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Welcome to Inner Ear Studio

Located in Arlington, Virginia

Originally started in founder Don Zientara's basement, the studio has been in continuous operation for over 25 years. During that time, virtually all of Washington's most widely recognized and acclaimed bands have recorded here, from Minor Threat, Rites Of Spring and Fugazi, to The Dismemberment Plan, Q & Not U, and Black Eyes.

 703-820-8923
 
 

We pride ourselves on providing a casual, comfortable space for people to create and record music, which is why so many musicians have made multiple records at Inner Ear. Technology, equipment, and maintenance are important to us, but vibe and energy have always come first. So have a look around, and feel free to drop us a line!

STUDIO

Studio

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Control Room
Guitar Amps
Drum Studio
Mixing Board wide
Mixing Board
Tape Machine
Console Close
Studio Piano

GEAR

Gear

Console and Recorders

  • Otari MTR-90 II 24 track recorder
  • AMEK Angela Console w/ Neve preamps
  • Pro Tools
  • Digital Performer
  • Studer A80 master recorder
  • Apogee Rosetta & MOTU interface

Monitor Systems

  • Westlake BBSM-12s
  • Mackie HR824s
  • Yamaha NS10s
  • 6 ch. artist headphone mixes

Preamps

  • Ampeg tube
  • Vintech Audio Dual 72
  • Sytek MPX-4A
  • Avalon 737SP pre/comp/EQ
  • Blue Robbie
  • Aphex 207
  • UA LA-610

Dynamics

  • AMEK, Anthony DeMaria Labs,
  • Altec, DBX (various), Valley,
  • Orban, Aphex, Custom, Klark-Teknik

Signal Processing

  • Lexicon, TC Electronics,
  • Aphex, BBE, Wendel Jr.,
  • Rockman, Alesis

Instruments and Amps

  • Hammond organ
  • Farfisa organ
  • Cable-Nelson piano
  • Various guitars and basses
  • Fender, Ampeg, Mesa,
  • Silvertone, Vox, and Hartke amps

Microphones

  • AKG, Altec, Audio-Technica,
  • Audix, Beyer, Blue, Cascade,
  • CAD, CT Audio, Electro-Voice,
  • Fender, Milab, Neumann,
  • Rode, Oktava, Sennheiser,
  • Shure, Stedman, TOA, Yamaha
  • … Over 130 mics
  • Direct Boxes
  • Avalon, Countryman,
  • Hughs & Kettner,
  • Sans Amp, Whirlwind
RATES

Rates

The studio rate is $425 per day

The studio rate is $425 per day. A normal day usually lasts about ten solid hours of recording and/or mixing.

Studio rates do not include the rate of the sound engineer you will work with. If you are not bringing an engineer with you we can provide you with a list of people who work regularly out of the studio and can be contacted directly for their rates and availability.

We charge by the day to keep the clock from influencing the choices made during a project. We also realize that not all projects work on a day-based schedule, so feel free to contact us for hourly rates.

Booking and Payment

A deposit equal to half the cost of the total amount of time you wish to book is required to reserve time at the studio. All deposits are non-refundable.

Full payment is expected at the end of a session. If you are coming from outside the U.S. or if a third party is paying for your recording, full payment for the entire session is due prior to the start date. We accept cash, checks, and major credit and debit cards.

CONTACT

Contact Us

Arlington, Virginia, USA
 703-820-8923
 
 

Ring us up if you have questions , or send us a note.

NEWS

News

  • Demos and home studio recordings on which you focus on crafting your tracks and arrangements before spending money in a professional recording studio are time well spent. They’ll help you achieve your goals in the studio.

  • The producer and engineer you work with are more important to your final product than the studio you end up in.

  • What makes a great vocal performance? There are many answers to that, and they don’t all require being the most technically gifted singer with a five-octave range. Confidence, charisma, and the right repertoire are among the many subjective elements that go into any great performance, in addition to having chops as a singer. Catch us for "STAGECRAFT", every Tuesday from 4 - 5 PM on WERA (96.7 FM) for all this and much more!

ABOUT

About

Who We Are

Inner Ear Studio was started in founder Don Zientara's basement during the late seventies. Since it's beginning, the studio has played host to virtually all of Washington, D.C.'s punk and alternative bands. Inner Ear has also attracted a wide variety of other artists including chorale singers, film and theater composers, classical, Celtic, and jazz musicians, spoken word performers, and even readers for books on tape.

Where We Are

Rapid growth in the eighties provoked a move in 1989 to the studio's present location, a large commercial space in Arlington, VA.

Why Independents Choose IES

Inner Ear has kept pace with changes in technology since its founding. Many clients need to work with both analog and digital technologies, so we've made it easy to incorporate digital files--either done here or brought here--into your analog project. And our syncing system locks digital recording and editing to the 24-track analog tape machine, so using a combination of digital and analog tracks at the same time is a snap.

And, let's face it -- few home setups have 36 channels of class A, Neve-designed preamps, a huge selection of dynamics processors, a large recording room, tons of mics, and a comfortable lounge with all the coffee and tea you desire. Fewer still have a helpful, knowledgeable engineer available to answer questions about any of the issues that can crop up when a recording project is in full swing.

Inner Ear has combined these resources with a strong commitment to the artistic aspects of recording, which is why we have been described as one of the most creative studios on the East Coast by Pro Sound, Mix, and Tape Op magazines (to name a few). We invite you to take advantage of our 30-year commitment to the recording process.

Bring your next project to Inner Ear.

VIDEOS

Videos

CLIENTS

Clients

All the Rage
Smasara
Tom Lyle (Government Issue)
Sorry About Your Daughter
The Suspects
Bells Of
Basehead
Lugnut
Fur Crowd
National Gallery of Art
Fugazi
WGNS
Scream
Mother's Garden
Circus Lupus
Factories of Air
Slant 6
Robbie Limon
Gruff
Girls Against Boys
BioRitmo
Freebass
Philomena
Thomas Circle Singers
Redemption A.D.
Emma Peel
Rain Like The Sound of Trains
Butch Willis
Doomstone
Schwester
Tim Wisecarver
Chad Clark
Gruff
Holy Rollers
The Risen
Scratch
Spin Art Records
The Eggs
Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton
Hard Times Cafe
Deceased
Simple Machines
ASCD
Bible Way Temple
Earth 18
Lay Quiet Awhile
Scott Stuckey
Pitchblende
Branch Manager
Peter Prince
Incarnis
DaVinci's Notebook
The Graverobbers
Antimony
The Lois
Velocity Girl
Blue Balls Deluxe
Substance D
Adam West
Ben Zona
River
Raging Slab
Paperboys
Dismemberment Plan
Spur
Action Figures
Major Healys
King James
Opus 88
Frodus
1000 Legger
32 Mildreds
Iceboxers
Trusty
Beat Sugar
Poole
Lungfish
Union
Mant
The Risen
Jawbox
Second Thought
Unrest
MetaMatics
Abominog
Metronome
Approach
Meat Bees
Young Bucks
Hungry For Music
Slurp
Bricklayer
Hecht Co.
Drip
Biovore
Hyposcreamia
Utris
New St. George
Half Man
Norman-Mayer Group
Focus
My Life In Rain
Assaulti Frontali
Baseball Furies
Last Rites
Death Wish
Brice Honeycutt
Charles Monk
Cathouse
Hey Sexy!
Approach
Lorelei
The Short Bus
Betty Blue
Neurotics
The Warmers
Break
Delta 72
Boud Deun
The Make-Up
Monorchid
Slackjaw
New Wet Kojak
Aspara
Most Secret Method
The Nightcrawlers
Gift To The Greedy
The Shivers
Flinch
Trusty
Pieboy
Evan Sees Red
7 Layers
Mad Toms
Teen Idles
Eutris Urchin
Tone
The Goons
Pop Icon
T Minus 2
Monkeydeed
Kerosene 454
Twenty-twos
Rejekts
Bluetip
Nonchalant
Standard Deviation
Cactus Groove
Opium Taylor
Ron Faris
Natural Order
Raw Talent
Deathscape
Sevenfold
Euphoria
The Boom!
Bruto Pop
Wash. Balilika Soc.
Fin Fang Foom
Braid
Compound Red
Burning Airlines
Samovar
Groove Key
Trevi
Julia Rose
Vic Chesnutt
Rob Christianson
Dave Smalley
Damnation
Dirty Campaign
Sonorous
Fireseason
Bluetip
Namu
Squatweiler
Peter Humphrey
The Dusters
The Recoys
Decepticonz
Trevi
Henry Savage
Dino
Flu 13
Under The Gun
Purkenje Shift
The Red Scare
Joshua
Sheilbound
Mainline
The Boilers
Down By Law
The Sharpshooters
Pete Papageorge
The Stereo
Viewfinder
One Last Wish
White Zombie
Beacon
Rain Crows
Promise Ring
Moodroom
Samson
Gist
Discount
Calibos
White Frogs
Mary Battiata
Travis Morrison
Big Apple Circus
Q and not U
Beauty Pill
Jack Potential
Dag Nasty
Oswego
Jazzy June
The Screws
Faraquet
Jets To Brazil
Mute lingo
The Thumbs
Dwindle
The Red Scare
Nacht
The Caribbean
Iron Cross
The Get Up Kids
Postal Error
Zuegma
Dizzy
Dizzy
Fast Music
Joe Lally
Savage Boys & Girls
Volante
Reach
Draw The Kitten
The Fallout Countdown
Cherrysmash
Cry Baby Cry
Loyal Frisbee
Crushed Ice
Blue Line Medic
Gasganno
Nothing Of Interest
Gift Horse
Jr Jr
Engine Down
Kamikaze Escape Plan
Aina
The Blackouts
Spark Lights The Friction
El Secondhand
Akutero
Heroes
33 Slade
Holy Ghost
The Quick Fix
XBXRX
Garrison
Jurkat
Blackeyes
the Others
Monkeyboy
The Setup
Me Without You
Maestro Echoplex
Carlsonics
The Chance
Tunisia Tourism Office
Babies w/ Rabies
Jason Farrell
Jets to Brazil
The Wayfarers
Del Cielo
Projector 208
Jimmy Eat World
Eulogy
Fairweather
Jets
Kimone
Phoenix Dawned
Panic In Detroit
Roosevelt Roosevelt
Fallout Countdown
Measles Mumps Rubella
El Guapo
Mock Orange
Peer Pressure
Pinko
Magpie
Belevedere
Sombra Nortenia
Ultradolphins
The Landon School
St James Stars
5 Maseratis
The Deacons
Casual Dots
In English
Crushed Ice
Midas & Morgan
The Evens
Megadose
VPR
Antelope
The Whipped
Et At It
Liar's Academy
SizeMatters
Kumbia Kings
The Makeover
Deep Six
Stretching Regular
Machetres
Kingface
Sacagaweea
VPR
John Freshonte
Devil Takes The Hindmost
Factory
Bob Mould
Mary Timmony
Lucha Libre
Chariot
Queen Bee
Debris
Aloha!
Miss Argentina
Deep Six
Malady
Troubled Hubble
Irish Breakfast Band
Blue Ink
Mercurial
Old Hat
Check It Out
Halfway Situation
Pash
Koshari
Run Silent Run Deep
French Toast
Clark Sabine
Jakuta & Carl
Homage to Catalonia
White2Blue
Vic Bondi
Rude Staircase
Black Market Baby
Mile Zero
Maple
The Medications
Blue Ink Rebellion
Cataract Camp
Decahedron
Red Oranges
Fed City 5
Lion Of Judah
No Such Thing
Against Me
The Barrens
Gepetto's Wood
Aquarium
CEX
The Porch Mob
The Walkmen
King Giant
Mile Zero
End of the Year
Fun Junkies
City/State
The Hailing
Partyline
Diacritical
The Engine Room
Tangerines
TVT
The First Wave
Orwellian Math
Dust Galaxy
Practically Einstein
Redshift
Tranquil Terror
Edie Sedwick
Albert Strange
Rusty
The Frustrations
Matthew Porcaro
US Royalty
John Wayne Hero
Kate Starr
Twin Earth
Paper Tongue
Once Okay Twice
The Austins
The Positions
Whistling Charlie
Chief Joseph
Revival
Keane
The Coastals
Venetian Aircraft
A Sound of Thunder
A Public Good
Buck Gooter
OAR
Give
Cinema Cinema
Deep Throat
Spidercake
SPCRSS
Dreamscape Project
Council Bluffs
The Last Monarchs
Cheap Girls
Action Team
Wytold
Grammar
Zach Scott
Honeyguns
The 27 Club
Fire On The Radio
The Grand Candy
Echo Wall
The Machetres
SOJA
Voco De Loco
Left On Vermont
Frantic Recovery
Manta Ray
Welcome To Loco
Big Mouth
Walk The Plank
True Head
The Technicians
Highballers
Beggars Made Believers
Bells & Hunters
Mobius Strip
Bikini Kill
Dave Werner
GB Parker
Bellicose
Mike Mattice
Njogg
Audible (Amazon)
Feel Free
Hamilton Leithauser
Teen Beat Records
DC Flow
Exit Vehicles
Jason Andre
Arlington Artishere
Foos
Grouplove
Mick Jenkins
Minor Threat
Bad Brains
Mislav Rosteprovich
Benny Goodman
The Nurses
Bob Berky
Capture the Flag
Children's Radio Theatre
Chalk Circle
The Dark
The Slickee Boys
The Deceats
The Substitutes
The Item
Type-Os
S.O.A.
The Untouchables
The Distractors
Hate From Ignorance
No Joe
Mark Hoback
Ice Nine
The Keen
The Laymen
Legend
The Look
Lunamats
The Secret Mammals
Pop Maru
Nuclear Crayons
The Puppets
Ravenstone
Tru Fax & The Insaniacs
The Shirkers
Trash
Underheaven
White Boy
Ken Wilson
On Beyond Zebra
Betty
Beltaine
Break
Deadfall
Delicious June
Durian
Desperados
Larry Wise
The Up On In
Union
Teklin's Dice
Special K
Shudder To Think
Set On Stun
Seraphim
Rumble Puppy
Quix-O-Tic
Meatjoy
Robert Walter's 20th Congress
Flinch
Joshua
Time Spent Driving
33 Slade
Senator Flux
Retisonics
Panic In Detroit
Miss Lonelyheart
Liar's Academy