Hello! My name is Brandon Ashford and I currently work out of Backroom Studios located in Rockaway New Jersey. My goal is to help your music reach its full potential and come to life, with the help of some amazing sounding outboard gear and plugins!
I have been a producer, audio engineer, and musician for 7 years now, and through my journey I have had the pleasure of being able to work many artist who need tracking, editing, post production, mixing, and mastering for all genres of music. I've also been apart of TV production as well. What sets me apart from other engineers is that I am able to help allow your passion to shine through your artwork! I also make it a priority to stay in close contact with the artist that I am working with.
Over the years I have helped complete many different projects such as: singles/EP's/ and albums, background music for commercials, scores/voice overs/special effects for movies, and so much more!
No matter how big or small your project might be, I can help your project come alive!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Reviews (5)Endorse Brandon Ashford
Great Guy too work with, responds fast and ;listens too all you're requests. will work with again for sure 10/10.
Yes indeed I needed that perfect clear sound thanks Brandon for mastering my song look out for it to hit the radio real soon. You gave it the magic touch that it needed.
Brandon really helped bring alive my track. He worked patiently and conscientiously to create the sound I was looking for while adding his own personal creative touches.
Brandon@Diamond Studios did an excellent job of mixing and mastering my first commercial production for a client. A good communicator, he went the extra mile in keeping me posted as to the status of the job. Highly recommended!
I submitted an R&B track for Diamond Studios and they did a fantastic job. Others I tried either did not have a clue about mixing and Mastering R&B music or they were continually sending inadequate work for the purpose, I assume, of using up the free reviews so that they could start charging you.
Diamond got it perfect in two tries.
Interview with Brandon Ashford
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Polished. Of course if someone wants a more raw style record, then thats what I'll do, and I do like raw sounding tracks. Although, I tend to want to give a more polished sound to tracks. Personally, its just what I gravitate towards.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Follow your ears. A lot of times people spend hours upon hours tweaking little things and running every track through all of these different combinations because they're indecisive about if something is right. Sometimes the way its tracked just fits the song. How do we know when to do what? Use your ears. If it sounds good, then it is good.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The most common type of music I work on would definitely have Rock. I also work within Metal and Hip-Hop as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Inside of my studio I have a multitude of preamps and other outboard gear such as compressors and eqs, in both full rack and 500 series formats, that really help your music come alive. In addition to the outboard gear, I am currently running Pro Tools HD along with the Avid Artist Series mix controller. My monitors consist of both NS-10ms and Genelic 1030A, which run through the Dangerous Monitor ST switching system. Lastly I have access to some of the industries greatest plugins which are used in the top studios around the world. But of course, its not about the fancy gear, its about how you use it to help create good music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The experience. Every time I work on a track, I always learn something new.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would be having the ability to help and artist let their passion shine through their music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What I bring to a song is a new perspective. Because of personal experiences and musical taste, I may have a entirely different direction or idea that a client might of never have thought of. The client is always has the final say, but giving the client an outside opinion could be the difference between a song that only your close friends hear or the next big radio hit. You never know what may happen.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Always, always, always, the first step is to listen to the song and take notes. This helps me developer clear direction and make the best decisions for that song. My goal is to insure that the listeners first impression of a song is a great one no matter who the listener is. After that first listen, your ear and mind begin to adapt to the song and may cloud your judgement and potentially limit your creativity. After that I'll work with the most dominate instrument and sound source and base the rest of the mix around that.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Professionals that have inspired me are Dave Pensado, Chris Gehringer, Cameron Mizell, and Joey Sturgis to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Backroom Studios is a full production studio capable of tracking, editing, post production, mixing, and mastering for all genres of music and TV production as well. Everyday is different, but our most common type of working is mixing for singles and albums for both Rock and Hip-Hop genres.