Pachyderm Recording Studio is a residential recording studio located in rural Cannon Falls, Minnesota, United States, 35.8 mi (57.6 km) southeast of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. It is located in a secluded old-growth forest with a vibrant trout stream. The studio was founded in 1988 by Jim Nickel, Mark Walk and Eric S. Anderson, with acoustic design by Bret Theney of Westlake Audio. It boasts the same Neve 8068 recording console that was used in Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios as well as Studer tape machines. The house was designed by Herb Bloomberg, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Engineers at Pachyderm include Brent Sigmeth, Julio Roque, Zach Hollander and Andy Lindberg.
The studio went into a decline in the mid-2000s, after original co-owner Jim Nickel sold the property to real estate investor Matt Mueller. It went into a state of disrepair for many years, though bands occasionally still recorded there. It was purchased by engineer John Kuker in 2011 out of foreclosure and remodeled over the next three years.
Selected recordings made at Pachyderm
- Armchair Apocrypha – Andrew Bird
- Arise Therefore – Palace
- From Here to Infirmary – Alkaline Trio
- Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum
- Hollywood Town Hall – The Jayhawks
- In Utero – Nirvana
- Rapture – Bradley Joseph
- Rid of Me – PJ Harvey
- Seamonsters – The Wedding Present
- Stuart Davis – Stuart Davis
- Sound As Ever – You Am I
- The End of All Things to Come – Mudvayne
- Throwing Copper – Live
- Fontanelle – Babes In Toyland
- Prog – The Bad Plus
Other works by:
Grayson, Trampled By Turtles, Sybris, Greg Brown, Howie Day, Explosions in the Sky, Swig, Golden Smog, Joe Henry, Indigenous, Mason Jennings, Alice Peacock, The Paper Chase, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Brian Setzer, Son Volt, Superchunk, Number One Cup, The Appleseed Cast, The Breeders, The Polyphonic Spree, The Wedding Present, Hum, Angry Fix, They Might Be Giants, Useful Jenkins, and U.S. Maple.