Johnny Dalton

Recording Studio, Mix/Master

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My goal is to provide the canvas that will help you capture your art. I utilize my personal collection of new digital and vintage analog gear to make that music a reality. With that, I bring my education in the entertainment and audio production fields and my professional studio experience to shape your music into the way it was meant to be heard.

At my studio Kung-Pow! Recording & Mastering, I offer quality recording and sound solutions at affordable rates. Services include in-studio tracking utilizing my personal collection of new digital and vintage analog gear, mixing, mastering, and live sound system and engineering for live shows and concerts. Having earned my Bachelor's Degree in Audio Production in 2017, I spent my training years in professional studio environments working on top quality records under the guidance and teamwork of my mentors and coworkers. Since then, I've built my own studio into a great environment for diverse artists to explore and grow. I specialize in live instrument performance studio recording, mixing and mastering in the digital domain, with engineering for live shows and concerts being my bread and butter work. Music of all kinds is what gets me excited about the work I do, and I love the fact that I get to help artists realize the sound they've always wanted. Nothing is better than seeing the smiles on a band's faces when they get to hear the playback of their song for the first time! I've mostly catered to the college indie rock scene of Boston, but through my work I've connected and worked with artists in metal, rap/hip-hop, country, electronic, and even children's music!

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  1. Review by Tim B.
    by Tim B.

    Johnny's a real pro- it's obvious from the second you start a project with him how dedicated and passionate he is about his craft. He's got the gear, the ear, and the experience. Whether you want to rock out or pour your heart out on a little acoustic number, Johnny's versatility allows him to give you the very best result of both. And he will get the very best out of you too! His stuff sounds clean, professional, and competitive. You won't regret hiring him!!

Interview with Johnny Dalton

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

  2. A: The two most important and easiest tips in the studio that will make or break a great recording that I can share... Always follow ABS and ATS. Always Be Saving. Always Be Tuning.

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

  4. A: I've mainly catered to the college music and indie rock scene of Boston, but my work through the Boston Music Awards and my general live work has brought me in contact with so many amazing artists from so many spectacular and unique genres of music. I'm a metal guy at heart, but I'll belt out Roy Orbison or Tom Jones any night too!

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Miracles notwithstanding, but it's an important skill for any engineer to use what you have. Over the years I've collected much nicer and cooler gear that sounds great on record. But with real skill and experience under my belt, I like to say, "Give me a box of 57s and an 8 channel interface, and I'll make you a record".

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: Home recording has never been more easy, but there's still, and will always be, that magic touch that a professional engineer can bring to your music. Stuck at home with your practice amp, neighbors who hate your guts, and your less than stellar guitar? Give me your idea, and I'll take you and your sound to a whole new level with my personal collection of guitars and amps.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: It really depends on the project! Ideally, I like to do any guitars first. I'm a guitar and bass player myself, so it's always fun when I get to focus on that. If there aren't functional drums available to track to, I can quickly whip up a midi drum track just so it's not a robotic click in your head while trying to play. I have been a part of several projects over the years where we've done the basic tracking live in the room together. There's just so many ways to go about recording, and I'm happy to do them all.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: Having gone to school for Pro Tools and worked in professionals environments run on Pro Tools over the last several years, I can happily tell anyone that my studio proudly uses Presonus Studio One 4 Professional as the DAW of choice. My small studio, currently an at-home project, takes up a 1000sqft former living space in a small town where we don't have to worry much about outside noise or nosey neighbors.

  13. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  14. A: Sylvia Massy, Toft Willingham of Spiritual Rez, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Dave Pensado, Bob Ludwig, Butch Vig, Dave Grohl, Geoff Emerick, Roy Thomas Baker.

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

  16. A: One of the biggest things in recording is preproduction work. That means practice practice practice! If you have the ability to, also try to record a demo of your song. It doesn't have to be perfect, and it certainly doesn't have to be pretty, but it should be at least on time to a metronome. It's important for a demo to convey the basic idea and direction of a project, and it's much easier to start a full song production with the solid base of a demo.

Terms Of Service

Studio Time - $30 hourly rate.
Dependent on project, typical turnaround for small projects can be 3 days to a week.
Full live sound system rental - $300/d + $30/h engineering.

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Gear Highlights
  • Presonus
  • Gibson
  • Sunn
  • Silvertone
  • Fender
  • Peavey
  • Ampeg
  • Danelectro
  • Yamaha
  • Zildjian
  • Shure
  • Sennheiser
  • AKG
  • Avantone
  • Audix
  • Audio Technica
  • CAD
  • Aphex
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