On the heels of his recent hit records with My Morning Jacket and The Decemberists, Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine has opened a new recording studio in Portland, Oregon. The 1600 square foot studio (dubbed “Flora”) was designed in collaboration with acoustician/architect Derek Trost, with system design and wiring by Alan Garren and built by Mickey Minko. It features a large recording space with salvaged fir floors, reclaimed barn siding, and lots of natural light. The control room boasts one of the Northwests finest consoles, an automated API Legacy and an impressive collection of outboard gear. The studio also has three isolation booths of varying sizes all with good sightlines to the main room in addition to a lounge, a galley kitchen and a mic room all wired for sound.
“I grew up in Nashville where my father was a songwriter so I spent a lot of time in studios there. I always loved the feel of Nashville studios from the 50’s through the 70’s with all of the ship lap wood and took some inspiration from those designs for the new studio,” says Martine. “A lot of my favorite recording locales are not really even studios so I tried to keep that in mind while putting this place together. I couldn’t be happier about the convergence we found between great acoustics and an inviting atmosphere.”
In his 20 years of recording music Martine has worked with REM, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Beth Orton, Bill Frisell, Spoon, Neko Case, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Veirs, Camera Obscura, Jim James and many others.
“Tucker’s really filling a niche in Portland with the new Flora,” says studio owner and local musician/producer John Askew. “He’s got everything: a great space, awesome gear and he’s such a talented producer and engineer. It’s the whole package. I think a lot of great music is going to go down in this space.”