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Whip Records is located in sunny Berkeley, California just 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco.We offer a convenient peaceful location with plenty of free parking and a pleasant working environment. We provide all aspects of the recording process - recording, mixing and mastering and can take your project from its beginning to the final CD master.
Whip’s modern facility was designed with the artist's comfort in mind. Though intimate, the facility can easily accommodate a variety of groups allowing musicians to record live while simultaneously achieving excellent isolation between instruments for the purposes of mixing and overdubbing. The studio has a spacious control room, a live room, isolation booth and a drum room with full visual contact between musicians and engineer.
In addition to a visually pleasing and a superior acoustically designed space, Whip Records offers other amenities such as independent temperature control systems for each room, satellite mixing stations for an infinite number of headphone mixes controlled by the musicians, a beautiful landscaped garden and sitting area and a variety of restaurants and shops within close proximity.
Whip Records is also home to a meticulously maintained Steinway Grand piano model L. It is without doubt one of the finest recording pianos available in any Bay Area studio. In 2005 E-MU systems recorded every note of this exceptional instrument to provide the sounds for their critically acclaimed Platinum 88 Grand Piano Sample Library.
All action parts including hammers, wippens, shanks and flanges have been recently replaced with the finest quality German made Steinway parts. The action and keyboard have been carefully weighted and balanced for precision touch.The Steinway is currently tuned and voiced to concert specifications.
Since opening in 2001 Whip Records has worked with a wide variety of artist such as: Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, the Kronos Quartet, Alex Degrassi and Kenny Neal as well as numerous corporate clients such as: Fox Sports, CBS and NPR to name just a few.
Partial Equipment List
Custom MANLEY 24 channel mixer with stereo tube bus output and 16 channels of Manley mic Pres
Pro Tools HD3 system
3 Digidesign 192 io (24 channels analog ins and outs)
Waves Diamond Bundle
Genelec 1030 a Monitors
Event 20/20 monitors
HHB Circle 5 Powered Monitors
(2) Avalon 737 mic pres
(2) Manley Dual Mono Mic Pre (4 Channels)
Focusrite ISA 215 Mic Pre/ EQ (2 channels)
(2) Vintech Audio X73 Mic pre / EQ (Neve 1073 clones)
(2) Millennia STT1 Origin Mic Pre/ Compressor/ EQ
Milennia HV-3D (8 channels)
Manley Vari Mu Compressor
Manley Massive Passive EQ
(2) Urei 1176LN Limiter
Lexicon PCM 90 reverb
ORAM Sonics MWS 2 channel mic pre and EQ
Neumann U67 (3)
Neumann U87 (3)
Neumann U47 fet (1)
Neumann km 84 (3)
Neumann km 85 (1)
DPA 4021 Stereo Pair
Royer R121 (2)
Akg 414 (2)
Senheiser 421 (5)
AKG 460 B (2)
Shure 57 (3)
Shure 58 (2)
Here's what folks have to say:
"Hi David, I must tell you that the sessions we did with Lisa and then my own jazz sessions where inspired very much by you. The ease and calm with which you got every thing to sound and your collection of some of my favorite mics added to the vibe. You really know music and you are 1 of the best engineers that I've been in a studio with and I've worked with some great ones." - George Mesterhazy
“David Landon is an excellent recording engineer. In addition to boasting top notch microphones, stellar recording preamps, and a thorough knowledge of ProTools, he also has a wonderful grand piano which, as a pianist, is my personal favorite. Most of all, he is a caring and thoughtful individual, skilled at listening to the wants and desires of amateurs and professionals alike, and helping them find a practical way to make their musical visions a reality. "
-Joseph Magdalena III
“David is the best in the business. I have done several recordings of audio books with David, and every time his work has been exceptional. He is highly competent in his work; not only is he an expert recording engineer and producer, he's an accomplished musician and knows what it means to have a clean recording. He's always on time, stays as long as I needed, and his costs are very reasonable. He's also a great guy, very easy to work with, and fun to talk to. I trust his work implicitly, and I recommend him without reservation.” - best selling author Jim Kouzes.