Audio Recording Studio

Welcome to GilderSound Recording

This is the home of GilderSound Recording, an audio recording studio in Forest Lake, Minnesota. GilderSound is owned and operated by Randy Gildersleeve.

Randy at the helm

You may contact Randy by phone at 612-868-2582 or by e-mail at to book studio time, arrange to have a live event recorded or book a live performance by one of Randy's and his wife Sandy's groups or ensembles.

More information about GilderSound's services, gear, clients and history is available in the right-hand menu selections. For video clips of the recording process in action, check out the Inside the Studio section. MP3s of recordings made in the studio are also available in the Audio Samples section.

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New vocal booth

GilderSound gets a makeover
Starting in fall 2010, the studio went through a major renovation and equipment upgrade. Randy hired noted studio designer Dave Ahl to analyze his existing spaces and also design a vocal booth. Ahl's crew built and installed absorber wall panels and diffusors for the control room and new booth. The booth itself was built by contractor Rob Jutz, with wiring help from Rob Anderson. The result was a big improvement in the control room acoustics and the booth is terrific for recording vocals and instruments. The studio now has three rooms where musicians can record simultaneously.

New vocal booth

A long list of new gear is part of the makeover. A Mac Pro computer equipped with Pro Tools HD3 Accel and top plugins and virtual instruments, including Melodyne, Avid Heat, Native Instruments Kontact 8, Waves Platinum, and Massenberg EQ's. The Apogee Symphony system brings A/D and D/A conversion to a new level. The Great River MixMaster 20 is a compact mixer with excellent preamps and monitoring capabilities and 20 channels of analog goodness during mixing. A patchbay system make it possible to use many combinations of our extensive array of outboard gear while recording, mixing, or mastering. Recent additions include eq's from API and Maag, compressors by A Designs, Retro, and Inward Connections, and the superb Bricasti M7 reverb. Top it off with some additions to the mic locker and instrument collection and let's not forget the refurbished vintage Rhodes electric piano. I know I'm bragging, but I think this is a special place to record.

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