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Uptown Grows with GC Pro

Chicago's Uptown Recording has expanded over the last 15 years with assistance from GC Pro.

Westlake Village, CA (August 2, 2011)–Chicago’s Uptown Recording has expanded over the last 15 years with assistance from GC Pro.

Outgrowing its original basement location, established in 1995, and moving into a state-of-the-art multi-room facility in 2001, Uptown Recording has long used Guitar Center Professional as a go-to source for pro audio equipment “I call on GC Pro because they’ve always had the ability to get anything I wanted. If they didn’t have it, they found it through their network–and at prices that were cheaper than anywhere else,” says Rob Ruccia, Uptown Recording’s chief engineer.

The 5,000-sq.-ft. Uptown facility features two studios outfitted with similar equipment (Avid Control|24 control surfaces and Pro Tools|HD3 Accel DAW rigs with Apogee converters) to allow projects to move from one room to the other.

Addressing the needs of local and national acts, which account for about 60 percent of the facility’s business, Studio East boasts the larger of the two control rooms, and additionally has an analog focus, featuring a two-inch, 16-track Sony/MCI JH16 tape machine formerly owned by Merle Haggard. The large tracking space encompasses two isolation rooms, and there is also a lounge.

To help grow Uptown’s production, voiceover and sound design work for film and television, Studio West is outfitted with a 5.1-surround Genelec monitoring system and plasma screens for video playback.

The complement of outboard equipment, a mix of new and vintage signal processors, is also similar in each studio. As for microphones, Electro-Voice RE 22, Neumann U87 and TLM 127, Royer phantom powered active ribbon and Sennheiser evolution 900 series models are heavily favored.

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