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One of the features unique to STEM compared to all other recording facilities in Phoenix is the fact that it was designed and built from the from the ground up with the express purpose of audio recording, not a modification of an existing building. This allows for separate foundations for each room which limits vibrations and sound from passing from one room to the next. HVAC system features dedicated sends and returns to and from each room which prevents sound traveling through the ductwork from room to room.

The Tracking and mixing rooms at STEM and all acoustical treatments were designed by a prominent acoustical engineer and studio designer and the 1200 square foot main room features 12-foot high ceilings and no parallel surfaces providing superior acoustics.

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Curtis Grippe

Curtis has been playing and recording music professionally for more than three decades and has a wealth of experience on both sides of the glass.

As a member of Dead Hot Workshop, he recorded two CDs for Atlantic Records; River Otis, which was recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin (Garbage, Nirvana, Beck, The Jayhawks) and 1001 which was recorded in Los Angeles with produced Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty).

Curtis still plays out regularly with Dead Hot Workshop, Ghetto Cowgirl and Stephen Ashbrook.

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Thomas Laufenberg

Thomas is a veteran recording engineer and a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. He has also performed as Lead Guitarist of former Hollywood Records recording artists The Pistoleros for more than 25 years.

Thomas specializes in recording music as well as audio production for motion pictures and videos including scoring, voice over work and sound design. In addition to his studio work, Thomas teaches bass and guitar. You can
visit Thomas' sound design website at and his teaching website at

Jamie Woolford

Jamie is one of the most sought after producers in the valley and is also the singer/lead guitarist of former Fueled by Ramen artists The Stereo. Jamie's recording and production credits are too extensive to list here, so you can visit his website for more information at

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