The Saltmine Studio Oasis Named the Top Recording Destination in the United States

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Owned by Don Salter, The Saltmine Studio Oasis located at 48 South Macdonald Street Mesa, Arizona was named the Top Recording Destination in the United States. Major Label News finalized the 2012 Top Recording Destination in the United States campaign after spending five weeks on tour with the rock band Journey, writing about Arnel Pineda, Love Boy, Pat Benetar, and Night Ranger during the tour.

Mahvrick Networks executive Richard Victor Mahee met with Don Salter (owner/manager) and Justin Salter (Musician/Engineer) while visiting The Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa, Az. During his stay at the "Recording Oasis", Mahvrick sat down with DRE Entertainment CEO, Dre Smith while Juice McCain's private recording session for his debut album. Juice McCain's album features Game, Shine and overseen by Mike Lynn. He is in negotiations with Pink, Chris Brown and Scarface for features on the project.

Mahvrick created a criteria for the Major Label News Top Recording Destination in the World. The decision was based on: Sound, Equipment, Location, ambiance, hospitality, ownership, in-house production, staff, reputation and client list (

The Saltmine Studio Oasis is a private, secure, artists dream come true for those seeking a unique recording experience. This complex has five separate recording facilities that has everything from a 50-channel vintage Neve tracking room (Studio A) to a classic SSL 6064 E/G+ (Studio B). Clients include: Lil Wayne, G-Unit, DMX (who September 11th had a world wide release of his highly anticipated album " Undisputed " which has been in the works at The Saltmine for several years) others clients include: Bone Thugs N Harmony, Eve, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Timbaland, Bret Michaels, Young MC, Ne-Yo, Meat Puppets, Jonas Brothers, Soulfly, Styx, Cassidy, Swizz Beatz, Hi-Tek, Ice T, Ministry, Megadeth, Sevendust, Uncle Kracker, Sheryl Crow, Mudvayne, Nonpoint, Crossbreed, Royce da 5’9, DMC, Mike Jones, Jim Jones, Cory Gunz, Goose, Fieldy, Next, Jonathan Davis, Sunny Ledfurd, MCA Records, J Records, and Interscope Records.

For the more modern approach, there is Pro Tools everywhere and HD-3 in all three large studios. The Saltmine recently added their fifth room which they call “The Bungalow.” The Bungalow is a “live-in” overdub room/patio home. This 1,300 square foot bungalow will house five people comfortably including a master bedroom suite, bunkroom with three beds, kitchen, lounge and two bathrooms along with a great overdub space with Pro Tools and monitors. So, if you have a great idea in the middle of the night, you don’t have to wait to next morning record it. The Bungalow also has a private yard if an artist wants to bring their pet. Studio D known as “The Villa” has a similar setup anchored by previous owner David Foster’s SSL 4056 G that was installed at The Saltmine by the Desk Doctor. This studio is coupled with its own living space, private bedroom, kitchen and rehearsal area complete with JBL PA system, large mirrors and kickback space.

Major Label News Top Recording Studio List also featured the following studios:

2) Electric Lady Studios, NYC: Clients include-

Elvis Presley, Peter Frampton, Curtis Mayfield, Alice In Chains, The Mars Volta, The White Stripes, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Birdland With Lester Bangs, Eric Clapton, Rihanna, Beastie Boys, The Cars, Violent Femmes, Bob Dylan, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige.

3) Atlantic Studios, New York: Clients include-

Thelonious Monk, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Chaka Khan, John Coltrane, Cream, The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Winger, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus,

4) Motown, Detroit: Clients include-

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker And The All-Stars, The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, Martha And the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes.

5) Sunset Sound, Los Angeles: Clients include-

Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Elliot Smith, Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Counting Crows, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Fishbone, The Beach Boys, Janis Joplin.

Mahvrick Networks also publishes Most Beautiful List, and Best Dining List to media putlets in 40 countries worldwide.

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