DBW Productions is a 4 room recording studio in Woodland Hills, CA (about 30 minutes from Hollywood) run by music producer/engineer David Chamberlin. Dave is a multi-instrumentalist who's specialty is working with singer/songwriters by helping them produce their song "from the ground up."
DBW Productions Recording Studio, run by music producer David Chamberlin, is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, the studio features a large acoustically tuned control room, large performance room and 2 additional iso booths. The big room has a nice live sound perfect for any instrument and the control room is completely silent, thanks to a separate machine room. We feature a large selection of microphones, outboard gear and run Logic X, Pro Tools 10 and Digital Performer 7. Dave plays a variety of instruments and can help "fill in the gaps" to your song, or, produce the whole thing. We've produced over 70 Indie CDs to date and have been in business for over 20 years and have produced everything from New Age to New Metal! Check us out before you start your next project.
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Interview with DBW Productions
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production for singer/songwriters. I either do the whole music track with them singing, or, I fill in the necessary missing elements in the production. For example, if you sing and okay piano but want a full band sound I can add the rhythm section, guitars, additional keyboards, loops, etc and do it all very quickly and economically!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beattles for their creativity and ground breaking production techniques given their limited tools of the time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a very clean open space with 4 rooms that has a large control room with natural light. One can see into the other 3 rooms which makes recording live very natural feeling as eye contact is key. I'm able to record myself playing various instruments, including acoustic guitar, as there are no computers in the control room itself.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start with the rough song played all the way through as the artist has originally written it. So the first thing I do is to record them singing and playing their instrument, possibly to a click track or drum loop, just so we can see what's happening. We then start the process of deciding what kind of production we'll be going with and start the layering process. Id say the first production aspect is to make sure we like the arrangement of the song and decide on the groove and tempo. Sometimes the artist can't express themselves adequately so I recommend we listen to other songs/artists that they want to emulate. That helps me deliver what they want.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm able to bring a song to life as if I've played it 100 times. I get inspired and the ideas seem to just pour out of me until we're done.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My best quality is probably my arranging ability. I know how all the pieces of the puzzle should interact so that the recording is full sounding but not muddy. My ears are definitely my biggest asset!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: There's no one type but I will say I've done a lot of more "organic" recordings which is to say I'm good at recording different kinds of instruments and am keen on matching the right microphone with the voice. Probably most of my work falls under the pop umbrella, which is a big umbrella!