Alabama Recording Studios
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Audiostate 55 Recording Studios & Entertainment Company, where masterful music production takes place in the ear and not just the gear. Our world-class engineers, producers, and arrangers are simply the best.
Bates Brothers Recording Alabama's only commercially available Solid State Logic equipped studio! BBR is located 15 minutes southwest of downtown Birmingham, AL, in Hueytown, AL, and has over 25 years of recording experience. Bates Brothers Recording is a state of the art, professional, full service recording studio designed to meet all of your recording needs. From humble beginnings as a 4 track home studio in 1979, Bates Brothers Recording opened its doors to the public in 1985. In 2011 we are celebrating 26 years of helping people make their dream of recording a reality. Specializing in music production for projects ranging from solo artists and bands to praise and worship teams and choir and orchestra.
For more information and to book a recording session Call Eric Bates 205.491.4066, 9am to 1pm Monday through Friday
Boutwell Studios An enterprise that started in a basement in 1961, Boutwell Recording Studios spans an age from tape recorders to digital workstations. Along the way, our dedication to customer service and engineering excellence have made us one of the best-known and most relied-upon audio recording facilities in the region. Our job is to help you create...whether it’s producing commercials for TV, radio or the internet, custom sound design for video or motion pictures, original music scoring for jingles or soundtracks, or specialized projects, such as ADR, podcasts or radio dramas.
2917 Central Avenue // Birmingham, AL 35209
phone: (205) 870-1180 // (800) 701-8935 // fax: (205) 870-1181
We are ISDN and Source-Connect capable.
ISDN: (205) 414-1482 // (205) 414-1483
Capture Music studios located in Birmingham, AL is a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in analog recordings. Our staff is dedicated to the sonic integrity of all our clients' work--from demos to masters, we demand excellence. We are capable of providing writers, arrangers, session players, producers and engineers for any project, or any style of music. Our focused attention to detail make Capture an asset to any investment. Please contact us for a free consultation.
Higher Ground Studios is a residential state-of-the-art recording facility providing an exceptional quality recording chain in a relaxed, artist-friendly environment. Founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of a small one-room private studio begun a decade earlier, Higher Ground brings together many years of experience in the two areas most important to your projects.... art and technology.
Lost in Sound is located in Birmingham, Alabama and is at your service for all things audio! The company was started by Andrew Henderson as a small project recording service in 2004. Over the last few years, the company has grown in numbers and we've gotten involved in several areas of the music industry. With the help and experience of our engineers and musicians, let's bring your sound to the next level!
Polymusic Studios Inc
2717 19th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209-1915
Phone: (205) 871-8442
Sound of Birmingham Studios Over the years Don Mosley of Sound of Birmingham studios has engineered or produced records that were released on Atlantic Records, MGM, Stax Records, Rounder Records, Shelby Singleton labels (Nashville), as well as his own label. He has recorded such internationally known artists as Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Sam Dees, Fredrick Knight, Blind Boys of Alabama, Lady Smith Black Mambozo (from South Africa), Roscoe Robinson, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Blackwood Brothers, Jake Hess, JoJo Benson, Peggy Scott, Rozetta Johnson, and Dorthy Love Coates, to name a few. Fredrick Knight's gold record "I've Been Lonely For So Long" was recorded at Sound of Birmingham Studios and adorns the wall in the reception area. It was during that period of time that Don Mosley purchased Sound of Birmingham Studios from original owner, Neil Hemphill.
Mosley also co-produced the Independent Music Awards Contemporary Christian Album of The Year Listener's Choice Awards (2007) for Canterbury Crossroads. He has produced over 500 jingles, many of which were national jingles; and has won more than a hundred ADDY awards and the coveted Clio Award - in advertising.
Sound of Birmingham Studios
3625 5th Ave South
Birmingham, Al 35222
Baker Productions Recording and Duplication Studios are downstairs in the same building in downtown Cullman. Please enter our studios from the parking deck located right behind our building. We have our 24 Track Digital Recording Studios, Video Studios, Editing Suite,CD/DVD Duplication Facilities, Equipment Rental, and our Repair Shop downstairs in the building. Please give us a call if you have any questions about any of our services.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am until 12 Noon. We look forward to serving you in the future and hope that you will call on us for all of your audio, video, security and photography needs.
Our Office Numbers are : 256-739-0388 Or 256-734-7881. Our Fax line is: 256-739-7196.
Druid City Time&Spaceship is a state of the art recording facility in Duncanville, Tuscaloosa County.
Contact: Jacob Thompson
Guest House Studios. The studio is a custom built facility designed to meet the needs of musicians of every style, as well as spoken word and voiceover projects. Guest House Studios is a digital multi-track recording studio with the goal to produce high quality audio recordings for aspiring musicians, songwriters, artists, and bands. Using a combination of Pro Tools and Sonar, we can produce a fully mixed and professional sounding demo to provide to publishers, indie record companies, local club owners,and to family and friends. The studio is designed to provide musicians, artists, and bands a relaxed, comfortable, and affordable place to record with outstanding sound, at a fraction of typical recording studio costs.
Nomad Music Studio Hello and welcome to the home of Nomad Music Studio in Fairhope Alabama, the recording company with a heart as well as ears. I believe that listening to all our stories, whether oral or musical, help to reveal the truth of our existence by making the unseen seen and the silence heard. I am changing this web site to a more blog-like device in order to reflect the paradigm shift in the recording business as well as the world’s economies. Located at 1203 US Hwy. 98, Ste. 4E Daphne, AL 36526
For 25 years, Sound Cell/Smith Music Group Inc. has provided the North Alabama area with the largest and most up-to-date recording facility in the area.S.M.G. Inc. (Smith Music Group) has successfully developed many artists and writers, most notably multi-Grammy winners/nominees Take 6, Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes and Claire Lynch. Over the years, founder Doug Jansen Smith has captained success in talent development and artist management, as well as production, songwriting/publishing, engineering and studio management.
Our experience ranges from small, local projects to international markets. Besides our award winning record production and publishing successes, we have been involved in soundtracks for major motion pictures and independent films -- national and internationally syndicated television & radio broadcasts -- audio-books and DVD projects -- as well as award winning commercial jingle-production and infomercials. We have worked with major artists spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and many aspiring artists with budgets of only a few hundred dollars. We have delivered successes in all genre’s of music, adhering to the client's budget and schedule and never sacrificing quality, or honest and friendly service.
We have been leaders in our market since we began business in 1980 because we know our strength is not in the number of knobs and buttons, (although we have our share of those). We believe in providing any client -- large or small -- the best we have to offer in every arena, in any way we can. With 25 years of experience and success we think we have a lot to offer.
Wishbone Studios has served the music and recording industry since 1976. The early years played host to hits recorded by Hank Williams Jr., The Commodores, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Thelma Houston, The Temptations, The Supremes and many others. Billboard's 1978 Song of the Year, "Angel In Your Arms" was recorded at Wishbone. Today the legacy continues under the direction of Bud and Mike McGuire.
Not only is the studio a world class, state of the art facility, but also serves as home base for country music supergroup Shenandoah and the nationally recognized music imaging company McGuire Productions. Wishbone is now ushering in a new era of the Muscle Shoals legacy of sound, recording southern gospel, praise and worship music, as well as songwriter demo's and other publishing/artist projects.
East Avalon Recorders
In 1977, Wishbone engineer Steve Moore purchased the studio from it's builder and designer Joe Wilson and East Avalon Recorders was born in the "Hit Recording Capitol of the World", Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The successful studio operated until around 1988.
Artists including the Forrester Sisters, Narvel Felts, Alan Jackson, B.J. Thomas, The Kendall's, Mac McAnnaly, George Jones, LeBlanc-Carr, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Paycheck, Clarence Carter, Mink Deville, Hot, Will McFarlane and others recorded in the studio over the years. Legend has it that much of the work done in the studio was subbed from other area studio's therefore there are no credits on that work. If you know any history please let us know.
The studio was purchased by Blackland founder Mark Pyle in 2001 and the improvements to the building and the equipment has never stopped. The studio offers a unique blend of old school design and state-of -the art recording equipment. Marty Lewis is the chief engineer with Billy Lawson being general manager and studio master.
The studio is now accepting clients for professional recording services.......
The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1969 when musicians Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), Jimmy Johnson (guitar) and David Hood (bass) (called The Swampers) left FAME Studios to create their own studio. The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, as they became known, was the first rhythm section to own its own studio and, eventually, its own publishing and production companies. The distinctive accompaniment and arrangements have been heard on a tremendous number of legendary recordings, including those from Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and the Staple Singers amongst others.
The original rhythm section that broke away to create these studios first formed in 1967 and initially played sessions in New York and Nashville as well as on the famous FAME recordings. The initial successes led to the arrival of more mainstream rock and pop performers among them The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dr. Hook, Elkie Brooks, and Millie Jackson.
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is located at 3614 Jackson Highway and is Listed on The National Register of Historic Places. Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is a Registered Trademark of Noel Webster U.S.P.T.O. Reg.NO. 3,391,981
FAME Music was established in 1959 in Florence, Alabama and has gone on to be the heartbeat of the Muscle Shoals Sound with entities including FAME Publishing, FAME Recording Studios, FAME Records and Muscle Shoals Records. FAME moved to Muscle Shoals in 1961. FAME has worked in the studio with some of the Greatest artists in Rock music history. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, the Osmonds, Jerry Reed, Alabama, Mac Davis, the Gatlin Brothers, Bobbie Gentry and many others. More recently FAME has recorded projects for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Bettye Lavette, and Heartland to name a few.
In the last 50 years, FAME has been involved in recording or publishing records that have sold over 350 million copies world wide.
FAME Publishing has had songs cut byTina Turner, Gary Allan, the Beatles, Jet, Elton John, Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap, BB King, Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks, All 4 One, Earl Thomas Conley, Leann Rimes, Huey Lewis and Travis Tritt. FAME's current songwriter roster includes multi-award winning writers Brad Crisler and James LeBlanc. Along with Gary Nichols, Jason Isbell, Dylan LeBlanc, Angela Hacker, Jami Grooms, Jamie Fox and the Ugli Stick.
The recording board in Burns Station Sounds studio, located in Burns, Tennessee, originally came from FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This recording console with three power amplifiers, remains in use today. (MCI JH-416 Serial #089.) FAME Recording Studios was established in 1959, was the first professional recording studio in Alabama. This information has been verified by FAME Studios. Here is a list of some of the artists who recorded on the board before it was installed at Burns in 1981.
Aretha Franklin -- Liza Minnelli
Wayne Newton -- Wilson Pickett
Tom Jones -- Otis Redding
Jerry Lee Lewis -- Percy Sledge
Little Richard -- George Jones
The Osmonds -- Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond -- Paul Anka
Andy Williams -- Charlie Daniels
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Mac Davis
Lou Rawls -- Ray Stevens
Jerry Reed -- Travis Wammack
Marty Stuart -- Dobie Gray
Bill Medley -- Solomon Burke
The Drifters -- Bobbie Gentry
Duane Allman -- Joe Tex
Billy Joe Royal -- Eddie Hinton
Etta James -- Tommy Roe
Bill Haley's Comets -- Clyde McPhatter
Clarence Carter -- Arthur Conley
Johnny Jenkins -- King Curtis
Joe Simon -- Wet Willie
Paul Hornsby -- Otis Rush
Boz Skaggs -- Johnny Sandlin
Wild Cherry Lobo -- Johnny Wyker
Arthur Alexander -- Don Covay
Ronnie Hammond-- Berry Oakley
The Tams -- The Soul Survivors
Vern Gosdin -- Hourglass
The Sweet Inspirations
and many, many, more
Some of the Board's Early Achivements Prior to 1981:
Single Chart Numbers
Charted Singles - 72
Top 10 Records - 33
No. 1 Hits - 3
Charted Singles - 75
Top 10 Records - 26
No. 1 Hits - 4
Charted Singles - 64
Top 10 Records - 24
No. 1 Hits - 7
Charted Singles - 211
Top 10 Records - 83
No. 1 Hits - 14
Under the direction of producer Rick Hall, the hits are the proof of "The Board's" sweet, warm sound. A couple examples: Aretha Franklin's dynamic voice turned to gold as "The Board" produced two of her best selling hits, "I Never Loved A Man" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."
Then came James and Bobby Purify with "I'm Your Puppet." Joe Tex followed with the popular hit, "Hold what You've Got." Clarence Carter was not far behind in the goldrush, recording such hits as "Slip Away", Too Weak To Fight" and his biggest seller "Patches" which was a #1 pop and R&B record. Wicked Wilson Pickett joined in the success and became an international star with a powerful voice and Hall's timely production qualities on "Mustang Sally", "Hey Jude" , "Funky Broadway", "Hey Joe" and "The Land of 1000 Dances." This classic version of " The Land of 1000 Dances" was included on the Forrest Gump soundtrack.
A vintage Muscle Shoals song that was recently used in a movie soundtrack was "When A Man Loves A Woman." This song was in the movie Platoon and also the movie entitled When A Man Loves A Woman.
The president of MGM Records approached Rick Hall as the 1970s began, to produce a teenage group, The Osmonds. He accepted the offer and produced two consecutive number one pop singles; "One Bad Apple" which sold over five million singles, and "Yo Yo" for The Osmonds. Two albums, "The Osmonds" and "Homemade", also earned gold status. And in one year"The Board's" productions on The Osmonds were responsible for the sale of 11 million records. The year's work earned. Hall and his famous recording board the honor of being selected Billboard's Producer of the Year for the world in 1971.
The Osmond name would continue to be associated with FAME, as Hall produced two gold albums for Donny Osmond - "To You With Love, Donny" and "The Donny Osmond Album'. Hit singles for the young Osmond included "Sweet And Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", (both #1 pop) and "Hey Girl/I Knew You When".
Paul Anka, searching for his first hit in almost ten years, turned to Rick Hall. Together, using "The Board" they recorded the gold album "Anka" which included the immensely popular "You're Having My Baby" which also went to #1 in the pop charts and sold over 3 million records. Arriving next was Mac Davis, with whom Hall had who proceeded to record 4 gold albums at FAME, including "Texas In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked On Music" hit in both the country and pop circles.
Sources: Fame Official Site, Burns Station Sound Studio website (http://www.rockabillyhall.com/studio.html)
Castanet Records Inc.
Castanet Records was started in 1975 with its first recording by its founder Theodore Arthur Jr. "But on the other hand" which was a cover tune by Ray Charles. Our next session was "Mobile Rock" a disco jazz tune with "I Want to Love You" on the flip side. Then in 1979, the biggest record Castanet Records ever had was "Love's Traffic" featuring Ray Crumley, Theodore Arthur Jr. and Merging Traffic. This record has become a collector's item all over the world today. We are expecting the reissue to revitalize the record label. We have received calls from as far away as Japan, Stockholm, Sweden, and the UK. A few years back it was voted the best funk record in Northern Europe. We are very excited about the new reissue and would like to make it available to our friends on the web first. We are a small record label with the hitting powers of the majors.
Broadway Sound Studio, Owner: David Johnson
One of several recording studios in the Muscle Shoals area that sprang up during the 1970s. In 1973, David Johnson bought Quin Ivy's interest in Quinvy Recording Studio and changed the name to Broadway Sound Studio.
Among the acts recorded by outside producers were The Supremes, The Commodores, Swamp Dogg, among others, while Johnson's productions included Clarence Carter, Kenny Price, Percy Sledge and others.
Many studio musicians got their start in Muscle Shoals by playing first at Broadway.
The studio closed near the end of the 1980s when David Johnson assumed the duties of Executive Director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Producer Quin Ivy's biggest success was Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," although Ivy is revered among Northern soul fans for the output of his Quinvy and South Camp labels.
Born in Oxford, MS, in 1938, the son of a white sharecropper, Ivy grew up on country music. His interest in R&B was fueled by the music of Ivory Joe Hunter and LaVern Baker and the WLAC-AM Nashville DJs, John R and Hoss Allen.
After starting a radio DJ career in his native Oxford, Ivy moved on to WMPS in Memphis, TN, and WLAY in Muscle Shoals, AL, before settling in Sheffield, AL. Opening a record store called Tune Town, Ivy began writing songs with producer Rick Hall of Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. Singer Jimmy Hughes recorded the duo's "I'm Qualified" and "Lollipops, Lace and Lipstick" was the flip side of Hughes' "Steal Away," number 17 R&B, summer 1964, the debut release of Hall's Fame label. In 1965, Ivy opened his Quinvy recording studio across the street from Tune Town, hiring guitarist/engineer Marlin Greene and giving him a percentage of the business. Wanting to expand into record production, Ivy approached weekend singer Percy Sledge about auditioning. He liked one song Sledge's band members Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis had written but wanted a rewrite.
The revised song now titled "When a Man Loves a Woman" was recorded at Ivy's studio in late 1965 using some of the musicians who had played on hits produced by Hall: drummer Roger Hawkins, organist Spooner Oldham, bassist Junior Lowe, and Ivy's co-producer/guitarist Marlin Greene. Through Rick Hall, Ivy sent a the tape to Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records.
In spring 1966, "When a Man Loves a Woman" became a million seller, holding the number one R&B spot for four weeks and the number one pop spot for two weeks on Billboard's charts. The When a Man Loves a Woman LP peaked at number 37 pop in summer 1966. The single was used in a 1987 Levi jeans ad, reissued in England, and became a number two U.K. hit that same year. A standard, "When a Man Loves a Woman" has been covered by countless artists (Shirley Scott, Barbara Mandrell, Wes Montgomery, Yusef Lateef) hitting number one pop again, this time for Michael Bolton in fall 1991.
Ivy started his own labels, Quinvy and South Camp, distributed by Atco/Atlantic. Some of the releases are favorites among Northern soul devotees: Tony Varner's "Tearstained Face"; Bill Brandon's "Self-Preservation," "One Minute Woman," and "Rainbow Road"; and Tony Borders' "Cheaters Never Win" and "What Kind of Spell."
In the '70s, Ivy sold his studio, earned an M.A. degree from Mississippi State University, and began teaching accounting courses. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
Widget Recording Inc., 3804 North Jackson Highway, Sheffield, AL 35660-3520
Tonya's TLC Gospel Recording 135 S Ball St, Slocomb, AL 36375 Phone: (334) 886-2220
Birdland Recording Studio
Worked with Eddie Hinton 1983 located in Town Creek, AL
Birdland Studio offers 24 up to 48 tracks of digital recording using Alesis HD -24 recorders through a Trident 8T - 32 channel console. The Trident offers 64 channels at mix down with 8 Track busses and 8 Aux sends. Birdland offers the perfect enviroment to track your project, take your files home, overdub, return to Birdland and mix. No summing problems and that great Trident analog sound. The mic pre-amps on this console are amazing. Come check it out!
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
3 Frogz Studio, 604 S. George Wallace Dr. Troy, AL 36081 Phone: (334) 566-3842
We offer recording, mixing, mastering, producing, and we also allow bands to rent out the studio for a rehearsal space as well. We have HD systems and can provide most musical equipment, unless you prefer to bring in your own.
Old Capitol Studios is at 2614 University Blvd in downtown Tuscaloosa. The studio got it's name due to the fact that we are located a stones throw away from the remains of Alabama's first state capitol. The studio is in a home that was built in the 1940s and has a warmth and a cozy atmosphere condusive for making music and art.
The plaster walls and hardwood floors give the studio an acoustic resonance that creates a very "roomy" sound. We feel that the sound of the room along with the sound of the instrument creates a very "live" sounding recording. We blend the use of vintage recording techniques and gear with todays modern recording software and tools. We have recorded the Dexateens, Dan Sartain, Jeffery Evans, Taylor Hollingsworth. We support the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Wildfire Recording Studio (located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is dedicated to providing excellent quality audio services at affordable prices. In the studio, you will find equipment from such companies as: Focusrite, Universal Audio, Apogee, Neumann, Blue, Sennheiser, Shure, PreSonus, Audio-Technica, and Rode.
You will find the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere of Wildfire Recording Studio to be an exceptional place to explore your creativity. If you wish to book recording time, or visit the studio, please feel free to send an email or call to make an appointment:
Phone: (205) 310-4371
Riverland Recording is a music recording and A/V post facility. It was conceived, nurtured and built with love, with one reason to provide music recording. Our client list consist of talented people that have not only carved a place in both pop and other main stream music but also contributing to the production of Christian music.
Choose Riverland for the relaxed atmosphere and of course our efforts to provide the best service for as little as possible. We offer a professional recording atmosphere with highly qualified engineers and professional musicians. We also have a wide selection of Instruments and both Analog and Digital Recording and Signal Processing.
We feel that both analog and digital have many advantages, each in its own, so why not take advantage of both worlds! Plus we just love the sound of good analog gear.
Would you like to have Grammy-award-winning musicians on your album? We have musicians to match your needs no matter what the size your project is!
Contact: 509 Talucah Rd, Valhermoso Springs, AL 35775 Phone (256) 778-4050