Inside Innerspace Soundlabs

The Secret ISSL CabinHopefully you’ve seen our Antiquius Obscurius show, Bit Museum, which deals with freaky, old, weird, foreign and not-well-documented game kit from around the world. What I wanted to do today was give you, our fine readers, a peek into where our show gets brought to life in magical post-production land. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t take time out of your day to talk about post production, but this is a magical wonderland of awesome.

Run by the eclectic eccentric Scott Amore, Innerspace Soundlabs is a place like no other. Situated in a remote location in the New Haven area of Connecticut, you may at first glance think ISSL is a Ski Lodge, or some sort of cozy get-away for newly married couples. But in actuality, it’s a wonderland of technology, yet it’s oh-so-retro in atmosphere and craftsmanship. Quite literally, it is the perfect place to polish and fine-tune a show like Bit Museum. Come on inside and take a look, won’t you?

Innerspace Soundlabs is actually, first and foremost, a brilliant recording studio where a lot of bands have laid down their records with Scott’s masterful mastery of mastering. Being a musician himself as keyboardist for Butterflies of Love (under the British label Fortuna Pop!), Scott has a well-tuned ear for the nuances and dynamics of musical acoustics. However, what makes ISSL so incredibly awesome is it’s love of retro technique and a well-established relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of days past.

Scott Amore

“Recording studios make musicians nervous. There’s a clock ticking on the wall, and there’s all this stuff they may accidentally break. I want people to feel relaxed when they’re playing, they perform better,” Scott said to me on a recent trip up to the cabin. I literally feel as if I have walked into 1975 when I hang out here….if 1975 had a bad-ass set-up from THE FUTURE.

Of course, Bit Museum is a video series and not a musical recording, so why do we take our precious footage to ISSL? Scott is also an accomplished video editor, having edited video for some really amazing clients such as eHarmony, Yale University, Gretsch Drums, and many more. And we figure, if we can hang out in 1975 while we edit a show about video games from 1975….win/win.

Equipment I cannot begin to understand.

Usually, after we’ve wrapped up filming on Bit Museum under the direction of the amazing Dennis Peters, we bring our pile of footage to Scott for cooking. From here, we sit down with Scott and weed through the hour or so of stuff we have and pull out literally around 10 minutes of our best takes. Since we all enjoy a really good laugh or two, Scott typically surprises us with the addition of some stupidly hilarious visual gags that really wrap up the whole package all nice-like, at which point he polishes that sucker up and we deliver it to the “internet” for mass consumption.

I thought you guys might like this little trip through Innerspace Soundlabs for a first-hand account on how we put this superfly show together. If you’re a band looking to get your record recorded in an unbelievably awesome, relaxing atmosphere with engineering standards from the days when quality mattered, definitely get in touch with Mr. Scott. You will enjoy.

Visit Innerspace Soundlabs online: www.innerspacesoundlabs.com

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