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World class recording studio successful in Cedar Falls


When you think of successful recording studios you may think of Warner Brothers or Columbia Records out in Los Angeles. But did you know there is a world class recording studio right here in Eastern Iowa?

Catamount Records is a professional recording studio located in Cedar Falls. For more than 30 years they have produced music ranging from rock, to blues, to country records. They've worked with local acts, and world-famous musicians, and the studio has really been a success.

If you would have asked record producer Tom Tatman what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have said he wanted to be a rock star.

"Its easy to be a rock star if you sing well and play well, but clearly in the beginning we knew that wasn't going to happen," said Tatman.

After touring with his band for four years Tatman decided it was time to put up the guitar and start producing.

"Everybody in the band were great musicians except me and I kind of looked around and I said 'Haven't these guys noticed that I was a lousy guitar player?'"

In the 32 years since, Tatman, working with his wife Kitty, and business partner Rick Bisbey, built a new facility from the ground up. He has also produced more than 300 artists, including a world-wide breakthrough with Des Moines band "Stone Sour."

Tatman and his producing style played a large part in the album's success. Two songs were nominated for Grammy awards, and the album went "Gold" -- meaning it sold more than half a million copies in the United States.

Tatman says Catamount Recording has been holding strong even after the recession. He says bands are still coming from all over the country, to Cedar Falls, Iowa because of reliability in the producer.

"So if somebody hears a record that says Catamount Recording on it, if they come here they are actually going to be working for the same producer and engineer that made that record."

Catamount records is approaching their tenth year in their new facility. Inside, there are two recording studios, both equipped for bands and soloists.

Catamount records has also produced albums for local talent including the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band and the Wartburg College Jazz Choir.

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