Shorefire Recording Studios

Shorefire Recording Studios Shorefire Recording Studios: "NJ's longest operating recording studio, PROUDLY since 1978!" And so Helios was born. Alvin Lee/Ten Years After
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In the 1960’s a gentleman named Dick Swettenham worked as a Service/Design engineer for Abbey Road Studios. In the early 1970’s he began to work for Olympic Studios where he controlled Design and Maintenance. He approached the owners of Olympic stating that if they allowed him to order the necessary parts, he could build a desk that was far more musical than anything available at the time. They ga

ve him the ok, once the desk was completed and commissioned most of the great rock musicians of the era which included Jimi Hendrix, started to book time at Olympic. Most British and some American recording artists were now using Olympic Studios so Chris Blackwell of Island Records decided that if he built a studio around a Helios console he would save money and also have his own studio busy with artists wanting to record on the Helios console. But he was a client of Olympic, it would be impossible for him to request that Dick Swettenham of Olympic to build a console that would be in direct competition with Olympic, so he put up the finance for Dick to go into business. Seven consoles were built for Island, which included mobile studios. At this time Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells was selling well for Virgin Records, so Richard Branson had Helios build three consoles one for The Manor Studios, one for the Manor Mobile, and one for Townhouse Studios. The Who built Ramport Studios, around a Helios, The Rolling Stones built the legendary "Rolling Stones Mobile", 10cc built "Strawberry Studios" and so the story goes on, even the Beatles built “Apple Studios” around a green Helios console. The Helios became known as the Musicians Choice of Recording Consoles!

1. Apple Studios/The Beatles
3. Arctic
5. Ginger Baker
6. Barbarossa Studios
7. Berwick Studios
8. Erik Clapton
9. Dawbreaker/Seals and Crofts
10. John Entwistle
11. Folkwange Hochschule
12. Hansa Tonstudio
13. Harry J Studios
14. Island Studios, Studio 1 (Desk #1)
15. Island Studios, Studio 1 (Desk #2)
16. Island Studios, Studio 2
17. Island Studios, Hammersmith
18. Island Studios, Mobile Unit
19. KPM Studios
20. Ronnie Lane Mobile
21. Le Maison Rouge
22. Le Maison Rouge Mobile
23. London Weekend Television
24. Love Records
25. Mainos Television
26. Manor Mobile
27. Manor Studios
28. Manor Townhouse/Shorefire
29. Steve Marriott
30. Paul McCartney
31. Media NL
32. Musicland
33. Norway Radio/Trondheim
34. Olympic Studios 1 (Pre "Helios" Swettenham design).
35. Olympic Studios 2 (Helios #1)
36. PSC Canada
37. Ramport Studios/The Who
38. Release Records
39. Rolling Stones Mobile (Helios #3)
40. Leon Russell
41. Russian Hill Audio/Funky Features/Steve Miller
42. Strawberry Studios/10cc
43. Studio 70
44. Talent Studios
45. Telemetropole
46. Tempo Studios
47. Universal Sound
48. Webcapital Radio Music
49. Web Education/ CET Teheran
50. Ron Wood

FACT: Led Zeppelin, Alvin Lee, Bad Company, Bad Finger, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Donovan, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Faces, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Free, Humble Pie, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Leon Russell, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, The Moody Blues, Mott The Hoople, Nazareth, Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller, Stevie Winwood, Supertramp, Traffic, Uriah Heep, The Who, 10CC, and countless others all recorded on Helios consoles. Come to Shorefire and hear why, it's the sound of ROCK!

03/15/2024

My dear friend Mitch Wilson stopping by today with his son Chris who is a HUGE Dime and Pantera fan to check out our original Randall RG100ES. The future of Metal is in good hands!

A sad day here in NJ and I’m sure all over the world as we mourn the loss of the GREAT TM Stevens. I had to pleasure to ...
03/11/2024

A sad day here in NJ and I’m sure all over the world as we mourn the loss of the GREAT TM Stevens. I had to pleasure to work with TM at both Shorefire and his home studio on many occasions and to know TM was to LOVE TM. He had a LARGER than life personality that was only surpassed but his musical genius. Rest well my old friend, until we meet again.

I’ve known Nick Ryan Music and have worked with him since he was in middle school. l’ve watched him grow through the yea...
02/07/2024

I’ve known Nick Ryan Music and have worked with him since he was in middle school. l’ve watched him grow through the years and he has become a wonderful singer, songwriter, guitarist, performer but most of all, a great friend. Wishing you nothing but success kid!

"Hell Is The Highway" by Nick Ryan. Recorded live at Shorefire Studios - Long Branch, NJCredits :Nick Ryan Piescor - Vocals/GuitarBrian Morelli - Drums/Vocal...

In memory of my one of my oldest and dearest friends Charlie Ruggirello who past on 1/23/24. I first met Charlie and his...
01/26/2024

In memory of my one of my oldest and dearest friends Charlie Ruggirello who past on 1/23/24. I first met Charlie and his wife Sandy when I was nine years old when my mother took me to Blue Note Music in Belmar, NJ for guitar lessons. Some years later Charlie gave me a chance to teach at his stores in Long Branch, Belmar and Point Pleasant Beach. I’ve met so many wonderful people through that experience, and many have become like family to me, I will be forever grateful for that opportunity.
Godspeed my friend.

Another GREAT day of tracking with DBIG!
01/08/2024

Another GREAT day of tracking with DBIG!

As we begin our 46th year, Shorefire would like to wish all of our friends a very Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous Ne...
01/01/2024

As we begin our 46th year, Shorefire would like to wish all of our friends a very Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year and for making 2023 one of our best ever!

And of course we’d like to thank all of clients, both past and present for your support. Obviously without you, we could not have made it this far 🙏. Hope to see you in 2024!

Ok, I know I may have been asking for a lot with the 670, but the 660 is also acceptable and is currently $17k less than...
12/17/2023

Ok, I know I may have been asking for a lot with the 670, but the 660 is also acceptable and is currently $17k less than the original asking price. But I’ll need two for stereo operation, thanks in advance.

This piece was used on dozens of Gold records and Grammy winning recordings. Included with this sale is a Certificate of Authenticity from Ardent Studios. Early serial #53 and in fantastic shape for its age.

If anyone is wondering what to get the studio for Christmas, I’d be forever grateful and it’s currently $15k off 🤣
12/16/2023

If anyone is wondering what to get the studio for Christmas, I’d be forever grateful and it’s currently $15k off 🤣

This one is not just any Fairchild though. On top of its one-of-a-kind historic pedigree, this example is in fantastic condition and might be one of the nicest 670s you are likely to find. It is an early serial #22, in exceptionally clean condition for its age, from original owners and electronicall...

12/06/2023

Our good buddy Jeff Levine can transfer your ADAT, DA88 and DAT tapes on premises, give him a call if you need his service.

Congratulations to our dear friend  Robert Allen for making artist of the month, the back cover and a wonderful review o...
11/29/2023

Congratulations to our dear friend Robert Allen for making artist of the month, the back cover and a wonderful review of “Day of Reckoning” Recorded and mixed Co-written and background vocals and featuring the incomparable on banjo, on bass, Steve Holley-drums - mastering.

Although it doesn’t look it,  is very much rockin’ an AC/DC vibe today! And I used the Melbourne filter.                ...
10/16/2023

Although it doesn’t look it, is very much rockin’ an AC/DC vibe today! And I used the Melbourne filter.

Setting up for a live concert and video shoot with an EXTREMELY talented young man and jazz guitarist  Marel has been pl...
10/04/2023

Setting up for a live concert and video shoot with an EXTREMELY talented young man and jazz guitarist Marel has been playing since he’s four years old and has been studying under the watchful tutelage of Gerald Franklin, so keep an eye and ear open for him, he’s the real deal!

Always a pleasure to have our good friend Matt in the house yo!
10/03/2023

Always a pleasure to have our good friend Matt in the house yo!

Nothing like doing session work at Shorefire Studios in Long Branch, NJ.

Saddened to hear the news today that Nektar drummer Ron Howden has passed away. My deepest condolences to Ron’s family, ...
09/30/2023

Saddened to hear the news today that Nektar drummer Ron Howden has passed away. My deepest condolences to Ron’s family, friends and fans around the world. May he rest in peace.

I had the honor and extreme pleasure to record and mix the last Nektar record “ The Other Side”, and I can say unequivocally that Ron was the most consistent drummer I ever had the pleasure to record. Every snare hit, every kick hit, every tom fill were always the same level and tone, yet his playing was full of feel and finesse and just an all around great guy!

And to the Nektar family, a sincere thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and Ron, it certainly was a highlight of my career and I will always cherish the time we spent together making “The Other Side”.

Your friend,

Joe D

“Does Anybody Remember Laughter?” Our guy  adding some Fender electric 12 with an extremely clean 1966 example and an Am...
08/31/2023

“Does Anybody Remember Laughter?” Our guy adding some Fender electric 12 with an extremely clean 1966 example and an Ampeg AC12 for good measure.

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In the 1960’s a gentleman named Dick Swettenham worked as a Service/Design engineer for Abbey Road Studios. In the early 1970’s he began to work for Olympic Studios where he controlled Design and Maintenance. He approached the owners of Olympic stating that if they allowed him to order the necessary parts, he could build a desk that was far more musical than anything available at the time. They gave him the ok, once the desk was completed and commissioned most of the great rock musicians of the era which included Jimi Hendrix, started to book time at Olympic. Most British and some American recording artists were now using Olympic Studios so Chris Blackwell of Island Records decided that if he built a studio around a Helios console he would save money and also have his own studio busy with artists wanting to record on the Helios console. But he was a client of Olympic, it would be impossible for him to request that Dick Swettenham of Olympic to build a console that would be in direct competition with Olympic, so he put up the finance for Dick to go into business. And so Helios was born. Seven consoles were built for Island, which included mobile studios. At this time Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells was selling well for Virgin Records, so Richard Branson had Helios build three consoles one for The Manor Studios, one for the Manor Mobile, and one for Townhouse Studios. The Who built Ramport Studios, around a Helios, The Rolling Stones built the legendary "Rolling Stones Mobile", 10cc built "Strawberry Studios" and so the story goes on, even the Beatles built “Apple Studios” around a green Helios console. The Helios became known as the Musicians Choice of Recording Consoles! 1. Alvin Lee/Ten Years After 2. Apple Studios/The Beatles 3. ARC Studios 4. Arctic 5. Ginger Baker 6. Barbarossa Studios 7. Berwick Studios 8. Erik Clapton 9. Dawbreaker/Seals and Crofts 10. John Entwistle 11. Folkwange Hochschule 12. Hansa Tonstudio 13. Harry J Studios 14. Island Studios, Studio 1 (Desk #1) 15. Island Studios, Studio 1 (Desk #2) 16. Island Studios, Studio 2 17. Island Studios, Hammersmith 18. Island Studios, Mobile Unit 19. KPM Studios 20. Ronnie Lane Mobile 21. Le Maison Rouge 22. Le Maison Rouge Mobile 23. London Weekend Television 24. Love Records 25. Mainos Television 26. Manor Mobile 27. Manor Studios 28. Manor Townhouse 29. Steve Marriott 30. Paul McCartney 31. Media NL 32. Musicland 33. Norway Radio/Trondheim 34. Olympic Studios 1 (Pre "Helios" Swettenham design). 35. Olympic Studios 2 (Helios #1) 36. PSC Canada 37. Ramport Studios/The Who 38. Release Records 39. Rolling Stones Mobile (Helios #3) 40. Leon Russell 41. Russian Hill Audio/Funky Features/Steve Miller 42. Strawberry Studios/10cc 43. Studio 70 44. Talent Studios 45. Telemetropole 46. Tempo Studios 47. Universal Sound 48. Webcapital Radio Music 49. Web Education/ CET Teheran 50. Ron Wood FACT: Led Zeppelin, Alvin Lee, Bad Company, Bad Finger, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Donovan, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Faces, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Free, Humble Pie, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Leon Russell, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, The Moody Blues, Mott The Hoople, Nazareth, Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller, Stevie Winwood, Supertramp, Traffic, Uriah Heep, The Who, 10CC, and countless others all recorded on Helios consoles. Come to Shorefire and hear why, it's the sound of ROCK!

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