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…

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.

Joni Mitchell’s Blue

UnderCover Presents is a grassroots project that selects an influential album to be completely reinterpreted and re-recorded by local Bay Area musicians. Each song on the album is arranged by a different band who are encouraged to truly make each song their own. The mission of UnderCover is to expose music fans everywhere to the diverse pool of talent that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. This quarter, UnderCover, bring you Joni Mitchell’s Blue, curated by guest Music Director, Dina Maccabee.

 A San Francisco-based violinist, singer, and composer, Dina Maccabee has composed and performed scores for Bay Area theater companies including Just Theater and Shotgun Players. Her projects Dina Maccabee Band, Ramona and Jessica and Real Vocal String Quartet, have released several recordings of original music over the last eight years.


“… songs are like tattoos… ink on a pin underneath the skin, an empty space to fill in…”


Written and composed after a difficult breakup with longtime boyfriend, Graham Nash, Joni describes Blue as “a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong”.

Blue was chosen for its profound reflections on the human soul and its explorations of the universal themes of love, loss, and life. The lyrics dance through the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “ A Case of You” to insecurity  on “This Flight Tonight” to love on “My Old Man” and even the pain from letting go of a child on “Little Green”. Blue  takes you skating on icy rivers, traveling through California beaches, Canadian countryside, and even to the Mermaid Cafe at a cave-dwelling hippie commune in Malta.

Dina’s musical selection presents these universal themes in a wide range of styles from Indian Classical to Hip Hop to Delta Blues and Bossa Nova. Presented in full for two nights at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, UnderCover Presents: Blue promises to be a musical journey as wide reaching as the the album itself.

A download of the studio album is included with each show ticket, it will also be available as a limited edition CD run at the show and online starting October 1st.

Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, Doors: 7:30 pm  &  Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Doors: 6:00 pm


“…here is a shell for you, inside you’ll hear a sigh, a foggy lullaby, there is your song from me…”



Battlehooch describe their music as “shape-shifting orchestral rock,” we like to call them genre bending over-achievers. From song to song the only thing that remains constant is their high energy and boundless creativity.

They are currently in the middle of an ambitious project: the Single Series 2012.  Every six weeks they will be releasing two new songs (single + b-side) and an accompanying video. Watch the video for the newest single ‘Organic’ below or download it along with groovy b-side ‘Thin Patience’ both mixed here at Faultline by Kyle McGraw and Lucas Boilon.

Additionally, Battlehooch are featured in a GoPro ad which is currently airing during Giants games and are playing an upcoming show with goat god rockers Tornado Rider Friday June 8th at the Great American Music Hall. Truly a show that promises to be epic and full of epic sauce.

Faultline Studios is happy to be hosting Women’s Audio Mission members for a tour and discussion about recording to tape later today.  Founded in 2003, WAM has been working to increase the number of women in the music industry for almost 10 years.  Their classes and studio programs give their members as solid a background as many for-profit recording programs and provided us with some of our most kick ass interns over the past few years.

They’ve recently released an online curriculum available to anyone interested in learning more about the art of recording.  Check it out at: SoundChannel.org.

Black Sabbath officially released Paranoid to the US in 1971 and to date it is one of their most popular and influential albums. This May, Faultline Studios and UnderCover Presents are thrilled to re-introduce Paranoid as you've never imagined it before.



Guest Musical Director Cornelius Boots has selected a line up of bay area musicians based on their ability to shred — whether that’s a trumpet, a guitar or vocally, the line up is chocked full of musicians at the top of their game.  Ranging from a full marching band to gamelan ensemble to straight up rock band the night promises a musical journey like no other.

Come check out these bands throw down Saturday May 19th at The Independent. Studio album of the project (produced by Faultline’s own Yosh!) is included in the ticket price.

Tune in now to KALX 90.7 FM and listen for previews of the album as well as a chance to win tickets to the show.

Show tickets and more info here.

The Congress, spearheaded by trumpeter and band leader Marcus Cohen, have been hard at work this past year rounding up the votes to pass their newest bill of jams.

After pulling together a quorum of strings, horns, tight rhythm section and rotating cast of vocalists at Faultline last summer, the mandate gained momentum with the support of Bay Area legend Matt Kelley who helped their first act of 2012 pass with a unanimous vote of smooth grooving.

The soul and R&B inspired cuts are making their way through committee right now, so listen up, because The Congress is in session.