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Young Lincoln Resident Has an Ear for Music

Professional Recording Studio Opens in Lincoln

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[March 14, 2008]  Twenty-two-year-old Nathan Whiteman sat at the control console he had put together himself. The computer screens, mixing boards and technology in the room easily showed that this isn't just another young man's hobby. This is in fact a professional sound studio, ready to help individuals or bands create the best sound possible. In the adjoining, acoustically correct rooms, more elaborate equipment proves that Nathan takes the art of sound and of music most seriously.

The young Lincoln man, who will graduate from Lincoln College this semester, has an obvious love of music that has caused him to invest his time and money in creating Lincoln's only professional sound studio. "I have loved music since grade school," Nathan relayed. "I am in a band, write music and have always been interested in the recording business."

The business, Cabin Studios, is located at the corner of Pekin and Chicago streets, in the back of his parents' business, P & W Pool & Spa.

Whiteman is a most organized young man. When it came to the actual conversion of making a dream a reality, he left nothing to chance. He attended an intensive two-month recording workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio, to not only learn more about the audio work, but also the business aspects of owning and running a recording studio

His equipment and the studio itself were created using knowledge gained from an acoustical engineer. "It took almost a year and a half to get everything finished," he said. "I had a lot of help from some really good friends in getting this studio built and open for business."

Nathan also understands that a new business venture takes time to become established. He plans to work this summer with his father, who owns P & W Pool & Spa and Rick Whiteman Construction, to pay bills while his fledgling business grows.

Nathan looks at business from a far more practical standpoint than many his age. Realizing there are limited numbers of bands and individuals in the area who will use his services, he is working on other ways to grow his business. "Cover bands can use my services to burn demo CDs to pass around, and there are individuals in the area who enjoy rap, R and B, and hip-hop who just want to have their music recorded in a professional manner," he said. "But there are just so many musicians in the area. I intend to expand by offering more services, including helping with business cards, biographies, posters and press kits."

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Whiteman has also turned his attention to creating a Web presence on the Internet. "Bands from anywhere can send me their individual instruments or vocals on CDs, and I can mix and master them to get the best sound possible out of their music," he said. "I'm also thinking about branching out into commercial audio and visual work, such as with commercials and longer presentation work, as well as surround sound and Foley work."

The young man doesn't mind the fact that he will be working two jobs while his business grows. "I have worked in the factory and at construction, but this is what I love," he said. "I could do this for 12 hours straight and not be tired."

Whiteman admits that new computer programs for hobbyist musicians are becoming more and more sophisticated, and that could also cause his business direction to change in the years to come. "The computer programs are getting better and better, but a computer will never be able to replace a good ear," he said.

Besides a good ear for music, Whiteman obviously has a good head for business. Through the month of April, Nathan is offering a special sale price of $20 per hour for studio time, which is half his normal rate. Studios in surrounding communities charge as much as $100 per hour for similar services.

Individuals interested in learning more about Cabin Studios, including a list of the equipment used to make a professional recording locally, can visit Nathan's site at www.cabinstudiosrecordings.com.


Readers can find more of Mike Fak's writing at www.searchwarp.com and www.problogs.com.

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