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.

16 MAY

Kara Hesse on the Steinway!

Video shoot with an up-and-coming singer/songwriter.

Martin Buff

We were delighted to have the wonderful Kara Hesse (www.karahesse.com) in the studio the other day. A local singer/songwriter, Kara has an eclectic range of musical influences, with roots in Jazz, Folk, Soul, Blues, Funk, Classic Rock and Barbershop. All of these blend together into a beautiful, innovative sound.

While working on a new album, she dropped by the studio to record a video demo for one of her original songs, "Just Outside Your Door". She brought along her own engineer (Kellen Shimizu AKA TheHitManBeatz) and videographer (Ben Hampton of Magical Touch Media) to put the track together. We provided the room and the piano, our premier 9' Steinway Model D concert grand.

You can check out more of Kara Hesse's music at ReverbNation.
Images courtesy of Ben Hampton.

Rumor has it this talented artist will be back before too long to do a full studio recording of this song!

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Introducing Our New Website!

We have a brand new, beautiful web-identity.

Ampersand Design

For the past few months, a lot of changes have been happening at The Piano Studio. We moved into a brand new, beautiful location, purchased new equipment and acquired new microphones, hosted some big events and groups, and began community outreach to students and composers. To reflect this new identity, we decided to completely rework our website.

The Piano Studio offers recording on two of the best pianos in the area, and we wanted our image to reflect that luxury and opportunity. We're a friendly place though, engaging and excited about all the musicians that pass through our doors. Our website is meant to represent elegance and ease of use, with a bit of fun and color and a hint of whimsy.

We want you to feel comfortable recording here, even before your session, so we designed this site to help introduce ourselves.

Our new HTML5 Audio Player is filled with comprehensive samples of a whole variety of our recordings (solo, ensemble, vocal, etc.) so you can hear the quality of our work. Our Studio page offers a 360° Panoramic View of the tracking room and control room, with a complete and annotated equipment list. Our Blog keeps you up to date on the happenings of the studio, and if you want an additional look into the space, our gallery offers a collection of stunning images. When you decide to record with us, our Rates Calculator makes it easy to get an estimate for your session, while our Location page gives directions on how to visit and schedule a studio tour.

There's still more to come in the following weeks but for now, Welcome to the new Piano Studio (let us know what you think)!

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30 APR

Discount for Student Ensembles!

20% off for all student groups.

Martin Buff

We've decided to help promote talented student ensembles and collaborations this summer with a 20% Off Summer Ensemble discount! From June 15 to August 15, any High School or College musical group can come in and record for 20% off standard rates - which can be combined with other discounts to create your album for our best rates ever! We offer practice room rates as well if you need a space to rehearse (with some limitations, no drums past 10PM please).

While our focus is on student groups, many of the ensembles we've recorded have had high school, college, and professional musicians all working together - so we'll allow one professional or non-student per group and still give you the discount.

If you're local to the area, from Roosevelt, Garfield, Cornish, etc. - that's wonderful, but this discount also applies to those students returning from their collegiate musical studies for the summer. Pass on the word - and get a professional recording of your group this summer!

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