new studio facility,
under construction since 5/23/08, opened on 10-1-08.
A no-strings-attached tour of the facility can be arranged with a
quick phone call.
(See pictures below!)
planning phase for over two years, construction of
a vastly improved Baked Beans Recording Studio was completed in 2008,
after 14 years in our prior location 3 miles away.
The facility is located on on a dead-end road on a high hill top
with panoramic views of the western mountains.
A great deal of research went into the acoustic design of this building...
-a main room measuring 26' x 30' with a 13' 6" vaulted ceiling,
-two isolation rooms, each measuring 7' x 13',
-a fourth 17' x 18' room housing the 1930 Mason & Hamlin grand piano.
-and, a 14' x 20' waiting room with rest room. Note: even the waiting room
is pre-wired for recording, if necessary.
interior walls are natural wood, non-parallel,
but perfectly symmetric and fully treated acoustically.
All rooms are networked and hard-wired
with audio lines, CAT6, headphone sends & mic returns.
There is radiant heat in the floor, which is not only efficient
and comfortable, but silent. There is a ductless ultra energy
efficient Mitsubishi A-C system -- quietest on the market: 22dB!
construction -- ever heard of it? Don't be embarrassed. Most
Americans have no idea what this is, but it has been prevalent in Canada
for over 15 years. ICF stands for "insulated concrete forms".
Nudura is the company that makes this product, which is essentially
12" thick hollow styrofoam blocks. The entire studio
assembles using these interlocking Lego-like blocks which are then
reinforced with rebar and, finally, filled with concrete
to make a single, solid concrete wall structure
with 3" of foam insulation both inside and outside and 6" of concrete in the middle.
benefits of this construction include:
- great insulation properties (>R50!! -- Green!)
-unmatched soundproofing with an STC rating of 53 (a standard
2" x 6" insulated wall has an STC rating of 25).
Google Map link here.
From Portland area/points south:
-Go north on Rt. 302 to Naples, turn right (north) on Rt. 35 (by Rite Aid) to Harrison. From the center of downtown Harrison, turn right (north) onto Rt. 117 and go 2.7 miles. Turn right onto Summit Hill Road (you'll see the sign for BBRS) and go another 2.7 miles (Summit Hill Road crosses over Haskell Hill Road becomes Weston Farm Road) -- you're there!
From Oxford Hills area/points north:
Lake Penneseewassee in Norway, take the "Harrison Road", Rt. 117
Go 7.5 miles from the lake (where Rt 117 and Rt 118 split), then, turn
left onto Summit Hill Road (you'll see the signs for BBRS) and go 2.7
(Summit Hill Road becomes Weston Farm Road) -- you're there!
Baked Beans Recording Studio
Now a few interior pictures...
Alan and Rusty, the official studio cat.
Close up of the mixing workstation
a view of the Roland TD-20S kit and the mastering station.
Note: the symmetric isolation rooms on either side of the
each with a mountain view and a 4-pane window between them. All
isolated performers maintain line of sight with each other and the engineer.
All rooms are acoustically treated
Yeah, that's a Suhr Badger -- a real tone monster!
...and a pedal steel.
Mason & Hamlin