What’s going on at SpiritHouse
We hope everyone is doing well during these crazy times. The music business has certainly been turned on its head and we have been doing everything we can to be productive, creative and work safely in the “new normal”. We are very grateful to be able to be working on some cool projects here at the studio this year. YES there are some GOOD things happening in 2020 : )
The first record we recorded in January and February 2020 with the band Stryper just came out and hit the Billboard charts at #1 Christian Album and #6 Rock Album !!! We congratulate them on their huge success.
We’ve incorporated some new software that allows us to mix remotely with artists, so they can be safely at home or in their own studio and listen and make comments in real-time while dannyb is mixing. It’s amazing to see the technical leaps the world is making during these times and we’re taking advantage in every way we can. For example, with touring pretty much at a standstill, Styper recently came into the studio and we recorded and filmed the band playing 2 of their records live. This is a great way for the band to create live experiences for their fans when touring is not happening. It was a blast and it came out great and they will be sharing that with their fans soon.
We feel like a lot of these advances will be positive changes going forward even after we get a handle on this pandemic.
We also just started working on a new record with the amazing Martin Sexton (who blows our minds every time we sit and watch him perform in the studio!) and we’re about to welcome Ryan Montbleau back to start working on his new record as well. Also super excited to have new projects with Sun Parade, Kimiya Diggs, Frank Manzi, Matt Hebert and other great artists.
In other exciting news, we’re starting a new small label called AsideBside records. The label will release singles from artists through a unique marketing and revenue model that will equally benefit the label, the artist, the musicians and the community.
Stay safe out there everyone!! Contact us... let’s make some music! 413-320-3513. DB.SpiritHouse@gmail.com
2019 was a big year for Spirithouse! We recently moved into our newly built recording studio space inside a 120-year-old carriage house in an old New England town in Massachusetts. Check out the photos of the build under “Gallery”.
At Spirithouse we specialize in capturing the vintage warm analog sounds of the ‘70s without giving up any of the advantages that modern recording technology provides. Spirithouse features an MCI 536 console that defined the sound of some of the best records ever made like ACDC’s Back In Black as well as records from The Stones, Bob Marley, The Eagles, Elton John, James Brown, U2, J Geils and Aerosmith. Spirithouse has taken this classic MCI 500 series console and paired it with a two-inch 24 track analog MTR 90 (You won’t find a 24 track deck in better shape anywhere on the planet!) to get that vintage analog sound. Spirithouse then locks that all up with a state of the art Pro Tools rig with the finest high-end converters to preserve that beautiful analog sound once it’s captured.
Spirithouse has a spacious, acoustically stunning control room tuned specifically for the Augsburger soted speakers, which sound incredible. It's the kind of stunning control room, where you can really hear every little change you make to your mix and your mixes not only sound great here, but they also sound great when you leave here. We have a beautiful large performance room, with a warm big room sound. (Incredible for drums). We have an extensive collection of gear including high-end microphones from Telefunken, Neumann, RCA, Sony and Royer and vintage recording equipment from Neve, Telefunken, API, Avalon, Urie, MCI and more. Spirithouse has a long list of keyboards including several funky older Hammond organs, a Yamaha C3 grand piano, a 1956 blond Wurlitzer, a Mellotron, a Fender Rhodes as well as many funky vintage keyboards including a real Polymoog from the ‘80s.
Danny Bernini - Head Engineer / Producer, Spirithouse Studios
Danny Bernini started "Spirithouse Productions" in 1995, after leaving The Hit Factory NYC, his diverse discography includes artists ranging from Acoustic Junction, Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau, NRBQ, Chris Collingwood, Tall Heights, and Spookie Daly Pride to Stryper, Michael Sweet, Blondie, and Notorious B.I.G. Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000’s Danny's home base for producing and engineering records was the famed Longview Farm Recording Studios in North Brookfield MA, where he started out as an engineering intern in 1987. He now works full time out of Spirithouse Studios in Massachusetts as well as touring the world mixing FOH sound for Ben Harper. Danny also does a lot of post-production mixing for broadcast and 5.1 surround DVD, including shows for artists Ben Harper, Stryper, James Blunt, The Fray.
Paul McNamara - Owner / Producer, Spirithouse Studios
Paul has more than 30 years experience in the music business ranging from touring the world playing keyboards, to artist management, marketing, artist development, creating and managing social media campaigns, and running several successful recording studios.
At Spirithouse, Paul and Danny have worked with a number of artists in all aspects of their careers from songwriting, arranging, producing, recording to management. Paul is an accomplished Pianist who plays B3 organ, mellotron, and a wide assortment of vintage keyboards in his arsenal.