About Us

Deep Signal Studios work extensively in audio tape archival, digitizing both analog and digital multitrack and 2-track tape session for clients looking to remix or master 70s, 80's and 90's recording sessions in-the-box for commercial re-releases or safe keeping. We also provide video tape transfers. Our studio facility in Long Beach, Ca, USA (inside the 30 mile studio zone) owned and run by Mario Escalante and Nick Dynice has over 50 media playback machines on hand that we use for media transfers. We can also convert over 30 different sequencer, DAW and notation files from the 80s, 90s and 2000's to formats that can be read in modern software.

Nick Dynice attended midi sequencing and synthesis classes as a freshman at Cypress College under the guidance of saxophone player and professor Tommy Thomas by learning Texture running on a 386 PC with a Roland MPU-401, Yamaha DX7, Emu Proteus, Roland S-550 sampler, Oberheim Matrix 6, Roland D-50, and Alesis D4. The next year his best friend Mario Escalante would join him at Long Beach City College for additional midi and recording classes under the guidance of Nancy Allen, Dr. George Shaw, Maurice Love, Tim Parsch and Charles Gutierrez learning audio theory, multitrack recording on a 16 track 1 inch tape machine, 2 inch analog 24 track machine, and 3 synced ADAT, Pro Tools, midi sequencing, and sampling. The LBCC computer lab used Opcode Vision on a Mac Classic, Kawai K4r and K1, Roland Juno 106, Yamaha TX-81Z, and Roland DJ-70 sampler.

They started their first midi studio in Mario’s garage with a Macintosh Performa and Opcode EZ Vision with an Emu general midi sound module followed by the Kawai K4r, Juno 60, Chroma Polaris, and SCI Tom drum machine. The year was 1995. Soon, they were scouring music stores and secondhand shops for analog synthesizers which were just about to make a huge comeback due to the mid 90’s electronic music explosion with bands like The Chemical Brothers, The Orb, Orbital, Underworld, and Aphex Twin. Nick worked in musical instrument retail sales which allowed him to buy up many older pieces that customers were bringing in to sell such as the Roland Jupiter 8, Juno 106, and Juno 2. The duo honed their production and engineering skills both at school and in their home studio creating industrial, techno, electronica and drum and bass over the years with their studio set up at various private studios, working primarily on personal projects, and acquiring more vintage and modern pieces.

In the early 2000s many mainstream electronic music production moved over to complete software production with platforms like Reason and VST plugin synthesizers, samplers, drum machines and effects. Despite the trends they held onto their vintage hardware pieces. They, along with other producers still craved not only the tactile feel of hardware but also the warm analog sound which has still not been perfected by software. So in 2016 they decided to open Deep Signal Studios as a commercial recording studio for vintage synthesizer recording and rentals which includes over 60 modern and vintage instruments used in classical canon of electronic music from the late 70’s, the dawn of midi in the 80’s, the vintage analog comeback of the 90’s and the comeback of new analog hardware at the present day.

Nick and Mario have worked in music instrument and pro sound retail sales, consumer and pro audio tech support, freelance and in-house A/V operations and administration (video projection, live sound reinforcement), and have produced a number of music projects over the past 20 years. Mario holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, and certificate in Recording Engineering while Nick has earned certificates in Recording Engineering, Record Production, Studio Assistant and Pro Tools Assistant from Long Beach City College. Nick has provided sound design for Michal Lewy's Bigfoot Island series of short films which have exhibited at the Center of Contemporary Artists and Umass Amherst Department of Art.

We have has more than 60 modern and vintage synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines ready to be played and recorded (by hand or by MIDI) into Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Cubase and a variety of tape formats, if desired, for use in audio and music production. We are 19 miles from Downtown LA and 9 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB).

Mario Escalante and Nick Dynice

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Why Choose Deep Signal Studios?

  • File conversion work and tape transfers can be tedious and frustrating. Your time as an artist is better spent working on your music and mixes on a platform you know.
  • All work is completed by certified engineers with over 20 years experience with DAWs, MIDI sequencers, notation software, synthesizers, samplers, and tape machines. We have comprehensive knowledge about everything that has come and gone, as well as all current and emerging platforms.
  • Services are performed by native English speakers in the recording capital of the world, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Your files are secure. All work is performed in-house and in strict confidentiality. Client files are archived for 30-days upon completion of the project, and promptly destroyed thereafter.
  • How did Southern California become the recording capital of the world?

    Two reasons: motions pictures and rock 'n roll. First, a few brothers wanted to make movies while evading Thomas Edison's patent fees on the moving picture, so they left the north eastern United States and went to the opposite corner of the country, to LA. Their names where Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Wonskolaser. Their last name was then Americanized into Warner and they become known as The Warner Brothers. Soon, other movie studios followed, and movies needed sound. The second reason: When The Byrds wanted to start fresh with their songwriting process and get away from the folk purists in NYC they moved to Laurel Canyon to further define Dylan's electric folk concept, and the result was Mr. Tambourine Man. Then Zappa, CSNY, and all of the rest followed, making LA a rock recording destination. Also, The Wrecking Crew did most of their sessions in LA.