The Singery is a project studio in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering a high-quality recording environment with professional-grade equipment. Our goal is to be a musician-centered, cost-efficient recording studio that places maximum emphasis on service and customer experience, giving you a unique and quality product.
Why choose the SINGERY?
Many studios will use a set template to record you, regardless of your individual sound and your artistic vision. The result is often something that sounds vaguely “professional,” but lacks the character and “vibe” that makes you unique. At the SINGERY, we sit down with you ahead of time to understand your aims for the project. Our goal is to maximize the value of your experience, while also providing an end product that is completely unique to you as an artist.
We specialize in mixing & mastering, recording engineering, music/beat composition, and music arrangement. With years of experience and dozens of satisfied clients, we believe that we can deliver your product in a time and cost-efficient manner at a level unparalleled by other studios.
What makes the SINGERY different from other studios?
Our goal at the SINGERY is to create an artist-centered, value-driven environment for music and music production. We are first and foremost musicians and music fans. We love playing, recording, and getting to know other musicians. Moreover, we both share a passion for helping musicians bring their ideas to life to share with friends and fans. We love making music, we love learning how to make music even better, and we want to help others enjoy the journey of creating musical moments that can be shared forever.
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Interview with The Singery Studio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At The Singery, we perform a lot of standard mixing/mastering projects. These are the "bread and butter" of our business. We also handle a lot of composition projects, where we write, record, and produce a song for a client. Lastly, we do full album productions; from notepad to radio, we ensure our clients' musical dreams are realized.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Singery is first and foremost a customer-centered studio. We strive to help artists become successful with the least number of barriers possible. Any artist or studio that has this mentality inspires us. These include producers such as Warren Huart and Graham Cochrane.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a full studio with state-of-the-art isolation and control rooms. We are not exaggerating when we say no other recording space produces as clean and crisp of recordings as our space does. To compliment this recording space, we use the DAW Studio One Professional with over 50 professional-grade plugins. We use professional studio monitors such as the Yamaha HS7s and have a "mic locker" with over 20 microphones including Neumann and AKG. We also have several MIDI controllers and analog synthesizers to produce any style of music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Upon starting a project, we quickly develop a rough plan of what will be needed. This could include scheduling studio time, scheduling one of our many on-call session musicians, etc. Whatever enables us to efficiently begin the creative process. We then get straight to work. This is our passion, so we are eager to develop a foundation for each project, and then build it into whatever our client envisions. We are also more than willing to perform revisions to ensure our clients are as satisfied as possible.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What we bring to a song or project is our motivation behind the work. Our motivation for operating The Singery is help musicians achieve success with their music. This means using our skills and expertise to further others. Whether that is using our skills on guitar playing or beat composition or mixing a song in an unconventional way that the client really wants, we do it for YOU.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Our strongest skill is our customer focus. There are countless talented recording engineers and music producers, even on this platform. Our strength is utilizing our skills and expertise to give our clients an unparalleled experience with unparalleled results.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We work on all kinds of music including folk, rock, hip-hop, jazz, etc. The majority of our clients are indie rock, folk, and singer-songwriter musicians.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: We believe the most important thing is to develop your own style. Don't copy what every other engineer and producer is doing. Learn and practice to develop a foundation, and then develop your own style through experimentation and practice. This way, your music will stand out from the crowd.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to work with independent-minded musicians such as Julien Baker or Hippo Campus. These types of artists aren't trying to fit into a mold, just as we aren't. This results in some great synergy results that could not be achieved otherwise.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Our working style is "customer first", as we have mentioned. Our musical style is more "indie" and "non-linear". We like music to flow the way it's meant to, not be boxed in by what others think it should be.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Neither of us at The Singery have degrees in music or sound engineering. We hold full time jobs businessmen and research engineers. However, we have each been producing music for both clients and ourselves for over 10 years. Because The Singery is not our primary source of income, but rather our passion, we can pass on those savings to our clients while still delivering a professional experience and end product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Easy! 1. Computer w/ DAW 2. Audio Interface (not too picky) 3. Sennheiser HD650s 4. My favorite electric guitar (Reverend P90 with custom Kinman pickups or Gretsch Duo Jet) 5. Guitar pedal/amp modeling board (Axe FX or Helix)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to us! We believe the best way to figure out if we are a fit for your project is to talk to us, which we love to do! We can talk about who you are, where you want your music to be, pricing... really anything you want.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: We try to get as much detail about the project as possible up front. This allows us to start work as early as possible and shift directions if needed without much wasted effort. This includes standard information such as BPM of a song, how many stems need to be mixed, etc. as well as questions like, "what do you want the feel of the song to be?"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it takes a degree to make you successful. True- going to school for this is extremely helpful and valuable. But it is not necessary. We have had so much success with clients because we care about music and we care about them. In our opinion, mindset is more important than skill set. Skill can be taught, mindset can not.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask us how our pricing is so low, while our quality is so high. Our answer is simple: We keep our costs low in a number of ways. First, we haven’t loaded up our studio with a bunch of expensive, vintage gear, and we don’t buy on credit. We have an equipment locker that allows us to do our jobs well and cover a lot of ground without passing the excess costs onto you. Second, we don’t do this as a full-time job. You’re not paying to keep our lights on, our family fed, or our mortgage paid. We know it’s hard enough as a musician keeping yourself fed and sheltered, and we don’t believe in you paying our bills, too. Third, we want to be a place where anyone with the songs and the talent can come and record, regardless of their economic status.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to meet so many crazy-talented musicians and producers. Meeting and working with musicians inspires us like nothing else. It is our passion and inspiration to help musicians be the best, most successful version of themselves.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We mention our simple customer-focused 'promise' in our profile. Here it is again: Many studios will use a set template to record you, regardless of your individual sound and your artistic vision. The result is often something that sounds vaguely “professional,” but lacks the character and “vibe” that makes you unique. At the SINGERY, we sit down with you ahead of time to understand your aims for the project. Our goal is to maximize the value of your experience, while also providing an end product that is completely unique to you as an artist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! We believe that the digital age has made music much more accessible, which is only for the better. The more music, the better! But there are some styles of music and some equipment that simply sounds better analog to us. One example is synthesizers. Software Synths are a great tool in any producers belt, but nothing hits harder than the oscillating sub of an analog synth!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: While we have been working in this industry for years, we are new to the SoundBetter platform, so we do not know anyone. But we look forward to getting to know some of the awesome musicians and producers on here!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We are currently working on a few album productions and a few compositions for corporate clients. Both are super fun to us!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We recently worked with an artist, ohheyimluke, who is one of the most talented artists I've had the privilege of working with. He came to us with a gorgeous and well-written album of 13 songs. As we started recording the songs, we noticed something was missing. Something was lost in translation from his head to the DAW. So we were just sitting around in the studio one day and I picked up my favorite electric guitar (that Reverend I mentioned). I started playing some smooth, super reverby licks on top of his music. After one song, we just looked at each other like the greatest discovery had been made. Before we knew it, I had written and performed electric guitar on almost every track of his album. The album had a whole new vibe, and it was exactly what Luke wanted. We are proud of this project because we enabled another musician, through out skills and expertise, to bring their music to the next level and experience success with it.