Recording at Empty Sea
After 10 years in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood, Empty Sea has picked up and moved - to a little farm just outside of Bellingham, WA. We are currently bringing the studio online again and laying the groundwork to build a destination studio experience for the Northwest's best musicians to make amazing records.
We Know Acoustic / Roots Music
Our passion and primary area of work is acoustic and roots music. That doesn’t mean that we can’t record electric guitars or drums! It just means that we take special pride in getting good, warm tones and natural presentations for those instruments that so often are overlooked in many studios. Fiddle. Harp. Flute. Tabla. Accordion. Nyckelharpa. We span the range from singer/songwriters to traditional music from a number of cultures to acoustic jazz, a cappella, blues, Americana, and almost anything where capturing the true acoustic sound of instruments and voices is a priority. If you need to capture real tones from real instruments, this is the place.
Your Engineers are Musicians
As a lifelong multi-instrumentalist, Michael Thomas Connolly has played in a wide variety of genres and situations on a number of instruments, from playing clarinet and mandolin as a symphony member, to playing Hammond organ and Rhodes piano in rock bands, to playing accordion and violin on tour with the Indigo Girls. Michael has taught private lessons on several instruments for a number of years, and prides himself on communicating clearly and constructively. He brings this experience to the table on every project, offering as much or as little coaching as you desire to help bring your project to its best possible endpoint.
Staff engineer Jeremy Wesley is a bluegrass musician, multi-instrumentalist, and Grammy award-winning audiobook engineer. His attention to detail and impeccable ears bring the most to any project you bring to the table.
Work in Analog and/or Digital
These days, the speed and convenience of digital recording makes it the standard for recording projects. We offer it too, with digital recording up to 24 bit, 96 kHz rates and a variety of plugins for mixing “in the box.” However, if you’ve never mixed a song on an analog console, you owe it to yourself to give it a try! These days, we mix most album projects “outside the box” on our SSL AWS900+ SE analog console, using a combination of software plugins and outboard hardware to yield a spacious, “three-dimensional” mix. With tube and solid-state outboard gear combined with a large-format analog console, the sound of an analog mix is big, satisfying, and musical.
We also record to analog tape! For a warm, truly “larger than life” sound, nothing beats the sound of a well-maintained analog tape machine. We can either import your basic tracks into the digital workstation for additional editing, or mix straight through the analog board to your finished product!