RESERVE The TANK

Visitors can record, play or just listen in the Tank’s profound sonic environment. Our recording facilities are superb, with onsite engineers and new digital equipment in a control room next to the Tank. The region also offers spectacular scenery, hikes and other attractions in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau. You can visit on a half day or full day basis. Morning and evening sessions are recommended in warmer months. We offer connections to local accommodations, guides and tours, and we can tailor a visit to suit your needs. Our season runs from May 1st through October 31st, six days a week, excluding Wednesdays.

Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument

Reservations

Reservation requests for the 2020 visiting season will be reviewed as we receive them at info@tanksounds.org.  Requests should include the number in the party (no more than three in 2020), a preferred date and two alternate dates.  Let us know what you’d like to do at the Tank, whether you plan to record, and if you’d like a half or a whole day.

Once we’ve arranged a date for your visit, we will send you an application and payment link, which must be completed within five days in order to confirm the reservation.  The application will give our staff needed information to prepare for your visit.  Reservations that are cancelled more than one month before the visit are refundable, otherwise not.

The Tank at Dawn on Summer Solstice

Fees

A half day visit without recording at the Tank is $150, a full day $3o0.  A half day with a Standard Recording Session by our Resident Engineer is $350, a full day $700.  If you desire recording output in more than two tracks or if you wish to bring in an outside engineer, additional fees will be required.  If you’d like to video your Tank session, or use our video crew and equipment, there will be an additional fee.

Bull Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument

COVID-19 Guidelines

For the 2020 season we have instituted new procedures to make sure visitors and staff stay safe.   Half day and full day sessions allow for cleaning and ventilation of the facilities before and after use.  Limiting the number of visitors to three or less allows for social distancing.  Staff will maintain a six-foot distance.  Facemasks are required for staff and visitors.  If you are at a higher risk for COVID-19, let us know in advance.  If you have questions about our other precautions for safe visits during this pandemic period, just ask.

Saxophonist Ida Toninato at the Tank. Photo by Elysha Poirier

The Tank’s Sonic Qualities

The profound reverberation inside the Tank is unique, the product of accidents in its history.  Constructed around 1940 for the steam engines of the Rio Grande Railroad, this soaring seven-story water tower tank was moved to Rangely in the mid-1960s for fire-suppression. This plan was never realized, as the underlying shale proved unable to support the weight of the filled tank.  However, the bed of gravel upon which the Tank was placed bowed its floor into a gentle parabola, giving it its remarkable acoustics.  The Tank has a reverberation with a beautiful swirling resonance, sustaining some notes for up to 40 seconds.  Its resonance is longer and richer than the Taj Mahal’s.

In the Control Room

Technical Information about Recording at the Tank

Everything in the Tank, from the microphone hoisting system to the control room, is custom-made.  The Tank has an 80″ x 40″ doorway for access, which allows entry of instruments and equipment. Inside the Tank we have 120 volt power, lights, and a theatrical fly system to lift microphones into almost any position. The control room is housed in a separate structure, connected to the Tank by 12 mic lines, 4 returns, 2 Ethernet lines, and 2 BNC lines for video.  Prosumer recording capability consists of two omni microphones by Røde, a Sound Devices 442 preamp/mixer recording directly to a Denon 700 recorder onto USB sticks, with output in two-track stereo or six tracks for later mixing and mastering.  Sessions are run by our Resident Engineers, or by outside professionals with experience at the Tank.

Neolithic Rock Art at the Carrot Men Site

Accessibility

The Tank is committed to making visits and recording sessions broadly accessible to everyone.  We will work with you individually to provide help with filling out an application, providing descriptive print materials in accessible formats and tailoring accommodations for concert events and recording sessions.  To find out more, or to make alternative arrangements for applying to and visiting The Tank, write us at friendsofthetank@gmail.com or call 518 789 4182. 

Mark McCoin and Bruce Odland in the Tank

Climate and Conditions

The Tank is the high desert at 5,297 feet above sea level.  Weather conditions can be extreme and unpredictable, with high winds, strong thunderstorms, and widely variable temperatures, from 100 degrees in the day to the 30s at night.  Bring a sun hat, sunscreen, bug repellent and clothing in layers.  You might want to bring nasal saline to counter the desert aridity, as well as a water bottle of your own. We ask everyone to remove shoes inside the Tank, so you might also want to bring slippers, flip flops or extra socks.

The Rio Blanco, near Rangely

Location and Directions

The Tank Center for Sonic Arts is located at 233 County Road 46, in Rangely, Colorado 81648.  The nearest airport with rental car service is in Vernal, Utah, about an hour away.  By car, Rangely is roughly five hours from Denver, four hours from Salt Lake City, and two hours from Grand Junction, Colorado.