My name is Steve Rutledge. I am a Producer/Engineer as well as a Professional Guitarist/Bass/Keys/vocalist. I was in Nashville for 15 years on the road and in the studio sessions with a lot of major artists as MD/Lead guitarist/BGV. I started Steel String Recording Studio in 2001.

The services I have to offer are:
1) Full service recording of Demos and Master Projects.
2) Mixing Services.
3) Mastering
4) Acoustic/Bass/Electric/Lead Guitars
5) Keyboards
6) BGV's
7) Vocal Tuning with Melodyne 4 Studio
8) SSL, NEVE, API, Trident, Helios 69 & Harrison 32C Console Emulation.
9) I use a Slate Raven Console
10) Manley/UA/Ampex/Studer/Tube-Tech/Lexicon/AMS/Pultec/LA-2A/Fairchild & Ocean Way Studio Rooms

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Reviews of Steve Rutledge

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    Steve is the best. I have recorded at least 40 songs with him. He is trustworthy, easy to work with, and has great ears. He meets his deadlines and you can trust him. His guitar / bass / whatever tracks will be stellar. He's tech-savvy, so you'll get your tracks fast and you can count on good communication.

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Interview with Steve Rutledge

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I just worked on a project for a girl from my hometown in Frankfort, Ky. Alyssa Laine's new CD is AWESOME!!! I Produced and played all instruments except for George Lawrence (Drums) and (Patric Dennis - Trombone, Dave Eckman - Sax, on one song) It's an Amzing Album and I think she could be the next Amy Winehouse!!! CD will be out soon!
What are you working on at the moment?
4 Albums, Demos and looking for some interns to teach how to help with cleaning up tracks and learning Pro Tools and trying to find the right fit of who to hire very soon.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I don't know. I'm just joining
Analog or digital and why?
Analog for the Warmth Digital for Copy and Paste!!!! LOL
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will always be here for you and make sure that nobody is taking advantage of you! If you have questions about something or just need to talk... Call me! My clients are like my children! I feel like a dad protecting them from harm
What do you like most about your job?
Every song is born unique! Every artist and songwriter are unique and each one brings a new challenge
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Why does it cost so much to record? A: For a studio to stay up to date and current with all of the programs it costs A LOT of $$ If you get behind on updates it costs even more! They have no idea how much money is invested in a State of the Art Studio. Q: Why does it take so many hours to make a CD? A: Because it's my name on it along with yours and I want nothing but the best for you! If you don't put the work into it, it will not reap the benefits.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A Lot of people don't understand how much time is put in After they leave the studio to make a Great record
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What they want to do with their music and their career. Influences
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
the highest price is not always the best studio. Many of us have great studios with less overhead so we can work a little cheaper.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, Bass, Mic, Computer and interface
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been playing guitar and singing since I was 5 years old. Started Piano at 6. Moved to Nashville in '97, Started my own studio in 2001, married my beautiful wife Missy 5 years ago and moved myself and my studio to the Foothills of the Smokey Mountains in Friendsville, TN. next to Maryville and Knoxville, TN. I'm 49 yrs old and I have a band Steve Rutledge and the Groove Evolution. We have a new double album coming out next year with some very special guests on it.
How would you describe your style?
I like to get as much meat out of a song as possible! I'm constantly trying new plugins for the warmth of Vinyl and Analog in a digital world
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There are SO Many!!! from Toto and Journey to Keith Urban and Larry Carlton
Can you share one music production tip?
don't make it so busy to where the song, melody and the lyric gets lost!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Various!
What's your strongest skill?
my ears!
What do you bring to a song?
whatever the song is asking for...... A song usually tells you where it wants to go. However, sometimes it gives you options.
What's your typical work process?
I can...... Do a Live recording up to 32 tracks at once. However I normally have put down a scratch to a click then build from there with Live Drums and Loops (if needed) up to the full production.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have an 1100 sq. ft. studio with separate Drum, Vocal, Control and guitar rooms. We are planning on adding a second studio in 2017 and I was currently asked to be a mentor for RRF.edu online Recording school in Los Angeles, CA. I use a variety of combinations of plugins and outboard gear depending on the project.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I've worked with and still work with a lot of great players and producers. Inspirations from Dann Huff, Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, Monte Montgomery, Phil Keaggy,
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Full Demos and Master Sessions, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Vocal Recording and Tuning, Mixing and Mastering