Tim Gerak of Mammoth Cave Studios is debuting a line of hand-made audio gear

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Denver's Tim Gerak is in love with sound. So much so that, on Monday, July 28 , he will launch his own line of boutique audio gear under the name Mammoth Cave Audio.

This isn't Gerak's first foray into sound, though. While growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he started making basic four-track recordings in his basement. Then, after several years of honing his recording techniques (as well as his musical chops) Gerak joined the Akron-based post-rock outfit, Six Parts Seven, and began recording the band's albums.

By 2008 -- after roughly ten years of playing together -- Six Parts Seven was finished, leaving Gerak with a major void to fill. Seeing he had been recording music for the better part of a decade, Gerak turned to studio work to occupy his time and pay his bills.

"My wife and I had just gotten married and we bought this ridiculously huge 100-year-old house in Akron, Ohio," Gerak says. "It was so large that we were able to keep a huge portion for living quarters and I renovated the other half into a nice studio."

In 2011, Gerak and his wife, Jessi -- who has family in Colorado Springs -- uprooted them-selves from Akron and headed west for Denver. With them came their first son Eli and, of course, the studio, which also bears the Mammoth Cave moniker.

Gerak found immediate work in Denver, recording more than 30 bands in his first two years. But soon, his steady stream of clients became overwhelming.

"There comes a time when anybody who does what they love as a job gets a little burnt out," Gerak says. "I realized that, last year, too many long sessions back-to-back left me spent. Not only were my ears feeling fried but my family life was suffering, as well. I needed a change."

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This change came a few months ago when Gerak installed a new mixing board into his studio and noticed it was lacking in tone. Dusting off his old soldering iron, he set out to build a "pas-sive harmonic generator" that would add more warmth and bite to the console's existing inputs.

"While I have a ton of colorful gear in the studio, I started thinking about how great it would be to have that mojo on all the channels of the console," Gerak explains. "So, I started messing with the idea of a line level device that could be used on the inserts of my console to give it some added character."


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