Find of the Week: This Dodge Van Is Just… a Few Steps South of David Gilmour’s Floating Recording Studio

Remember when you had that great idea to disappear to some secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere and let the frost covered mountains transport you to Norway, where you’d pen that solo black metal masterpiece? Or some shitty acoustic singer-songwriter departure that you’re too ashamed to let your bandmates know you’re working on….



Well either way, cabins are expensive. They’re actually houses, and we all know you can’t afford that in this economy. And know what else you don’t have the budget for? Modern recording gear. But an old Dodge van filled with the best in mid-’90s ADAT recording technology and a prosumer mixing board? Yeah, that might be right up your alley. I don’t know, maybe you could park it at Burning Man and try to convince people that it’s a time machine.


Or maybe you could just sit in it and feel awkward and depressed. Are far as mobile recording studios go, it’s no Astoria.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • looks cool actually i wouldn’t record in but looks like a modern conversion van from the 70’s

  • I used to use my van to record guitars in. I’d put the cab in the van parked by my practice studio with mic cables running to it. It worked great!

    • My dad did that as well, but in a Ford Focus lol. The guitars surprisingly sounded good. Couldn’t tell it was recorded in a small box.

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