I have over 20 years experience as a live, studio and touring musician, and 10+ years owning my own business as a recording engineer. Strengths are in rock, country, alt/indie, worship, Americana/folk, anything that involves human beings playing instruments. I'm a good listener and will work tirelessly to achieve the artistic goals of my clients.

Cafe Solo Studios, owned and operated by musician Chris Howell, is a full service recording studio located in Denton, TX, home to a very vibrant and nationally recognized music scene, due to its premier music school (UNT) and creative, as well as eclectic, population.

I offer tracking, mixing and mastering services at hourly and project rates.

Tracking takes place in an acoustically treated live room, measuring nearly 500 sq ft with 10 ft ceiling, as well as an acoustically 'dead' isolation booth. I can accomodate full bands tracking live as easily as an individual singer/songwriter.

Mixing and Mastering takes place in an acoustically treated and balanced control room, utilizing world class equipment by Neve, API, Neumann, Lauten, AKG, Avalon, etc.

Additional gear list, demo reel, and references available upon request.

Gear highlights

  • Vintage Sony C37a
  • Neve
  • API
  • Lauten
  • AKG
  • Avalon
  • Lynx Aurora
  • Vintech
  • Blue mics
  • Neumann

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Mixing involves two rounds of fixits/adjustments. After that hourly rates apply.
Deposit of 50% of projected cost for entire project.

Reviews of Cafe Solo Studios

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    I really enjoyed working at Cafe Solo Studios. I was concerned about finding someone who could produce a variety of music styles and Chris proved to be really intuitive about getting the sound I was looking for. And he knows how to create an atmosphere that helps ease your nerves when you're really concerned about laying down that perfect take!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    Cafe Solo is a wonderful creative space where I felt completely relaxed, unrushed, allowing for songs I've written out of a notebook to come together way better than I could have ever imagined. The gear available is top of the line, and the speed with which I got the finished product back was definitely in line with my needs. I'll be back.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    Absolutely satisified. Have done both personal cd with studio musicians, and band cd. Professional, state of the art equipment, custom built studio. Chris Howell is professional, knowledgeable, and has a great "ear for the mix." Also very effecient and cost effective. I would absolutely recommend Cafe Solo for any project.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    Cafe Solo Studios is the answer to any musician or artist looking to create or finish a professional project with the personal touch of a true craftsman. The rates are very reasonable. Chris gave his full skill and expertise to every part of my project, which turned out better than i imagined. Look forward to working with him again soon!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    Cafe Solo Studios is a top-notch full service studio. The gear and rooms sound great and Chris has the perfect ear and skill to get your songs where they need to be. His expertise as an engineer and musician will get you the end product you are looking for. Book your session today, you won't regret it! A+

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