The Gas Station Recording Studio is situated in an antique school portable and grain shed on a sandbar of the Toronto Islands.Producer/engineer/musical gilligan/ Dale Morningstar runs the joint solo these days at 5 bills per ten hour session/50.hr,earnestly documenting to many format possibilities:16 track 1 inch tape,logic pro-mac harddrive,analogue-computor hybrids...mixdown to 1/4" magnetic tape? hey man,no problem...those great sounds you lay down in the live room w/ a view[sorry,trees and dunes] go thru valves and tubes and eventually blast, ring and sing,straight outta yer friendly speakers back home on terra firma.
...yes,many seasons' of sun and city. i've had fun and much: tuvan throat singers from mongolia.gord downie. a mali west african kora master.indie heroes galore:godspeedyoublackemperor,the inbreds,julie doiron,tangiers,thrush hermit...hundreds more.why, even the dinner is ruined.
my ears are fine don't worry.
tascam 85-16 sixteen track 1" tape recorder.1/4"studer mixdown deck.logicpro computer recording program w/macpowerbook,motu & behringer interfaces,syncs.yamaha 2408 twentyfour channel analogue mixing console.drawmer 1960,TL,DBX,tubetronix tube compressors/preamps.akg,aphex,audio technica,beyer,neumann,pzm,sennheiser,shure microphones.echo plex,space echo. odds and sods drumkit,percussive toys.fender super reverb,simpsonsears solidstate,film editing machine amps.peevee 4x10 bass cab w/trayor p.a.head.leslie preamp/speakers.big-ass wurlitzer.fender rhodes 88.mini hammond .yamaha touchsensitive midikeys.chickering quarter grand piano.100yr old pump organ that still breathes air...
"Stuff sounds ok,...kinda."-yet another satisfied bassplayer.
well,how do we get there anyway?
whether it's a hard rain or snowin' n blowin',you are physically challenged in any capacity or feeling old,ill,aching,lazy, hauling amps and wanting a lift,or just kinda hungover i can sure as truth drive the landlord's 20 passenger shuttlebus out to meet ya at one of the 3 island side ferry docks and pick ya'll up.but first you gotta buy a ticket[$6.00 return.10minutevoyage.ships sail year round...there are also seasonal water taxis on call] from the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal on the southside of Queen's Quay and Bay.as far as getting your gear onto the boat goes it's pretty easy to drop stuff off from your vehicle[or taxi] just beyond the south gate of the eastside laneway of 'HarbourCastle' hotel.there's plenty of parking lots further east...you will find no personal use cars out here,indeed the island is bike[15min from ferry dock]hike[25-35min]friendly.the studio has a ready fleet of beater bikes as well as an infamous bike cart that can carry band instruments and supplies safely,securely[ i can pedal]...the last boat back is 1130pm. bands are welcome to crash overnight on the studiofloor;accommodation for a fee is available at an adjacent artcentre.tents anyone?