We’re Cory and Julia Shuman, a husband-and-wife music production team and the owners of Little Bird Big Sound! We’re passionate music creators with a heart for helping artists take the next step in their music careers.
Before we ever launched our company, we laid the foundations by playing music together (literally, from the first day we met)! As artists first, we know what it’s like to tour and gig non-stop, set up (and tear down) gear, and market and book for ourselves!
Sold out shows? Been there. Tearing down gear in the rain? Done that. Chicken gets loose on the stage? Yep, that happened too.
We get the grind of the independent musician, and have walked through the process of not only writing, but producing, recording and distributing our own music! So we decided to put our personal experience to good use — working with indie artists to help craft their songs, hone in their unique sound and give them their dream recordings — while sharing what we’ve learned along the way!
Let's create something awesome together - Contact us to get started!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
8 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Little Bird Big Sound
I sent some pretty rough files that I had attempted to mix at home using a popular (cheap) mixing program. These guys were able to do a great job mixing and mastering the song, even re-recording a new bass part for me that sounded much better than my original. I definitely recommend Little Bird Big Sound for anyone who needs a "boost and polish" to those homegrown originals. Cory never disputed any of my suggestions and was very patient in doing revisions. Thanks, guys!
These guys are awesome! So affordable willing to work with you and not afraid to put ideas out to make your music better! Great people to work with, most definitely be returning soon!
Little was amazing to work with. Super friendly & really catered to my needs!
one of the best people to work with..very quick and to the point.. will have many clients in the near future
Cory and Little Bird Big Sound did a great job helping me to mix one of my songs. It’s quite a pleasure to work with them. They work quickly and do a piece of work very conscientiously.
Little Bird Big Sound has been creating tracks for us for the past several years. Their work is always excellent - Cory is committed to providing a quality product at a reasonable price.
Awesome job by Little Bird Big Sound in putting together my video intro music for my new business. The process was quick, easy, and very professional. Cory and the team give you their best to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the delivered product.
Ian Giancursio/Greg Keys - City on Down:
Cory and Little Bird Big Sound did an awesome job helping us re-mix and master our Debut EP. Cory was extremely attentive to every little suggestion and detail we brought to this attention, and sent us numerous back-and-forth mixes before we got it right. It was our first ever release so we wanted it to be perfect, and Cory went above and beyond to ensure.
Interview with Little Bird Big Sound
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Leadership and vision in the creative/songwriting process.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A big, fat, polished wall of sound! (ha)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH! They both have so much to offer and work so differently, but, together they're magic.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Our process depends mostly on what's called for with each project we take on. Most often, when producing an artist, we start with a simple phone call or video chat to get to know the client, find out about his/her goals for the project and see how well we'd fit in a working environment. Music is such a personal thing, so chemistry and trust between the artist and producer is a big deal for us. Once we decide to work with an artist on a production project, we have him/her send us song ideas and inspiration so we can get a feel for what he/she looking for and where the project needs to go. This is often accomplished with a simple voice note or phone recording of the artist singing / playing the song(s), which we can then pull onto the grid and start writing around. This works especially well for us since not all our clients are local to us - We can accomplish a lot of the pre-production remotely, and then the artist will usually come to us for tracking.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We're creators at heart, so that's what we bring to the table as producers. We want to catch the vision, of the artist we're partnering with, but also be able to work with them in order to bring out their best performance and capture the overall best for the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In the last few years we've worked on a range of pop, rock and country, but our passion is pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Cory: I've been a music teacher for the better part of 14 years now, and one of the biggest things that I tell my students is to be patient -- practice will make a better product. Also, if you don't already have a basic knowledge of music theory, go to the library and check out a music theory book, learn basic piano skills -- my knowledge of music theory has been invaluable to me as I've written and worked with artists through the years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to collaborate with Ryan Tedder and/or Taylor Swift -- love their hooks and lyrics!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apogee Duet (we swear by this thing), 15" MacBook Pro, Waves plugins, an AKG C414 XLII, and our Yamaha NS-10s.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What is your goal for your music / career? - What is your vision for this project? - Do you like Chipotle? :)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We do a lot of original music (including both musical and lyrical-writing sessions and full recording and production of albums), as well as mixing and mastering. Since we are producers first, our passion is working with independent artists to bring their creative vision to life with a great album or single that can take their music career to the next level! We also offer assistance in distribution and copyrighting, graphic design and marketing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ryan Tedder (producer/writer/artist) Benny Blanco (producer) Andrew Scheps (mixing engineer)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A mix of digital and analog gear -- including vintage Yamaha NS-10s; an Avalon Vacuum Tube Vt 737sp; Brauner (VM1), Neumann, AKG, Audix, and Shure microphones; Izotope and Waves plugins; Apogee interfaces
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Cory: I started arranging at age 19 in college for a university drumline, then at 20 I started writing songs, so I've been doing this professionally now for 10+ years, along with teaching and playing music. Julia: I grew up in a musical family. My grandparents, parents and my brother are all musicians, so I guess I never stood a chance (haha). I've been a professional / regularly performing musician for the better part of the last 10 years - I started singing in church as a kid alongside my parents, and then started playing professionally after high-school, which is right around the time Cory came into the picture. We actually met at a band rehearsal when I was 19, so we've literally been playing music together since the day we met -and during our dating relationship I would help him with his music lesson-business, so working together is a pretty natural thing for us! Fast-forward to now, Cory and I produce music together and we both still play professionally in a band with our family (seriously).
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You get what you pay for -- It may sound harsh but it's the truth. We're firm believers in high-quality everything, so we would say if you want a high-quality product, you have to be willing to put your money where your mouth is.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think "a lot of stuff" equals a big sound. Don't get us wrong - We have a lot of great things to say about analog gear, but the game has shifted and you can get an incredible sound "in the box" -- you just have to know how to use the tools in your toolbox.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How much do you cost?" We always tell them our fee, but we know that not everyone can afford to shell out that kind of cash up front -- so we do offer payment plans to make things easier for our clients. "Do you have any credits?" Yep - we do. You can Google us to see what we've been up to.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative process -- and the feeling that our clients are proud of their product.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll love the way you sound, and we'll have your back.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Andrew Scheps -- that guy is our mixing role model!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We're proud of all of them! But as far as mile-stone projects go, we'd have to say Tell Scarlet's "Clean Slate" album. It was our first artist (under the label) and first major release, and the response was incredibly humbling and exciting! We co-wrote/produced, mixed and mastered that one. Since then, we've worked on a lot of other great stuff, and have some really exciting projects out / about to release that we love and can't wait to share!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many things. Simultaneously - A lot of production work, as well as some mixing and mastering jobs.