Stitts Bros. / Cool Pony Sound

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Your music smothered in awesome sauce. Just sayin ;)

Ready to raise some eyebrows with your music? Allow us to produce / mix / and / or master your project. Or maybe you just need help with arrangements, additional instrumentation, editing, vocal comping or tuning. We're your team. 20+ years experience. Fast and affordable. World-class in every way, attitude, production, studios, value, sound. Set yourself apart. You've been looking for that elusive clear, transparent, punchy, radio ready, "leaping out of the speakers in your face" sound. You found it. We are musicians helping musicians. We know what it’s like. Likely, we just came from where you’re going, and we’re here to lend a hand. No task too menial or small, no vision too grand. Hey, I did NOT mean to rhyme that.. lol Not in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? No problem. We work remotely with people all over the world. Want to come visit us in Dallas? We'd love to have you. We can easily put together accommodation packages and bring your recording Safari to life. Reach out and tell us about yourself, vision, music, projects, etc. :)

Studio & gear highlights: A room, Avid Icon D-Control ES Mixing Console, vast array of API summing and outboard, too many plugs and synths to count, deep mic lockers including Sony C-800 G and Blue Bottle with all capsules, B room, API the Box Console, vast array of API summing, pre’s and outboard, countless plugs & inst.

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Reviews (2)

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  1. Review by Mike Rodriguez
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    Mark and Mike are the best production team I have worked with. Their productions are world-class, and their writing and arranging is simply amazing.

    -Mike Rodriguez, CLIO award-winning sound designer and postproduction mixer.

  2. Review by Andrea Jaxson
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    “In radio, we’re always looking for that hit song & sound that really grabs listeners attention. The Stitts brothers deliver at the highest level, not only to the benefit of the artist, but also for the end goal of radio. They excel at making music that connects with our listeners.”
    Andrea Jaxson, nationally syndicated radio host of "Night LIght with Andrea”

Interview with Stitts Bros. / Cool Pony Sound

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Ok, one fun story… Al Green had been sent into the studio by his label where we were working as writers/producers. We met the first day he came in to the A room, hit it off, great guy. The plan was, a group of producers, 5 separate teams in all, were all going to write song and track ideas for Al to choose from. Those tracks and songs would be thrown into a blind fishbowl, so Al would have no idea who wrote the song or track he was hearing. He would choose “blindly” the songs/tracks that he liked for his new album. Everyone went away for a week to woodshed and write. A week later, Al came in to listen to all the ideas in the fishbowl. Mike and I had put together 10 tracks. Al picked all 10. Lol Needless to say, that didn't sit too well politically, or with us really, because the other producers were all close friends of ours, and we gratefully ended up with two tracks on the record, one that went to #1, and one that went to #3 on the charts. We're still close friends with all the other producers. :) #truth

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

  4. A: We have a small label, Cool Pony Music, always working on new material for our artists, as well as keeping an eye out for new talent and collaboration opportunities.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: We're new to SoundBetter, but it sure looks like there's a lot of amazing talent here. We’ll definitely be reaching out to a lot of it ourselves.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Because they're both awesome! lol They complement each other like waves on the shore. Hybrid’s the bomb.com

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: We will shoot straight with you, and, your project isn't finished until we all love it.

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

  12. A: Everything, but mostly, people. People are where it’s at.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q: How do I overcome writer's block? A: Pray. Talk to the one who made you. You want to tap into the Niagara Falls of creativity? Pray. Q: I write songs, I sing, I play, I produce, how do I get started in the music business? A: Start. Take action. Knock down the first domino you see. If it didn’t knock down all the rest, knock down the next domino you see. Rinse and repeat. Keep moving. Q: My budget’s too small… I can't afford a team… I can't afford production… what can I do to move forward. A: Work on you. Get GarageBand on your phone for $5. You’re a singer? Re-create the vocal performances of your favorite artists… every last nuance. You make beats? Recreate your favorite tracks… as close as you can get them. Build musical muscle. Work on you. Your time and opportunities will come. Be ready when they do.

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

  16. A: That it's work. lol It never feels like work…

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

  18. A: What are you trying to accomplish? How do you want to spend your day? If you could write your own ticket what does that look like? What is your why?

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

  20. A: Work with someone you gel with, that you have fun with. The destination is key, you define that up front, but the journey, the journey is the real enchilada. It's supposed to be fun. Work with people that are great at what they do, and that make you have fun while you're doing it. Musical muse rarely shows up in boring or sour musical environments.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: My guitar, API’s The Box console, my Mac, Sony C-800G mic, my brother Mike.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: We're brothers, and we’ve been making noise together as long as I can remember. I made Mike's first drum set out of cardboard boxes when he was about seven. He was a natural.. like the movie… fireworks and all. We had bands, home studios, more bands, more home studios… nothing has changed except for the toys and the noise.. lol

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Like Bruce Lee. Water. The style that is no style.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: All of them! Because they're all so fun!! lol Humans have the creative spark of God in them.. to the curious, to the light hearted, it’s an endless feast of creative wonder.

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

  30. A: Production techniques and tools change all the time… though it's hard to stay on top of it, try. Stay humble and nimble. Write hits. lol

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

  32. A: Modern pop, pop/EDM, pop rock, but through the years we’ve had to work on so many different styles. As I mentioned earlier, we really try to remain students. Analyze, learn, understand, embrace the new, concepts, technology…keep moving. We do see people that get stuck in a genre or a time, a decade. I think we’ve been able to avoid that by not holding onto rules, and not being afraid to learn new “ways of doing”. What we have tried to hold onto is, “it's art, there are no rules… don't get married to anything, to any one way of doing something.”

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: It seems like it's all one skill. It has lots of parts like on a car or something, all the parts have to be strong and good, but in the end, it's all part of one thing. If I had to drill down on one aspect, I think we're good at turning song cats into sonic tigers. lol

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

  36. A: Hopefully, creativity and pixie dust… that's what were shooting for.

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

  38. A: Most projects begin with song analysis, vision casting, and arrangement structure, followed by music production, vocal production, additional music production, mixing, and mastering. It all starts with seeing/hearing in our heads, and I do mean see/hear. We try to get inside the song just like it was a world that you could walk around inside of, creating things, coloring things, moving things around. We attempt from there, to vividly bring it out of the speakers into the real world.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: We have two main control rooms, a main vocal room, a main drum room, and a few small editing suites, all running ProTools and Logic. The A room is centered around an Avid Icon D-control ES mixing desk with a deep complement of API summing and outboard gear, along with other analog pre’s and components, deep mic lockers including the Sony C-800 G, Blue Bottle with all capsules, and too many plugs and synths to count. The B room hosts an API The Box console, a vast array of API summing, pre’s, and other analog outboard gear, as well as countless plugs, synths, guitars, basses, and amps.

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

  42. A: So so many… we remain students to this day of the countless geniuses of this art and science. I could give you a list, but it would look like the endless rolling fences of a Kentucky horse farm.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Music production and songwriting… we help artists get the songs that are running through their heads leaping out of the speakers… radio ready.

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