The building at 391 Melvin Ave. has always had a mission.
It began as an actual Baptist Mission, serving the Donovan community. In the 1980s, it began to serve another purpose.
Shawn Pitzel purchased it, and with help from some industry experts, developed a recording studio that defies all reason; There is no explanation for why the studio sounds as good as it does.
Of course, the actual recording space was crafted with the utmost precision. Pitzel said an ideal recording space is a “neutral” one. Much like how an artist wouldn't paint under a green light, audio technicians don't like working under sound “tints.”
The space is doing something right, as it has produced Juno-nominated works, as well as other notable productions. Construction has something to do with it.
“The walls are not walls, the floors are not floors and the ceilings are not ceilings,” Pitzel said.
Instead, everything was crafted to make the room sound as good as possible; Still, even the man who made it said it shouldn't sound as good as it does.
Perhaps divine intervention has something to do with the space that was purchased by All Nations Church about four years ago. Since the church was using the space so much for producing its services, it became more financially simply make it their own.
“God gave it to me, then I gave it back,” Pitzel said with a laugh.
Now that its their own, All Nations continues to use the space to make church more accessible.
“We are going to have to take church to where people are,” Pastor Jeremy Mahood said. So far in the space, which has grown to be more of a creative arts centre than simply a recording studio, All Nations has produced a short film, broadcasts live events online and acts as a resource centre for smaller northern churches.
On top of its in-house projects, the space also takes on outside projects.
Commercials for radio and TV have been recorded within it, and a few Hollywood names have also done work in it while visiting the city for other projects.
Richard Dreyfuss did voice-over work from the local studio — technology meant he could continue working on a film project in Sudbury while recording his voice for another in Los Angeles.
Local and aspiring artists with a Christian voice also benefit from the studio, thanks to favourable recording rates.
Mahood said combining arts with the church has existed for as long as both cultures, so it only makes sense to continue the tradition.
“All through history, the church has been a great benefactor of the arts,” Mahood said. “We want to be of benefit to the Sudbury community in terms of the arts sector ... to churches that need help and emerging Christian artists.”
For more information on the studio, visit www.missionstudios.ca.