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Starting Your Own Studio Business

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In this age of home-recording, is it counterintuitive to start a studio business? New studios keep popping up, offering talented producers and engineers a chance to realize their specific sonic visions. What is involved with setting up a new studio? How does one overcome financial and physical obstacles to establish a successful sound room?


MODERATOR Howie Weinberg Owner/Chief Engineer Howie Weinberg Mastering

With over 30 years of experience as head mastering engineer at the world renowned Masterdisk Studios in NYC, Howie Weinberg has created one of the most prolific careers in the music industry. Working with such acts like Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers and Jeff Buckley, Howie has accumulated 4 grammy nominations, 4 TEC awards, over 3000 releases and over 200 gold records. Since Leaving MasterDisk at the end of 2010, Howie opened his own Mastering Studio in Los Angeles, CA located in the Laurel Canyon Hills. Recent Records include Van Halen, Fiona Apple, Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne/ELO, Train and Kasabian.

John Fields McDonough Management LLC

Dave Way Producer McDonough Management LLC

20 plus years producing, mixing, engineering and writing for records.

3 Grammy awards

Multiple No.1 BIllboard Hot100 hits as producer, mixer and writer as well as dozens more in the Hot 100.

Platinum album sales of over 100 million.

Mixing / producing credits include: Michael Jackson, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Fiona Apple, Macy Gray, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Foo Fighters, Babyface, X, Chris Botti, Whitney Houston, Savage Garden, Fisherspooner, Beyonce, Tracy Chapman, Human Nature, John Doe, Justin Hines, Vanessa Carlton, Ronan Keating, Ziggy Marley, Andrew W.K., Spice Girls, The Winans, Terence Trent D'arby, Enrique Iglesias, Michelle Branch, India.Arie, Heavy D. and the Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Boyz II Men, GUY, Stevie Wonder and more.

Films and TV experience composing, mixing or producing include : Glee, Sons Of Anarchy, Forgetting Sarah Marsall, School of Rock, Super Bad, Tropic Thunder, Unaccompanied Minors, The Bodyguard.

Owner of Waystation Studios and former owner of The Pass studios in Los Angeles.

Ken Jordan The Crystal Method

Ken Jordan is one half of THE CRYSTAL METHOD - heralded by the Village Voice as "one of the best live dance acts on Earth".

Before launching The Crystal Method, Ken was a successful recording engineer, with credits on albums by Squeeze, Aimee Mann, Robbie Robertson, and P.I.L.

The duo have been known for over a decade for their enduring dance floor anthems (“Now Is The Time,” “Keep Hope Alive”), airwave smashes (“Trip Like I Do”) and a willingness to collaborate with an array of talent–including rock’s elite like Scott Weiland, Matisyahu, New Order’s Peter Hook, Emily Haines of Metric and Filter’s Richard Patrick. Their platinum-status debut album Vegas (released in 1997) is one of the biggest-selling electronic albums of all time, landing them in the top five of best-selling electronic acts in America.

The Crystal Method's new studio, Crystalwerks, is located in North Hollywood.

In addition to their music, the duo have also dominated the remix, film soundtrack, television, gaming and advertising worlds, most recently working on the Re:Generation Music Project where they worked on a groundbreaking collaboration "I'm Not leaving" with R&B legend Martha Reeves. They scored the film London as well as the themes for TV shows “Bones” and “Third Watch” and were the first act to work with Nike for their running soundtrack series. Their most recent album, the Grammy- nominated Divided By Night, was released in 2009. Look for more exciting things to come from the pair soon.

Dan Nakamura DTA Bulk Recordings

aka Dan the Automator aka Nathaniel Merriweather
Record Producer/Artist...
Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Lovage, Gorillaz, Pillowfight, Kasabian, Jamie Cullum, Dr. Octagon, and a few others
Arena League Curling all pro thrower 3 years running. (2009 set the league single season record for most takeouts)

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