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Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil

Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil

Kurt and Kristin have spent over 20 years recording independent-label rock bands in their recording studio.


Kurt Reil and Kristin Pinell are co-owners of House of Vibes productions. Tucked away in an unassuming house in central New Jersey, they run a full service commercial recording studio offering artists the intimate opportunity to work with musician/producers skilled in blending modern digital technology with analog recording and vintage gear.

Kurt and Kristin founded HOV along with Kurt's brother Rick Reil in 1993 as a project studio for their powerhouse psychedelic rock band The Grip Weeds. It quickly expanded into a business when the sonic quality and creativity of the The Grip Weeds recordings began to attract the attention of outside artists like The Smithereens, Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucas, Richard X. Heyman to name a few.

Kurt is equal parts skilled engineer and talented musician. For nearly 20 years he has honed his engineering and production craft at HOV. His performance experience as a singing drummer for the Grip Weeds and as a session player for numerous artists including Mark Lindsay (from Paul Revere & The Raiders) and Brian Wilson (the mastermind behind the Beach Boys), give him a unique perspective to the recording process.  

Kristin studied guitar and flute at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Hartford Conservatory. She brings her trained ear and years of touring and performing experience to the sessions at HOV and as a contributor to the Adorama Learning Center's Pro Audio department.  She also teaches guitar and handles studio operations with her BS in business. 

 

Check out the latest music video by Kurt and Kristin's band, The Grip Weeds:

 

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Basic Miking Techniques for Recording Pop/Rock Music

Microphones for Music, Part 2

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, July 28, 2011

In the second part of a two-part series, we explain how to use mics in the studio and on stage to record voices and instruments.

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TAGS: microphone,  Audio,  Sennheiser,  Audio-Technica,  Shure,  Electro-Voice 

Choosing a microphone for recording your music

Microphones for Music, Part 1

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, July 20, 2011

Ready to record music? Learn basic microphone principles and techniques in this two-part series! We've used all of the techniques presented here countless times in our own pro recording studio with great results. They are, however, meant to be a just starting point because you can achieve so many different results from the same mic.

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Product Review: Lexicon MX-200 Dual Reverb USB Effects Processor

Legendary Lexicon Sound at a Bargain Price

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, June 14, 2011

Looking for a versatile multi-effects processor for either your live rig or the recording studio? The Lexicon MX-200 offers pro-quality sound and functionality at an amazing price.

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TAGS: Audio,  sound,  Lexicon 

Product Review: Shure SM81-LC Handheld Condenser Microphone

With true-to-life sound, this mic's a Shure thing

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, June 14, 2011

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It's an industry favorite small condenser studio & stage microphone. Has the Shure SM81-LC stood the test of time?

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TAGS: microphone,  Audio,  pro audio 

Product Review: Mackie Onyx 1620i Firewire Recording Mixer

A Blend of Classic Analog and Modern Digital Features

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, June 14, 2011

The classic “hands-on” control of an analog mixer blended with a firewire interface for your computer makes the Mackie Onyx 1620i a powerful tool for stage or studio.

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TAGS: Audio,  sound,  pro audio,  Mackie 

Guide to Studio Monitors

Choosing Monitors For Your Recording Studio

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, June 14, 2011

The ultimate goal in selecting studio monitors is to find a pair that will give you an accurate representation of your recordings.

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TAGS: monitor,  Audio,  sound,  pro audio,  speakers 

Buying Guide: Live Mixers

Any search for a mixer starts with one question: What are you going to use it for?

ArticleProfessional Audio Techniques and How-Tos - by Kristin Pinell & Kurt Reil, June 13, 2011

Mixers all basically do the same thing. They allow control over multiple signals (voices, instruments ,or tracks), being sent to either a live PA system or for recording and mixing purposes. Their features vary greatly depending on the application(s) they were designed for.

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TAGS: processing,  Audio,  sound,  pro audio,  Mackie,  mixer 

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