Weird Signals is a modest and professionally equipped digital/analog recording studio situated in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

The studio is run by engineer, musician, producer, and enjoyable person, Kenneth M. Piekarski. They have been producing and recording sounds in around the Pacific Northwest for over seven years in basements, practice spaces, and weird places.

When not playing drums on tour or in a session elsewhere, Sheridan Riley is keenly working as our junior engineer.

Studio:

Weird Signals is nestled inside of the Woodland Theater, a multi-use artist space that was originally built as a local movie theater in 1926. Over time it has taken on many names and uses but has remained an arts and music space for almost three decades.

The studio features a 16’ tall ceiling (good for drums!) and a open floor that's great for recording groups and individual performers. If more isolation is desired then there is the option of separating sound with acoustic baffles or utilizing a few small rooms attached to the main space.

The control room is a cozy and warm room featuring a mix of modern and vintage recorders and outboard equipment. Read the full equipment list below.

Equipment

  • Apogee Symphony I/O 32x32
  • Dorrough 40-A Meters
  • Focal Twin6 Be
  • Neotek Series I (16x8x2) Studio Console
  • Tascam MS-16 (16-track recorder)
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt (8-core)
  • Yamaha NS-10M w/ Crown D3000A amplifier

Preamplifiers & EQ:

  • API 560 (x2)
  • API 512b (x2)
  • Avedis MA5 (x2)
  • Shure SR107
  • Telefunken v676 (x8)
  • Telefunken v672 (x2)

Dynamics:

  • ADR Compex F760-RS (Q2 audio reissue)
  • RETRO Doublewide
  • Rupert Neve Designs 535
  • Symetrix 501 (early edition)
  • TK Audio bc501
  • Urei LA4 (x2, upgraded)

Reverb & Effects:

  • Lexicon multi-fx
  • Master Room XL-121 spring reverb
  • Tapco 4400 spring reverb
  • Yamaha SPX900 multi-fx

Amplifiers:

  • Roland JC-120
  • Soft Science (custom) 12" tube amp
  • Sunn Solarus (1968) w/ Sunn Beta 15" cab

Synthesizers & Drum machines:

  • Alesis HR-16
  • D.S.I. Prophet Rev 2
  • Moog Sub 37
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Roland JV-1080
  • Roland TR-09
  • Yamaha RX5

Microphones:

Condenser:

  • Altec-Lansing M-20
  • Gefell MV692 + UM70 capsule (x2, one optional M70 capsule)
  • Oktava MK-219 (w/ u67 mod)
  • Samson CO2
  • Wunder Audio CM67 S
  • Wunder Audio CM7 FET S x2

Dynamic:

  • AKG D12
  • Beyerdynamic M88 (x2)
  • Electro-Voice 635A
  • Electro-Voice RE20
  • Sennheiser 421HL
  • Sennheiser 421N
  • Sennheiser 421-U-4 (x3)
  • Sennheiser 421-U-5
  • Sennheiser 421-2 (x2)
  • Sennheiser 441U3 (x2)
  • Sennheiser 441N (x2)
  • Shure Beta 57
  • Shure Beta 58
  • Shure SM57 (x2)
  • Shure SM58 (x2)

Ribbon:

  • AEA R84 (x2)
  • AEA R44 (x2)
  • Beyerdynamic M160 (silver, x2)

Misc:

  • Drum kit (kick, snare, hh, ride, rack tom, floor tom
  • LP Bongos
  • LP Matador congas
  • Hammond M3
  • Upright piano
  • Various fx pedals

Selected Works:

Weird Signal's Newsletter

We send this out every once in a while, usually detailing projects we've been working on and releases that were made at the studio.

Rates:

Weird Signals has both hourly and day rates both of which include an engineer. Day rates are 8-10 hours depending on the energy of the engineer and the schedule of the studio. We have a different rate for outside engineers.

For hourly sessions there is a 3-hour minimum.

DEPOSITS & CANCELLATION: We require a 50% deposit upon scheduling for new clients. If there is any reason why you need to cancel or reschedule your session with us, please provide no less than 48 hours of notice. Your deposit will be credited toward the session you reschedule.

PAYMENT: We prefer cash or digital payment through Cash App (formerly Square).

Contact:

Rates are affordable, email studio@weirdsignals.com for details.

In preparation for your next session, we can also put you in touch with a wide range of well experienced local musicians that can produce, arrange, or perform for your project.

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