THE STUDIO

Constructed within the re-purposed shell of an old warehouse, Rotted One Note’s Asheville, NC studio was designed to provide a recording space that is both comfortable and functional. R1N consists of a 400 sqft live room, a 300 sqft control room, a reverb chamber, and a trio of isolation/ vocal booths, all of which have been optimized for maximum versatility. Sight lines between all recording spaces allow for effortless coordination between all band members in a given session, regardless of how they are spread out across the studio. All recording spaces have been acoustically treated to sound honest and revealing, while still maintaining a sense of natural liveliness. Finally, R1N has been configured to allow for easy manipulation of each recording space’s sonic character.

VIBE

At R1N, we firmly believe that the number one contributing factor to the success of any session is band/ artist comfort. When a client feels stifled, nervous, or generally out of their element, no amount of recording equipment or acoustic treatment can keep those feelings from coming through on the recording. To that end, our number one priority in designing R1N has been to create a recording environment that feels as warm, cozy, and inviting as possible, while still offering the amenities and performance expected from a pro-level recording facility.

To achieve this goal, we consciously avoided the sleek, sterile, and overly clinical aesthetics that are so woefully common in many comparably outfitted modern recording studios. Instead, we took our design cues from the sweaty DIY practice spaces in which so many artists are already accustomed to being creative and making music! Unlike many studios, our recording spaces aren’t designed to feel closed off to the outside world. Instead, each room is optimized to let in the maximum amount of natural light possible, and rely entirely on other warm, non-obtrusive light sources.

Through configuring the studio in this manner, our aim was to create a sense of flow throughout the space, so that client interaction feels natural no matter how a band is set up to record. Our live room is adorned with antique rugs and furniture that is placed not only for acoustic purposes, but to create a space in which clients will want to spend time as well. Additionally, we provide a lounge areas for clients to relax when they aren’t needed for recording.

Beyond the physical attributes of R1N, we seek to encourage an overall culture of freedom, openness, and experimentation throughout the entire recording process. We want clients to feel free to play with the arrangements of their songs, spend time trying out different instruments and amps, and doing whatever they need to to feel that at the end of the day they have committed to tape the best version of their music possible.

FLOOR PLAN

Designed by Lincoln Davidson.

HOW WE LIKE TO RECORD

We have a deep reverence for the techniques employed by the recording and mixing engineers of the 60’s and 70’s. We work with tape and analog consoles not just because we like the sonic artifacts they impart, but because they represent a more thoughtful approach to record making that is too rarely seen in the modern age.

We treat each phase of production as if all other phases do not exist:, we track in the mindset that the record won’t be mixed, and we mix in the mindset that the record won’t be mastered. In doing so, we respect the recording process at every level, and maintain a heightened attention to detail that serves to create recordings that are greater than the sum of their parts.

We then  bring this workflow into the 21st century, merging it with the modern conveniences of a Pro Tools centered studio. Despite the many benefits of all things analog, there are some things, like editing, quantization, pitch correction, and extreme sonic manipulation, that just unquestionably work better when a computer is involved. By creating a hybrid production environment, we believe that we can offer the best in every era of recording technology, while leaving the disadvantages of both formats behind.