Inside Very Tight Recordings:
Very Tight Recordings is located inside a 3,000 sq ft warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. The facility consists of a control room, two isolation rooms, one live room, and a lobby and kitchen area. The studio is designed for both individual instrument and vocal recording, as well as tracking a full band performance at once. Whether it’s producing an EP/LP, writing a single, tracking a podcast, or anything else pertaining to audio, the studio is equipped to meet your needs. Click Here to schedule a studio tour.
- Vibrant live room constructed with no parallel or perpendicular walls and concrete floors, which means no standing sound waves or slapback echo, but big, fluid, hall-like sounds. The 400 sq ft room is capable of adding natural reverb to anything from drum performances to acoustic guitars, orchestral strings, or even vocals. This room was heavily utilized on this full length album.
- Large isolation room capable of fitting multiple amps or a drumset when that tight, dry drum sound is preferable. Check out this album for an example.
- Small isolation booth for individual tracking when crisp attention to detail is needed.
- Spacious control room equipped with an amp rack for quickly swapping heads, and a loyal couch that has journeyed with Matt through all three of his previous studio locations.
- A kitchen and lobby area for breaks from the studio where you can hang out with the inhouse cat, “Rupert.”
- Large display screens/monitors and speakers in every room to facilitate easy communication during sessions.
- Over 30 guitar/bass amps; 5 drum kits and a host of percussion equipment; 17 guitars & basses; over 60 effect pedals, as well as a Hammond C-3 with Leslie 122RV and a Rhodes Mark II Stage 88. The real deal.
I started Very Tight Recordings in 2006, driven by a D.I.Y mentality and a desire to help local musicians affordably record their music at a high quality. After a host of location changes and upgrades, I moved the studio to its permanent home in 2012. At first glance, this “forever home” was an abandoned warehouse in Pittsburgh, but after three and a half years of dedicated conversion and renovation, I transformed it into a fully functional, professional recording studio. Since I built everything with my own hands, every design decision was thoughtful, intentional, and tailored to fulfill a single purpose: capturing a real, clean, articulate representation of your sound.