About

Dave at the mix position, 2017.

Dave at the mix position, 2017.

Beat 'n Track Recording is situated on a sweeping 17-acre wooded estate in Fallbrook, California, north of San Diego. No traffic, no immediate neighbors; in fact it is not unusual to see coyotes passing by the studio blissfully unaware of the tracks we're cutting inside!  Since 1995 we have been crafting beautiful records for artists, typically from the Southern California area, but increasingly worldwide, thanks to the internet.


Specializing in primarily acoustic and organic music productions, producer/engineer/owner Dave Blackburn brings a lifetime of knowledge as a guitarist, drummer, teacher, arranger and composer to each session, helping each artist realize their vision of their music as fully and lavishly as possible within a given budget. 

The studio is a two room facility plus a third iso room suitable for amps. Both feature beautiful wood flooring and carefully designed acoustic trapping, by GIK acoustics and Primacoustic. Monitoring is through the incredibly accurate Chris Pelonis Model 42/42LF system as used by top artists such as David Crosby. Sixteen input channels of outboard mic preamps by Daking AudioUniversal Audio, Focusrite, Vintech , and ART feed the UA Apollo 16 interface which connects to a hot-rodded Mac Pro system running Logic Pro X.

The microphone collection is considerable for a small studio, boasting tube condensers from Vanguard AudioAudio-Technica and Mojave Audio, non-tube condensers from Audio-Technica, CAD, AKG, and ribbon mics from AEA, Cascade and CAD. The venerable Shure SM7 is a favorite dynamic for vocals too. Hundreds of plugins by UA, Toneboosters, PSP, Sonnox, Softube, Lexicon and many more are available to shape and build the mix. Numerous virtual instruments, such as those from Impact SoundworksNative Instruments, Ivory, Pianoteq, G-Force and more allow for elaborate in-the-box productions and full project recall. Small ensembles, duos and solo artists have recorded their projects here since 1994.

Rates

Booking the studio is by appointment, and if the project seems suitable for what we offer, we take it from there. The standard rate is $80 per hour though we offer a 25% discount of $60 per hour through 2018. Although we do not directly take credit cards at this time, checks and cash are welcome - Paypal may be used also, if the "Friends and Family" option is used.. 

Other services include:

  • Audio transcription and chart preparation using Sibelius 8 
  • Mastering for download, streaming or CD.
  • DAT and cassette conversion to contemporary formats
  • Live concert recording 
  • Live sound 
  • Classical recording
  • Guitar instruction.