Chris Stamey -- in a joint venture with Scott Litt (R.E.M., Nirvana) -- began Modern Recording, an audio production facility based on a combination of the best of both audio worlds: vintage analog American tube and British transistor gear and a state-of-the-art digital workstation.

ocated in a 1920s Arts and Crafts country farmhouse in the vibrant setting of Chapel Hill, NC, the studio has two designated recording rooms that share one control room and, like other residence-based studios, also offers additional untreated spaces for more idiocyncrastic approaches.

Although originally conceived around the overdub and mixing stages of popular record making, Modern's rooms have found regular use for rhythm-section tracking as well. (Modern also has access to several other local facilities, if a larger space for ensemble performances is required.) Stamey, the studio's chief engineer and Pro Tools specialist, has over thirty years of experience in all aspects of record making, including those of musician, producer, composer, and arranger, and has recorded at many major international studios, among them Bearsville, Air, and Power Station. Producer Tim Harper (Connells, Backsliders) is also frequently found behind the Modern console.

Whether you're recording a CD from scratch or are simply in need of just the right overdubbing, digital editing, mixing, CD mastering, or production touches, Modern has the technology and the skills to do the job on time and within the budget.

Mic pres/equalizers:

  • Two Neve 1073s

  • Neve "Melbourne" board


  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Coles
  • Gefell
  • Audiotechnica
  • Shure

    Compressors & Tubes:

  • Urei 1176LN
  • LA-2a (matched pair)
  • Gates SA-39 (eleven tubes)
  • Anthony DeMaria 1000
  • DBX 160XTs
  • Valley People 440
  • Retrospec tube DI
  • Roland Space Echo

    Digital System:

  • Pro Tools 24-bit
  • 3 DSP farms
  • 888-24s
  • ADAT bridge
  • Lots of plugins
  • Digital Performer
  • Masterlist-CD
  • Autotune
  • ADAT interface
  • Yamaha CD burner
  • ADAT-XTs
  • Panasonic 3700


  • Mackie 2408
  • NS-10Ms/subwoofer
  • Crown DC-300a
  • Paradigm Reference 20s


  • $500 a day
  • $50 an hour
  • (as of 05/02)

  • Whiskeytown
    Alejandro Escovedo
    Amy Ray
    The Butchies
    Tift Merritt & the Carbines
    Caitlin Cary
    Sorry About Dresden
    Greg Hawks & the Tremblers
    Le Tigre
    Tres Chicas
    Ben Folds Five
    Squirrel Nut Zippers
    Glory Fountain
    The Backsliders
    The Connells

    Fender tweed Princeton, 1959
    Fender tweed Vibrolux, 1959
    Fender black Princeton, 1960s
    Orange 100-watt head
    Vox AC-30

    Acetone organ
    Roland D-110 (multitimbral module; also has drum sounds)
    Casio FZ-10M sampler (with extensive sample collection)
    MKB-200 keyboard
    Kurzweil 2500
    Vintage Keys module
    Hammond M-100 organ (the Booker T. model)

    A collection of choice vintage Fender and Gibson electric and acoustic guitars too elaborate to mention.

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