There is nothing like having a room full of musicians...
and being a part of the process that transforms
their vision into something they can enjoy for a long time - it's a great feeling.  - Ray Montford

                                  

Ever since completing ‘rock’n’roll’ school at Fanshawe college in 1984 - a program that inspired songwriting, production, creativity and the art of recording - I’ve been compelled to make and record music and assist others in realizing their vision.

In 1995, I opened my first studio and started doing just that.  My tech heart is 'ol school analog but since acquiring Protools recording and editing software, I've been committed to amalgamating the best of both worlds.  All mixes go through the analog console, to create warmth and dimension.  High quality microphones and pre-amps are used for recording,  For mastering, I have a combo of high-end tube and solid-state gear; compressors and EQs by Manley and Api, and monitoring goes through Harbeth SLH5 reference series speakers.

Whatever your goals are, I can assist you in recording your songs, your band, fine tuning with some pre-pro or having some fine session musicians play on your tracks.  Please don't hesitate to tell me about your project and we'll discuss it together.

 

 

Recording Room (Wakefield, just 30 min. north of Ottawa)

The studio can accommodate 18 live tracks to offer a full recording service, that fits the needs of most projects.

Location Recording (serving Ottawa, Haliburton, Toronto etc)

12 tracks live location recording.  Please get in touch for other details.

Mixing

The studio now has the Toft mixing console which can handle up to 32 tracks for mixing and provides a high quality signal path, to add warmth and depth to your mixes. Mixes are fed through an API 2500 bus compressor, into a Mytek A/D converter - the same one used for mastering sessions.  All analog mixes can be recalled through photo recall.

Mastering

In 2010, I made the leap to the wonderful 'black magic' world of mastering.  With the usual expensive cost of this service at dedicated mastering houses, I wanted to offer artists the option to get similar results, at a fraction of the cost, with the same analog path found in some of the big mastering studios.

Production & Song Development

Production covers a wide umbrella, but in a nutshell is responsible for the final 'sound and feel' of the track - which is largely determined by the musicianship, mix, instrumentation, parts and arrangement.  Song development is part of that, in the sense that a producer will often suggest tempo, key changes and sometimes harmonic (chord) changes to make the song stronger and have a bigger impact. 

As a composer and producer, I realize there are many different ways to make music and my goal is to always make the artist feel comfortable and relaxed in order to capture their best performance.  Quite often, the best take is when someone is warming up or running the track for the first time, without knowing that we're recording.  I'm equally comfortable producing or engineering a self-produced session and providing an objective voice as a team player to help with the results.  For solo artists or singer/songwriters, I like to bring in wonderful studio musicians to play on the tracks, as their experience and flow in the studio create high-end results and good efficiency. 

Session Guitarist

I can add cool guitar parts to your tune, be it on acoustic or electric, adding textured parts, solos, rhythm parts etc.   As a bonus, my guitar playing is included in my All-In package.

                                                                                                             

Gear

 

Mastering Gear

 

 

Microphones