studio info


about the studio:

Cacophony Recorders is a unique place amongst the myriad of studios in Austin. We strike a balance between the comfort of a home studio and the technical capabilities of a professional studio. The first thing you will notice when you walk into Cacophony is the tall ceilings (essential in huge drum sounds), accented by large windows overlooking the Colorado River valley (essential for personal sanity). You will also notice that there is no separate control room from the recording room, which is a conscious choice on our part. The communication between producer, engineer and artist is much easier when everyone is in the same room and makes for a much more enjoyable recording experience. Sonic decisions can be made via excellent isolation headphones or a selection of isolation booths. Over 30 Real Traps bass traps have been utilized throughout the studio to keep frequency response smooth in recording and monitoring. Monitoring is top notch, so you can trust to have everything transfer as smoothly as possible from the studio to the real world. We try to make the recording at Cacophony seamless enough that you can forget about the technical process and use the studio as a creative environment.

Live Room:
Roughly 600 sqft with 18’ to 28’ sloping ceilings. Since this functions primarily as the control room as well as the live room, I’ve given precedence to the room being more accurate for monitoring than having an extremely reverberant character. There’s enough ambiance to add something special, but not too much that you can’t tell what you’re doing when listening back.

Large Iso Booth:
This booth is 64 soft, large enough to fit a drum kit in if you want to go for the dry 70’s thing. There is a window looking into the main room, so it’s perfect for having a singer or acoustic instrument that needs to play along with drums in the main room.

Dry Amp Iso Booth:
This booth has an upright piano, bass amp and several guitar amps in it.

Live Amp Iso Booth:
This booth is set up with a couple extension speaker cabinets and has more of a “sound” to it. You know, being the bathroom and all.

This is our “lounge”, and it’s a very peaceful one. There are speakers set up out there to listen outside of any acoustic environment. This is a lot people’s favorite place to listen in the whole world. And they’re $50 speakers.


 equipment list