Capturing performance in space.
There are those that believe that audio recording should take place in spaces designed to neutralize and control ambience. Often, the dry recording will then have artificial reverb added to it to create the illusion of a different space. Additionally, many recordings will employ sound replacement techniques to change out drum sounds, guitar sounds, etc., with sampled sounds in an effort to create the illusion of using instruments not actually available to the artists. While sometimes necessary, especially in situations where the instrument is particularly difficult to obtain or the space is imaginary, those recording methods are often used in an effort to work quickly or simply to reduce the actual work required to yield good results. While these techniques are commonly used and technologically impressive, The Temple approaches audio recording a very different way.
In addition to working in a unique and comfortable atmosphere, the core philosophy of The Temple is very simple:
Record in a space that best suits the performance.
The somewhat disappearing tradition of finding the space in which to record (Exile, Levee, etc.), has been gradually replaced by specially constructed spaces, and more recently, emulation software.
The Temple believes that ‘going to the space’ to capture the sound is paramount to getting a good recording. If you are working in a space that you like the sound of, most likely you will be more comfortable, and the performance will be good. Everybody wins.
Within a pre-1900 Masonic Temple, exist nearly 30,000 square feet (yes, thirty thousand) of sonic opportunity.
Environments of all sizes ranging from, intimate, treated spaces, to the 60 x 50/ 20 foot ceiling ballroom. The space you choose to work in is not dictated by the location of the control room; the gear goes to where the performance is happening.
Aside from the unique and customizable recording experience, within two blocks are several restaurants, bars, stores and a hotel.