Merging the Finest of Old and New
At The Parlor, our goal is nothing short of giving you the best recording experience of your life.
— Matt Grondin, Owner
The Parlor was born out of several inspiring moments for engineer and co-owner Matt Grondin, the biggest inspiration being working out of Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. Seeing the aesthetics and build quality first-hand, as well as hearing the sound that was possible with their API and Neve consoles, he knew this place was special and was built to a standard higher than anywhere else he’d ever worked before.
After working with engineer Elliot Scheiner on Blackbird Studio A’s Neve 8078 and hearing what he was able to coax from it, Grondin knew this was the only type of desk he would ever want to install in a new studio. A few years later, working on Dockside Studio’s Neve 8058, which sounded so good but was a good two and a half hours away from New Orleans, he was inspired to bring a vintage Neve sound to the legendary music city, a place he had recently relocated to as a musician.
Investors were found, namely his mother Judy Van Zant, an entrepreneur in the music business, a console was located, and a building was acquired. He would soon learn however, as has anyone who has ever built something in New Orleans, that it wasn’t going to be the most straightforward process.
Mired in permitting and bureaucratic red tape, as well as going through an entire construction/design/architecture team before finding the right crew, the studio took almost 4 years from inception to completion. However, with the Neve installed and commissioned as of December, 2014, tape has been rolling almost non-stop from day one and The Parlor is now poised to help create the next great chapter of New Orleans’ esteemed musical history.
The Parlor is heavily focused on preserving classic recording gear and techniques. While we don’t believe there is any right and wrong way to make a record per se, we do think that there are tried and true methods to making a great and timeless album. While digital is capable of some amazing things, we try to achieve the best possible analog front-end, using real instruments over emulations and encourage musicians to naturally play in time and sing in pitch to the best of their abilities on the way to tape (or Pro Tools).