me take a minute to introduce myself and SouthZone Studio
name is Rich Stofleth, and I run SouthZone Studio. I also play drums
for two bands one named Froglick, and the other named Fleshpeddler. I have been recording bands for 15 years.
My passion for music has driven my interest to be a great Producer/Engineer.
I have been in the hot seat many times and know the pros and cons
of recording. From moving gear, spending hours setting it up, to
placing mics, and getting sounds. Not to mention getting lost while
packing my gear around looking for the studio. Many times I found
myself wishing that the studio would come to me. That is when I
got the idea to build a mobile system that is small, yet powerful
and with all the bells and whistles of a big studio.
is one of the most important parts of the recording processes. My
job is to make sure you sound good. Most people would think that
the engineer turns some knobs and now the band sounds like Blink
182 or Green Day, but the truth is that It takes both parts to make
a quality product. Good engineering as well as a good performance.
The engineer can't make the magic. My job is to capture the magic.
If the band has killer Gear that always helps.
on how big the project is, I will start editing the tracks and prepare
them for the mix down. This process may take several days
I have edited the audio I set up a basic mix for when the client
shows up, we work together to visualize a final product. I ask the
band to bring example CDs of how they would like the finished product
to sound. We can also use this technique to calibrate the speakers.
The goal is to reach a point where the band is happy and I feel
it is quality. I take pride in my recordings so I wont put my name
on it unless its great in my mind as well.
I would recommend you sending your album out to a professional mastering
house for mastering. It's really worth it. For those of us who have
limited funds, I do offer mastering services at the rate of 25.00
an hour. One hour minimum. It usually takes around 3-4 hours to
master 6-10 songs, give or take.
you need to come back in, to re-mix something I usually will do
it for no charge, if it is a quick fix. If it requires a half hour
or more, I will work with you at the rate of 20.00 an hour. If you
have anymore questions, please feel free to e-mail me or call. I
am happy to answer any questions you might have.