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At Number 9, we understand how stressful it can be to manage a recording studio project from beginning to end. Whether you’re on an indie band budget or trying to follow more complicated financial guidelines, the cost of seeing the final project through to the end always tends to be one of the major stresses involved… no matter what the scope.

And so… what if you’ve never been to Number 9, you’ve always really wanted to work with us because of our outstanding reputation, but you’re reluctant to try something new because, hey, you’ve got your way of doing things and so far it’s worked out okay?

We’ve got the answer.

For any new studio clients, we are offering to mix and master one song – risk-free. We are confident that you will be satisfied with the end result, and that you will find our studio rate is very fair indeed for the service received. On the off chance that you are somehow dissatisfied with what you hear, we will take care of the bill ourselves. That’s right – you won’t pay a nickel if we don’t get the job done (just because we don’t have cents anymore). There are conditions to the offer (click here to read them) but what it sounds like really is pretty much what it is.

Contact us to find out more or to book your risk-free new experience at Number 9.

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Blog Post – New Music – Johnny Max in the house…

Johnny Max in the house recording some new music … Singing some sweet blues!  George says: “Stay tuned for one great album.”

If you haven’t heard Johnny before, here are a few videos to expose you to the large talent of Johnny! on the web, and we’ll give some more updates as the album comes along 🙂


Sony C800Will Smith, 50 Cent, Usher…why did this rent this mic from us? Yes, we offer music equipment rentals!

The Sony C800…why do the artists mentioned above choose it?   Let’s take a quick look!

The Sony C800 is a high-end tube vocal microphone. The mic was made popular for pop and R&B production by users like Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson and many others.  With a pricetag at $11,000 this is not a mic you have laying around anywhere.  And not too many people own them, that’s why when Will Smith was recently in Toronto shooting “Suicide Squad” playing the role of Floyd Lawton / Deadshot he got his people to rent ours!  He was in his hotel room with some time to kill in between scenes and was working on some new material, and was laying down some rhymes in his suite with this sweet mic.  We have it on good authority that there were a few complaints from other hotel guests about the sub speakers rattling things around, but hey, he’s Will Smith!!!

So, it’s become a go-t0 staple for recording R&B, rap, etc, but it is such a versatile mic, many people use them as their mic of choice when recording pianos, acoustic guitars, and more!

User djui5 says on the Sweetwater forum:

07-08-2004, 11:40 PM

“C800…..all the way. The mic sound better on just about everything I’d use it on…and shapes in the mix better. It’s also less “harsh” in the top end which makes it more pleasant to listen to.

Great for vocals, piano, acoustic instruments (just about all of them), room mic’s……………..

After using the 800 I’ve come to not like the sound of the 149…personally….

Though the 149 is a great mic and I wouldn’t complain about having to use one.”

So, you can save up $11,000 and get your own, or you can either rent ours much more affordably and use it at your studio, or book some time at Number 9 and use the Sony, as well as our Neumann.. or the Bechstein… or the Memotron… or the Hammond…or…you get the idea!
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Will Smith – with NOT a C800 😉

And until you rent the mic from us, if anyone comes looking for us, we’re in our secret lab using the DNA on the mic from Will Smith to clone him 😉

We’re in the midst of celebrating our 35th anniversary, so give us a call for a tour of the facilities and to perhaps book in for some time, and check out our client list to see who’s put their faith in us to deliver a stellar product.  Or, trust us with your music equipment rental needs!

And just for fun, here is one of our favourite clips from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon showing what a fun guy Will Smith is…Ladies and Gentlemen, the Evolution of Hip Hop dancing!

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