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Syracuse’s The Square Studio: A Different Take on the Recording Industry

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The Square Studio in Syracuse

Steve Sopchak, The Square StudioAfter an 11 hour drive from Chicago to Syracuse, the band Saline found themselves stuck in a snowy ditch. Only 5 miles away from the studio they came to record at, the beginning of a weeklong recording session seemed to be starting off all wrong. What they didn’t know, was that the owner of that studio was the come-tow-you-out-of-a-ditch kind of guy.

Steve Sopchak, owner and recording engineer at The Square Studio, gives the recording industry a shimmering silver lining. To many bands, the process of recording can be tedious, stressful, and expensive. The relationship dynamic can sometimes put the musician at the mercy of the engineer, but at The Square Studio Sopchak’s number one priority is making sure the experience of recording is a positive and personal one.

“I feel that Steve really got to know our music, and that aided him in helping us bring our band to the next level,” says Connie Dizonno, vocalist of Saline. “He’s brilliant with the work he does and extremely dedicated.”

It took time to hone recording skills into improvisational brilliance. Sopchak got his first recording set-up back in 1999, which he used only to record practices of the band he played in. Three years later, in 2002, he began to record bands professionally. With years of experience, passion, and a Bachelors degree in marketing from SUNY Oswego, Sopchak is definitely well equipped to run his business.

“My time at Oswego definitely gave me the foundation to build my business intelligently, though much of my current business plan has developed out of my experiences in the field since graduation,” Sopchak explained to me.

One way he gained experience was through playing in bands of his own. This makes it easy for the bands recording at the studio to connect with Sopchak.

“Having been in bands all my life, I am familiar with what it is like to be in a band trying to do all the things that bands do,” says Sopchak. “That commonality is something that my clients and I can bond over, which I think is priceless.”

Although the time spent recording at The Square Studio does come with a price tag, it’s guaranteed to be money well spent. The list of gear on the studio’s website ( is impressive, and the recording space is well maintained. It’s easy to see if the Square Studio is the right fit for your band, because there is a simple option to send in an online “quote request.”

“I work with bands in any and every genre of music, of all ages and skill levels, signed or unsigned, as long as they are as passionate about their craft as I am,” Sopchak admits. “I calculate rates on a project by project basis, and do my best to ensure that every band gets the best deal possible for their unique circumstance.”

The care and consideration that Steve Sopchak gives to his clients, is something that is rarely seen in the music industry today. His genuine passion and good intentioned mind set are some of the things that set The Square Studio apart from the rest. Not only does Sopchak make a great recording, but he helps to improve upon bands as a whole, and serves as a great motivation for the band to take their music as far as it can go.

–Elise Miklich is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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