Our seasons run from May 1st through October 31st.
Please read this page thoroughly before filling out or requesting an application.
Get an application here to reserve The TANK; or email email@example.com, and put “TANK time” in the subject line; or call 970.368.2657.
What you need to know
Most important to consider is that making music and sounds in The TANK is quite different from any other, less-reverberant space you’ve ever been, so allowing yourself time to get acclimatized and accustomed to The TANK is essential. Everything in The TANK, from the microphone hoisting system to the control room, is custom-made for The TANK.
About The TANK
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. Next to The TANK — with its 40 second reverb — we have installed a container with standard acoustics as a control room and workspace. It has air conditioning, lights, power, control room monitors (Rockit 8’s), connectivity to The TANK (12 mic lines, 4 returns, 2 Ethernet lines, and 2 BNC lines for video), and fiber optic internet access.
If you’d like to visit The TANK, but have no interest in recording, our fees are $25/hour. If there are more than five people in your party, there is an extra $5 fee for each person in excess of five. You can reserve time in The TANK by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (put “TANK time” in the subject line), or by calling 970.368.2657.
You can explore The TANK every Saturday morning from 9am – 1pm throughout our season, until the end of October, at Open Saturdays at The TANK. Admission is free for Open Saturdays, and everyone is welcome.
Our fees for recording in The TANK depend on the length of time you want to spend in The TANK, whether you want to record, or if you only want to explore The TANK. If you will be recording, do you need to use The TANK’s equipment and/or engineer, or are you making the recordings yourself? We also consider how and for what purpose you intend to use your recordings, and whether you’re willing to do an interactive activity with the community. You’ll be prompted to give details in your application that will help The TANK Time Committee decide what fees to charge.
Our basic fees (which might be more or less, depending on your application):
1 hour in The TANK: $25; w/recording $50
2 hours in The TANK: $50; w/recording $100
1/2 day in The TANK (4 hrs): $100; w/recording $200
1 day in The TANK (8 hrs): $200; w/recording $400
(These fees are for a Standard Session by our resident resident audio engineer.)
Our basic fees to record footage for a music video in The TANK (this is in addition to recording fees above):
1 hour in The TANK: $25
2 hours in The TANK: $50
1/2 day in The TANK (4 hrs): $100
1 day in The TANK (8 hrs): $200
Below are the three types of recording possibilities. Our resident engineer will be present at all sessions to assist and give access.
The Tank Center for Sonic Arts is equipped with a standard, easy-to-use Prosumer recording capability. This consists of two omni microphones by Røde, a Sound Devices 442 preamp/mixer recording directly to a Denon 700 recorder onto TANK USB sticks. Sessions are easy to set up and can be run by our resident engineer. The quality of the stereo recording is really quite good. The minimum time for this level session is one hour.
For a Professional Session, you will need to hire an audio engineer experienced in Avid Pro Tools who has been trained on our system, or provide your own professional engineer. (We will provide a list of engineers you can contact to set up your session. The cost of the engineer is in addition to fees for use of The TANK and our gear.)
Our professional rig consists of two large diaphragm Charter Oak E700 multi-pattern microphones, 2 Røde NT55 stereo condenser microphones, two DPA 4006 omni microphones, and a Grace 108 mic preamplifier. Additional microphones may be available. We also have 12 mic lines, 4 returns, 2 Ethernet lines, and 2 BNC lines for video between The TANK and the container/control room. Minimum time for a Professional Session is 4 hours (1/2 day). Professional sessions can use our microphone fly system, which allows placement of mics anywhere in the TANK.
The result will be a multi-channel recording for you to take away to mix and master on your own. The minimum time for this session is four hours.
Artists doing larger projects may bring in their own gear and engineers, or use a combination of our gear, their gear, and our engineers after discussing the project with The TANK.
ABSOLUTELY NO IMPULSE RESPONSES ALLOWED (digital copies of The TANK’s acoustical properties)!
Performing in The TANK
If you are interested in performing in The TANK, please email email@example.com (put “TANK time” in the subject line), or call 970.368.2657.
Please be aware that weather can make it impossible to record in The TANK! Wind, rain, thunder, and hail can be so loud that a recording becomes useless (or extremely beautiful, as you can hear in this recording of Roomful of Teeth at The TANK).
You should keep in mind that The TANK is a sundial in the high desert. As the sun moves through the day, the temperature inside The TANK changes, but it also changes from side-to-side: when one side is hot, the other is cold. All of this affects the acoustics of The TANK. When you tell us when you’d like to record, we can suggest times of the day better suited to your purposes, acoustically and for your physical comfort. We have made this rough guide to temperatures in The TANK throughout the year to help you make plans:
Some things to know about your time in Rangely:
Rangely is in the High Desert, so weather can be extreme and unpredictable, especially where wind and heat are concerned. Through the season, May through October, the temperature in Rangely can climb higher than 100°, and it can slip into the 30s at night. There is air conditioning in the control room, but not in The TANK, so the timing of your recording sessions and rehearsals will be dictated by the heat in The TANK. We have a gargantuan ventilation fan at the top of The TANK, and we’ll have cooling mechanisms in place, but you’ll still likely need to vacate during the heat of the day. As the days get colder, we have a small heater in The TANK that can take the chill off.
Also, the elevation in Rangely is 5,297 feet above sea level. Some folks have a mild reaction to that altitude. If you do, just take it easy for the first day or so.
A few thoughts about how best to prepare:
– Bring a good, protective sun hat and a way to cover your neck when in the sun;
– Pack light clothing that you can layer (including light long-sleeved shirts in case you’re in the sun for extended periods);
– If you need special sunscreen for sensitive skin, etc., bring it with you. You won’t find it in Rangely. Likewise bug repellent;
– Make sure you have an astronomically high SPF lipbalm, and use it religiously;
– This is for singers, especially: you might want to have a tub or tube of scent-free lip balm — beeswax is good — that you can use in your nose. You might want to bring nasal saline, as well, to fight the desert dryness;
– Please bring a water bottle that you can designate as your own, and use it throughout your time here. We will provide water and ice;
– You might want to pack some Emergen-C packets or other potassium/vitamin C drink;
– We ask everyone to remove their shoes in The TANK. If you’d rather not, you can cover your shoes with socks.
Open Saturdays at The TANK
We have reserved The TANK for Open Saturdays at The TANK every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. We do not schedule anyone into The TANK during those hours.
Interacting with the Community
You’ll see a question on the application about interacting with the community while you’re in Rangely. The TANK Center for Sonic Arts and the town of Rangely are committed to the cross-pollination of art and the community, and to creating a culture of listening. Visitors who are here to use The TANK might give a workshop, have a community sing, create a piece about Rangely, take some Rangely residents to a nearby place of sonic interest, show a film, perform for the town, visit the schools, have a found-object instrument building session, lead a listening workshop… We can make suggestions, or you can come up with your own ideas. While this isn’t a requirement of your time at The TANK, we are deeply committed to including the community in our activities at The TANK. The people of Rangely have a great deal to offer, and we like to return the favor by sharing what’s going on at The TANK. And interacting with the community means a discount on your fees! So, think about what you might like to do while you’re here.
Lodging and Transportation
While we don’t offer lodging or transportation, we can help you to locate lodging in Rangely, and we can point you to transportation options.
The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is located at 233 County Road 46, in Rangely, Colorado 81648. Rangely is roughly:
- Five hours from Denver
- Four hours from Salt Lake City
- Two hours from Grand Junction, Colorado
- An hour from Vernal, Utah