About

IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO

The Complex, located half a block from Civic Center Station, is a Live Music Venue and Recording Studio providing artists with professional, competitively affordable recordings. Recording packages range from 2 song demos, to full length albums, depending on your needs.

Studio

PRO-GRADE RECORDING

At The Complex Recording Studio, we use the fully digital Logic Pro 8 software to give you the highest quality recordings for the lowest amount of pain. Our configuration is set up to record 16 tracks simultaneously, and to add a virtually infinite number of channels. This makes it possible to record anything from a White Stripes style 2-piece, to a 25-piece Polyphonic Spree.

The Complex is also incredibly accessible. The studio is on street level, making load in easy, and lies only one block from Civic Center Muni/BART station.

Equipment

Equipment List

AUDIO INTERFACES

MOTU 2408 mkII & mkIII- The Complex Recording Studio's primary A/D converters. These two units working together offer 16 simultaneous I/O channels at 48 kHz/24bit, or 8 channels of up to 96kHz/24bit.


MIC LIST

Mic
Quantity
Mic Type
Mic Pattern
Neumann U 87a
1
Condenser
Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Audio-Technica AT4050
2
Condenser
Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure-eight
Golden Age Project FC 4 MC
1
Condenser
Cardioid / Hyper Cardioid / Omni
Cascade Fat Head 2
2
Ribbon
Bi-Directional
Electro Voice 664
1
Dynamic
Hyper-Cardioid
Samson CO2
2
Condenser
Hyper-Cardioid
Sennheiser MD 421
2
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure KSM-27
1
Condenser (LDC)
Cardioid
Shure 587SB
2
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure Beta52A
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure Beta58A
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure PE588
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure PG52
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure SM57
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure Unidyne 3 Reissue
4
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure Unidyne II Original
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Shure Unidyne III Original
2
Dynamic
Cardioid
Digital Reference DR-VX1
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Crown PCC160
2
Boundary
Cardioid
Crown PZM30D
1
Boundary
Omni
CAD CM 217
2
Condenser
Cardioid
Cascade M39
2
Condenser
Cardioid
Nady CM-88
2
Condenser
Cardioid
Cascade v57
1
Condenser (LDC)
Cardioid
MXL V67
1
Condenser (LDC)
Cardioid
Rode NT1-A
1
Condenser (LDC)
Cardioid
Behringer GI100
3
Direct Input Box
-
DI Box 
2
Direct Input Box
-
Audix f10
3
Dynamic
Cardioid
Audix f12
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Commando 430
1
Dynamic
Cardioid
Digital Reference DR-GX1
1
Dynamic
Cardioid


MICROPHONE PRE-AMPS

Golden Age Pre-73 MKII (4 Channels)
Black Lion Audio Auteur (4 Channels)
Soundcraft-Spirit Studio (24 Channels)
TASCAM M-308 (8 Channels)

EQ/RACK EFFECTS

Chameleon Labs 7720 - Stereo Bus Compressor
Zoom Studio 1204 - A very powerful multi-effect unit that was extremely popular in the mid 1990's. Digitech RDS-1900 Alesis MicroReverb
Alesis Quadraverb GT
Ashly SC-66A
Symmetrix Parametric EQ

GUITAR/BASS AMPS

Marshall JCM-800 - Original early 80's tube combo amp. 2x12. Has a custom extra distortion knob.
Marshall Bass 150 - Great for getting that classic overdriven Marshall sound on Guitar or Bass
Sovtek 120watt - Sharp and heavy Guitar amp
Roland Jazz Chorus 120 - Clean Guitar/Keyboard tone.
Silvertone - Clean and sparkly
"The Monster" - This was a failed experiment by the lead guitarist of The Nuns. If you can harness it, this amp produces some of the heavies, narliest tones imaginable.
Peavey Bass Amp - Giant heavy tone.
The Lunchbox - The loudest, smallest amp currently available. Has a very distinct sharp tone perfect for cutting your leads to the front of the mix.
"The Oven" SG Amp - DID YOU KNOW: Gibson guitars merged with a company that made Refrigerators in the 1970's? Well, apparently they did, and soon after developed this amp that looks far more like a kitchen appliance than music equipment. Its tone is very similar to that of a HiWatt amp. (Pete Townshend's favorite.)


GUITARS

The Complex is home to one of the most unwieldy collections of specialty guitars in the South of Market. 12 string guitars (both acoustic and electric), 7 string guitars, fretless basses, acrylic guitars, etc. Not to mention the "regular" guitars we have. Basically, if you need a tone, you can find a guitar that can produce it.

PEDAL EFFECTS

Korg PME40 - Modular pedalboard from the early 1980's. Features a badass Overdrive, Graphic EQ, stereo Chorus, and a great stereo Analog Delay.
Electro-Harmonics Holy Grail Reverb - Awesome reverb.
Electro-Harmonics Big Muff Pi - Awesome fuzz.
Digitech Whammy - Octave divider. Apparently Jack White uses this a lot.
Boss Mega-Distortion - That orange distortion pedal that everyone has.
Boss Fender Bassman '59 -
Boss Fender Deluxe Reverb '65 -
Boss Digital Delay DD-7 -
Boss Compression Sustainer -
Dunlop CryBaby - The standard Wah-Wah pedal.
Morley Wah - A not-so-standard Wah-Wah pedal. If you can learn to embrace its hiss, you will love this tone. Sounds great on heavily distorted guitars/synths.
Mutron Octave Divider - The same basic concept as the Digitech Whammy, but this is 30+ years older and way more insane. This pedal can make your guitar sound like a bass, or your bass sound like it's being played IN OUTER SPACE. (Science fiction space, not compete silence space.)

KEYBOARDS

Nord Electro II - Organ/Piano/E.Piano/Clavinet/Rhodes/Wurlitzer Sounds
Upright Piano - Freshly tuned, sounds great recorded.
1970's Wurlizer Organ - Fully functional. Great for recording. Features one of the first (and strangest) monophonic synthesizers ever manufactured.
Korg MS-20 - The king of all Monophonic synthesizers. Micro-Korg - A very powerful tiny synthesizer.
Yamaha DX-7 - Awesome 1980's Polyphonic synthesizer. Want to play The Final Countdown by Europe? How about Take on Me by A-Ha? This is what they used! The Yamaha DX-7 will be your best friend!


ODDS & ENDS

Boss Percussion Synthesizer - Very similar to the SynDrums of the 80's, this device features a drum pad that, when hit, triggers the synthesizer tone. Is especially good for making 8-bit style video game noises, although that is merely scratching the surface of its possibilities. We also carry a small selection of full drum kits that can be used for your recordings if requested.

Rates & Booking

Rates/Booking

For booking inqueries such as recording sessions and/or live events, please contact Carla Selvin.

Current studio rates are for weekends which is $500 for two full recording days (8+ hours/day). This includes tracking, overdubs, mixing, and if time permits, rough mastering. If you wish to have a stand alone mix or mastering session, please contact one of our staff members for more specific rates. Rates vary on the amount of songs and time frame. The "Live @ The Complex" shows so far have been few and far between which makes them much harder to get a slot, but nearly anyone can record, provided you don't have schedule conflicts with the studio staff.


The Complex Staff



George Rosenthal
Owner, Producer, Recording / Mixing
thecomplexsf@gmail.com

 


Carla Selvin
Marketing Manager
carlaselvin@gmail.com

Elliott Peltzman
Assistant Recording / Mixing
epeltzman@gmail.com

Alexi Alexaieff
Assistant Recording / Mixing / Web Admin
alexi.sfsu@gmail.com


Location & Directions:

The Complex SF
‎ 535 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA 94103


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