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WELCOME TO hi5


Hi5 RECORDING IS A STUDIO IN PHILADELPHIA BUILT FOR CREATIVE MUSIC PROJECTS.  FEATURING MULTIPLE GREAT-SOUNDING ROOMS, ANALOG AND DIGITAL RECORDING GEAR, CUSTOM OUTBOARD OPTIONS AND PLENTY OF ROOM TO PLAY, THIS COULD JUST BE THE VERY SPECIAL SPOT FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT. 

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WELCOME TO hi5


Hi5 RECORDING IS A STUDIO IN PHILADELPHIA BUILT FOR CREATIVE MUSIC PROJECTS.  FEATURING MULTIPLE GREAT-SOUNDING ROOMS, ANALOG AND DIGITAL RECORDING GEAR, CUSTOM OUTBOARD OPTIONS AND PLENTY OF ROOM TO PLAY, THIS COULD JUST BE THE VERY SPECIAL SPOT FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT. 

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SITES


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SITES


EACH OF Hi5's sites WERE CREATED WITH UNIQUE ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS, UNCOMMON TECHNICAL DETAILS, AND THE COMFORT OF ARTISTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE GLASS IN MIND. THEY ARE USED INDIVIDUALLY OR IN CONJUNCTION TO HELP CRAFT THE PROJECT'S DESIRED SOUND.     


CONTROL ROOM

FEATURES: MULTI-TRACK ANALOG AND DIGITAL RECORDING. CUSTOM OUTBOARD OPTIONS INCLUDING REAL CHAMBER AND PLATE REVERBS.  ANALOG 32-CHANNEL BOARD.  FULL SET OF DIGITAL PLUG-INS. CLICK HERE FOR FULL GEAR LIST. 

 

LIVE ROOM

FEATURES:  FLOATING NON-PARALLEL WALL CONSTRUCTION /  16' CEILINGS / SOUND CLOUD / HEADPHONE MIXES / VINTAGE VISTA LITE DRUM KIT / A VARIETY OF AMPS, GUITARS AND SYNTHS / SELECT MICROPHONES / A PLETHORA OF BOXES INCLUDING ORIGINAL ROLAND SPACE ECHO TAPE DELAY / SOUND CITY AMPLIFIERS / WURLITZER ELECTRIC PIANO / STEINWAY BABY GRAND PIANO / 

 

 

THE 5th SIDE

A LARGE, IRREGULAR SPACE ACOUSTICALLY DESIGNED FOR HUGE, NATURALLY REFLECTIVE WET ACOUSTICS. SOMETIMES STRINGS, HORNS OR VOCALS NEED A PLACE TO BREATHE OR SHOUT. WHEN THEY DO, WE DO THEM HERE. THIS ROOM FEATURES A STEINWAY BABY GRAND PIANO. EACH SITE AT HI5 IS CONNECTED TO THE CONTROL ROOM. DURING THE RENOVATION & CONSTRUCTION PROCESS, WE LEFT MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL MATERIALS IN PLACE HERE AT THE MAAS BUILDING. BRICK, CEMENT, STEEL AND MODERN ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS ALL MIX FOR SOMETHING TRULY DISTINCT. YOU CAN HEAR PHILADELPHIA'S OLD SOULS SCREAMING OUT FROM THE WALLS.

THE 5TH SIDE IS ALSO USED FOR A MYRIAD OF EVENTS HERE AT THE MAAS BUILDING & SERVES AS A VENUE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. EVENTS ARE SOMETIMES PUBLIC, SOMETIMES PRIVATE, SOMETIMES FOR FILMING AND RECORDING, SOMETIMES FOR DINNER AND DANCING.  IT'S AN AMAZING SPACE FOR ALL THOSE THINGS. AND WE LIKE IT ESPECIALLY FOR RECORDING.  FOR A SAMPLE OF WHAT THE LIVE ROOM CAN SOUND LIKE, CHECK OUT ANDREW DAVIS'S NIGHT VISIONS (PIANO).



Archiving & Mastering


We do track mastering in-house here at the Hi5. We use a very simple tried and true signal chain with very little bells and whistles to respect your mixes and produce the final product that you are looking for. We charge just $35 per track and can work with you in person in the studio or via remote download. We presently master digital files only, but are perfecting a system for mastering straight from your mix to 1/4" tape.  (The machine should be running in Summer 2015)

 We are involved in a few ongoing tape archival projects, and are available for smaller archiving or transfer projects on a case-by-case basis. What is archiving? Here's an example: We have been working for the past 4 years with Historians and Librarians at the Claire T Carnay Library at the University of Massechussetts to preserve their library of audio tape recordings of Eisteddfod concerts from 1972-1993 put on by notable folk concert producer Howard Glasser. Thus far we have transferred over 5400 hours of recordings on over 200 various tapes that have included performers such as Dave van Ronk, Cliff Haslam, 

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Archiving & Mastering


We do track mastering in-house here at the Hi5. We use a very simple tried and true signal chain with very little bells and whistles to respect your mixes and produce the final product that you are looking for. We charge just $35 per track and can work with you in person in the studio or via remote download. We presently master digital files only, but are perfecting a system for mastering straight from your mix to 1/4" tape.  (The machine should be running in Summer 2015)

 We are involved in a few ongoing tape archival projects, and are available for smaller archiving or transfer projects on a case-by-case basis. What is archiving? Here's an example: We have been working for the past 4 years with Historians and Librarians at the Claire T Carnay Library at the University of Massechussetts to preserve their library of audio tape recordings of Eisteddfod concerts from 1972-1993 put on by notable folk concert producer Howard Glasser. Thus far we have transferred over 5400 hours of recordings on over 200 various tapes that have included performers such as Dave van Ronk, Cliff Haslam,