Vison Recording Studio


 Many of you have asked about the studio that I used to work at, so here is a little info and statistics about Vision Recording Studio.


Vision Studio was located at 50 Elm St. North in Timmins, Ontario (that's way up north for 99.5% of you) Just down the street from College Boreal. Timmins is primarily a mining town, gold being the main mineral there, but also nickel, copper and diamonds are in the area.  Though it has a few other things to boast about as well. Such as being the home of Shania Twain, and Paul Bellini (of this hour has 22 minutes) and being the largest municipality in Canada. (Though most of that is bush - forest to those from the states) Timmins claims to be "The City with a Heart of Gold" and truly welcomes visitors, anglers and hunters. The summers are mild and the fishing incredible, and in the winter there are hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy.  The surrounding area is teaming with wildlife and I would often see some critters on my daily commute. Moose, beaver, black bear, fox, wolves, lynx, fishers (like a large marten) porcupines, and of course loons, geese, ducks, eagles and many variety of birds...  If you like the outdoors Northern Ontario is a great area to visit and vacation.

OK, enough about Timmins, you came here to learn about Vision Recording Studio............ 

Vision Recording Studio was owned by Dan Boileau, and was what most of us call a project studio... I worked as the chief engineer for Dan from 1993 to 1999. While some things there were quite advanced compared to most project studios at the time. We were utilizing a recording format that was considered a "project format"  Alesis ADAT.... Though to be honest a lot of nice movie and TV soundtracks have been recorded on Adat as well as some hit albums. One of the reasons we decided to keep ourselves a project studio is price factor. We added the goodies where they would help our clients the most without driving the price of studio time up. With a base rate of only $45.00 per hour in CDN funds - that equals about $30.00 U.S. So as you can see we were an affordable studio....
 

Now, what set us apart from most project studios? A couple of things, #1 is the console. We didn't scrimp there at all. Vision Studio boasted a Soundcraft TS-12. With 32 channels on a 24 track mainframe, the TS-12 is a 12 buss large format console, 6, auxiliaries, and a full featured effects return section, complete with eq., faders, low end roll off and assignable to any of the 12 busses, or other auxiliaries... Our TS-12 also had a full patch bay on-board. There are a lot of nice features to the console, but the feature that is most important of all - It Sounds Great !.......

Vision  had a bit of good outboard electronics also, including Lexicon, Alesis, Aphex, Orban and Rane. Our microphone selection included AKG, Shure, Neuman, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, and EV.... We even had a couple of vintage mics for those occasions when you wanted a true 'Retro" sound.....

Another thing that set us apart from most project studios was size... By that I mean space to stretch out and work... Our main recording room was 26' x 40' with two very large isolation booths, both 14' x 20' and a good size control room and a small lounge.... You never got that closed up feeling at Vision.....

I truly enjoyed my time working at Vision  Recording Studio, the work was varied and that kept things interesting. But most of all I enjoyed working with all the interesting, talented, and creative people that came through the doors. I have very fond memories of them and my time at Vision.

Alas all things come to end eventually, and I was offered a position in Texas. So in the late fall of 1999 I moved my family from northern Ontario to north central Texas. A couple of years later I heard that Vision Recording Studio had been sold and the new owners moved it to Sudbury, Ontario.



We had some interesting clientele at Vision and handled a wide assortment of audio production chores, but we were primarily a music production facility. During just one year we produced songwriter demos, vocalist demos, band demos, complete albums, radio commercials, and even a network radio show.....
 

Here is a nice shot of John Emms... Sitting at the console in our new facility...

John Emms
 John Emms was a regular at Vision as he is a prolific songwriter who writes a variety of styles, but mostly in the pop and soft rock vein... John is very creative and always fun to work with.
 John Also writes a music review column for our local paper the Daily Press.

Thanks to the Timmins Daily Press for the photo.......

 




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