This is the Zen Duder Stone Cottage Studio in the spring of 2017 getting ready for our first session of the year
4 chicks digging some API preamps at Zen Duder Studio A
Studio arranged for an artist who likes to relax while recording
VT 737SP as pictured in the control room and please notice that we also have a crystal ball at Zen Duder
all original 1964 Fender Vibroverb with 15″ JBL, 1969 Atlas Microphone Stand in recording nook studio B at Zen Duder
Here we have the multi million dollar anechoic chamber at IBM where craig worked, which has the same noise floor as the Zen Duder Studio [42db].
No this is not a mini gong, it is a custom built 1200 ohm sub bass mic pictured inside the Zen Duder Studio
Yamaha AW1600 Workstation, AKG K702 cans as they like to call them, [these feel like buckets on the sides of your head they are so big], a mic in a blanket, and some other stuff in the studio
Vintage Gibson “nashville” ES135 ready for recording
Orange, Fender, Marshall amps 64 Gibson SG
64 Vibroverb from rear, pair of Studio Projects mics, 59 Les Paul at Studio A Zen Duder
these will get the job done
Zen Duder Studio A lounge area 7 am ready for session featuring wooden table, art nouveau zebra chair, glass head this one wearning sunglasses and a floppy hat
Here we have a 1972 Fender Stratocaster, a 1964 Gibson SG, an early 1968 AB763 Fender Super Reverb amplifier, and a Neumann shock mount for a U87Ai getting ready to record. There is also a fire extinguisher in case the player is super hot.
Vintage Fender amp powered by variac
On break during a session, studio A Using Avalon Preamps and LA610 MK II
Looking down into Zen Duder Studio A from control room
In the loft at Zen Duder here we have not one, not two, not three, but 4 microphones all pointed at a recording amp ready to record a 59 Les Paul also pictured, doing some jazz/blues or maybe blues/jazz. Hard to say. There is also a modified Mesa Boogie Studio 22+ pictured here along with some effects
Avalon, Neve and Avedis preamps
4 pairs of high isolation headphones and a silent solar heater at Zen Duder Studio
The same amp pictured in the studio stacked upon a tower of gear culminating in the PAF tonelab on top. The blur effect in the photo, although interesting, was not intentional.
Here we have another more serious photo with blur effect off showing the PAF tonelab in more detail, along with a very large microphone boom stand and a street lamp. Wooden mask collection visible in background
Here we have an RCA77DX ribbon microphone formerly owned by NBC TV NYC in a glass dome, a tube mic hanging ready to hear something good, a wooden ice cream cone, an EV-610 microphone from the early 50’s, and a glass head with a blue wig. Lets call it bluish purple.
Michelle as featured on the cover of Analog Chill Pictures in Sound 2007. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Zen Duder.
Zen Duder is a quiet place in the forest
RCA 77DX ribbon microphone at NBC studios we have this microphone ready for recording at Zen Duder
Original Marshall JTM45 Chassis
Craig first began recording in 1979 with a TEAC A3340s 4 track tape deck [with sound on sound overdubbing woo hoo]
Working inside the venerable ART voice channel II tube microphone preamp
at the Zen Duder project studio we usually work with a 32 track DAW and have the capability to record 24 tracks simultaneously at 24 bit depth
Security Cam snapshot working late inside the Zen Duder studio
Here we have Michelle, Boffin Hollow Resort and Zen Duder hostess here as seen pictured in the Morganton News in an article about the Morganton Farmers Market, where she is selling her Wild Mountain Honey
Meet Belinda, reborn from a 1942 phono amplifier, redesigned and rebuilt at Boffin Hollow Lab as a guitar preamp front end to drive the marshall stack into Carlos Santana Woodstock style nirvana
Picture taken late night inside the Zen Duder studio while we were recording fingerpicked guitar for “Samba Triste”. Unfortunately Stan Getz was not in attendance
a peek inside the iconic Neumann U67 tube microphone responsible for some of the best recordings ever made
the extremely rare and wonderful sounding American Microphones DR 330 Ribbon Microphone circa 1950, in a glass case finely tuned and ready for recording at Zen Duder
Craig will be your engineer and producer at Zen Duder. Craig designs and builds microphones for fun but he has ditched his IBM pocket protector and slide rule.
Zen Duder Studio is located on the beautiful grounds of the Boffin Hollow Resort in Western North Carolina, only 30 minutes from Asheville and Morganton
In the background you can see the peak of the Boffin Hollow lodge, picture from spring 2017
This is one of the many relaxation areas at Boffin Hollow, this one just outside the Zen Duder studio
The Boffin Hollow Resort has a working apiary with 16 bee hives. Michelle makes wild mountain honey and sells it at the local farmers market
More pics from around the Boffin Hollow Resort