We had a great turnout Friday night for the opening of a group art show called Mélange, curated by Gregg Harper, who also performed some timeless acoustic music throughout the evening. The show is up now until August 17th here at Prism Analog (34 Preble St., downtown Portland). Many pieces still for sale!
When our “new home” on Bell Street was seized by the Feds, Prism Analog became homeless. On January 7th, after hundreds of hours had been put into demoing the raw warehouse space, we arrived to find the locks had been changed and “no trespassing” signs (with contact info for the US Marshals office) were posted on the doors.
Hey local nonprofits: have you worked with anyone in the area (sawmill or reseller) to procure building supplies at a discount? We are looking for framing lumber, insulation, drywall, paint, and electrical! Also floor sanding services. Maybe some glass. Thanks!
We want to let you all know that we have secured a new facility in Portland and will soon be moving into a bigger space!
We've been busy here at Prism Analog! Here's what we have been up to over the past few months:
- We are in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status which will allow us to apply for several grants and may be the wind in our sails that we need to be fully viable as a recording studio going forward. This is huge, and we are looking for any help in the areas of grant-writing and navigating the tax-exempt process.
- We are also preparing our second large fundraiser at Urban Farm Fermentory, Saturday August 26th. Please let us know if your band wants to play a set!
- Click below for more summer updates!
Dan Stuart and Tom Heyman will be traveling from Maine to Manhattan looking for the little things that stand out and the big things that don't, cozy diners and cheap hotels, pawnshops and record stores, the habitual haunts of musicians everywhere. Come evening they'll tune their guitars and play songs old and new, telling stories gleaned from decades in what was once known as the music business, but what is now simply referred to as "the life"... just like the grifters, gamblers and prostitutes of old. No matter, they say the best things in this world are if not exactly free, then available for pennies on the dollar, just like Stuart and Heyman who will be appearing at the very fine establishments listed below:
June 2: Portland ME, Prism Analog
We are a not-for-profit offering a limited number of hours weekly for an eager learner with a basic to intermediate level of experience with recording studio fundamentals.
The PT Studio Assistant position is an opportunity for a motivated, technical mind with patience, a sense of humor, and a powerful respect for the old school. Some commercial studio or advanced home studio experience desired. Some analog recording experience preferred.
Proceeds to fund our punch list of pre-opening necessities like rent, repairs, equipment, insurance and building projects. 21+ event. Wide variety of music and beverages! Try UFF's new beers and ciders! Raffles for cash and goods as well. $5 at door, starts at 8pm.
Wow. Ok, so ever since setting up our Facebook page for Prism Analog, and getting the word out about volunteer opportunities, we have moved along by leaps and bounds! Almost all of this progress happened in January.
Introductory studio time specials! Please refer to item number below and your estimated date(s) so I can be sure to get you on the books. Prism Analog will be offering these services starting March, 2017.
1. Half-Day Live to 2-Track! $225
4 1/2 hours in the studio, recording to quarter-inch 2-track tape. This is the most spontaneous and budget-friendly recording option. It's how almost everything was done in the 50s and 60s. Great package for an EP! New quarter-inch master is YOURS to keep after the session. Digital courtesy mixdown files provided.
- Must be taken in one 4.5-hour increment.
2. Full Day Studio Time BYO Engineer. $275
Use our 2" tape or buy a spool if you prefer to keep the tracking master.
Mixdown (NEW quarter-inch) tape is YOURS to keep!
BYO is not a service Prism will roll out right away, so take advantage of these low-cost studio days!
- Must be used in one 9-hour increment.
- We require your engineer to receive a tutorial on use of the tape machines at Prism before the session.
3. Full Day Studio Time, Free Mixdown Tape! $375
One 9-hour day at Prism Analog-- tracking, mixing or both!
Use our 2" tracking tape or purchase your own if you prefer to keep the tracking master.
Mixdown tape (NEW quarter-inch) is YOURS to keep.
Includes 2 tix to Prism Analog Opening Party.
- Must be used in one 9-hour day.
4. Record and Mix 5 Songs at Prism! $700
Full service recording and mixdown. Recording is onto 2" tape or live to quarter-inch, mix-down onto quarter-inch tape.
Record onto OUR master 2" tape (or purchase your own if you prefer to record on virgin tape AND keep your tracking master).
Mixdown quarter-inch tape is YOURS to keep.
Includes 2 tix to Prism Analog Opening Party.
- Limit 12 tracks per song (24-tracks possible if purchasing additional tape or limiting total recorded material to 30 minutes).
- Time must be used in full day increments. Limit of 2 (two) 9-hour studio days.
The next step at Prism is to build the control room which will house the mixing console, effects rack, monitor speakers, and both tape machines. And a whole lot of wiring! We'll be tackling this project in between Christmas and the New Year so if you'd like to donate time to help out, please get in touch! Tasks include light electrical work, framing, finish carpentry, soldering and wiring of the console patch bay.
These days, no analog-only studio should still exist. But they do. Why?
When brainstorming the Prism idea, I was politely discouraged at just about every turn. And it still might be a terrible idea, but I think there's room-- room in the economic pond of music production in upper New England, but also room in the artist's toolbox for some fundamentally different tools and methods.
When people ask 'why analog?', the three things I come back to are:
- Preservation of Sound
- Preservation of Masters
- Preservation of Process
In response to the question 'why now?', my feeling is that our society is finally coming out of a digital convenience coma.
A pair of NOS (new old stock) Shure 315 ribbon mics arrived at Prism recently and we can't wait to wire them up! They came complete with boxes, pouches, and tags and they are gorgeous! 315's can be used in traditional ribbon applications with a wonderful, hot response. Think guitar cabs, horns, drum overheads, even vocals!
Prism is calling all of you who are handy with a nail gun, soldering iron, tweaker and/or signal generator! As we ramp up the opening of PA, we have a long list of tasks that we'd love help with and we're prepared to offer an hour of studio time with engineer ($50 value) for every three hours spent helping us get through our list! Projects include patchbay wiring, cable-soldering, and control room construction.
Banked studio time does not include tape (2-track 1/4" live recording or multi-track 2" ATR brand). Hours should be booked in blocks of 4 or more if possible. Get in touch!
Prism Analog is booking studio time for February. Get in touch to discuss your project, especially if you'll be playing live soon-- we really value the opportunity to see an artist live before going into the studio. Rates and more can be found at prismanalog.com