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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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!”
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."
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 C4s1 MXL 603
Dynamic Mics:2 Sennheiser 421s1 Shure SM7B3 SM57s1 ATM25
Ribbon Microphones:3 Nady RSM-4 “fat-heads”
Preamps:API 3124+ (4 channels)Universal Audio 4-710d (4 channels)Presonus Eureka Channel StripFMR RNP (2 channels)
Electric Guitars:Gibson Angus Young SG (w/ Tremelo)Gibson Les Paul StandardFender American “fat” TelecasterGretsch 5120 Electromatic Hollowbody
Amps:Sam Amp V.A.C. 45 (the original)
Acoustic Guitars:1973 Gibson Gospel2001 Charles Fox SJ-NapaMartin DM
Midi Controller available with sound banks in Protools and ReasonKorg SV-1 73
DAW/Software/Hardware:Pro Tools 10Reason 6Waves Mercury Bundle PluginsSteven Slate TriggerSteven Slate Bundle (VMR, VTM, VCC, VBC, FG-X)Didgidesign 003 FactoryApple iMac i7 12 GB RAM w/ 2 17″ displaysSoundtoys Bundle
Studio monitors:Adam A7x Monitors
Effects Pedals:Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer (modded)Ernie Ball Volume PedalDunlop 535Q Wah PedalDigitech Whammy PedalBoss TR-2 TremeloLine 6 DL-4 DelayBoss DD-5 DelayBoss FS-5U tap tempoBoss RV-5 ReverbWhirlwind A/B/Y box
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)