PatchWerk Recording Studios

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A picture of the Patchwerk sign hanging in the entrance of the studios.
Patchwerk Recording Studios

Patchwerk Recording Studios is a recording studio located at 1094 Hemphill Avenue, West Midtown in Atlanta, GA.[1] It was established in 1993 by former NFL offensive tackle Bob Whitfield of the Atlanta Falcons, and is currently owned and operated by Curtis Daniel III and Mike Wilson.[2][3] The facility features two totally isolated recording studios, namely Studio 995 and Studio 9000, along with Studio 1019, a vocal tracking and editing studio in the 9000 wing of the building. Apart from the facility's use as a recording studio, the premises are also used for audio mastering in the Mastering Studio, as well as offering CD duplication and graphic design services.[4][5]

Outside of the studio, Patchwerk Recordings was functional as a record label from 1993 to 2006, releasing records from the likes of Ras Kass, Vooodu, Meen Green, Jatis and the Southwest Click.[6] They have also hosted a number of events and musical seminars, including the IdOMusic® series and Music University.[7][8][9]

History[edit]

Studio 995

Founded in 1993 as a record label in Carson, California, by former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Bob Whitfield, after financing studio time to record a demo for his high school friend and aspiring rapper Ras Kass, Bob hired his college friend and entrepreneur B.J. Kerr, and together they released Ras Kass first single "Remain AnonymouS". The success of that single led to a licensing deal with Priority Records in 1995, and the release of Ras Kass debut album Soul on Ice the following year.[10][11][12]

In mid 1995 Patchwerk expanded their operations by opening a full service recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The original studio was a 3000 sq. foot facility located at 995 McMillan Street, converted from a residential house in the Home Park area of West Midtown. The studio quickly gained a foothold in the market, attracting producers from the likes of Organized Noize, So So Def Recordings, LaFace Records and Hitco Music Publishing.[13]

Studio 9000

Equipped with a fully automated Otari Concept One 32-track console (64 input/output), the Studer A827 recorder and the Spectral Direct-to-Disk digital recorder with Prism Audio interface, the studio featured fully automated 48-track 2" recording capabilities, and was home of four of the most sought after engineers in the South.[14][15]

The year 2000 saw the studio relocating to its current location, a 10,000 sq. foot building located on 1094 Hemphill Avenue. Once a convenience store which was refurbished into a photography studio for The Coca-Cola Company, the building was remodeled once again, with operations running in the new Studio 995 simultaneous to the expansion in the back of the building of Studio 9000, which was completed and made operational in 2002. The new studio, at the time, had the only SSL J 9000 console in the city.[16] In 2007 the Otari Concept One 32-track console was upgraded to a SSL Duality Console, 48 input with Total Recall, Ultimation and Pro Tools HUI control in Studio 995. The Otari Concept One console was donated to the Senate Music Recording Industry Committee, and was on display at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia.[17] Currently the console is in use at Waking Sun Studios in Atlanta.

Recording and mixing consoles[edit]

Hallway at Patchwerk Recording Studios.
Various Gold and Platinum plaques hanging in the hallways at Patchwerk Recording Studios.

Interior[edit]

The interior of Patchwerk is modern and elegantly designed in an 'industrial cool' fashion, a two floor building with a basement and a private parking lot in the back. Studio 995 is situated in the front of the building, Studio 9000 in the back, and the Mastering Studio in the basement. A spiral staircase leads to the Mastering Studio in the basement, as well as another lounge area and some offices. The walls in the hallways are decorated in Gold and Platinum plaques from the likes of Ras Kass, OutKast, Goodie Mob, TLC, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, Madonna, Too $hort, Lil Jon, Ludacris, T.I., Young Jeezy, Birdman and Lil Wayne, to name a few.[18][19]

The upstairs lounge area of the 9000 wing features a pool table, wide screen television and an Xbox 360. There are vending machines as well as a kitchen in Studio 9000, with a private parking lot in the back of the building. A second lounge area is located in the back of the 995 wing. Upscale amenities such as private lounges, gourmet cooks, and a runner service are also available.[20]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Patchwerk Recording Studios Yellowpages.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  2. ^ Keeping Those Hits Coming New York all the Time there, accessdate=15 June 2011
  3. ^ 2007 Georgia Music Production Sourcebook Georgia Department of Economic Development. accessdate=15 June 2011
  4. ^ Kenny Mixx Creates ""Pure Music - No Hype!" Definition B&M. accessdate=15 June 2011
  5. ^ Patchwerk Recording Studios becomes 1st Major Recording Studio to offer financing EPR. accessdate= 15 June 2011
  6. ^ Patchwerk Recordings Discography Discogs.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  7. ^ Studio Watch: Music University at Patchwerk Ozone Magazine. accessdate=29 June 2011
  8. ^ Patchwerk Recording Studios: IdOMusic® February 2010 Youtube.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  9. ^ Patchwerk's Music University Video/DVD cratekings.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  10. ^ A Guided Studio Tour by COO Curtis Daniel III Youtube.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  11. ^ Athletes find success in music industry Jet Magazine. accessdate=15 June 2011
  12. ^ Ras Kass "Soul On Ice" **RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series** Rapreviews.com. accessdate=15 June 2011
  13. ^ Patchwerk Studios presents... Need A... Geebo.com. accessdate=29 June 2011
  14. ^ Mix Magazine Track Sheet Mix Magazine. accessdate=29 June 2011
  15. ^ Cole, J-Lo, T-Boz, Braxton amp more make Patchwerk ATL Hot Spot Prosound Network. accessdate=29 June 2011
  16. ^ Patchwerk Addition Boosts Atlanta Market Billboard Magazine. accessdate=29 June 2011
  17. ^ Georgia Music Hall of Fame - About Us Georgia Music Hall of Fame. accessdate=29 June 2011
  18. ^ RBDG Projects RBDG. accessdate=29 June 2011
  19. ^ Grand Re-opening of Patchwerk Recording Studios Studioblends.com. accessdate=29 June 2011
  20. ^ The Class of 2002 Mix Magazine. accessdate=29 June 2011

Coordinates: 33°47′5″N 84°24′23″W / 33.78472°N 84.40639°W / 33.78472; -84.40639

References[edit]

  • Egotrip's Book of Rap Lists, by Sacha Jenkins

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