This week I am continuing my conversation with head engineer and owner of Far and Away Studios in Boulder, Colorado, Geoff Gray!
In this installment, Geoff takes us through how he became inspired to create Far and Away Studios and how his studio has evolved over the years, including being relocated from Goshen, New York to Boulder Colorado. Geoff also talks about a couple of legendary studios that are dear to him that definitely influenced many of the special features of his studio.
We also get an overview of Geoff’s unique hybrid recording setup and the methodology behind how he set it up and why he likes it so much. A lot can be learned by understanding exactly what prompted Geoff to make such drastic changes to how he approaches the recording process. There is certainly a lot more to it than just longing for the “good ol’ days” when all that was available was analog recording. For over a decade now, Geoff has been refining his hybrid process and although it’s second nature to him, it might not be to everyone. It certainly takes a seasoned professional with decades of experience to truly comprehend the benefits of a true analog/digital hybrid system but I think engineers of all ages and skill levels could benefit from understanding how Geoff works his magic at Far and Away.
Geoff told me that the only thing he loves more than being in the studio recording is talking about recording and I want to thank him once again for taking a bit of time away from the studio to speak with me and to allow all of you listening to benefit from his many years of experience. There will be more coming from Geoff in future weeks, so stay tuned for that!
In this episode, Geoff mentions Airshow Mastering, which as most of you are probably aware, is a world-class mastering facility located in Boulder, Colorado. I had the pleasure of speaking with Airshow founder and mastering wizard David Glasser earlier this year, so if you haven’t heard that episode yet, be sure to check it out! Another special guest from a past episode, Jeffrey Norman was also mentioned by Geoff, as Jeffrey works closely with David Glasser in remastering the Grateful Dead catalog and can occasionally be spotted at Airshow. And lastly, Plangent came up in our conversation as well, so if you’re unfamiliar with the fascinating and incredible Plangent Process, be sure to look into it and also listen to my interview with Plangent creator, Jamie Howarth where he tells us the backstory of how he came up with the idea for Plangent.
Thanks once again for listening and supporting the show!