UnderCover Presents and Faultline Studios are excited to announce the upcoming tribute to Sly & The Family Stone’s 1969 breakout album Stand! This seminal funk album is re-imagined on the stage by some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, curated by Guest Music Director David Möschler. David’s vision brings us some jazz and soul sounds as well as some adventurous orchestral stylings and a hip-hop/classical mashup.

Get your groove on at the Independent Friday, January 17th or Saturday, January 18th at 7.30 p.m. A studio album (produced by Faultline’s Yosh!) of the project is included with the ticket price.

***Encore Night Added! Sunday January 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Independent.***

Last year saw our expansion into Studio C, a closer partnership with our friends at the Vision Academy and so much wonderful music. The Neve console is coming along nicely, we hope to have it reinstalled and the Guitar Room reopened by April. In the meantime Studio A is still discounted and Studio C continues to churn out the short hourly sessions for artists and voice over clients.

Highlights from 2013:

Here are a few of our favorite memories from 2013!

Elizabeth Setzer and La Tania’s flamenco arrangement of
Radiohead’s How to Disappear Completely”

Check out the studio album produced here at Faultline.

Upstairs/Downstairs released their second to pass through our walls and made a lovely video:

Secret Cheifs 3 stopped in to mix part of their new record ‘Book of Souls’ Folio A.

17 year old Robbie Leone was one of the first full length releases to come out of Studio C.

Keep an ear out for releases early in 2014 from Fanfare Zambaleta, Con Brio, Zeike McCarter and so many more!

1) What are your rates?

Studio A is $450/day with a House Engineer.

Studio C is $50/hour with a House Engineer.

2) What does this include?

Studio A includes use of the live room and dead room (guitar room is currently not available during our Neve rebuild) as well as use of all Studio A gear.

Studio C includes a control room, isolation booth and use of all Studio C gear.

If you would like to use any of our floating gear in either Studio please tell us when you send in your deposit to be sure it’s available for your session.

3) What’s that you say about a deposit?

We need to receive a deposit for your reservation to be considered confirmed ($150/day $700/week booked in A, $50 per session in C). If we’ve told you that you have a booking “on hold” that means we’ll reserve it for a few days while you sort out your schedule.  If someone else wants it we’ll give you a 24 hour notice to get us your deposit or lose the hold.  Deposits are fully refundable more than 15 days from the start of your session.

The balance for the entire session are due at the start of the session.  Let us know ahead of time if we’re going to need to invoice you and wait for payment as we won’t let you leave with your files without a prior agreement in place.

4) Who will engineer?

Faultline Studios has an awesome roster of house engineers.  If you don’t already have an engineer you want to work with then we’ll pair you up with the person we think is the best fit for your project.

5) Can I bring my own engineer?

Faultline Studios welcomes outside engineers. 
Our rates are $300/day in Studio A and $25/hour in C.

If it’s your first time working in Studio C we’ll charge you an additional $50 to have a house engineer get you set up and running and show you how to put stuff away when you’re done. The Studio A rate includes an assistant engineer to answer questions for you main engineer.

6) What if I don’t need the whole day in Studio A?

There are occasions where we are able to offer Studio A at a half day rate ($300 w/ Engineer, $200 w/o) so feel free to contact us and ask but there’s no guarantee that the day you want will work for us.

6a) But I really only need an hour!
Well you’re in luck, we always book Studio C by the hour!

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This summer Faultline Studios is teaming up with our good friends over at the Vision Academy to support their awesome summer program.

We’re focusing on a single kid, Isaiah who’s been in and out of their program due to lack of funds.  Isaiah and Kian

To help keep him in summer camp we’re offering 4 days of studio time with a house engineer for $250/day to help cover the difference between what Isaiah’s family can afford and the full cost of the program for the summer.

These days are useable any time this year but must be paid in full by July 31st.  Credit card or Paypal transactions will be charged a surcharge to ensure we receive the full amount to donate to the Vision Academy for Isaiah’s tuition.

To book one of these days call us at 415.562.7625 or email VisionAcademy@FaultlineStudios.com and tell us you want to “Support Isaiah.”  Sorry, since we’re donating all this money we can’t change the rate on a session already booked, but we’d be happy to add a day onto your existing session!

You can follow what Isaiah and all the kids of The Vision Academy are up to over at their picture blog or on Twitter.

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If you’ve been around Faultline for any length of time over the past few years you’ve most certainly run into Mr. Kyle McGraw. His easy going demeanor and quick laugh have been warming the studio ever since his band Upstairs/Downstairs came into record their first album with us 4 years ago.   Afterwards, he asked if he could stick around as an intern and quickly began assisting, then engineering sessions of his own.

Over the past year he’s been busy on both sides of the glass: playing guitar in 2 bands (both with albums on the way) and as an engineer, working on several hot releases from the past few months:

Battlehooch celebrated the vinyl release of their full length album ‘Hot Lungs‘ last week with an awesome show at Slim’s.  Hot Lungs contains all of their Singles from the 2012 video series plus some new tracks.



The Sam Chase, named best Bay Area Band by the SF Weekly in May, released their 2nd album ‘The Sam Chase Will Never Die‘ at a sold out show over at the Independent last month.

Be sure to look out for the second Upstairs/Downstairs album as well as an EP from Kyle’s other band Future Space and Time when they are released later this summer.

Spring is here and we here at Faultline are excited to announce that we’re growing!  This month we opened Studio C to the public.   Located right inside the front of the building, C features a 200 sq/ft control room and a 90 sq/ft booth with enough channels to record a whole band in there…

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Studio C gives us the ability to offer hourly bookings and a way to save our clients’ money on things that don’t require the full on awesomeness of Studio A like over dubs, editing, or tape transfers.

Yes,  you heard that right, Studio C has a matching Otari MTR90 2″ 24 track tape machine so you can pull your tapes right from A and keep working.   There’s also a Soundcraft Ghost for the ability to work entirely analog or to do out of the box summing for digital projects.   Of course we also have a Pro Tools rig and a few channels from our beloved Neve so things won’t be too unfamiliar. [Full gear list]

Studio C is available for booking now.  Normal rates are $50/hour or $350/day with a House Engineer ($25/hour, $200/day without).

To celebrate the grand opening we’re offering Studio C at $100/day for the first 100 bookings [full day without engineer or half day with].


‘White People and the Damage Done’ the newest full length album from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine was released this week.  Biafra and crew spent weeks with us here at Faultline Studios last year recording, editing and mixing the album with Engineer Matt Kelley.

Our favorite Biafra-ism of the whole session?

“Life’s too short for boring socks.”


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Here it is the end of January and we’re just getting around to our first update of the year.   2013 is already shaping up to be a big one for Faultine Alumni and while we’re excited to keep you updated on all of their upcoming releases,  first we’ve got some news of our own:

As of March 1st, the day rate in Studio A will be $300 a day.  We know, we know, musician’s aren’t made of money, but it’s not just our sandwiches and coffee that have gotten more expensive, we’ve signed a new lease and our rent went up as well. 

To help ease the transition, we’ll be offering several ways to earn discounts on bookings. Be sure to sign up for our brand new email list below to find out the details!   Additionally, we’ll honor the old rate of $250 on any days booked in 2013 that we receive a deposit for before March 1st.

The good news is we’re still here and still one of the most affordable places to record in the Bay Area. So here’s to more music in 2013 and beyond!

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Lizzie Karr is a singer, prolific songwriter, guitarist and pianist whose voice has been described as having “an unteachable and untenable grit” that “sits comfortably in many permutations of genre”.   Her haunted lyrics ride over a band that alternately rocks and grooves sweetly.

Her debut album “Bones” is being released this week with a CD release party Thursday evening at the Boom Boom Room.   Stop by to catch her live or check out her bandcamp page to listen to the album!


Faultline Studios is pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with the  Audio Alchemist and Bay Area Music Collective to present a series of integrated demos featuring BLUE Microphones, Manley Labs, Dangerous Music and Guzauski Swist to be held in conjunction with the 133rd Annual AES conference happening right down the road Oct. 27th through 29th.


Stop by the studio from 10am to 6pm Saturday, Sunday or Monday to check out the demo and our new booth for Studio D!   There will be a shuttle from Moscone Convention Center to Faultline running during the demo hours.

Afterwards be sure to check out one of our favorite local eateries: the newly opened 1058 Hoagie or the venerable Deli Board on your way back to the show floor.

For attendees in town early and local friends we’ll be having a low key happy hour Friday October 26th from 7pm to 10pm to celebrate the start of AES and toast another year of making sweet sweet music together.

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