Lonnie's Farm is a purpose built artist focused recording studio located in the heart of America in Belleville, Illinois' Historic Brewery District just outside St. Louis, MO. The studio is equipped with high quality tape machines, classic vacuum tube and solid state gear and advanced modern digital equipment along with coveted and rare microphones known for their great tone throughout history. Featured formats include 8, 16 and 24 tracks on two inch tape along with modern multitrack digital Pro Tools and Logic platforms for recording and editing.
The facility focuses solely on music and provides an artist friendly atmosphere of elevated quality in an inspiring and relaxed setting working to capture vibes, excitement, hearts, soul and energies of music and songs.
The studio was founded in 2016 by Don Bailey, a life-long musician, engineer, venue owner and promoter.
The studio is named after Don’s dad and the Illinois farm Don grew up on.
meet Don Bailey:
Don Bailey started playing music at age four when he received a Sears Roebuck electric organ for Christmas. He played trombone in school bands from fourth grade through high school and starting playing guitar at age ten. Don opened a small indie studio, named Bird Records, in an abandoned train station in his late teens. While recording independent and label bands, working various jobs and playing music in clubs he saved money to open a music venue, the Three-1-Three Club, when he was twenty-seven. Don moved into a second floor apartment across the block from the venue and lived without electricity and took showers at the YMCA for a few years to keep the venue open and going. Booking original music of all genres at the venue eventually turned to great success that gained National recognition and popularity which included shows by The Verve Pipe, Old 97's, Fragile Porcelain Mice, Drive By Truckers, MTV, Hum, Matchbox Twenty and Sponge to name a few. In 2006, after nine years of running the music venue Don fell on hard times when the city in which the venue operated decided the live shows of touring bands and big crowds attending had become a nuisance to the town. Don was arrested numerous times fighting to keep the venue open as a place for original music to be heard in the midwest. Don eventually closed the Three-1-Three Club just a few months before its ten year anniversary. He regained ground by cooking and opening a place named EurOrleans Bistro and a few years later opened a small music club/diner, named Locovores in Illinois before opening a venue named Evangeline's in St. Louis Missouri in 2013. Through the years Don has traveled the world with his own bands. He has booked more than eight thousand shows supporting live and original music locally and nationally, and has worked with independent, label artists, and bands throughout North America, Europe, Central America, and Japan engineering live sound and award winning studio recordings.
Owner and Founder: Evangeline's Bistro & Music House. 2013-present
Musician: The Bob Band (St. Louis,MO/Millstadt,IL). 1994-present
Owner & founder: Lonnie's Farm Recording Studio. 2016-present
Former owner and founder: Three-1-Three Music Club. 1997-2006
Former owner and founder: EurOrleans Bistro. 2006-2013
Former owner and founder: Bird Records. 1990-1997
Musician: The Viduals. 1985-1989
ANALOG TAPE MACHINES:
Sony/MCI 24 Track / 2" tape (x2).
Tascam 8516 16 Track
Otari MX5050lll 8 Track
Tascam MSR16 16 Track
Fostex 8 Track 1/4" tape.
Modified Ampex AG440 2 track - 15/30ips with Lundahl transformers.
32 In / 32 out Apogee Symphony ThunderBridge.
Mac 3.3 Ghz / 8 core / 32G RAM.
M-Audio Mac Syncman.
Custom 32 Channel/80 input D&R ORION with eight Floating Subgroups, made in the Netherlands. Modified PSU.
540 Point Patch-bay.
Studio wired with Mogami Cable.
Tektronix 2215 60MHz Oscilloscope.
Leader LAG-126S Precision Signal Generator.
Teac Model TO-8 Test Tone Oscillator.
Magnetic Reference Labs Calibration Tapes.
Furman PL-PLUS C Power Conditioners (x7).
Mobile Recording Set-up:
Allen & Heath ML3000 48 Channel Console.
Modified Soundcraft 16 Channel Console.
Yamaha M508 mixer.
Allen & Heath 16 analog in /16 analog out Digital Recorder.
Mogami splitter snake
American B204 Dynamic.
Astatic 335H Dynamic..
Telefunken AR-51(x2) (tube) TK51D Capsule/GE 12AT7 Tube.
Telefunken U47 (tube).
Lauten Audio EDEN LT-386 (tube).
Neumann U87 (x2) (vintages 1973 from Olympic Studios, London).
Neumann U47 FET clone built by Mike Castoro at Wunder Audio.
Peluso 2247 (tube).
Peluso P12 (x2) (tube) styled after AKG C12’s.
AEA R88 Stereo ribbon.
Royer R-121 ribbon (x2).
RCA 74 JR Velocity ribbon (x2).
Coles 4038 ribbon (x2 matched).
MXL R144 ribbon (modified).
Crown PZM30D (x2).
Peavey PSM2 (x2).
Sennheiser E-604 (x3).
Placid Audio Copperphone.
AKG C414 (x2).
AKG C451 E + CK1 capsules (x2) stereo pair.
AKG D12 (vintage1960’s).
Audio Technica AT4051 (x2).
Audio Technica AT4033 (x2).
Audio Technica ATM25.
Audio Technica MB-5k (x3).
Audio Technica MB-6k.
Shure 275S Ceramic (1961).
Shure SM-7B (x2).
Shure SM-81 (x2).
Shure SM-98 with RPM626 Mic Pre.
Shure Beta 52.
Shure Unidyne III 545D (x2).
Shure SM-57 (x5).
Shure SM-58 (x5).
Shure BG 4.0 (x3).
MICROPHONE PRE AMPS:
Neve 1073 (x2).
Rupert Neve Designs 5052 (x2)
Telefunken V72 (x2) (tube).
API 312 (x2) early 70’s.
Capi VP28 / Gar 2520 & 1731 ops (x4).
EMI REDD-47 by David Hinson (tube).
Universal Audio/UREI 1108 (x2)
Joe Meek Brick Voice Channel (x2).
Universal Audio LA-610(tube) SiIverface (x2).
Demeter VTMP w/ Electro-Harmonix Gold Tubes (x2).
Ampex 440 with Lundahl Transformers (x2).
Sebatron VMP-1000E w/ Genalex Gold Lion tubes.
D&R Orion Class A (x32).
Lindell Audio 6X-500.
Countryman Type 85
COMPRESSORS / DYNAMICS:
Teletronix LA2A (Tube).
Tube Tech CL1B (Tube).
Manley Stereo Variable MU w/T-Bar & High Pass Side Chain modifications. (Tube).
Solid State Logic G Series Buss Comp.
Federal AM-864 U Tube Compressor.
TK Audio BC1-S Buss Comp.
IGS Audio One LA (x2)(Tube).
Retro Sta Level with RCA 6386 (Tube).
1176 Rev D.
1176 Rev D (Modified) (x2).
1176 Rev A Blue Stripe clone.
Electrodyne CA 700 from Sylvia Massy.
Summit Audio DCL-200 (tube hybrid).
DBX 160 (x3).
Valley Dynamite (x2).
Valley Kepex II (x2).
SPL Transient Designer 4.
Bellari RP583 (modified opamps and tubes)
Trident S40 Compressor.
Universal Audio 610-T4 (tube).
Aphex Easyrider 106.
Art Pro VLA Model 212.
Alesis 3630 (modified).
Echoplate l Plate Reverb. (original)
Pultec EQP-1A3 (x2)(Tube).
Shop built Pultec EQP-1A clones (x2)(Tube).
Dangerous BAX EQ.
MOOG Analog Delay 500 Series.
Neve 1073EQ (x2)
Rupert Neve Designs 5052 EQ (x2)
Trident S40 Parametric EQ.
D&R Orion 4 Band parametric with high pass(x32).
Klark Teknik DN370 Dual Graphic EQ
Aphex 204 Aural Exciter.
Aphex 104 Aural Exciter.
DOD SR231 Graphic.
Digitech RDS Delay.
Alesis Midiverbs II, III, & IV.
Chandler Industries Tube Driver.
UREI 813B Pair powered by Yamaha P2200.
FOCAL SM9 Pair.
YAMAHA NS-10M (x4) powered by Yamaha P2200.
Modified JBL LSR308 Active (x3).
KRK 12S Subwoofer 240watts.
Avantone MixCubes powered by Yamaha P2200.
FURMAN HDS-16 headphone distribution system with six independent 16 channel mix stations for up to 12 musicians.
AKG K701 Open Reference Headphones.
Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones (x3).
AKG K240 Headphones (x2).
Audio Technica ATH-D40fs Headphones(x2).
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones(x2).
Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX-29.
DOD SR 460H 6 Channel Headphone Amp.
ProCo Switch Witch.
Baldwin Hamilton Piano.
Conn Slide Trombone.
Nikolaus Amatus German Violin.
Fender Blues Deluxe vintage tube amp.
Fender Blues Junior III tube amp.
Fender Squier Modified Vintage Bass VI.
Fender Super Twin tube guitar amp(vintage).
Fender Sidekick Reverb 30 guitar amp.
Fender Frontman 25R.
Orange Crush 20LDX guitar amp.
Danelectro Nifty Fifty guitar amp.
Danelectro Nifty Seventy bass amp.
VOX AC4TV (tube) guitar amp.
Pignose 7100 guitar amp.
Ampeg B-15N bass amp early 70’s.
Ampeg BA-210v2 bass amp.
Electro Voice 15” bass cab.
Morley ABY Selector/Combiner.
Fulltone OCD Pedal.
ProCo RAT Pedal.
MXR Compressor Pedal.
Danelectro FAB Delay Pedal.
Boss Digital Reverb Pedal.
DigiTech Digital Reverb Pedal.
Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Pedal.
Tech 21 Sans Amp GT2 Pedal.
Sioux Guitars Dakota County Delay Pedal.
Fishman Platinum Analog PreAmp.
Slingerland vintage big wood marching snare.
Slingerland vintage wood snare.
Slingerland brass snare vintage.
Excel cheap metal chrome snare.
Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 Snare.
Sears Snare 5 x 14.
Yamaha DGX 500 Portable Grand Piano.
Pearl EX five piece drum kit with cymbals.
Lonnie's Farm Urei 1108 Mic Pres
are rare iconic Universal Audio 1108 Mic Preamps from the early Universal Audio console at the legendary Sunset Sound studios. These mic preamps date to the 1960s and recorded many well known records. Bands who have recorded through these transformers include "Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. They are known for their clear, dynamic, present, and punchy sound. As one might expect.
Don Bailey started recording on an 8 track reel to reel in the early 90's starting an indie rock studio named Bird Records. This is the original Business License - circa1992
The two Neumann U87 Microphones, at Lonnie's Farm, are vintage 1973 models purchased from Olympic Studios London when it closed in 2009. Although we cannot verify these microphones were used on any of the following recordings, here is a list of some bands and soundtracks that recorded 1973 and on, they may have been used on.
Led Zeppelin, Queen, David Bowie, Traffic, Hawkwind, the Seekers, the Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Procol Harum, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Life of Brian.
The two Joe Meek ‘the Brick’ Channel Strips at Lonnie’s Farm are unique, as only 55 were ever made. These units were hand-built non-production models that have the original transformers (which is why these are sought over the newer model, or so we hear). Engineer/Producer Jack Joseph Puig is known to have used these units on vocal tracks recorded by Cold Play. The channel strips have the famous Joe Meek flavor and optical compression circuit. It is an LED based optical unit not a EL panel like the Urei units. They have a British transformer input which adds a nice Neve like color. Line inputs are on these as well to run signals like keyboards,
beat machines, or synths.