RED BARN RECORDERS is a recording studio located in the high desert of Southern California 2 hours East of Los Angeles and 18 miles from Joshua Tree National Park. With a tracking room occupying a converted barn and a spacious control room, RBR offers a blend of the highest quality vintage analog and contemporary digital recording technologies. This includes 2" tape, Pro Tools HD, an analog recording console and an assortment of classic outboard equipment and microphones.
Peluso 22 47 SE
The high desert in Southern California, at altitudes from 2,500 feet to a mile and more, is a place like no other. It's beautiful, intense and unpredictable. Joshua trees stand as silent sentinels. A magnesium sun cautions you. At midnight under a billion stars and the Milky Way, if the coyotes aren't howling it's quiet enough to hear your heart beating in your chest. Hot summers, winter snow, wildlife everywhere.
Drive East on the 10 freeway out of LA for two hours. The housing developments fall away replaced by enormous 3-bladed wind turbines 300 feet high. They decorate the hillsides and plains gracefully turning in the wind, silently and cleanly producing electricity. Take the Joshua Tree exit on to Highway 62. Twelve miles through a mountain pass and a half a mile down a dirt road is RED BARN RECORDERS. An aural oasis, a place to turn visions into reality via recording equipment and techniques that were born in the late '50s and fell out of favor sometime in the mid '80s. That long neglected beautiful red-headed stepchild is back with a vengeance, enhanced and integrated with 21st century technology. Here, a red barn has been transformed into a recording studio. In it, a loft overlooks a room full of eclectic musical instruments.
Sit down and take a spin at the Optigan. A keyboard instrument that pre-dates synthesizers and samplers using 12" acetate film discs printed with looped recordings of real musical instruments and voices. Sounds like an old scratchy movie soundtrack, and that's exactly what it is. You may have heard one on any number of Tom Waits albums.
With the 20 foot long theatre curtains in the barn pulled back to make full use of the high-ceiling acoustics, bring out your inner Bonham slamming some drums. Put a mic up in the loft and hit record. Back in the control room behind the big MCI console, push up the faders and listen to what those drums sound like recorded onto 2" 16 track tape at 15 inches per second. It'll spoil you.
Put some wood in the stove and mic up your acoustic guitar. Turn down the lights and dig deep. Let it bring out the best in you. If you show up, you won't be let down.
Barn Tracking Room