Most beautiful destination recording studio in the world.
Welcome to Allaire!
Allaire is located
two hours north of New York City and is accessible by car, bus or
train. The studios are the creation of photographer/musician Randall
Wallace and are situated at Glen Tonche, a stunning mountaintop
estate built in the mid-1920’s by Raymond Pitcairn.
There are three studios at Allaire: the Great Hall, with its sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains, will
house an eighty input navy blue SSL 9000J console; the Neve Room, which overlooks New York’s Ashokan Reservoir and the Pro
Tools-equipped Project Studio.
opening, Allaire has hosted artists such as David Bowie, Norah Jones,
Tim McGraw, Dar Williams, the Gipsy Kings, My Morning Jacket, Donald
Fagen, Jason Mraz, Audra McDonald, Staind and many others.
represents a different approach to record production, combining
studios, first class accommodations and dining as well as a staggering
array of instruments and recording gear under one roof.
Allaire is a residential studio offering finest equipment
(new and vintage), great sounding rooms and full-time technical
support. The comfortable and tastefully furnished accommodations
include tennis, heated pool, jacuzzi, archery, hiking and a game
room with over twenty pinball and arcade games! The on site chef
can prepare delicious meals tailored to suit the specific taste
of each client.
manager Mark Mckenna and his superb staff look after some very special
artists who have recorded/mixed there -- Norah Jones, David Bowie,
just to drop a few names! Craig Street with engineer Husky Hoskulds
had just finished mixing the Gipsey Kings and were thrilled with
the sound of the SSL 9K. The production team used the Great Hall
itself as a live reverb chamber, making use of the room's nearly
90,000 cubic foot volume for natural reverb. A smaller space, the
nearby men's room, was also used as a chamber; watch out - even
the bathrooms can be mic'd up at Allaire! Craig and Husky dug the
Augspurger monitors, and the dinners at sunset weren't bad either.
Tim and Neil
Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House fame) brought their band (and
families) all the way from New Zealand to Allaire for a month's
work with famed producer/arranger/engineer Tony Visconti and engineer/Pro
Tools operator Mario McNulty. Tim, Neil & Co. made use of the
Neve Room for tracking before moving to the Great Hall to complete
overdubs. The artists and producer made use of Allaire's extensive
instrument collection to enhance the recording; Banjo, mandolin,
cello, upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars by Fender, Gretsch,
Gibson and Martin, dulcimer, harmonium, mellotron, Vox Continental
organ etc all made their way onto the tracks.
Neve Room (pictured above) All
activity in this studio takes place in a common area - there is
no separation between performers and producer/engineer. This room
features a classic Neve 8068 with Studer Gold Edition A-827 16/24 track recorders and a wide assortment
of outboard gear and microphones.
For the gear
freaks, Allaire has upgraded one of its Pro Tools systems to an
HD rig with two 192 I/O's, Sync I/O and Rosendahl Nanosyncs. They
have also acquired a rare Dumble Overdrive Amp with Dumbleator.
This amp is the choice of guitarists like Carlos Santana, Larry
Carlton and Robben Ford and is one of the world's rarest and most
sought after amps. In
addition, Allaire hosts an instrument collection containing over
150 vintage guitars, 75 non-guitar string instruments, 50 guitar
amps and 40 analog keyboards!
great hospitality and the down-to-earth vibe of this studio coupled
with the amazing views (high, about 2000 feet above sea level, overlooking
this big reservoir. Look for hawks and eagles in the sky) is outstanding!
accommodations are superb --chef on demand, exquisitely decorated
bedrooms... Good going Mark and staff! If you don't have your directions
to the place, there's always a freindly Britt fetching you to the
hilltop mansion on Glen Tonche!
Put this one on your must see list if/when recording near New York.
It's only an hour away from the Big Apple near the artsy town of
Woodstock. We enjoyed visiting the nearby historical village filled
with great restaurants and galleries. Allair, Allright!
In 2005 Allaire's
rooms have been firing on all cylinders and the studio continues
to gain momentum with both its Neve and SSL rooms having been busy
since the facility's opening.
John Leckie, who has recently recorded at Allaire with the bands
My Morning Jacket and Longwave, is drawn to the ambience and sonic
excellence of the facility, calling its Great Hall control room
"the best I've ever worked in."
After a recent visit in April, producer David Kahne brought rock
overlords The Strokes to Allaire, who are currently working on an
upcoming RCA release. The band had been recording in their own rehearsal/recording
space in NYC, but Mr. Kahne brought them to Allaire to lend some
diversity to their guitar sounds. Allaire, which maintains an extensive
instrument collection, owns about fifty vintage guitar amps (all
meticulously maintained by chief technical engineer, Ken McKim)
and over one hundred fifty guitars. Kahne also wanted to take advantage
of the Great Hall's natural acoustics and the George Augspurger/John
Storyk designed control room to precisely evaluate what the group
had recorded in NYC. The engineer on the Strokes project is LA based
engineer Rob Brill, assisted by Allaire's own Matthew Cullen. The
project was recorded on a variety of formats including Nuendo, Logic
HD and Pro Tools HD.
Universal Music quartet The Working Title recorded their major label
debut in April in the Neve Room with producer/engineer Brad Wood
and producer David Bryson, who is also a member of the Counting
Crows. Also lending his engineering skills to the project was Allaire's
Damien Shannon. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers trio The Secret Machines
chose Allaire for their second Warner Brothers album, with Allaire
alumnus Brandon Mason engineering the project in the Neve Room.
The band recorded basics on 2" 16 track analog utilizing one
of the studios two Studer 827 Gold Edition recorders. Assisting
on the project was Allaire's Scott Serota and Kaori Kinoshita.
In March, ATO/RCA artists My Morning Jacket recorded their second
album for the label in Allaire's Great Hall with John Leckie producing/engineering.
The band tracked live in the Great Hall to 2" 16 track tape
and remained in the analog domain for the duration of the recording.
Engineering for the project was shared by Leckie and Allaire's Matthew
Direct inquiries to:
486 Pitcairn Rd. Shokan, NY 12481