HYDE STREET STUDIOS, SAN FRANCISCO

Chuck Prophet (kneeling center) and band at Hyde Street.

Hyde Street Studios recently completed an overall technical revamping of Studio A and is under way in building an annex studio in San Francisco’s Sun­set district. The technical upgrade involved exten­sive restoration and modifications to the studio’s vintage Neve 8038 console, with head technician Kevin Ink leading a team to replace capacitors, switches, all the pots in the 38 channels of EQ, and more. Consulting on the project was Nash­ville-based Neve expert Fred Hill.

Hyde Street’s new Sunset buildout, Rancho Rive­ra, is designed for tracking, mixing or editing, with a total of five tracking rooms tied to one control room featuring an Avid D Command, Pro Tools HD system, Otari MTR 90 II with 24-track or 16-track heads, and a full complement of vintage outboard gear. Rancho Rivera is set to open later this year.

Even with all of the technical tweaks, Hyde Street has been booked up: Hope Sandoval and engineer/collaborator Colm Ó Cíosóig mixed Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions’ new single “Let Me Get There” (Feat. Kurt Vile) on the Neve 8038. Sando­val’s vocal features tape delay from an Otari MTR-10 and a Teletronix LA2A. Engineer Jaimeson Durr assisted…Chuck Prophet worked in Studio A, track­ing basics for his album Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins. Paul Kolderie engineered with assistance from Will Chason. Prophet’s project was tracked to 2-inch 24-track tape via a Studer A820…Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon was joined by Faith No More’s Mike Patton to cut vocal tracks for Kozelek’s upcoming album Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites. And Josiah John­son of the Head and the Heart recorded some vocals for the group’s album Signs of Light. Kozelek’s ses­sion was engineered by Will Chason; studio manag­er Jack Kertzman reports that they used Neumann U87 and Shure SM7 mics, Neve 1081 preamps, and a Teletronix LA2A for the recording.

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