Welcome to Skylab in Joshua Tree, one of California's premier destination recording studios. Skylab offers an immersive production experience with overnight accommodations available directly on site. Our 2 acre compound is located in the hi desert community of Joshua Tree just a few minutes drive from Joshua Tree National Park. Headed up by veteran producer and engineer Tommy Dietrick whose career in music spans more than 2 decades and includes a multitude of radio songs alongside over 16 million sales in music worldwide. In addition, productions made here have been featured in many films, video games and broadcast television shows. The studio is located 30 minutes from Palm Springs airport and just over 2 hours from Los Angeles. All genres and musical styles are welcome.
Artists who have echoed through our studio walls include a vast array of iconic bands and figures ranging from Robby Krieger of The Doors, to Clem Burke of Blondie, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, members of The Smashing Pumpkins, The Dandy Warhols, Guns N' Roses and The Black Angels to acts like hip hop legend KRS One and Australian supergroup, 5 Seconds Of Summer. From major celebrities such as actor/comedian Kevin Hart to artists like David J (of Bauhaus / Love and Rockets) and "Shoegaze" pioneer Mark Gardener of Ride -- the legacy of the studio continues to attract many of music's greatest artists (see list below).
Skylab has earned a reputation for delivering world class productions. Offering the latest in HD Pro Tools and utilizing only the very best of digital and analog technologies, the studio features a multi-room recording environment and over 1600 square feet of production space with spectacular views from both in and around the studio. From Neve and Universal Audio to API, Shadow Hills, Neumann, Telefunken, Manley, Adam Audio, Mogami and much more, Skylab features top names in the recording industry. View tech info here.
Two house drum kits are always mic'd up and ready to record. Studio A, our largest recording room, features a "12th and Vine" custom made drum kit from C&C drums while Studio B houses an English made Premier set alongside many different choices of cymbals, snares and hardware. Studio C, our primary vocal room, is filled with several microphone choices ranging from condensers to ribbon mics. Choose from Neve 1073 preamps, API, Universal Audio, classic Abbey Road preamps, Manley and much more. Each room offers it's own sound and functionality. Located throughout the studio are both new and vintage amplifiers and instruments for you to play and draw inspiration from. If capturing the live feel is what you are after then you will quickly appreciate the detail and level of care that has gone into all of the room to room interfacing. All cabling throughout the studio is made from the finest high definition quad cabling on the market.
Situated on a mountaintop with scenic panoramic views overlooking the Mojave sits our spacious 5 bedroom / 3 bathroom accommodations. Feel free to sing and play from the house piano with your espresso in the morning or lay down in one of our hammocks and stargaze at night! Lodging is located a short walk from the studio. Additionally, the studio offers tour bus docking with available water and power hookups as well as an EV charging station. Enjoy all that Joshua Tree has to offer. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available. View photos here.
All rates include engineer. Day rate bookings include up to 10 hours of studio time. Lodging can be booked with any day or weekly rate studio block. Hourly rate is $85 per hour (*4 hour min).
COVID-19 POLICY STATEMENT:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to public concern and safety, at this time we are requiring all artists, managers and other participants involved in productions on site to have a COVID-19 self test immediately prior to arrival or have recently been fully vaccinated.
Entire home (Max occupancy 10):
$400 per night (Mon-Thurs)
$450 per night (Fri-Sun)
1 Room rental (2 people max):
$150 per night (Mon-Thurs)
$175 per night (Fri-Sun)
2 Room rental (4 people max)
$225 per night (Mon-Thurs)
$250 per night (Fri-Sun)
3 Room rental (6 people max)
$275 per night (Mon-Thurs)
$300 per night (Fri-Sun)
4 Room rental (8 people Max)
$325 per night (Mon-Thurs)
$350 per night (Fri-Sun)
Tour Bus / RV Hookup / EV charging station (*please call for rate info.)
The maximum sleeping occupancy in the home is 10 people. To accommodate more guests we also offer off site housing as well as spaces for tour busses and RV's.
Our studio accommodations feature spacious common areas, panoramic views, modern appliances, cozy bedrooms, a large kitchen, espresso bar, outdoor fire pit, BBQ, a patio bar with taps and private parking. Family style dinners are a specialty here and often the fun had during the day in the studio is often rivaled by late nights of star gazing and bonfires. Lodging can be booked with any day rate booking. Please note there is a 1.5% summer energy use surcharge applied to all bookings June 1st - September 15th.
There are many local attractions, entertainment and places to dine just a short drive away. The National Park entrance and downtown Joshua Tree are nearby.
Need catering? Let us know in advance and we can arrange daily food drops, fine dining and more.
Whether you are staying for 1 day, 1 week or a month and beyond, reach out to discuss your personalized experience. We pride ourselves in catering to your needs and offer additional services from on site hired personal chefs, personal trainers, yoga and guided hiking tours for downtime activities. Call for more info.
We now offer off site mobile recording. Our mobile HD production rig includes all of the necessary equipment for set up of recording, editing and mixing as well as a professional engineer. Please call for rates and more details. *Please note: A minimum of 3-4 weeks advance notice is needed for all mobile bookings.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking.
Skylab is celebrating 20 years a an active recording studio (2001-2021). In 2016, the studio relocated from Encino, California to Joshua Tree and began a new chapter. For the past 5 years we have been operating at our new location, where we offer expanded resources for our artists including on site lodging, video production, in house mastering, mobile recording and producer workshops.
Feel free to call the studio at (818) 571-4595 or e-mail us at: email@example.com
We are happy to custom tailor a plan that works for your project. Additionally, if you have already recorded your tracks, we offer remote mixing, mastering, editing and re-amping services.
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