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About PureTone

Hello,

 

My name is Justin. I am the owner and chief engineer at PureTone Recording and it's my pleasure to welcome you to our website. You probably came here with questions, so let's get to answering them. I'll start off by telling you what PureTone is not.

 

We are not a dedicated studio with an abundance of outboard gear, vintage microphones and EQ's, or a custom large format console (odd choice of backgrounds, no?). You're not going to find the letters SSL, API, Neve, Pultec, or UREI anywhere in our racks (not yet anyhow). We do not own or operate a 2 inch analog tape machine, nor do we run a Pro Tools HD 3 rig, but before we go into what we do have, I'll tell you a little about myself.

 

In the late 90's when I was in high school, I became deeply interested in computer based audio systems. I was sick of trying to record entire bands on my friend's Tascam 424 mkII tape recorder and was convinced I could build a relatively inexpensive multitrack DAW. Boy was I wrong. Unless you were running a Pro Tools Mix Farm Card, computers (especially PC's) and audio hardware/software didn't play well together. I remember countless times trying to mix down a song on a Yamaha DS2416 only to have it hiccup in the middle (which printed to the mix) due to IRQ conflicts. It was maddening. 

 

Luckily, technology continued to progress greatly over the past 15 years and what I had hoped for back then as a teenager is finally possible today. The gap between professional studios, such as Avatar up in NYC, and your local home studio is shrinking, greatly. Don't take my word for it though. Go ahead, listen to some demos and A/B them against your favorite live and studio recordings, especially albums prior to 2005 (from bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sound Garden, Rage Against The Machine, Tool etc.). The notion that one must shell out tons of money to a major studio in order to receive a professional and marketable recording is a thing of the past.

 

While I may not own the most expensive rig, I know how to utilize my current toolset to its maximum capabilities. Plus, I've been fortunate enough to spend a good deal of my life around talented musicians who have helped me refine my recording and mixing skills throughout the years. So, if you like what you hear, hopefully we can work together. If you're not quite sold, check back in a couple of months to see how we've progressed. We're truly dedicated to the craft of recording and mix engineering and strive to provide every customer with the best representation of their music possible.

 

For those of you still interested in the gear we maintain and utilize to capture great music, check out our gear section.