Octave Records new studio

May 12, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

33 comments on “Octave Records new studio”

  1. Nice to see your bride in the video. You can tell she is fully onboard with this project.

    The space looks great and like the high ceilings. Superb potential, but a lot of work to be done.

    The future for Octave Records looks bright. Can’t wait.

  2. Hey Paul!
    Once you get that place renovated
    , and got it all sat up, I and my wife Saralee, would love to come up and see it man!
    I can tell by listening to both you and your wife Terry talking inside of that building, the acoustics will work wonders for all the grate SACD’s you all will be cutting there.
    I wouldn’t mind paying you to produce me when I get ready to tell my life story threw the sound of music.
    My hat’s off to you my Audiophile Dad!
    Please keep up the good work man!

  3. Hi Paul.

    This is my first time post and first time I get to see your better half. I believe in one of your Ask Paul videos, you mentioned she has preference to the bookshelf speakers from Kef. I do not know what model but I purchased a pair of Kef LS50 Meta speakers and a Kef Kube 10b subwoofer along with a Denon AVR-S650H receiver. This receiver allows me to subscribe to Roon. (This setup has replaced my Magneplanar SMGa and a Pioneer VSX-534 receiver.)

    I would like to find out what model of Kef speakers is Terry’s favorite?

    I have just received Scott’s email announcing Octave Records Audiophile Master Series, Vol. 1 SACD. I am looking forward to getting this sample of DSD recordings so I can expand my listening pleasure. Looking forward to future recordings.

    1. Hi Roger and welcome. Terri has the LS50s. I don’t know if there’s anything more to that model than simply the 50. We bought the KEF stands specific to them and we couple them with a REL subwoofer and power them with a Strata integrated.

  4. The begininng of what will no doubt be a very exciting project for Terri and you Paul. My best wishes for your success! I also hope the journey will be as exciting as the destination. Thanks for sharing and great to see Terri making a star appearance in one of your videos. 😀

  5. Paul and Terri, what a mess! But it could be much worse actually, and the building holds high prospects for a great musical future. Cheers Octave!

  6. Reminds me of that old saying about the boat business…..

    How do you make a small fortune building boats? Start with a large fortune!

    Best wishes to you both in fulfilling your dream. An inspiration to us all.

    1. Thanks all. And yes, it’s like buying a boat. 🙂

      This is a lifelong dream of Terri and mine that started back in 1973 when working with Giorgio Moroder at his Munich Musicland studios. If you’ve had a chance to read my memoirs you’d know. It’s a long story.

  7. Congrats, Paul and Terri, with this will-be-gorgeous building transformed to a Studio! Or should I say: StORe?
    Love to see you keeping us updated.

  8. Big congrats, Paul and Terri, and the best of luck in fulfilling your lifetime dream!
    You two are an inspiration and encouragement to us all!
    Will follow you along your gurney all the way to the completion of this gargantuan project, a new home for your Octave Studios.

  9. Just needs a little paint! Best of luck on this exciting adventure. I am looking forward to receiving my first Octave recording that I ordered this week. Wishing you and your loved ones good health! Can’t wait to watch the progress.

  10. I’m confused. In a previous video you showed the Octave Records space in your main building or was that just the mastering area as opposed to the actual studios? Good luck & looking forward to the end results!

    1. Yes, that space is still intact and will remain as a secondary mastering space. At the moment, we are leasing a studio in Lyons to do most of the tracking – and sometimes we use the space upstairs as well as our warehouse to record.

      This would put everything under one roof.

  11. Congratulations! I’m sure you will make it into an excellent state of the art recording studio.

    Will you install rooftop solar? Radiant heat floor or wall heating (since you are basically starting over with a bare bones space?) Quiet ac? Yeah – listen to track 17 ( I think?) on the Audiophile Guide CD. Spray foam insulation in the ceiling trursses? I know, funding may be an issue and it’s not a bottomless pocket. Some good energy efficient things will probably have to be passed up.

    Can’t wait for the first recordings to come out of there, although that may be a while. Quite a project!

  12. Looks like a great space, Paul and Terri, Should make for an awesome studio.
    Hey, maybe you could call up HGTV and see if they will do a reno project for you! Call it Paul’s Penance, or something of the like! LOL!
    They could bring in the Scott twins!

  13. Woohoo! Looks promising! Remember, the setting up of things – just the way you want it – can be as gratifying as using them… I’d be uber-excited to be taking on such a project! Well, once the gutting & the de-ickifying has been done…
    And dropping a bazillion dollars on a console, mics, instruments & gear…
    And a beer fridge.
    Better make it a pay beer fridge.

  14. I’m about to finish the lower level of my house…and I thought I had a project. Looked like some old drafting tables there.
    That bar actually looks like an extension of your new building. Where there’s a will there’s a way. I’m sure you’ll nail it and it will be well worth it. Best of luck to you.

  15. Paul… your building can truly become a great recording studio/hall.

    When I was a teenager I used to pump gas at a Gulf gas station about a mile and half from my parent’s house. It later shut down.. and was soon to become the famous 914 Recording Studio. It was only a typical small gas station and garage!

    (remember to right click link and open in new tab to stay on this page)


  16. Thanks for the tour, great to see you both there and your enthusiasm for the project. A lot of work and expense for sure but it’ll be worth every penny (cent).
    Enough space to record an orchestral concert there. Will follow your journey with avid interest – any videos later would be great. Enjoy the project and heres wishing you the very best outcome.

  17. Nice looking building! Based on your video it doesn’t look as disgusting as you describe it. I’ve been to many estate sales in private homes that were truly disgusting (gloves and respirators strongly advised), this building is pristine compared to what I’ve seen. Of course you would gut whatever building you would buy, unless it was already a recording studio, so this looks fairly easy to get to the bare bones. Good luck with the transformation!

    One side comment, you mentioned the Lyons recording studio in the comments above, weren’t you at one time thinking of buying that?

    1. No, what you’re thinking about was the Longmont Studio, Wind over the Earth and yes, we were thinking of buying that but couldn’t quite put the deal together: asking price vs. appraised value too far out of whack.

      In the end glad we didn’t as it was too small. At the pace we wish to move when we’re full steam ahead we’ll need two complete studios and a separate mix room.

  18. Congratulations, I wish you both all the best in your new venture/adventure.

    Good luck with the physical room correction.

    I am sure you will share regular updates, which I await with bated breath and I am still waiting in the ice cold for the novel

    All the best David

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