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Espresso Machine is a recording studio in Athens, Ga and the homebase of Maserati, Cinemechanica and Bit Brigade drummer Mike Albanese. Core principles include keeping the space cost-effective enough to afford my clients sufficient time to sonically stretch a little, and a flexibility of approach in both engineering and production. In short, I'm equally comfortable diving into arrangement, sound sculpting  and performance, ala Dave Fridmann, as I am with selecting just the right mic for the perfect document of a band's live performance, ala Steve Albini ... and genuinely enjoy a healthy balance of both in my day to day. 

Since its inception in 2009, the Espresso Machine space has also seen a healthy amount of impromtu (read: panic'd) ensembles carefully assembled to tackle difficult last minute licensing bids for everything from Michael Mann's Black Hat, to a major Canadian airline commercials, an Xbox Kinect spaghetti western and a losing bid doing electro Creedence Clearwater for the Jesse Pinkmen helmed bomb, A Need For Speed (lost in the final edit to Wyclef. Thanks alot, Wyclef.)  I am also available for remotely arranging and performing drums and after some consulting, will deliver with an extremely quick turnaround and formidable arsenal of snares, kicks, cymbals and toms to find the sounds you are envisioning.

I built this space. I laid the floor. I learned to drywall. I terminated an absurd number of TRS connectors. It's been eight years since I finished construction, and its been consistently full of some of the most diligently creative folks you could ever want to make records with. 

For this, I am grateful.

Come make a record. It's going to go super great. 

~Mike Albanese 

 

 

ESPRESSO MACHINE

ATHENS, GA × RECORDING SERVICES

 

 
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Gear List

Mixers / Convertors/ Computers

  • Burl B32 Mix Bus (2-bus)
  • Tonelux OTB-16 (drum sub)
  • Apogee Symphony 16x16
  • Lucid 8824
  • Digidesign Control 24
  • 8-Core Mac Pro

MONITORS

  • ProAc Studio 100
  • Yamaha HS8
  • Bose WaveRadio

MiCrophones

  • (2) AEA r84
  • AEA N22
  • (2) AKG 451b
  • AKG D12
  • AKG D112
  • Audio Technica ATM25
  • Audix D6
  • (2) Beesneez Lulu FET (km84)
  • Beyerdynamic M160 w/ RCA ribbon
  • Beyerdynamic M201
  • Beyerdynamic M88
  • (2) Coles 4038
  • Electrovoice CS15E
  • (2) Heil PR 31
  • (2) Josephson e22s
  • Royer r121
  • Telefunken M81
  • Sennheiser 441
  • (2) Shure 545
  • Shure Beta 91a
  • Shure SM7
  • Shure SM57
  • Shure SM61
  • Shure Green Bullet
  • U47 w/ Beesneez capsule
  • (2) c12 FET w/ Lawson capsules
  • U47 FET w/ Lawson capsule

MIC PREAMPS

  • (4) CAPI VP26 w/ GAR 2520 opamps
  • (2) Chandler TG2
  • (1) Chandler LTD-1
  • (2) Daking 52270
  • (2) Hairball LOLA
  • (4) Wunder PEQ (PAFOUR)

eq

  • (4) API 550A
  • (2) API 560
  • Chandler LTD-1
  • (2) Daking 52270
  • (2) Elysia N'Velope 500
  • (1) Pultec EQP-1A (RECPRO)
  • (2) Lindell PEX 500
  • (1) MXR Graphic EQ
  • (2) Retro Mechanical Labs JnH
  • (2) Tonelux EQ5P

DYNAMICS

  • (2) 1176 Rev D (Hairball)
  • (1) 1176 Rev A (Hairball)
  • (2) Elysia N'Velope
  • (1) Empirical Labs Distressor
  • (1) Gates Sta-Lev (Hairball)
  • (2) GSSL Bus Compressor
  • (4) MXR Dual Limiter
  • (2) Overstayer Stereo Field Effect
  • (1) Retro 176
  • (2) Standard Audio Level-or
  • (2) UBK Fatso
  • (2) Valley People Dyna-mite

EFFECTS

  • Airion Stereo Phaser
  • Boss PS3
  • Boss ZHANG
  • Death By Audio Apocalypse
  • Death By Audio Space Ring
  • DOD Gonkulator
  • DOD Vibro-Thang
  • Eartherquaker Afterneath
  • Earthquaker Disaster Transport
  • Earthquaker Grand Orbiter
  • Earthquaker Hoof
  • Earthquaker Palisades
  • Earthquaker Pitch Bay
  • Earthquaker Rainbow Machine
  • Maestro Phase Shifter
  • Mantic Proverb
  • Mantic Vitriol
  • Radial TankDriver w/ NOS Accutronics Tank
  • Retro Mechanical Labs JnH
  • Roland Space Echo
  • Soundtank Tremolo
  • Tech 21 SansAmp
  • (2) Yamaha Rev 5
  • (2) Yamaha SPX-90
  • (2) Yamaha REV-500

instruments

  • Fender P-bass
  • Fender Prodigy
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Telecaster Deluxe
  • Harmony Sunburst
  • Ampeg V4, addt amps around/on call from Marshall, Vox, Ampeg, Fender and Musicman
  • Ludwig 1969 3-ply maple kit: 14", 18", 24"
  • Fibes 1975 fiberglass kit: 13",14",18",24"
  • Pork Pie 2002 maple kit: 12",15",16", 22"
  • Ludwig Black Beauty 14"x6.5"
  • Ludwig Supraphonic 402 14"x16"
  • Ludwig Acrolite 14"x6.5
  • Mica-Sonic 9-ply 14"x4"
  • GMS Maple 14"x5"
  • Gretsch late 70's brass snare 14"x4"
  • Pork Pie Purple Heart maple stave snare 14"x6.5" 
  •  Tama brass snare 14"x8
  • Moog Sub37 w/ custom Ondes Martenot controller
  • Sequetial Circuits Prophet 600
  • Roland MC-202
  • Casion Sk-1 w/ Espresso Bend
  • Rhodes 73 Mark I
  • Korg Volca Beats

(*) denotes # of channels

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CLIENTS

  • Bit Brigade
  • The Bronzed Chorus
  • Building The State
  • Burns Like Fire
  • Cinemechanica
  • Des Ark
  • Disband
  • Easter Island
  • The Fallow
  • Feather Trade
  • Five Eight
  • Gripe
  • Harsh Words
  • Hello Cobra
  • Maserati
  • Patterson Hood
  • Hope For Agoldensummer
  • Kater Maas
  • Kudzu Wish
  • Les Colletes
  • Life In Vacuum
  • Mario Caldato Jr. 
  • Jack Logan
  • Manray
  • Modern Skirts
  • Motherfucker
  • John Neff
  • Pinecones
  • Ragtag Studios
  • Scott Deaver
  • Serka
  • Shannon Wright
  • Shaved Christ
  • Tiger Bear Wolf
  • Twisted Pixel Games
  • Velveteen Pink
  • Vincas
  • Wasted Potential Brass Band
  • We Vs. The Shark
  • Who Is Myrtle Malloy?

For inquiries and booking: info@espressomachinerecording.com