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Let me take a minute to introduce myself and SouthZone Studio

My 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.


This 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.


Depending 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


After 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.


If 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.