What do YOU have in common with Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Jackie Wilson, Alison Krauss, Tyrone Davis, John Prine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and many more?

Richard Adler engineered and/or produced records for them, and he can do the same for you.

Rich Adler - Grammy Winning Producer and Sound Engineer, Nashville, Tennessee
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What do YOU have in common with Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton, Jackie Wilson, Alison Krauss, Tyrone Davis, John Prine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and many more?

Richard Adler engineered and/or produced records for them, and he can do the same for you.

In addition to major and independent label recording projects, Sound Wave specializes in demos and music for film and TV.

Rich Adler’s recordings have been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, and have won 2!

About the Studio

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Plan

An essential element of good recording is planning and pre-production. A few hours of artist and producer time spent determining tempo, key and arrangement makes tracking smoother and more cost-effective; it allows our focus to be on getting the best possible performance. This is the opportunity to put down a piano or guitar vocal that will serve as the bedrock for the recording.

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Track

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Whether tracking bass and drums to a guide track then laying down instrumentals and vocals – or, recording a full band live-in-studio performance - Sound Wave is equipped for all your needs. We have access to the best studio musicians in Nashville, and can accommodate all of your requirements from string instruments to brass and reeds.

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Mix

Here is where we explore the whole palette of sounds you’ve recorded. Selecting takes, positioning instruments and sitting the vocals comfortably to create a memorable recording is a big reason why Sound Wave has ten Grammy Award nominations (and two wins!).

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Master

There’s no need to send your recording for mastering in NYC or LA. Here at Sound Wave we have all of the software, outboard equipment and expertise needed to master your production to Red Book standards. Rich Adler has decades of experience in sequencing and mastering recordings to give them maximum impact for home listening and radio play.

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The Studio Environment

Sound Wave Recording is situated in a scenic environment only five minutes from Nashville’s famous Loveless Cafe. We provide a peaceful and relaxed setting in which to create your recording. Parking is plentiful and the load-in is all on one level. The studio looks out over ten acres of pristine woodland, providing a peaceful setting in which to make and record music. It is very close to restaurants and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Additionally, we have relationships with instrument techs who can make do emergency or scheduled set-ups and repairs. There is a well-stocked music store nearby to take care of all equipment needs.

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John Cowan and Rich Adler at Sound Wave Recording studios
John Hartford (Gentle On My Mind)
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Studio Equipment

 

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All great recordings begin with capturing the best vocal and instrumental performances. It starts with microphones. Sound Wave has one of the most varied vintage and contemporary mic lockers in Nashville. Listed below are mics Richard has used on some major artists at Sound Wave. Your performance is then routed through an array of great outboard gear, mixing to digital or tape (or a combination of the two).

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Studio Microphones

  • Neumann U-47 (tube) World class vocal mic - Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs.
  • Neumann U-87 An industry standard for vocals - Johnny Cash, Tom Paxton, Iris DeMent, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Osborne (‘Rocky Top’).
  • AKG 414 (matched pair) Alison Krauss's fave vocal mic.
  • Audio Technica 4060 (tube) World class vocal mic.
  • Shure SM-58 (2) Vocal standard.
  • Shure SM-7 Michael Jackson's #1 vocal mic.
  • Neumann KM-86 (matched pair) Vintage instrument mics - Alison Krauss’s fave fiddle mic.
  • Neumann KM-84 (2 matched pairs) Vintage instrument mics.
  • B & K 4006 (matched pair).
  • Studer SKM-5-U (matched pair, made by Shoeps).
  • Sony C-38  Great on upright bass.
  • MIKE BUB
  • Audio Technica 4033 (2).
  • Octavia MC-012 (matched pair).
  • ElectroVoice PL-10 (2) Vintage instrument mics.
  • Shure SM-57 (2) Elecric guitar cabs mics.
  • Sennheiser 421 (4).
  • Shure SM-81 (matched pair).
  • Shure SM-52
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Outboard Gear

  • Mic preamps Neve, Studio Technology, Massenburg, Universal Audio (tube), TL Audio (tube).
  • Compressors Joe Meek (stereo), ADL labs (tube), TL Audio (tube), dbx.
  • EQ Universal Audio, dbx.
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Analogue Recording

  • MCI 24 track 2 inch stereo recorder Vintage machine from the late 1970s perfectly maintained and updated; sounds better than it did when new.
  • Ampex 2 track 1/2 or 1/4inch stereo recorder Another vintage machine from the late 1970s perfectly maintained and updated; sounds better than it did when new.
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Digital Recording

  • HD-24/Nuendo Digital Audio Workstation Running on a quad-core computer.
  • Soundcraft 24/12 desk.
  • Mackie 824 monitors.
 

Discography

" Rich – A decade wouldn't be enough time to show my deep feelings of love. "
Alison Krauss

 
  • John Hartford
  • Vassar Clements, Dave Holland
  • Iris Dement
  • Osborne Brothers
  • John Prine
  • Claire Lynch
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • Doc Watson
  • Johnny Cash
  • Natalie Cole
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Marty Stuart
  • Neil Young
  • Dolly Parton
  • Sam Bush
  • Dave Olney
  • Bela Fleck
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Pat Alger
  • Dave Mallett

And too many others to list here.