studioNINE’s Dave Poulin
has been recording professionally since the late 1970s when he and Keith Richardson opened TRAX, a 4 track studio – upstairs in a house right next to the Queensway in Ottawa’s west end, Before long, the studio moved to a bungalow basement in Orleans, became Soundtrax, an 8 track studio, and turned out a couple of notable singles – Meadow Muffin Blues by Delmer and Cecil, and Yohawks and Squirrels by Big Deal (which appeared on the LP Share Chez ’81.)
Following the closing of Soundtrax, Dave spent a few years as Production Manager at Ottawa radio station CKO. In the late 1980s, he became a house engineer at Ottawa’s MARC Productions. During his stay there, he recorded every military band in Canada, the NAC Orchestra, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. A wide range of rock, country, jazz and pop recordings kept Dave busy at MARC Productions until the studio closed in 1996.
Dave joined forces with Lucie Lavallée and Charles Fairfield to build nCode, a commercial, professional studio in an east-end business park. At the time, Lucie and Dave were running their disc/tape manufacturing business, AudioGraphix. Over the years the studio has produced a number of award-winning albums and soundtracks. nCode is still in operation today, run solely by Charles Fairfield.
Since 2001 Dave has been operating studioNINE. The first iteration of the studio was in the basement of his home in Orleans. Today the studio is in Navan – still in Dave’s home, but it has expanded into the garage adding another creative space to the business. studioNINE features a 4 camera HD video studio which is used for musical livestreams and as a separate tracking room for the studio.