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When I was young, I fell in love with music and was fascinated with recording.  A friend of mine in high school had a reel to reel tape recorder that let you record over tracks you had previously recorded without erasing them.  We had a blast with that thing.  Part after part piled on until we ended up with an indistinguishable mush.  Heavenly!

I rented a little room in Alhambra to play my guitar as my apartment neighbors would complain if I cut a noisy fart.   Truth is, for much of my life, the only thing people would say about my music was it was too loud. The room next to the one I was renting became available, so I rented that one too.  Finally, a bigger room across the hall became available.  Then there were three.  I started fixing the place up for a studio.   I found an eccentric partner, Jeff Mallory, who worked at Cal Tech and used to cool down his Dr. Peppers by dipping them in a tank of liquid nitrogen.  We called the place Roaring Silence Sound. By day I worked with my dad at construction jobs, by night I was a fledgling recording engineer.  We didn’t have much gear, but we had a passion for recording and time to kill.

I remember the day clearly when I decided owning a recording studio was a bad idea.  A woman had come in to record You Light Up My Life.  I was playing bass.  She was so awful that I finally just put my bass down and asked her to leave.  It was obvious trying to get paid for making music was ruining my experience making it.  I love music and this was turning it into demeaning and torturous activity.

Fast forward a whole bunch of home studios later, I decided to take another crack at it.  This time, I was determined to make it fun, creative and something that fueled my love for music rather than pouring a bucket of warm piss on to it.  In 2016 I found the perfect spot to make my studio.  One thing I had learned from my earlier experience was not to spend a bunch of money on someone else’s property trying to turn it into a studio.  That doesn’t end well.   This time, I purchased a new home and the 1500 sq ft detached building the previous owner was using as his cabinet shop.

I drew up sketches of my dream studio, hired a contractor to help me with the more challenging structural elements, and spent a year building myself a Rocket. I owe a debt of gratitude to those who helped me get to where we are today.  Shea Thompson put in countless hours, as did my pal John Saccoman.  I could not have done it without them.

We’ve been up and running at rocket for several years now.  Every time I pass through the front door I look around and say, “Damn… this is a dream come true!”  I love making music at Sonic Rocket and I love seeing my friends and neighbors doing so as well.  Come be part of a community of artists who use the Rocket to help launch their artistic dreams.  That’s exactly what I built if for.

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Awesome place operated by awesome people; if you want your material to sound top notch, consider coming here!Sam

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This place is amazing, beautiful studio, great engineers, great equipment, great price, and just all around an amazing experience. Thanks yallSam Iam

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Just recorded bass&percussion tracks there today, great studio,Shea is a great engineer, very pro, very productive session, thanks Sonic-Rocket, looking forwardPedro Baez

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These guys are absolutely fantastic to work with and they produce great material! Working with Shea and James was a pleasure and I also had a lot of fun. They mic'd my setup like champs and created art with me. If you wanna go to a cool place with cool people and produce cool music, sonic rocket is the place to be! This is my new go to place for getting concepts out of my head and on to a file...Thanks guys!!!Blake N

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Best recording studio in the area. Same can be said for its engineer, Shea Thompson!Craig Johnson

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Sonic Rocket blew my expectations away. The studio is stocked with all of the most professional gear you could ask for. Shea, the chief engineer, made the experience very worth while. He is very easy to work with, and really helped us refine the song we brought to record. Cash was very accommodating and offered a lot of great input to our music to get the best mix we could get. Overall beautiful studio and excellent staff. Wouldn't even waste my time looking for somewhere better.Hayden Webb

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I had many experiences here here at this studio and not one of them was dull! I've had a blast making music here. The staff here is beyond phenomenal and more than willing to help and share collaborative ideas. I'll definitely be returning time and time again to record here!Angel Mendez

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One of the best recording experiences I've ever had in my entire professional career. The studio itself is top notch, and equipped with an amazing array of microphones, DAWs, and equipment. Everything was new, clean, and well kept. The location was in a beautiful private secluded part of Fallbrook- I felt like I was on a music retreat. In my opinion the best part of working at Sonic Rocket were the people. Engineer was efficient, quick, supportive, and really made me feel like he was giving his full care and attention to what we were producing Simply one of the best experiences I have ever had making music. Highly recommended for any level of musician or budget. A+JAYA Raise

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Nice legit studio that's close to home with a nice atmosphere ! Great prices for the San Diego area as well!!BYG803

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Excellent ambiance knowledgeable people in the countryMichael H

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Great Studio.Bobby Magee

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Love it.Jennelle Woods

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Love it.Jennelle Woods

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Five Stars!Timothy Nosser

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Five Stars!Jan Bugaiski

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Five Stars!Renia

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