Saturation Acres Recording Studio

Saturation Acres flagSaturation Acres is a recording studio located in DuPont, PA. It is owned and operated by Bret Alexander, songwriter, guitarist, and producer for The Badlees, a band which reached national success in the 1990s and continues to enjoy great regional success to this day. Alexander opened Saturation Acres in 1999 at its original location near Danville, PA along with fellow Badlee Paul Smith. The duo had recently recorded and produced the Badlees’ album Amazing Grace independently in Alexander’s basement, after the band found itself in major label “limbo” the previous year. The result was an album that sounded as good as anything coming from the major studios and a rekindled fire by Alexander and Smith to do more studio work (both had started out as studio engineers before forming the Badlees in 1990).

For nearly a decade and a half, the studio has been the most highly regarded and respected in Central Pennsylvania as hundreds of projects have been produced at Saturation Acres. These projects have crossed the musical spectrum from hard rock/heavy metal to country/Americana and just about everywhere between. There is also a great diversity in the level of artists with national acts like Breaking Benjamin and Darcie Miner recording in the same place as scores of regional acts like Mycenea Worley, HotWingJones, Ed Randazzo, and a list too long to reasonably list here. Most of the Cygnus Wave releases have had ties with Saturation Acres to varying degrees, with the Imaginary Lines and Animal Society albums having the deepest affiliations.

Bret Alexander in the control room at Saturation AcresIn 2007, Smith left the studio as a full-time partner (although he still works on many projects) and Alexander decided to relocate to the less rural, current setting in the heart of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton corridor of Northeastern PA. Although the studio has lost some of the mystique of its former remote setting, it’s new locations gains much in convenience for artists. Alexander says the most rewarding aspect of his work is when he takes a mish-mash of ideas within a band and forges them into a cohesive direction. As he put it in an interview a few years ago;

It’s so cool to get them in a room, and get them on the same team, and start to figure out exactly who they are. And all of a sudden, it’s like ‘OK. Now we know. Now we know who we are, and what we’re good at. Before, they were just playing.”

Ric Albano

Our Radical New Look

Cygnus Wave New LogoCygnus Wave has made a major aesthical transition as we’ve added much functionality to our site. This will provide fans with a great atmosphere to check out the songs and features of our artists. Beyond the facelift, we have added much functionality, primarily by adding pages for each song from our catalog of album releases. Our main mission is to provide exposure to this great music and we look to only improve and grow from here.

Cygnus Wave Old LogoSo we pay a final tribute to that determined, diving swan which has graced the back covers of all our past CDs from 2005 until the present and has come to signify this scappy, independent company. We look to the future with our new look and functionality and our plans to expand further by offering more great independent music and other products to be introduced soon.

Recording Studios

The music of Cygnus Wave Records as been written, rehearsed, recorded, mixed, and mastered in various studios of differing sizes, technologies, and capabilities over the several decades.

Cygnus Wave Studios

Silver Spring Subterranean

Rathole Studios

Saturation Acres

C&C Music Studio

The Recording Worksop

More info to come on each of these.

Cygnus Wave Blog Archives 2012

November 11, 2012

Wounded Warrior Benefit 11-11-11Last year on Friday, November 11, 2011 we held a Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert at at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire, PA. Absolutely everyone involved was pleasant, upbeat, and helpful and the show could not have gone smoother. When my wife Karyn and I tallied up the all the donations including the door cover, raffle, cash contributions, CD sales by participating musicians, and business and online monetary donations we found that this single event had brought in $1,103. Well, we instantly shook the sofa to scrape up an additional eight bucks to bring that total to $1,111, which fits perfectly with the unique date of this event.

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October 30, 2012

Dolphin Flying In the SkyThe Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 30 to 9 on Sunday in the Jets home stadium. There was a lot of nervousness in the stadium because a hurricane was rapidly approaching. The Dolphins are used to being nervous about hurricanes approaching their own home stadium but the Jets are not.

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September 9, 2012

Imaginary Lines 33Three years ago today, on 09/09/09, we released our biggest release with Imaginary Lines 33. This massive collection of 33-tracks running nearly 2 ½ hours of all original music was written and produced by Ric Albano. The songs are an eclectic mix of thoughtful and philosophical lyrics combined with sonically unique yet melodic music that, while experimental, remains accessible enough to draw in the passive listener. Then it gets better and better with each successive listen.

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August 27, 2012

Vieux Carre, 'The French Quarter'With another major hurricane headed for New Orleans, we’d like to reflect on the story of the song “Vieux Carre” by Animal Society, which was influenced by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The song was also influenced by a family vacation that we took to the Cresent City just months before that tragedy, and the extraordinary differences between good times and bad.

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August 13, 2012

Hunter S. ThompsonI remember feeling disgusted when I heard the news because he did it while his sonm grandson, and daughter-in-law were in the house and while on the phone with his wife. Aside from my normal repulsion towards suicide, I also found the “grandiose” gesture was a lame attempt to replicate Ernest Hemingway and try to cement his legacy as a rebellious folk hero. I was immediately moved to write some lyrics.

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August 7, 2012

Imaginary Lines 33 promo posterAs we approach the third anniversary of our biggest release yet (Imaginary Liness 33 on 09/09/09), we will be exploring a song a day for the 33 days. This will commence with song #1 “Crimson, White, and Indigo” tomorrow and continue through “Long Way Home” on September 9th, 2012.

The 33 song collection is a semi-compilation which contains all the material from the 2005 album Imaginary Lines I along with updated versions of songs released on Imaginary Lines II in 2007 plus 12 tracks previously unreleased. In total, the 2 disc album runs for nearly two and a half hours.

July 22, 2012

Diane and her daughter, 2007On September 25, 2007, my sister Diane had surgery that changed her life, The surgery to remove a tumor from her optic nerve went terribly wrong, Diane was left with severe brain damage to the left frontal lobe. For months, the doctores told us she wasn’t going to wake up and if she did, she would be in a vegetative state. No one could offer any hope for her future except to suggest that we prepare for the worst.

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July 8, 2012

Saturation Acres promo, 2001For nearly a decade and a half, Saturation Acres recording studio has been the most highly regarded and respected in Central Pennsylvania as hundreds of projects have been produced at Saturation Acres. These projects have crossed the musical spectrum from hard rock/heavy metal to country/Americana and just about everywhere between.

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June 24, 2012

Cygnus Wave blogThere are times when songwriting is just not so serious. One such example for me came in the late spring of 2006, when I sat down to write a song about summertime, but ended up writing a cool riddle which gypped lines from songs from eight of my favorite classic rock artists. The song was “She Said” and each of the nine lines within the three verses begins with “She said…” or “She says…” with either direct or paraphrased quotes from established songs.

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June 10, 2012

Imaginary Lines song storiesIt was as strange and surreal a moment as it was wonderful. The moment that is now captured forever in the quarky little 7-second intro to the song “Lorelei”, started out as a simple enough task but soon escalated into a long and deep yet frustrating conversation.

The tune itself had been bouncing around the house for years with various lyrics and themes but by the summer of 2004 I was in the midst of a prolific writing period and decided to take this simple, jazzy melody of this tune and try to revamp it with a new theme. That theme soon arrived by my merely going to work everyday, with plenty of material coming as a result of one asinine remark after from some of my “enlightened” co-workers, especially in the political context of an election year. I would then go home at night and occasionally hear refreshing remarks from my 6-year-old son Jacob, who seemed amazingly just as interested in Campaign 2004, but yet seemed to make statements just as (if not more) profound then those “grown-ups” had made during the day. I had my new song!

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May 27, 2012

America's VeteransLast Saturday Sound Off for Vets (a site sub-hosted on Cygnus Wave) throw their annual free benefit concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and raised $900 for that great cause. Due to the donated efforts of many volunteers, local business sponsors, and performing musicians, the show was once again a success.

The event took place on City Island in Harrisburg, PA and the four hour show consisted of sets by Pennsylvania artists Chris Nelson, Rhyne McCormick, Michael Anthony Smith and the Dirty Thieving Gypsies, and Shift Seven. Nelson, the benefit’s organizer, claimed this to be the best show since Sound Off began in 2010;

These folks came out and played free of charge in order to help us get the word out about our wounded service men and women…”

The show was videotaped in its entirity and there are discussions about possible DVDs for sale to raise further funds for the cause. On this Memorial Day weekend, it is essential that we all remember and give appreciation to those who put it all on the line in defense of our country, our citizens, and our freedom.

Material Submission

If you are an artist and feel Cygnus Wave would be a good fit as a label, submit some demo material for review. Send an audio CD along with a one-sheet which includes the artist name, members and corresponding instrumentation, songwriting credits, important dates, a brief history of the artist(s), and future goals to:

Cygnus Wave Music
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034

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(717) 829-4224

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