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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

You know, in a state not traditionally recognized for recording studios, Utah actually has quite an offering, which means there's plenty of recording work to be done.

So, it makes sense that Dan Carlisle decided to open Soularium Recording Studios here, following a career in the '80s as a New York disc jockey. What brought him to Utah? Dan wanted to further his education. He enrolled at BYU to study filmmaking and graduated with a degree in the arts. Dan's radio experience helped him get a job at a recording studio working with local celebrities Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon. In 1998, Dan partnered with Mark Comer and the two ventured into business with Soularium Recording Studios.

For the first three years, Dan, Mark and the Soularium team worked out of the old Osmond Studios in Orem. They produced national ads for radio and TV, as well as, film scores, albums, DVDs, cassette programs and interactive audio for video games and Internet applications.

Dan told me that the industry has changed a lot since Solarium opened three years ago. He said technology is making the job a lot easier and faster.

Recently, Solarium moved to a new facility in the Union Park area of Salt Lake. The move brought the studio more space. In fact the new location includes a 3,200-square-foot recording hall capable of accommodating a 90-piece orchestra. It is one of the largest recording stages in the state. Solarium has also added a control room and an editing suite. Dan said the studio's recording engineers use computer systems called ProTools for production. Editing is done with just a click of the mouse instead of using older analog machines. But Solarium does have those, too, for clients who prefer editing the old-fashioned way.

We'll all get to hear Solarium's work during the Medal Ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The studio will record 108 national anthems, each of which will only be heard if a particular country has a Gold Medal winner. And fans of Jenny Oaks-Baker, Kurt Bestor, Sam Cardon and others will enjoy their music thanks to quality production from Solarium Recording Studios.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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