Groove: Recording Studios

Remote Mixing & Mastering

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We have worked with many regional and nationally successful award winning artists along with local and independent groups. We understand how to record, mix, and master any instrument or voice with state of the art gear and software. Our pro engineers will transform your tracks and have them ready for airplay, promo, and all other artist needs!

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. We additionally offer video production/synching/live performance footage. We have produced several live performances, music videos, and done work for film.

Shawn Hatfield started the company in 2015 before he graduated Radford University but he's been recording and mixing for 14 years. 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. We work with a very unique clientele and offer a stress-free space for creativity.

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Shawn Hatfield served as recording, mixing, and mastering engineer on all projects.

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  1. Review by Shruti Srinivasan

    My friends and I went to Groove to record a song for the first time ever. We all love music, both playing and singing, and thought this would be a great opportunity for us. Mr. Hatfield was very patient with us, even when we stopped half way through the recording, laughing at the surrealism of it all and constantly asking questions. He even gave us advice on colleges! He made the whole experience really fun while still keeping it professional. I would definitely come back to Groove and would recommend this studio to any musician!

  2. Review by Josh Cava

    We had a wonderful experience recording our 3 piece string band at groove. Shawn had everything set up perfectly when we showed up and the entire process was incredibly quick and easy. Groove provides a great relaxing atmosphere, and super convenient location in downtown Leesburg. Shawn also provided top notch professional post production services with his mixing and mastering. We couldn't be happier with how our project turned out.

  3. Review by Joanne P.

    Shawn is the best. I needed some background music for my martial arts weapon routine and he did his magic at the mixing board (technical name?) and made it happen. He also added some sound effects to accent specific moves. It was a really fun session and he is a true genius. I also know him as one of the highest caliber all around musicians in northern Virginia and beyond! True! Check him out!

  4. Review by teresa marie mcdonald

    Shawn is a talented when it comes to the recording studio. He is great with rock, classical , jazz, funk or any other genre. He will listen to what you want for your project to make sure its exactly the way you want it.. Music is clearly his passion. On the other side of the studio he is patient with students who want to learn guitar, piano or drums. Taking time to help you become a better musician .I highly recommend Groove and Shawn Hatfield for your next project or lessons.

  5. Review by Zuben Borfkeys

    Groove is a great place for any group to record, especially rock bands. Shawn is a fantastic recording and mixing engineer that makes the sessions stress free. He used the hybrid studio of analog gear and software to transform our recordings into polished mixes. Very cool vibe!

  6. Review by Dagney Hatfield

    Groove is operated by a talented musician and writer who enjoys his work and is dedicated to providing quality service and helping others to develop their passion for music. Highly recommended for anyone interested in music lessons, songwriting lessons, and/or recording services!

Interview with Groove: Recording Studios

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

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

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

  4. A: Use your ears!

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

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

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  10. A: Use your ears!

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

  12. 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 -

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

  14. 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!

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

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

  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's your typical work process?

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  28. 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!

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

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

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

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

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. 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

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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.

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

  40. A: Recently we worked with a country group that had a pedal steel player, this was something we did not have a lot of experience recording. That said, it was a really pleasant experience and the instrument is so beautiful. We captured a really fantastic and high quality sound from a vintage tone and instrument. As a recording and mixing engineer, it's a great experience to work with unfamiliar instruments.

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