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Read About Some Sessions I've Done (with audio!)

Recording Man About a Dog at Trunk Space

Recording The Earps Live at Hollywood Alley

Recording 'Last Ferry to Cydonia' with Hellas Mounds

Recording 'Pilot to Co-Pilot' with Red Republic

Recording 'Duluth' with Grassroots Campaign

Recording 'UFOs' with Snow Songs

Recording '40 Thousand' with The Blizzard of '77

Recording 'Corpse Smell' with Tweeker Chic

Recording 'Like Knives' with Roman Arms


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10 Tips to Radically Improve Your Home Recordings

As the owner of a mobile recording studio, a large portion of the work I do is 'Home Recording,' though it's usually at someone else's home! In the past 5 years of doing the location gig, I've come up with a few simple things anyone can do to improve their home recordings a lot. This stuff applies whether I'm recording you, or you're using your own gear. Getting good tracks down is always a good thing...Read More


The Importance of 'Character' in Recordings

One of the things I notice about a lot of home recordings, and even professional studio recordings, is that they lack character. They are technically sound, acoustically neutral, and as a result, pretty boring to listen to...Read More


8 Tips For Choosing The Right Recording Studio

While it might seem like choosing the right recording studio for your project is a straightforward process of finding the studio with the best price, there's much more to it than that...Read More


There's No Such Thing as a Demo

Bands often use the term 'demo' to describe what they're looking to do. "We want to record a 4 song demo." The thing is, though, that 'demo' is an inaccurate term, that leads to an...Read More

A Day in the Life

I often talk to bands about recording, and some of the questions I hear most often are:

  • "How does this work?"
  • "Do you record everyone at once?"
  • "Can we do overdubs?"

In an effort to answer some of these questions...Read More

So Are You Going To Finish Your CD or What?

Every band I know is always in some stage of the CD production process. But often they've been in the same stage for a long time, sometimes a VERY long time! The key to getting your CD finished...Read More

Bringing In The Pro's

In this era of affordable recording equipment and software based recording workstations, many artists are choosing to record themselves at home. While it is possible to get very good results in a home studio, often projects are less impressive than they could be...Read More

Acoustical Spaces and Why I Don't Use Reverb (much!)

Acoustical Space is the term used to describe the apparent environment that a sound "appears" in. That is to say, the sound of the room, the reverb, the materials, etc. A vocal bathed in short bright reverb sounds like it was recorded in...Read More

8 Steps to a Better Session

Recording is a time-intensive experience, and problems that arise often seem magnified. No one wants to wait for an hour while the guitar player runs to Guitar Center for new strings. So, to keep things going smoothly...Read More

Getting Your S*** Together

The one thing (besides your ability to play) that will heavily impact your live and studio work is your equipment. Do you have a weak link in an otherwise strong chain? To find out...Read More


How To Record a Kick Drum

I was recording a band yesterday, and thinking about setting up my mics, etc. I've worked with these guys before, so I have an idea what they sound like, but the drummer had a new kit...Read More



Other Recording Studios in Phoenix


Cheaper Milk/Good Morning - Man About a Dog

Forgot Your Letter - Snow Songs

Days Are Gone - Red Republic

Last Ferry to Cydonia - Hellas Mounds

Corpse Smell - Tweeker Chic

Bad Seed - Thee Oh-No's

Pat's Song - Die September

White Phospherous - Gymkata

UFO's - Snow Songs

Bushywinks - Affirmative Action Figure

Faces(live) - The Ed Band

Duluth - Grassroots Campaign

Rooster Run(live) - The

Like Knives - Roman Arms



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