History of The Piano Studio

The Piano Studio is a full service recording studio that specializes in piano-based soloists and ensembles.

We offer two world-class pianos to choose from - a Steinway 9' concert grand and a Baldwin 7' studio grand. Both pianos are professionally voiced and regulated on a regular basis and kept in "concert ready" condition to satisfy the most discriminating pianist.

These truly exceptional instruments reside in a spacious 700 ft² live tracking room with elegant hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings; the engineers are discreetly downstairs in the 600 ft² control room, leaving you comfortable to be yourself and sound your best.

While we do specialize in producing first class piano tracks, we love to record everyone! Violinists, classical chamber groups, solo cellists and acoustic guitarists, jazz sextets, opera divas, chinese guzheng players, and rock bands, along with many others, have chosen to record at The Piano Studio.

We have recently relocated to a wonderful new space about ten minutes North of downtown Seattle, in a quiet suburb full of old growth trees and unrestricted parking all around. The current location follows eight successful years on Seattle's Capitol Hill, and one year in our original space in Albuquerque N.M.

The studio is owned and operated by pianist Martin Buff, but sessions are available with long time house engineer Alex Rose and we welcome independent engineers.

16 MAY

Kara Hesse on the Steinway!

Video shoot with an up-and-coming singer/songwriter.

Martin Buff

We were delighted to have the wonderful Kara Hesse (www.karahesse.com) in the studio the other day. A local singer/songwriter, Kara has an eclectic range of musical influences, with roots in Jazz, Folk, Soul, Blues, Funk, Classic Rock and Barbershop. All of these blend together into a beautiful, innovative sound.

While working on a new album, she dropped by the studio to record a video demo for one of her original songs, "Just Outside Your Door". She brought along her own engineer (Kellen Shimizu AKA TheHitManBeatz) and videographer (Ben Hampton of Magical Touch Media) to put the track together. We provided the room and the piano, our premier 9' Steinway Model D concert grand.

You can check out more of Kara Hesse's music at ReverbNation.
Images courtesy of Ben Hampton.

Rumor has it this talented artist will be back before too long to do a full studio recording of this song!