a bit rough around the edges, but she’s full of soul.

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The Philicorda (left/top) is the heaviest and dirtiest sounding organ I have. I bought it from the widow of a then recently deceased wedding organist. When my friend and I showed up to take it away, she had to lead us through her living room, where we came across five or so life-sized mannequins, all dressed to the nines, and all holding martini glasses, filled to the brim. Each of them had been carefully and methodically placed as if in conversation with one another, suggesting a lively cocktail party was underway. My friend, after a prolonged silence, asked her if she worked in fashion. She appeared surprised by the question and said ‘no’.

The Hammond T-200 (right/bottom) has less of a story, but will definitely deliver that classic tone-wheel sound if it’s something you’re looking for.

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The Hammond S6 Chord Organ is probably my favourite instrument. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s got a pad of 96 buttons giving the left hand the ability to play almost any imaginable chord with a single finger, and a three-octave keyboard for the right hand to run wild with. It creates tones and harmonics from 30 individual tubes, which, together with the bass pedal, creates something magic.

On the right/bottom is the illustrious crooked lady.

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Another view of the Hammond T-200 and Neufeld upright.

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Some guitars, a couple of restored GEM tube amplifiers, and an array of effects pedals.

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A line-up of some of my choice microphones: AKG C414 B-ULS, AKG D12, Sennheiser MD-421 & Beyer Dynamics M201’s.

And there you have it. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re looking for someone to record your next record with. My role can range from simple engineering duties to full-fledged producer. Prices are as low as I can keep them. Shoot me an email for more info.

I used to have a studio in the German countryside called The Ballroom. If you’re interested in having a look at it, you can do so here.