Why Black in Bluhm?
The studio is named after my late Grandmother Leona Bluhm ( sounds like bloom not blum ) on my Dad’s side. She was a public school teacher and helped my wife and I get started. The studio probably would not exist if it wasn’t for her.
The first 2 years of Black in Bluhm were in the basement of our house in Park Hill. Then Dan Fox and I went into business together and upgraded to the new location, also in Park Hill. The new space has been amazing. We have a giant live room for drums and whatever else ( 21′ x 40′ ) plus a mid sized B room, 2 iso booths, a nice large and comfortable control room that sounds great. We also have a whole lounge / living area for out of town clients to stay in that has it’s own kitchen and bathroom. We also rent out 8 rehearsal spaces to local bands which helps us keep our prices a little lower than the competition. The heart of our studio is the Apogee Symphony . It is one of the best systems out there and runs seamlessly with Logic Pro 9 and our new Mac Tower. It’s a system designed to grow and expand on through the addition of different modules. From there you can just keep adding as much outboard gear as your wallet will allow! This year we plan to keep making upgrades to all of our gear as we pay off our investments.
As of now I do all the engineering / producing at the studio with a little help from good friends from time to time. Dan Fox, co owner, helps with just about everything else including managing the 8 practice spaces on the north side of the building. The new location officially opened in Feb of 2012 and I’m updating this about 2 weeks from our 1 year anniversary party.
We’ve had a great year and out family tree of clients and studios we work with is expanding all the time. 2013 looks great so far as we continue to improve our gear and our skills. Come by and hear some mixes!
- Chris Fogal