Baltimore - Washington, D.C.

Inner Ear Studios

  • 2701 South Oakland Street
  • Arlington VA 22206
  • Website

The Scoop

Started in Don Zientara's basement in the late 70s, Inner Ear has played host to virtually all of Washington, D.C.'s punk and alternative bands from Minor Threat on up. Since moving to a large commercial space in 1989, Inner Ear has hosted all kinds of projects - chorale singers, film composers, classical & jazz musicians even books on tape.

ROOM RATES with ENGINEER (hourly): Contact for Rates
Clients/Credits: Andrew Bird, A Public Good, Avail, The Bad Brains, Big Apple Circus, Beauty Pill, Beggars Made Believers, Bikini Kill, Black Eyes, Burning Airlines, Vic Chesnutt, Channels, Dag Nasty, Dismemberment Plan, The Evens, Fugazi, Grandsons (of the Pioneers), Dave Grohl, Half Japanese, Jawbox, Jimmy Eat World, Joe Lally, Lungfish, Minor Threat, Bob Mould, Nation of Ulysses, National Gallery of Art, O. A. R., The Promise Ring, Q And Not U, The Rites of Spring, Henry Rollins, The Skeptics, Scream, Shudder To Think, Thomas Circle Singers, Washington Balalika Society
Key Staff / In-House or Associated Talent: Don Zientara
Special Features: Analog Recording, Lounge


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: Otari MTR-90 II 24 track recorder, AMEK Angela Console w/ Neve preamps, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Alesis Masterlink HD Recorder, Studer A-80 2-track tape machine, Otari MX-5050 analog recorder, Tascam DA30 mkII, Apogee Rosetta AD
Outboard Gear: Ampeg tube preamps, Vintech Audio Dual 72, Sytek MPX-4A, Avalon 737SP pre/comp/EQ, Blue Robbie, Aphex 207, Universal Audio LA-610; Dynamics by AMEK, Anthony DeMaria Labs, Altec, dbx (various), Valley, Orban, Aphex, Custom, Klark-Teknik; Signal processing by Lexicon, TC Electronics, Aphex, BBE, Wendel Jr., Rockman, Alesis
Microphones: Over 130 mics... made by AKG, Altec, Audio-Technica, Audix, Beyer, Blue, Cascade, CAD, CT Audio, Electro-Voice, Fender, Milab, Neumann, Rode, Oktava, Sennheiser, Shure, Stedman, TOA, Yamaha
Monitoring: Westlake BBSM-12s, Mackie HR824s, Yamaha NS10s, 6 ch. artist headphone mixes
Software: Pro Tools, Digital Performer
Instruments & Amps: Hammond organ, Farfisa organ, Cable-Nelson piano, Various guitars and basses, Amps by Fender, Ampeg, Mesa, Silvertone, Vox, and Hartke