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.”

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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.

Sinclair Soul

Sinclair Soul core membersSinclair Soul is the latest (and final) original rock and roll project of producer, composer and arranger Ric Albano. This project derives from Imaginary Lines (2004-2009), with updated versions of some of the songs released on the 2009 triple-length album Imaginary Lines 33, along with compositions written throughout the 2010s.

Sinclair Soul plays a diverse breath of rock influenced from the classic era with a modern twist. The initial Sinclair Soul album, The Journey, was released digitally on June 26, 2017, with a second album, Reflections of Relevance coming on March 27, 2018. Both of these albums were co-produced by Albano and Bret Alexander, who also plays multiple instruments on the recordings. Rounding out the core of this group is drummer and percussionist Ron Simasek.

The name Sinclair Soul has long been used as an alias by Albano in both music and beyond (Sinclair Soul was previously cited as a “championship-level background singer who has lent his talents to Cygnus Wave artists”}. It was adopted as the official cannon of all of his 21st century music projects in 2013 with a planned phase-out of the use of the title “Imaginary Lines”.

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Sinclair Soul website
Video for the song “Found Love” by Sinclair Soul

 

     

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.