Russian Recording is a full-service analog and digital recording studio owned by Mike Bridavsky. The studio is located in downtown Bloomington, IN and has contributed to over a thousand records since opening its doors 2003. We have spent the last 19+ years obsessively accumulating some of the finest recording equipment in the world while constantly working at making our studio the most comfortable, reliable, efficient, and enjoyable place to make a great sounding record.
We provide recording, mixing, and mastering services in a spacious and comfortable environment, accompanied by the finest studio cats you can find. In addition to our studio cats, there are several experienced in-house engineers and producers you can choose to work with: Mike Bridavsky (owner), Joe Caldwell, Damion Schiralli, and Kyle Houpt. The studio welcomes and encourages freelance engineers of all shapes and sizes to make records in our beautiful studio. We typically recommend hiring one of our house engineers for the first day to get you situated, and someone can always be around as needed. We have complete lodging accommodations with two dorm rooms that sleep up to 8 people, a full kitchen, and full bath. If additional lodging is required, we also have two luxury AirBNB apartments located above the studio that could be rented out at a discounted rate, permitting availability.
The studio boasts an impressive and eclectic assortment of some of the finest modern and vintage recording equipment and musical instruments available, all of it in impeccable working condition. At the heart of the studio is a fully refurbished and customized 72 input Sphere Eclipse Type III Mixing Console, Burl Mothership A/D/A converters (28 in/52 out), a regularly maintenanced Otari MX-80 2" 16/24 track tape machine, and a fully refurbished Studer B67 1/4" half-track tape machine. We have a carefully curated collection of over 300 modern and vintage microphones, and an extensive selection of outboard compressors, microphone preamps, equalizers, and effects, as well as one of the most complete and immaculate Soviet and Japanese microphone collections on th planet, in addition to a full arsenal of studio classics The studio has a plentiful selection of modern and vintage guitars, basses, effects pedals, amplifiers, drum sets, analog synthesizers, keyboards, and acoustic instruments, including a regularly tuned grand piano. All of our equipment is obsessively maintained, calibrated, and fully operational.
The studio consists of three tracking rooms; a spacious live room with beautiful natural light (23'x28'x17'), a live isolation room (10'x11'x13.5') and a dead isolation room (9'x10'x12'). Each room has been acoustically treated and isolated, and has its own distinct sound providing a wide variety of sonic options. The control room (13'W x 21'D x 11.5'H) is a comfortable and acoustically neutral listening environment with plenty of natural light.
The layout of the studio is designed so that there are clear sight lines between each of the tracking rooms and the control room. There are tie lines to every room, allowing total flexibility with amp placement and headphone routing, making it possible to put any musician in any room and be able to send any signal to and from anywhere in the studio.
In addition to the full sleeping acommodations, we provide free fizzy water, our own proprietary Hopscotch Coffee blend, and a wide assortment of teas for our guests.