||From the happy confines of a basement in the early 80's until now, no one has made more records in Detroit since Motown.
For 30 years, the Tempermill has catered to the musically left-of-center in the true independent/ alternative spirit, with stacks of major-label projects and over a thousand indie releases.
People are Analog and we understand what it takes to capture a performance!
A spacious 3000-sq.-ft. facility situated in picturesque Ferndale, Michigan, the Tempermill is an amalgamation of great acoustics, inspired professional engineering, and convenient, laid-back environs. The whole place was designed for making records, with a live end/dead end recording space and plenty of isolation booths for tracking large projects, an extra-large control room big enough for the whole band to comfortably and accurately listen, and a lounge/kitchen to make you feel at home with cutting-edge video games like Tetris and NHL '94. We also have a dedicated mastering suite to put the finishing touches on your digital CD, vinyl LP or whatever next generation format that installs directly into your brain via your USB-9 earlobe port.
We'd love to make your record from top to bottom: tracking, overdubs, mixing and mastering.
The studio combines the latest and greatest ProTools|HD3 digital recording, editing & mixing with a 2" 24-track tape machine and the most desirable vintage & distinctive high-end analog gear. We've made some serious upgrades to our mid-70's Harrison 3232 recording console, and it has one of the most sought-after Mic-Pre, EQ and analog summing sections around.
But we're accommodating even if you'd prefer to do it in stages. Say you want a great live drum sound, you'd come in for the generous tracking room, the robust mic closet and experienced engineers. Overdubs? How about a Yamaha C7 concert grand piano, Hammond B3, over 40 different guitars, amps & keyboards and a classic Telefunken U47 tube microphone. We're compatible with all digital formats, so we can easily help you mix and master your home recording or transfer projects to and from other studios. We understand it's a quickly changing musical world out there, and we're here to help.Over 20 different music awards, including a Grammy™, stand as a testament to the Tempermill's continuing excellence.
A wide selection of instruments, outboard gear & microphones are always on hand, (check out the Equipment page for the complete list) but if you need something rare or specific, we'll do our best to get our hands on it for you.
With dozens of major-label projects and over a thousand (!) indie releases (check out the Clients page), we're versatile and accommodating. Take a look at the Engineers page and say hello to the team.
After all, it's your record! Let's make it great...together!
We also have an informative FAQ/Terms page to hopefully give you an even more specific idea of what we do, and how we do it.
We feel that not having a definable "sound" is the greatest compliment for a studio. Our aim is simply to help you make the absolute best recording possible.