Portland’s legendary Jackpot! Recording Studio was born in 1997, a year after the studio’s founder Larry Crane launched his world class music recording magazine, Tape Op. Started as a space for Crane’s friends and local musicians to commit their songs to tape, Jackpot! was host to many of the region’s indie rock greats including Elliott Smith, Quasi, Sleater-Kinney and Stephen Malkmus, and has since gone on to work with such notable groups as Battleme, Built To Spill, The Decemberists, M. Ward, The Shins, Spoon, Wooden Shjips, and many more.
Located on SE 50th Ave. just off Division, Jackpot! is one of the few spaces in the city that was actually designed to be a recording studio, with eleven foot ceilings and three isolation booths in the live-room, specialty undergirding in the foundation to remediate vibrations from the street, and a specially designed quiet air conditioning system. It’s also one of the most well-equipped studios in the city, with a 48 input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console (one of the best analog mixers currently made), 24- and 16-track 2-inch analog tape decks, Pro Tools HD and Logic Pro X with BURL and Avid converters, EMT plate reverb, over 100 microphones, a 100-year old Ludwig piano, a Hammond M3 organ, several Moog synthesizers, two drum kits with five different snares, an array of acoustic, bass and electric guitars and countless effects pedals to choose from.
Artists have access to everything in the studio for the very reasonable rate of $350/day or $50/hour. More interested in the art of recording itself? Larry occasionally offers workshops to hone your skills at Jackpot! Drop him a line at Larry@tapeopp.com to find out about future workshops or to schedule studio time.
Banana Stand Media teamed up with Jackpot! to create a video showcasing the history of the studio and everything it has to offer recording artists. Check it out premiering below, and consider making Jackpot! the home base for your next project.