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Skaneateles recording studio expands, moves to Armory Square

"Looking back on it, it's pretty amazing what we did there," Keck said. He added that every artist who came through was always impressed by the village and its atmosphere - just as he was.

The business grew so fast, however, that ultimately the question had to be asked, Do we want to move out and go big or remain in Skaneateles and stay small? Keck said.

He decided to go big, and when he heard about space at 219 S. West Street in Syracuse being remodeled he saw it as an opportunity to be closer to his client base.

From the small basement studio in Skaneateles now Keck - along with his co-owner (who was his former intern) Jeremy Johnston - has expanded SubCat to a 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art studio with two control rooms, four tracking rooms, an artist lounge, fully equipped instrument suite, and four administrative offices. There now are also four full-time employees.

The new space will allow SubCat to expand its services in musical and commercial recording, cd duplication, graphic art design and educational programs in music instruction.

There also is a great opportunity for working together with other businesses in the building, or what Keck likes to call "synergy." In the building at 219 also is multimedia production company Black Lagoon Studios, video production company Ultimate Cut Productions, and the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts soon will be renting space for classes.

All of these groups working together can, in essence, be a one-stop shop for artists, where they can learn, practice, record, and produce music; create advertising and cd cover art, and even make music videos. "There is no end to what you can do here at 219," said Emmet Van Slyke, owner of Black Lagoon Productions.

Keck and the crew at SubCat is looking forward to the future and all the opportunities and possibilities the new space may bring, but there always will be a certain wistfulness about their time on Fennell Street. "I hope we will always have a connection to Skaneateles," Keck said. "I don't ever want to forget where we came from."

SubCat Studios will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday June 11, at 219 S. West Street, including tours of the new facility. Free and open to the public.

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