Groove: Recording Studios

Recording, Mixing, Mastering

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Our pro engineers will transform your tracks and have them ready for airplay and promo!

We offer recording, mixing, mastering, and other audio production services at Groove. Our studio is equipped to record full bands, small groups, and solo artists. We also professionally mix and master singles, EPs, albums, and other projects.

Shawn Hatfield started the company in 2015 before he graduated Radford University. He has had a passion for music his entire life, both creating and producing, and knew early on what dedicated career path to take. Since then, the studio clientele base is ever-growing and we couldn’t be happier with our jobs.

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Interview with Groove: Recording Studios

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: Groove: Recording Studios is located in downtown Leesburg, Va with lots of parking! We have top of the line, industry standard gear including a vintage dbx 161 that's great on all instruments and styles. Our 24.4.2 Presonus Console has warm preamps that bring a wonderful tone to our projects and on board FX (EQ, dynamics, reverbs, delays) to get our signal grooving before it hits tape. Pro Tools, Studio One, Waves Plugins, Slate Digital, Superior Drummer 2.0, Melodyne, Keyboards/Synth (Novation, Casio, Roland, and Alesis) Custom Studio Drum Kit (Pork pie, Pearl, PDP, Paiste, Zildjian, Sabian, and a variety of snare drums). A huge variety of microphones including a vintage AKG D-1000E, made popular by Jim Morrison

  3. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  4. A: Audio recording, editing, mixing, mastering, making beats, voiceovers, audiobooks, lessons and more.

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: We helped a student with severe dyslexia produce a beat and record vocals to a song that they wrote. We arranged the music, mixed, and mastered the track together. They submitted it to a spring art show where they presented the track. It was so awesome!

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: We ask the clients about their inspiration, meaning of lyrics, expectations, timeline, and vision for the project. Maybe there is another artist that they enjoy/want to sound like. We try to gather as much info as possible before getting started.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: 1176, Neve 1073, dbx 160 (or 161), Big Muff, Jazzmaster

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: A hybrid of each. We run sessions on Pro Tools, Studio One, and analog tape. It generally depends on the type of project but we usually record with analog gear on each session. Having the option to choose analog, digital, or a combination allows Groove to blend the music to the artist's liking. Although digital is far more affordable and fast!

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. A: My promise is that we'll do everything we can to make sure their music is perceived exactly how they want it with on time delivery. They will walk away with great service and a final product they can proudly share.

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: Our head engineer and producer, Shawn Hatfield, has been working in the industry since 2011. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business from Radford University with an emphasis on recording, engineering, mixing, and guitar. At RU he held the position of President and Vice President of Radford Records as well as a long time seat in the RU Honors Guitar Quartet. He started Groove in 2015 and continues to offer the best audio production services in Leesburg, Va.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Precise and detailed but adventurous. An organic and contemporary process with an old school foundation.

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: It would be an absolute dream in J Mascis came through our doors. We'd love to crank it up, plug in a big muff, and let him rip a Jazzmaster. It would also be a treat if Pete Rock came knocking!

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Mostly groups, analog instruments, organic live recordings, and lots of tracking! Rock, funk, jazz, blues, and hiphop. However, with our years of experience we've put in time with every genre.

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: Balance, depth, and a passion to create the best final product that we can.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Working under a deadline, attention to detail and listening.

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: We like to start by requesting as many details as we can from the client to help understand their end goal and vision before we start. If they have demos, rough mixes, or nearby rehearsals we like to take a few listens to get to know the tracks. If the project consists of multiple instruments, the vocals stay on top while the music serves as a foundation to compliment. We have a massive collection of samples, loops, and audio collections for triggering drums and enhancing your tracks.

  29. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  30. A: Everything! It's hard to call it a job when we have such a great time in our sessions. The feeling from setup, to recording, mixing, pre-mastering, and waiting to get the tapes back -

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: Use your ears!

  33. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  34. A: A hybrid of each. We run sessions on Pro Tools, Studio One, and analog tape.

  35. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  36. A: Everything! It's hard to call it a job when we have such a great time in our sessions.

  37. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  38. A: Use your ears!

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Frank Zappa, Pete Rock, Chris Lord Alge, J Mascis, Rick Rubin, Billy Corgan, Butch Vig, John Mclaughlin Steve Albini

GenresSounds Like
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Sonic Youth
Gear Highlights
  • Warm Audio WA76
  • dbx 161
  • Presonus 24.4.2 Console
  • Carvin DC400
  • Big Muff
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