My name is Marcus Colbert. I'm a University trained Music Producer and Sound Engineer from Minneapolis, MN working in Los Angeles. I typically specialize in hip hop and indie rock but have experience in a wide range of genres, and feel comfortable working in many. Access to professional, industry standard recording studios for tracking of all kinds

I offer a wide variety of services such as

- Recording
- Song Writing
- Song/Instrumental Production
- Vocal Production
- Mixing
- Mastering

I also have access to professional, industry standard recording studios in the Los Angeles area for those wanting to record, or work in environments more suitable for completing projects that can compete with the top acts of the current music industry. A list of gear can be made available upon request.

Prices vary depending on the project, but I am usually pretty flexible.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • Various Waves
  • Universal Audio
  • Lexicon
  • and Isotope Plug-ins
  • Access to Professional Recording Studio.

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Turn around time varies on the project, but files will typically be ready for pick up in one to two weeks. I allow revisions within reason, but additional cost can be added to excessive requests.

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Interview with Marcus L Colbert

What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I went to The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN and graduated with degrees in Audio Production and Engineering, Audio for Visual Media, and Music Business. After that, I moved to Los Angeles and got a job as an Engineer at Studio City Sound in Studio City, CA. I have been working there since June of 2013 and continue to do so.
What's your typical work process?
I definitely have to start out any project I receive by listening to it. Obviously, but I mean more than that. Really listen to it. I listen until I'm to the point where I know it. After I feel like I know a song, I can then begin to focus on making the elements of that song work together in a way that lets every part shine on its own but still combine with the rest a way that conveys what the artist felt while creating the song. I really try to match the mood of what I am doing to that of the artist's. After I feel like I have embodied what the artist felt into my work, I look to add moments to the song. These moments can be subtle things that maybe just give a better "feel" when they are in present, to more obvious productions tricks and sweeteners to liven up transitions or phrases. I feel these moments really make the listener more engaged by surprising the ear and creating something memorable about a song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work out of a studio in Los Angeles called Studio City Sound. I am a house engineer there, but also bring my freelance work in as well. We have top of the line, industry standard gear including a vintage Neve 8068 MKII console that really brings out character in any song that is mixed through it. On top of that, microphones for days, both vintage and modern, outboard gear as well as their plug in counter parts. Really just anything you'd expect from a professional recording studio. A full gear list is available at Studiocitysound.com
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
It really depends on the client honestly. I do a lot of work in Hip Hop and R&B just because that is the genre a lot of my clients work in. But I also have a few rock clients as well as a few who do country so I feel like I am well versed in a wide variety of genres.