Lorin Walker Madsen is not only an incredibly talented musician, he’s one heck of a person! Down to earth, generous and fun to be around. I have no doubt that hanging out in his newly built home studio space would be the highlight of anyone’s day and I can’t wait to see it in person myself. As always, we hope reading about what inspired Lorin, inspires you to create, practice and dream.Keep Strumming,
Jenn (please send questions and comments to email@example.com)
For as long as I can remember, like many of us, I have been a music lover. And for just about as long as that I have been fascinated with the process of how those songs and recordings come to be. How was the song written or recorded? Where was it recorded? How did they get the tones, or the instruments to sound the way that they do? And after more than twenty years of performing and recording music in one way or another, I am still constantly asking myself these same questions along with so many others on a daily basis.
At roughly sixteen years old I made my first recording with a group of friends I was playing in a band with in high school. Previously we had borrowed someone’s karaoke machine a couple of times and just pushed record on the tape deck during a basement practice. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I remember going in to lay down some sort of “real” recording. A fellow classmate was doing the recording for us. His dad had invested into some nice home studio equipment that no one else I knew at the time had, so I think we offered him what little money we had to record 5 or 6 songs. We all knew it wasn’t going to win any gold or platinum awards, but that wasn’t the point. Just reaching that milestone with a band that you actually felt “ready” and “prepared” enough to record an actual album or collections of songs will always go down as one of the greatest accomplishments of my life still to this day.
Only a couple of years later I found myself about to graduate high school and playing rhythm guitar for another popular and credible local band at the time called, ‘Take the Fall.’ It was then that I was introduced to and had the chance to work with engineer/producer Matt Winegar for the first time. Matt had produced, engineered and mixed LP’s for artists such as Fantastic Negrito (2017 Grammy winner) Chuck Prophet, Sean Lennon, Coheed & Cambria, Royal Bliss. As well as multiple platinum selling LP’s for the band Primus, including Frizzle Fry, Sailing The Seas Cheese, Suck of, on This.
We did a small EP of songs over a few days time, but remember taking away so much in that short amount of time. For the first time I was working with someone who really knew what they were doing, and who was really going to give it to you straight. That for me couldn’t have been more rewarding, or inspiring.
Fast forward to the end of 2011. I had been on the road touring hard, in and out of bands for much of the last 6-7 years, and my current band was just coming to an end unfortunately. I was practically living out of our rehearsal space just south of Salt Lake City, and waiting tables at a diner five, six, sometimes 7 days a week to support myself and the rent on that rehearsal space. It was during that time I bought a small USB microphone and began recording my own demos on a laptop after work. Many of those songs became my first solo release, “The Kind of Man I Am” (2012).
Over time I began to turn my rehearsal space into a small recording studio. Adding an isolation booth, better lighting and treatment to the rooms,acquiring better equipment and software to help take my recording and engineering to the next level.
The next couple of years I was fortunate enough to work on a handful of various local projects with other songwriters and artists, trying to get my hands on whatever I could at the time to continue learning and expanding my knowledge.
2015 I took on what would be my biggest challenge yet, and decided to engineer and self produce my second full length solo release “Raise Your Glass.” With the help of long time friend, Matt Winegar, encouraging me every step of the way. That was the real turning point for me, where I knew making records and songs every day was something I’d be happy doing.
Shortly after the release of that album I moved out of the studio space, married the love of my life somewhere in between my hectic touring schedule, and moved into our beautiful home in Salt Lake City. The unfinished basement, I realized quickly, was something we wanted to pursue completing and developing into a functioning space before too long.
August of 2018 we found out we were expecting our first little boy, and started to put hammer to nails transforming it into a home studio/recording space. This has become a way for me to dive back into pursuing my love of engineering music and producing, and be able to stay home when I am not on the road. Over that next year or so and with the help of some great friends and family we were able to finish things off into a space at home that I am proud to call my own.
High Desert Recordings is a professional and creative environment that allows me to not only bring my own visions to reality, but to help bring the visions of other songwriters, musicians, and performers to life as well. Next to creating my own songs and music, this is what I truly love the most.
Though roots music (country/folk/bluegrass) is the kind of music that I myself love to write and record, I’m a true music lover like I said before; and I jump at the opportunity to collaborate with just about anyone I can.
The beginning of 2020 I officially opened my doors to the public, offering hourly and daily recording rates for all kinds of projects (singer songwriters, full bands, voice over work, podcast, mixing, etc.).
I truly hope that next time you are looking for a professional recording, collaboration, or just want to pop in to say hello and see the space, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and stop on by!
For more information and to contact Lorin, visit his bio page.
Currently in the control room I work through Avid’s Pro Tools recording software, paired through my Universal Audio x8p interface, and numerous digital plug-ins (UA, SSL, etc.)
In house microphones include :
* Matched Stereo pair of AKG XLII414’s
* Warm Audio 87
* Sure 7 / 57 / 58
In house instruments/amplifiers include :
* Teton STS 150ent
* Teton STS155cent
* Gibson J45
* Fender Mexican Telecaster
* Saga Banjo
* 79′ Fender Pro Reverb Amplifier