Did your band record an album but you don't like the mix the studio gave you? Are you a songwriter with a million ideas but you don't know where to even start in making that EP? Do you need some help fleshing out your demo track into a radio-ready single? Let us help you turn your songs into records. All from the comfort of your quarantine bunker!
We are a small studio in the St. Louis area, providing engineering and production. We specialize in online work, providing engineering to clients all around the world, something that has become an important skill in the last few months. To the right is a track demonstrating the value we can add to your production. We also have a producer on staff, Ben Allen, who is an expert at helping artists in all stages of their careers, from touring bands to just starting out. We can take your song idea from idea all the way to commercial release, and our services often include writing, production, managing session players, engineering, mixing and mastering. If you need to turn a song into a record, we can help you in a dozen different ways!
Our standard rates:
Mixing: $400 a song, no track limit, any number of revisions
Mastering: $100 for a single, $400 for an EP (3-6 songs), $1000 for an LP (7-12 songs)
Production: Shoot us an e-mail! We do a lot of production but every record is different in terms of what it needs, so we'd be happy to discuss it in detail.
*COVID-19 Edit: We are doing virtually all of our work these days online, which means you can take advantage of our great studio space and years of record-making experience without ever leaving your home. Many artists are writing more than ever these days, but need a little help with the polishing. Let us help you!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Interview with Shattered Glass Records
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It's a cop out, but both. Analog sounds like the records we grew up listening to, but digital has so many practical advantages over tape it's not even a contest. The best system uses the strengths of both and avoids the weaknesses.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Bring us an idea, and we will help you make a record that's better than you thought you could be. If you don't love it, we haven't done our jobs.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everyday is different and everyday is the same. Plus we get to help people realize their dreams, and that's pretty cool.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: We get asked a lot about what a "producer" does, and if they even need one. The simplest answer is that if making a record is climbing a mountain, the producer is a sherpa. You probably could make a record without a producer, and a lot of people do, but the producer knows where the pitfalls are, and how to fix any problems you might have along the way. Making a record can be frustrating, and it's super helpful, and way more pleasant, if you have a guide to help you scale that mountain. You will always be the one making the decisions (and reaping the rewards), the producer is good for giving objective advice so you don't take a wrong step and plunge 10,000 feet to your death. Because sherpa.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for this song? For this album? For your career? What do you do when you're not making music? Who are you listening to?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: We make your record, not ours. We try very hard to not have a "sound" because that would disrespect the uniqueness of what you're bringing to the table. But we do like things to sound like magic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It is always helpful to decide what you want to do before you twist a knob or move a fader. Inform your taste, then trust your instincts and make it sound like the sound in your head. If it sounds good, it is good!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: These days we produce a lot of rock and acoustic music and mix a lot of pop and hip-hop, but we have good examples of work in almost any genre you could imagine. We've done everything from Death Metal to Gospel.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever it needs! Everyday we are writers, psychologists, beat-makers, producers, cheerleaders, musicians and engineers.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have an intimate studio space, fully treated, ideal for smaller acoustic instruments and vocals, and with enough guitars and amps and keyboards and pedals to get almost any sound you can imagine. We also have good relationships with other larger studios, and a full stable of session players that we are on friendly terms with, so that we can get whatever sounds we can't get here. We mix and master hybrid, with some choice analog outboard gear and a full ProTools system. We are currently big fans of the UA stuff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: We like anyone who is making the music they want to make. Some of our staff's personal favorite working musicians include John Mayer, Julien Baker, Drake, The Avett Brothers, Chance the Rapper, Dua Lipa and Ryan Adams. A few technical people who inspire us are Andrew Scheps, Rick Ruben, Fab Dupont, Ethan Johns and Al Schmitt.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We specialize in mixing and mastering, almost entirely online these days. We also offer full production services via Skype or Zoom, allowing us to serve our clients even under these difficult circumstances.