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ABOUT US

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Our Staff

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Jim Eno

Owner, Producer, Engineer, Mixer

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Anyone familiar with the touring schedule of Spoon will be shocked to see how many artists have benefited from Spoon founding member Jim’s production ear.

But it is that same work ethic combined with his finely tuned engineering skills, master at his own Public Hi-Fi Studios, that he has lent to the many artists he’s worked with over the years.

A quick internet search will reveal how highly Jim is regarded in the hotbed music scene of his hometown of Austin TX & beyond, but you won’t find Jim talking himself up, he’s more interested in making great music and letting the records do the talking for him.

Jim’s Projects

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Brad Bell

Engineer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer

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See Brad’s credits at allmusic. Get in touch with Brad via e-mail: brad.phf(at)gmail(dot)com

Brad’s Projects

History

The studio to be eventually known as Public Hi-Fi was started by Jim Eno in 1998, while working on Spoon’s 3rd album, Girls Can Tell. The band had become very frustrated with the cost of studio time in Austin and wanted to be able to take time to develop songs in the studio, so Jim converted a detached garage into a one room studio (with a closet used for isolation). He purchased an Ampex MM1200 16 track tape machine from John “The Best” Vanderslice and a Trident 24 board from a former studio owner.

From then on he began adding more gear to fill out the offerings at the studio. In 2003 he purchased a Neve 8016 from a broker in London. The Neve was in bad shape, so electronics wiz Garry Creiman was drafted to rebuild it. During the rebuild, the Neve’s serial number was discovered written in pencil on the inside of the armrest of the console – #A41. This dated the console to 1969-1970 and marked it as the 41st console made by Neve. With this in mind, and knowing that the broker was going to sell the console for parts, the often-frustrating rebuild became a restoration project. Spoon’s Gimme Fiction was tracked on the Neve at Public Hi-Fi.

After the completion of Gimme Fiction, the original garage/studio was torn down to make way for the new studio. Built on the same structure, yet two times the footprint and two stories high, Public Hi-Fi was designed from the ground up to be a recording studio, with conduits for wiring, floating floors, multi-wall construction, acoustic doors/seals, double windows, etc. During the project, Jim worked very closely with Austin architect Mark Canada to create an acoustically sound, comfortable, and creative environment for recording. A unique look was desired for the live room, and after following discussions about the Adobe brick walls at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio, Adobe brick was chosen for some of the interior walls at Public Hi-Fi. In addition to looking great, Adobe is porous, and therefore less acoustically harsh than normal brick. Frank Myer, an Austin musician and sustainable living builder, enthusiastically hand crafted each Adobe brick for the studio. Frank also suggested earthen plaster for the remaining walls in the live room and control room, and this was applied directly to the sheetrock, toning down the reflections of the walls. The earthen plaster and Adobe brick create a very unique vibe in the studio’s live room.

The control room was designed by Steven Durr. He recommended Urei 813 time aligned speakers which have been a great addition to the studio. In addition to sounding amazing and getting really loud, the Urei speakers make tracking in the control room a possibility, offering the musician the nice alternative of playing along without headphones. The studio was completed in March of 2006. Spoon was the first session to record in the new studio. The session was mildly successful, as is true for any first session. However, the studio is now a well-oiled machine and has been very busy since the March 2006 opening.

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From then on he began adding more gear to fill out the offerings at the studio. In 2003 he purchased a Neve 8016 from a broker in London. The Neve was in bad shape, so electronics wiz Garry Creiman was drafted to rebuild it. During the rebuild, the Neve’s serial number was discovered written in pencil on the inside of the armrest of the console – #A41. This dated the console to 1969-1970 and marked it as the 41st console made by Neve. With this in mind, and knowing that the broker was going to sell the console for parts, the often-frustrating rebuild became a restoration project. Spoon’s Gimme Fiction was tracked on the Neve at Public Hi-Fi.

After the completion of Gimme Fiction, the original garage/studio was torn down to make way for the new studio. Built on the same structure, yet two times the footprint and two stories high, Public Hi-Fi was designed from the ground up to be a recording studio, with conduits for wiring, floating floors, multi-wall construction, acoustic doors/seals, double windows, etc. During the project, Jim worked very closely with Austin architect Mark Canada to create an acoustically sound, comfortable, and creative environment for recording. A unique look was desired for the live room, and after following discussions about the Adobe brick walls at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio, Adobe brick was chosen for some of the interior walls at Public Hi-Fi. In addition to looking great, Adobe is porous, and therefore less acoustically harsh than normal brick. Frank Myer, an Austin musician and sustainable living builder, enthusiastically hand crafted each Adobe brick for the studio. Frank also suggested earthen plaster for the remaining walls in the live room and control room, and this was applied directly to the sheetrock, toning down the reflections of the walls. The earthen plaster and Adobe brick create a very unique vibe in the studio’s live room.

The control room was designed by Steven Durr. He recommended Urei 813 time aligned speakers which have been a great addition to the studio. In addition to sounding amazing and getting really loud, the Urei speakers make tracking in the control room a possibility, offering the musician the nice alternative of playing along without headphones. The studio was completed in March of 2006. Spoon was the first session to record in the new studio. The session was mildly successful, as is true for any first session. However, the studio is now a well-oiled machine and has been very busy since the March 2006 opening.

   

OUR GEAR

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Recorded at Public Hi-Fi

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Arcade Fire The Suburbs
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Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
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Nada Surf If I Had A Hi-Fi
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Edie Brickell S/T
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Bill Callahan Apocalypse
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Spoon Girls Can Tell

Our Clients include:

OUR LABEL

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Our Releases

About the Label

Jim Eno – founding member of Spoon and noted producer – created Public Hi-Fi Records in March 2013 as an outlet for music projects he loves: for the unsigned artists he’s recorded, and as a place to issue special pressings of previously unreleased tracks from his array of artist sessions. He curates the entire label, producing and engineering each release with an aim for the highest sound quality possible. All releases are on 12-inch vinyl with accompanying high quality digital downloads.

CONTACT

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General Inquiries

For general Public Hi-Fi bookings, rates, or questions, please contact us at: public.hifi@gmail.com

Inquiries for Jim Eno

For producing, engineering, or mixing inquiries for Jim Eno, please contact: 

Paul Adams
Bang The Drum
paul@btdrum.com
Tel : +1 917 573 1278
www.btdrum.com

F.A.Q.

Click here for a studio floorplan PDF

Where are you located?  The studio is centrally located in Austin, TX, about 5 minutes from downtown.

What are your payment terms? 50% at booking, the remainder at the end of the session.

Please E-mail us for rates and booking information

Helpful Information in and around Austin and near the studio:

Restaurants: 

BBQ: Franklin, Rubys Mexican: Maudies, Torchies, El Chilito Coffee: Medici, Houndstooth, Thunderbird Others: Uchi/UchikoParksideAstiVino VinoGalaxy Cafe, Austin Java

Places to Stay:  

Hotels: coming soon  Rental Apartments (mention Public Hi-Fi when booking): Studio, Carriage House