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Sun - Sep 16, 2012 : 10:46 pm
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 So, I just had a great day here in the basement where I live, while me and my family are waiting for our new home (and studio) to be built, and I found myself sort of pensive, so I thought I'd come down and write a few words, and see what comes out.

Advanced Budget Studios began taking clients in August of 2009, using a single AT 3525 condenser mic for everything but drums.  For drums, I had a very cheap Audix drum mic kit.  I thought I owned the world.  I was recording music for people who were paying me to do it!  And when the product came out, they *loved* what they heard!  Being in half-disbelief, I began working on getting the word out a bit more, and the rest just came as a result of a lot of long nights, hard work, frugality, and an insatiable love for music.

After about a year of recording clients on average of every-other-night in my single bedroom, which was done up as a studio the best I could, I found myself, coming home from my nine to five, going down to the studio, entering the room, looking around and feeling like this was "home".  Even after doing it two and three years, I still would enter the dark studio early in the morning, turn on the lights, look around at the recording equpment, computer, drum kit, guitars, and acoustic treatments, and still, in half-disbelief, wonder how long this could possibly last, feeling like I was "getting away" with watching a life-long dream become somewhat of a reality.

Then the opportunity of a life-time came along in the form of my wonderful wife wanting to look for homes to buy.  I consented, and once or twice per week, we would shop for homes around Utah County.

To make a long story short-ish, we found a perfect lot which we thought would be *way* out of our price-range, found out it was within reach, were given plans for a home which would allow roughly 1/3 of the basement to be purpose-built as a professional-grade recording studio.  The more we talked about it with the builder, the more it became something that could really happen.  About 2 months later, we sold our home, were able to find a place to move in to, and are now waiting for the build to finish.

To whoever has taken the time to read this, let's just say that I can count on one hand, the things which have harbored as much excitement as does this new home / studio.  Considering everything that could (and almost did) go wong with this, it was meant to be.

Now all I have to do is wait, and do as much research as I possibly can in order to make this studio the best it can possibly be.  You see, I'm involving myself 100% from the beginning of the studio build to the end, and I'll most likely be doing the majority of the build myself.  The design on paper is almost done, and we're working out the hard stuff on paper right now.

We'll most likely start actually building the studio early in December, with hopes of it being done sometime early next year.  Hopefully January, but more realistically sometime in February or March.  Miracles do happen, though, and I have felt divine providence pushing me toward this my whole life, and in earnest, since 2009.  So there is a chance, if we get the right crew working on this, that it could be done in January.

Anyway... That's a lot of blabbering, but I thought I'd update you all on the progress.  We should have new photos to post of the build late this week.
Comment by Jodi on Sep. 20, 2012 @ 03:45 am
 Jason (& Sarah),

Congrats on selling your house and building a new home.  We are so excited for you and glad things are moving forward smoothly.   Interesting how things seem to fall in place the way they are supposed to (and just the way you want it to!).

We love you guys!!


Blaine & Jodi
Comment by sean on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 07:38 am
A co-worker introduced me to your site. Have to say thank you for the posts as I have gained insight and inspiration from you. Just wanted to throw the idea out there that if you would like help with the build out I have a lot of construction tools and do side construction jobs which all goes towards my own "studio". At no cost to you other than talking about recording, I would be more than happy to offer my help. Just let me know.

Best of luck,

Sean Scott

(801) 787-3512
Comment by Jesse on Oct. 30, 2012 @ 05:26 am
I am so excited for you. I can't wait to record in there. I've got some songs all ready. It is going to be so much fun, a dream come true.