Production, Recording and Mixing
(We do it for you)
We stand at the crossroads of affordability and quality for recording and mixing. Although we’re not a dedicated recording studio, many of our clients choose us for their recording projects because of the convenience, synergy with our other services, and our competitive rates. Our team often works together to maximize vocal performance through voice lessons, guitar performance through guitar lessons, and pre- and post-production that dovetails with artist development work to coherently express the artist’s brand and sound in the final recorded product.
Engineer and producer Justin Leighton Long has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop, for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records.
We work on projects as large as fully-instrumented full-length albums built from simple voice/guitar work tapes, to projects as small as a 1-hour recording session to lay an audition vocal over a backing track.
Come talk to us to see if we’re the right choice for your recording project. If we’re not, we will refer you to our favorite Colorado studios and producers across a range of price points. We’re also happy to work together with other studios to tailor the best combination of in-house and outside recording locations.
We usually work on an hourly basis for smaller projects, and a negotiated flat rate for larger projects. A ballpark range for a 5-song EP may be around $1500-2500, although much depends on how well developed the songs currently are, how sparse or dense the instrumentation, whether you want live musicians or “in the box” production, how prepared your vocals are for the studio, etc.
A small project such as a single vocal track over an existing backing track usually costs less than $100 total for recording and mixing, as our standard studio rates are $40/hr.
We never take a percentage ownership of your song, no matter how much we help develop it.
We have access to Denver’s finest session musicians and can find the right players for your project, should you want to hire pro session players. Many clients find that a combination of live musicians and high-quality sample libraries is ideal, but the ultimate decision depends on your genre, budget and personal preference.
A Few Recent Client Projects
- Donnie Schexnayder, Truth & Magic EP, 2017 – Retro Indie Guitar Rock: Pre-production, production consulting for home recording, session musician selection, on-site production at outside studio
- Stuart Shepherd, Colorado Country EP, 2017 – Country/Americana: Pre-production, recording, production, and mixing
- Casey Harding-Brown, various singles, 2014-2017 – Alt-pop: Songwriting, pre-production, recording, production, and mixing
- Sonia Williams, upcoming full-length album, 2018 – Alt folk-rock: Pre-production, recording, production, and mixing
- Kelly Augustine, upcoming full-length album, 2018 – Folk/Americana: Pre-production
- Lee Clark Allen, upcoming 5-song EP, 2018 – Blues/R&B: Pre-production, musician selection, studio selection
(We help you do it yourself)
What is Production Consulting?
Many artists record and produce their own music these days – and don’t have the budget to hire a producer for an entire album, or even an entire track. For DIY artists who want another set of ears and experienced perspective on their work, we offer hourly production consulting services.
Services are provided by Justin Leighton Long, who has over a decade of pro audio experience planning gear and layouts for live performance environments and recording studios of all sizes – from small, affordable home recording setups to mega-church sound systems.
Production Consulting Services
Get advice on what to buy, how to set it up, and how to avoid common mistakes in your studio.
Studio Sound Treatment and Layout
Get help with determining where and how to locate instruments, and how to select and install sound treatment in your studio.
Help with Structure, Arrangement and Instrumentation
Bring out the maximum “radio” potential of a song, or just bring out the song’s maximum emotional impact. (This is often the job of a producer, which can often cost upwards of $1000/song.)
How to Get Good Sounds
Get advice on how to mic a drum kit, how to get a good guitar sound, which microphone to use for your singer.
Have a neutral, experienced third party help band members come to creative agreement during the recording process.
Together with the technical vocal help of a voice instructor from Performance High, bring out the best in your singer both technically and emotionally.
Selecting Parts and Effects
Get help picking extra parts and effects to bring polish to your mix.
Get an expert set of ears on your mix after you’ve heard it so many times your ears are tired. Get help troubleshooting a muddy or thin-sounding mix.