Archive for January, 2010

D.I.Y Sign

January 29, 2010

We are still trying to get a sign up on the building. We’ve got as far as our letters cut out and a possible layout. Still not exactly sure how we will get it up there…open to suggestions….

Think Local First Santa Cruz

January 26, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We just joined the awesome organization Think Local First – Santa Cruz County. The mission, according to thier website is a network of independent and locally owned businesses and community organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and preserve the unique character of our community. Sounds good to us.

The building of Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios

January 25, 2010

We built our studios from the ground up. When we rented the space it was a big concrete box. Before SCRS the space was  Java Bob’s coffee roasting and before that I heard it was a killer deli. If anyone has old pictures I would love to post them. In no particular order, here are some construction photos. We learned a tremendous amount about soundproofing during the construction phase (tons from Butch Rider with West Construction). If you are working on similar projects, we’d be happy to share what we now know. Just stop by or drop us a line.

YouTube Page / Videos

January 24, 2010

We took a few quick videos of the 4 rooms and posted them on a YouTube page and on our Facebook page. I am trying to figure out how to just post them direct on the blog but technology is not on my side this morning.

Grand Opening Celebration – Sat. Feb. 20 – 1 PM

January 23, 2010

Save the date for our Grand Opening Celebration/ Open House. Come down, have a cookie, tour the rooms! We will be doing a ribbon cutting with the city around 1:30 and then we will just enjoy the local color of Harvey West.

Acoustic Panels all in

January 21, 2010


After much delay we finally received our full shipment of acoustic panels. Life is good.

Santa Cruz Sentinel Press

January 20, 2010

We got our first major press in the business section of the Santa Cruz Sentinel today. They found us through our work with the The Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College. A fantastic blog reader sent us a link to the story here.

“MAKING A RECORD” WORKSHOP- Thursday, February 11

January 16, 2010

Workshop Flyer

Gadgetbox Recording Studios has teamed up with the brand-new Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios to present the “Making A Record” workshop– a round-table discussion on Thursday February 11, 2010, from 6PM to 8PM at the new Gadgetbox Studios facility at 417-A Ingalls Street in Santa Cruz.  The event is certain to present a candid look at the experiences of producing and promoting music in today’s challenging economic climate.

The evening will feature four panelists, including singer/songwriter Brian Gallagher (frontman of local favorite Wooster), vocalist extraordinaire Naomi Wilder (Naomi & The Courteous Rude Boys), Celtic heavyweight Peter Haworth (Molly’s Revenge), and indie-folk heroine Lauren Shera. “With as many unique and creative musicians as this community contains, it was time to open a forum that will help elevate our scene and generate a new excitement about music and the recording process,” said studio owner/producer Andy Zenczak, who will serve as the evening’s moderator. A cornerstone in the local music scene, Zenczak has engineered or produced over 250 local and regional artists since his arrival to Santa Cruz in 1998, including at least one work with each of the evening’s speakers.

The panel’s broad range of guests offer an exciting insight on the variety of talent in this area, and the successes and triumphs each has had after the production of an album of music.  With such a wide palette of musical stylings between each of the guests, Zenczak hopes the event will draw emerging bands and songwriters from many different stages of their careers.  “With the landscape of the music business changing so rapidly,” cites Zenczak, “it only makes sense to learn from some of the recent formulas that have proven successful.” Zenczak hopes that musicians of all ages will gain important first-hand knowledge about the process of recording, the pitfalls that can frustrate unprepared artists in the studio, and the tactics and strategies that allow an artist’s new recording to make the most impact in the marketplace.

Gadgetbox Recording Studios is a full-service music and sound recording facility focusing on the art of creative recording.  Home to producer/engineers Andy Zenczak, Gabe Pannell and Cian Riordan, Gadgetbox recently expanded into an exciting new state-of-the-art complex on at 417-A Ingalls Street in Santa Cruz, and is poised to offer the music community-at-large a prime destination for recording music and sound of all varieties and genres.

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios is a new band practice facility featuring four rooms that can be rented by the hour and are fully equipped with the gear necessary for a productive rehearsal. Located at 118 Coral Street, the facility is open daily from 10 AM – Midnight with rates ranging from $13 to $17 hr.

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Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios Opens January 16th

January 12, 2010

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios is a brand new, freshly painted, hourly rehearsal space for practicing musicians. Our four rooms can be rented by the hour and are fully equipped with the gear necessary for a productive rehearsal. The rates range from $13.00 to $17.00 per hour, with a three hour minimum (a free 1/2 hr. for load in/out is included). We are centrally located in Harvey West and open from 10 AM – Midnight, 7 days a week.

Our doors will be open on Saturday, January 16th – feel free to contact us for a tour anytime. Once we have been up and running for a few months, we will schedule our “Grand Opening” party. Join our mailing list to receive future updates. In the meantime, please forward our information to any bands in town you know that need a place to play loud and late.

We are proud to support and serve the amazing music scene in Santa Cruz. We hope you will come check us out soon.

Visit our website to learn more about the space, reserve a room online, or find great local resources for local musicians.