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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Most people would assume that in order to produce a great recording, you have to travel to a city on either the east or west coast. But I recently learned of an outstanding studio right here in Utah. And if you're thinking it's located in Salt Lake, well you'll be surprised to hear it's actually in Heber. It's called Spencer Studios, and in just the few months since it opened, brothers and owners Rhett and Zachary Spencer have been busy producing high-quality recordings.
Perhaps it's the studio's friendly, unassuming atmosphere. Or maybe it's the state-of-the-art production equipment. Whatever the case, Spencer Studios is quickly becoming recognized as one of the finest studios in the area.
Rhett got the idea to open a studio after he moved to Utah in 1990 and built a commercial building in Heber that was often rented by the film industry for storage and filming. The production crews that used his building frequently needed a 'quiet' area or soundproof room for editing.
Rhett and Zach opened Spencer Studios last August. The studio features a Mackie 24-track hard disc recorderÑthe same system used to produce the music and sounds during the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. There is also a Roland keyboard with some 1600 different musical instruments, and they have computer programs that can automatically tune a singer's voice or produce sheet music while notes are played from an instrument. Spencer Studios can produce a CD from the initial recording to providing duplicate copies complete with printed jewel cases.
The technology compares to premium-priced studios back East, but Rhett and Zach offer their services at a considerably lower rate. Recording sessions begin at just $35 an hour.
Since opening last fall, Spencer Studios has already completed several projects, including recording children singing, musical performances and personal histories. The studio has equipment to do remote recordings such as recitals, funerals and missionary farewells. It can also set music to wedding and memory videos and produce CD business cards, commercials and voice-overs.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.