Recording Studio

Mason Music’s Recording Studio

 

Songwriting | Tracking | Mixing | Mastering

A creative hideout in the basement of the Mason’s residence in Birmingham, AL, the Mason Music Recording Studio is a comfortable space that inspires creativity and produces great recordings on a reasonable budget. Designed by Nashville-based studio design firm Audiovirtue, it is outfitted with Protools, a great selection of microphones and preamps, an excellent array of guitars, pedals and amps, and separate spaces for vocals, instruments, and mixing. Our digital recording studio is capable of taking any project and producing a pro-level recording. Our mixes have been featured on TV Shows, Film, Radio, and wherever music streaming services are in use.

Writing

We have several songwriters who work within various genres, so if you are looking for a cowriter to work with, we can find a great fit for you. We are also capable of helping with arrangements, pre-production, writing parts for most instruments, and song structure. We know that having a good working relationship with your producer is critical to building trust and creating great art.

Tracking

We work with local and regional bands, artists, singer-songwriters and labels who are looking for a recording studio nearby to track their next project. We are well connected in the Birmingham music scene and have top session players on call for whatever your songs need. We work with a wide range of genres, but specialize in rock, pop, alt-rock, americana, singer-songwriter and country. It’s our job to hear your songs and challenge you to get the best takes down on the recording. Our producers will help you find your sound and make sure your vision for your art is realized in the final product.

We track projects in one of two ways: Live Recordings are done with the full band tracking together at the same time and tend to capture a great energy and feel, but also tend to have less of a polished sound. Multitrack recording opens up endless possibilities of overdubs, edits, corrections, and creativity. The majority of our sessions are multitrack sessions that are built on a scratch track and each subsequent instrument is added individually. This allows for the most flexibility, and works best for the perfectionists our there who want their final product to be as close to flawless as possible.

Mixing and Mastering

We also work with musicians everywhere who need services that we can offer locally or remotely such as mixing and mastering. Simply share your files with us, send us a reference mix, and we will get to work creating a dynamic professional mix and master for your project. Mixing rates depend on the number of tracks and the level of sophistication of the project. We will quote you a price before starting and sign a contract to ensure that we stay within the budget we agree on. Final full format WAV files will be shared after your approval and payment have been received.

How it works:

  1. Fill out the form below to give us some information about what your recording needs are.
  2. Our studio manager will contact you to give you a free quote for your project.
  3. We will book you with the best fit out of the producers and engineers we collaborate with.
  4. If you are tracking in person, we will send you directions in advance of your session.
  5. Once we receive payment, you will receive the final files from your session.

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Scroll down for artist lists, equipment lists and rates or Contact Us for more information.

If you are interested in booking a session, please fill out this form so we can learn more about how we can help you. We will put together a free estimate for your project based on the information you provide. *Estimates for larger projects may change depending on the pace of the project, changes that are made along the way, etc. We will do our best to provide an honest and fair estimate so you know what to expect, and will communicate along the way if things change.

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artists
  • Matthew Mayfield - "[Will Mason] understands the ins and outs of making a song an experience. Dynamics and variety are so important and Will never fails to bring more than enough ideas to the table to help make each tune shine. He's dedicated to the art of it all, and at the end of the day—that's the kind of person I need with me in the recording studio."

     

  • Sarah Simmons - “They have great equipment, but more importantly, they take great care in everything they do…the environment is warm, inspiring and a safe place! They help you get to where your heart wants to be with your sound. Definitely check it out!”

     

    • Hear Sarah's New Freedom Album  ("Freedom," "War In My Mind," "Staring at the Sun" and "One More Day," co-written with Will Mason and produced at the Mason Music Recording Studio. "Bridges" also engineered, produced and mixed at the Mason Music Recording Studio.)
    • See the new release of "Honey I'm Fine," produced and mixed at Mason Music Recording Studio
  • Corey Nolen (Following the Song) - "When I decided to record my last EP "Following The Song," my producer and I decided to record the initial tracks of the project live. The Mason Music Recording Studio proved to be a great option for this. It was large enough with its isolation rooms to single out instruments/vocals as needed but intimate enough for us to feel like we were working on the songs in the same space. The result was a project that I'm very proud of. We got a great sound and because of how we were able to track, we found the character we were looking for with a live studio recording."

  • Matt Sanderlin (Parishop) - "Working in the Mason Music Recording Studio is truly like recording at home, away from home. The creative chemistry with the space is just immediate. Brad Lyons is one of the most versatile producers I've worked with, and his ability to craft and layer sounds is limitless. My favorite studio in town."

     

equipment
microphones

Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics: 
2 AKG C414 XLII (matched pair)
1 Rode NT1-A with Michael Joly U87 Mod

Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics: 
2 Studio Projects C4s
1 MXL 603

Dynamic Mics:
2 Sennheiser 421s
1 Shure SM7B
3 SM57s
1 ATM25

Ribbon Microphones: 
3 Nady RSM-4 “fat-heads”

Preamps:
API 3124+ (4 channels)
Universal Audio 4-710d (4 channels)
Presonus Eureka Channel Strip
FMR RNP (2 channels)
instruments

Electric Guitars:
Gibson Angus Young SG (w/ Tremelo)
Gibson Les Paul Standard
Fender American “fat” Telecaster
Gretsch 5120 Electromatic Hollowbody

Amps:
Sam Amp V.A.C. 45 (the original)

Acoustic Guitars:
1973 Gibson Gospel
2001 Charles Fox SJ-Napa
Martin DM

Keyboard/Piano:

Midi Controller available with sound banks in Protools and Reason

Korg SV-1 73
other gear

DAW/Software/Hardware:
Pro Tools 10
Reason 6
Waves Mercury Bundle Plugins
Steven Slate Trigger
Steven Slate Bundle (VMR, VTM, VCC, VBC, FG-X)
Didgidesign 003 Factory
Apple iMac i7 12 GB RAM w/ 2 17″ displays
Soundtoys Bundle

Studio monitors:
Adam A7x Monitors

Effects Pedals:
Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer (modded)
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
Dunlop 535Q Wah Pedal
Digitech Whammy Pedal
Boss TR-2 Tremelo
Line 6 DL-4 Delay
Boss DD-5 Delay
Boss FS-5U tap tempo
Boss RV-5 Reverb
Whirlwind A/B/Y box
our rates

Recording Studio sessions can be billed a number of different ways.
Each project is different, so be sure to contact us for a quote specific to your needs.

Per Hour (with engineer): $80 (2 hour minimum)
Per Day (with engineer): $500 (8 hours)
Per Day (provide your own engineer): $250 (8 hours)

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