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Who we are

Layne Brothers Studio was formed by Josh, Noah, and Robin Layne in 1995.  Originally a label for Josh's solo harp recordings, we now have our first recording featuring Josh and Robin Layne; The Pacific Harp and Marimba Duo.

As musicians we have a strong commitment to making recordings that faithfully match the actual sound of our instruments.  Both the harp and the marimba are difficult instruments to record.  We use a ribbon mic and high quality pre-amp to record directly to DAT tape.  For Josh's first two CDs we used a Speiden ribbon mic, and for our most recent recordings we're using a Royer SF-12.  Since ribbon mics (with their lack of a built in "boost") need a very good pre-amp we've used Millennia Media's HV III.

Our recording process allows for as much time as we need to feel comfortable with the take we have for each track.  This means we need to do very little editing.  In fact, Josh's first CD, A Harp Recital, has no editing at all.  Editing and mastering is done off-site.

Our covers feature stunning original oil paintings by Noah.



Sound clips:

From An Afternoon of Harp Music

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Suite No. 1 - Allemande 

Godefroid (1818-1897) 
La Danse des Sylphes 

Salzedo (1875-1961)
Variations on a Theme in the Ancient Style 

From Christmas Time - Harp and Marimba

Joy to the World 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 

Medley of the Bells 

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Sleigh Ride 

From A Harp Recital

Falla (1876-1946) 
Spanish Dance No.1 

Caplet (1879-1953) 
Divertissements - a l'espagnole

Smetana (1824-1884) The Moldau 

From Masterworks for Harp

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No. 4 - Ouverture 

Rodrigo (1901-1999) 
Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio 

Michael Mauldin (1947-)
Birds in Winter - prelude I 

Contact Us
Josh Layne, Harpist
The Pacific Harp and Marimba Duo

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