Red Earth Studios is an audio production company nestled among the towering sandstone cliffs of Zion Canyon, Utah. We specialize in professional recording, mixing and mastering. We also offer the services of industry session musicians.
Owner of Red Earth Recording Studios Dave Tate holds a degree in Music Performance. Dave has worked in the industry for over 15 years, specializing in production, mixing, mastering, guitar, bass and vocal work.
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Reviews (3)Endorse Dave Tate at Red Earth Studios
I'm so glad we worked with Dave. We sent him a home recording that sounded pretty rough. He mixed and mastered it, and I was blown away when I heard the finished product. He's also timely, professional, and affordable. I highly recommend him!
Dave’s high quality work comes not just from the gear and the
space, but from excellent communication, the desire to get you the sound
that YOU want, and working extra hard to make sure you have a great
finished product while staying on budget.
Dave was great to work with! Always patient and encouraging. He gave great suggestions when I needed feedback. His prices are fair and competitive. I really enjoyed his intimate recording space and the beautiful red rock scenery just outside his studio. I highly recommend Dave Tate at Red Earth Studios.
Z The Handpan Man Music
Interview with Dave Tate at Red Earth Studios
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction. It's my goal to make sure you get everything you want out of this recording. I'll go the extra mile to make that happen. I love it when clients are ecstatic about their finished project. That's always my end goal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: People. I love helping other artists succeed. Music my own passion and I love sharing that with fellow musicians. It's a great to be part of a musical community and I make new friends each day.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have a wide area of influences musically. I started singing in a choir as a kid. I picked up a guitar and was soon starting punk and ska bands. I studied classical voice at Utah State University and starred in several Operas. Then I moved more into the folk area and released a number of albums as a solo artist. Around 2000 I began recording myself on a Tascam 4 track. Over the years tracking myself and other bands my skills have matured and my gear has, of course, grown as well. I started Red Earth Studios in 2010 here in Zion Canyon to provide local artists here an awesome place to record professionally at an affordable price.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is whatever serves the song the most. I keep myself out of the picture as much as possible and just try and help the artist achieve his or her vision or the vision we're both working towards if I'm also in the producer role.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Focus more on production and arrangement before you record. The bands that come away with the best product are the bands who arrange the song, or who I arrange the song for, ahead of time. You can fix many things in the studio, but it's not your best shot at getting a quality product to have that as a mindset. Do everything you can to tighten up the band and the arrangement before pressing record.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Indie-Rock, Pop-Rock, occasionally reggae and punk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting and production. It informs everything else I do and my understanding of mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Artistry in mixing and production. I started out as a performing artist. I believe having a very high level of skill in songwriting, voice, guitar and bass informs the decisions I make as a mixer and producer in ways I couldn't access without that experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It helps me to know as much as possible about the artist's vision before I start the project. This informs all the choices made in production, engineering and mixing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a ProTools HD system through a Dangerous 2BUS summing box and Dangerous Source monitor controller. Other gear by Neumann, Telefunken, API, Universal Audio, SSL and Neve. It's a small studio with a big sound.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, Mixing, Mastering, Instrument Overdubs (Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keys and programming).