Studio foundation 1999
From the first note to the final track
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. 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 outsourcing of in-house warehousing and distribution in Cologne, as well as setting of the Studio Services.
John Cremer was planning the transition into self-employment for the areas DMM dubbing and mastering, offering Electrola the necessary Studio benefits. After several weeks of planning and costing the course has been set. The corresponding building was found quickly, a beautiful old station building in Kerpen / Buir, which was still taken during the core refurbishment and expansion of the acoustics in operation. Railroad Tracks granted step by step all increasing hurdles. After several months comparing with the competitors in the market, a framework service contract between EMI and the now established “Railroadtracks GmbH” was closed …
Therefore, EMI Cologne was Railroad Track’s main customer for about 14 years. Until 2013, when EMI finally imploded.
A new start
The company’s orientation shifted towards high-quality digital productions operated by new, much younger staff members. Furthermore 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.
Below you will find some examples of labels, artists and agencies we have worked with since founding the Railroad Tracks Studios.