I am a member of a growing team of musicians/songwriters attempting to take on the music business. Due to our lack of musical contacts we were limited and needed some outside assistance. Eventually we were linked to Shine On Studios.
The owner, David was very resourceful, patient, and definitely knows his craft. We will difinately do business here again!
This review is based on my vocal recording session at Shine On Studios with David Hughes.
The session started on time.The vocal recording went very smoothly and David Hughes really knows his quipment. The studio singer (recommended by David Hughes, himself) did an outstanding performance. The equipment that Shine On Studios uses is of superb quality and can give studios of major record labels a run for the money for a fraction of the cost. I highly recommend Shine On Studios to anyone wanting to have the best quality vocal recording without breaking the bank. I can't wait to try my instrument tracking and mixing/mastering on my next time at the studio.
David Hughes is trully what we need as independent Producers, Singers, and Songwriters here in The Bay Area. So stop procrastinating everyone, it's your turn to shine!!
Simply put, it's FANTASTIC!!!
I went into Shine On Studio knowing very little about the recording/mixing process. David is very knowledgeable in this field, and was with us every step of the way. He made sure that our recording tracks and the effects were exactly what we had in our mind. Even when our session went beyond the pre-set time, he was happy to work with us to perfect the tracks - we even did additional work over e-mail after I listened to it at home. I would definitely go back in the future for any recording projects!
I really enjoyed my experience with David. He was great and always communicated promptly and answered all of the questions I had.
Great experience working with my man David ! Very knowledgeable with the board and protools ! Got some great work done for my Ep dropping April 18. Check it out !
This review is long overdue, but better late than never. I came to David with 11 songs that I had recorded with very basic recording equipment and I was really just looking for a professional touch-up of all of my rough mixes. I ended up booking three mixing sessions and a mastering session at Shine On Studio over the span of a few months. He was very professional and makes you feel right at home in his studio. I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive to get someone else to mix a collection of songs that I had been mixing myself for almost 5 years, but he completely fulfilled my original vision and did an excellent job at maintaining the sound that I had in mind. He was very generous with his time and made sure that I was happy with the product every step of the way. If you’re looking for someone to take your music to another level, give David a call at Shine On Studio.
I'm a singer/songwriter, soulful old guy. I have so many terrific songs that I feel I just have to make a CD. Shine On Studio offers a great environment and David is a pleasure to work with. I'm looking forward to our next session!
This studio is awesome! David was great to work with! The mixes that he did for my instrumentals was amazing! This is now my official go to studio!! Highly recommended!
David is an amazing producer!!! Patient, gives great advice- truly enjoy working with him. The studio is so nice, I always feel super relaxed there, and it is just an awesome music space. Highly recommend Shine on Studios!!!!
Getting the job done is only one aspect of business; being enjoyable to work with is another. David Hughes accomplished both gracefully. The music industry is full of talent but unfortunately not a lot of professionalism. Working with David Hughes was absolutely refreshing. Not only did he master my track impeccably, but he was fantastic at communicating, honest, flexible, personal and sincere. I've been recommending him to all my friends in the music industry and urging my buddies in sound engineering school to copy his business model and work ethic. If it sounds like I'm gushing, well, it's because I am.
I am in the process of completing two projects at Shine On Studios with David Hughes. One for my daughter's original work and another for a worship song project for our national church. David came highly recommended to us as a certified expert in Pro Tools and as someone who goes the extra mile for his clients. In our experience, spending dozens of hours at Shine On Studio over the last several weeks, we have found this to be true. David is highly skilled at what he does, confident with all genres of music, has excellent equipment and works very well with people.
He is fully invested in working with us to ensure that we are happy with the final product and that he has done all he can to make it his best. I really appreciate his attitude and commitment to excellence.
His rates are very reasonable and he is not looking to keep people "on the clock" to make an extra buck. He loves his work and enjoys making others happy by fulfilling his clients' desires and dreams.
I will continue working with David on future projects. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with "Shine On"!
Great studio to work with. David is patient and knowledgeable. He really works with the artist and goes above and beyond. The equipment is amazing and David makes a point to work towards the vision of the artist when mixing/mastering their music. Overall 5/5 in my book.
should have a minus star. Too bad place and wastage of money.
DO not go to this place for any mastering and mixing and recording work. The engineer David is impatient very much inclined to the money. Do not know basics of mastering. It's your risk if you are going to this place.
First we approached him for some Indian song work and over the phone he was quite confident but in the actual work he took the half proposed money as advance and did not give us the money back even after we could not achieve the mastering work.
The following is my perspective (the engineer in question) of what occurred between this client and the engineer:
A consultation appointment was set up on a Sunday at 12pm. The client showed up at 1:15pm. We spoke in depth about the project and discussed a discounted rate for this project, based on the fact that there was very little work to do and they were on a tight budget. I mastered the first track and then set up an appointment for later in the week to finish the project.
On the date the mastering project was scheduled to be completed, the clients arrived 3 hours late to their appointment. I was professional in greeting them and didn't charge them for the lost time. I informed them that since they were late to the appointment, there would not be enough time to finish the entire project during this session. We worked on a few more tracks and I made all the changes that the client requested. I also let them stay an hour past the time I'd allocated for their session.
At the end of this session, the client did not have the funds to pay the remaining balance due, but insisted that the project be completed within the next 48 hours. I informed them that I had already booked clients for the next 48 hours. I also reminded them that, at the time the project was initiated, they had not mentioned a deadline. This client called three days later (and one day after the announced deadline) requesting a refund. When I refused to give them a refund, due to the fact that studios sell time and services and there is no way to recoup used time, the client became angry and short-tempered on the phone. After explaining that the client could come back to finish the project, but that no refund was possible (especially considering the services were rendered for a discounted rate), the client threatened to leave a bad review if I did not refund his money in full.
I consider myself an honest business owner and I do everything in my ability to make clients happy and provide them with professional quality work.
Thank you for taking the time to read my side of the story.
Super professional, knowledgeable, quick and easy. I had a project I needed to have completed ASAP, and David was very accomodating, patient and helpful, especially considering I'm definitely a studio rookie. Also, his fee was more than reasonable in any case, but all the more so given his dexterity when it came to all the editing, etc, and the superior tools he employed. Thanks a bunch, David! I'll be back.
Don't judge this studio by the rustic house it's been carved out of. The setup inside is amazing, from the high quality equipment to the great ambience and aesthetics. David Hughes is an awesome audio engineer, with years of experience. From hip-hop to Rock, he can work with any producer/artist/band from multiple genres. I recommend shine on studios to anyone. - J. DAWS
David Hughes is a bright light in the world of studio recording and music production. He is also a great artist to work with. Highly recommended.
Wow! Thanks for the review, Kevin. It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with you on your album.
Thanks, Dan. Hope to see you and the boys at the studio in the very near future.
Shine on Studio is an awesome studio, and Engineer David Hughes is a gift of risk, artistry, and brilliant daring in the studio. I love working with Shine On Studio-Kaylah Marin
Amazing quality for great prices!
Had this song Mixed & Mastered there!
Ultra friendly studio with amazing products!
Book a session today, you will love it!
I have been working with David since 2007. He has given me priceless training, advice and self confidence with respect to setting up my own small home studio, recording and mixing my productions. I highly recommend Shine on Studio.
This is Malki Means King (www.malkimeansking.com / www.btownmusicgroup.com) I found out about Shine On Studios when a friend of mine got a song I recorded mixed / mastered by David Hughes. I was so impressed by the quality of the mix I asked who did the work and he referred me. I ended up getting my first single (The Malki Song) Mastered @ Shine On Studios and have been working with him since. Dealing with David has been great he is very honest. One of the best engineers I have gotten the chance to work with so far and I regularly recommend friends / my own clients to have him work on their projects.