River Rock Records

Recording, Mixing, & Mastering

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As a Nashville-trained engineer, I specialize in creating authentic, acoustic recordings. As a classical pianist and composer myself, I can approach projects with both an artist's and an engineer's ear.

Having the ear of a classical musician allows me to pick up on musical nuances and subtleties beyond the typical technicalities involved with being an engineer. As an award-winning composer, I have extensive knowledge of a variety of instruments and know how good music is supposed to sound—and with my years of engineering experience, I know how to achieve that sound in a recording.

In 2017, I earned a BS in Audio Engineering Technology and a BM in Music Composition with Highest Honors from Belmont University in Nashville, TN—one of the world's leading audio engineering programs. I have been working and learning in studios since I was thirteen years old. At seventeen, the GRAMMY Foundation selected me to study audio engineering at the renowned GRAMMY Camp institute in Los Angeles and New York. Since 2019, I have been Lead Audio Engineer for Chicago-based classical recording company, Atlas Arts Media. I recently relocated back to my home state and now have my own studio on a farm outside of Charlottesville as well. I currently serve as the Virginia Event Planning Committee leader for the Audio Engineering Society.

For more about me, please visit my website, https://shelbylock.com

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Interview with River Rock Records

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: Be sure you work with someone who understands your music and what you're about.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: I'm known to be able to make seemingly impossible edits when piecing together a recording out of differnt takes. I prefer not to edit unless absolutely necessary, but when the client asks for it, I always try.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: I'm currently mixing a double-album for a classical opera singer. I'm also in the middle of my own solo piano album which I'm composing, performing, and engineering.

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

  8. A: I like having the skills and know-how to bring an artist's vision for their project to life. I enjoy the collaboration involved in the recording and engineering process.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: For some reason, people call my job "editing." Yes, there's some editing involved when I stitch together pieces of different takes into one seamless performance, but mixing is so much more than that. Mixing takes a whole other level of creativity to decide how to balance the different instruments in a mix and what effects and techniques to use to do so. And in classical and acoustic genres, it takes a great deal of skill to turn a raw studio recording into something that captures the authenticity of a live performance. Mixing is both an art and a science. Editing is only one tiny part of it.

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

  12. A: What is your goal for this project? Have you recorded in a studio before? What artists do you like the sound of and why?

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

  14. A: Don't try to "fix it in the mix." Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It's always more authentic if you nail a performance in the studio and get the sound right from the beginning.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: At the moment, I mostly work on classical recordings for my job as Lead Engineer with Atlas Arts Media. I also do a lot of solo piano recordings in my studio, and I'm looking to take on clients in a variety of acoustic genres.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: My studio is located on a farm near Free Union, VA. It's in a former garage with two-foot thick walls which has surprisingly good acoustics even without the room treatment. The highlight is the view of a river with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. Gear-wise, I mix on a pair of Yamaha HS7s, and I'm an unapologetic Logic X user. I know Pro Tools of course, but Logic is what I started on and what I prefer for my own projects. Also, I'm the only studio in the area with a full-size grand piano.

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