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Studio Tech Advice

One of the most important people in the analog studio chain is, of course, the unsung hero studio tech. This is one of the most important jobs, because, let’s face it, when we’re producing a record and the analog tape machine is out, or channels 5 and 12 are not passing signal, or our transformer is smoking in the guitar amp, we need to call a tech to get us back on track, no pun intended. My go-to guy here in the Hudson Valley is Chip Verspyck of Tech It Out Inc., a man worth his weight in gold for us diehard analog guys!

Give a little information on your background as a recording maintenance/amp tech.

I started out as a staff assistant recording engineer in New York City at Sound On Sound Studios and Chung King, and then switched over to being a maintenance/electrical engineer while at Bearsville Studios in upstate New York. It was a big facility, and there was always a lot to do keeping three—and at one point four—studios going that were all analog and mostly vintage. Pro Tools was in its infancy then, so everything got tracked to two-inch analog. It was at times some high pressure when those Studer machines would go down and had to be fixed in a super hurry with the clients waiting to get back to work.


  

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