The Recovery Room Studio

( re-cov-er-y )
1. a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
2. the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.



The Recovery Room was founded by Graig Markel as a place to escape and recover from daily life. A place where creativity could thrive. Over the years the studio has provided quality and affordable recording to Seattle's independent music community.


The Recovery Room is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. There is plenty of parking available and it's easy to load and unload gear. We are within walking distance of Chuck's Hop Shop, Preserve and Gather, Alebrijes Kitchen, and we are just a 10-minute drive from the beaches of Puget Sound!


Inside you’ll find a small live room with wood-covered walls and a comfortable control roomYou’ll also find Universal Audio, Forcusrite preamps, Drawmer compressors, guitars, amps, effects, and a collection of high-end and vintage microphones. We're obsessed with audio gear so the equipment list is always growing!

Past projects include: The Grizzled Mighty, Thunderpussy, Transmissionary Six, Barton Carroll, Motopony, The Spits, The Girls, Zera Marvel, The Animals at Night, Band of Horses (mastering), Nada Surf (post-production vinyl), Terri Tarantula, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, The Walkabouts, Fox and the Law, I Will Keep Your Ghost, and a growing number of television audio / post-production projects.

The Recovery Room is $600 / day including Graig Markel as an engineer. Please contact us if you’d like to book time.


 Kristin Hersh recorded live in the Recovery Room.



Brent Amaker and The Rodeo

The Grizzled Mighty



The Spits 

Band Of Horses (Mastering)  

Kristin Hersh (Recorded live in the Recovery Room)

Chase Jarvis "Songs For Eating and Drinking" series including Macklemore, Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Tiny Vipers, Arthur and Yu, Dime Def, Common Market, Fatal Luciano and more.


Barton Carroll

Jon Auer (The Posies)

Jim Carroll (Mastering)


The Animals At Night 

Nada Surf (Vinyl Mastering)     

Dead Ship Sailing   

"Sing For Your Supper" series including Shawn Smith, Andy Werth, Robert Deeble, Barbara Trentalange, and more.

Eat Sugar (Remix) (REMIX)

Velella Velella (Remix)

The Walkabouts

And many more...


Mac-based recording using Pro Tools 10, capable of 30 plus tracks at 24bit, 96kHz using an Allen and Heath ZED R16 console/interface. Tascam 38 1/2” 8 track for tracking, or creative analog sculpting, Otari MTR-10 1/4” 2 track for analog mixing. Mackie Onyx Satellite for remote recording.

Mic Preamps / Dynamics / Effects:

Universal Audio M610 preamp (X3)

Universal Audio LA 610 preamp/compressor

Focusrite Saphire Pro 10

Recovery Effects Lights on the Way Out Tube Pre

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite (with tons of plugins)

Drawmer Dual Auto Compressor / Gate (2 channels)

Roland Space Echo RE 201

Fostex 3180 Spring Reverb

Earthquaker Devices Ghost Echo reverb

Moogerfooger Low Pass Filter

Moogerfooger Murf

Electro-Harmonix Memory Man

Recovery Dirty Murals echo

Recovery “Transcripter” Chorus (1 of 5 made)

Behringer Virtualizer Pro multi-effects rack unit

ZVex Lo-Fi Loop Junky

Line 6 Pod Pro rackmount

Line 6 Pod 2.0

Spaceman Saturn 5 Harmonic Booster

Spaceman Alien Fuzz Communicator

Recovery Effects Sound Destruction Device

Recovery Effects Couple Skate octave fuzz

Recovery Effects Bad Comrade 

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (ram’s head)

Death by Audio Robot

Digitech Whammy

Earthquaker Devices Organizer


Neumann TLM 103 condenser

Samson C1 Condenser (x2)

PPA R1 ribbon

Vintage Calrad VM12 ribbon (Japanese RCA 77)

Senheiser 421 (x2)

Shure Beta 52

Shure Beta 58

Shure 57 (x4)

ElectroVoice 664 vintage dynamic (x3)

Recovery ExMic crystal

Vintage Astatic crystal

Vintage Bell crystal

Vintage Electro-Voice 924 crystal


Yamaha HS80M


Arturia “the Player” controller, and Recovery USB controller for use with our keyboard workstation including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Reason 4, Arturia Analog Experience, and much more…

1911 Stuyvesant upright piano (serviced and tuned March 2011)

Rhodes Mark II 88 key electric piano

Moog ‘Lil Phatty with USB over MIDI

Crumar Spirit (analog mono synth, made by Moog, rare prototype of only 100 in existence- serviced by Condor in 2006)

Vintage Optigan “Conquistador” with many sample discs

Roland Juno 60 (analog poly, pre-midi, “wood”-panel sides)

Casio SK1 primitive sampling synth – one of my faves

Pigtronix Mothership Analog Synthesizer

Korg Monotron (Korg MS-20 filter)

Korg Monotribe (Korg MS-20 filter with drum machine)

Vintage Boss DR-110 analog drum machine

Vintage Maestro Rhythm King drum machine

Vintage Univox JR5 drum machine


Fender Jaguar (2004 1962 re-issue, made in U.S.A.)

Fender Telecaster (1997, made in U.S.A.)

Gibson ES135 hollowbody (1998)

Gibson Melody Maker (2011)

De’Armond Starfire hollowbody (2001)

Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass (2007, made in U.S.A.)

Danelectro Bass (good late 90′s re-issue)

Gibson J45 acoustic (2006)

Gibson L200 acoustic (2006)

Vintage Gibson C-1 acoustic (1957, Kalamazoo U.S.A.)

Vintage Airline N2 archtop / acoustic (1960s)

Epiphone J200 acoustic (2004)

Epiphone Les Paul Standard (1995)

Gibson Lap Steel (1947)

Rickenbacher Lap Steel “Panda” with original horseshoe pickup (1946 – Yes, Rickenbacher, before they changed the spelling in 1949)


Divided by 13 JRT 9/15 1x12” combo

Fender Deluxe Reverb 1×12″ (22 watts, 1965 blackface re-issue)

Vox AC15 1 x 12″ combo

Fender Champ (1974)

Fender Champ (1973)

Ampeg SVT bass head with 4×10 cab


Yamama Custom Birch 5 piece


Meisel 4/4 Cello

Bells, whistles, random percussion stuff, coffee, tea, sugar, spice, and everything nice.