About

History of The Piano Studio

The Piano Studio is a full service recording studio that specializes in piano-based soloists and ensembles.

We offer two world-class pianos to choose from - a Steinway 9' concert grand and a Baldwin 7' studio grand. Both pianos are professionally voiced and regulated on a regular basis and kept in "concert ready" condition to satisfy the most discriminating pianist.

These truly exceptional instruments reside in a spacious 700 ft² live tracking room with elegant hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings; the engineers are discreetly downstairs in the 600 ft² control room, leaving you comfortable to be yourself and sound your best.

While we do specialize in producing first class piano tracks, we love to record everyone! Violinists, classical chamber groups, solo cellists and acoustic guitarists, jazz sextets, opera divas, chinese guzheng players, and rock bands, along with many others, have chosen to record at The Piano Studio.

We have recently relocated to a wonderful new space about ten minutes North of downtown Seattle, in a quiet suburb full of old growth trees and unrestricted parking all around. The current location follows eight successful years on Seattle's Capitol Hill, and one year in our original space in Albuquerque N.M.

The studio is owned and operated by pianist Martin Buff, but sessions are available with long time house engineer Alex Rose and we welcome independent engineers.

18 Feb

New Gear!

Preview of Updated Gear List

Martin Buff

As you may have noticed, we have been trying to catch up on studio news here lately :)

2014 is going to be an exciting year, but 2013 brought some amazing new equipment to the studio, none of which has been added to the official gear list.

Neve and API pre-amps; Neve Portico compressor, tape emulator and 5-band EQ; Manley mastering EQ and Compressors; ProTools HDX; new mics by AKG, Rode, Lawson, Shinybox, and more; analog summing amp; Adam speakers; the list goes on and on !

The level of recordings is amazing, and like we said, 2014 is going to be a great year !

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16 FEB

New Day Rates!

Save a lot by booking an entire day!

Martin Buff

The most cost-effective way to record your next album is to bring in your band for a full day of recording. And if you bring your own engineer, you can drop the studio rate down to under $20/hr. Check out these rates:

Bring your own engineer: $250 (or $300 we provide up to 2 hours setup help and phone call availability)
We provide the engineer: $400

For piano use, add $100/day for the Steinway 9' D or $60/day for the Baldwin 7' SF10.

We now offer multi-day lockouts and video recording options as well! Let us know what you need and we'll do our best to accommodate.

*due to location, recording of drums should stop by 8pm

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15 FEB

Now Offering Location Recording!

Do you want your concert professionally recorded?

Martin Buff

The Piano Studio now offers a professional mobile recording service, so we can go where the musician performs!

With our expertise built on over a decade professionally recording pianists in the studio, we can come to any location in the greater Seattle area for your event, and capture the excitement of a live concert. A private home, your local church, or hall.

The $300 charge includes up to 2 engineers, and covers a total approximate time of 5 hours (total travel time, load-in and out, setup and take down, concert length, etc.). Please let us know if there are unusual circumstances in regards to building access, hours, travel time, etc.

A full concert, one-track master CD is produced at the event. The client can choose to have it re-mixed and edited at the studio, including splitting the recording into individual tracks, for $45/hr. If client arranges availability at the concert location, additional post-concert "overdub" recording with studio editing available for $75/hr.

Every musician should of course recognize that the piano itself, and location acoustics, can sometimes be a very significant challenge to producing a fine recording. Let us know if you need a piano tuner referral. Also, please confirm that the owner of the location has given permission for recording. For organizations, depending on location and volume of concerts under your auspices, we would be happy to quote discounted pricing.

Shoot us an email or give a ring, and let us know about your event!

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