Recording studio

Regional recording artist building a new home, recording studio


BELLAIRE – Regional recording artist Dave Runyan knew years ago that he could have retired. Instead, he decided to build the ultimate recording studio.

The studio is one he only dreamed of until he and his wife Monique started sketching out the plans and getting down to business about two years ago.

“I literally never could have worked another day in my life before we did, but I love it,” said Dave.

“Whether I do this professionally or not, I always write, record and produce for fun,” he said.

Dave – who owns and runs Runyan Media LLC – has worked with bands such as Katharsys Theory, The Marsupials, Hipps-n-Ricco and many more with the intention of using his studio “something you’d see in Nashville.” “to continue to work with the inhabitants, but to extend the offer to more important national and tour acts.

“We’re really going a step further with the new studio,” he said.

“We’re going to have a huge monitor and a desk and I’m really excited because all of my analog gear can be digitally controlled with the new gear, so we’re really going to get the best of both worlds with digital and analog.”

The studio has also been designed from the ground up with acoustics and audio in mind and will include room for a full group, inter-room video conferencing and more, all on 20 acres of forest near Shanty Creek.

“It’s also our home, but it was designed as a studio first and foremost from scratch. The first studio started out as a hobby but really turned into something and sort of the catalyst for it all. this, ”Dave said.

Over the years, through recording, networking and getting to know the right people, the Runyans have come to know a number of touring groups and major national groups that need recording studios of this caliber. .

“We’ve worked with some of these national groups and we know them, but we noticed that their openers were only releasing little EPs or a single here and there because they were trying to record in New York or Nashville or Los Angeles. “said Dave.

“We can beat the hell out of these awards and provide our artists with a nice country environment that they can also bring their kids and families into while presenting them with something exactly as they would see elsewhere.

Construction on Runyan’s house is nearing completion and should be completed within the next few months if all goes well.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted their original start date as construction workers were unable to work and many of their construction supplies have just arrived. However, the two were able to live in the house and continue to work on the house portion of the house while the studio completes its electrical and other work.

“Really the only way we’ve been able to do all of this is to do it ourselves. At least most of the work has been done by us,” said Monique.

“Dave did all of the electrical, plumbing, all of the home automation and really everything. Outside of the studio too, that’s what we’ve always wanted,” she said.

When complete, the Runyans see their new home as a home but also as the ultimate getaway and destination studio as well as a welcoming place for their family, friends and clients.

Their hope is that everything is finished enough to start overdue projects and that the studio is finished enough to get up and running and take on new projects as well.

“We need to increase our customer base, but we know people we didn’t know before,” Dave said.

“We will of course continue to work with the locals and do what we can, but it’s a really cool situation for us and, at the very least, I’ve been doing what I want to do since I was eight.” , he said.

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