Production, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Whether you simply require engineering, or you're having trouble getting a song from A to B, this studio offers expert ears and song craftsmanship to help guide the way. Need instrumentation in the way of drums, bass, guitar, or keys? Need a custom beat? The best producers are also musicians and we bring ALL of the above. Need coaching while playing or singing your parts? We'll do so in a 100% constructive and positive way.
Dedicated to the artist's most comfortable recording experience, you'll track through whatever effects you desire, using the industry's best compressors to keep you level over other musical elements. Dedicated to the best quality, we'll audition instruments, amplifiers, microphones and preamps until we arrive at the best sound.
The work on your recording project doesn't stop when you go home. Rather it's just begun, along with an extensive chain of mix/revision emails. With no hourly rates on mixing, we mix until the record is finished. Your goals become the goals of the studio.
A fresh set of expert ears is the key to a good mastering job. It's up to you whether we master competitively (i.e LOUDEST, BRIGHTEST) or just with great precision for a lasting work of art. Use the contanct form below to get started.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
The Violin is the private home studio of Aaron Van Allen, dubbed "The Violin" after a favorite song by fellow Philadelphia artist, Amos Lee.
Aaron is a master of drums, bass, guitar and voice who fell into the trade of recording immediately after high school. A student of Pro Tools since 2005 and frequenting many studios as either session musician or intern, gave him all the knowledge to master the art of making professional recordings.
Flash forward to 2017 after much trial and error, Aaron decided on a completely professional approach, ditching the fans and windows along with the beginner grade equipment. Painstakingly perfecting his craft has led to becoming the best kept secret in professional recordings for everyone from the aspiring to the touring artist.
A few key points about the process to help you decide if this is the studio for you
Real sounds - Listening to your favorite records and chasing a like production can cause artists and even mixers at high-end studios to start reaching for shortcuts. We simply cannot condone this. Authenticity is the key ingredient in pro releases. For example: Just because you're making a pop record full of electronic sounds, it doesn't mean it will be ok to fake what is supposed to sound like a real drum set in a certain section. Programmed sounds offer a specific quality and live musicians offer another. Both are useful but faking one for the other is a pretty rough way to go about making a professional recording.
Fixing vs Mixing - A reality of modern mixing is the ability and necessity of editing. Fixing rhythm and pitch mistakes can be something you need to do. However, your mixer/engineer has to be extremely wise in deciding when to do so. With unlimited takes and being able to punch-in virtually anywhere, you should be very choosy about the things you decide to fix. If we have the capability of getting it right up front, we should not lean heavily on the chance to doctor it up in post!
The never ending progression of recording - Lastly and most of all, it just comes down to the unquenchable thirst for learning and implementing all the latest/most useful tools and techniques in the business. If you've started to research recording yourself, you might have heard terms like comping, sidechaining, parallel compression-limiting-eq, analog summing, tape saturation, sum & difference equalizing, and on and on. There are so many tried and true techniques to be considered and so many new ones emerging all the time. Aaron keeps his ear to these things day and night!
Hopefully from all of this, you've gathered that these are great hands for your project to be in. Hear for yourself how recordings coming out of The Violin are second to none.
Equipment including but not limited to:
Shure SM57 x4
AKG D12 x2
Sennheiser 421 x 2
Oktava MK012 x 2
Fender Custom Shop Strat Alder w/ Rosewood neck, 50’s humbucker w/ 69’ single coils
Fender Custom Shop Strat Alder w/ Maple neck, Pearly Gates humbucker w/ noiseless single coils
Fender 69 Reissue Telecaster
Gibson Les Paul Special
Fender 62 Reissue P Bass
Fender 60s Jazz Bass
Takamine Pro Series 6 acoustic
Taylor Dreadnaught acoustic
Baby Taylor acoustic
1970’s Fender Bassman 50 Watt
Bickle 50 watt Custom Built Alexander Howard Dumble Clone
Vox Brian May Deacy Amp
Peavey Classic 50
Yamaha Rock Tour Kit(mahogany shells)
Tama Studio Maple Snare w/ wood hoops 6x14
Tama Studio Brass Snare 6.5x14 w/ 42 strand wires
Zildjian A custom cymbal set
Yamaha P115 88 key midi keyboard
Outboard/Mic Pre/Channel Strip:
Kush Clariphonic MS
Warm EQP-WA x 2
Universal Audio LA610
UAD Top Box
Urei 535 Dual Equalizer
Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range EQ
Heritage Audio TT73
SPL Tube Vitalizer MK2-T
Black Lion Audio Seventeen x2
Moog Analog Delay
Lindell Audio 7X Compressor
Aphex 204 Stereo Aural Exciter
BBE Stereo 422A
Midas Venice F32
Focal Twin 6
Presonus Temblor T10 subwoofer
Event Tuned Reference
Avid i/o 16x16 analog x2
Digidesign 192 16x8x8 analog x2
Mac Pro 12 Core 3.46GHz Processors w/128gb RAM
Mac Pro 8 Core 3GHz Processors w/ 32gb RAM
Pro Tools HD2 PCIe cards
Universal Audio OCTO PCIe card
Universal Audio Satellite OCTO
Universal Audio Satellite Quad
Pro Tools HD 12, 2018, Ultimate
over 100 UAD plugins
Plug-in Bundles from:
Splice Sample membership
Ableton Live Suite