• Computer Audiophile Trip To Fantasy Studios

    Last Friday, May 22nd, I flew to the San Francisco Bay area for a walk-through of famed Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Fantasy is the site of the Computer Audiophile Symposium taking place June 27th & 28th, 2009. Studio Director Jeffrey Wood graciously walked me through each recording studio while dropping bits of information about artists who've recorded at Fantasy recently. Walking through the building with its large photos and platinum records on the wall is sure to induce goose bumps on any music lover. Fantasy has a wonderful vibe to it that must be experienced in person. Pictures don't do this place justice.


     

     

     

    Entering the Fantasy parking lot at 2600 Tenth Street one immediately notices the larger than life metal sculptures among the beautiful flower garden. The sculptures of a few jazz "artists" set the stage nicely as guests enter the Fantasy Studio - Zaentz Media Center complex. Walking through the front doors is another experience in itself. The rows and rows of record covers are only surpassed by the gigantic photos of greats like Isaac Hayes, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, and Cannonball Adderly to name a few. If these artists don't hit your hot button, a stroll through the halls of the studio certainly will. Green Day's multiplatinum Dookie and both Supernatural & Shaman from Santana grace the walls just beyond the bright red studio doors. This is not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thus Fantasy cannot possibly display every terrific record it has been associated with over the years. In addition to the albums on display the Fantasy client list certainly makes a statement. Fantasy Studio is not a place that attempts to gain recognition by associating itself with recognized artists. Rather recognized artists seek out what Fantasy has to offer. Together Fantasy and many artists have been a part of creating great music for almost 40 years.

     

     

     

    Additional reading:
    The Monthly has a really interesting article from April 2009 called FANTASY IS NO MIRAGE | Berkeley's Fantasy Studios overcomes the shrinking music industry with a new vision to welcome a larger creative community.







     

     

    Outside Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
    Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
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    Outside Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
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    Outside Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
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    Fantasy Studios Lobby
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    Fantasy Studios Lobby
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    Fantasy Studios - Green Day, Dookie
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    Fantasy Studios - Santana, Shaman
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    Fantasy Studios - Too Short, Life Is... Too Short
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    Fantasy Studios Hall, Santana's Supernatural on Right
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    Fantasy Studios Hall
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    Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session, Digitally remastered by George Horn In 1999 At Fantasy
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    One of the Consoles at Fantasy Studios
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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Love the sense of humor Bob, your ruining it for many up-tight audiophiles!
    1. BEEMB's Avatar
      BEEMB -
      Bob? Sense of humour? (winks @ bob)<br />
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    1. davidR's Avatar
      davidR -
      Did you get a chance to listen to anything there Chris?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Only stories :~)
    1. Mister Wednesday's Avatar
      Mister Wednesday -
      If you're not already aware of this Web site you might want to check this out for a great series of interviews with record producers and video tours of recording studios around the world<br />
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      http://www.recordproduction.com/<br />
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      Regards to all,<br />
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      Mister Wednesday<br />
    1. davidR's Avatar
      davidR -
      I just noticed they have the Event Studio Precision 8's in the last picture for near field listening. Good speakers. I have a pair sitting in front of me and they make me happy.