Pete Weiss' Vermont Recording Studio

Verdant, as in "surrounded by an abundance of lush greenery." Opened by Pete Weiss in the fall of 2004, the retreat-style studio has been hosting a steady stream of high quality, eclectic artists. The venerable 36-channel Neve console that had been custom ordered by the BBC in London in 1975, and moved to Boston's Zippah Studio in 1994, has now found a home in the Green Mountain State. In 2004 it was re-capped and re-commissioned at Verdant. After an ultrasonic cleaning procedure in 2010, it's working like a dream and sounds amazing. The recording space was designed by award-winning architectural firm Single Speed Design (operated by Jinhee Park and the Hong brothers, John and Andy.) Reports Weiss, "I'm just thrilled with the job they did designing the space; it sounds great and co-exists with its surroundings beautifully. It's an incredibly pleasant place in which to make music. The new studio's main room is an open-concept space which combines the control room "area" with the live room "area" and is roughly 40 x 25 feet with pitched ceilings as high as 18 feet. The floors are brick-red dyed concrete with radiant floor heating, while the walls and ceilings are local pine and hemlock. The room is especially conducive to tracking with a "natural" feel. The engineer and artist are in the same space; there's no talkback mic, no glass, no confusion. Of course when separation is needed, there are auxilliary recording spaces, including a classic vocal/amp booth, a 25 x 20 foot lounge which can double as a tracking room, and some remarkably heavy-duty wheeled gobos with double-pane windows (you definitely don't want one of these to fall on you...)"

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