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New Grand Prairie Rec Center Will Have a Recording Studio for Up-and-Coming Artists

This is the beginning of a recording studio.
This is the beginning of a recording studio. courtesy The Epic
There's been plenty of news about Grand Prairie's groundbreaking year-round water park, Epic Waters, which opened in January, but the city has much greater plans for its recreation center. And musicians all around the area will benefit.

The Epic Recording Studio is set to open by the end of the summer, according to a press release.

The studio is 1,100 square feet and will be able to comfortably track a full band while isolating each instrument and providing musicians with lines of sight to all of the performers in the room, says Zach Balch, supervisor of arts and media for The Epic.

Balch says the studio is complete with Protools, preamps, an analogue mixing board, and in-house instruments and microphones.

“It’s a nicer studio than I’ve worked with in my career,” Balch says.

With each studio reservation, a sound engineer will be available to ensure the quality of the recording.

“We want to provide a kind of vertical experience for young artists,” Balch says. “You know, getting in the studio, learn how it works a little bit, get comfortable, learning how to use a click track, learn how to keep your instruments tuned and have your parts prepared.”

Balch says the facility can be more forgiving to up-and-coming artists than a commercial studio because they will not be charged an hourly rate for the time they spend recording.

Amanda Alms, general manager of The Epic facilities, says the project stems from the vision of Rick Herold, Grand Prairie's director of parks, arts and recreation, to reimagine recreation centers. She says The Epic can offer a lot of opportunities and potentially be a package deal for those looking to start careers in music.

The Epic also offers “a 250-capacity music venue, as well as a very large 5,000-capacity amphitheater for national acts,” for musicians and bands to use once their songs have been released, Balch says.

“We can teach you how to be in the studio, we can put out a good record [and] we can have it released in that venue,” Balch says.

“We have ample parking, we have alcohol and food, we have a police station right next door so you feel safe in there,” she says. “And we are located right off the George Bush between I-20 and 30. You know, it’s super central to the entire Metroplex.”
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Jacob Vaughn, a former Brookhaven College journalism student, has written for the Observer since 2018, first as clubs editor. More recently, he's been in the news section as a staff writer covering City Hall, the Dallas Police Department and whatever else editors throw his way.
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