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In the Studio
NCPR's Production Manager, Joel Hurd, discusses geeky audio stuff and cool projects happening in NCPR's recording studio.

NCPR Studio Production Services

If you have a recording project in mind, North Country Public Radio offers professional studio services. Contact: Joel Hurd joel@ncpr.org

Our Facilities:

North Country Public Radio has the most state-of-the-art recording facility in the North Country. In Winter 2008 NCPR’s production studio underwent a complete renovation, thanks to a grant from the New York State Music Fund, a grant program of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The studio is a Macintosh-based digital facility that can record up to 16 tracks at a time with limitless overdubs. Whatever your music or spoken-word project, we can handle it. Our main studio is a 323 square-foot performance space, and is ideal for a classical ensemble, jazz combo, rock band, or spoken-word production. An adjacent studio on the other side of the glass serves as an ideal isolation booth.


Inside the main studio.

Our mixing environment is completely automated with the mixer and software synced via firewire. A wide variety of plugins, in both the recording software and the digital mixer, allow us to create the sonic landscape your project calls for.

For broadcasters, we offer a Gentner hybrid for phone interviews and a Comrex Access IP Codec for full-bandwidth 2-way audio transfer with other studios that have an Access.

Our Recording Gear:

  • Mixer: Tascam DM-4800 Digital with IF-FW/DM mkII Firewire Card
  • Mic Preamps: Focusrite ISA428 (8 channels)
  • Recording Software: MOTU Digital Performer, Bias Peak Pro
  • Computer: Mac Pro 2 x 3 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon with 500 gigabyte Glyph external firewire drive
  • Monitors: JBL LSR4328P monitors with LSR4312SP powered subwoofer; Edirol MA-7A micro monitors
  • Microphones:
    • Rode NT2A (3)
    • Rode NT4 Stereo
    • AKG 414 (2)
    • AKG C1000 (2)
    • Neumann KM184 (2)
    • Sennheiser 421 (2)
    • Audix DP 5a Drum Mic Kit
    • Shure Beta 87A (3)
    • Shure SM81 (2)
    • Shure SM58 (3)
    • Shure SM57 (1)
    • Shure VP88 Stereo
    • DPA 4006 Omni matched pair
  • Other: Roland JC-120 Guitar Amplifier; M-Audio Keystation 88es controller; Alesis ControlPad persussion controller; Native Instruments Akoustik Piano VI; Native Instruments B4II VI; Native Instruments Battery 3 Drum VI, Native Instruments Guitar Rig Modeling Software, Primera Bravo II CD Duplicator; Extensive Digital Sound Effects Library

Our Rate:

$45/hour (engineer included, one hour minimum)

UpNorth Music Project:
A two-year project to identify, record, compile, promote and distribute new music by North Country composers and performers


UPNORTH MUSIC: Music Heard UpNorth

Music Heard UpNorth, a 3-disk CD release with our picks of songs from the year-long UpNorth recording tour was released January 2008. The CD set will be available in stores throughout the region, or you can order direct from NCPR by phone: 1-877-388-6277. Track info and samples of all 40 songs.

In August 2008 NCPR's studio was featured in Sweetwater's bi-monthly newsletter, Sweetnotes. View a pdf of the article (scroll down to page 10).

CDs produced at the NCPR production studio:

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Northern Choral Society - Christmas 2006 Concert
  • Shu - The NCPR Session
  • The Whompers - Live at the Red Tavern
  • Northern Choral Society - Malawi Concert 2007

2006

  • Piquant! - Celebration
  • Northern Choral Society - Messiah
  • Tas Cru - Biscuit
  • Paul Wyse - Debussy Preludes, Book II
  • The Boyea Family - Fiddling Favorites
  • Kathleen Boyea - Carrying On The Family Tradition

2005

2004