Tiny Telephone Recordings celebrates its 15 Year Anniversary on Feb 28th with an open house party. The studio is famous for recording hit artists like Death Cab For Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, and Explosions in the Sky. It also stands apart from most normal recording studios in that they specialize in analog recording over digital.
Founder John Vanderslice opened the studio in 1997. He wanted to provide an outlet for artists that would be casual and provide quality analog recording. He first fell in love with the sound quality it could provide at age 15, when his mother purchased a Tascam 424 for him. After the first time he recorded with it he knew he had to pursue the richness of sound that multi-track analog recording could offer, if done right.
Though analog recording results are superb in Vanderslice’s mind achieving them is not an easy feat. Most of the time the staff spends is put towards sourcing out and teching 11 in-house tape machines. The long maintenance time, however, is well worth the effort over switching to digital recording.
“Most digital recording is incredibly awful and cheap sounding in the upper register,” explains Vanderslice. “it's just not believable.”
Vanderslice’s strong belief in analog recording is what keeps Tiny Telephone afloat today, through differentiation in comparison to other recording studios. Most artists, according to Vanderslice, are in search of a better quality sound that they feel he can achieve for them with Tiny Telephone’s analog equipment over setups at digital studios.
“It's a very simple business plan that my competitors can't seem to get a hold of,” states Vanderslice.