T+L Reports: Hey Now, You're a Rock Star
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T+L Reports: Hey Now, You're a Rock Star

You've heard of vanity publishing—now get ready for
vanity recording. Sonoma Mountain
Studio Estate
(www.studioestate.com), a $12 million
recording complex in the California
wine country, allows wealthy wannabe crooners to cut their
own albums. For a starting price
of around $750,000, you get the run of the compound,
comprising a 12-room Colonial-style main
house, two cottages, and a tennis court, for two weeks. Then
there's the studio, outfitted
with a vintage Neve 8048 console. If you have no idea what
that means, fear not—the
price covers the services of recording engineer Scott
Church, who has worked with Bob Dylan
and Cher. Can't play an instrument?No matter. Bang out your
best "Chopsticks" on the Grotrian
225 concert grand, and Church and his team can add a string
quartet, drum loops, even backup
celebrity vocals. By the time you leave, you'll have a
five-track record—but you'll
have to spend at least another half mil to get a radio
station to play it. —P.J.L.

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