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Despite a shrinking industry and equipment attainable by amateurs, three local recording studios are expanding



2.0 Studios, which he co-owns with Scott Garrod. Photo/Mark Hancock" style="float: right; margin: 10px;" longdesc="Brad Heinrichs sits behind a TAC Matchless console at Analog 2.0 Studios, which he co-owns with Scott Garrod. Photo/Mark Hancock" />Analog 2.0 Studios, Oklahoma City
Engineers: Brad Heinrichs and Scott Garrod

When Scott Garrod and Brad Heinrichs first started recording together, it was in a tiny project studio in the back of Garrod's house.

When seated behind the 36-channel TAC Matchless recording console, Heinrichs remembers being able to touch the back wall.

That entire studio could easily fit into the control room the pair now works from at Oklahoma City's Analog 2.0.

Set up inside an enormous warehouse not too far from the Chesapeake Energy campus, the new studio is half-finished. The main recording space is split into two separate buildings within the warehouse. The tracking and control room are completely separate, which keeps sound from bleeding or leaking out.

Scores of rooms and isolation booths are spread throughout the studio, and each is wired so musicians and instruments can be routed or linked to any other room in the building. One room is packed with three different models of Leslie speaker cabinets. Another is soundproofed and isolated to block out the mechanical noise of an Otari 2-inch tape deck. The control room is littered with guitars and amp heads; the tracking room with a Hammond organ and vintage Ludwig drums from the '60s.

"It's almost an overgrown adult playland," Heinrichs said.

In the '90s, Heinrichs was a guitarist/vocalist with Wakeland, a well-known Stillwater rock act that performed with The Verve Pipe, Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul, and had a multiple-album deal with Giant Records.

Heinrichs worked on a few albums with Garrod at his home studio, and even brought a few bands by to record.

"He had great gear, and he's always had a good ear, but that studio was really little," Heinrichs said.

Right now, Analog 2.0 is partially under construction as Garrod and Heinrichs finish work on a smaller B-room, which will be rentable at a discounted rate from the main room. The pair recently reached out to Chase Kerby, an ACM@UCO student who fronts Oklahoma City's The City Lives, to serve as chief engineer for the smaller room, which Garrod and Heinrichs hope will prove more accessible to younger, up-and-coming musicians.

"Right now, it's really friends or friends-of-friends," Heinrichs said about the studio's recent clientele, which includes singer/songwriters Stoney LaRue, Bo Phillips, Tulsa rocker Philip Zoellner and Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed.

"But we're working hard to get this place finished," he said. "What we're really going for, hopefully, is a hub for local musicians. Musicians of all kinds and levels who feel comfortable coming here to record and interact

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