Deep Signal Studios is owned by Mario Escalante and Nick Dynice
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, and Tim Parsch and Charles Gutierrez learning audio theory, multitrack recording on 2 inch analog and 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. 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. 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.
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