Brady Blade (left) and Scott Crompton are happy to watch Blade Studios take shape.
Veteran pop/rock/country drummer Brady Blade and business partner Scott Crompton are moments away from opening a new multistudio complex, Blade Studios, in Shreveport, La. With a design by Russ Berger Design Group, the facility is set to go online in mid-December.
Crompton is a musician with a background in advertising and marketing; he’s done his homework on the business side and emphasizes Louisiana’s rebates for recording projects as a big reason for believing that Blade Studios can beat the odds as a high-end commercial facility in a secondary market: “In 2005, Louisiana passed financial incentives to make your record here,” Crompton says. “For every dollar that you spend, whether it’s travel or musicians or studio time or producer fees, the state returns 25 percent in cash. But a month after that program passed, Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of the studios in New Orleans, so the program never really got traction when it was introduced, but it’s starting to get some traction now.”
Blade Studios features a full-blown music recording space, Studio A, including a 1,350-square-foot tracking room; a 500-square-foot control room with an SSL Duality console and Ocean Way 7.1 surround monitoring; and four iso rooms, including a purpose-designed piano room and drum room. Studio B is suited to smaller ensemble/band recording with its 525-square-foot Avid ICON/D-Command-centered control room, Ocean Way surrounds and two iso rooms.
The studios are also fitted with Webcams and wired for HD video. Crompton and Blade want clients to know that Blade Studios can accommodate everything from film scoring to band tracking and mixing, to ADR via ISDN lines to uploading custom video to the Web.