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Squid Hell Studio Installs API Vision Console

The Squid Hell Studio “construction crew.” Front row, L-R: John Deneen, Squid and John Cole. Back row, L-R: Dave Giangarra, Mitch, Olga Falu, Mike Stande, Dicky Spears, Geoff Abramczyk and Lenny Maillet.

Squid Hell Studio in Boston now occupies a larger dedicated studio facility anchored by a new API Vision surround sound mixing console and a rack of API 500 Series modules. The new Squid Hell Studio expected to officially open later this year.

Dicky Spears and others have worked over the past decade to develop Squid Hell into a first-class studio located in a warehouse space in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. “Our goal is to be one of the best studio environments in Boston—a place where creative people want to work,” Spears says.

Spears has done a wide range of freelance engineering with independent bands, as well as corporate clients. He has also engineered the Cosmic Muffin Radio Show, which is syndicated on stations such as WBCN in Boston and KLOS in Los Angeles.

“This studio will accommodate everyday mixing, surround, post-production, you name it,” Spears says. “No matter what, it’s about getting the best sounding tracks down, and within a good-sounding room. The project has moved slower than most, but it truly is built by the folks that will be using it. Our work is as much avocation as business, where folks are trying to make great music and are interested in helping others to do the same.”

While not quite complete, Squid Hell’s studio space and API 500 Series modules have already been used to track drums, turntables and strings for a release by Mystique Quintet on Koch Records. The 500 Series modules were used to record basic tracks for Boston hardcore group Cheech.

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