About the Studio
I built Studio 45 from my personal recording experiences at a variety of studios, mixed with one of my favorite single-room studios from the past, Sun Studios in Memphis. The building was designed from the ground up to be a welcoming, acoustically vibrant space, with high ceilings and lots of natural light; a professional studio shrunk down to a more intimate (and budget-friendly) environment.
For the sake of my sanity, I relentlessly battle the seductive demons of too much gear and selectively choose hardware (and software, these days) that is well-built and sound great. That means mic pres from Black Lion Audio that mimic the best features of classic consoles and microphones from Manley, Cascade, AKG, Audio Technica, along with a few mods from Oktava and Rode. The main recording unit is an RME Fireface UFX and my monitor system and ADC unit is the remarkable D-Box from Dangerous Music.
I use the latest version of Cubase to record but am familiar with Pro Tools and Ableton. I try to look for unusual software just as I would with guitar pedals, but that being said many of my "go to" plugins are from UAD. The 1176, LA2A, Pultec EQ, and the EMT 140 plugins are amazing software versions of their pricey hardware forebears.
I’ve been a drummer (dabbling in piano and guitar) for over twenty years, playing everything from space rock to country with Austin luminaries and stalwarts, including Eliza Gilkyson, Knife in the Water, and the Meat Purveyors, among others. Folk, electronic, indie, pop... I love to create compelling unique music no matter what the genre. I also feel ideally suited to the right brain/left brain challenges that stem from recording, playing and producing.
As a producer, I strive to hone in quickly on what’s unique about every song and project, and then seek to stay true to that throughout the recording process, layering sounds in some cases and paring away to reveal the soul and heart in others. I also enjoy bringing in new people and ideas. This being Austin, I can pull from a long list of great players who are used to working within a range of budgets.
I work with bands of all sizes, but specialize in working with solo artists and songwriters, going down the creative rabbit hole to experiment together – a process made possible because I also provide sole engineering services, meaning fewer billable hours and more flexibility for my clients.