Professional studio in Charleston, WV. Worked with artists such as Larry Keel, Arlo McKinley, Chance McCoy, Justin Wells, Doug Seegers among others. We’d love to record, mix or master your music! We’re great communicators and won't finish the job until our clients are satisfied.
In addition to audio and music recording, we also specialize in podcasts, livestreaming events, audiobooks and partner with amazing local videographers to create premium production for the artists we work with.
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Interview with Big River Records
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaboration and the magic of new ideas coming to light when working with artists.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We have a total of 40+ years of engineering, recording and playing in bands between Brad and Tony.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic. We're all about capturing performances, not fixing and editing things to death.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: That's a tough one to narrow down, but at the moment it would be Anderson .Paak, because of the versatility, funkiness and musicianship he brings to the table.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always get things right at the source before you hit the record button! Including: making sure instruments are tuned & calibrated properly, microphone selection & placement, and most importantly, ensuring the performance is full of passion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, indie, alternative, alt country, acoustic, Americana and hip hop are all genres we specialize in, but can handle anything an artist brings to us.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As a partnership between a drummer (Brad) and a bass player (Tony), we make sure the rhythmic foundation of a song is always rock solid.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We like to record artists and bands in the most comfortable way for them, making sure we get great sounds and performances before we even think about mixing and mastering. Our spacious Studio C live room gives full bands the opportunity to track live together or overdub separately. Our 15 x 12 isolation booth that is adjacent to Studio A can handle intimate vocal recordings, guitar amps or even full drum kits. With up to 44 channels of audio inputs available, we can handle the smallest to largest projects.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Our 4000+ square foot facility offers: - Studio A: main control room featuring a Slate Raven MTZ control surface, Yamaha NS10 monitors, Universal Apollo X8P & 8P interfaces and adjacent isolation booth with Townsend Labs Sphere modeling microphone - Studio B: mixing/mastering/post production room featuring Universal Audio Apollo X6 interface, Neumann KH120 monitors and state of the art UAD plugins and processing. - Studio C: 2000 square foot live recording room for full band performances, including video, livestreaming and live in person events. We have a plethora of drum kits and snare drums, including four Ludwig John Bonham kits (maple, green sparkle, Vistalite and stainless steel). We also offer premium guitar and bass gear. Our full gear list can be seen at http://bigriverrecords.com/equipment
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio & video recording, mixing & mastering for full bands or solo artists in our 4000+ sq. ft. professional studio space in Charleston, WV.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Albini, Rick Rubin, Tom Dowd, Brendan O’Brien are some of our favorite producers and engineers.