Welcome to SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, Montana.
SnowGhost Music is a production company, with access to the highest quality audio capture and reproduction systems available. The studio was designed by SnowGhost producer and engineer Brett Allen, and Tom Paddock of Sound Research, who recorded live shows for The Grateful Dead. David Schwind of Salter Associates, and Darin Hoekema of Locati Architects, also played major roles in bringing SnowGhost Music to life.
Brett Allen attended UCSC where he merged music composition and performance, electrical engineering, physics, and economics into an interdisciplinary degree. He met audio synthesis guru Ed Rudnick of E-Mu Systems as per the the recommendation of his professors, and dedicated himself to studying the classic art of analog synthesizers and recording, as well as the future of computer based production. UCSC and the town of Santa Cruz was very progressive with companies like Antares, E-Mu, Universal Audio, Summit Audio, Josephson Microphones, who made themselves available to Brett. This also led to an introduction to Tom Paddock, who would become one of Brett’s biggest mentors and advocates. Eventually Brett met SSL expert Simon VanZwanenberg of The Iso, and spent a few summers studying under him – one in the UK, at famed producer Hugh Padgham’s SSL room Sofa Sound. In addition to the time he spent with Simon learning how to produce music on the classic early SSL 9000 series consoles, Brett had the opportunity to learn how to maintain and service the flagship SSL 9K XL at the factory in Oxford.
Brett has spent his career focusing on producing and engineering for up-and-coming, as well as legendary musicians. A few notables:
Pop - Kris Kristofferson, Jason Lytle, Daniel Johnston, Death Cab for Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, Tim Kasher, Peter Bjorn and John, The Avett Brothers, Yo La Tengo, Here We Go Magic, Mumlers.
Jazz - Wayne Horvitz, Marty Erlich, John Pizzarelli, Monty Alexander.
Experimental/Electronic – Zeena Parkins, Stars of the Lid, Christopher Willits, Matmos, So Percussion, Dan Deacon, Dieter Moebius, Isis, Black Dice.
Folk/Country - Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, John Renbourn, George Kahumoku, Bela Fleck, Charlie Louvin, Del McCoury, Justin Townes Earl.
SnowGhost Music prides itself on focusing on the natural ‘analog sound’ of the golden era of recording, while encouraging modern experimentation in the acoustic and electronic realm.
SnowGhost is endorsed by Solid State Logic, Wilson Audio, VTL, Transparent Audio, Spiral Groove, Lachapell Audio, Telefunken Microphones, and Forssell Technologies.