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About us

and how the studio came to life

What is Railroad Tracks?

Railroad Tracks is a music studio for audio production and audio post-production based in Buir, west of Cologne. The studio is located in the decommissioned station of Buir and offers every service necessary for a good sound, such as recording, composition, sound design, mixing, mastering and DMM vinyl cutting.

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A little bit of history

Before founding the studio, owner John Cremer worked at the EMI studios Maarweg as a mastering and DMM dubbing technician. In the spring of 1999, Electrola’s british parent company (EMI in London) announced to carry out some restructuring measures worldwide. This resulted in the outsourcing of in-house warehousing and distribution in Cologne, as well as the stopping of the studio services.

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And after that?

John Cremer was planning the transition into self-employment for the areas DMM dubbing and mastering, offering Electrola the necessary studio services. After several weeks of planning and costing the course has been set. A suitable building was found quickly, a beautiful old train station in Buir (Kerpen), already taken into operation while being refurbished. Step by step Railroad Tracks overcame all the hurdles and obstacles, and after several months of comparing with the competitors on the market, a framework service contract between EMI and the now established “Railroad Tracks GmbH” was closed.

Therefore, EMI Cologne was Railroad Track’s main customer for about 14 years, until in 2013, EMI finally imploded.

The company’s orientation shifted towards high-quality digital productions operated by new, much younger staff members. Also the emerging vinyl renaissance changed the focus of work at Railroad Tracks. In conclusion today’s most important customers are mainly small labels and agencies.

Who we are

We are colleagues and friends, any one of us has different specialities and responsibilities and contributes as a part to what is known as Railroad-Tracks. Here, we would like to introduce everyone to you.

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Johannes Knechtges

Musiker, Gitarre, Gesang
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Doro Bohr

Komposition, Sounddesign, Musikerin
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Vincenz Deckstein

Schlagzeug, Percussion, Musiker
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Oliver Gregor

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Michael Hörber

Production, Sounddesign, Graphics/Web
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Olaf Wollschläger

Production, Composition, Musician
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Thomas Ölscher

Management, Mastering, Vinyl Cutting
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John Cremer

Founder, Vinyl Cutting, Mastering

Our collective experience

The experience of the producers is as important as the technical requirements.

  • 20 years of experience in mixing and production as well as in dealing with musicians.
  • More than 30 years of experience in mastering.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the fields arrangement, composition, harmonics.
  • Over 20 years of experience in dealing with synthesizers, mixers, computers, effects
  • 35 years background knowledge in the music industry